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Voss is getting roasted on his birthday at Bourbon & Branch

Voss | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com
Voss | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com

Earlier this year, the Philly rapper Voss released his second album Lost & Crowned, preceded by a listening party in the late January. Now, the BET 106 & Park Freestyle Friday Hall of Famer is back with another surprise. In honor of his birthday, Voss will be celebrating it with a roast, and I’m not talking about the one you eat. Continue reading →

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Voss Is Throwing A Party For His New Album Lost & Crowned

Photo by Michael Boyle | courtesy of the artist
Photo by Michael Boyle | courtesy of the artist

 

Clear your schedule for this Friday, January 26th, because Voss is throwing a listening party for his new album Lost & Crowned at Bourbon & Branch. The Philly based rapper (and occasional contributor to The Key) is giving his listeners a sneak peak of the 12 track project a week before the album drops on February 2nd. The event will have live performances from artists featured on the project such as Terrence Stone, Mason, and Major Van Winkle, as well as an art show with pieces from local artists. Continue reading →

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Send off the summer with Voss and friends at Pub Webb

Voss | photo courtesy of the artist
Voss | photo courtesy of the artist

Between his run of mixtapes over the past few years and his writing for The Key, it’s pretty clear: Voss knows hip-hop. So it’s cool to see the Philly wordsmith curating an interdisciplinary showcase up Temple way to close out the summer on Saturday, September 16th.

Joining Voss onstage at Pub Webb is Malakai (formerly of Ground Up), Jo Rivers, BooB Mile$, with sounds in the mix from DJ Dommis, DJ Andrew Kent, and DJ Hoove and visual art care of Told By Soul and Reji B. Photo, the latter of whom often pairs up with Voss on his concert reviews.
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The Key Studio Sessions: Voss

Philly rapper Voss has been rocking a pretty funny hashtag of late: #notthewater. While it’s handy as far as name recognition that he’s got a popular aqueous doppelgänger — no sponsorship to speak of yet, though — he’d be making waves even if his last name and stage name were, like, Smith.

Which is to say: Voss is a confident and cunning MC who raps over a choice selection of beats from producers Rob Devious, Ron Swerdon, Architekt & Fearmongerz. Earlier this year, he dropped his debut album Insatiable, and its tone ranges from menacing club bangers matched with bold lyrical swagger (“CSN”) to soulful slow jams (“Respect My Mind”) and pop euphoria (“Oasis,” a flip of the brit rock icons’ “Champagne Supernova”).

His focus as an MC is bold declarations of personal ambition as well as intellectual and spiritual reflections — the closing song he performed during his Key Studio Session, “Found,” pairs him up with vocalist the means on the hook for a study of faith and religion, dissecting its role in modern life. Continue reading →

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Voss shares music video for “Respect My Mind” ft. Milton, holding album release party in May

Voss
Voss| Photo by John Vettese

Philly rapper Voss has shared his new music video for the song “Respect My Mind” from his album Insatiable, featuring Milton.

On “Respect My Mind,” Voss speaks of understanding and appreciation for others at the same time telling people not to fuck with him, while Milton takes slick hook duties. The video features performances by the duo along with a humorous interlude of them sitting down with a rude record exec before telling him off. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rainer Maria at Union Transfer, Kiska at MilkBoy, Voss at Underground Arts and more…

Rainer Maria
Rainer Maria | photo via Facebook

Wisconsin-born trio Rainer Maria bring their reunion tour to Union Transfer tonight. When this show was announced, Key editor John Vettese took a look back at his five favorite Rainer Maria moments, from a spring night in 2003 when the emo / indie band opened for Mates of State and played “Ears Ring” off of their then-new record Long Knives Drawn, to their final Philly show in 2006 when they closed with “Tinfoil” from Past Worn Searching. Listen to “Ears Ring” below and pick up tickets for the concert here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark at Union Transfer, Family Vacation at Steel City Coffeehouse, JD McPherson at World Cafe Live, Reef the Lost Cause and Voss at The M Room

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark have been around since the late 70s, garnering critical acclaim as masters of new wave and earning the title “intelligent pop” from the release of their self-titled 1981 full length. Except for a small gap in the 2000s, the group has been consistently releasing material since the late 70s, including their most recent release, English Electric, which came out this summer.  Tonight, the godfathers of new wave play Union Transfer.  Click here for ticket info and check out one of their classic hits below.

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