Back in March, native Philadelphian Gilbere Forte inked a deal with Epic Records after a long while of bouncing between Philly and L.A. pursuing his hiphop career. Today, we get a taste of his forthcoming record in the new single “Nolita.” Like the title track “Pray,” it’s a hugely sophisticated leap forward from his buzz-making early mixtapes. Moody, mysterious and based around a melodious Active Child sample, it’s a stunning opening statement from Forte, making us pretty psyched for the entire Pray LP (out on May 15th) . Listen to it below, and find out more at Forte’s website.
Dynamic Philadelphia based hip-hop artist Gilbere Forte is set to release his latest project, a short film and an accompanying soundtrack called Pray, due out in early 2013. Forte, perhaps best known thus far for his 2010 single “Black Chukkas,” has proven himself as a powerful voice in hip-hop, cemented by his swift emergence onto the scene and his various honors (including being featured on the BET Awards, Fuse and putting out releases with Pusha T and Tyga). He had a brief reconstruction period after signing with Anigma Records, but 2013 may mark Forte’s triumphant return. Along with his college friend and producer, Raak, Gilbere Forte has the potential to keep pushing Philadelphia hip-hop rhythmically and lyrically. For more on Gilbere Forte you can stream his 2012 mixtape YOTD: Year of the Dragon here. Below is the first video from his upcoming release Pray.
We’ve been following up-and-coming Philly-via-Michigan rapper Gilbere Forte for a bit now, so we were psyched to see his latest video pop up on Okayplayer.com yesterday. It’s called “Pray,” it’s based around a total earworm of a vocal hook from Fiona Apple’s “Every Single Night” and features a stunning video shot in verdant locations in some picturesque corner of the world. Check it out below.
There’s no arguing that Philly has amassed some fantastic new rap and hip-hop talent over the last several years. Complex Magazine has picked 10 New Philadelphia Rappers To Watch Out For. It’s a pretty solid list; the thing with lists is that, well, with so much talent in Philly it probably should have been 20 New Philadelphia Rappers To Watch Out For. Find out who made the cut here.
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The Return Of Baby Flamehead “Old-school Philly music fans, be sure to set aside the evening of Saturday, September 25th, because that’s when Baby Flamehead will come to Sugar Town at Tritone, with opening sets from Philly’s own Party Photographers and Britain’s Anita Maj (WPRB’s Maria T. will DJ between sets). Who is Baby Flamehead, you might be asking?” (Make Major Moves)
CONCERT REVIEW: Of Montreal/Janelle Monae “Where Of Montreal recreated the songs of its extant albums with note-perfect clarity, opening act Janelle Monae’s set was a hot mess and I don’t mean that in a good way. Hard to say if it was the soundman’s ham-fisted jiggering of the mixing board faders or the Electric Factory’s notoriously unforgiving acoustics, or some combination of the two, but Monae’s much-anticipated set was an inchoate blur of sound, rendering standout tracks from her deservedly-acclaimed debut The ArchAndroid all but indecipherable.” (Phawker.com)
Music Video Premier: Gilbere Forte “1st Floor” “Fresh faced and uber talented Gilbere Forte has recently released 87 Dreams and is about to hit the road on an east coast tour. We recently had the chance to sit down with the artist to talk about his influences, inspiration, and more. Shot and directed by Drexel grad Jerome White and Gilbere Forte in Los Angeles, the concept behind ’1st Floor’ was to create a ‘visual representation of clear, uplifting, positive, and honest emotion,’ says Forte.” (Phrequency)