One of my favorite parts of seeing Tierra Whack at last year’s Roots Picnic was the moment she got the crowd to chant “HEY MAMA WHACK” for her mother, who was watching the set from backstage. It’s always great to see that, much as an artist might be at the center of the zeitgeist, much as they may have captured the attention and imagination of fans and tastemakers alike, they’re still a real person with real roots, and they’ve still got time for family. And it continues nearly a year later. Continue reading →
New music has been beaming on the regular from the ridiculously creative mind of Philly rapper Tierra Whack. Since mid-February, she’s released several singles under the #WhackHistoryMonth banner, and the latest single — called “Wasteland” — finds Whack on the west coast, ruminating on her surroundings in a serious of free-associative bars. The beat moves at a mellow pace, while Whack’s bars unfurl at double-time, creating a unique low/high energy as she catalogs various observations on L.A. existence. Continue reading →
On Monday night, rising hip-hop star and Philly’s own Tierra Whack performed two singles on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Whack is known for her imaginative aesthetic and short but powerful singles. Her debut album, Whack World, was made up of fifteen songs in fifteen minutes. You heard that right. Each song is a mere one-minute long but don’t let their brevity fool you. They are dense songs that are as clever as they are short.
For her Kimmel performance, Whack wore a fire-engine red two piece adorned with stuffed animals and a pair of graphic eyeball earrings. Continue reading →
If you’ve been craving new Tierra Whack tunes in the months since her debut album Whack World was released, you’re in luck — the Philly singer and rapper is two weeks into her current project, which sees her releasing a brand new track each week accompanied by the hashtag #whackhistorymonth. Whack shared the first song in the series, the deep and melodic “Only Child” last week, and followed it up this week the more rap-heavy “CLONES,” where she shouts out that she was “born and raised in Philly.” Listen to both tracks below. Continue reading →
DJ Funkmaster Flex’s show on NYC station Hot 97 is something of a proving grounds for rappers to showcase their skills on the mic, those on the rise and established names alike. Last Wednesday, Philly MC Tierra Whack dropped by Funk Flex’s studio to take part in his freestyle series, and over two minutes of the beat from Busta Rhymes’ “Put Your Hands Where I Can See,” she was fierce, funny and filled with Philly love. Continue reading →
When her stunning 15-minute visual album Whack World was released earlier this year, the world took notice of Tierra Whack. The Philly-born 20 something effortlessly blends traditional songwriting chops with Eminem’s syllable-bending technical prowess and Missy Elliot’s bizarre surrealist aesthetic. Despite what some may think, Tierra did not appear out of nowhere. Since 2012, she had been making a name and building her skills in Philly’s underground rap scene. We’ve compiled a beginner’s guide to one of the music world’s brightest creative lights. Continue reading →
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.
If you’ve ever caught Philly rapper Tierra Whack in concert, you probably walked away with the hook to “Toe Jam” rooted in your noggin; “CRACK KILLS IF IT DON’T GETCHA WHACK WILL.” The song had the same effect on Philadelphia soundscaper and beatmaker Kilamanzego, who chopped up the hook and folded it into her latest musical collage, “red light green light.” Continue reading →
When iconic singer/rapper Ms. Lauryn Hillannounced her upcoming tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, it seemed too good to be true. She’ll be playing the classic album in full, but if that isn’t reason enough to attend, we now know the opening acts for the Philly stop on the tour, happening at Festival Pier on July 13.
Two well-loved and long-running rappers are lined up for the show — Busta Rhymes, who recentlyappeared at the Firefly Music Festival for the second consecutive year, and M.I.A., whose last album was 2016’s AIM. Also in the mix is reggae artist Jo Mersa Marley (who just happens to bethe grandson of Bob Marley). But perhaps the most exciting part of this announcement is the addition of a local act — Philly-based hip hop artist Tierra Whack. She released a new visual album, Whack World, last month, and recently appeared at Roots Picnic and Firefly. Continue reading →
I don’t have a FitBit, so I can’t tell you how many miles I actually walked around the Firefly Music Festival yesterday, but it was undoubtedly a lot. What can I say? There was so much great stuff to see — and some clunkers, admittedly. Continue reading →