The Dig: Day One w/ Higher Hands

The Dig is a 3 day music event celebrating hip-hop and soul! We will be at our usual location, Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge, downtown Annapolis, all three days!

DAY ONE: 1996 Party w/ Higher Hands and Guests!

Only classic hip-hop from 1996 will be performed and played! Not familiar with Higher Hands? Check out the Phife Dawg tribute we did with them earlier this year:



JOIN US FOR THE DIG 2016 Magazine Feature

We are more than honored to be featured in Annapolis' own, UpStART magazine for their Summer 2016 issue. When we started with our record fair and then monthly open mics at Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge, we didn't know how things were going to take off. We knew that there was an audience and were hoping to not only reach them, but to gain some new lovers of hip-hop. That has happened!

Having our monthly events featured has been a nice treat for us and or regular artists who perform at our events.

We look forward to bigger and better things for both Annapolis and The Conglomerate! Thank you for your support!

Read our full featured HERE

Soul Reflections Vol. 1 Beat Tape

Between the Shining in Our Own Light documentary screening and our One Year Anniversary of What's Dope Open Mic we are more than excited to present our first beat tape by Anasi the Beatmaker and Black Vigilante: Sound Reflections Vol. 1

If you love it, let us know and share with your friends!

What's Dope One Year Anniversary

It has been ONE YEAR since What's Dope began and we are ready to celebrate with you all next Wednesday, February 3 - where it all began at Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge!

We'll have some great surprises and, of course, some amazing performers! Come one, come all & TELL YO' FRIENDS!!!!!!!

Interested in performing and being a part of our ONE YEAR CELEBRATION? Show up with your music on a CD or flash drive and ask for Malcolm.

Check out Our Annapolis Times Interview

This has been a great beginning to a new year. Our first open mic was a wonderful mix of hip-hop, spoken word and singing and the vibe was amazing. The sense of community that people bring out to each event is amazing!

Next we are hosting the documentary screening of "Stars in Our Own Light" by Christian Smooth; a documentary capturing the emerging hip-hop scene in Annapolis, Maryland. On the heels of our screening, we've had some great press, one being the Annapolis Times interview with Director and Filmmaker, Christian Smooth and our very own Malcolm McFadden:

Read the full interview here, on page 19!

Documentary Screening: Shining in Our Own Light

We recently teamed up with Smooth House Productions and Spotlight District to create a documentary about the up and coming hip-hop scene in Annapolis, MD. We have had such a great time working on our live music events and are very thankful for a talent like Christian Smooth to direct and edit Shining in Our Own Light, a documentary about the importance of the rapid growing Hip-Hop scene in Annapolis, Maryland, and showing how having a platform for local artist can positively affect the community and bring creative like-minded people together.

Starting with the What's Dope Open Mic’s held downtown at Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge every first Thursday leading to the Star In My Own Light (SIMOL) Showcases. Annapolis is developing a small but expanding community of talented artist from all over the DMV, bringing together Rappers, Beat Makers, Photographers, Graphic Designers, Painters, Musicians and fans of the Hip-Hop culture. This documentary like the events is all about supporting local artist and bringing like-minded people together.

Join us on Saturday, January 16 for the screening of this awesome documentary! See the trailer below:

What's Dope Clothing Now Available

THEY'RE HERE! Our What's Dope tees, hoodies and long sleeves are back on Teespring. They will be available until December 31st. CLICK HERE to get yours!

What's Dope is a monthly hip-hop event held in Annapolis, MD. The first of it's kind; What's Dope's goal is to bring a more diverse sound to Annapolis while collaborating with the existing music scene.

We strive to showcase local artists and brands and bring them together to support one another and create something Dope!

Support this campaign which will further support local artists in the DMV area.

What's Dope Tees

The What's Dope Open Mic is our founding event; it is the event that started The Conglomerate, which lead to a monthly spot at Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge, a collaboration with Spotlight District for the SIMOL events and our largest event to date The Dig.

"What's Dope" as a phrase has been used for years and we felt it was the perfect title for our monthly open mics. What's Dope in our area? What's Dope in the music scene? To celebrate this event that started it all and brings together a creative community in the Annapolis area, we've designed a shirt that will be sold online and at event soon.

Can't wait to get these online!

Malcolm aka Justice rocking one of our What's Dope tees.

Malcolm aka Justice rocking one of our What's Dope tees.

The Dig Recap

What a weekend! If you have been following us on social media, you know that we hosted our first annual, three day music event 'The Dig' featuring our What's Dope Open Mic, Jamla Showcase w/ 9th Wonder, Rapsody, Heather Victoria and special guest Gods'illa, a record fair and a rooftop after-party w/ 9th Wonder, DJ Cuzzin B and DJ Face of True School Corp on the 1's and 2's. 

We managed to raise $1,200 which will directly benefit both Breast and Ovarian Cancer research and we can't wait to do it again next year!

Thank you to everyone who came, participated, performed, danced and helped plan it. Thank you to the Black Jedi Chapter of the Universal Zulu Nation for inspiring us to give back and being a true model of how hip-hop and music can impact our communities. Thank you 9th Wonder and Jamla for being Dope; putting our Dope music and keeping the culture alive. Thank you Gods'illa for coming from DC to bless the stage; you all are crazy talented and we are happy to say we're from the same area. Thank you to True School for always coming through and creating the best vibes for our party-goers. Thank you Stereo Champions for supporting our events and our cause; your support and coverage is amazing! Thank you Metropolitan for hosting us and making this planning process easier than we thought. 

Thanks to social media, we were able to get a few different views of the event using #thedig. Check out some of the pics we found on Instagram.