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Listen to “Nolita,” a new track from Philly rapper Gilbere Forte (Pray releases next Tuesday)

ForteBack 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.

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Gilbere Forte releasing soundtrack to his short film called “Pray”

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.

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Travel to distant destinations and get Fiona Apple hooks stuck in your head with Philly rapper Gilbere Forte

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.

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10 New Philly Rappers To Watch Out For (via Complex Magazine)

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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.