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Indie Hip Hop

POSTED: Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 12:11 PM

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.

POSTED: Friday, June 8, 2012, 3:04 AM

Make way for an emcee who has proven himself as an ever-developing, well-rounded Philly talent and who is about to be blowing up your speakers on the regular. If you don’t know about Rone, let us school you a little.

Rone is a Philly based emcee who initially garnered a buzz and fan-base from his battle-rap league involvement. If you haven’t heard of him, you’re in luck, because he has just released his latest visual for his single “Giving My Love” which you can view below.  Rone’s delivery in the song is impressive and the visuals are on-point. We're totally digging the still shot effect.

Rone will be headlining his very own album release party featuring his debut album “The First Story” at Milkboy on Saturday, June 23rd, four days after the release day on Tuesday, June 19th.  “The First Story” contains zero samples.  Instead, each song was built from scratch by Rone and some of Philadelphia’s most talented producers which includes Rick Friedrich (credited producer of The Roots’ Grammy-nominated “How I Got Over” album, Ritz Reynolds (Producer for Mac Miller, The Roots, OCD: Moosh & Twst, etc.), Khari Mateen and more.

POSTED: Monday, June 4, 2012, 2:42 PM

The 5th annual Roots Picnic spanned two talent-packed days at Festival Pier last weekend. Phrequency photographer Yusuf Muhammad was there to capture all of the action.

Day One: 1. Tayyib Ali (left) backstage, 2. Danny Brown, 3. Black Thought (right), 4. It's a family affair 5. Festival goers enjoying the sun at Festival Pier

6. Tune Yards backstage, 7. OCD performs, 8. Tune Yards performs, 9. St. Vincent takes the stage, 10. Wale excites the crowd before De La Soul's set, 11. Mos Def made a suprise appearance during De La Soul's set, 12. De La Soul takes the stage.

Day Two: 13. Jesse Teich, 14. Gianni Lee spins, 15. Major Lazer, 16. Diplo's solo set, 17. ?uestlove and Diplo, 18. Artist Suzi Analog (center), 19. The Mad Decent crew backstage.

Day Two: 20. Khari Mateen and DJ Phish backstage, 21. Live Nation senior talent booker Stacie George, 22. Diplo (left), 23. and 24. Rakim, 25. Black Thought and Rakim, 26. Rakim

POSTED: Friday, July 15, 2011, 5:15 AM
Filed Under: Events | Funk | Hip Hop | Indie Hip Hop

From various corners of the city of Philadelphia; The City Music Project, Swift Technique, and Lady each embody a different and unique style that contribute the ever growing music scene here in the city. On Saturday, get a taste of them all when they perform at World Cafe Live downstairs.

Working class heroes, Lady, have been creating a buzz for themselves in and around the city over the last year. Currently they are in the process of finishing up their album at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, enlisting Grammy-award winning producer Phil Nicolo.

RE-VISIONS EP by The City Music Project
POSTED: Tuesday, July 5, 2011, 10:42 AM
Filed Under: Awesome | Indie Hip Hop

While Tyler is on tour, he doesn’t want to leave his fans hanging. In honor of summer, and the nostalgic feelings we get around this time, he’s release a compilation of his favorite jams that the rapper listens to while on the road. The playlist includes Toro y Moi, Grizzly bear, Stevie Wonder, N.E.R.D. & more. You'll also catch a preview of of Tyler's own (and unreleased) "Analog Pt.2".

“Hi. I’m On A Big Tour In Europe Right Now, Pretty New To This. I’m Used To Spending Summers Not Doing Anything Productive With My Friends. I’m Really Fucking Home Sick, Not Only That, I Have A Cast On, So, To Feel Better, I Put Together An Hour Mix Of Songs That I Like To Listen To, That Reminds Me Of Summer Back Home. Fuck A Tracklist, Figure It Out. GOLFWANG.” –Tyler (via Odd Futue Tumblr)

You can take a listen to the mix in full below OR you can download the mix here.

TYLER THE CREATOR- Summer Camp Mix 2011 by Soundblob.Radio
POSTED: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 1:56 PM
Filed Under: Awesome | Hip Hop | Indie Hip Hop

Vol. 2 album artwork by Alfie & Keith Squirrell

The good people over at AnmlHse are offering up an awesome music playlist that is just in time for summer. PandaRadio is a monthly compilation of Panda’s favorite underground tunes that so far include tracks from Mac Miller to Hussle Club, Casey Veggies to Spoek Mathambo, and Mellowhype to Gym Class Heroes. There is a little something for every body within each mix and they’ve just released Volume 2! Download is here.

Catch up with last month’s playlist with Volume 1 over here. If you’re interested in possibly being featured in any of the up-coming playlists, send your submissions to

POSTED: Monday, December 27, 2010, 1:18 PM
Filed Under: Ambient | Indie Hip Hop

Check out the gorgeous new video for Gilbere Forte' feat. Tame Impala & Gembala "Dawn"

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Gilbere Forte' feat. Tame Impala & Gembala - Dawn from Gilbere Forte' on Vimeo.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 11:23 AM
Filed Under: Indie Hip Hop

Reef the Lost Cauze, DJ Caliph, Jack Frost, Freeway, and Peedi Crakk opened up for Jedi Mind Tricks at The Trocadero Friday night. Yusuf Muhammad was on stage to capture the action.

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