Tag Archives: Rap

Hardwork Movement: Doing It For The People

Source: Jump Philly

The hardworking guys and gals of Hardwork Movement continue to shine and grind. It’s been a busy summer for this hip-hop super-band. They rocked the stages at festivals like Firefly and the XPoNential Music Fest, opened for a few guys in a rap group called “Wu-Tang” and was a part of the Spruce Street Harbor […]Hardwork Movement: Doing It For The People

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Quincy Vidal Bring the Real Brooklyn to Lincoln Center

Source: New York Music Daily

“One of my favorite bands in New York City,” Lincoln Center’s Viviana Benitez said succinctly, introducing Quincy Vidal’s rambunctious debut there last night . Then she let the Brooklyn hip-hop band’s lyrics speak for themselves.

“When we first got this gig, the first question I asked was, do they know who they booked?” co-leader and rapper Le’Asha Julius grinned. “Do they know the shit we talk about?” Obviously yes: this isn’t your grandfather’s Lincoln Center anymore and hasn’t been for awhile.

Backed by a tight, woozily funky four-piece band: Telecaster, multi-keys, bass and drums – Julius and her lyrical ...

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Ensemble Mik Nawooj Reinvent Hip-Hop Classics in Harlem

Source: New York Music Daily

“Rolling down the street, smoking indo!” soprano Anne Hepburn Smith sang, belting at gale force for maximum dramatic effect. A sold-out audience of white tourists exploded in laughter.

“Sipping on gin and juice!” Ensemble Mik Nawooj’s two MCs, Sandman and Do D.A.T. responded. There wasn’t a member of the chamber orchestra behind them who could resist a shit-eating grin. It was as if to say, we can’t believe we’re actually playing this song at all, let alone this way…heating up the coldest night of the year, Saturday night at the Apollo, no less.

In their first-ever New York concert, at ...

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Relevant Mexican Sounds, and the Hip-Hop Elite Salute a Chinatown Legend

Source: New York Music Daily

Fearless Mexican-American folk-rockers Las Cafeteras have a cool free download today just in time for President’s Day. If I Was President is off their forthcoming Tastes Like LA album. “We’ve got a different kind of party in the White House tonight.” For real!

And even if rap or stoner Chinese food isn’t your thing, and you’re a New Yorker, check out Narcotechs‘ great new video for their joint Chicken Lo Mein. They filmed it at Wo Hop. If you’re OG NYC, at one time or another you’ve indulged at the legendary Mott Street spot. This was filmed in the ...

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Batida Stirs Things Up at Lincoln Center

Source: New York Music Daily

“Somebody asked me what I thought about Black Lives Matter,” Pedro Coquenão, a.k.a. Batida mused to the crowd gathered around the stage at Lincoln Center last night. He didn’t address the matter any further, letting his multimedia performance answer that question. Footage from a rare 1972 Angolan film by Sarah Maldoror flickered on the screen above the stage, two Africans weighing the pros and cons of societal class structure. One espoused a proto-trickle-down theory: the rich are good to be around because you can work for them. The other guy was more blase: “The rich exist to keep the ...

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Batida Stirs Things Up at Lincoln Center

Source: New York Music Daily

“Somebody asked me what I thought about Black Lives Matter,” Pedro Coquenão, a.k.a. Batida mused to the crowd gathered around the stage at Lincoln Center last night. He didn’t address the matter any further, letting his multimedia performance answer that question. Footage from a rare 1972 Angolan film by Sarah Maldoror flickered on the screen above the stage, two Africans weighing the pros and cons of societal class structure. One espoused a proto-trickle-down theory: the rich are good to be around because you can work for them. The other guy was more blase: “The rich exist to keep the ...

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Batida Stirs Things Up at Lincoln Center

Source: New York Music Daily

“Somebody asked me what I thought about Black Lives Matter,” Pedro Coquenão, a.k.a. Batida mused to the crowd gathered around the stage at Lincoln Center last night. He didn’t address the matter any further, letting his multimedia performance answer that question. Footage from a rare 1972 Angolan film by Sarah Maldoror flickered on the screen above the stage, two Africans weighing the pros and cons of societal class structure. One espoused a proto-trickle-down theory: the rich are good to be around because you can work for them. The other guy was more blase: “The rich exist to keep the ...

