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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
Philly rapper Bahamadia released her debut record Kollage way back in 1996. Tonight, she celebrates the album’s 20th anniversary with a performance at Johnny Brenda’s. Nostalgic fans of 90s hip-hop won’t want to miss out on this. Grab tickets via the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →