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Keeping up with S.udan: Put your ears to “Powers” and “100 South”

S.udan | photo courtesy of the artist
S.udan | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly rapper S.udan has been making good on his promise to deliver a regular stream of new jams this year. When we last check in on him, the observational hustle story “The Difference” had followed up the poignant and socially conscious “Die Tonight.” That was December, and S.udan has dropped two more tracks in the two months since.
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S.udan reflects on personal complexities in “The Difference”

S.udan | photo courtesy of the artist
S.udan | photo by Tayo Junior | tayojr.com | courtesy of the artist

The collaboration between S.udan and producer Pace-O Beats just continues to bear fruit. The Philly rapper tells us that after a year and change of being dormant, he’s ready to get back into the musical swing, and will be releasing new songs on the regular over the coming months. Following up the powerful “Die Tonight,” a meditation on the difficult choices that confront young black men on a daily basis, he returns with “The Difference.” Continue reading →

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S.udan goes deep on his powerful new single “Die Tonight”

S.udan | photo courtesy of the artist
S.udan | photo by Tayo Junior | tayojr.com | courtesy of the artist

Philly rapper S.udan caught our ear three summers ago when he’d just graduated high school and released his debut track, “Away,” under the name JustXSudan. It was a rumination on music as life and at the time we called it “a fully-formed slice of philosophical hiphop that has this 18-year-old spitter looking like he’s poised to do great things.”

We’re a few years down the line, and while S.udan is biding his time on releasing a full project, he has built on the promise of “Away” one track at a time, with each new song topping the last. This summer, he partied on the stage in front of a packed TLA as part of the Sylk130 reunion show — his first time performing in front of a serious crowd — and he just followed it up with his latest single, “Die Tonight.” Continue reading →

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16 Philly songs we’re thankful for on Thanksgiving 2016

Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist
Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist

As always, we’re thankful for Philadelphia music on this Thanksgiving day. The amount of talent in the scene is immense, and continues to flourish. But moreso, this year we’re thankful for Philadelphia artists who imbue their music with a message.

There’s a lot of unease in the country and the world right now. This Thanksgiving, Native American citizens are clashing with authorities at Standing Rock for standing up against energy companies. Members of marginalized communities around the country are uncertain and afraid in the wake of the election. Going further back, there are numerous instances throughout the year where injustice and inequality have manifested into violence of various degrees.

I still have enough faith in humanity to think that the majority of Americans don’t wish harm on any of our fellow people. But I also know that a lot of us don’t want to think about these things when our lives are not directly affected. Particularly at the holidays, which are times for togetherness and family. Particularly from musicians and music writers. It’s a refrain I’ve seen a lot the past few weeks — “I don’t want to hear protest songs that preach politics to me, I want music that helps me escape from all the negativity in the world.”

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