[PHILADELPHIA, PA] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have a multi-talented artist by the name of Gerald Hunley. Besides being a rapper, he is also a producer, songwriter, audio engineer, videographer, photographer, and a graphic designer. Definitely a man that is a jack of all trades. On his latest single AT YO DOOR, the track was created randomly at 10AM and took 3 hours to complete it. AT YO DOOR embodies that this is him and his crew is coming for that top. Gerald Hunley gives us a track to vibe too, you can definitely hear this at the club. Stay tuned for more content from Gerald Hunley.
Chester, PA’s own Yung Snapp x A Dot take their hard earned money to a Philadelphia nightclub and deliver a visual for their latest collaboration “Lit.” Plenty of bottles of champagne to go around, the Mar Films directed video captures the lifestyle of Snapp & A. Thanks to the Beat Bully production “Lit” has plenty of knock for the club. Give this one a play and let us know what you think.
[PHILADELPHIA] This is not your regular type of FADED video, with a bunch of drug use and getting completely intoxicated. With this talented female rapper Joie Kathos she targets how our culture is fading. With the non-stop racism we’ve been dealing with in our judicial system regarding police brutality on the rise. FADED is the official visual off of Joie Kathos EP Floaters. I love how the video demonstrates the domino effect in their story telling. The main character decided to take measures into his own hands, and decides to rob a restaurant. Two of his friends witness this, but one decided to leave before it got worse, and the other one stayed by his friend’s side. FADED was directed by Glass Canon, produced by Outlaw, and sampled from the hit EDM single by Zhu. This video should be an eye opener to everyone. From the rising number of deaths of unarmed teens. We need to all WAKE UP, and stand up for what we believe is right. All Lives Matter.
[PHILADELPHIA, PA] Hip-Hop Creative E. Grizzly presents us visuals to FUR LINED HARVEST which is his 5th installment to his hip hop video series called “Generation A“. What would you expect from the cover art? That the song would be pleasant… here’s where I was wrong. As soon as you press play to FUR LINED HARVEST, you begin to get worried and wonder. But then all of a sudden you see someone laying in their own puddle of blood. The disoriented individual is E. Grizzly. Something must of went wrong, luckily E. Grizzly survived and now he’s getting ready to get back to who did this to him. Washing off the blood off his face, grooming up by trimming his hair and bread, freshly clothed, and off to get the ones who did this to him. Dope Track, This visual is actually a sequel to E. Grizzly with “Bag Check“. The song was self-produced by E. Grizzly. The video was directed, edited and shot by E. Grizzly and Alex Halpin. Looking forward to E. Grizzly future releases. [LINKS] || FACEBOOK || TWITTER || INSTAGRAM ||
Nikkisiixxers!!! I’m back with a track that’ll make you smack your spouse! You guys know how much I appreciate music of all genres and sub-genres but I have a weakness for conscious Hip-Hop…and this record left me hella’ weak.
Philadelphia’s Benni Basil, Ladies and Gentlemen, brings to us his “Stop Signs” record complete with multi end rhymes, substance and (most importantly) BARS! Although the song’s concept and message has definitely been used before by many, it’s a message that never gets old. We should all want more quality out of the music we listen to and Benni Basil makes it abundantly clear that he shares this sentiment. “Get your content up” he says to his fellow artists. As if frustrated by the swift and inevitable rise of the talentless Basil relentlessly exposes “wack” rappers and their “Yes Men”.
Everything about this release is excellent. The beat, produced by Twizz Matic, complimented the content well and the visuals were on point. WMB Filmz captured the essence of “Stop Signs” with something not over the top but urban, appropriately simplistic and to the point. With all that was done well with this record, Basil made sure that your attention never swayed from his verses, hooks, flow and delivery.
Basil delivers heat with such smoothness that I couldn’t believe it wasn’t butter.
With verses delivered so effortlessly, a message that inspires and a beat that makes your head nod, you can’t just live life without giving this record a listen. So take a listen folks and you’re welcome!
“It’s a prison and we livin’ with so many agents.
If you in it when you visit you thrown in the matrix.
What you think is really aint’ actual.
Dumbed down…made to believe that it’s factual.”
Hear more from Benny Basil from the links below:
Squid Mchale is a rapper/producer from Philly that just dropped the first track from his upcoming project, Undecided. “Presidents” is an introspective cut, where Squid acknowledges how being an outcast a majority of his life, actually helped him become creative. Squid also uses the MG production to open up about family issues and some of the gritty things he has seen. Without question, this kid has a lot of potential and may be the next hot artist to blow from the Philadelphia area, especially because he is also a student at West Virginia University – and everyone loves a good college rapper. I’m looking forward to Squid’s Undecided mixtape because as a college student myself, I can empathize with the dichotomy of staying in college and making your family proud versus pursuing your dreams.
Okay, so obviously the title of this article is a hint at Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill’s “Levels” record. Why? Multiple reasons. The first is that I have spoken to plenty of Philly artists that say something along the lines of “if you’re a rapper in Philly, you either sound like Meek Mill, or you sound completely different.” I recently heard a white rapper from Philly spit on stage, “so the black rappers sound like Meek, and the whites sound like Mac (Mac Miller)?”
