August 10, 2013 |
Run the Jewels is a band, and it's also 2013's best hip-hop collaboration. Rapper Killer Mike and producer/MC El-P are Run the Jewels, and their new eponymous album is both teamwork and a project that asserts its own identity, without sacrificing lyrical excellence or their usual whack grooves. Run the Jewels , the album, is not as seriously sociopolitical as El-P's Cancer 4 Cure , or Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music (which El-P produced). But with the exception of a fleeting few hard-line songs, Run the Jewels is a frank but funny friend-on-friend album - hip-hop's 2000 Year Old Man - that finds two of America's finest underground rappers convivially smack-talking.
July 26, 2013 |
WHAT DO Lady Gaga and Alex Rodriguez have in common? Both are planning their return from hip surgery. Gaga's is more likely to happen. The "Poker Face" singer will make her comeback at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25. It will be one of her first appearances since going under the knife in February. She will sing her new single at the show, which will air live from Brooklyn's Barclays Center, home of the new-and-improved NBA Nets. Her new album, "ARTPOP," will drop Nov. 11. Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the VMA Awards with six nominations each.
July 18, 2013 |
Villa has been in the hip-hop fashion game since the baggy days of Cross Colors and Fubu. So execs of the retail chain figured if anyone could help designers from "the block" make fashion, they could. In winter 2012, Patrick Walsh, vice president of marketing, launched a contest calling on designers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and surrounding states to submit their best work. More than 250 entered, and the winner, Khaleel Salaam, 30, saw his collection of men's fitted T's, hoodies, and tanks produced by the Philadelphia-based company.
June 3, 2013 |
Adorning the mountains of North Carolina with a hip urban vibe, noteworthy art scene, and a growing circuit of artisan microbreweries is the city of Asheville. Phenomenal food and well-preserved historical buildings are also part of the travel itinerary for this destination. Here's how to make the most of your vacation dollars while visiting. Appetites Favor a big breakfast? The Corner Kitchen ( www.thecornerkitchen.com ) offers a variety of hearty options such as $5 biscuits and gravy and $2 grits.
April 30, 2013 |
The Inquirer is publishing daily profiles of participants in the May 5 Broad Street Run. The McIntyre family of Horsham has its priorities straight. Last Christmas, the children gave their father, Jim, 64, a new gas grill. He not only runs the Broad Street Run , 10 miles, but he also cooks burgers and sausage for everyone after. "Get a few beers, you're OK after that," he says. "You're rehydrated. " In past years, with an inferior grill, Jim had to cook sausages at home the night before.
April 6, 2013 |
Do you remember the pulsating beat and powerful lyrics of Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, or LL Cool J? Those artists were some of the key figures of old school hip-hop. They had a message, a unique style, a following, and no doubt a contract with a major record label. Today, the pioneer rappers have been replaced by Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Big Sean. The message, the style, and fans may differ from the past, but the biggest change from old school to new school is the use of social media.
March 22, 2013 |
The Diggity Dudes four-member band, who play hip music for hip kids, are known for their infectious grooves and will bring their show to the World Cafe Live in Wilmington on Saturday. Their songs, combining melody and humor, are about kid-centric topics, but are adult-friendly. In 2011, the title track from their debut album, My Science Project , ranked No. 3 on WXPN's Kids Corner Philadelphia's top songs of the year. The performance starts at 11:30 a.m. The Diggity Dudes, 11:30 a.m. Saturday at World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington.
March 20, 2013
I LIKE Mayor Nutter. He's always been nice to me. Our kids go to the same school. We exchange pleasantries when we see each other. That's why I felt so bad watching city union members jeer him as he tried to deliver his budget address last week. Maybe if he'd reprised his inauguration performance of the Sugarhill Gang classic, "Rapper's Delight," things would've turned out differently. Because, frankly, it's hard to boo a brother when he's delivering lines like: "I said, a hip-hop the hippie to the hippie The hip hip a hop, a you don't stop The rock it to the bang, bang boogie Say up jumped the boogie To the rhythm of the boogie, the beat.
February 28, 2013
D ARRELL MARTIN, 46, of Center City, is owner of Hip Philly, an event-entertainment company he started in January 2011. The company operates from a 3,000-square-foot party space at the Piazza at Schmidt's. He also founded an independent dance-music record label in 2001 and is a dance-music recording artist, writer and producer. Several of his tracks hit the Billboard Dance Chart Top 10, including "Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous. " Q: So, what's Hip Philly do? A: We are a one-stop-shop entertainment company.
February 26, 2013 |
OSCAR PETTIGREW had a restless mind. He was always on the lookout for moneymaking schemes, some of which he'd try for a short time, then move on to the next venture. He was a store owner, street vendor, chauffeur, T-shirt designer and DJ, to name a few. He also had a heart as big as his body - 6 feet 9, 400 pounds. His generosity and concern for others knew no bounds. Oscar H. Pettigrew Jr. - who was also concerned with the safety, progress and cultural development of his community - died Feb. 18 of complications of sleep apnea.