Ask a Hip Hop fan to describe a Philadelphia Emcee only using a few words. I guarantee “Big Beard” will be in the description. Philadelphia has been widely known for it’s beards, and in Hip Hop it is no different.
Some of the top 12 beards in Philly hip-hop include Questlove and Black Thought, 4 Horsemen rappers Hollowman and Kre Forch, Tana Da Beast and Tone Trump. Our pal Reef The Lost Cauze is on the list and Freeway takes the number one spot. Reef’s got a new collaboration with producer and beat maker Emyndalbum, The Fast Way. Below, watch a Key Studio Session we did with Reef a couple years back in the WXPN studios. Check out the full list here, and let us know who’s missing from the list.
Reef the Lost Cauze celebrated his birthday last week with the release of a new single “I Woke Up Early On My Born Day.” Opening with a string of thank-yous to Haj (of Dumhi, the producer of the track), his fans, family and son, the song covers broad Philadelphia territory name dropping LeSean “Shady” McCoy, Riley Cooper and Amaroso’s rolls just to mention a few.
Philly hip hop chameleon Reef the Lost Cauze and prolific South Philly producer/ beat extraordinaire Haj of Dumhi collaborate on the track “92 Flow” available for FREE here.
In addition to the free track, Reef will be performing with special guest STS (Sugar Tongue Slim) of the Roots crew and Caliph NOW this Thursday, October 24 at Hard Rock Cafe in Philly. The best part? The show is FREE, too.
If you’re not familiar with Haj, he’s been creating beats for a slew of underground artists to lay down on for years, from Reef the Lost Cauze to Burke the Jurke to Ethel Cee. Reef, who’s been rhyming since the tender age of 8, is no stranger to adding his lyrical insignia to Haj tracks. Aside from the Sirens on Snyder EP (featuring “92 Flow”), the two have worked together on plenty of collaborations since meeting in 2008. “92 Flow,” with its jazz-brass influence and funk beats, perfectly embodies the repeated line “listen to the groove, this how brothers rapped back in ’92,” and is guaranteed to have you toe tapping and head nodding the whole way through. Be sure to check out the FREE show at Hard Rock Cafe 10/24.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark have been around since the late 70s, garnering critical acclaim as masters of new wave and earning the title “intelligent pop” from the release of their self-titled 1981 full length. Except for a small gap in the 2000s, the group has been consistently releasing material since the late 70s, including their most recent release, English Electric, which came out this summer. Tonight, the godfathers of new wave play Union Transfer. Click here for ticket info and check out one of their classic hits below.
The new Sirens On Snyder EP, a collaboration between Reef The Lost Cauze and producer Haj from Dumhi is out now. The EP features Random, Burke The Jurke, Ethel Cee and Side Effect and was produced by Haj, who writes this about the EP’s background (and his background with Reef):
Back in 2008, I met up with Reef the Lost Cauze for the first time. We made a song called “Squeeze” that night. We have made a LOT of songs together since.
Last October we were recording what would become B.Dawk and Reef was like “we might as well just knock out a little Ep, man.” I was like, “Let’s go!”
I won’t do anymore dialogue in this email. I promise.
So while Reef and Caliph were finishing up “Reef the Lost Cauze is Dead”, I started sketching some beats together and in about January, we started rocking out on Wednesday nights in the basement.
You can check out the music video for “Moonshine” here and stream / download the album below.
Below, watch the new video from Reef The Lost Cauze and produced by Haj from Dumhi, for the song “Mooshine.” You can find the song on a free download of Loosies and it will be out tomorrow on the Sirens on Snyder EP by Reef and Haj.
Post-punk quartet Parquet Courts headline an eclectic line-up at PhilaMOCA tonight. Back in Philadelphia for the third time this year, Parquet Courts continue to tour in support of their debut full-length Light Up Gold, which just got a proper label release through indie label What’s Your Rupture. Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Amanda X and Household can be found here. Watch Parquet Courts perform “Master of My Craft” and “Borrowed Time” live on WNYC below.
One of the stand-out bands at March’s SXSW, Sir Sly make their way to Philadelphia tonight for a show at Johnny Brenda’s. With an EP plus a few more tracks released, the band has quickly made it clear that they will operate in the realm of expansive, catchy pop hooks. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with JMSN and The Last Royals can be found here. Watch a new video for “Found You Out” below and download “Gold” here.
Local Brazilian band Alo Brasil plays Underground Arts tonight. More than just a performing band, Alo Brasil features an interactive live show influenced by African rhythms like samba, maracatu and more. Though often accompanied by costumed dancers, for their recurring “Underground Sessions” Alo Brasil has a refreshed line-up of musicians. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here, or on the Facebook event page here. Watch a promo video for Alo Brasil below.
Philly rapper Reef the Lost Cauze is back with the latest two-hour episode of podcast, Reef Radio. He kicks it off riffing on Brad Paisley and L.L. Cool J’s much-panned collaboration “Accidental Racist” before moving into the Color Me Badd classic “I Wanna Sex U Up” and an extended guest appearance from New York MC J-Zone, who talks about his new book Root For The Villain: Rap, Bull$hit, and a Celebration of Failure. Listen and download the podcast below.