Baltimore: Center of the musical universe? Maybe not, but Charm City may have its highest pop profile since Sisqó made your booty go dun-duh-dun-dun-DUN. B Rich's Atlantic Records debut 80 Dimes came out last month, and he and first single "Whoa Now" are representing in August's XXL. Mario's "Just a Friend 2002" was holding steady at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at the beginning of this week, while the remix version of the song--which features a still-got-it cameo rap from Biz Markie himself--is more fun than watching a Sex and the City marathon with a jar of Nutella and a spoon.
Still, not all of Baltimore's musical treats are known outside the city; in some cases, they're barely known inside city limits. For City Paper's Big Music Issue 2002, we offer a brief glimpse of some of those local landmarks--some new, some old, some up and coming, some accomplished but still working it. It is by no means exhaustive or the last word on Mobtown's musical bag. Consider it a pu-pu platter of the city's smorgasbord of filling fare. But the best way to find out what's going on is to get up, get out, and see what Baltimore has to offer your own bad self.