Dice Raw (legendary Roots crew, Money Making Jam Boys) is working on a new musical project called Jimmies back, based on author Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow. Below, listen to a new song, “Over,” from the project, produced by Khari Mateen.
Other highlights of the season include: The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts on June 19, Illstyle & Peace on June 12, Dice Raw & Company on August 7, and the series closes with a special performance from Kurt Vile. Go here for more information and the complete schedule.
Roots family member Dice Raw has released a new mixtape. Download/stream it below.
Eclectic local label Raw Life Records is hosting a label showcase entitled “Jam House” tonight at The Legendary Dobbs. The line-up is a genre-spanning mix of pop, hip-hop, rap, and dance music featuring host Rone and performances by Nicos Gun, Dice Raw, Black Stars, Young Gliss & De’ko (performing “The Dream Sequence” EP), Finesse, a DJ set by Les Professionnels, and special guests.
There’s no cover for the 21+ event and the show starts at 9 P.M. For more information visit the event page here.
Check out Nicos Gun’s video for “We Could Die” below.
Listen to Young Gliss & De’Ko’s “The Dream Sequence” EP in the embedded player.
With a laid-back demeanor and an affinity for melody, Philadelphia’s Adam Ferrone – Rone to his fans – drops his debut full length today on local imprint Raw Life Records. The First Story casts a broad net. It goes fast and fierce with a jazz piano and pounding beat on opener “Against The Wall” (label honcho Dice Raw spits a verse on that track), Later, it ropes things in for some introspection and breezy sentimentality on “200 Miles to Philadelphia,” the acoustic-guitar quasi-singer-songwritery number we heard on Raw Life’s compilation The New School Presents: America’s Next. Rone also sings a lot of his own hooks – another unique slant to his sound. You can watch the video for his single “Giving My Love” below, stream the album over at Soundcloud and help Rone celebrate his album’s release this Saturday, June 23, at MilkBoy.
Philly rapper Dice Raw will be making the rounds at the 5th Annual Roots Picnic this weekend, performing with the Roots Crew on the main stage both days, as well as headlining a label showcase of sorts on the second stage. On the bill are fellow Philadelphians Young Gliss and Rone – all affiliates of Dice’s own Raw Life imprint – and the man himself will headline with a solo set that we expect will dig deep into his forthcoming full-length The Greatest Rapper Never: The Transformation.
Today, Dice released the latest single from the album – an eerie soul groove called “Rear Window.” The song was produced by Rick Friedrich, who also worked with Dice on the harmonious banger “Lighthouse” from The Roots’ 2011 album Undun. Get a taste of the picnic and help yourself to a download below; you can also check out Dice’s previous tracks “Dining Alone” and “The Illest.”