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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.

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Meek Mill brings “Dream Chasers Summit” to Philly today

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Philly rapper Meek Mill is teaming up with Cleveland Cavaliers NBA player (and Philly native) Dion Waiters to bring the Dream Chasers Sports & Entertainment Summit to Philadelphia on August 30. The day-long event, held at Temple’s Performing Arts Center, will feature panels with big names and leaders in both the entertainment and sports industry. The panels will focus on the theme of “chasing dreams” and what it takes to make them a reality. Mainly catered towards students and young Philadelphians, the summit aims to both inspire and provide personal accounts on how to really work towards success. On the entertainment end of the summit, panelists include Meek Mill, Rick Ross, regional Live Nation president Geoff Gordon, Master P, rapper Machine Gun Kelly, and more. The sports-focused panel will include NBA players like Waiters, Lou Williams, and Thaddeus Young.

Tickets for the summit are on sale now, and Temple can buy passes for a reduced price. Separate meet and greet tickets are also available – check out the summit website for more information. Meanwhile, check out Meek Mill’s new music video for his track “Levels” off of the upcoming record Self Made, out on September 17.

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Chance the Rapper on tour with Mac Miller and Meek Mill (playing Festival Pier on 7/13)

While Chance the Rapper has yet to release an official album, he has put out two stunning mix-tapes, including Acid Rap which was released online a few months ago.  As young as he is, this Chicago kid knows how to rhyme, proving it as he rapidly spits out lines to the beat of funky rhythms and occasional yelps among a star-studded crew of featured artists.  Now he’s going on tour with Mac Miller, adding other rap stars along the way including Philly’s own Meek Mill.  He’ll be playing Festival Pier July 13th.  Tickets and info can be found here, and you can check out the whole mixtape below, or download it here.

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“He’s Next Up”: Meek Mill namedrops Chill Moody

Last week, during an interview on New York station Hot 97, Philly rapper Meek Mill namedropped Chill Moody as the next big name to come out of the city. It was a quick mention, but enough to get Chill himself excited about it. And after hearing some singles from his debut RFM, I can see where he’s coming from.  Below, you can check out a sample of his music with the video for “Here, Here.” It features Chill partying in a club and chugging…Vitamin Water.  You can catch him live at Be Wild Block Party this summer in Philly, or dig into some of our past spotlights on Chill including our year-end interview with him back in December and a Key Studio Video Session last April.

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Watch Meek Mill with The Roots at the Roots Picnic

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Meek Mill made a surprise appearance at the Roots Picnic this past Saturday. Below, watch footage from Meek’s performance shot by @spikejordan. Check out The Key’s photo recap and review of The Roots Picnic here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purling Hiss with Spacin’ at Johnny Brenda’s, Glitter at World Cafe Live, Restorations at the First Unitarian Church, They Might Be Giants at The TLA, Meek Mill at The Tower Theater and more

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Photo by Peter English for Shaking Through | shakingthrough.com
Local rockers Purling Hiss celebrate the release of Water On Mars at Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The new LP is the trio’s major label debut (through Drag City) and presents the bristly lo-fi guitar rock of previous releases in a more polished, hi-fi resolution while retaining the amped up excess of feedback and noise.  The Key explored Water On Mars for a March edition of Unlocked, which you can check out here.  Mike Polizze’s band will be joined by his Birds of Maya bandmate Jason Killinger’s newish basement fuzz rock project Spacin’, as well as AXIS:SOVA.  Tickets and information the 21+ release show can be found here.  Below, watch Purling Hiss’ video for “Mercury Retrograde.”

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Meek Mill’s delayed Dreams and Nightmares tour kicks off this spring, playing the Tower Theater on 4/5

Meek Mill | Photo by John Vettese

A four-year-old drug conviction prevented Philly rapper Meek Mill from heading out on tour when his record Dreams and Nightmares was released in the fall; in December, he was temporarily barred from performing by a Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge due to stipulations in his probation. That has passed, and Meek is heading out on a national run of dates this spring, beginning in Boston before heading down to headline the Tower Theater on April 5th. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday, February 22, via Live Nation. Below, watch a video of Meek being interviewed by The Fader at his Sigma Sound Studio concert back in December.

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Watch Meek Mill get interviewed at Sigma Sound Studios for The Fader

Meek Mill | Photo by John Vettese

When Meek Mill played a fans-only party at Chinatown’s Sigma Sound back in December, there were some notable folks in the crowd. Miley Cyrus, for one – she was recording downstairs, and popped up in time to hear Meek shout her name out in “Believe It.” But also a video crew from The Fader (which included our buddy Michael James Murray of Out of Town Films). The interview they shot premiered on the blog a couple weeks back, and in it, Meek gives some insight into his work ethic, what it takes to stand out from the Philly hiphop scene, and what keeps him inspired – in his city, and around the country. Check out the video below.

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Meek Mill pledges to donate $10,000 to Strawberry Mansion High School; school still proposed for closure

North Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill pledged to donate $10,000 to his alma mater Strawberry Mansion High School, according to a report on Philly.com. Along with the $10,000 donation, he is using his new endorsement through Puma to set up the Strawberry Mansion Knight’s basketball team with new shoes.

These efforts from Meek (offstage name: Robert Williams), who is prohibited from touring for the next 30 days because of his 2008 legal troubles, come as Strawberry Mansion High School is one of the eight schools proposed for closure in concordance with Superintendent Hite’s initiative to consolidate Philadelphia public schools. From Philly.com:

Calling it “a historic moment,” Hite said his recommendations also included changing the grade levels of 23 schools and making other program changes affecting another seven. The total savings for the district could be up to $28 million beginning in 2014-15, he said. The proposed changes will be presented to the School Reform Commission Dec. 20 and, if approved, would affect 17,000 district students, 45 principals and 1,168 teachers. The number of schools would drop from 237 to 199; one in six schools would be closed.

Some community members, including Mill, believes that this consolidation will hurt the public school system. Many believe that forcing students from rival neighborhoods to converge onto the same campus will cause an increase in violence. With all these safety concerns, as well as regards  over-crowding, the Hite administration has been assuring Philadelphia residents that a portion of the money being saved will be allocated to address these concerns so that the safety of the children remains a top priority.

More on this topic as it develops. For now you can follow Meek Mill on his twitter, and check out a gallery a review of his fans-only show at Sigma Sound Studio on Tuesday night here.