Despite the constant debate of who sounds like who, I wholeheartedly believe Philadelphia has and will always be a unique space for music. Black Thought, Eve, Fresh Prince, State Property (Beanie Sigel Freeway, Peedi Peedi, Oschino, and Omillio Sparks and the Young Gunz), and Cassidy are some of many artists to pave the way for acts that are coming up from the 215 today. Now, this article was originally going to be a list of 10 artists, but while doing research and speaking with my peers in the Philadelphia scene, it became difficult to only have 10 artists. In my opinion, a majority of Philadelphia rappers can blow up, or have the potential to. One challenge I faced when creating this list was the fact that there are a lot of rappers that have reached great heights, but aren’t necessarily HUGE. For example: having a blue check next to your Twitter name doesn’t mean you’ve blown up…it just means you’re verified on Twitter. That leads me to this disclaimer: This is NOT a list of the most talented, or BEST in Philly, but merely a list of unique artists that are either making noise, deserve to be heard, and/or at that awkward stage where a shit ton of people know who they are… but they really aren’t mainstream yet – another reason why there’s levels to the Philly music scene. When constructing this list I had assistance from Chanaiah and Tiffany. Thank you. #FreeMeekMill
Check out the latest music video from Beautiful Struggle WAY BACK. First single off their upcoming project Road To Riches. The boys take flight to Philly! The track was produced by Osym. Beautiful Struggle is letting you know that the way they are, is who they are. It takes them WAY BACK. Wow! What great visuals! Philadelphia looked amazing. Perfect weather. The video was filmed by @youngwildpanda. Loved the way that YoungWildPanda had setup the video; with the three panels, from top to bottom with the same shot. The middle panel concentrates on Chris Syms, Ali and T-Med. Don Woodz is the fourth member of Beautiful Struggle, since he didn’t have a verse on this track that’s why their wasn’t an appearance. During Chris Syms verse he discusses how he graduated through the streets and he just lives it his way. Dope B-Roll with the Rocky Statue. It went well with what Chris was rapping about. T-Med killed it with the hook and his verse, super catchy too! So did Ali on the second verse.
West Philly Emcee Sterling Duns releases his visual for his track SHADOWS. Its pretty dope he also created this beat by flipping a Basia Bulat sample. I can feel his honesty pour out onto his lyrics. I had to play the video back couple of times, I feel the track is short! But leaves me wanting to hear more from Sterling. The video was directed by Luke Nowell, and I really like the visuals from the woods, in front of the American flag mural, and catching live footage of Sterling Duns performing on stage.
Check out Sterling Duns first verse! Really digging’ his flow and wordplay:
and i use to sit back
with a snap back bucks hat
lost that, first crush lost love
love lost aint never gonna come back, whats that?
so sad, so dad
i made the beat then i crushed that, bust that beat like a suspect
matter fact all these haterz suspect
hardwork, bow down
like a touchback?
matter fact, gon run back
hi step, gotta love that
we lost touch, so what, could come back
too late, didn’t wait, on to the next
The Philadelphia artist E. Grizzly brings this visual for his single ‘Moore’ to the forefront of the underground with precision and polish. The song comes from a place of thought, as most good art does, and has stark honesty about the dating scene in the digital generation. Even the beat echoes this sentiment. Dark and digital, it lays the framework for E. Grizzly to offer his sentiments to the masses.
‘Moore’ is directed by Ronin of RA and is the third installment of Grizzly’s “Generation A” video series. Even if this video stood on it’s own it would be heavy, but the collaboration between RA-NYC and E. Grizzly just adds more weight to an already respectable project. There are some good vibes coming from E. Grizzly and RA, I’m excited to see more from the PKG artist in the near future.
Damo of Philadelphia, PA shows brotherly love on this song as he gets Stevie P of New Orleans, LA and Twyce Nyce of Delaware.This track is true to it’s name of the well known idiom for success stories. Stevie P starts off the track on a high note with mentions of what he listened to on his way up while telling a story about himself and childhood friends.
Damo plays the middle verse with such style and grace while speaking on hand-me-downs, family and avoiding trouble. Twyce Nyce brings an even more intricate manner to his verse as he rides the beat until the song ends. The detail and emotion put into everyone’s verses on this song makes it quite impressive and worthy of a download.
Check out JuGGie’s recently released track titled SEE THE WORLD featuring Cali Emcee Noah Jones. Thought both artist did a great job on their verses and their delivery. The track was also produced by Solidified!
I just gotta get up! get up! get up!
Gotta keep it coming!
SEE THE WORLD gives off motivational lyricism to keep going pass struggles we go through, unfortunately. JuGGie is releasing his next mixtape Reporting From Badlandz on September 25!! Get your free download through HERE
FALLING UP by Bez Bane & Xany Brainy of The Magoolies. The Magoolies are a hip hop group from Philadelphia. They are very versatile and explores new different forms of wordplay. This is demonstrated on the track above. This track it’s super catchy! Love the hook. Only two of the members were able to jump on the track but just to let you know the group includes Bez Bane, Xany Brainy, JPC, Arok, and Kid Kain.
*NikkiSiixx created the cover art for Falling Up for this Blog Post*