D.C. Rapper Miles Ave. Creates “Black, Psychedelic, Formless” Sounds

Miles Ave. makes music about his relationship with self, others and juxtapositions of life growing up in Washington, D.C.


Currently living in Bushwick, N.Y., Miles. Ave began rapping when he was 8-years-old. He grew up in Washington, D.C., in a single parent household with his mom, who regularly played soul and neo-soul sounds. 

Miles creates music based on his reality. “I try to make music about things that I see or experience. Being in DC you see the juxtaposition of high rise condos being built next to people who very obviously need help. Those juxtapositions in life play a part in my music.”

His favorite and most recent project, ‘cc:deux’ focuses on his relationships with others, particularly family. He described the album as “Black, psychedelic, and formless.” ‘cc:deux’ features other DMV creatives including Ankhlejohn, RonSparkes, Charli Dahni, and Lord$4dp. The project also includes live instrumentation from Amoye and Dayii.

After leaving California College of Arts last year to focus on music, Miles describes his new residence in New York to have a certain vibrance to it. “[There are] so many people making music, making cool things, there's a sort of Renaissance here that I want to be a part of.”

His next project “In Moments of Transitional Doubt” will be a new sound, jammed with 808s and more so about himself.

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