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Armani White’s mega-meta “Onederful” video captures his live energy in an endless pile of browser windows

Armani White at Made In America | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

One of the best performances we saw at this year’s Made In America festival was, hands down, Armani White. The Philly rapper and singer kicked it in the first artist, first day slot, and had a packed crowd of people leaping into the air at the foot of the festival’s Skate Stage.

That performance plays heavily in the visual for Armani’s new single “Onederful,” an uplifting singalong that closed out his MIA set on a euphoric, Chance-level high. But instead of being a mere concert video, this becomes a mega-meta video where a YouTube screen literally comes to life, the song’s lyrics get spelled out in captions and comments, new browser windows open on top of other browser windows, and the system comes perilously close to a blue screen of death. (Watch it below, or watch it on YouTube itself for the optimal video-within-a-video experience.) Continue reading →

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Watch Armani White perform “Stick Up” live in WXPN Studios

Philly rapper Armani White dropped jaws in the XPN studio earlier this year when we hosted a concert / Key Session in front of a live studio audience, produced in collaboration with the good folks at RECPhilly. One of the tracks performed was the minute-and-a-half blast called “Stick Up,” a track White says “changed my life” when he dropped it earlier this year. At 245k plays and counting on Soundcloud, we can see what he’s talking about. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Joie Kathos and Armani White

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Joie Kathos and DJ Bear One | Photo by John Vettese

Like I said the other day: one thing Philly music industry startup RECphilly is amazing at is inspiring artists to collaborate. We saw that happen the first time we worked with them on a live audience Key Studio Session this summer; we saw it happen in a bigger way the second time around, which we present to you today.

Featuring an intimate crowd of about 50 fans and two rising stars of the Philly hip-hop scene, Joie Kathos and Armani White (plus a set from Milton and his band, which we’ll release a little later this fall), it was a hugely positive night of charismatic performance and impressive skill. And that’s before the improv cypher even began. Continue reading →

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Kick off RECPhilly’s trip to A3C with Milton, Armani White and more

Milton | Photo by Hayley Mansfield
Milton | Photo by Hayley Mansfield

Bringing a crew of grassroots musicians from the Philly hiphop scene on a week-long bus trip to Atlanta for the A3C conference is a big undertaking in itself; Will Toms totally understands that their local fans might not necessarily be able to tag along.

“Most people who know about us and care about the project are not able to make the trip down there,” says Toms, creative director of RECPhilly, who is sponsoring the Support Philly Music showcase at the 11th annual hiphop conference next month. “So this is our way of giving back to Philly, giving it a chance to see what we’re showcasing down there.” Continue reading →

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Marian Hill, Armani White and more tackle Drake’s “Hotline Bling”

Marian Hill | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com
Marian Hill | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com

Seems like Sam Smith and Disclosure aren’t the only ones fascinated with Drake’s latest single, “Hotline Bling.”

This morning, Jeremy Lloyd of Philly favorites Marian Hill shared a remix of the song as covered by LA artists Charlie Puth and Oakland’s Kehlani. The Cali folks dropped their rendition of the song a few weeks back (predating Smith and Disclosure’s higher-profile version), and Lloyd’s remix features the addition of a particularly badass verse by Armani White, one of our favorite rappers on the Philly scene right now. Continue reading →