March 2, 2012 |
It's taken a while for Breakfast , the debut album by Philadelphia hip-pop duo Chiddy Bang released Tuesday, to finally be served. The band comprising Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege and Noah "Xaphoon Jones" Beresin first began making noise in the music industry when their song "Opposite of Adults" became a British pop-chart hit two years ago. So you couldn't blame Beresin for showing so much unbridled enthusiasm during the group's sold-out, all-ages...
February 3, 2012 |
South Africa's Die Antwoord creates racing, racy electro-hip-hop with touches of dancehall and dubstep thrown into its overheated mix. Inside that sound, MC Ninja and singer Yo-Landi also use a hardened brand of hometown slang. With that occasionally foul vernacular and their particular patois, Ninja and Yo-Landi - who perform in English and Afrikaans - identify themselves as "Zef" in terms of musical style and fashion sense. They are posh but not posh, poor yet fancy, rocking gold in the face of poverty.
January 21, 2012 |
The 10-year-old Montreal troupe RUBBERBANDance returned to Annenberg Center on Thursday evening with the Philadelphia premiere of Gravity of Center . In focus and technique, the soulfully danced work far surpasses the company's last offering here in 2008. The vision of company founder and former hip-hop dancer Victor Quijada is to blend his b-boy background with ballet as well as such martial arts movement as capoeira. In Gravity of Center , he's crystallized this style into what I'll call "acro-balletic.
January 18, 2012 |
HATERS MAY knock Amber Rose, pointing out that like her rival Kim Kardashian, she's known for nothing more than being gorgeous and dating celebrities. But they can't deny that the Philly homegirl has managed to achieve the glamorous hip-hop lifestyle that many young women only dream about. She's come a long way from Delilah's Den, where she used to be an exotic dancer named Paris. Last week, the 28-year-old model released her first single, "Fame," which includes a verse by her current love interest, rapper Wiz Khalifa.
January 17, 2012 |
In the world of babies and hip-hop, it has been a very interesting week. Jan. 9, we learned that Beyoncé and Jay-Z were the proud new parents of a baby girl, Ivy Blue Carter. Oops. That was a mistake, the little girl's name is really Blue Ivy. I can dig it. Nice name. Then it was reported that Jay and Bey allegedly paid more than a million dollars to take over the whole maternity wing at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital. Maybe Beyoncé's life was in danger.
January 11, 2012 |
Gloucester City officials have filed charges against the nightclub where a Willingboro rapper was shot last month, setting up the possible removal of the club's liquor license. The charges against D' Place Bar and Restaurant on Route 130 include counts of breaking state rules on alcohol sales, failing to stop fights, fire code violations, and littering. In a preemptive news conference Tuesday afternoon, the club's owners, Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Vasquez, said the city was harassing them and they should not be held accountable for a series of bloody fights in their parking lot. "The one-of-a-kind sports bar and restaurant owned by a Latino American family never thought that taking a vacant business and making it a better, more attractive place in a predominantly Caucasian American city with roots similar to theirs would be continuously harassed and denied basic civil liberties by their own township officials," they said in an earlier statement.
January 7, 2012 |
Despite being known to music industry insiders as "the Great White Dope" since his start, Asher Roth is no dummy. The 26-year-old Philly-by-way-of-Morrisville rapper has kept his rep as the stoner king of party-hearty Caucasian hip-hop since dropping his first album in 2009, Asleep in the Bread Aisle . Just as he did during his days at West Chester University, Roth leaned heavily on social-networking websites, and kept up a fairly steady...
December 31, 2011 |
Diplo has come a long way since he hosted Hollertronix parties at the Ukrainian Club in Northern Liberties in the early '00s. He's gone all the way to 10th and Spring Garden Streets, in fact, where the DJ/producer and BlackBerry salesman played to a sold-out, all-ages crowd Thursday night at Union Transfer. The Mississippi-born, Philadelphia- and Los Angeles-based cultural anthropologist and beat-maker born Wesley Pentz topped an all-local DJ bill that included opener Xaphoon Jones, the nom de rap of Noah Beresin of the hip-pop duo Chiddy Bang, and DJ/producer Dirty South Joe. Jones and Joe warmed up the former Spaghetti Warehouse with the latter, in particular, making the walls quake with booming dubstep and slow-grinding hip-hop.
December 11, 2011 |
Would I let my children sleep with a stuffed stringy-haired codger like Ben Franklin? Or do I prefer they cuddle nonhuman furry friends? All politics is local, even contests pitting a Founding Father against a top-heavy hound and a 7-foot moose. So when contemplating which costumed creature should next represent the Philadelphia 76ers, I admit my misgivings involve merchandise: If I'm invariably going to spend $29.99 on a Sixers Pillow Pet, which of these plush playthings is least likely to give my kids nightmares?