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The enormous transition of Philly’s Dayne Jordan

Dayne Jordan | photo by Maggie Elizabeth | courtesy of artist

 

The great thing about artistic growth is that each step brings a creator closer to feeling comfortable with being themselves.That type of comfort allows one to discover what they bring to the table, following with the confidence to grab their own seat. It is this reason why hip hop artist Dayne Jordan has been able to transition into something bigger than the city limits of his hometown of Philadelphia.

Since 2009 the north Philly MC, formerly known as Dosage, has been making noise in the underground hip hop scene in Philadelphia with mixtapes such as Sand and Foam, 3D11 and In Due Time. So much noise that he was able to gain the attention of Grammy Award winning hip hop artists, Lupe Fiasco and legendary Philadelphia hometown hero DJ Jazzy Jeff, as well having Complex claiming him to be one of the next biggest things to watch out for coming from his city.

However the desire to be bigger than just a star in the city of brotherly love caused the rapper Dosage to transition to hip hop artist we now know as Dayne Jordan. Since this transition, Dayne has joined his mentor DJ Jazzy Jeff and traveled across the world performing at least 200 shows a year while dropping quality projects such as Memoirs of Dayne Jordan and In Transition. I recently was able to sit with him to talk about the origins of his transition as well as recent single “Enormous” and his thoughts about the Philadelphia local scene. Continue reading →

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Philly son Eric Jamal puts in work from the west coast

Eric Jamal | photo courtesy of artist

2018 is looking very bright for the City of Brotherly Love not just because Philadelphia’s green and white Eagles are now Super Bowl champions, but there seems to be an abundance of good music coming out the Philadelphia region. Music artist such as Shawn Smith, Dayne Jordan, Beano, Tierra Whack, Sunnie, Ivy Sole, James Weldon, No Headliner, Doug C Jr and plenty more continue to provide the tri-state area with incredible dope music. Hip hop artist Eric Jamal is working extremely hard all the way from California to also put on for his city with his new video “Work Harder.” Continue reading →

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Watch B-Eazyyy take three perspectives on a fateful car ride in “Worth The Gold”

B-Eazyyy | photo courtesy of the artist

You can hear definite growth in Trenton’s B-Eazyyy. Since his last project Ezekiel, it seems as if the young MC has taken a step towards becoming a bolder rapper. After releasing his EP Manifesto a couple months ago, B-Eazyyy is more vulnerable with his rhymes and willing to open up to his listeners about the thoughts and emotions that he’s encountered down.

This growth can be seen in his recent video “Worth The Gold,” where we find B-Eazyyy driving through the city to reach his destination. Continue reading →

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Lord Willin’: Reminiscing on the impactful debut of The Clipse

Clipse’s Lord Willin’

August 20th, 2002: two street poets from Virginia Beach released their debut album, telling the tale of the journey of young hustlers from poverty and crime-infested neighborhoods. With the assistance from two highly respected hip-hop producers, who happened to be childhood friends of theirs, the two southern rappers created lyrical theatrical visuals of the good, bad and ugly sides of the route of a gangster.

That timeless hip hop album is known other than Lord Willin’ based on the life of The Thornton brothers Pusha T and Malice better known as hip hop duo Clipse. Continue reading →

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Jay-Z prepares for Made in America with 4:44, a blueprint for the new generation

Photo by John Vettese

Rappers from Kendrick Lamar2 Chainz, Migos, Future, Drake, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Wale, Gucci ManeBig BoiVince Staples, Joey Bada$$ have all contributed to making the first half of 2017 a great year for hip hop. And a few weeks ago, rap icon Jay-Z added his own huge contribution by releasing his thirteenth studio album 4:44.

