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Listen to a new track from ADaD that features Black Thought, Yaw, and Khari Lemuel

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Black Thought of The Roots | Photo by John Vettese

Not too long ago, we shared a new song from Black Thought called “Making A Murderer.” The Philly MC and frontman of The Roots showed up again on our feed, this time spitting a verse on a track by Chicago rapper/producer ADaD. 

The song, “Holdin’ On”, also features Yaw and Khari Lemuel and was produced by Tensei. The smooth jam contains bits of soul, funk, and references Stevie Wonder’s “Songs In The Key Of Life.” Continue reading →

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Black Thought drops a long-awaited solo jam, “Making a Murderer”

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The Roots | Photo by John Vettese

After alluding to having some tracks ready and waiting in the wings, Black Thought shared a new song called “Making a Murderer” last week via Ambrosia for Heads. The recording features New York rapper Styles P with production by 9th Wonder. The Philadelphia native underlines his status as a premiere MC over a chaotic bed of horn and percussive samples, name dropping everyone from Cecil B DeMille to Mario Batali.

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Listen to new Freddie Gibbs song featuring Black Thought, “Extradite”

Freddie Gibbs | Photo via http://wegetpress.com/artists/freddie-gibbs/
Freddie Gibbs | Photo via http://wegetpress.com/artists/freddie-gibbs/

We’re digging what we’re hearing so far from a new mixtape by rapper Freddie Gibbs. Shadow Of A Doubt is out on November 20th, and features collaborations with ManMan Savage, Dana Williams, Tory Lanez, Gucci Mane and E-40, and Black Thought of The Roots. Today, Gibbs shared two new songs from the project, including the track with Black Thought, “Extradite.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Avid Dancer at Chameleon Club, Steve Gunn at Boot & Saddle, Black Thought at The TLA

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Avid Dancer | photo via Facebook

Avid Dancer opens for Delta Spirit at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA tonight. This is a case of the band name perfectly matching the mood of the music, as Avid Dancer’s shimmering indie pop songs are dance floor ready. The LA project of Jacob Summers released a handful of songs on last year’s I Want to See You Dance EP, including the mellow “Stop Playing With My Heart” and the retro-sounding title track. Check out the video for that song below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 18+ show here.

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Mural Arts Program to unveil new ASpire mural on Saturday

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ASpire mural at 21st and Ellsworth Streets | photo via www.muralarts.org

On Saturday, November 1st the Mural Arts Program will unveil a new mural at 21st and Ellsworth Streets.  The art piece, created by Ernel Martinez, is called ASpire and is dedicated to the late Dr. Shawn L. White.  The event will bring Mural Arts Month to a close with a street festival featuring music, food and vendors while honoring one of the cities most devoted activists.

UPDATE: Due to the rainy weather predicted for November 1, the ASpire mural dedication has been postponed. Mural Arts hope’s you can join them on Saturday, November 8.

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The Wurxs release a new single featuring Black Thought and Truck North, “Visions Polarized”

Photo courtesy of the artist.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

West Philly MC and production duo The Wurxs worked with The Roots MC Black Thought and Roots collaborator Truck North on the latest installment in their\ #WURXSWEDS series, “Visions Polarized.”

The Wurx are Gee Moolah & Trons, and have been making music together since 2009. With a handful of EP’s and singles, the duo is carving out its own unique voice in the local hip-hop scene. As producers they’ve worked with Dice Raw, Asher Roth, Peedi Crakk, and with Truck North who appears on this new single. You can listen to all their music on their Soundcloud here.

Below, over a popping and funky horn driven sample, The Wurxs trade verses with Black Thought and Truck North over a groove that you don’t want to hear end on “Visions Polarized.”

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Black Thought announces second annual Roots Rock Run 5k in conjunction with the Roots Picnic

Black Thought of The Roots
Black Thought of The Roots

In conjunction with this year’s Roots Picnic on May 31st, Roots member Black Thought has announced his second annual Roots Rock Run 5k to take place that morning.  The community event will support GrassROOTS in its efforts to aid community health programs across the city.  For more information and to register for the 5k go here.  More information on the Roots Picnic, featuring The War on Drugs, Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae and more can be found here.

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The top 12 beards in Philly hip-hop

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Photo courtesy of the artist

What Philly emcee has the best beard? That’s a question Examiner.com writer Michael Trampe set out to answer in his article The Top 12 Beards in Philadelphia Hip-Hop. Trampe writes:

Ask a Hip Hop fan to describe a Philadelphia Emcee only using a few words. I guarantee “Big Beard” will be in the description. Philadelphia has been widely known for it’s beards, and in Hip Hop it is no different.

Some of the top 12 beards in Philly hip-hop include Questlove and Black Thought, 4 Horsemen rappers Hollowman and Kre Forch, Tana Da Beast and Tone Trump. Our pal Reef The Lost Cauze is on the list and Freeway takes the number one spot. Reef’s got a new collaboration with producer and beat maker Emyndalbum, The Fast Way. Below, watch a Key Studio Session we did with Reef a couple years back in the WXPN studios. Check out the full list here, and let us know who’s missing from the list.