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Freddie Gibbs and Madlib share a new track ahead of Made In America

 

Freddie Gibbs | still from video

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, despite their unusual pairing, make really good music and make a lot of it. The duo released their second collaborative album, Bandana, in June of this year but that won’t stop them from putting out more music. Late last week, Adult Swim premiered “The Next Day” as part of their Adult Swim Singles series. If anything, the song will make you want to  revisit Bandana and Piñata, and get you very excited for the duo’s set at Made In America. Continue reading →

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ROSALÍA decided that releasing four Song of the Summer contenders wasn’t enough, so she’s shared a fifth

ROSALÍA and Ozuna | still from video

I think ROSALÍA wants me dead. I mean, why else would she release so many stellar tracks with very little warning? She wants to overwhelm me with her talent and knock the life out of me. She can’t get me though. I’ll push through if only to hear the next ROSALÍA single.

In her latest attempt to decimate me, “Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi”, the flamenco revolutionary teams up with Puerto Rican trap star, Ozuna. The track is a bouncy reggaeton joint that sees ROSALÍA bending yet another genre. She clearly can’t be stopped, nor should she be.

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This Just In: Lizzo’s sweat glows. Watch her spread love and laughter at NPR’s Tiny Desk

Lizzo, NPR Tiny Desk Concert | still from video

I dare you to watch Lizzo’s Tiny Desk Concert and not smile. That’s right, you can’t. Because Lizzo‘s soulful vibrato, positive vibes, and quick wit are undeniably contagious, even through your computer screen. For a performance less than 20 minutes long, the pop singer managed to bring a larger crowd to NPR music’s Tiny Desk than ever before, each member of the audience wearing toothy smiles and belly-laughing at Lizzo’s sassy banter. Continue reading →

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Watch Tierra Whack make 2019 her year in this XXL Freshman interview

Tierra Whack | Still from video

Back in March, many rising rap artists developed earnest pitches as to why they should be the next member of XXL’s Freshman Class. Philly’s Tierra Whack was not one of those artists. For her video, she chomped on potato chips looking unbothered in an all-cheetah print outfit, down to her shades and earnings. Naturally, she was selected as one of XXL Magazine’s 2019 Freshman. Continue reading →

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Tierra Whack will be a featured artist on the new Beyonce-curated Lion King album

Tierra Whack | photo by Senia Lopez | senialopez.photography

We’ve known that Tierra Whack is a star for a while now. Since Whack World dropped last year, more and more artists have been co-signing Whack and spreading the Whack Gospel. Now, the one and only Beyoncé has given Whack her stamp of approval. The eccentric Philly rapper is set to feature on The Lion King: The Gift, Beyoncé’s upcoming album inspired by the Lion King. The Beyoncé-curated and produced album will be released this Friday, July 19th. In addition to Whack, the album also features Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, 070 Shake, Burna Boy, WizKid, and more.

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Made In America artist Rosalía shares striking video for new double single

Rosalía | still from video

Slowing down is not on Rosalía‘s agenda. Since releasing her acclaimed sophomore album EL MAL QUERER last fall, the Spanish artist has been consistently putting out singles. The latest drop, a double single lumped together under the title F*cking Money Man, sees Rosalía continue to push her sound and redefine modern flamenco.

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Made In America artists Freddie Gibbs and Madlib team up again on Bandana

Freddie Gibbs | still from video

In 2014, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib worked together to make Piñata. It was, by all means, a great album, with even better features. Underground rappers like Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Ab-Soul, and more mainstream names like the late Mac Miller appeared on the tracklist. Piñata was mellow, melodic, and mimicked an old school sound with lyricism at the forefront.

Five years later they’re back with another record, Bandana. Over this period, they have become veteran performers.  One might think it’d be hard to top such a praised collaboration, but they have sharpened their talents over the years. Continue reading →

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19 Philly concerts we’re looking forward to in summer of 2019

Tame Impala | photo by Doug Interrante for WXPN // Kamasi Washington | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN // Kacey Musgraves | photo by Heji Shin | courtesy of the artist

Summer concert season is upon us, and once again, the Philadelphia region did not disappoint. We have so many options on the calendar over the next three months that whittling it down to 19 was an incredible difficult task — and we here at The Key wholeheartedly encourage you to peruse the extensive listings in the XPN Concert Calendar for details on the shows that didn’t fit — including Nuevofest at World Cafe Live, Cayetana’s swan song at Union Transfer, Brandi Carlile and Mavis Staples at the Mann Center, and of course our own XPoNential Music Festival.

But those are all gigs you probably could have guessed we were excited about. For this list, we’ve dug a little bit deeper and gathered that aren’t as obvious at first glance. From classic Philly soul to soaring international pop, tripped-out psychedelia and forward-looking jazz, here are 19 concerts we can’t wait to see in summer of 2019. Continue reading →

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Lizzo performs “Truth Hurts” at the BET Awards, rocks an insane flute solo

Lizzo | still from video

Rising star Lizzo killed her performance at the BET Awards last night, singing her Cuz I Love You hit “Truth Hurts” and getting a standing ovation from Rihanna when she and Sasha the Flute rocked an incredible solo.

Lizzo and her dancers strutted the cake-themed up, down, left and right. Midway through the trap banger, Lizzo grabbed Sasha to bust out a wild solo. Simultaneously twerking and blowing her heart out on the flute, Lizzo leaves it all out on the stage. Continue reading →