The alternative hip-hop philosophies of Asaad and his new album #TROY

“They love black but don’t wanna be black.”

The words come straight from the sage’s mouth, ASAAD is what Philadelphia underground hip-hop is all about. It’s hard to label the MC as underground, because it’s only a matter of time before he blows up – and his new album, #Troy, illustrates that the artist is definitely growing up. His profound mantra perpetuating the idea of “New Black” seeps through every syllable and although his imagery is metaphorical the meaning is very literal. He is offering up the mentality of re-writing black history with beats and rhymes, but presenting it like an anecdote of modern life from a tortured mind. Articulate, intricate and a little insane, ASAAD weaves cultural references to Wu-Tang, Balthazar and the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. In early 2012 ASAAD released a documentary called New Black History that shows the Philadelphia native sharing his philosophies.The footage shows interviews of him representing Philly and is inter cut with him dropping knowledge on New York City. You’ll be intrigued by the mystery but can find all the answers in his raps; advocating the greater good and claiming that he’s bringing hip-hop back….and he is.

This documentary can be found here. His latest effort, #Troy, can be streamed on his bandcamp located here. Below is the video for his 2012 single “Jumanji Flow.”


Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Deep Dark Woods at Kung Fu Necktie, Meatloaf at the Tower, Tayyib Ali at North Star, Wu-Block w/ Ghostface Killah postponed at The Troc

Canadian alt-country band The Deep Dark Woods are playing Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Philly’s Tin Horses and Wilmington’s New Sweden are kicking off the 21+ show at 8 p.m. Tickets are available here for $10. Check out The Deep Dark Woods perform their song “The Place I Left Behind” below.

Meatloaf is coming to the Tower Theater tonight at 8 p.m. as part of his “Mad, Mad World” summer tour and in support of his latest album Hell in a Handbasket. Ticket prices range from $42 to $387 and can be purchased here. Watch a vintage video of Meat Loaf on The Old Grey Whistle Test below.

Philly rapper Tayyib Ali is playing the North Star Bar along with Maryland rapper Logic for their VMG Tour. The show starts at 7:15 p.m. and tickets are on sale for $13 here. Listen to Tayyib Ali’s song “Do It (High School Dropout)”, off his mixtape, Keystone State of Mind and read more about the young rapper here. If you like what you hear, grab a free download of the entire album over at Ali’s website.

Wu-Tang Clan‘s Ghostface Killah and D-Block’s Sheek Louch have teamed up to form the hip-hop super group, Wu-Block. The group is playing the Trocadero tonight along with openers Saigon, Jawnzap7, and B.A.R.S. Murre. The 18+ show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available for $27 here. Listen to Wu-Block’s first official single release, “Union Square,” in the player below. UPDATE: the Wu Block concert has been postponed, and rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 21.