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Check out this cool behind the scenes video from last year’s Fourth of July Jam

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On the latest edition of Vinyl Destination, a documentary series featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff, the cameras go behind the scenes of 2013′s July Fourth Welcome America event, featuring not only Jazzy Jeff, but also artists like Jill Scott and The Roots (I watched the first half of the video thinking it was from this year’s, but oddly enough, it’s actually from last year’s). The video shows conversations between the artists about Jeff learning to swim and Jill learning to drive, and interestingly enough, there’s a scene just around the corner of WXPN’s World Cafe live as Jazzy Jeff checks out the food trucks on 30th Street. Check out the episode below:

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Watch the Philly 4th of July Jam with The Roots, Aloe Blacc, Nicki Minaj and more

Photo by Mark Stehle via http://6abc.com/entertainment/photos-philly-4th-of-july-jam/157734/#gallery-8
Photo by Mark Stehle via http://6abc.com/entertainment/photos-philly-4th-of-july-jam/157734/#gallery-8

Aloe Blacc, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj and The Roots performed at the Wawa Welcome America on July 4th, hosted by Marlon Wayans. Joining The Roots were Philly R&B singer Bilal and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Earlier last week, Aloe Blacc stopped by WXPN to record a session for an upcoming World Cafe with David Dye.

Below, watch the July 4th Jam in its entirety via VH-1.

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Remembering Live 8 in Philly on July 2, 2005

Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

On this date in 2005, the Live 8 concerts were held around the world, including at the Philadelphia Art Museum and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Live Aid, performers in Philly included Stevie Wonder, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Linkin Park with Jay-Z, Dave Matthews, Bon Jovi, Destiny’s Child, the Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, Sarah McLachlan, Def Leppard, Alicia Keys, Rob Thomas (of Matchbox 20), Toby Keith, and Kanye West (who performed with string section who wore Long Ranger-styled strips of black tape over their eyes). Some highlights below.

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Watch DJ Jazzy Jeff’s new web video series, Vinyl Destination

While on tour in 2012, famed Philadelphia turntablist DJ Jazzy Jeff had a camera with him at all times (well, most times), and the result is Vinyl Destination, a new web video series he launched with the new year. In the first episode, which premiered on Tuesday, Jeff visits Hong Kong. Subsequent episodes will follow him to 50 cities around the globe, and will include appearances by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg (Lion), Estelle and more. From Jeff’s blog:

“I am blessed to be able to travel the world and play music for people to enjoy,” said Jeff. “So I thought it would be a great idea to record it this time so that I could take my fans along for the ride.”

Filmed and edited by Cristopher Schafer of Virginia-based production company, Visually Inklined, Vinyl Destination shows viewers what it is really like to be one of the world’s busiest DJ’s.

Watch Episode 1 below, and keep your eyes peeled for more installments on a biweekly basis.

VINYL DESTINATION | EPISODE 1 from DJ Jazzy Jeff on Vimeo.

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Video flashback: Watch Rap City, the 1988 documentary about Philly’s rising hop-hop scene

Schoolly D (right) and DJ Code Money (left)

In 1988 video producers/directors Glenn Holsten and Lisa Marie Russo produced a documentary about the emerging Philadelphia rap scene for WHYY television called Rap City. The documentary featured some incredible interviews with Schoolly-D (and his mom), Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, Ruffhouse Records founder Chris Schwartz, hip-hop radio pioneer Lady B and Yvette Money and excellently captured the energy of Philly’s mid to late 80′s hip-hop scene. You can watch all three parts of the documentary below.

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Watch video from the Roots’ 4th of July Jam featuring Darryl Hall, Common, Jazzy Jeff, and Queen Latifah

Wednesday was the Roots’ Fourth of July Jam on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with Darryl Hall, Queen Latifah, Common, and Joe Jonas. Lauryn Hill from The Fugees made a guest appearance. Watch some videos from the concert below via YouTube-ist That Guy In Philly.

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