Hardwork Movement gives their powerhouse time to shine on “R2 the B”

RB Ricks and Rick Banks of Hardwork Movement | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Philly hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement is riding high after a New Year’s Eve concert opening for A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie at the Franklin Music Hall. R.B. Ricks, one of the group’s MCs, tells over email that us the gig was incredible: “The crowd was electric! Couldn’t really ask for a better way to start a new year than being on stage performing.”

Leading up to the show, the band dropped a lyric video highlighting a deep cut from their recent Playing With Fire project — and by extension, highlighting Hardwork’s two powerhouse MCs, the aforementioned Ricks, as well as his similarly-handled compatriot Rick Banks. Continue reading →


What are YOU doing New Year’s Eve? A guide to regional gigs for ringing in 2019, from Hardwork Movement to Hop Along

West Philadelphia Orchestra
West Philadelphia Orchestra will play Underground Arts to ring in 2018 | Photo by John Vettese

2018 is finally coming to an end, and I think we can all agree that’s something worth celebrating. But if you haven’t made your New Year’s Eve plans yet, you may want to act fast — concerts across town on December 31 are quickly selling out. Unless you scooped up your tickets early, you won’t be able to see Japanese Breakfast wrap up their three-night hometown run at Johnny Brenda’s or Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, the solo project of The Wonder Years frontman Dan Campbell, play a gig at Boot & Saddle. But there’s some good news, too — as we get ready to usher in 2019, there are still plenty of shows happening across town that you can still find tickets for, including several performances by local Philly acts.

We found eight shows in Philly proper that you can still get into, plus a few more scattered throughout the region — from folk to funk to good ol’ indie rock, there’s something for everyone this New Year’s Eve. Continue reading →


Hardwork Movement catches “Summer Vibes” in their latest single

Hardwork Movement | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN |

Summertime jams are a hot commodity in Philadelphia, which makes sense as we practically invented them. The latest locals to throw their hat in the Ultimate Summer Anthem ring are Hardwork Movement, who just dropped the effervescent “Summer Vibes” this afternoon via Chill Moody’s nicethingsMUSIC. Continue reading →


Waterfront Sessions continue through August with Restorations, Killiam Shakespeare, Hardwork Movement and more

Hardwork Movement | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

This August brings us not four but *five* Thursdays, which can only mean one thing — more Waterfront Sessions. The free outdoor concert series at Spruce Street Harbor Park kicked off in June with a different local band and DJ set each week, and continues with four more performances throughout July. Now, August lineup is here, giving us more tunes to look forward to as the summer marches on. Continue reading →


Hardwork Movement MC RB Ricks remixes Post Malone’s “Too Young”

Hardwork Movement’s RB Ricks | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Hardwork Movement stays true to their name, both as a group and in its members’ side projects. Since the collective’s full-band debut EP dropped in September 2017, HWM delivered a dazzling Free at Noon set, took Austin by storm for SXSW, and released a host of solo material – from trumpeter Becca Graham’s Honeychile project to MC Sterling Duns collaboration with Philly instrumentalist Aqeel Aadam.

Just this week, MC RB Ricks released his latest remix, this time spitting over Post Malone’s 2015 track “Too Young.” Ricks has a great ear for selecting backing tracks, previously rapping over Drake’s “4pm in Calabasas” and “Charged Up”, the latter track alongside HWM counterpart Sterling Duns, as well as Jaden Smith’s 2017 banger “Icon.” Continue reading →


Just Announced: The Districts and Hardwork Movement to co-headline Beyond the Bars benefit show this May

The Districts
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |

Local acts Hardwork Movement and The Districts have been announced as special guests for the next Beyond the Bars benefit concert, hosted at World Cafe Live this May. Both acts are no strangers to the stage downstairs, as the hip-hop soulsters performed a free at noon set just last month, and the Philly-via-Lititz rockers played in one of the first BtB benefit show in April of 2016. Now, the two local forces are coming together for a special co-headlining event, all to benefit the local organization dedicated to exposing youth who have been impacted by the incarceration system to musical outlets and to provide safe spaces where they can express themselves. Continue reading →


On their “Living Legends” video, Hardwork Movement brings the 90s back

Hardwork Movement | photo by Ashley Gellman-LaLima for WXPN

Philly’s Hardwork Movement is throwin’ the 215 back to the good old days. Last week, the nine-piece band released a retro 90s-inspired music video “Living Legends” for Okayplayer’s First Look Friday series. To film the vintage project, they basically just set up camp at a house party in West Philly and did their thing. No matter where they are, the group always performs their hearts out, and you can see that in the music video. Continue reading →


Low Cut Connie, Son Little, Vita and the Woolf, Hardwork Movement and more will play #AmplifyPhilly at SXSW

clockwise, from left: Vita and the Woolf | photo by Ebru Yildiz // Son Little | photo by Marc-Lemoine // Hardwork Movement | photo by Ashley Gellman // Low Cut Connie | photo by Ellen Miller

The folks at REC Philly have once again teamed up with the CIty of Philadelphia to showcase music from the 215 at Austin’s SXSW Festival. It’s the fourth year that REC Philly has staged an all-Philly music party on Austin’s bustling 6th Street, and the third consecutive year that it’s gone by the #AmplifyPhilly handle — and the lineup for 2018 is stacked. Continue reading →


Free at Noon Flashback: Hardwork Movement puts on for their city

Hardwork Movement | photo by Ashley Gellman-LaLima for WXPN

Remember last summer, when the weather was warm, and Hardwork Movement filled the XPN Fest Marina Stage with their sunny, vibrant energy? Life seemed pretty good back then. But even now, in the dead of winter, things aren’t looking that bad — it’s 2018, the Eagles won the Super Bowl, and, conveniently, Hardwork Movement was here to help us celebrate.

And celebrate they did. Those who survived Thursday’s parade and were looking to keep the party going came to the right place this afternoon, because Hardwork Movement, still jazzed from the city’s big win, brought all the Philly spirit we could ask for right here to the World Cafe Live stage — and Hardwork Movement is a group that knows how to fill a stage. Nine members strong, their presence is magnetic, and managed to turn a quiet morning audience into a dance party by the end of their set. Continue reading →