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Daeshawn Johnson aka Southwest’s own Young Savage is no rookie in the game. He has countless mixtapes, music videos and fans that have helped propel his career into perpetual stardom that has no end in sight. His new highly anticipated EP, Camos and Jordans, will be released December 23, and will be some of his best work yet. Between the rhythmic flows and audacious lyrics there is no doubt that Young Savage is here to stay. His continued work ethic, raw talent and ambition is what is taking him to the top and nothing can stand in his way.
Young Savage has been rapping and writing his own songs since he can remember and family has been his inspiration from the beginning. “ It was my big brother that inspired me,” he says. “He definitely started me off. I started to have the passion and I have been rapping ever since.” With passion in place and determination as his anchor Young Savage has been able to turn his love of rap into a thriving career.
It wasn’t until his teens that his dreams started to come to fruition. “Freestyling really put me on,” he says. “I used to work with a guy named Jimmy DaSaint. He would come around with a camera when I was like 16 and tell me to spit. He would put it online and I would see the views growing. So freestyling, jumping in cyphers, and then mixtapes got me on.”
One freestyle in particular that still has people buzzing was his freestyle on Cosmic Kev’s Come Up Show over 2 years ago when he was only 17. With well over 800,000 views on YouTube the video of Young Savage spittin' lyrics from the top of his head for 20 minutes straight, in and out of different beats, can only be admired. “The Cosmic Kev freestyle was great. I remember it like it was yesterday,” Savage says. “I was doing a video shoot with Mont Brown and Young Sam when I got a call and was asked to do the Come Up Show. Of course I said yeah! Mike Knox was suppose to do it but he let me do it instead. When I got on the mic, I just blacked out. I was rapping for 20 minutes straight so I kept my eye on one thing and kept spitting.”
Making the right moves is what brought him to where he is today. “The one thing I caught early was hustling smart,” Savage says. “I know people who do more songs than me in a day and drop more mixtapes than I do but they’re just hustling hard. Not smart. Sometimes you need to sit back and see what the game is missing and do that.”
Young Savage is what the game has been missing, because he has been all over the place and never stops perfecting his craft. After being featured in XXL, Hip Hop Weekly, The Source, and countless other magazines and websites, including datpiff.com where all of his mixtapes can be found, he continues to rack up fans. As with anything someone does, there will always be naysayers or people who doubt your success, but Young Savage doesn't let chatter slow him up. “Rap is like sports and people talk and compare,” he says. “As far as the naysayers, hopefully I make them a believer. If not, oh well.”
Camos and Jordans will definitely make them a believer. The mixtape which took about two months to complete and has some great features like Young Chris, Gillie Da Kid, AB Liva, Malik Yusef, Tone Trump and many more all equal a recipe for nothing but a great mixtape. Young Savage recommends the self titled song on the mixtape for new listeners and also breaks down what his mixtape is all about. “The Camos represents the war with society and the streets so that’s the rough side while the Jordans represent the flyness and success and they both compliment each other,” he says. “That is what you get in the mixtape. Some street and some flyness because that is what’s in my life and in other youth’s life in Philadelphia. Every track plays its role.”
There is something for everyone on this EP, and it has Young Savage looking to the future. “In 2014, I look forward to a great response to this EP [Camos and Jordans], doing things on a bigger scale, going national and gaining some new fans, as well as pleasing the ones I already have,” Savage says. “I want everyone to enjoy it.”
Well the results are in for the 56th GRAMMY Awards® nominations for the upcoming show that will air on CBS, Sunday, January 26. Philadelphia continues to groom its artists and the producers, engineers and writers that work behind the scenes to bring you great music.
It’s no surprise that some Philadelphia area names were among those being recognized for their achievements in music this year. The city is continuing to build a legacy of honest, soul-filled music that captures the hearts of the country.
