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From MTV Hive:

Ben’s Chili Bowl, go-go and mumbo sauce. The White House, the National Mall, Marion Berry and the Redskins. For outsiders looking into Washington, D.C., those intangibles might be the only things connecting them with the nation’s capital.

The list is shorter for D.C.’s popular hip-hop exports: there’s Wale, the arrogant upstart turned Rick Ross sidekick; Tabi Bonney, the king of skinny jeans swag; and Fat Trel, the city’s most visible trap rapper. Though underground vets Kokayi, Oddisee, and Substantial are praised stateside, their appeal reaches overseas.

Of course, the DMV — the acronym stands for D.C., Maryland and Virginia — is chock-full of capable lyricists worthy of wider national attention. Here’s the five best right now.

Much love to Phil AdeUptown XORAtheMC, and Kingpen Slim for being named as well! You can check out the article here! - http://www.mtvhive.com/2012/08/27/best-washington-dc-underground-rappers/

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