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What’s up with hip-hop

Baltimore hip-hop producer King Midas, best known locally for performing the hook on Caddy Da Don’s breakout hit “Grindin’ On Me,” has worked on some big name projects lately. In December 2011, he co-produced Mystikal’s “Original.” featuring Lil’ Wayne and Birdman. More recently, he’s been at work on pop star Sean Kingston’s new album, Back 2 Life, and co-produced the title-track lead single, which features T.I., with J.R. Rotem. King Midas’ first solo mixtape is also due out in August.

“Strictly Hip-Hop,” the long-running late-night destination for Baltimore rap addicts on Morgan State’s WEAA 88.9 FM, has a tradition of letting local MCs know whether they’ve got a joint or a dud in the weekly “test bin.” Now, that segment has birthed its own album, the first “Strictly Hip-Hop” compilation, The Test Bin: This Is Only a Test. And the album’s lineup is worthy of its pedigree, with BMore all-stars including Mullyman, E Major, Al Great, and Si-Notes, among others.

DBoi Da Dome burst to the forefront of the local hip-hop scene a few months ago with the 92Q favorite “Trash Bag” and has already followed it up with a remix of the track, featuring LOS and Caddy Da Don. Now, he’s also followed up with “Remix,” a new single that is simply an original song titled “Remix.” It might not be easy to Google, but it’s good.

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