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It's time for another Philly 360° Rewind. Next up: The Winners Circle II. Presented by Starr Island Group, Winners Circle part deux featured some of Philly's top talents including Jeremy Isaac, Brianna Cash, Good Girl and MPrynt. Philly 360° was in the building to capture the onstage magic and provide our fans with a look at some exclusive backstage footage.
Wondering what makes these rising Philadelphia stars winners? Well, it depends on who you ask. But, it’s safe to say that The Winners Circle stage is the definitive place where hard work and talent meet, and stars shine bright. Each of these acts have been carving out their own lane and making some major moves in the industry!
Before the show, fans and supporters of the artists lined up outside of the Underground Arts, which has quickly become an go-to performance venue and incubator for Philly talent.
Quickly becoming one of the most mentioned names in the Philly music arena, Brianna Cash prides herself on defying genre. Her soulful voice, folk influences, and lyrical prowess make her stand out in the crowd ‚ along with her ability to play both piano and guitar.
As always, Good Girl and MPrynt tore down the stage. From covers to original music, the crowd could not seem to get enough. MPrynt made certain to represent in their hometown, fresh off the Friends & Lovers tour with Philly transplant Marsha Ambrosius. There is no denying the talent of these two groups as they seamlessly blended their extraordinary voices and of course had harmonies to die for.
The very smooth Jeremy Isaac closed out the show with his band The Hangover, crooning the crowd with his great tone and undeniable stage presence. Jeremy always brings his A-game — honesty in his music draws you in and his vocal ability keeps you wanting more.
This showcase is great look at what the Philly music scene has to offer, we definitely are on the lookout for the Winners Circle III. Take a look at our exclusive video below.
Did you make it out? Tell us what you thought about the show in the comments.
For this week's Philly 360° Playlist, The Philly Phatboiz hand delivered the latest single from emcee Dunson, “Broke... Dope...Rapper.” It’s easy to see why it has been posted all over the net and nearing 15,000 plays on Soundcloud! So, you know we had to show this song some special love — like only Philly can do!
Dunson took one of the biggest chances of his life when he quit his job as a financial advisor to pursue rap. But clearly, this is right where he belongs. His flows are catchy and his songwriting tells great stories.
The new single talks about the challenges and politics of pursuing a rap career and was produced by Dunson, and Allen “Bizkit” Arthur and Keith “Butta” Justice of the Philly Phatboiz. Without sounding preaching, the song pushes an important lyrical agenda — and it definitely keeps you moving. The video was also recently released and features a few familiar faces including singer/songwriter Dyshon Penn and R&B girl group Good Girl.
Dunson first began garnering attention for his mixtape series Creative Destruction. And, in July 2012 he released The Investment, which really propelled him to the forefront. The rapper has been featured in popular urban magazine XXL, and has collaborated with soul stars John Legend and Chrisette Michele, appearing as the featuring artists on Chrisette's song “Can the Cool be Loved?" off her latest album, Better.
His versatility as a multi-instrumentalist and lyricist has opened up multiple avenues in his career. Dunson also produced Yo Gotti’s “Respect That You Earn” featuring Neyo and Wale.
As his single suggests, the road ahead isn't always easy, but it doesn’t look like Dunson will be stopping anytime soon. His latest project Outliers will be released in September. So, keep your eye out for music from this talented artist. We’re pretty sure that we’ll see more Dunson tracks produced by The Phatboiz.
Let us know what you think about this week's playlist pick.
Some artists are extroverts, but some artists let their craft do the talking for them. This is what Russell Whyte (a.k.a “Rustie”) might say if you asked the fast and furious, genre-busting, electronic beatsmith how he expresses himself through music.
The Scottish musician, hailing from Glasgow, is headed our way on July 23 to the go-to Philly dance spot: The Dolphin Tavern. If you’re looking for an all-out dance party experience with music and sound coming at you from every angle, Rustie is your man.
Rustie’s music is characterized as leading the new wave of “maximalism” in electronic music—a tapestry of musical sounds that won’t sit still — but his music has serious depth and feeling despite the chaos. When you listen to his tracks, rather than just a cacophony of sounds, the devil is in the details with rich layers that can take a few spins to digest. But, trust us — his tunes are a musical feast for the ears.
Rustie is well on his way to a successful career after releasing just two singles in 2007 and 2008. With innovative tracks infused with 80s pop, new-millenium R&B, and hip-hop, Rustie’s 2011 album, “Glass Swords,” won him The Guardian’s prestigious ‘First Album Award’ just a year later. The producer signed with Warp Records for the 2010 release of his EP “Sunburst,” and continues to produce from the label.
See you out on the dance floor!
Red Bull Sound Select (RBSS) has quickly become a front-runner for top-notch entertainment events in Philadelphia, and their next feature totally attests to that.
Get hype for rapper Spank Rock, as he headlines the next edition of Red Bull Sound Select at one of the freshest performance spaces in town, Underground Arts. Joining Spank for the show are RBSS artists Prowler and Mumblr, who will be opening acts.
