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And now, 58 seconds of Chill Moody spitting bars on a balcony

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Chill Moody | photo by Meredith Edlow for WXPN

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 →

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Get ready for Dock Street Brewery’s free concert to finish off Philly Beer Week with Black Landlord, Needlepoints, and more

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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 →

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Follow Chill Moody from the stage to the classroom in “A King In Philly”

Chill Moody | photo by Meredith Edlow for WXPN
Chill Moody | photo by Meredith Edlow for WXPN

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 →

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Chill Moody starts off 2016’s #MoodyMonday series with “I.M.I.H”

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Chill Moody | photo via facebook.com/ChillMoody

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 →

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The High Key Portrait Series: Chill Moody

Chill Moody | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com
Chill Moody | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com

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 →

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Download a new Chill Moody track called “It Might Reign”

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Chill Moody | photo via Facebook

“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.

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Watch Philly’s Chill Moody pay tribute to legendary producer, Alchemist

Chill Moody | Photo by Colleen Stepanian | colleenstepanian.com | via chillmoody.com
Chill Moody | Photo by Colleen Stepanian | colleenstepanian.com | via chillmoody.com

Philly rapper Chill Moody has spent the past several years on an upward trajectory, growing from one of Philly’s best kept secrets to a emcee ready to take on a much bigger stage. Earlier this week, Moody partnered up with Chevrolet and dropped a video for “Thank You Alchemist”, a tribute to the legendary hip-hop producer. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chill Moody at The TLA, Little Strike at Bourbon and Branch, Cousin Brian at Boot and Saddle,

Chill Moody | Photo by Colleen Stepanian | colleenstepanian.com | via chillmoody.com
Chill Moody | Photo by Colleen Stepanian | colleenstepanian.com | via chillmoody.com

Philly hiphop favorite Chill Moody returns to the TLA stage tonight. Earlier this year, Chill released his latest album, TV Made Me Do Itfeaturing collabs with Jacqueline Constance, Boogieman Dela and more – plus a handful of skits cleverly dove up as commercial breaks. Check out “I Can’t Stay” featuring Jacqueline Constance and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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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 →