After inking his deal with Motwon Records this year, D.C.’s Chaz French wasted no time in putting out his debut album True Colors. While the album featured some fellow DMV natives like Shy Glizzy and Innanet James, French’s latest offering is truly homegrown. Kill Vol. 1: A DMV Original is exactly what its title specifies. It’s DMV from start to finish, featuring Fat Trel, Big Flock, Innanet James, Lul Big Brother, Matt McGhee, Q Da Fool, and comedian Pap even makes an appearance for the intro’s skit.
“I’ve had an incredible 2017 with my debut album out and all – but so has the DMV when it comes to hip hop,” wrote Chaz French. “I decided it was a good time to put together a short playlist of records, kind of like a soundtrack that pays homage to daily DMV life, with some of my friends also making a lot of noise here.”
Earlier this year, Lul Big Brother premiered the video for his single “Break It Up” on XXL, even collaborating with Innanet James for the remix. Lul Big Brother and Chaz French also collaborated earlier this year for “On Who.”
Last year, Innanet James released his debut mixtape Quebec Place to much praise, with Chaz French assisting on “Jams.” “Black” was featured in the Netflix-original series Dear White People, starring Logan Browning, also.
Matt McGhee released his long-awaited mixtape UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT this year as well, celebrating becoming a fully-independent artist again, and doing so well as demonstrated by tracks like “Carnival” and “Make One More.”
“This is the first volume in a series of playlists that I plan to put out, and I am thrilled to be able to round out my year with it,” wrote Chaz French.
Listen to Kill Vol. 1: A DMV Original below on SoundCloud as well as all other major streaming services.