Congrats to those listed as well as all those who have made outstanding contributions to music all year long! Take a look at the list below:
Nominees from the Philadelphia Area
Pink – Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
William Michael Coleman (Mike Zombie) - Best Rap Song
Darhyl Camper* – Best R&B Song
Christian McBride Trio – Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Randy Brecker – Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Tye Tribbett* – Best Gospel /Contemporary Christian Music Performance, Best Gospel Song, Best Gospel Album
Associated with GRAMMY-Nominated projects
Jon Low* – The National/Trouble Will Find Me
Ropeadope Records – Snarky Puppy/Family Dinner Volume One
Ivan Barias*, Carvin Haggins*, Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver* – TGT/Three Kings
Ivan Barias*, Carvin Haggins*, Johnnie Smurf Smith, Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver* – Chrisette Michele/Better
*Members of The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter
Watch our video from last year's GRAMMY Week below.
Mazon is a hip-hop artist, producer and songwriter in Philadelphia by way of Harrisburg, PA.
Mazon’s latest effort entitled “The Will” is the title track off his soon to be released project by the same name. His mission as an emcee is to bring the artistry and craft back to hip-hop, which some will dispute whether it has left or not.
The track starts off with 50 Cent speaking about running on his own energy before having a deal. “I had to convince myself that I was going to make it.” This statement sets the tone for Mazon’s declaration that he is one of the best.
“Listen G, 2001 it was an epiphany/and instantly music was every inch of me /Imma be a star hater no convincing me,” he spits.
His flow is rapid over the track produced by Nick Verruto. He has a stunning visual to accompany the song directed by Brian Lipko. The vibe on this record takes me back to when I first fell for Kid Cudi with his release Man on the Moon. I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the project looks like, which features other up and comers including Tye James, Suzann Christine and more. Take a listen below!
RAW:natural born artists is an indie arts organization that's for artists, by artists. RAW focuses on providing emerging indie artists in film, fashion, music, visual arts, performing arts and beauty with tools, resources and exposure to breed creativity and growth in their talents. RAW is set up in 60 cities across the U.S., including Philadelphia.
RAW hosts a series of events in each city throughout the year, which culimates in the RAW's Annual Indie Awards Show. The semi-finals for Philly at Lit Ultra Bar at 7:30 p.m.
We wanted to call out a couple of the nominees. Here's a look at a couple of the nominees. See everyone who is nominated here.
The spotlight is becoming commonplace for Dom Streater. Since winning the 12th season of Project Runway, Streater has been featured in various national publications, has had several speaking engagements and has done many television interviews. The indie awards show nominated the West Philly native for Fashion Designer of the Year.
Valencia started doing her own hair at the age of 8 and hasn't stopped since. This fearless hairstylist takes chances with styling and really knows how to make a hairstyle pop.
This Boston born, Philly raised visual artist has knack for capturing pop culture icons and portraits through drawings. Daminyck's talents don't stop with paper and canvas. She also has worked in a number of other visual arts fields, such as makeup, concept design, story board illustration and interior design.
The 5th Annual RAWawrds Semi-Finals
When: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Where: Lit Ultra Bar, 460 N. 2nd Street
Time: 7:30 p.m .
More Info: rawartists.org
This weekend, you can get a taste of Philly's diverse and vibrant creative scene, as The Barnes Foundation gets into the First Friday action with their Philadelphia Artists Spotlight.
Located along Philly's world famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Barnes is best known for its impressive collection of art, which includes 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes (more than all the museums in Paris) and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, and Picasso. In addition to works by these well-known artists, the collection also includes an amazing selection of African Art, period furniture and antique brassware—all painstakingly curated over six decades ago by the museum's founder Dr. Albert C. Barnes.
So, to celebrate First Friday, and the diversity found within the Philly creative scene, The Barnes has pulled together an extra fresh lineup of dancers, poets and performing artists for an entertaining exploration of all things Philly.
The spotlight will include performances by Pattern is Movement, a two-man indie rock band who will pay tribute to the music of famed hip-hop producer J Dilla; Latina performance troupe Las Gallas performing their signature work Ghetto Bolera; DJ extraordinaire Mr. Sonny James of the Illvibe Collective holding down the First Friday playlist; theater collective Team Sunshine; and poetry by the infamous spoken word duo Yellow Rage.
