Back in March, many rising rap artists developed earnest pitches as to why they should be the next member of XXL’s Freshman Class. Philly’s Tierra Whack was not one of those artists. For her video, she chomped on potato chips looking unbothered in an all-cheetah print outfit, down to her shades and earnings. Naturally, she was selected as one of XXL Magazine’s 2019 Freshman. Continue reading →
We’ve known that Tierra Whack is a star for a while now. Since Whack World dropped last year, more and more artists have been co-signing Whack and spreading the Whack Gospel. Now, the one and only Beyoncé has given Whack her stamp of approval. The eccentric Philly rapper is set to feature on The Lion King: The Gift, Beyoncé’s upcoming album inspired by the Lion King. The Beyoncé-curated and produced album will be released this Friday, July 19th. In addition to Whack, the album also features Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, 070 Shake, Burna Boy, WizKid, and more.
When an album has 27 tracks, like Flying Lotus‘ latest, it’s easy to let one or two gems fly under the radar. It’s even easier to forget about deep cuts when the album features heavyweights like Anderson .Paak, Solange, David Lynch, Toro y Moi, and more. Thus it’s not surprising that we haven’t discussed “Yellow Belly”, the Flamagra track featuring Tierra Whack enough. The Philly icon raps over Flying Lotus’ shimmering and dense production. Her voice almost sounds like another one of Flying Lotus’ production tricks. It is a dazzling song that, like everything Whack does, deserves our full and everlasting attention.
Even though Philly rap visionary Tierra Whack seems to have wrapped up her super engaging #WHACKHISTORYMONTH series — which blessed us with the infectious earworm “Only Child” and the hysterically macabre “Unemployed” video — we aren’t being made to wait terribly long for more fun from this brilliantly creative mind. Continue reading →
Philadelphia rapper Tierra Whack set the bar incredibly high with her 2018 visual album Whack World, but the new video for “Unemployed” is no visual slouch, comparatively on par with her previous project in its imagination and captivating strangeness.
As Whack’s lyrical flow shines bright over the minimal trap production, she finds herself donning a chef’s hat and slicing up a patch of potatoes, with one innocent spud brought to life through CGI. The music video, directed by Cat Solen, turns somber as Whack brings them to a bitter end, at the hands of a giant potato monster. The video is bizarre, fun, and intriguing to say the least. Continue reading →
The eighth annual edition of the Jay-Z curated Made In America festival comes to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on August 31st and September 1st, and this year sees headlining sets from psychedelic Houston rapper Travis Scott (who also headlines Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival) and Bronx queen Cardi B (who made her MIA debut in 2017). Continue reading →
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.
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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 →