The 4th Annual Tri-State Indie Music Awards take over World Cafe Live tonight. Performances by local musicians like Tess Emma, Cheerleader, Satellite Hearts and more will accompany the award presentations. Check out a full list of nominated acts here and listen to Tess Emma’s latest EP below. Tickets and information for the event can be found here.
Amir Richardson might come off as an underdog. That’s because he is. Known in the Philly hip hop world as The Bul Bey, he recently released his debut album with Illvibe Media, titled Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies. And although he’s been making, writing and releasing music since 2007, he refers to this album as his “formal introduction to the masses.”
He’s coming out of his shell and Richardson, 27, admits that he sometimes thinks it took him a while to get to this point.
Without completely cuing the Fresh Prince, Richardson is a homegrown West Philadelphian who’s been shaped and molded by his experiences in the city, both good and bad. Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies is largely a product of this upbringing – one laced, quite honestly, with paranoia and fear. Continue reading →
Philly rapper The Bul Bey has a new video for “Where I’m From,” featuring South Jersey rapper Davon. Bey has released three albums since 2010, and this new song is from his forthcoming release, Shaking hands and kissing babies. The video was shot on the streets of Philly and Bellmawr NJ, the lyrics exude neighborhood pride despite him singing about the realities of where he’s from.
“Where I live, you better lock your door,” raps Bey, “I call it home sweet home, you call it dangerous.” While the lyrics portray the challenges and dangers he’s met, Bey professes an optimistic message and with images like young kids dancing in a schoolyard, skate boarding down the street, and swinging in a playground as Davon raps “just trying to find a silver lining like a Youtube stream.”
“Where I’m From” has a catchy, breezy and undeniable musical vibe. A rhythm guitar line, which brings to mind “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5, provides a classy hook, and combined with the message of the song, makes for a jam you don’t want to miss. Watch “Where I’m From” below.