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She Got It: Lee Mazin talks about climbing the Dreamchasers ranks and making the perfect summer jam

Lee Mazin | Photo via facebook.com/LeeMazin
Lee Mazin | Photo via facebook.com/LeeMazin

First Lady of Meek Mill’s Dreamchasers camp, Lee Mazin has emerged along with artist like Tink, Angel Haze and Nitty Scott MC as being the new guard of women emerging on the national hip-hop scene.  Much like the other artists mentioned, Lee displays a distinct sound all her own.  Cunning and witty with a rawness in her flow that can only come from her Philly roots, Lee’s newest anthem “She Got It” is just about ready to blow up and be her biggest single yet – it’s perfect for the summer.  Luckily I got a chance to briefly talk with Mazin and discuss working with her mentor Meek, along with her own music and what’s coming up in the future. Continue reading →

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Meek Mill hits the BET Awards stage to perform “All Eyes On You”

Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj | via hiphopsince1987.com
Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj | via hiphopsince1987.com

Meek Mill‘s album officially hit stores this week, but “All Eyes on You,” his single with Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown, has been buzzing on the internet after it surfaced last week. On Sunday night at the BET Awards in Los Angeles, Meek and Minaj were front and center. Being seen together in numerous camera shots throughout the night isn’t a bad look at all, but it’s their on-stage chemistry that seemed to have the crowd talking.

Starting his performance with a quick rendition of his club hit “Monster,” Meek quickly switched it up and brought both Brown and Minaj to the stage to perform the single “All Eyes On You.”  The two obviously have more than just the “Bonnie & Clyde” type track in common, and this performance proved it. Check out the video below; Meek’s new album Dreams Worth More Than Money is available now. Continue reading →

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Meek Mill pays tribute to Chinx and Lil Snupe with “Miss My Dawgs”

Meek Mill | Photo courtesy of the Artist
Meek Mill | Photo via facebook.com/MeekMill

Sunday morning saw the death of Queens rapper Chinx that caused an emotional outpouring from the hip hop community.  Following the news, Philly’s Meek Mill released a new track called “Miss My Dawgs” which touches on the saddening story of not only Chinx but his close friend Lil Snupe - who also died from violence in 2013.

The somber tune features G.O.O.D. Music artists Travis $cott and Strap on the chorus.  The low flowing melody allows Meek to freely rap some touching and at times bitter words that pay homage to his lost friends. Continue reading →

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Get a taste of Meek Mill’s next album with “B-Boy”

Meek Mill | via facebook.com/MeekMill
Meek Mill in the studio | via facebook.com/MeekMill

As if the anticipation for Meek Mill‘s second album Dreams Worth More Than Money hasn’t mounted enough, the emcee has been giving us a taste of singles like “Off the Corner” and the newest, “B-boy.” It features seemingly the greatest rapper in the game at the moment – Big Sean – and A$AP affiliate A$AP Ferg.  The song and video supply for a crazy vibe, filled with insane wordplay from all three artists respectively.  If Meek’s latest album is anything like these gems he’s been supplying we can come to expect a Grammy nod for best hip-hop album in the near future.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Spank Rock at Underground Arts, Ceremony at First Unitarian Church, Chelsea Reed and Fairweather Five at Ardmore Music Hall

Spank Rock | Photo by John Vettese
Spank Rock | Photo by John Vettese

Philadelphia via Baltimore hiphop artist Spank Rock (aka Naeem Juwan) will be playing Underground Arts this Saturday. Last year, Spank Rock teamed up with longtime collaborator Amanda Black for their club track “We Can Go All Night”. He also played alongside the Walkmen, Sun Ra Arkestra and Sharon Van Etten at the Rail Park Benefit at Union Transfer. He recently released another single, “Gully” which promptly got remixed by Brodinski. In addition he made a mixtape for Jump Philly with DJ Sylo. Listen to the remix of “Gully” below. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Meek Mill steps into the role of action movie hero for “I Don’t Know” video featuring Paloma Faith

Meek Mill | Photo by Clay Patrick McBride
Meek Mill | Photo by Clay Patrick McBride

Rapper and Philly native Meek Mill took to Twitter yesterday to announce a new music video for his track “I Don’t Know” featuring Paloma Faith. Throughout the vid Meek rides motorcycles, throws fiery-orange smoke, and confronts bad guys in order to rescue Paloma Faith from their capture.  Overall, a pretty entertaining scene.  Watch the full video via MTV below.

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The 10 most popular stories on The Key in 2013

1. This is what the punk scene looked like in the 1980s

2. Exclusive Listen: Amos Lee covers “Some Days Are Diamonds” from The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver

3. Album Premiere: Listen to the debut album by Wild Belle, Isles

4. Download Meek Mills’ Dreamchasers 3 mixtape

5. Download a new Drake song, “All Me,” featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean

6. Ballin’ Oates: Wu-Tang and Kanye West meets Hall & Oates

7. My Morning Download: “Recover” by CHVRCHES

8. Listen to J. Cole’s album Born Sinner

9. Gotta Hear Song of The Week: “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

10. Listen back to Helen Leicht’s interview with Paul McCartney

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Powerhouse featuring Meek Mill at Wells Fargo Center, Kristen Sylvester at Random Tea Room, San Fermin at Boot and Saddle and more

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Meek Mill | Photo by Clay Patrick McBride | www.claypatrickmcbride.com

Philly rapper Meek Mill will bask in hometown glory as he rocks tonight’s Powerhouse event at the Wells Fargo Center. He released his highly anticipated Dreamchasers 3 mixtape on Maybach Music last month and was featured on the label’s collaborative album, Self-Made Vol. 3. The event, which also features performances from the top acts in hip-hop and R&B such as Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Wale, and 2 Chainz, is certainly a must-see. Get tickets here and watch Meek’s video for “Levels” below.

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Download Meek Mill’s new Dreamchasers 3 mixtape

Meek_Mill_DreamchaserslargePhilly rapper Meek Mill just released his new mixtape, Dreamchasers 3. Hosted by DJ Drama, the mixtape features contributions from French Montana, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Mase, Future, and others, with various production Cardo, Boi-1da, Black Metaphor, Scott Storch, 808 Mafia, and Tone Beats. Download/stream the collection below.