Local DJ Gun$ Garcia headlines a free night of music at Ortlieb’s. The D.C. native honed her record-spinning skills while at art school here in Philadelphia, joining up with the Brick Bandits collective and getting tapped for sets at the Mad Decent Block Party thanks to her dance-centric style of DJing. Stream Garcia’s remix of “A Little More” by Ariana Grande below and get more information for tonight’s show here.
Earlier this year, Philly MC Chill Moody made a commitment to pretty much be in our faces throughout 2016. Between trips to Paris and landing a gig on the inaugural NYC edition of the Roots Picnic, he’s been dropping bits of audio and video on the regular, including this one for The OEONY. Simply titled “Bars on the Balcony,” it does indeed show Chill spitting bars on a balcony, and while it’s not clear who his target is with the line “My cards are on the table / I never met my match but this is war,” his 215 pride and love of all things #nicethings shines through as always. Give it a look below. Continue reading →
Every year, Philly Beer Week takes ten days to celebrate the city’s beer community. With just eight days until the festivities begin on June 3rd, excitement is through the roof. While we here at The Key are ready for things to begin, we especially have our sights set on the tail end of Philly Beer Week. That’s because on June 12th, the last day of the extended week, Dock Street will be hosting a scavenger run and free music fest. Starting at 2:30pm (with music at 3pm), head to 50th & Baltimore Ave for the perfect cap to a fun-filled ten days. Continue reading →
The hustle of a rapper ebbs and flows, a roller coaster of experiences that takes the artist from one place to another. Chill Moody, one of Philadelphia’s hardest working rappers, knows this experience well. Every Monday is “Moody Monday”, a day Chill drops new music, if that gives you a sense of his prolific nature. Continue reading →
Chill Moody can make a pretty strong case for being one of the hardest working names in the Philly hip-hop scene, so when he announced that not a week would go by in 2016 without new music from Moody and team, we were pretty pumped. Yesterday, the rapper kicked off the series, titled #MoodyMonday, with the collaborative effort “I.M.I.H. (I Make It Happen).” Continue reading →
“High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.
All you Philly rappers and hip-hop fans reading this — think on the times you’ve been in your car singing along with Cody Chesnutt on the chorus of “The Seed (2.0),” and along with Black Thought on those verses too. Maybe you sang along live and loud too last July, when the Roots played “You Got Me” to a packed Parkway.
It might be easy enough to run those lyrics in the safety of your own home, or at karaoke one night up at Yakitori when your friends were too drunk to call you out properly because you mispronounced “Elysee Montmartre.” But even the biggest Roots fans might start to sweat, should they happen to be asked to perform those two tracks 1) live, 2) to a hometown audience of thousands, and 3) in front of Thought, Quest and company.
Chill Moody was tapped to do just that in October, with just a couple days to prepare, when The Roots were inducted onto the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame.
As someone who’s by now shared everything from high schools and neighborhoods with the likes of Will Smith and Schooly D to a stage with The Roots, Chill Moody stands for Philly hip hop as a proper prodigal son, vetted and venerable. On topics of all things Philly arts, from Jane Golden’s prolific Mural Arts program, to our locally celebrated and nationally renowned rap artists, Chill Moody explains why Philly can have #NiceThings. Continue reading →
“It Might Reign” is the cinematic new single from Chill Moody, released this week on Soundcloud. The track opens with a crescendoing tone that hangs under some synth hits before Moody chimes in with “West Philly veteran / tell me who better than / coming for the green / never should have let us in.” The lyrics detail the local rapper’s quest to rise to the top and “get out of the hood,” working harder than his rapping competition. Check it out below and revisit Moody’s tribute to legendary producer Alchemist from earlier this month here.