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“Everybody raps in Philly”: Chill Moody weighs in on Meek Mill vs. Drake, discusses new album

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Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist

The internet has been aflutter over rapper Meek Mill‘s very public feud with Drake, especially in the wake of Drake’s ruthless diss track “Back to Back.” For those who are unfamiliar, the gist of the feud is that Meek accused Drake of not writing all his own raps. It only makes sense that those in Philly’s hip-hop scene have their own two cents about the conflict when considering Meek’s roots in the city.

During a recent radio interview with Hot 97‘s Peter Rosenberg, West Philly rapper Chill Moody explained what he believes is the reason Meek is so vehemently against Drake’s supposed use of ghostwriting. Continue reading →

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Watch Chill Moody perform “We’re Worth More” at TEDxPhilly

Chill Moody at TedXPhilly | via Instagram https://instagram.com/p/34RPD1nEe6/
Chill Moody at TedXPhilly | via Instagram https://instagram.com/p/34RPD1nEe6/

Last Thursday, was TedxPhiladelphia, held at the Temple Performing Arts Center. The theme for this year was “And Justice For All,” and a range of speakers presented on a variety of topics that, according to the TedXPhilly site explored “the ideal of equality, social equity, and economic justice which is at the root of this country’s founding and its enduring and evolving identity and value.” Continue reading →

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Chill Moody delivers on his new album TV Made Me Do It

Chill Moody| Photo by John Vettese
Chill Moody| Photo by John Vettese

Within the last few years, Philly rapper Chill Moody has gone from being known strictly in Philly to breaking down the tri-state barrier.  Performances such as his freestyle on BET’s 106 & Park Backroom and interviews at New York’s coveted Hot 97 has pushed his sound to new ears and new heights. With no shortage of projects on his plate, Chill’s latest album TV Made Me Do It, the first release on his new #nicethingsMusic label, is one of his cleverest offerings to date.

He pokes fun at an idea that we’ve all probably heard at some point in our life, maybe even more than we’d like: “too much TV is bad for you.”  This 13-track album is fitted with appropriate audio cuts from some of your favorite shows to further express Chill’s point that TV just might in one way or another have something to do with everything. Continue reading →

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Philly Music 101: The basics everyone needs to know about the Philadelphia scene right now

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Philadelphia is a city of many wonders: a buzzing food scene, an established craft beer culture, and a parade of historical landmarks. But one aspect of our city that we are particularly passionate about is our magnificent local music community and all that is has to offer. Here at The Key, we often focus on the particulars of our scene – where artists will be playing each night, brand new local releases, etc. - so much so that we can forget how overwhelming it can be for newcomers to get their bearings.

So for those of you having trouble finding where to start, we are introducing this new Philly Music 101 series as your guide through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving members, from artists to venues to studios and more. It’s meant to help new fans navigate the scene as much as emerging musicians looking to break in and behind-the-scenes folks trying to get their start. We hope it will illuminate just what makes it so damn exciting for music lovers to live here. To kick it off, here is a by-no-means-complete overview of the different pieces of the Philadelphia music scene that have come together to make up its sturdy foundation. Continue reading →

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Mr. Green calls on Chill Moody for new Live from the Streets

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Chill Moody in the Live From the Streets video

Times Square is always lively with street performance and conversation. In hip hop artist Mr. Green‘s latest project Live from the Streetshe interviews the performers he meets from around the world, including local dude Chill Moody, and uses their soundbites to create original beats. It is a captivating social journey that brings on an entirely new concept within hip hop collaboration.

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SXSW Dispatch: Reppin’ Philly with RECPhilly, What Scene, Freeway, Moosh and Twist, Ground Up, Chill Moody and more

Moosh and Twist  at the RECPhilly showcase | Photo by John Vettese
Moosh and Twist at the RECPhilly showcase | Photo by John Vettese

It was a rainy night in Austin on Friday, making it the perfect time to stay indoors, off of the 6th Street melee and hang with a stacked lineup of Philly hip-hop and R&B musicians. The party at Old School Bar – thrown by promoters What Scene? and record label / artist development upstart RECPhilly – mixed up-and-comers with established names, and kept the room packed with an enthusiastic crowd across the night. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chill Moody at The TLA, Laser Background at Johnny Brenda’s, QQQ at North Star Bar and more…

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Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist

Chill Moody celebrates his 30th birthday with a headlining slot at The TLA tonight. We’re less than three months into 2015 but the local hip hop artist has wasted no time in getting work done this year. He’s released the first chapter of his new personal documentary Progression, taking fans into his every day life of rehearsals, meetings, dealing with setbacks and letting loose. He also sat down with All Def Digital and Grammy U to talk about his musical life and his adopted role of Philadelphia Ambassador. Check out that interview below and pick up tickets for the celebration here.

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RECPhilly announced an all-Philly SXSW showcase and it’s pretty awesome

Moosh and Twist | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
Moosh and Twist rocking Made In America last summer. They play an all-Philly showcase at SXSW | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

It’s something I’ve been saying for years: SXSW needs a Philly-centric showcase, and it needs it in the center of the action. I’ve been going to the massive music industry rodeo in Austin for a few years now, and while there have been well-curated Philly unofficial Philly parties in the past – Yvynyl and XPN’s showcase in 2011, BITBY’s showcase in 2012, Bonfire’s showcase in 2013 – all took place a modest drive or a long walk from Austin’s bustling downtown, which is kind of where the musicians need to be to make an impact.

So big shoutouts this year to the RECPhilly crew and their partners at WhatScene? for putting together a Friday night show at SXSW 2015 that is (a) official and listed in the festival guide, (b) right in the thick of things on 6th Street and (c) all-Philly. Continue reading →

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Watch the first installment of Chill Moody’s mini-documentary series

Chill Moody | Photo by Mark Schaffer
Chill Moody | Photo by Mark Schaffer

We feel like we know Chill Moody fairly well. Since the West Philly hip-hop artist dropped his debut album in 2010, he’s performed at The Key Studio Session Live showcase, as well as a video session (not to mention his slots at The Roots Picnic, a slew of collabs and music videos, and even a short documentary of his sold-out TLA show, released in early 2013). Continue reading →