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Nuclear Codes for the Game-Show Host

Source: New York Music Daily

Mike Rimbaud recorded his grimly prophetic Going Down to Trumpistan – a free download – before last night’s election results.It’s sort of a mashup of early, classic Public Enemy and late 60s Carlos Santana. In his ominous baritone, the New York songwriter considers how

Journalists are the enemy
Torture is an art, seriously
Crowd control
No privacy
Going down, down, down to Trumpistan

He’s playing Otto’s this Saturday night at 11: it’ll be a party for our right to fight.

And for historical context, here’s Gil Scott-Heron’s similarly prophetic 1976 requiem, Winter in America.

Like the vultures circling beneath ...

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ScHoolboy Q Shuts Down Electric Factory

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured images via Phobymo 
Article written by Melissa Simpson
Schoolboy Q recently released his 4th studio album Blank Face. The album features popular singles such at “groovy Tony” and “THat Part” which features Kanye West. This past Thursday Schoolboy Q shut down the Electric Factory to a packed house. The opener, Joey Bada$$, of Pro Era, warmed up the crowd with a high energy appetizer. Early on in the night, an intense electricity could be felt throughout the venue.
At around 9:45 the stage was primed for Schoolboy Q to make his appearance. Pulsating mobile red and white lights ...

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10 Great Philly Records from Summer 2016

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured photo courtesy of Derek Brad Photography

The conclusion of Made In America Music Festival this past weekend marks the end of Summer 2016. While you were all enjoying three months of beer gardens, trips to the shore, or cursing your electric bill, Philly’s music scene was busy churning out some incredible records, many of which drawing praise from the folks at home as well as the national stage. As we enter the Fall season, we selected some of our favorite releases from Broken Beak, RFA Sonnder, The Dove & The Wolf, and more!

El Astronauta Quaker City Night Hawks

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Tattoo Money Brings His LMFAO Act to Bed-Stuy While the Bright Smoke Haunt the LES

Source: New York Music Daily

Tattoo Money is one of the funniest acts in New York. And he’s as talented as he is funny, a one-man band equally adept at Chicago blues, psychedelic funk, oldschool soul and hip-hop. He’s like the missing link between Stevie Wonder, Buddy Guy and Rudy Ray Moore. This blog discovered him by accident, basically, late one night last December, when he headlined the Mercury Lounge after a harrowing set by art-rockers the Bright Smoke. It was after midnight, on a work night, but a friend was persuasive: “You should stick around for this guy, he’s hilarious.” No joke.

What Tattoo ...

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Tattoo Money Brings His LMFAO Act to Bed-Stuy While the Bright Smoke Haunt the LES

Source: New York Music Daily

Tattoo Money is one of the funniest acts in New York. And he’s as talented as he is funny, a one-man band equally adept at Chicago blues, psychedelic funk, oldschool soul and hip-hop. He’s like the missing link between Stevie Wonder, Buddy Guy and Rudy Ray Moore. This blog discovered him by accident, basically, late one night last December, when he headlined the Mercury Lounge after a harrowing set by art-rockers the Bright Smoke. It was after midnight, on a work night, but a friend was persuasive: “You should stick around for this guy, he’s hilarious.” No joke.

What Tattoo ...

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10 Best Songs in the World This Week

Source: All Things Go

You know what to do.

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Biz Markie Chats The Golden Age of Hip-Hop and Upcoming Show at TLA

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured Image courtesy of the Artist

Biz Markie is a multi-dimensional entertainment mogul. Don’t just take our word for it–the man has captivated the world for the past thirty years for just being himself, and clearly has no plans to stop. After skyrocketing to success with his now-classic hit, “Just A Friend,” the Biz has remained on the forefront of both music and humor for past three decades. Though he keeps a low-profile, his career longevity has been on his own terms by using his talents to bolster the careers and visions of others, taking dips into acting, comedy, voice-over ...

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Monday Playlist: Jadakiss Comes to Philly!

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured Image by Leon Fishman

Philly welcomes Jadakiss this week with a show on Tuesday at the TLA. With the NY native bringing his rap game and experience our way soon, we thought a playlist was in order! Click through to get ready for his sure-to-be exciting show.

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