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Tierra Whack serves up bizarre, macabre fun in “Unemployed” video

Tierra Whack | still from video

Philadelphia rapper Tierra Whack set the bar incredibly high with her 2018 visual album Whack World, but the new video for “Unemployed” is no visual slouch, comparatively on par with her previous project in its imagination and captivating strangeness.

As Whack’s lyrical flow shines bright over the minimal trap production, she finds herself donning a chef’s hat and slicing up a patch of potatoes, with one innocent spud brought to life through CGI. The music video, directed by Cat Solen, turns somber as Whack brings them to a bitter end, at the hands of a giant potato monster. The video is bizarre, fun, and intriguing to say the least. Continue reading →

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Travis Scott, Cardi B, James Blake, Anderson .Paak, Tierra Whack and more to play Made In America 2019

Travis Scott | photo by Isaiah Spicer for WXPN / Cardi B | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN / James Blake | photo by Isaiah Spicer for WXPN

The eighth annual edition of the Jay-Z curated Made In America festival comes to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on August 31st and September 1st, and this year sees headlining sets from psychedelic Houston rapper Travis Scott (who also headlines Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival) and Bronx queen Cardi B (who made her MIA debut in 2017). Continue reading →

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Tierra Whack’s new song “Unemployed” was co-written with her mom

Tierra Whack | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

One of my favorite parts of seeing Tierra Whack at last year’s Roots Picnic was the moment she got the crowd to chant “HEY MAMA WHACK” for her mother, who was watching the set from backstage. It’s always great to see that, much as an artist might be at the center of the zeitgeist, much as they may have captured the attention and imagination of fans and tastemakers alike, they’re still a real person with real roots, and they’ve still got time for family. And it continues nearly a year later. Continue reading →

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Tierra Whack continues #WhackHistoryMonth with the L.A. dystopia “Wasteland”

Tierra Whack | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

New music has been beaming on the regular from the ridiculously creative mind of Philly rapper Tierra Whack. Since mid-February, she’s released several singles under the #WhackHistoryMonth banner, and the latest single — called “Wasteland” — finds Whack on the west coast, ruminating on her surroundings in a serious of free-associative bars. The beat moves at a mellow pace, while Whack’s bars unfurl at double-time, creating a unique low/high energy as she catalogs various observations on L.A. existence.
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Watch Tierra Whack perform “Only Child” and “Hungry Hippo” on Jimmy Kimmel Live, listen to her new single “Gloria”

Tierra Whack | still from video

“1…2…3…Whack!”

On Monday night, rising hip-hop star and Philly’s own Tierra Whack performed two singles on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Whack is known for her imaginative aesthetic and short but powerful singles. Her debut album, Whack World, was made up of fifteen songs in fifteen minutes. You heard that right. Each song is a mere one-minute long but don’t let their brevity fool you. They are dense songs that are as clever as they are short.

For her Kimmel performance, Whack wore a fire-engine red two piece adorned with stuffed animals and a pair of graphic eyeball earrings. Continue reading →

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Tierra Whack launches #WhackHistoryMonth with “Only Child” and “CLONES”

Tierra Whack | photo by Senia Lopez | senialopez.photography

If you’ve been craving new Tierra Whack tunes in the months since her debut album Whack World was released, you’re in luck — the Philly singer and rapper is two weeks into her current project, which sees her releasing a brand new track each week accompanied by the hashtag #whackhistorymonth. Whack shared the first song in the series, the deep and melodic “Only Child” last week, and followed it up this week the more rap-heavy “CLONES,” where she shouts out that she was “born and raised in Philly.” Listen to both tracks below. Continue reading →

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Tierra Whack’s Hot 97 freestyle was filled with Philly love

Tierra Whack on Hot 97 | still from video

DJ Funkmaster Flex’s show on NYC station Hot 97 is something of a proving grounds for rappers to showcase their skills on the mic, those on the rise and established names alike. Last Wednesday, Philly MC Tierra Whack dropped by Funk Flex’s studio to take part in his freestyle series, and over two minutes of the beat from Busta Rhymes’ “Put Your Hands Where I Can See,” she was fierce, funny and filled with Philly love. Continue reading →

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From Dizzle Dizz to Whack World: A beginner’s guide to Tierra Whack

Tierra Whack in her Dizzle Dizz days | still from video

When her stunning 15-minute visual album Whack World was released earlier this year, the world took notice of Tierra Whack. The Philly-born 20 something effortlessly blends traditional songwriting chops with Eminem’s syllable-bending technical prowess and Missy Elliot’s bizarre surrealist aesthetic. Despite what some may think, Tierra did not appear out of nowhere. Since 2012, she had been making a name and building her skills in Philly’s underground rap scene. We’ve compiled a beginner’s guide to one of the music world’s brightest creative lights. Continue reading →

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Bri Steves and Tierra Whack will be taking on Power 99’s Peace On The Streets at Festival Pier.

Bri Steves | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Bri Steves has had a pretty eventful year, between being signed with Atlantic Records home to Cardi B, Bruno Mars, The War on Drugs and more — and releasing her debut track “Jealousy” along with a music video filmed right in our backyard. Steves returns to the Philly stage tomorrow, July 26, to perform at Power 99‘s Peace On The Streets concert series at Festival Pier with Georgia’s TK Kravitz, Jamaican-born emcee Hoodcelebrityy, and rising star Tierra Whack.

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Kilamanzego chops up a Tierra Whack favorite on her new single “red light green light.”

Kilamanzego | photo by Manny Arocho | courtesy of the artist
Kilamanzego | photo by Manny Arocho | courtesy of the artist

If you’ve ever caught Philly rapper Tierra Whack in concert, you probably walked away with the hook to “Toe Jam” rooted in your noggin; “CRACK KILLS IF IT DON’T GETCHA WHACK WILL.” The song had the same effect on Philadelphia soundscaper and beatmaker Kilamanzego, who chopped up the hook and folded it into her latest musical collage, “red light green light.” Continue reading →