A year ago today, Urban Cartel was just a collection of young college students from Maryland University, making great music in their dorm room. Fast forward a year later, and Urban Cartel is self described On The Rise=. But how did this transformation take place? How would five best friends transform from simple musicians into leading figures in the DMV’s music scene?
Rewind to February of 2011. D.C. was buzzing with palpable energy from its newest talent contest “Battle For The District”. The area’s best collection of bands and hip-hop artists, symbolizing the cities need to make music and keep the urban fight alive, all attended the event in an effort to win the ultimate recording and distribution package. But Urban Cartel would rise to the top.
With a The Roots meets Harry Belafonte sound, Urban Cartel stormed the stage, and crushed all that were in their way. Winning the talent competition would give the band a huge following that would propel them into the next step of the Urban Cartel explosion.
With a full-length album that released in December, Urban Cartel has been spending their time playing shows opening for the likes of Nelly, Big Sean, and Dead Prez, Urban Cartel has been representing for not just their school and their area, but young inspired musicians everywhere.
Most recently being featured on VH1’s Save the Music, as well as having their first music video dropping in February, Urban Cartel has come a long way. But their journey is far from over. We look forward to seeing what Urban Cartel does next, On The Rise.