With an uncomparable collection of art, and an amazing line-up of artists ready to throw down in their own unique way—The Barnes is the only place to be for this upcoming First Friday. Grab your crew, and come out to watch these artists shine like only Philly stars can.
When: Friday, December 6, 6 - 10 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $25, members freee
More Info: Click here to reserve your ticket online.
There’s no denying it—Lupe Fiasco is one of hip-hop’s most innovative lyricists. Lupe just announced that he’s hitting the road with a brand new tour named after his forthcoming album Tetsuo and Youth. Along with delivering showstopping performances from his current discography, Lupe will treat fans to a special early preview of new music from his unreleased album. Opening performances by Mickey Factz, Stalley, Dosage, The Boy Illinois and Dee-1.
PHILADANCO kicks off the holiday season with a fly new routine honoring famed African-American choreographer Christopher Huggins. Prepare to be dazzled and amazed, as this Philly fave dance troupe returns with all their signature moves and undoubtedly some of the best dancers in the game.
After the triumphant release of his debut album Trap Lord, A$AP Ferg is on the move and wreckin’ mics across the country with his 32-city Turnt x Burnt music tour. On December 7, Ferg and the other members of the A$AP Mob land at the TLA—ready to throw down for one of the dopest rap concerts of the season.
Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw has lent his smokin’ hot horns to some of the top names in the industry, including The Roots, Jill Scott, and Jay Z. This month, Jeff brings it home with a funky-fresh performance for the latest edition of the Kimmel Center’s popular, and FREE, monthly music showcase Sittin’ In. Hosted by HOT 107.9 radio personality Laiya St. Clair.
Philly’s favorite soul-star Bilal is back on the scene and ready to deliver an incredible night of music at The Blockley. Since the release of his 2001 game-changing debut album 1st Born Second, Bilal has been reppin’ Philly’s classic soul sound—as only he can. Grab your tickets now, because this show will definitely be a sellout.
Would you like a tour? After the release of his third studio album Nothing Was The Same, the hip-hop star Drake announced his "Would You Like A Tour?" tour, which all star lineup includes hit-making artists Miguel and Future. The stage-dominating trio lands in Philly on December 18 for a show stopping concert at the Wells Fargo Center. Don’t miss it!
Fashionistas and style guys: Step out in high style for one of Philly’s most-fashionable parties with a purpose at The Evoluer House’s Parisian-themed gala. With a celebrity-packed guests list, and an amazing selection of French-inspired decor, cocktails and hor d’oeuvres—this is one fashion-filled celebration that you can’t afford to miss. Get all of the details here.
The crew at Mitchell & Ness just took their Midtown store to the next level. Literally. Last month, to celebrate the launch of the popular vintage sportswear company’s second floor expansion at its flagship store, Philly 360° joined forces with This Is It Philly and threw an exclusive shopping event. And, all of your favorite Philly faces were in the building, including Young Savage, Chill Moody, Young Chris and Laiya St.Clair. Check out our recap.
Still on the search for that perfect holiday gift? Well, look no further, because Philly 360° has a few fly holiday shopping tips that can help you bring tons of local Philly flavor to the ones you love. Check out our post for some great gift ideas.
Producer/emcee Mike Zombie quickly rose to fame by producing Drake’s double-platinum selling track, Started from the Bottom. This month, the rising rap star will release his own mixtape End of the Beginning with an exclusive release party at the Tower Theater in West Philly. Get more info here.
The crew at Mitchell & Ness just took their Midtown store to the next level. Literally.
Last month, to celebrate the launch of the popular vintage sportswear company’s second floor expansion at its flagship store, Philly 360° joined forces with This Is It Philly and threw an exclusive shopping event. And, all of your favorite Philly faces were in the building, including Young Savage, Chill Moody, Dilemma, Young Chris and Laiya St.Clair.
Check out the photos and watch the video below.
