DNA: True Crime: Harm City, Volume 5
For years, wild child DNA has been slinging mix tapes nationally from a West Baltimore base of operations. But his bread and butter has always been exclusives from out-of-town stars; even when repping his hometown on the Harm City series, Baltimore artists were only occasionally peppered among mostly New York MCs. So it’s something of an event that, for the fifth installment of Harm City, DNA has finally put his muscle behind a mix of almost exclusively Baltimore hip-hop, hosted by local controversy magnet Skinny Suge of Stop Fucking Snitchin’ fame.
The biggest attention grabbers on Volume 5 are the beef records by two of the city’s most high-profile MCs, Mullyman and Bossman, whose disses against each other were the talk of the town back in October. The two similarly suffixed rappers let loose some vicious insults, but listeners can make up their own minds about who won—and hopefully it will all stay on wax. True Crime also includes several singles currently lighting up local radio, including “That’s Da Sound,” by Dirty Hartz featuring Mullyman, and “Turn It Down,” by Skola, both of which once again prove that moonlighting Baltimore club producers (Debonair Samir and Rod Lee, respectively) are also responsible for some of the city’s best hip-hop and R&B. DNA also kicks in three tracks from Independence Day, his highly anticipated new mix tape with Comp, who recently ended his long and fruitless stint on Def Jam.
Even with Harm City’s newfound local focus, the mix tape pairs up several Baltimore artists with several out-of-towners: Barnes of Street Official with Joe Budden on “Top of the Game,” Comp with Grafh on the Edwin Starr-sampling “War,” and D.O.G. with the Harlem rapper we’ve compared him to before, Jim Jones, on the scorching “I Get Dough.” Even Choppa aka Young City, the Baltimore-affiliated/New Orleans-based rapper from Bad Boy’s Da Band, makes an appearance. But with most of the CD belonging to Baltimore’s finest—including Q, Skarr Akbar, and UnReal—there’s no longer any doubt that Harm City represents Charm City.