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Unwind with Boogieman Dela’s new video “Bring Me Down”

Boogieman Dela | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Philly’s Boogieman Dela caught our ear this year with a suave sound straddling the worlds of clubby hip-hop and melodic R&B, and that balance comes to the forefront in his new music video.

Set to “Bring Me Down,” the Anderson .Paak styled closing track to Boogie’s spring release Broken Watch 02: Future Currents, the video gives us a depiction of how his sound is custom designed to unwind, as we follow a woman returning home from a stressful day and indulging in some self-care time (with the aid of a certain mood-enhancing substance).    Continue reading →

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Boogieman Dela is ridin’ dirty in his new music video “We Out Here”

Boogieman Dela | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Summer is coming to an end and to send the heat (hopefully) on it’ way, Boogieman Dela released a music video for “We Out Here” from his new hip-hop/gospel rooted EP Broken Watch 02: Future Currents. Shot by Trelevision, The Philly native is seen strolling around in a motor scooter while shopping in a department store, trying to pick out some new clothes with his lady friend (played by Tsehaitu Abye from &More). From there, the scene changes to an outside party-like setting where there are a number of people riding four wheelers (of course, it’s Philadelphia), twerking, and just having a wild time. Continue reading →

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Pentridge Station reopens for 2018 with a kickoff show from Boogieman Dela

Boogieman Dela | via boogiemandela.com

The cozy West Philadelphia beer garden Pentridge Station is up and running again for the summer, and to kick off the season, rapper Boogieman Dela will help welcome back the crowd with a pop-up performance on June 1st.

Fresh off the release of his latest EP, Broken Watch 02: Future Currents, who better to reopen the summer than one of Philly’s own slick, soulful, and genre-bending rappers. Continue reading →

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Dirty Harmony: Boogieman Dela draws from many musical pillars to create Future Currents

Boogieman Dela | via boogiemandela.com

Opening with the faint sound of birds chirping and oddly-metered “Doo-Doo-Doo-Dooo-Doo-Doooo” scats, “Believe” — the first track from West Philly MC/Singer Boogieman Dela’s latest EP Broken Watch 02: Future Currents — properly encapsulates the projects fresh, breezy spirit.

Once the over-sized kick drums hit, Boogieman enters with a slick, melodic flow and lyrics urging listeners to wake up and self-actualize. We caught up with him to chat about his beginnings in hip hop, his process, and the Gospel upbringing that helped shape his rich, soulful sound. Continue reading →

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Boogieman Dela wants you to look within on the Rolled Gold-produced “Mirror Mirror”

Boogieman Dela | photo via boogiemandela.com

The new single from Philly rapper Boogieman Dela is reminiscent of the haunting, cinematic 70s soul style that implies the artist is about to drop some heavy knowledge on you. With lyrics like “That fear is only in your mind / Stop acting so shook / The recipe right there / all you gotta do is go cook,” I’d argue that “Mirror Mirror” fits the bill. Continue reading →

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Meet Jacqueline Constance: The dope songbird from Philly

Jacqueline Constance | photo by Deuce Pearsall | courtesy of artist

The city of Philadelphia is filled with so many musical talents that can simply be described as dope. It’s amazing to watch these artists of different genres find creative was to capture the struggle of their beloved, edgy, blue-collar city with music. Take for instance soul singer Jacqueline Constance,  a Mt. Airy songbird who has been making a name for herself in the City of Brotherly with her voice for the past seven years.

Trained in classical music during her time time at CAPA, Jacqueline Constance used those vocal skills to create soul music and with her debut album The Jacqueline Constance Show. In the time since, with the assistance of her looper, and other bits of electronic music technology, the soulful songstress found a way to expand her sound and keep her name known in the local music scene of her city. Recently we were able to sit down with Jacqueline and talk about her beginnings as a singer, how she got into looping and the moves she has planned for the future. Continue reading →

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Rolled Gold launches his new beat tape series with A Different Cloth, Vol. 1

Rolled Gold | courtesy of the artist

Philly hip-hop and R&B producer Rolled Gold is starting off his 2019 by unveiling a new beat tape series. His new release A Different Cloth, Vol. 1 is the first in the series of tapes, which he’ll be putting out incrementally throughout the year. Rolled Gold’s musical experience ranges from jazz to punk rock to trap, and the new seven-track collection highlights his ability as a producer while showcasing how his varied musical influences come into play. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: John Vettese’s Top Six Philly Music Finds of 2018

Low Dose | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2018 incredible. To kick off the series, Key editor John Vettese recaps six of his favorite Philadelphia music finds from the past 12 months.

This page of the calendar is always a blur for me. Thinking back over the 300-some previous days of listening to records from Philly musicians, getting to their gigs, recording them in the WXPN studio, and spinning their music on the air is a lot to take stock of. Putting together my annual rundown of jaw-dropping artists that were new to me in 2018 quickly went from “hmm, I know I was stoked about these three” to “OMG I already have 20, I need to narrow this down.”

But that’s the blessing of living in Philly, as I say every year. We have amazing musicians operating on all tiers — the broadly-reaching Meek Mills releasing the best and most poignant records of their career, the War on Drugs-es returning home this week for a sold-out run of underplay shows, the Hop Alongs garnering widespread acclaim for their own masterpieces — but we also have musicians who are still sweating it out on basement show bills, touring in battered vans, hustling across the bar scene, and grinding to make it all work for them.

Finding the most exciting musicians in that latter space, and watching them make their way to the former, is easily my favorite part of my job. Here are a handful of artists I hope to see make that journey this year.

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The Week Ahead: Jupiter & Okwess, Stef Chura, Nothing, Soul Glo and more

Soul Glo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Soul Glo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Can we collectively agree to retire the aughties hipster cliche “Rocktober”? Not because the tenth month of the year is no longer jam-packed with live music — it absolutely is, moreso than ever, as any casual glance at the calendar will tell you — but because there are many more offerings at your disposal this month than mere rock.

This week alone, there is Nigerian-tinged R&B, homegrown hip-hop, jazzy folk, folky punk, and so much more. Here are 27 concerts you can see in Philadelphia in the next seven days, with a whopping eight options on Saturday night. Heck, even Monday has four shows you can choose from — Monday! GTTG, Philly.

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