Blonde Gang are a hip-hop/pop collective from Philadelphia with serious attitude. Not only does their music embrace creativity and individuality, but their fashion sense promotes these qualities as well. Brightly colored hair, energized stage performances, and unique fashion tastes are a way of life and self-fulfillment for each group member. Beyond just the music, Blonde Gang members Lyve (Evyl Ot Laer), Kidd Sweeny, Bok Nero, Plane Walker, Shy the Social Misfit, Jamiil, Reese, and Sik are working to start a positive group movement that welcomes social outsiders looking for a comfortable home. Sik, the group’s visual creator, has a printed clothing line, Amekaji, which has been gaining fans all over Philly. It's not uncommon to see someone on the subway rocking one of their t-shirts or hoodies. Be sure to find them on Facebook and Twitter!
Blonde Gang w/ Abstract Verses, Sodacan Man
The Blockley3801 Chestnut St.Saturday, October 6th
We’ve got the lowdown on three new announcements/releases to keep you at the top of the local music buzz.
All summer long excitement was in the air as people waited anxiously for the arrival of the highly anticipated Made in America Festival that Jay-z announced in May. This past weekend, the festival finally arrived, and it was just as magical as we'd all hoped it would be, if not more.
With acts like Run DMC, Pearl Jam, Drake, The Hives, Calvin Harris, Santigold, a surprise performance from Kanye West and of course, Jay-z himself, this is an event that Philadelphia will never forget. Photos by Marie Alyse Rodriguez.
Tomorrow night marks the official launch party for New York and Philadelphia based brand, Live 2 Be Free. The line, created by Marketing and branding staple Set Free, “stands for the fight against anything that is trying to control, conform and capture any part of the human natural way of life.” You can check out pieces from the line and the L2BF blog here.
As for the launch party, you can expect a soundtrack created by Philadelphia’s own Don Cannon, a celebrity DJ and producer who’s production credits include artists such as Outkast, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy and more. Alongside Cannon will be Set Free as your host for the evening. Not only did Set Free start L2BF, he is also known for his And 1 mixtapes and has worked with companies such as Mitchell & Ness, Ubiq, Nike, Vans and Nixon. His connection to music, sports, and fashion is what led to the creation of Live 2 Be Free.
The festivities will include a tastemakers pre-party from 8-10pm followed by a general admission party from 10pm-2am, all going down at Silk City. The event, geared towards bringing together all of the top influential personalities in our city for a night of fashion, music, and drinks, is sponsored by Stoli, Vitamin Water and Vans.
At the beginning of the week we got wind of three big announcements/releases. From a new track, new album art, and a big album, you're going to want to keep reading.
Drake has created a buzz with his recent intentions to produce a posthumous album from the dearly missed Aaliyah. He fortified this endeavor by releasing a track titled "Enough Said". Aaliyah's scintilating and incredibly soothing voice plays over an understated, eerie beat, accompanied by a verse from Drake about halfway through. While some protest from Aaliyah's family has arose, it seems as though this project will continue production. Aaliyah died in a fateful plane crash in 2001 and this album would be her second posthumous release, after I Care 4 U was released in December 2002. Along with Drake producing the album, Timbaland has expressed interest in getting involved, as well as Missy Elliott.
The other day we brought you the final installment of The Trill Waves Series from Gianni Lee of Babylon Cartel, but that wasn't all the Philly based clothing company had in store for us. They also happened to preview their new t-shirt and tank top releases that they leaked on their Tumblr and Instagram. While no specific release date has been set, these are definitely a few pieces you want to keep on eye out for, check then out:
Along with the new threads, they also released a mixtape of all the original samples from Rick Ross' new album God Forgives, I Don't. Mike Blud and Gianni Lee are responsible for the release, which features samples from the Justice League, NO I.D., Jake One, Cool N Dre, Cardiak, and many more. Here's a look at the track listing for the sample pack, which you can download HERE!
If you’ve been to one of the past Veteran Freshman events, then you already know how fantastic the featured music artists are. Yusuf Muhammad’s Veteran Freshman has made such a big splash in the local music scene, that the next and upcoming show will be featured at the TLA with acts that are seriously going to blow your mind.
On Friday, August 10th, hitting the stage will be none other than the following super hot up and comers: