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Local rappers Pooda Dappa, Chase Allen, and STS unite for Inner City Country Club this Sunday at Silk City

Photo courtesy of the artists
Photo courtesy of the artists

While associations between the idea of the inner city and that of country clubs may not be immediately recognizable, it all makes sense in the context of local hip-hop’s elite. Inner City Country Club is a project that features collaborations between Philadelphia’s finest talents (rappers, singers, musicians, producers, etc…), embodying the theme of brotherly love.

This Sunday, we’ll see it in action as up-and-coming rappers Pooda Dappa, Chase Allen, and STS share the stage at Silk City in Northern Liberties. Pooda Dappa’s Take Notes EP hit the web in the earlier half of last year while STS dropped quite a few new videos in the latter half from his upcoming project. Allen opened for DMX last summer at The Blockley and released his new album D.A.R.K. in February. Get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: STS at Silk City Diner, Rob, Lately at MilkBoy, Heat Thunder at Boot & Saddle

Sugar Tongue Slim | Photo via facebook.com/SlimIsGold
Sugar Tongue Slim | Photo via facebook.com/SlimIsGold

STS performs tonight at Silk City Diner for Chase Allen’s record release show.  The local hip hop artist has released a number of new tracks this season including the Khari Mateen-produced “Heart On My Sleeve” below.  The singles come in advance of a proper release from STS (short for Sugar Tongue Slim), following up his IllustriousGold Rush, and Gold Rush II records.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Listen to “Heart On My Sleeve” below.

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Watch S.T.S.’s new video for his confessional track “What More Can I Say” (featuring Nikki Jean and Rog Rebel)

Photo via www.soundcloud.com/stsisgold/whatmorecanisay
Photo via www.soundcloud.com/stsisgold/whatmorecanisay

With shots of Center City, Broad Street, and the art museum, Philly rapper STS (Sugar Tongue Slim) gives his city a black-and-white treatment in his new video for “What More Can I Say”. The song features another local artist: R & B singer, Nikki Jean who adds a soulful flare to the track which finds the rapper detailing his come-up and unwavering thirst for success.

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S.T.S. takes us to the barbershop in new “Harder than Holdin’ Work” video (playing Boot and Saddle 11/27)

Sugar Tongue Slim | Photo via facebook.com/SlimIsGold
Sugar Tongue Slim | Photo via facebook.com/SlimIsGold

Have you ever found yourself bored while getting a haircut? There’s a cure for that. Philly rapper STS (Sugar Tongue Slim) demonstrates as he spits rhymes from his latest song “Harder Than Holdin’ Work” while the hair clippers buzz around him. The track has a throwback feel to it and is just a sample of what to expect from his upcoming project. Catch STS at Boot and Saddle on the 27th. More details below.

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S.T.S.’s catchy new single “Heart on My Sleeve” speaks out against racial profiling

Artwork via www.stsisgold.com
Artwork via www.stsisgold.com

Sugar Tongue Slim (S.T.S.)’s new single is catchy and urban-radio-ready (and even borrows a lyric from Drake’s epic verse on Migos’s hit song “Versace”). But these characteristics just scratch the surface. The Philly rapper calls attention to the issue of racial-profiling and stereotyping of African-Americans at high-end fashion retailers, specifically, Barney’s. Regarding this influence on the song, STS says: “It breaks my heart, cause I was a big Barney’s shopper” – which is why he wears it on his sleeve as the new track suggests. Listen below.

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Listen to Sugar Tongue Slim’s new Khari Mateen-produced single “Hell Wrong” (playing Hard Rock Philly tomorrow)

Sugar Tongue Slim | Photo via facebook.com/SlimIsGold
Sugar Tongue Slim | Photo via facebook.com/SlimIsGold

The rapper formerly known as Sugar Tongue Slim is still pretty much known as Sugar Tongue Slim; he’s just going by the punchier S.T.S. these days, which is fine by us. Today the Philly MC rolled out his latest song, “Hell Wrong,” produced by the inimitable Khari Mateen. Like any of Khari’s projects, the beat is crazy futuristic and the instrumental textures and are unique, intriguing and sonically addictive. This give’s Slim’s rhymes a massive amount of lift, as he spouts off about money and material culture – in both a celebratory and satirical manner. “Smellin’ like psuedo wealth, just tryana be who I be / first I need a presidential Rollie and an iced-out Jesus piece.” Take “Hell Wrong” for a spin below, and catch STS live in tomorrow night’s free showcase with Caliph Now and Reef the Lost Cauze at Hard Rock Philly; information can be found here.

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Free new song, free concert from Philly rapper Reef the Lost Cauze

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Illustration via dumhi.com

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.