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Brooklyn MC Junglepussy brings bars and poses to “All of You” video, brings JP3 to The Foundry

Junglepussy | photo by Vivian Luxx

From Queen Latifah and Missy Elliot all the way up to Nicky Minaj, females emecces have been around for decades, grinding and trying to breaking through the male dominated rap industry. In recent years, we have seen a huge wave of badass women making moves, up and coming artists including like the infamous Cardi B and Philly’s own Tierra Whack. Now, we got Brooklyn native Jugglepussy coming into the spotlight. Continue reading →

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KUR announces his return with new single “I’m Back” and it’s brewing up a storm

KUR | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
KUR | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The world first got a taste of local rapper KUR when he got a shout out from Philly icon Meek Mill via Twitter in 2014. Later on, KUR collaborated with Meek for his 2017 mixtape 180 on the track “How It Never Was.” Along with that, KUR worked with fellow 215 talent PnB Rock on his 2018 single “No Shine.” Well-known in the community, KUR’s music and aesthetic truly does embody the streets of Philly. With his rapid-fire delivery and ruthless lyrics, he has made it a point that he isn’t here to play games. Continue reading →

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LGP QUA gets “Ruthless” in his new single with Zah Sosaa

LGP Qua | photo by Colin Kerrigan | via complex.com

Self-described as “The Voice of the Youth,” LGP QUA and teen rap sensation Zah Sosaa are two rising talents straight out of Philadelphia, who have joined forces and brought the heat in their new single titled “Ruthless”, produced by Jahlil Beats.

Similar to Meek Mill’s rapid-fire bars-forward style of rapping, you can feel LGP QUA getting angry, spitting some socially conscious verses, and you got Zah Sosaa backing him with some solid ad-lipping. Continue reading →

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Pusha T, 6ix9ine, LilSkies, and Daniel Caesar added to Jay Z’s Made In America lineup

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Pusha T | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

There has been a great deal of conversation surrounding Jay Z’s Made In America on whether or not the annual music festival would continue to be held on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Luckily the city of Philadelphia decided to keep the festival in place (read about it here), and in further good news, the festival announced a bunch of new artists this week. 

Joining the Labor Day Weekend event are Pusha T, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Lil Skies and Daniel Caesar. They will be performing alongside powerhouse artists such as Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Meek Mill, Diplo and more. Continue reading →

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Rex Orange County brings brutal honesty and pure happiness to Union Transfer

Arthur | photo by Isaiah Spicer for WXPN | iospicer.com

As soon as I stepped out of the car, I spotted a lengthy line that snaked all the way around the block. We were all here for one reason, and that was to witness the soulful vocals of Alexander O’Connor, AKA Rex Orange County, as they lit up Union Transfer. A lot of people first got a taste of the 20-year-old artist when he was featured on Tyler, the Creator’s Flower Boy.  Immediately afterward, people realized that this English singer/songwriter was a talent to be in awe of. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: JD McPherson gets rowdy with the Marina Stage crowd

J.D. McPherson | photo by Natalie Piserchio | nataliepiserchio.com

Straight out of Oklahoma, JP McPherson brought the sweet sounds of classic rock n’ roll to the Marina Stage.

Starting with the infectious rockabilly groove of “Crying’s Just a Thing That You Do”, you immediately know J.D. was getting the crowd warming up and ready to twist some hips. Following was the 50s-style rocker “Fire Bug”, and this gem got the crowd jitterbuggin’. Throughout the performance, the band kept everything smooth and running perfectly without missing one beat especially during the boogie-inducing track “North Side Gal.” Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Tank And The Bangas send the crowd into a vortex of chaos and joy

Tank and the Bangas | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

The New Orleans-based Tank and the Bangas can be described as a tribe of truly passionate artists with immense, generous talent and massive amounts of energy — it all showed on stage.

Everyone in the vicinity was not ready for the vortex of crazy we were about to enter. The band’s stage presence, especially frontwoman Tarriona “Tank” Ball’s, was electrifying as they performed a beautiful, chaotic explosion of genres from hip-hop to funk to hard rock, with covers from Anderson .Paak’s funky bop “Come Down” to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: &More brings wisdom and soulful energy to the stage

&More | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

&More, the powerhouse duo of Donn T and Chill Moody, took the stage as the sun beat down on day two. As the band got the energy started, R&B singer Donn T slid in with her honeyed vocals singing the intro to their February released debut track “My Own Light.” West Philly emcee Chill Moody made his way to the stage, coming in hot and ready to spit some wisdom, as Donn T put the crowd into a daze. Shortly after, the duo brought in their dreamlike harmonies, performing “Gravity.” Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Katie Frank kicks day two into gear with a little country, a little rock

Katie Frank | photo by Natalie Piserchio | nataliepiserchio.com

Happy day two of XPoNential Music Festival! We’re sad that Forth Wanderers couldn’t make it, but their replacement local artist Katie Frank gave a kickass performance to start the festivities, playing a bit of country and a bit of rock and roll to the Marina Stage audience.

The show started with nice and smooth with her single “Something I Can’t Deny,” then things got a little rowdy as she preformed “Cold, Sad World.” Continue reading →

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Listen to the debut album from 16-year-old Philly rapper Zah Sosaa, Already Paid

Zah Sosaa | photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com | via The Fader

Philly’s rap scene has been wildin’ out lately with so many up and coming rappers popping out of nowhere, this includes 16-year-old Zah Sosaa. These new artists are experimenting with more funky melodies similar to Lil Uzi Vert’s style rather than Meek Mill’s old school strictly bars-only scene. It’s crazy to think how music is almost solely focusing on the melodic aspect rather than the lyrical side. Hey, I’m not one to judge though, because songs like Lil Uzi’s are hype. Continue reading →