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Ivy Sole reflects on mothers, daughters, and generational trauma in new “Lovely Fiction” video

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Philly rapper Ivy Sole got intensely personal on last year’s Overgrown LP, reflecting on heartbreak, personal trauma, and the deep sort of introspective thoughts you feel in early adulthood. Ivy was 25 when she wrote the opening track “Lovely Fiction,” and it is about her appreciation of mothers and motherhood, but also her anxiety about one day becoming a mother herself — as she put it in a press release, it’s about “the fears of raising a Black child in America and finding love despite that.” Continue reading →

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Ivy Sole’s “Taken” video explores distance and longing in Cape Coast, Ghana

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In search of a setting that represented the themes of distance and longing in her song “Taken,” Ivy Sole traveled to Africa to film her new music video. It proved a personal journey as well as a creative one for the Philly-based rapper-singer, who describes her first trip to her ancestral homeland a “pilgrimage of sorts.” Continue reading →

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Go behind the scenes of Ivy Sole’s life and music in new video doc

Ivy Sole at SXSW | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly rapper Ivy Sole has been in the national spotlight lately after releasing her latest LP, Overgrown, and joining in on Coors Light Music’s initiative to promote local artists in various cities.

The latest feature in the project is a short video that gives us a behind-the-scenes look at Ivy Sole’s life and music. She talks about her first foray into music as a kid, violin lessons that “didn’t go so well,” and how she approaches her songwriting and performance style today. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Strand of Oaks, Ivy Sole, Mavis Staples, Swearin’ and more

Ivy Sole at SXSW | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

From alt rock heros to rising stars in hip-hop, a Philly favorite taking over three nights at Boot and Saddle in South Philly, while a soul queen posts up for two nights at World Cafe Live in University City. And the time of year being what it is, there are not one, not two, but three holiday shows on the calendar this week. Here are 16 concerts to see in the next seven days all around Philadelphia.  Continue reading →

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Ivy Sole tells a queer love story in “How High”

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Philly-made rapper Ivy Sole has released a video for “How High,” off her debut album Overgrown. Directed by Sole in collaboration with Ethan Boye-Do, the video was shot in Venice Beach and shows Sole wandering the shore in the early morning, hand-in-hand with actress Andria Langston. The song captures that stomach-flipping rush of being in the proximity of someone you love. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Hardwork Movement, Ivy Sole, YallaPunk, Made In America and more

Hardwork Movement | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

We’re in the last week of summer, people. Even though the season officially continues for another three weeks, with school starting this week and Labor Day on the horizon, this is pretty much it — so let’s make it count. Here are 12 concerts you can see in and around Philadelphia this week, starting out tonight at Johnny Brenda’s with rapper Kuf Knotz’s classically-oriented new project, and wrapping up with the giant party on the Parkway that is Made In America.
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Watch Ivy Sole and Anyee Wright ride around in “Backwoods” music video

Ivy Sole | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

Part time crooner, part time rapper Ivy Sole is back with new music today, the latest track from her just-announced debut studio album. “Backwoods” follows up the previously released “Rollercoaster” from June, both tracks set to appear on her debut album OVERGROWN, out September 18th on Les Fleurs Records. On the track, Ivy Sole teams up with local artist Anyee Wright who delivers a fire guest verse, both artists rapping over the smooth beat care of producers CRO and Corey Smith-West. Continue reading →

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Slum Village takes us back to hip-hop’s golden days at World Cafe Live, while Trio and Ivy Sole showcase its evolution

Slum Village | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

It’s hard to overstate the influence Slum Village has had on the hip-hop world. They were peers of major names such as The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest, and founding member J. Dilla’s beats reshaped the sound of hip-hop in the 90s and thousands. Even though things have completely 360-ed for Slum Village with the passing of Dilla and another original member, Baatin, the Detroit hip-hop group have managed to keep their music alive and relevant. Now, the group consists of founding member T3 and his brother Young RJ. As we saw at a World Cafe Live set last week, the two honestly have not lost their touch with their smooth as butter flow over slick beats. Everything about the performance was clean and simple, which I appreciated a lot. People were really feelin’ what these two were putting down and it was nice to get a glimpse of how hip-hop used to be, a contrast to what is mainstream now. Continue reading →

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Take a ride with Ivy Sole in her new music video “Roller Coaster”

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Ivy Sole | photo courtesy of the artist

You can’t get more Philly than Ivy Sole’s new music video for her June release track “Rollercoaster.” Philly is a city filled with so much love for music and bikes, and Sole brought the heat, Meek Mill style. Throughout the video, you just see a bunch of people riding dirt bikes, tricked out cars, and four-wheelers in the streets. If you truly rep the 215, you already know.

“Rollercoaster” is more than a catchy, upbeat track though. Sole explains in a press statement that the song “is about the sweet spot in a love-hate relationship and the feeling of knowing that someone is less than ideal, but for whatever reason, they’re your weakness.” Continue reading →