Philly rapper Mic Stew is back with his latest single and music video to the track “It Will All Be Okay,” a self reaffirming track backed by a hauntingly bright beat. Producer Daniel Martin is able to cast a drug-daze similar to A$AP Rocky’s 2013 hit “Purple Swag,” while the submerged beat leaves enough headroom for Mic Stew to get to work. Touching on the pitfalls of alcohol and dealing with pressure and depression, Stew emotionally unravels lyrically throughout the track. Continue reading →
On the cusp of releasing his Higher PurposeEP and relocating to Dallas for six months starting in September,Mic Stewart is filled with nothing but good vibes and positive energy. Always a favorite of mine for talking all things hip-hop, I got another chance to sit down with the Philly emcee and preview his six track EP last week. The interview wasn’t too different from our first conversation back in February in that I found myself steering clear of written questions and more having a conversation with a guy whose plan and motivation is all-consuming. Continue reading →
Norristown-based Rotation Records, a recording company and studio, will be hosting a “Rotation on the River” showcase that will take place next Saturday Feb. 27 at the Deck at Harbor Pointe in Essington.
The event will showcase 15 Hip Hop artists including Mic Stewart, Young Savage and The Bul Bey. Continue reading →
Scottish outfit The Vaselines visit Johnny Brenda’s with Amanda X tonight. The indie pop veterans first released material in 1987 on an EP called Son of a Gun. Seven more efforts followed, culminating in last year’s V for Vaselines LP which was partially a nod by The Vaselines to the sound of the Ramones. Tourmates Amanda X kept busy last year with shows near and far while recording a new 7″. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here; watch The Vaselines’ video for “High Tide Low Tide” below.
If you’re unfamiliar with Big L, Mic Stew doesn’t leave you in the dark; he includes 30 second verses from Big L classics like “’90 Freestyle”, “Ebonics”, “MVP”, and “Put It On” on the 13-track set as well as clips from interviews of Jay-Z and Lord Finesse speaking on his talent. On “All Black” he declares: “Giving up is a pipe dream…” an ironic statement to silence those who doubt his future. His “2014 Freestyle” finds him “…with the ’94 Nas flow, Illmatic with it don’t forget it”, another nod to a hip-hop hero and his work. Over old school hip-hop beats, Mic Stew works off the genius of his fallen rap idol to lay down hard-hitting verses that exhibit his own. Stream and download The Big L Mixtape below.
Philly rapper Mic Stewart has been rapping for about a decade and releases his new album, PEACEWORLD, on April 23rd. The record features guest appearances from Chill Moody, Selina Carrera, and DJ Damage. Last year he was named the Red Bull Emsee National Freestyle Champion in a competition judged by some heavy hitters including DJ Premier, David Banner and Big K.R.I.T. Known for his legendary Temple University Bell Tower freestyle performances like this, he recently released the first single and video for “I’m Not From Brooklyn,” from his forthcoming album. It’s got a non-stop funky old school vibe that’s fresh and deserving of repeated listenings.
Here’s a hip-hop show you don’t want to miss. Black Thought of the legendary Roots crew and J.Period The Mixtape Assassin are performing at The Blockley on Saturday, December 29th with Reef The Lost Cauze, Mic Stew and Rowboat Casino. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, sample some of the goods including Reef’s Key Studio video session, the J.Period produced “In The Ghetto (Wake Up!)” featuring Black Thought, Rakim and John Legend and “What Is Hip Hop” by Mic Stew.