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Watch Hardwork Movement groove in reverse all around Philly for the “On the Rise” video

Hardwork Movement | photo via facebook.com/hardworkmovement

Philly hip-hop sensations Hardwork Movement are wasting no time getting 2017 off to a productive start. After packing the house at Johnny Brenda’s and then laying low for the holidays, the nine-piece emerged this week to debut a new music video for their recent single “On The Rise.” Shot in and around Philadelphia this autumn, it shows the core four-piece of Sterling Duns, Jeremy Keys, R.B. Ricks and Rick Banks grooving at recognizable locales from North Broad to the art museum, and everything looks all well-and normal until a jacket flies in from the wings and lands itself on Duns, or a sheet of paper uncrumples as Ricks and Keys pass it back and forth.

Inspired by The Pharcyde’s “Drop” video from the 90s, HWM shot the action in reverse and played it back to trippy effect. Continue reading →

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Hardwork Movement brings an amazing year of shows and new music to a close with their new EP Draft Night

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Hardwork Movement | Photo by Zack Garlitos | courtesy of the artist

It has been a year of continuous wins for our favorite nine-piece Philly hip-hop group, Hardwork Movement. (Not to be confused with our favorite eight-piece Philly hip-hop group.)

Since the January 2016 release of their debut LP, Good Problems, the fiercely Philly collective has been gaining momentum in the city that they are so proud to call home. Tonight, Hardwork Movement keeps the ball rolling with their show at Johnny Brenda’s, in conjunction with this milestone comes the release of their EP Draft Night. This five-track mixtape features everything we love about Hardwork Movement’s music: confident and energetic verses, jazzy instrumental arrangements and content that perfectly coincides with their mantra “for the people.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Johnny Brenda’s, Sorority Noise at First Unitarian Church, Daughter at The Electric Factory and more

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Hardwork Movement | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement is playing a record release show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The group’s music boasts intricate jazz-tinged instrumental arrangements and a fierce pride of their deep roots in The City of Brotherly Love. 2016 was a fantastic year for the nine-member group: earlier this year they released their debut LP Good Problems, and a few months later they signed to Chill Moody’s #nicethingsMUSIC imprint. Come help Hardwork Movement celebrate and get a taste of their mixtape Draft Night at their last show of 2016 in Fishtown. Brooklyn-bred Tacuma Bradley’s Unity Band and Philadelphia singer-songwriter Julia Rainer are also on tonight’s bill. Check out the WXPN Concert Calendar for more information on this 21+ show, and check out Hardwork Movement’s performance of “City Bars” during a session with Philadelphia-collective Out of Town Films. Continue reading →

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Hardwork Movement bring the heat with new single “On The Rise”

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Hardwork Movement | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

On Friday night, Philly hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement will headline Johnny Brenda’s, and to coincide with that milestone, they’ll release a new mixtape called Draft Night. These Philadelphians have always been a band of mission statements, and they continue that trend with new single “On the Rise.” Continue reading →

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Hardwork Movement shine in their new Out of Town Films session

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Hardwork Movement | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia’s Hardwork Movement has been living up to its name with a very big, very busy 2016. In January, they released their debut LP, Good Problems, and months later, they signed to Chill Moody’s #nicethingsMUSIC imprint. Since then, they have become a mainstay of the Philly music scene, and just before they take to The Foundry stage tomorrow night in support of RJD2 at the XPN-curated Red Bull Sound Select party, the band has seen fit to share a new session with Out of Town Films. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Boot and Saddle, The Bigness and Liz De Lise at Ortlieb’s, Diet Cig at The Chameleon Club

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Hardwork Movement | Photo by Zack Garlitos | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia born alternative hip-hop group Hardwork Movement is sure to draw a crowd tonight at South Philly’s Boot and Saddle. The group promotes the importance of togetherness and striving for uniqueness. Hardwork Movement draws increasingly larger crowds each show they play, from venues like Kung Fu Necktie to Spruce Street Harbor Park. With fellow hip-hop inspired openers Ill Doots and TubaFresh, this is not a gig to miss. Get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Hardwork Movement lights up Spruce Street Harbor Park with an energized set

Hardwork Movement| Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Hardwork Movement| Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

My freshman year of high school, I joined the track and field team and met two men: Dwight Dunston and Keenan Willis. They had both graduated years earlier, and were returning to their old school to coach the track team. I learned they were rappers, and the following year, they laid down some bars while I played piano at what essentially equated to a school open-mic (video evidence of this exists here). You may know Dunston and Willis as Sterling Duns and Rick Banks, two emcees in Hardwork Movement, a name I’m willing to wager will someday be called the most important within Philly’s independent hip-hop scene. Continue reading →

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Hardwork Movement is the first signing to Chill Moody’s #nicethingsMUSIC label

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Hardwork Movement | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Very exciting news for our favorite nine-piece Philly hip-hop band of the moment: Hardwork Movement is officially the first artists to sign to Chill Moody’s digital label #nicethingsMUSIC. Their single “Take Time” will be available via iTunes tomorrow, and the band plays Spruce Street Harbor Park next Thursday, June 23rd with New Sound Brass; more information on that free show here. Continue reading →

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“Take Time” to watch the latest music video from Hardwork Movement

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Hardwork Movement | Photo by Zack Garlitos | courtesy of the artist

Hardwork Movement have been living up to their namesake. The powerhouse hip-hop collective have been busy around the clock playing gigs and promoting their January-released debut LP Good Problems. Just last month, the group released a music video for their song “The Flow Yo,” and now they are treating us again with another video installment, this time for the soul-filled track “Take Time.” Continue reading →