Monday, August 9, 2010



(Oddisee & Kev Brown) Photos by Tashir Lee

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| Written by Stone of Couch Sessions

Last Saturday, local hip-hop fans gathered at The Black Cat for The Tru Skool Soundstage, showcasing Diamond District, DJ Underdog, The Cornel West Theory, Damu The Fudgemunk rising rap crew DMTD. Although the night started off sparse, the crowd filled in as DTMD started the night with their throwback style of hip-hop, creating one of the more consistent live shows in the DC area.


(Grap Luva)

Next up were The Cornel West Theory, who’s through provoking mix of hip-hop, rock, and African vibes entertained the crowd during the 45 minute set.

(the Cornel West Theory)



Headlining is the show was DC’s own Diamond District whose road tested set has been getting more than a few people in our hometown to take notice.

And speaking of the crowd, it was the most diverse assembly of people I’ve ever seen at a DC hip-hop event. Black, white, young, old, hood, hipster and Becky were all in attendance. This wasn’t the case for the DC scene even a few years ago and it shows that our city, even though still divided along race and class lines, is slowly coming together.


(Diamond District)


Featuring Diamond District, the Cornel West Theory, DJ Underdog, and DTMD.

❝Josh Cogan stopped by the Black Cat Saturday night to snap a bunch of photos of the Tru Skool Soundstage with Diamond District, the Cornel West Theory, DJ Underdog, and DTMD. As always, Josh captured the vibe of the night. Thank you to everybody who came out to catch one of of the best shows seen in a while❞.-- Sean of Sockets Records

Toine from DTMD

Grap Luva

Oddisee from Diamond District

Rashad from The Cornel West Theory

XO from Diamond District

DJ Underdog

All photos copyright by Josh Cogan


djeurok said...


TheDCist said...

cats are tweeting these photos hard. Nice work and great show!!!DC standup!!!!

RiseNSHine said...

Everyone looks good and in there element.

Omarosa said...

Saw this linked on twitter. Outside of the pics, this is a refreshingly new blog. Nice, I will check past updates and things as my day goes on. Again, Nice pics

MorningStar said...

Very dope! The show was fire!

Hassani said...

Good upload seriously. RT RT RT RT'd on twitter!

WaxTransparent said...

Cornel West Theory>.
Dope, dope set!!!!

Reed said...

AYo...this cat Tim Hicks from Cornel West Theory did pullups one minute with a long sleeve shirt on then did more pulls with the shirt off. WTF? Was that in one motion? Ha!

Marley said...


Cy said...

Kev Brown and Oddissee. One word. Classic!

Orbit122 said...

These photo's are really nice. They capture that night well and I wish there were more crowd shots

fatbellybella said...

folks look like they having fun. thats all that matters. I gotto look up these brothers music. I feel like I miss out on a lot and I need more inspiration. 1 lv(r)

MaroonMan said...

seems like history made. I miss DC

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