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2 Chainz and Pusha T playing Tower Theatre 3/22

2 Chainz photo courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/2Chainz
2 Chainz photo courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/2Chainz

Rapper 2 Chainz has announced his “2 Good To Be T.R.U. Tour” with support from Pusha T. They play the Tower Theatre on Saturday, March 22nd. Both rappers have new releases out now. Pusha T, formerly of The Clipse, recently released his excellent solo debut album, My Name Is My Name, featuring the Bunny Sigler-sampled “Numbers on the Boards.” 2 Chainz, recently nominated for a Grammy award for Best Rap Song (“F***in’ Problems”), is out in support of his recent album, B.O.A.T.S. 2# Metime. Below, listen to songs from both artists’ recent albums. Watch a live performance from Pusha-T at NPR Music here. Go here for tickets and more information.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dangerous Ponies and Slutever at MilkBoy, Pusha T at Union Transfer, Low Cut Connie at Johnny Brenda’s and more

PoniesDangerous Ponies will be playing at MilkBoy tonight in celebration of their brand new four-song EP Tenderheart. Released just this month, Dangerous Ponies shifts their sound between fun loving indie, as well as some pop influence, but mostly, it is just a plain good time. The new release can be found to buy on their Bandcamp, where you can also purchase the release on vinyl. Also to be taking the stage is Philadelphia’s two piece punk band Slutever. The duo has various material available on their Bandcamp, one of which is their single released in February of this year. Tickets and information for the 21 and up show can be found here. Below, listen to the title track off of Dangerous Ponies EP Tenderheart.

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Pusha T gives philly a dose of DAYTONA

After dropping his critically acclaimed third album DAYTONA and coming out with a win after engaging in lyrical battle with the biggest rap star on the planet, Drake, it’s safe to say that hip hop veteran Pusha T is having a phenomenal year in 2018.

Since the end of July, the Virginia native has been taking his talents to different cities across the country even across the border in the city of his nemesis, giving his fans a sample of what DAYTONA and performing his cult classic kingpin anthems. Last Friday at The Fillmore, Philadelphia, a city that Pusha T claims was the first to embrace him and his brother No Malice’s hip hop duo the Clipse, got a chance to be served a dose of what Pusha T calls rap album of the year. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Jessie Reyez, Max Swan, Pusha T, Killiam Shakespeare and more

Killiam Shakespeare | photo via killiamseason.bandcamp.com

Think a holiday week means there’s no live music to keep you entertained? Think again. Starting tonight with rising R&B star Jessie Reyez, carrying through an album release from Killiam Shakespeare this weekend, and a Green Room showcase with DaniLeigh on Monday, here are twelve concerts you can see in the next seven days all around Philadelphia. 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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Pusha T takes hip-hop to a brave new future at The Trocadero

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

Pusha T has made a career out of carrying on the spirit of the 90s.  First as a member of The Clipse with his brother, and now as a solo artist and head of Kanye Wests GOOD Music label.

But, while he may be rooted in aesthetics that seem dated in a world taken over by an increasing crop of interesting DIY units, he’s taken hip-hop in to a brave new future.  His flow is classic, but he’s never afraid to alliterate over more adventurous music than most of his peers.  His content is steely and cold, but Pusha himself is an electrifying personality.

For this tour, which stopped at The Trocadero last night, he has chosen to put himself out on stage, alone and exposed, in times when most artists surround themselves with at least one hype-man. Continue reading →

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Pusha T playing Union Transfer on March 29th (download his free new mixtape, Wrath of Caine)

pusha-t1 Rapper Pusha T is playing Union Transfer on Friday, March 29th. Pusha T is one half of the rap group Clipse, and signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. music. He was prominently featured on Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer on standout songs including “Mercy,” and “New God Flow.” Below, download his new mixtape Wrath Of Cain, featuring Rick Ross and French Montana with a variety of production support from Kanye West, The Neptunes and Jake-One. Pusha-T’s solo album, My Name Is My Name will be released in May.

Go here tickets and more information about the show.

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Mir Fontane got a story to tell

Mir Fontane | photo by Angel Rodriguez | courtesy of artist

Hot 97 personality Ebro once tweeted that an MC must be able to move the crowd, have the ability to not just rhyme but to play with words, show different rhyme patterns and cadences with his style and be able to tell a cohesive story. The fourth criteria is something the New Jersey MC, Mir Fontane, has studied since he became interested in making music.

From his first project He So Crazy to the recent release of his brand new album Who’s Watching The Kids 2, his ability to tell stories about his hometown of Camden is what has allowed him to catch ears as well as rock any crowd that’s in front of him. The art of storytelling is what got songs like “Steph Curry” Wanni Wag” &and “Space Jam” to all have over 100k plays on SoundCloud, to win a Philly Hip Hop Award in 2016 for Tri-State Artists of the Year, to gain attention from 300 Music Ent. and to acquire 10 million streams on Apple Music as an independent artist.

I recently got the chance to talk to Mir Fontane about his journey as a storyteller as he prepares to rock another crowd at the TLA this Thursday with assistance from fellow Camden MC Franky Hill. Continue reading →

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Far beyond Philly, Meek has inherited the earth: The Year in Milly 2018

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

Drake might have moved more units. Pusha T might stirred more shit. Childish Gambino might have made more multi-media moves. Offset might have truly fucked up by cheating on Cardi B. Kayne West is a MAGA-hat-wearing-imbecile.

Yet, when it came to snaring headlines for something solid beyond gossip and innuendo – and winding up with a surprisingly rich and righteously different new album in Championships – Philadelphia Meek Mill took the cake and made all the right moves in 2018. Not only was he able to pour the milk of human kindness on thick (beef squashing with longtime rival, Drake), Philly’s Milly became the wisely wordy brand ambassador for the anti-prison complex establishment after his time in the joint.

I don’t agree with Mill all the time or think his word is gospel, but in 2018, Meek showed that he cares, and is looking to make a difference. That says a lot in 2018, for any artist or man.

Here’s a rundown of Meek Mill’s year. Continue reading →