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Bri Steves and Tierra Whack will be taking on Power 99’s Peace On The Streets at Festival Pier.

Bri Steves | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Bri Steves has had a pretty eventful year, between being signed with Atlantic Records home to Cardi B, Bruno Mars, The War on Drugs and more — and releasing her debut track “Jealousy” along with a music video filmed right in our backyard. Steves returns to the Philly stage tomorrow, July 26, to perform at Power 99‘s Peace On The Streets concert series at Festival Pier with Georgia’s TK Kravitz, Jamaican-born emcee Hoodcelebrityy, and rising star Tierra Whack.

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Is Lil Uzi Vert hinting at an upcoming album with this leak of a new single titled “Dolly”?

Lil Uzi Vert | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

If you live in Philly, you’ve probably seen Lil Uzi Vert once or twice walking casually around South Street. Hailing from North Philly, Uzi is probably one of the most unique, out-of-pocket MCs in the industry today. His rapid-fire delivery, infectiously catchy hooks, and let’s not forget his fire dance moves are what turns heads. Continue reading →

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Slum Village takes us back to hip-hop’s golden days at World Cafe Live, while Trio and Ivy Sole showcase its evolution

Slum Village | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

It’s hard to overstate the influence Slum Village has had on the hip-hop world. They were peers of major names such as The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest, and founding member J. Dilla’s beats reshaped the sound of hip-hop in the 90s and thousands. Even though things have completely 360-ed for Slum Village with the passing of Dilla and another original member, Baatin, the Detroit hip-hop group have managed to keep their music alive and relevant. Now, the group consists of founding member T3 and his brother Young RJ. As we saw at a World Cafe Live set last week, the two honestly have not lost their touch with their smooth as butter flow over slick beats. Everything about the performance was clean and simple, which I appreciated a lot. People were really feelin’ what these two were putting down and it was nice to get a glimpse of how hip-hop used to be, a contrast to what is mainstream now. Continue reading →

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Take a ride with Ivy Sole in her new music video “Roller Coaster”

Ivy Sole
Ivy Sole | photo courtesy of the artist

You can’t get more Philly than Ivy Sole’s new music video for her June release track “Rollercoaster.” Philly is a city filled with so much love for music and bikes, and Sole brought the heat, Meek Mill style. Throughout the video, you just see a bunch of people riding dirt bikes, tricked out cars, and four-wheelers in the streets. If you truly rep the 215, you already know.

“Rollercoaster” is more than a catchy, upbeat track though. Sole explains in a press statement that the song “is about the sweet spot in a love-hate relationship and the feeling of knowing that someone is less than ideal, but for whatever reason, they’re your weakness.” Continue reading →

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Let’s Talk About Love: Philly rapper Sudan explores devotion on his debut album Pay In Me Love

Sudan | via Twitter

The first time we met Philly rapper Sudan, here at The Key, was back in 2013 when he released his first track “Away”, produced by New York’s Chuma Osse. At the age of 18 years old, he was following in the footsteps of his mother Ursula Rucker, a poet and activist as well as a longtime collaborator of The Roots, King Britt and more. Continue reading →

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LGP QUA schools the youth with his remake of Meek Mill’s “Stay Woke”

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

Hailing from good ole’ North Philly, MC LGP Qua went viral by tearing up social media with his motivational freestyle Instagram videos and rap tracks, spitting knowledge and wisdom to the world. Doing time in prison made the young rapper figure out his life’s mission which was to wake up the youth with the use of music. Most rappers his age talk about taking drugs and killing people, but not him. LGP Qua’s music focuses on delivering a message or getting a point across. As a result, he has work has attracted the attention of many celebrities such as Brooklyn rap icon Jay Z, born Shawn Carter. Carter reportedly offered LGP Qua a $1 million deal with his record label Roc Nation, who has also signed multiple Philly talents such as Freeway, Beanie Sigel, Chris & Neef, and more.

In the past few months, he has been releasing multiple tracks with a few music videos like “INSOMNIAC (woke)” which features The Black Eyed Pea’s will.i.am and “Hungry” where he collaborated with the shoe store chain Foot Locker for their “Before and After Bite” campaign with Nike Air Max that helps supports up-and-coming artists. Not to mention,  LGP Qua’s first mixtape Voice of the Youth, Vol. I is set to drop soon. Continue reading →

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Childish Gambino is embracing those summertime vibes with two new singles “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer”

Childish Gambino | via facebook.com/donaldglover

So this week, out of nowhere, Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) decided to drop two new songs, “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer,” under the title Summer Pack. Listening to the summer-time themed tracks makes you just want to kick back and soak in that vitamin D. The upbeat, mellow rhythm is refreshing and when paired with Glover’s soulful voice…just hold me back. Continue reading →

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Devon Gilfillian gets soulful in the studio with a live music video for “Troublemarker”

Devon Gilfillian | Photo by Lindsey Patkos | Courtesy of the artist

Nashville-based R&B/rock singer-songwriter Devon Gilfillian will appear at this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival, and he just released a new video for his 2018 single “Troublemarker,” recorded live at Music City’s Smoakstack Studios. Influenced by artist such as Al Green, Ray Charles, and Jimi Hendrix, Gilfillian self-released his 2015 debut EP titled Travelin’ Blues that showcased his blend of soul, blues, rock and gospel. Gilfillian had the honor to perform the Star Spangled Banner at the 2018 NFL draft, and this bluesy track was played throughout the broadcast of the event.

In this performance, we see Gilfillian in a cozy space illuminated by candles and holiday lights, belting out the song while his band and backup singers provide a hard-driving accompaniment. Continue reading →

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Meek Mill jumps back in with his surprise new EP Legends Of The Summer

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Meek Mill | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Since his release from prison in April, Meek Mill has been at work. Just two weeks ago, Philly rapper debuted his single “Stay Woke”, featuring Miguel, on the BET Awards and gave an incredibly powerful performance focused on the topics of police brutality and prison reform issues. Today, Meek released a quick four-track EP titled Legends Of The Summer with features from Swizz Beatz, Jeremih, PnB Rock, Jahlil Beats, and Miguel. Continue reading →

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Swift Technique’s new single “Annawanna” will be one of your summertime jams

Swift Technique | photo via facebook.com/SwiftTechnique

Funkified Philly octet Swift Technique is back with a summertime jam titled “Annawanna,” It has an infectiously catchy beat that will get your feet movin’ and your hips groovin’, with a variety of instruments such as horns (saxophone, trumpet, trombone), guitars, electric bass, percussion, and keyboards to create this funk-alicious tapestry. Over it all, frontwoman Chelsea ViaCava takes center stage with commanding vocals, while Alex Ayala kills it with a wild keyboard solo. Continue reading →