Tonight’s Concert Picks: Daedelus at Johnny Brenda’s, Aphra DJ set at Da Vinci Art Alliance, Cam’ron at Voltage Lounge

Daedelus | photo by Shubostar | via the artist’s Facebook page

Daedelus, the prolific Los Angeles-based project of Alfred Darlington, brings his Antidote Tour to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The experimental electronic project has a few dozen releases from over the years, the most recent being this year’s Wears House. Mono/Poly and Free The Robots will also play tonight’s show, and DJ Phonographiq will be spinning tunes throughout the night. Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


So I opened for Killa Cam in Ardmore

Cam'ron | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | <a target="_blank"></a>
Cam’ron | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist |

EDITOR’S NOTE: Philly rapper Voss has grabbed our attention here at The Key for his onstage charisma and lyrical wit, so when he hit us up pitching some musician’s-eye stories for the site, we were all ears. His first piece, a behind-the-scenes account of his gig opening for Cam’ron in Ardmore, is below.

Cam’ron is unquestionably one of the most beloved figures in hip-hop. He’s worshipped by 30 and 40 somethings who came up in the Dipset era, still wearing leather Pelle Pelle jackets and oversized fitteds with pride; but he’s also fully embraced by the younger hipsters who love his music for its tongue-in-cheek wit. The man has hits upon hits, and even at age 40, still has some of the best crowd control in the game. While I won’t say Killa Cam has been a direct influence on my personal musical style, he’s certainly one of my favorite rappers to listen to. Therefore, it was a no brainer for me to accept when I was offered an opening slot on the PA stop of his “Killa Season 2” tour. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cam’ron at Ardmore Music Hall, Endless Boogie at Kung Fu Necktie, Joy Ike at Burlap and Bean, and more…

Cam'ron | via his Facebook page
Cam’ron | via his Facebook page

Harlem rapper Cam’ron will headline a stacked bill at Ardmore Music Hall tonight with support from Kong, Jae Mansa, Smoke Bulga, Chill Moody, and Voss. His latest, Killa Pink, was set for a November 2016 release date, but he has recently announced that it will be pushed back to March of 2017. Listen to his new single “Oh Yeah” below to tide you over. Then head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →


From the Pages of JUMP: Cam’ron makes a rare appearance at The Blockley

Camron02Cam’ron, by Rick Kauffman.

Cam’ron, founder of The Diplomats, came to Philly for a rare performance on Saturday at The Blockley. G.W. Miller III of JUMP Philly was there among the packed crowd, covering the scene – which included a roll-call of Philly hip-hop luminaries. Here’s his account of the night:

Right before Killa Cam took the stage, The Astronauts crew, including Pace-O Beats and Mont Brown, had the crowd bouncing with their energetic stage presence. At one point, they were joined by Chill Moody, who lugged around a 2 liter bottle of green tea ginger ale (which was not just soda), for their hit “Hi Top Fade.”

Jakk Frost took the stage next and rhymed along with Mont and Pace, then Peedi Crakk strolled out and all four rapped along to a few songs, including “Flipside.” There was a lot of Philly love and talent all night. Earlier, Voss, from the Northeast, and Newz Huddle, from North Philly, fired up the crowd. Beano French ran through the crowd and jumped on stage to perform with Newz Huddle mid-song.

Cam, sporting a New York Giants pendant that was covered in diamonds, took the stage after 12:30 am, backed by a bodyguard the size of a Volkswagon Beetle and an entourage of about two dozen people. And he was live. Continue reading →