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 →


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.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Psychic Ills at Johnny Brenda’s, Bilal at World Cafe Live, XPN Welcomes Northern Liberties Music Fest with Ruby the Hatchet and more to The Fire

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Beat Society feat. Hezekiah, Peedi Crakk and Reef the Lost Cauze at Johnny Brenda’s

Reef the Lost Cauze | Photo by John Vettese

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.


Power 99 brings a new hip-hop movement to Philly

In an effort to help promote Philadelphia’s home-grown hip-hop scene, radio station Power 99 has introduced The Movement, a program designed as a platform for local artists. Their Underground Summer Series will feature 13 local artist performances, all taking place live in the station’s performance studio over the course of the 13 weeks of summer.

The next installment of the Summer Series will feature Writtenhouse and is set to take place on Wednesday, July 6th from 5:00-5:30 p.m. at the Power 99 Performance Theatre. You can RSVP to attend the event here; it will also be streaming live here.

The next two performances are listed below, a full calendar can be found here.

July 13th: Hezekiah, 5:00-5:30 p.m. at the Power 99 Performance Theatre

July 27th: Young Savage, 5:00-5:30 p.m. at the Power 99 Performance Theatre