As the year winds down, host Lawrence Burney looks back at the best music that came out of his hometown in 2018.
Every week on True Laurels, host Lawrence Burney connects his hometown of Baltimore and the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) to the music of the African diaspora around the world. In recent years it’s become impossible to keep up with how much rap is being released on a weekly basis, let alone anything else. And even on a more micro level, this year was one of the most challenging in keeping up with regional scenes—especially in the Baltimore and DMV region. From rapper Rico Nasty’s meteoric rise out of PG County, to Northeast D.C. queen Chelly The MC releasing her debut tape, to Baltimore’s Butch Dawson dropping a stellar mixtape, the area brought a variety of heat from several rap sub-genres. On this week’s episode, host Lawrence Burney hand picks his favorite tracks out of his home region from 2018 to give a taste of what could come next year.