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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

Chill Moody
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 →