By putting introspective, complicated rhymes over captivating instrumentals, it’s no shocker that the album has received general acclaim from critics and has already gone platinum — thanks to the assistance of Tidal and Sprint — just a week after its release. Continue reading →

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Live from The Cave with Second Womb

Second Womb | photo courtesy of the artist
Second Womb | photo courtesy of the artist

One of the most important things to do as an upcoming artist is to stay consistent no matter what. There will be trials and tribulations that make some feel alone at times, and feel like praying for the perseverance to not quit, but one’s self-confidence makes them refute the idea of giving up. That type of consistency allows the craft to be perfected, more work to be displayed and a hunger for success to constantly expands. This type of consistency can be seen by Jersey’s duo Dookie Brown, an MC, and Father Earth, a producer, collectively known as Second Womb. I recently got the opportunity to speak with Dookie Brown about the Garden State hip hop duo’s beginning, work ethic and their latest EP Live From The Cave Vol: 19.    Continue reading →

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Mir Fontane chases success on his new single “Frank Ocean”

Mir Fontane | photo courtesy of MassX

This year’s Firefly Festival is definitely going to be one for the books, especially since so many of the acts that will be performing are coming straight out of the tri-state area.

While artists such as Chill Moody, Joie Kathos, Ill Fated Natives, and Miles Chancellor will be on stage representing for the City of Brotherly Love, up and coming hip hop artist Mir Fontane will be putting on for the Garden State at the Delaware festival with hits like his new single “Frank Ocean.” Continue reading →

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Life After Death: Revisiting The Notorious B.I.G.’s swan song 20 Years later

The Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death

A couple of weeks ago, Bad Boy Records founder Puff Daddy posted a couple of Instagram videos of rappers such as Fabolous, Pusha T, Jadakiss, TIP, and more spitting some classic verses made famous by his late friend and hip hop legend, The Notorious B.I.G. Seeing those videos was just another reminder of why one of Brooklyn’s finest finds his way into a plethora of top 5 MCs lists. Though the 20th anniversary of Biggie’s death — on March 9th, 1997 — is not the only thing we remember about him this month. This Saturday, March 25th, marks 20 years since the release of his second and final studio album, Life After Death, a hip hop classic that showed the growth in his artistry and would strengthen the legendary MC’s legacy for decades after his untimely demise. Continue reading →

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Vibing Out With Ivy Sole: A conversation with one of Philly’s most exciting new MCs

Ivy Sole | photo by Araba Ankuma | courtesy of the artist
Ivy Sole | photo by Araba Ankuma | courtesy of the artist

One of the best ways for an artist to create a vibe with their music is by allowing their listeners to enter their world. The feeling becomes genuine when the listener obtains the artist’s perspectives, stories, and even their moods. To do that the artist mustn’t be hesitant to be personable with their music. That’s exactly why Ivy Sole is an artist that the city of Philadelphia should look out for.

Whether she’s getting busy on the mic or creating soulful melodies, the Charlotte, North Carolina native hip hop artist always finds ways to bring her listeners into her universe. I was recently able to sit down with the local MC to discuss her introduction to hip hop, her debut project Eden, her recent followup EP East, and her upcoming performance at Underground Arts’ International Women’s Day benefit, which is happening tomorrow evening.  Continue reading →

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From P.U.R.E. to James Weldon and The Juice Jam, the evolution of a Philly MC

James Weldon | photo by Deej Spicer | courtesy of the artist
James Weldon | photo by Deej Spicer | courtesy of the artist

It’s always great to discover good music from local artists. You get to see a seed of talent grow and watch how the artists evolve with their music, seeing how long their progression takes, and seeing how they turn out throughout the four seasons.

Philadelphia’s P.UR.E., Presence Unifies Rap Everywhere, has always been a hip hop artist/producer with raw talent, but after the release of his 4th project Silence Is The Enemy it seems that P.U.R.E. has evolved into James Weldon, a more confident MC who possesses the ability to be open and pour more emotion on his lyrics making the connection between the listener and his music stronger.

I recently was able to sit down with local MC and discuss the evolution of his music, his recent EP Silence Is The Enemy, and his upcoming jam session / open mic The Juice Jam, which happens tonight. Continue reading →