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It wasn’t on purpose, but three of the DMV’s top MCs have dropped new material within days of each other. For X.O. and tabi Bonney, their new songs are teasers of upcoming projects. In Wale‘s case, his new track with local go-go band TCB was recorded just for recreation.

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X.O., one-third of the vaunted Diamond District trio, released last night his video for “Effortless” a methodical, organ-heavy track about making it big. “I’mma run to a dream, I’mma do it my way/I’mma smile when I win, I’mma hit me a ‘J,'” X.O. raps. “Effortless” is the first single from his Monumental 2 mixtape, scheduled for a July 30 release.


Following his impressive Postcard From Abroad mixtape, D.C. jetsetter Tabi Bonney dropped “Parachute” this morning, a single from his forthcoming album The Summer Years, coming this August. On this sizzling head-nodder, Bonney plays his unmistakable D.C. twang against a synth-heavy backdrop and bass guitar: “Please give me some privacy to figure out this P.Y.T./If she who she say she is, then she’ll walk down the isle wit me,” Bonney raps.


Perhaps released just for exercise, Wale‘s “Bait” is still a raucous go-go number with plenty of local references: the Stadium strip club in Northeast, H.O.B.O. clothing, and the Berry Farms housing complex in Southeast. Still, it wouldn’t be a Wale track without some chick hoppin’. “I’m why baby mamas leave/I’m why baby fathers kirk,” he rhymes on the hook.