Philly rap icon Freeway – he of #TeamEarly fame – is celebrating the release of his latest LP, Diamond in the Ruff, tonight at The Blockley. The album drops on Tuesday, and features collabos with Musiq Soulchild, Nikki Jean and Wale. The 21+ show begins at 9 p.m., more information is available here. Below, dig on the ominous “Numbers,” Free’s collaboration with fellow Philly rapper Neef Buck.
Local pop-rock outfit Free Energy play Johnny Brenda’s tonight for a show presented by Out of Town Films. Tonight’s event is the first in what Out of Town Films hopes to be a regular event, a showcase bringing high-caliber acts to smaller, more intimate venues. Free Energy recently announced details for their forthcoming sophomore record called Lovesigns, which will be released through the band’s own label on January 15th. Tickets for tonight’s 21+ show are $12; the doors will open at 8:00 p.m. Below, watch Out of Town Films’ video with Free Energy for “Hold You Close” from the summer.
Eclectic local label Raw Life Records is hosting a label showcase entitled “Jam House” tonight at The Legendary Dobbs. The line-up is a genre-spanning mix of pop, hip-hop, rap, and dance music featuring host Rone and performances by Nicos Gun, Dice Raw, Black Stars, Young Gliss & De’ko (performing “The Dream Sequence” EP), Finesse, a DJ set by Les Professionnels, and special guests.
There’s no cover for the 21+ event and the show starts at 9 P.M. For more information visit the event page here.
Check out Nicos Gun’s video for “We Could Die” below.
Listen to Young Gliss & De’Ko’s “The Dream Sequence” EP in the embedded player.
With a laid-back demeanor and an affinity for melody, Philadelphia’s Adam Ferrone – Rone to his fans – drops his debut full length today on local imprint Raw Life Records. The First Story casts a broad net. It goes fast and fierce with a jazz piano and pounding beat on opener “Against The Wall” (label honcho Dice Raw spits a verse on that track), Later, it ropes things in for some introspection and breezy sentimentality on “200 Miles to Philadelphia,” the acoustic-guitar quasi-singer-songwritery number we heard on Raw Life’s compilation The New School Presents: America’s Next. Rone also sings a lot of his own hooks – another unique slant to his sound. You can watch the video for his single “Giving My Love” below, stream the album over at Soundcloud and help Rone celebrate his album’s release this Saturday, June 23, at MilkBoy.
You might know him as a longtime affiliate of The Legendary Roots Crew, but Dice Raw also has a sharp ear for up-and-coming talent in the city. Today, his label Raw Life released The New Sound Presents: America’s Next, a thirteen-track compilation of rising stars in the city’s pop and hip-hop scene. It features the charismatic Young Gliss, who just released the incredible Glimmer EP; Patty Crash, Philly’s answer to the pop-star badassery of Robyn; melodic-minded rapper Rone; the suave, dancefloor-oriented tones of Mike Taylor; and many more. You preview the compilation in the Soundcloud stream below, or buy yourself a copy over at iTunes.
Below, check out a video for the compilation’s lead single: “200 Miles to Philadelphia” by Rone.