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Uptown XO

 

Uptown XO, born Jamaal Walton, is an American emcee who currently resides in Washington D.C. He was ranked by WPGC 95.5 FM as one of the top 10 rap artists in the Nation’s Capital. In his early years, he played piano and trumpet and in high school at age 16 he started performing at “open mics” on U Street. XO put out his first project “Takeover” and was introduced by Wale to Judah and together they put out the “Timeless Ep,” “Takeover 2” with the help of Charles Keys, “Us vs. Them” and “Realmatic.” Studio 43 and XO partnered up and put out “Monumental” and “One One Ten.” Around that time Oddisee formed the group Diamond District with XO & Yu and together they put out an album called, “In The Ruff” that they toured with in Europe and the US. In August 2011, XO put out his 8th solo project entitled “Monumental vol. 2,” which was highlighted in the Dec. 2011 edition of Spin Magazine as one of the top 50 mix tapes of the year. The next Diamond District album entitled “March on Washington” is newly released and XO’s debut album "colour de grey" is out now on iTunes and mellomusicgroup.com.