Every summer, Spruce Street Harbor Park holds free concerts on Thursday nights as a part of their Waterfront Sessions, and it’s one of the most reliably awesome hangs of the summer. The park has recently released its lineup of local Philadelphia artists for June, and its bound to get the summer off to a rocking start. Continue reading →
One of the best performances we saw at this year’s Made In America festival was, hands down, Armani White. The Philly rapper and singer kicked it in the first artist, first day slot, and had a packed crowd of people leaping into the air at the foot of the festival’s Skate Stage.
That performance plays heavily in the visual for Armani’s new single “Onederful,” an uplifting singalong that closed out his MIA set on a euphoric, Chance-level high. But instead of being a mere concert video, this becomes a mega-meta video where a YouTube screen literally comes to life, the song’s lyrics get spelled out in captions and comments, new browser windows open on top of other browser windows, and the system comes perilously close to a blue screen of death. (Watch it below, or watch it on YouTube itself for the optimal video-within-a-video experience.) Continue reading →
Grey skies hugged the city of Philadelphia earlier in the day before the sun peeked out from the clouds, sending relief to everyone at Made in America who was geared up for the possibility of rain. From there, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was flooded with people from all walks of life, ready to dance and party ’til dusk. From amazing early sets by local artists Armani White and Orion Sun, to incredible performances from Sabrina Claudio and Saba, a massive throw-down from Janelle Monae and a tremendous homecoming from rapper Meek Mill, the first day of the festival was a blast. Continue reading →
In May, the one and only Armani White gave us yet another banger titled “casablanco freestyle” produced by Seattle’s own Sango. Now, he’s back with a music video to match. The concept of the video is simple, with all focus being on the West Philly rapper while he spits his bars. What makes the whole thing is the editing. It’s wild. Filmmaker Jared Marston incorporates so many elements of color and visual texture that they keep your eyes glued to the screen. It complimented the quick location changes, shot by DBDS & JoshyGonz, and Armani’s body language. Continue reading →
Is it a hit or miss? Well, every track from West Philly contemporary rapper Armani White has been nothing but a hit. White makes music to express rather than impress, he talks about real struggles. He gained the attention of many important figures in the music industry at the start of his career, but when his father passed, he had to take a step back. Now, newly based on the West Coast, he’s back with some new tracks.
In March, White released the lead single off of his upcoming full-length project titled, “Public School” and let’s just say he has not lost his touch. Then two days ago, he dropped another single titled “casablanco freestyle’, which features Soundcloud producer Sango. The simplicity of the beat laid out by Sango does a perfect job complimenting White as he spits some fire verses. The track has this old-school hip-hop vibe where all your attention is focused on the words rather than the beat.Continue reading →
Featuring an intimate crowd of about 50 fans and two rising stars of the Philly hip-hop scene, Joie Kathos and Armani White (plus a set from Milton and his band, which we’ll release a little later this fall), it was a hugely positive night of charismatic performance and impressive skill. And that’s before the improv cypher even began. Continue reading →
Bringing a crew of grassroots musicians from the Philly hiphop scene on a week-long bus trip to Atlanta for the A3C conference is a big undertaking in itself; Will Toms totally understands that their local fans might not necessarily be able to tag along.
“Most people who know about us and care about the project are not able to make the trip down there,” says Toms, creative director of RECPhilly, who is sponsoring the Support Philly Music showcase at the 11th annual hiphop conference next month. “So this is our way of giving back to Philly, giving it a chance to see what we’re showcasing down there.” Continue reading →
This morning, Jeremy Lloyd of Philly favorites Marian Hill shared a remix of the song as covered by LA artists Charlie Puth and Oakland’s Kehlani. The Cali folks dropped their rendition of the song a few weeks back (predating Smith and Disclosure’s higher-profile version), and Lloyd’s remix features the addition of a particularly badass verse by Armani White, one of our favorite rappers on the Philly scene right now. Continue reading →
Philly rapper Armani White caught our attention earlier this year with a very distinctive, rapid-fire flow and a gift for pointed lyricism. On his new single, “Young Adults,” the pace of his rhymes is matched with slow, slooooooow beats, an incredible juxtaposition that makes the song both laid-back and invigorating. Armani describes the song on his Soundcloud page as a reflection of twentysomething restlessness: “‘Young Adults’ thrives off of the cultural waithood that rests between adolescence and adulthood.” Continue reading →