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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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Rolled Gold flaunts his new skills on “Night Owls Theme” with Ai-Que and Reef The Lost Cauze

Rolled Gold | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly hip hop producer Rolled Gold just reworked and dropped a single called “Night Owls Theme” from an upcoming project, featuring local MCs Ai-Que and the revered Reef The Lost Cauze. The title “Night Owl Theme” is an appropriate match for the lyrics that deal with themes of hard work and the kinds of pensive thoughts you have at night time. Continue reading →

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Listen to Rolled Gold and NO Headliner team up in new single “The Field”

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Rolled Gold | Photo courtesy of the artist

On July 4th, Philadelphia hip-hop producer and beat-maker Rolled Gold dropped a fire single featuring a collaboration with fellow Philly-based hip-hop duo NO Headliner (Jeide Eighttrack and Kaang Grooviin). “The Field” is the first single released from Rolled Gold’s upcoming EP, and according to a post on his Facebook page inspiration for the track was “sparked from an improv singing session I did with the one and only El Boogie, I created the beat and eventually linked up with Jeide Eighttrack and Kaang Grooviin, who delivered powerfully poetic verses to help bring the music to life.” The track artwork was created by Rolled Gold’s father. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Great Fallback, the latest project from beatmaker Rolled Gold and Uncle Crimson

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Rolled Gold | Photo courtesy of the artist

Back in February, emerging Philly producer Rolled Gold caught my ear with the Salty EP, a digable collection of RZA-sharp beats and collabs with local MCs from The Bul Bey to Ai-Que. One of the spitters on the set was a fellow by the name of Uncle Crimson, and he teamed up with Rolled again for a full-length project called The Great Fallback. The set – pretty much recorded over the span of a single Saturday afternoon – is smooth, soulful and jazzy, and Rolled tells us the two looked to MF Doom, Ghostface and Earl Sweatshirt for inspiration. Give it a listen below, and keep on the lookout for information about live shows in support of it — Rolled says they’re looking to fuse their music with a bit of visual art and even comedy for a multifaceted performance firing on all cylinders.  Continue reading →

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Philly producer Rolled Gold creates organic chemistry on his new Salty EP

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Rolled Gold | Photo courtesy of the artist

A couple things grabbed me right off the bat on Salty, the debut EP from emerging West Philly hip-hop producer Rolled Gold.

One, there’s an incredible array of samples and source material – chopped and re-configured 60s garage rock, jazzy piano breaks, ominous film score set pieces. (Points if you can spot the sample of “Audrey’s Dance” from Twin Peaks.)

Then there is the choice roundup of MCs he gets to lend their voice to the project – scene faves from Philly, Camden and The Bronx including The Bul Bey, Visto, Ai-Que and more. Rolled Gold tells us he’s known and worked with Uncle Nate the longest, and has been friends with Rhetroic Wallace since they were both in high school.

“It was a very natural, mutual friend based selection,” Rolled Gold (offstage / out-of-the-studio name: Harry Metz) tells us over email. “I always tell the MC’s that i work with, ‘before we do business, let’s have a beer, listen to some records and talk some shit.’ It’s proven to create the best organic chemistry.” Continue reading →

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Inside Dahlak Paradise: The story of West Philly’s famed Eri-Ethiopian eatery turned nightspot

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A City Island Music party at Dahlak | Photo by Tavi and John Clark | thefiyahdept.com | courtesy of the artist

For years, the Cedar Park neighborhood of West Philadelphia has been an eclectic and progressive area. Holistic cafes, independent bookstores, grocery co-ops, and international eateries have been a mainstay on the Baltimore Avenue strip. Being that Cedar Park is only a hop, skip, and a jump from The University of Pennsylvania, in recent years, gentrification has taken a hefty bite out of the neighborhood. Area watering holes like Abby’s Desert Lounge, Third World Lounge, and Best House have closed – the later two being replaced with kitschy bars that cater more towards the influx of hipsters than the residents who have been living there for years.

Despite the unstoppable growth of University City, many of the restaurants and hangouts have maintained and adapted to the changing surroundings. One space in particular is Dahlak Paradise, located at 4708 Baltimore Avenue. Dhalak, as the locals call it, is an Eri-Ethiopian Bar and Restaurant that serves traditional East African cuisine in an authentic Habesha setting. In the back of the Restaurant is a narrow bar that is, more often than not, super crowded. The bar area leads to a back patio area where drinkers can get a breath of fresh air or step out for a smoke. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bul Bey at Kung Fu Necktie, Mother Moses at Bourbon & Branch, Settled Arrows at Buckeye Studio and more…

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The Bul Bey recording a Key Studio Session | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Local hip hop artist The Bul Bey performs at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. It’s been about a year since the West Philly native released his latest LP Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies, but we got another nugget of Amir Richardson’s talent on producer Rolled Gold’s debut effort earlier this week.  Check 2014’s “Where I’m From” below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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From the Bronx to Broad Street, Visto pays tribute to his hometowns in “Downtown”

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Visto | Photo by PJ Roane |

You’ll probably notice that Philly rapper Visto sports a New York Yankees hat in his latest video, “Downtown.” It’s not an anomaly or an accident – comb through his social media and you’ll find that he’s rarely photographed without it, and with good reason. Visto (offstage name: Travis Walker) was born and raised in the Bronx before making his way to Philly five years ago and pursuing his music career locally. Continue reading →