April 8, 2012 |
TEL AVIV - After coughing regularly for half an hour, Rennie Harris, artistic director/choreographer of Philadelphia-based hip-hop company Rennie Harris Puremovement, paused a hotel-lobby interview last month to order a cup of tea. "It's sandstorm season in Cairo, or something," he apologized. Harris had just finished the first leg of his company's frenetic March 9-to-April 6 DanceMotion USA tour of Egypt, Israel, and the Palestinian territories, during which he and his dynamic dancers taught, performed, loved the food, loved the people, and spread the hip-hop gospel: Be young, be free.
March 30, 2012 |
Free-form crooner Georgia Anne Muldrow is a practiced hand. The California native, specializing in spacey electronica, has been making records since 2006 under her own name, in collaboration with hip-hop artists Sa-Ra and J*DaVeY. She's also long partnered with rapper Dudley Perkins (a.k.a. Declaime) as G&D (they're also handsome life partners). With her new Stones Throw album Seeds, Muldrow makes her best artistic gesture, with bold, existential riffs on community (universal and personal)
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...