February 27, 2000 |
For two years, Media Bureau Networks has been a hub of Philadelphia's Internet outreach. With the guiding principle "live and direct to Mother Earth," the online Webcast network provides local original audio and video programming all day. The Northern Liberties address - a long graffiti-scrawled garage on Fourth Street near Brown - is gaining a reputation for its equally dynamic live lounge showcases, such as Big Rich Medina's All That!, an open-mike showcase of poets, singers and hip-hop emcees, on the first Sunday of the month.
April 8, 2005 |
Legendary funkmaster George Clinton once said his genre was an equal-opportunity employer. So, too, is reggae. That became clear Wednesday night when Lubavitch House at Penn hosted the Hasidic reggae sensation Matisyahu at the Rotunda. The man came to work. Backed by an extra-crispy set of bass, drums and guitar fluent in the "one-drop style" of roots reggae, Matis, as he was called, chanted, sang and dropped a little knowledge about everything from King David to the "Aish Tamid" (eternal flame)
October 22, 2007 |
"Nothing succeeds like success" may well be a cliche, but that doesn't make it any less true, especially in the hip-hop world, where sales is artistry. And that's pretty much how things went down Friday night at the Wachovia Center when radio station Power 99 hosted Powerhouse 2007, a nearly six-hour revue-style parade of major hip-hop artists - some on their way up, others on their way back down. Kanye West, currently the king of the hip-hop hill, headlined with great artistic pomp and circumstance, while 50-Cent was relegated to an unannounced midshow cameo.
April 27, 2007 |
Raymond Tyler has long lamented that commercial urban radio seems to have little room for what he believes are positive messages. "There are even the famous and semi-famous who can't get onto urban radio because their message isn't about drinking and how many cars they have and how many women they can get," said Tyler, who has a marketing firm, Dark Seed Communications, and writes a column for Atlantic City Weekly. "We need to honor them, to make sure they don't stop. " So Tyler and his brother, Mark, a former Atlantic City Press reporter, and Philadelphia spoken-word performer Stephanie Renee are putting on the 2007 Alternative Soul Awards on Sunday in Atlantic City.
March 26, 2004 |
A trip to the circus means acrobats and animals, trapeze artists, and death-defying motorcyclists. But UniverSoul Circus goes one step further. "UniverSoul is hip-hop under the big top," says Hank Ernest, a circus spokesman. "You're talking about . . . singing and dancing in the aisle. The first time you go, you can honestly say you've never seen anything like it. " The show - which will stop in Camden and Philadelphia on its 55-city tour - combines classic circus favorites with newer acts, "all surrounded by an urban flavor," Ernest says.
September 27, 2007 |
Putting together two bold flavors of hip-hop - courtesy of Common and Q-Tip - is like mixing lemon with lime on a summer day. There's similarity to be found in their smart flows. There's individual tartness and texture to differentiate the zest. That was the taste sensation that splashed the Electric Factory on Tuesday night. Common was stoic, soulful and politicized - occasionally rigid, always righteous. Even when bounding across the stage during the salacious"Go," Common was cucumber cool, as if playfulness wasn't exactly second nature to him. A medley of old rap hits ("Just a Friend," "Greatest Man Alive")
October 1, 1999 |
Prince Paul made his name first with the funky-fresh 1980s rap band Stetsasonic and then as producer of De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising, the trippy daisy-age platter that broadened the horizons of hip-hop in 1989. Paul hasn't kept a high profile this decade, but 1999 has been a bust-out year for the visionary producer. First, there was A Prince Among Thieves (Tommy Boy), the hip-hopera that used guest appearances by the likes of Kool Keith, Everlast, Big Daddy Kane and Chris Rock to tell a street-savvy morality tale, among others.
June 13, 2003 |
Get those bibs ready, people. The sauce of the "BBOY BBQ" at the Hawthorne Recreation Center (Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) will permeate more than your taste buds as your eyes and ears will be fed hip-hop. "This is going to be a fabulous event with a whole lot of good things going on," said Pose2, whose backyard spawned the original barbecue. Back in the late '90s, Pose2, a New York graffiti artist who relocated to Philly, invited his artist friends from both cities to his home.
March 21, 2006
RE TARA CUPIT'S letter, "Don't blame hip-hop": Ms. Culpit fails to realize that children are impressionable. Hip-hop is the most ignorant form of music and a waste of plastic. Any music that insults the women of the world is not worth 50 cents. Sex, drugs and violence are the only subjects the rappers write about. Do these brain-dead millionaires have any ideas on social change and the betterment of society? I think not. When you weigh the options offered to our children, the fact remains: Our children need positive role models.
July 1, 2005 |
Arriving just as major combat in Iraq was declared over by the Bush administration, Lt. Col. Bill Rabena's 2/3 Field Artillery (a.k.a. "the Gunners") set up an HQ in one of Uday Hussein's Baghdad palaces. Gunner Palace takes place four months after that declaration, as this group of mostly young men face nightly mortar attacks, roadside bombs, and nerve-racking raids on suspected hideouts. In other words, nothing is over; it's just beginning. Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein's moving documentary on the unit is now out on DVD and gives viewers a chance to look past the nightly news accounts.