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 →
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 →
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 →
“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 →
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.
New York experimental rock band Psychic Ills headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The psychedelic-infused outfit recalls the distorted and distressed, laidback sound of early Kurt Vile with lo-fi vocals and hypnotic arrangements that seem on the verge of exploding. Psychic Ills will be releasing One Track Mind on February 19th via Sacred Bones Records, following up 2011’s Hazed Dream. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Nothing and Mike Bruno & The Black Magic Family Band can be found here. Stream “Might Take A While” from the upcoming record below.
Local and national hip hop extraordinaires will show off their stuff at Johnny Brenda’s tonight for Beat Society. The hip hop gathering features five producers and three performers putting their skills to the test as they switch off playing beats and remixing samples. Tonight’s showcase includes producers Ill Mind, Oddisee, Hezekiah, Khrysis and Eric G with performers Peedi Crakk, STS and Reef the Lost Cauze. Tickets and information for the 21+ event can be found here. Check out the Key Studio Sessions curated by Philly Music Mag with Peedi and Reef from last year, and watch the video from Reef below.