The wealth of creativity and artistry coming from artists out of the DMV region has critically shaped the music industry today. From hip hop, R&B, Soul and more, the vast ripple effect of the music from these musical hometown heroes is captured in a new video from Spotify.
Spotify’s Sunday Dinner is a documentary film dedicated to bridging regional gaps and celebrating influences that define a region’s sound and aesthetic with native Black artists who continue to innovate it. In this video, Rico Nasty, Anwan “Big G” Glover, Pusha T, and Ari Lennox join Spotify’s Black Music Editor, Domo Wells for a conversation highlighting the impact their music has had on their hometown, and the world, and what’s next to come from DMV.
This video comes from Spotify’s Ripple Effect campaign, which is an extension of Frequency, a new global initiative launched this year to cultivate a holistic destination for celebrating Black art, entertainment, creativity, culture and community both on and off-platform, and is a part of Frequency’s critical work addressing disparities in the industry and an amplification of continuous celebration of Black voices.
- On growing up in the DMV, Ari Lennox discusses getting her start in the church choir and the difficulties it came with that were necessary for her growth, sharing, “That’s literally DMV, it’s not easy but you need that sh*t.”
- Pusha T shares his experience moving to Virginia and the deep influences of growing up in a melting pot has had on his music, saying, “I believe in the area as a whole, Virginia, DC, Maryland. When you think about it, and you think about all the music and talent that comes from this area… we all broke elsewhere. We don’t have a chitlin circuit for ourselves.”
- Rico Nasty speaks out on the lack of music programs available in the education system but says, “It’s important to highlight the DMV music scene because I’m proud of where I come from and I want the world to be a part of the musical revolution happening. So many new artists deserve ears.”
- Anwan “Big G” Glover commends the new artists such as Griff, 3ohBlack and more, as the rest throw out more artists carrying the torch for DMV. With final remarks, “We just trying to bring those lights right to our city. We have everything here, we just have to push, and it starts right here at this table.”
The video is directed by dayday, a queer, Black multidisciplinary artist based out of Brooklyn, whose unique style to intertwine various disciplines influenced the film, and allowed them to create a video that is subversive, expressive, and deeply personal. And with the Sunday Dinner spread sourced from Black owned restaurants in the DC area, including KitchenCray, Oohs& Ahhs, Roaming Rooster, Crab Boss, and Elife, the video pays homage to the talent, community, and style coming out of the area.
Spotify’s Ripple Effect campaign is also home to a playlist series aimed at spotlighting under-the-radar artists and underserved genres exploding across cultural hubs within DMV, California, and Texas regions. You can listen to the Ripple Effect: DMV playlist HERE and learn more about the larger purpose of Frequency HERE.
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