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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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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 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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I Used To Know H.E.R.: Cali R&B enigma lights up Franklin Music Hall

H.E.R. | photo by Taylor Johnson for WXPN

Bay Area singer and songwriter Gabi Wilson prefers to keep a low profile and let the music she releases as H.E.R. do the talking. Since 2016, she’s released a handful of acclaimed EPs that caught the attention of hip-hop and R&B scene players like Pusha T and Alicia Keys. As H.E.R. prepares to release a full length debut, she took her most recent projects — I Used To Know H.E.R.: The Prelude and I Used To Know Her Part 2on a U.S. club tour, and it found her headlining the stage of the Franklin Music Hall on Friday night.

Fans were treated to a set that showed off Wilson’s versatility — she went from rocking the mic to playing the piano to performing songs on acoustic guitar. 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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