After dropping his Bring It Back EP last year local emcee Wizdom is back with The Washington Wizard mixtape, sporting a few of the past release's favorites--and a whole crop of new ones. And, to celebrate, he's even dropped a new music video. Directed and edited Craig Nisperos, the visuals for "Never Doubt Me" are set at Capitol Hill's Auto Battery and features cameos by the Sonicsgate crew (a cause near and dear to his heart) as well as Gene Dexter, Grynch, filmmaker Jon Augustavo and 2010 Olympic medalist J.R. Celski. It's not a wildly complex video, but one that's shot well--the strong colors and set focal points solidly frame Wizdom's fiery delivery.
Washington Wizard--available for just $3 on his BandCamp page--carries the same energy. The DJ Swervewon-mixed tape starts off with some Macklemore hilarity, caps with a bro-out from Prometheus Brown, and has a whole bunch of good stuff going on in between. Right off the bat, Wizdom keeps the laughs, punchlines and sports metaphors coming. There's no shortage of cameos either, but for the most part they're killer--from New Balance, aka former Seahawk wide receiver Nate Burleson, to local luminaries like Thig Natural and Brainstorm. Tracks like "This Is The Life" are downright impressive, as is the back-to-back eight-bar verses from vets The Good Sin, Grynch, Fatal Lucciauno & Neema on "Crazy Eights." Another personal favorite is the MTK-produced "Build My Name," an introspective cut built around a sampled chorus of "working hard trying to build my name/building music is a mighty tough game." And while that's definitely true, Wizdom is holding his own. Don't doubt that.