Peedi Crakk has released his new mixtape, CF5: The Cocaine Edition, hosted by DJ Ant Live and featuring appearances by Redman, Young Chris, Ms. Jade, Bodega Bamz, and others. Tonight, Peedi plays the TLA for the Veteran Freshman One Year Anniversary Concert. A lot has evolved in both the music industry and Peedi’s life over the years since he was signed by Jay-Z to Def Jam. The former State Property member recently told the City Paper: “I’m not the kid who got signed after winning rap battles in high school or wilding out with State Property.” Below, download the new mixtape and below that, take a stroll through hip-hop memory lane with a couple of videos including one Peedi did with Ne-Yo.
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.
Philly rapper Beanie Sigel is releasing a new album, This Time, on August 28th on the reformed Ruffhouse Records. The label had a ten year run from 1989-1999 with releases from Cypress Hill, The Fugees, Schoolly D, The Goats and others. Ruffhouse relaunches with Sigel’s first album since 2007, as Sigel heads off to do a two year prison stint for tax evasion. The first single from the record, “The Reunion”, is a hip-hop slammer and features State Property, the Sigel led rap group featuring Omillio Sparks, Beans, Young Chris, Peedi Crakk and Freeway. Fueled by a funky, tight sample of Sly & The Family Stone’s “You Can Make It If You Try,” Sigel and State Property trade rhymes and raps over the beats that’s an immediate classic. Listen to the song below, and check back next week for an interview with Ruffhouse CEO Chris Schwartz.