It’s been a long time coming for the man formerly known as Phil Adé. Known in the D.C. metropolitan area as one of the most exceptional lyricists and song makers, the Maryland-hailing emcee has been crafting top tier projects and infectious singles for an entire decade. From Starting At JV to the #PhilAdeFridays series to R.O.S.E., Phil Adé has solidified himself as a big reason why the DMV rap scene has evolved to the national stage. Now signed to Epic Records and going as simply ADÉ, he looks to further expand his reach outside of the nation’s capital as a frontrunner within hip hop, period.
Today, he liberates his new EP titled wyd after? The project sees six new tracks and was initially led by the Trevor Jackson-assisted “Don’t Cry,” which was premiered back in March and saw a dope accompanying visual to match. Adding to that is another standout titled “Feel Some Way,” which is produced my Super Miles and features long time collaborator and fellow DMV native Wale.
“You know, coming from the D.C. area, the nightlife scene is a big part of culture out here. ... I’ve lived a lot of my life just going to clubs... So I kind of wanted to give people some insight into what that was like. And even more so now that I’m doing entertainment full-time, ‘cause most of the things I gotta go through, the shows, events and all that sort of stuff, that happens at nighttime. And I’m just telling stories of what it’s been like navigating through that.”
Prior to wyd after?, ADÉ released another EP titled ALWAYS SOMETHING, another six-track body of work that saw features from Rich The Kid, GoldLink, Lil Baby, and more. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing a big label debut from ADÉ sometime in the near future.
In the meantime, you can vibe to wyd after? — along with visuals from the project — below.