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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 →

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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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Meek Mill reigns, Janelle Monae dazzles, Orion Sun and Armani White rep Philly at Made In America Day One

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

Grey skies hugged the city of Philadelphia earlier in the day before the sun peeked out from the clouds, sending relief to everyone at Made in America who was geared up for the possibility of rain. From there, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was flooded with people from all walks of life, ready to dance and party ’til dusk. From amazing early sets by local artists Armani White and Orion Sun, to incredible performances from Sabrina Claudio and Saba, a massive throw-down from Janelle Monae and a tremendous homecoming from rapper Meek Mill, the first day of the festival was a blast. Continue reading →

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Matthew Schuler is taking “Baby Steps” back into the music scene with his new EP

In 2013, Bucks County singer-songwriter Matthew Schuler took the stage on NBC’s Emmy award-winning competitive reality series The Voice. Schuler earned a trip to the finals as well as hitting #1 on iTunes Charts and #40 on Billboard for his rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” on the show. He has shared the stage with numerous figures in the industry such as Ne-Yo, Christina Aguilera, DNCE, Flo Rida and many more.

After the show, he took two years to collect himself to figure out his true authentic self, which is the inspiration behind his new EP Baby Steps. Continue reading →

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Kur returns to the spotlight with his new EP Smked Out

Kur | via facebook.com/Kur7947

Philly rapper Kur is back once again, this time with seven new songs under an EP titled Smked Out. As usual, Kur gives us those hard-hitters and that raw, uncut material. He doesn’t holds back, and that’s why so many people are drawn to the Philadelphia rapper. His bars hold so much trust and honesty that make people’s eyes widen. Continue reading →

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Amos Lee calls out crooks in his new single “Crooked” from his upcoming album My New Moon

Amos Lee
Amos Lee | photo Brantley Gutierrez | courtesy of the artist

With his upcoming record My New Moon set to be released next week on Dualtone Records, Amos Lee has released yet another powerful, yet heartfelt single titled “Crooked.” As of now, Lee has shared four out of the record’s ten tracks: “No More Darkness, No More Light”, “Hang On, Hang On”, “Dying White Light” and “Crooked.” Each track digs deep into some heavy subjects, especially from his personal life, and you can hear raw emotion radiating from his voice on every note.

With “Crooked,” the Philadelphia singer-songwriter touches on topics of what he describes as “propaganda, misinformation and lies.” The song is a little over two minutes, which is short, but it carries a message to be noted, saying: “Read a crooked headline on a crooked page / There’s a crooked leader on a crooked stage / He seems to think he’s standing tall / Turns out it’s all crooked y’all.” Continue reading →

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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 →