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The NFL drafts Chill Moody, Strand of Oaks and more for its Draft Experience concerts

Chill Moody | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com
Chill Moody | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com

The NFL draft comes to town this weekend, bringing a three day “football festival” to the Ben Franklin Parkway on Thursday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29th. There will be autograph signings, interactive games, equipment demos, and apparently a well-curated roster of free live music.

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Tunji Ige keeps the party rocking on the new “Bring Yo Friends” video

Tunji Ige | still from video
Tunji Ige | still from video

Remember that time the Philadelphia Museum of Art had the Tunji Ige exhibit? You don’t? Yeah, I must have missed that one too.

But the above shot of the iconic PMA steps is just one of the striking exhibits you’ll see in the new “Bring Yo Friends” video, which displays the buzzing Philly rapper / producer’s commitment to keeping the party going, despite geographical boundaries. Continue reading →

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Surrealism in Motion: Tunji Ige and Glassface team up again on the new “War” video

Tunji Ige
Tunji Ige | photo courtesy of the artist

As a beatmaker and vocalist / lyricist, Philadelphia’s Tunji Ige is already a master craftsman of vibe. Add to the mix the visual artist Josh Goldenberg, aka Glassface, and it reaches a whole new level. The high-concept video they did for “Ball Is Life,” which you can watch here, needs to win every award it’s eligible for, and Ige discussed that video and his overall connection with Glassface – who he says has been his go-to since he was fifteen – in our recent interview.

Their latest collab, “War,” showed up today via NPR Music’s First Watch, brings the vibrant ocean blue of the album artwork to life. As Ige told NPR’s Kiana Fitzgerald, “The Missed Calls cover was inspired by Magritte and other surrealist artists. My goal with the ‘War’ video was to make an extension of that — a piece of moving surrealist art.” Continue reading →

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Eight questions with Philly rapper Tunji Ige

Tunji Ige
Tunji Ige | photo courtesy of the artist

We’ve been fans of Philly rapper Tunji Ige here at The Key ever since first putting our ears to The Love Project, his debut mixtape that dropped in late 2014 when he was 20 years old. He’s an MC at heart, but paints his music with a broad brush – it incorporates elements of dance pop, psychedelia and experimental rock. A couple years down the pike, we’ve been totally enthralled with the direction he’s taken his career, from gripping music videos with longtime collaborator Glassface to guest spots with emerging Parisian pop outfit Christine and the Queens.

This spring, Tunji dropped Missed Calls, a seven-song set that you can stream below. Is it an EP? Is it a full length? I don’t know, but it’s good. We caught up with him on the phone last week, and basically asked him everything we’ve wanted to know more about over the past two years. Read our interview below, and catch Tunji tonight when he opens the show at Underground Arts for JUMP Philly’s Red Bull Sound Select party.  Continue reading →

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Listen to Tunji Ige’s latest on “Black James Bond,” see him at JUMP Philly’s Red Bull Sound Select gig

Tunji Ige
Tunji Ige | Photo by John Vettese

Philly rapper Tunji Ige has a knack for straddling worlds – as we’ve noted in the past, his mixtapes have the feel of, well, mixtapes. Poppy club bangers, hard-hitting lyrical jams and dabbles into rock and roll all intermingle in his world, and it makes total and awesome sense.

Ige’s latest is “Black James Bond,” a catchy four minutes structured around a funky go-go guitar lick, a mix of meditative rhymes and auto-tuned hooks reminiscent of Moosh & Twist. Continue reading →

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Tunji Ige’s European Vacation: Watch the trippy new video for “On My Grind”

Tunji Ige
Tunji Ige | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Of course Philly MC Tunji Ige has a hit called “On My Grind” – of course. That seems to be the dude’s mission statement of sorts. After dropping the remarkable debut mixtape The Love Projectand making a splash at RECPhilly’s SXSW showcase last year, the MC – full name: Olatunji Ige – showed up on the debut LP from French electropop outfit Christine and the Queens and dropped a mind-bendingly meta music video for “Ball Is Life” directed by emerging videographer Glassface, with other bits of music popping up here and there.

This week, Ige is back together with Glassface for the new music video for “On My Grind,” set in the streets of Paris with trippy layers of footage showing the rapper and friends swimming over and under and around the scene. Continue reading →

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Listen to a new song by Tunji Ige, “On My Grind”


Philly rapper Tunji Ige, currently in the middle of a tour with The Neighbourhood in Europe, just released a new song, “On My Grind,” produced by Ige and Noah Breakfast. The talented young man behind the excellent The Love Project mixtape is also currently featured on “No Harm Is Done,” the new album by the acclaimed Christine and the Queens. Continue reading →

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Tunji Ige gets mobile-meta in his music video for “Ball Is Life”

Tunji Ige | Photo by John Vettese
Tunji Ige | Photo by John Vettese

Late last year, Philly rapper Tunji Ige dropped his awesome mixtape The Love Project – not to be confused with A Tribe Called Quest’s 1998 swan song The Love Movement, though it’s equally awesome in its own way – and he’s been pushing (and his name) it hard over the past year. We heard a couple new recordings from Tunji a few weeks back, and today his sights return to Love for the very clever music video for “Ball Is Life,” which showed up on Stereogum today. Continue reading →

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New guest verse, new single, new road trip from Philly rapper Tunji Ige

Tunji Ige | Photo by John Vettese
Tunji Ige | Photo by John Vettese

Late last year, Philly’s Tunji Ige released The Love Project, an entertaining and engaging cross section between hard-hitting rap and infectious EDM / club jams. The mixtape made a splash on the internet, as well as in front of real live humans during a short and sweet set at RECPhilly’s SXSW Showcase.

This fall finds Tunji popping up in a few different places as he continues to support The Love Project. Continue reading →