Philly rapper The Bul Bey had a busy couple days last week. After kicking off the Beyond the Bars benefit concert at World Cafe Live, Bey returned to the venue’s upstairs stage on Tuesday April 19th to throw down at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Road Show.
Bob Boilen and his team brought their popular video contest on the road this spring, and threw a party for a sold-out crowd upstairs at World Cafe Live that featured three standouts from the crop of 131 Philly submissions. Bey took the stage in the middle and immediately got the crowd moving with a high-energy performance backed by DJ John Morrison (a contributor to The Key), delving into his 2015 project Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies and telling the stories behind them.
When the crowd called for an encore, Bey said “remember this, because it’s never happened before” – he then launched into a stirring and socially conscious freestyle that had the room attentively tuned in.
NPR video live streamed the entire concert via Facebook – watch The Bul Bey’s performance below, and check out his current project (a podcast about tea!) at his Soundcloud page.
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