We were fans of Philadelphia Slick long before they won the opportunity to perform on the OurStage.com stage at last summer’s Warped Tour, and so we’re very happy to feature the band as this week’s Pro Artist of the Week.
Describing them as a hip-hop group, while not inaccurate, fails to represent the breadth of the music they create. Each Philadelphia Slick song is a verbally punctuated vibe “ a lush atmosphere created out of organic loops, horns, pianos and other keys, strings, and more.
As for the raps, Slick delivers attention commanding streams of consciousness that you’ll spend at least five rewarding listens parsing. It’s a rapid-fire series of thoughts and references that end up as a whole, in contrast to the more meaningless, non-stop pop-culture references you might be used to from some of the renowned clever hip-hop artists out there.
Check it out.
Sometimes, your average, run-of-the-mill hip-hop just won’t cut it. You need some beats and rhymes that are a little…different. This week, OurStage’s own technical liaison Jordan has put together a playlist for all those alternative hip-hop fans out there. Here’s a mix of rappers who are all thinking outside the box, creating odd combinations of sounds and lyrics to form a synthesis of head-bobbing tunes. These unusual rap songs from artists like Outkast, Philadelphia Slick, Gorillaz, and many more are sure to give you a whole new way to look at rap music. Post up, and contemplate the unique stylings of alternative hip-hop.
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Yesterday we began unveiling the twenty-two regional winners who will perform alongside Larry g(EE) on the OurStage.com Stage during the 2012 Vans Warped Tour, and today we’re announcing three more acts. You can view the winners below, stream their music and discover which dates they will play. For the full stage lineup and more, head to the OurStage.com Stage official Tumblr page.
Performing at: Central Florida Fairground
City/State: Orlando, FL
Date: July 27
Performing at: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
City/State: Uniondale, NY
Date: July 21
Performing at: First Niagra Pavillion
City/State: Burgettstown, PA
Date: July 12
Stay tuned for more regional winner announcements in the coming days.
The weather over the last few days has been marked by an overcast, chilly gloom, and after being teased by summer so frequently I feel like my taste in music may have switched seasons a bit too early. I find myself constantly drawn to warm, sample-heavy hip hop”a sound that’s quite removed from the over-synthesized, over-produced, dance-hop populating the airwaves currently, and more inline with the vinyl crackle infused genre of the ’90s (heck, a couple of these songs actually come from the ’90s). The lyrical content places more of a focus on conveying a story rather than shocking the listener with clever one liners (ahem…Drake). In the words of Masta Ace… “this is how hip hop is supposed to sound”. So find your best pair of cans and switch the outside world off for a little bit.