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Don’t miss Reef the Lost Cauze, The Bul Bey, and Hezekiah at Beyond the Bars benefit at JB’s

Reef the Lost Cauze | photo by Reji B. for WXPN | rejibphotography.com
Reef the Lost Cauze | photo by Reji B. for WXPN | rejibphotography.com

On August 26th, Reef the Lost Cauze, The Bul Bey, and Hezekiah will take the stage at Johnny Brenda’s for not only an amazing and epicly stacked local show, but also as a benefit for the Beyond the Bars organization.

Founded in 2015, Beyond the Bars is a nonprofit with a mission to bring musical instruments and instruction to incarcerated youth in Philadelphia. Since its inception, a press release states that the organization has guided sixty young adults in writing and recording their own music across a variety of genres, along with recently implementing a free music program for Philly youth with incarcerated loved ones. Continue reading →

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Genre-bending Johnny Popcorn to play two shows in December, release new album Totem Pole in February

Johnny Popcorn performing at the Apollo Theater | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/johnnypopcorn1/
Johnny Popcorn performing at the Apollo Theater | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/johnnypopcorn1/

The word “genre” isn’t in Johnny Popcorn’s vocabulary. The four-piece group, which began as a collaboration between Philadelphia rapper Hezekiah and producer Tone Whitfield and has since grown to include an additional vocalist and guitarist, blends soul, rock, country, and hip-hop into a delicious sonic amalgam of influences. Continue reading →

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Hezekiah celebrates 10th anniversary of “Hurry Up and Wait” with remix album, “Still Waiting…”

Still Waiting Art

Ten years ago, Philadelphia-via-Delaware hip-hop artist Hezekiah released his debut LP, Hurry Up and Wait via Soulspazm Records. It is a 15-track hip-hop epic, consisting of lovely melodies, snappy percussion, and clever wordplay. It also features notable featured artists such as Aaron Livingston of Son Little, Scratch of The Roots, and Santigold. Continue reading →

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Watch Hezekiah’s frosty, fresh video for “Let’s Network”

Hezekiah | Photo by John Vettese
Hezekiah | Photo by John Vettese

Philly rapper Hezekiah has recently released a new music video for “Let’s Network,” a track from his February LP Dreams Don’t Chase Themselves. Filmed half in Philly and half in Montreal, Canada, the video opens with Hezekiah standing in a frosty urban setting layered in snow as he spits his verse. Eventually the backbeats fade out, leaving Hezekiah’s raw vocals to carrying themselves before the jazzy saxophone and snare beats rejoin him to close out the video.  Continue reading →

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Illvibe Collective’s new monthly party launches at MilkBoy with STS, Hezekiah and more

S.T.S. | Photo by John Vettese
S.T.S. at the Illvibe Collective party | Photo by John Vettese

“The Philly hip-hop scene needs something fresh,” Hezekiah told the audience at MilkBoy. The Philly MC was in literal master of ceremonies mode at the center city venue last night, hosting the launch of a new party organized by Illvibe Collective that had clever wordsmith S.T.S. (Sugar Tongue Slim) in the headlining spot. Hezekiah explained to the crowd that their goal was a new showcase of the city’s emerging talent that also celebrated its established names on a planned monthly basis. Last night’s kickoff was modestly attended – decent for a Wednesday night though – but the people who went were pumped to be there. “We’re family,” Hezekiah and DJ PHSH said throughout the night, and indeed there was a warm and engaged vibe among the people on the floor, and the talent on stage did not disappoint. Continue reading →

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Philly rapper Hezekiah spins a snowy, cautionary tale in “Hologram Dreams”

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Philly’s Hezekiah previews the vibe of his upcoming LP Dreams Don’t Chase Themselves with his new video for “Hologram Dreams”. As he raps “hologram dreams ain’t always what it seems, up comes the cream, down goes the queen” Hezekiah warns the listener of dangers from toxic relationships to history repeating itself throughout the black-and-white clip. With impassioned vocals, Range Da Messenga translates the song’s emotions supporting the choir-like sample with ease. Get tickets to his show at MilkBoy this Thursday here.