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Andre Altrez drops a winter wonderland video for “Time Freeze”

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Philly’s Andre Altrez has released a gorgeous new music video for his single “Time Freeze,” shot by filmmaker Baejawn on a beautiful ice-covered lake in Vermont.

The clip features clips of him confidently dancing around the winter wonderland, and standing amongst the trees in a camo outfit. The contrast between the hard, trap influenced production and the soft, ethereal scenery are reminiscent of the “Ni**as in Paris” sentiment, except this time we’re in a fairytale. The song is practically a hip-hop standard, a braggadocio anthem that every rapper needs in their toolbox. Continue reading →

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Embrace the healing power of Andre Altrez’s “Black Power Ambience”

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Andre Altrez | photo by Cheyenne Chapman | courtesy of the artist

This Black history month has been very healing for me. From being surrounded by love and community at the Black Arts Festival, to crying my eyes out after watching Black Panther, it’s been nothing but positive. I haven’t yet had a moment to reflect on and process the bad, mostly because it’s emotionally exhausting to do so and I’m honestly avoiding it. Recently, Philly rapper Andrè Altrez has provided a valuable space for me to confront the trauma and fears I have associated with my experience as a Black American.

Altrez’s side project Ahza Ahza came about as a coping mechanism; a way for him to process his emotions about police brutality in a productive way through his art. Black Power Ambience is an expansive, 24-minute piece that layers emotional, atmospheric soundscapes and frames various clips of important Black figures like Angela Davis, Nina Simone, and James Baldwin sharing validating commentary about the frustrating but also beautiful experience of being a Black person in America. Continue reading →

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Andre Altrez is no nonsense in new video for “Consequences”

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Andre Altrez | photo by BlackMythPhoto | twitter.com/BlackMythPhoto | courtesy of the artist

Local rapper Andre Altrez introduced himself to Philly in 2016 with his eclectic EP, Sprout — which saw a mixture of world music, jazzy and smooth R & B, while dotted with electro hints. Recently, he expanded his influences even further with his latest EP No Come Down, which The Key’s John Vettese dubbed as “atmospheric trap bangers.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Black Kids at Boot & Saddle, Andre Altrez at The Barbary, Mild High Club at Johnny Brenda’s

Black Kids | photo via the artist’s Facebook page

Florida indie pop outfit Black Kids released their long-awaited (seriously, it’s their first full-length in nine years) second LP Rookie last month, and tonight their tour makes a stop at Boot & Saddle with support from Surf Rock Is Dead. The genre-bending new album is full of catchy tunes that more than make up for the long hiatus, and given their unpredictable history, Black Kids’ appearance in town is definitely worth catching. Stream Rookie standout “Obligatory Drugs” below and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Philly rapper André Altrez steps out with his blissed-out debut Sprout

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Andre Altrez | photo by Cheyenne Chapman | courtesy of the artist

This Thursday, Philadelphia based rapper producer Andre’ Altrez will be self-releasing his debut project, Sprout: an EP full of blissful, lo-fi hip hop songs.

The music is built around melodic jazz and ambient-tinged beats with clever rhymes that are alternately swaggering and introspective. This is hip-hop that is youthful, vaporous and chilled out.   Continue reading →