Recently, I got a sneak peak into a new wave in the city called DC: District of Collaboration. Not only is the name clever, but so is the concept. Powered by producer and newly-minted artist El Lambert, the concept is simple: collaboration. It’s a way to capitalize off of the spirit of co-existing while simultaneously showcasing some of The DMV’s up-and-coming musical talent. When speaking with El Lambert, who declared that he wasn’t even an artist a year ago, he expressed his hopes that this concept will be the beginning of a more supportive and collaborative culture within the DC music scene.
Every last Sunday of the month for the next 12 months, El Lambert will drop a new single featuring a different DMV artist. Each song will be different, and, based on this methodology, we can expect a unique and eclectic blend of music from singers, rappers, producers, and poets all from the district. We can also anticipate a single release event each month to showcase the song, as well as the artists involved in the project. When it’s all said and done, the songs will be released as a District-Only compilation album
The first single, What A Feeling is a blend of reggae/afro beat and R&B. Coined “Reg&B”, El Lambert taps artist and producer Fúnsho for this feel-good club single. Playing off of the “island sound” trend, i.e. Controlla by Drake and Work by Rihanna, Nigerian-American Fúnsho blends his own background and artistry to deliver a fun and dance-worthy tune.
We were also treated to El Lambert’s smooth and mellow single How Does It Feel and Fúnsho’s politically and hip-hop charged single Prezzy.
DC: District of Collaboration is a well thought out plan with a lot of potential. With similar concepts gaining considerable traction in other large cities like LA, New York, and Atlanta, let’s hope that this project will put DC on the map as a place where artists can come together, support one another, and help each other shine. Be sure to keep a look out for more from the District of Collaboration and listen to the first single, What A Feeling!