J. Cole spreads wisdom at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday

J. Cole | photo by Isaiah Spicer for WXPN |

South Philly’s Wells Fargo Center entered Cole’s World on Saturday as the North Carolina raised raper J. Cole was open and vulnerable onstage, giving words of wisdom that left the audience thinking while rocking their Saturday night. On the lead-up Earthgang, Young Thug and Jaden Smith lifted our spirits with performances that got the blood pumping and feet moving before the Dreamville artist drop some heavy material upon us. Continue reading →


Boogieman Dela is ridin’ dirty in his new music video “We Out Here”

Boogieman Dela | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN |

Summer is coming to an end and to send the heat (hopefully) on it’ way, Boogieman Dela released a music video for “We Out Here” from his new hip-hop/gospel rooted EP Broken Watch 02: Future Currents. Shot by Trelevision, The Philly native is seen strolling around in a motor scooter while shopping in a department store, trying to pick out some new clothes with his lady friend (played by Tsehaitu Abye from &More). From there, the scene changes to an outside party-like setting where there are a number of people riding four wheelers (of course, it’s Philadelphia), twerking, and just having a wild time. Continue reading →


Bri Steves lays it down in her new single “Ain’t Sh*t”

Bri Steves | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

From Lil Uzi Vert to Tierra Whack, Philly has spent the past few years re-claiming its spot in the rap game. Now, it is all about the come-up of Bri Steves, who is the latest MC to come out of the City of Brotherly Love. She has opened for artists such as Freeway and Dave East then last week at Made In America, Kendrick Lamar stopped mid-set and brought out the 23 year old on stage to perform her debut single “Jealousy” in front of thousands of people.

On Friday,, Bri Steves released a new single titled “Ain’t Sh*t”, produced by BNYX, and it bumps. Continue reading →


Kingsley Ibeneche returns with two suave and infectious new jams

Kingsley Ibeneche | via Bandcamp

A year after his last release, Camden-based singer songwriter Kingsley Ibeneche returns with two new singles “Encompass That​” and “Kknees,” out on New York label Astro Nautico. With the help of producers Lee Clarke and Kevin Ripley, Kingsley was able to create two soulful pieces with infectious melodies and suave R&B vocals. “Encompass That​” takes on a faster-pace than “Kknees,” hitting you with a collection of beats/sounds that work in harmony. At first, it sounds a little chaotic, but once you get settled in, you’ll begin to get lost in the vibrant funky melody.  “Kknees” slows things down, mixing things up between spoken word and singing. Continue reading →


Meek Mill returns to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to discuss reform of the criminal justice system

Meek Mill at Made In America | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

In August of 2017, Meek Mill got arrested for reckless endangerment, violating his parole, and was taken into police custody after appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon hours before. On Tuesday night, the North Philly icon returned to the late-night talk show as both the musical and special guest. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Kur will take on The Foundry in November

Kur | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly-based rapper Kur is unstoppable. In August, he released a single titled “I’m Back”; a teaser of his a seven-track project Smked Out, which touched down on the internet last week. Shortly after that, Kur joined the Made In America lineup, after Petal dropped off of a Skate Stage slot due to health issues; he killed his performance and announced the release of an upcoming EP as well as a full length album during the set. Continue reading →


&More will perform at La Colombe’s next Hope and Fury event

&More | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN |

The Fishtown location of La Colombe Coffee continues its Hope and Fury concert-and-discussion series Hop and Fury tomorrow night with an appearance by &More, the Philly collaboration of R&B singer Donn T and rapper Chill Moody. The event also features a spoken word performance from André Wyze, of Humble Genius Media, and a discussion panel on de-stigmatizing mental health issues, featuring Chill Moody, Donn T, and Dr. Tim Barksdale. Continue reading →


Hozier talks with Rolling Stone about the inspiration behind his upcoming EP Nina Cried Power

Hozier | photo by Jokko | courtesy of the artist

Andrew Byrne, who we know as Hozier, rose to fame when he independently released his well-known single “Take Me to Church”. The breakout track made its way to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and for months, on every pop radio in the world. With all the fame rushing to him, he was struggling and trying to get acclimated with what his life had become.  

Early 2017, Hozier returned home for his first break, in years, from all the craziness of touring. He immediately began writing and working on new material. During his time off, He spent much of his time on Twitter, witnessing the madness of the 2016 U.S. election.

There were people voicing their political beliefs and points of views from all around the world through social media. He spoke to Rolling Stone about what he saw, saying “It’s like the world is screaming into a fucking bonfire.” Continue reading →


Made In America round two was a mixed bag, but Kendrick Lamar, Miguel and Alessia Cara saved the day

Kendrick Lamar | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

On paper, the second day of this year’s Made In America festival was the stronger lineup — it had Kendrick, Nicki, Pusha, Miguel, and those were just the top-billed names. The way it played out was a bit different, with equipment malfunctions (and wardrobe malfunctions) scattered across the day. It felt at a point like we were alternating between artists who had their act incredibly together, and those who did not, and though it was a mixed bag, it was a lot of fun to sort through. Here’s what we heard and saw.
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