There's nothing like shopping local and getting some one-of-a-kind finds, especially in Philly. For those of you who are in holiday shopping mode, check out some local boutiques and pop-up shops this season.
This year’s holiday shopping is going to be epic. We promise. Here are a few faves that are a can’t miss.
Bus Stop Boutique: 727 S. 4th Street. What’s better than one-of-a-kind boots? Nothing! Bus Stop will help you give a pair to everyone on your shopping list, and if you know what I know, you’ll pick up a pair for yourself.
Platinum: 526 South Street. Holidays at Platinum mean big savings on Versace, Versace, Versace as well as True Religion, Billionaire Boys Club, Seven and Diesel. For the Internet savvy shopper, buy for everybody without leaving the couch at shopatplatinum.com.
BreakawayInk: breakwayInk.com. Speaking of Internet shopping, make sure to help your friends and family “Stay Fresh” and stop by the BreakawyInk site for their holiday sales updated weekly on the brand's Facebook page. The apparel is edgy and breeds confidence through design.
Smak Parlour: 219 Market Street. Smak Parlour in Old City is for the trendsetter on your gift list. This holiday season they have specially designed gift boxes on sale for $1.00 and proceeds will go to the charity, The Dude Hates Cancer. Insider Tip: This is one of Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Marsha Ambrosius' fave spots to shop in Philly.
Jade’s Closet: 200 W. Lancaster Ave, Wayne. Calling all fathers, boyfriends, husbands and other. Jade’s Closet (JC) has a foolproof plan for you! This holiday season, send the lady of your life to Jade’s, and the staff can make a specialized wish list that includes top clothing brands just for her. Then, you come into JC and pick what you like from the list. It’s a guarantee to get the gift she’s going to love.
Metro Men’s Clothing: 1600 E. Passyunk Avenue. Ladies, it’s time to cater to him. Metro Men’s Clothing will give you plenty to choose from for your man with their offers. Their upscale yet affordable variety of blazers and dress shirts is guaranteed to keep him looking like a gentleman for every holiday party and family dinner this season.
Skirt: 931 Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr. Skirt is where you can get all your holiday jewelry statement pieces and all, and they have deals that can’t be beat.
Free Shop: 3 E. Butler Avenue, Ambler. Free Shop is definitely a favorite! This shop gives you runway fashion that can be tailored to everyday wear. Stop by, browse and I dare you to try to leave empty handed.
Franklin Flea: 801 Market Street. This Philly-centric indoor market is new on the shopping scene this year. The re-evisioned Brooklyn Flea now known as Franklin Flea opened up in the old Strawbridges building. Check out some cool vintage Philly finds here on December 7, 14, 21; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, December 20, noon-7 p.m.
Pop-Up Punk Rock Flea Market: 461 N. 9th Street. There will be over 500 venders at The Punk Rock Flea Market. Vendors will be selling everything from clothes to tools to skateboards. The market will take place on December 14-15 and there will be a $3 donation at the door, which grants entrance for both days.
Duke & Winston Main Pop-Up Shop: 907 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr. More Main Line shopping action coming at you live and direct from our friends at Duke & Winston. Happening now through January 7, the polo-esque clothing line will set up shop with hoodies; polo and rugby shirts, tees and you might even find something for your little dog too.
In the spirit of the holiday season, a few Eagles players and their wives will be showing PNK Elephant’s customers their appreciation by hosting a slew of Oprah-style giveaways. While vacations and cars are not on the list of things to treat Philly’s most stylish group of ladies, they will have the opportunity to receive Sixers tickets, dresses, personal training and much more.
PNK Elephant is a fashion boutique located on South Street (504 South Street). The pink-themed store is owned by Kijafa Vick (wife of Philadelphia Eagles player Michael Vick) and Blair Sandlain.
The Philadelphia Eagles x PNK Elephant’s “My Favorite Things” Giveaway
When: Thursday, December 5
Where: Infusion Lounge, 16 S. 2nd Street
More Info: pnkelephant.com