For those of you who don’t know, RBSS is a long-term music initiative that connects artists and fans with one another while giving love to local music scenes. Past Philly curators have been Making Time, JUMP Magazine, Veteran Freshman and Little Giant Creative.
The coolest part is that you can RSVP for an entrance fee of $3! Tickets can still be purchased at the door for $10. But, c’mon now, when will you ever get to see Spank Rock for $3 again?
Doors open at 8 p.m., and we suggest you get there on time because these events have been known to draw a large crowd very quickly. So go ahead, RSVP now!
Philly 360° loves to hook you up with contests for tickets to some of the hottest shows going down in Philadelphia — and we've got another one for you! That's right. We're hooking a few lucky fans up with tickets to see R&B songstress Keyshia Cole. #holla
The "She" singer is gearing up for her next album release and will be stopping through Philly for her Point of No Return tour, named after her upcoming project.
Cole's music has always been layered with Philly ties, including some bangers from Philly's own multiplatinum selling, GRAMMY-nominated producers - Carvin & Ivan. And we're sure she'll be resurfacing some of her Philly-infused songs during her upcoming Philly show.
Want to be there? Philly, here's your chance to see Keyshia Cole live at The TLA. Enter to win a pair of tickets below.
Looking for a serious night of comedy? We hope so, because one of the industry's most hilarious families is taking their show on the road.
This summer, writer-director-actor-producers Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Shawn Wayons and Marlon Wayans, are touring the US — and they're bringing signature style of comedic antic our way. On August 2, the Wayans land at Tower Theater for a one-night-only family affair.
This sketch comedy/stand-up tour featuring The Wayan Brothers has been years in the making, and will bring the four talents together on one stage for the first time in years. Fans of the the Wayans will be treated to extremely funny set that showcases the versatile, multi-faceted acting skills of each of these phenomenally talented comedians.
Want in on the laughs? We know you do! That's why Philly 360° will be hooking a few lucky fans up with a pair tickets for this show, courtesy of our friends at Live Nation. Just fill out the below form for your chance to win.
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In Philly, there are a countless number of non-profits that give back to their community — many directly impacting the lives of young people. One such organization, that is near and dear to my heart is The Community Angel Foundation.
The Community Angel Foundation began when founder Veneice Newton saw a lack of outreach to the children in Philadelphia — specifically children in poor communities, who are often overlooked. Veneice began her efforts to give back by answering letters addressed to Santa Claus with toy drives and personal toy deliveries. Since then, The Community Angel Foundation has continued to blossom with their mission to “empower, encourage, and educate underprivileged youth.”
Each year, The Community Angel Foundation honors individuals that have made contributions that impact our youth at The Angel Awards, and this year I had the honor of attending. This year’s Angel Award ceremony was held at Hotel Monaco, one of the city's newer hotels located in the center of the Philadelphia historic district. BTW — if you haven’t visited the rooftop at Hotel Monaco, do yourself a favor and go! You’ll thank me later.
The 2014 Honorees for the Angel Awards included Jeri Lynn Johnson of The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Dr. Steve Perry, and Ed Snider of The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, and actor, rapper, philanthropist, and America’s Got Talent host, Nick Cannon.
I had the opportunity to speak with Jeri Lynne Johnson about why she is so committed to helping young people. “What I realized in working with young people is that there’s a hunger out there for mentorship, for guidance, and to be nurtured by people who come from their community… people that can kind of show them the ropes and walk them through it." She went on to say, “It’s important that they see people giving back who look like them.”
We also had the pleasure of sitting down to chat with Nick Cannon about his philanthropy, history with our awesome city, and upcoming projects. Be sure to check out our Philly 360° video recap below.
My hopes are that The Community Angel Foundation and The Angel Awards continue to bloom, and helps the young people of Philadelphia thrive. To find out more about The Community Angels Foundation visit Communityangelfoundation.org.
It's here! That's right - Philly's own R&B/soul transplant Marsha Ambrosius just blessed music lovers around the world with the release of her highly-anticipated sophomore album, Friends & Lovers, which hits stores today.
Earlier this year, Marsha hit the road to promote the now-released project with a national tour that included a fierce lineup of Philly talent, including, MPrynt, Jade Alston, DJ Aktive and Gogo Morrow. You can check out the video recap of Marsha Ambrosius' Friends & Lovers tour below for a look at our exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.
So, be sure you grab Marsha's latest project online or in stores today! We're definitely loving this feel-good, soul-laced banger from the one-and-only Marsha Ambrosius. #winning
Sincerely Syreeta is back on the scene with another must-hit event. This time the popular Philadelphia blogger and lifestyle influencer is presenting the second edition of her new, provocative series, Sincerely Chosen: The Live Interview Series.
On Thursday, July 17 at East Eden Vegan Restaurant, the second Sincerely Chosen show will feature special guest Melanie Yvette Martin, Associate Beauty and Style Editor of Ebony.com. Melanie has local ties to Philadelphia by way of Temple University where she earned a B.A. in Communications.
Melanie has always been in love with beauty, style, and female empowerment which was manifested early in her college career as the host of her own radio show, Fabulously Focused. Her devotion to female empowerment continues to be seen and felt as the written voice behind Beautifully Brown, a weekly column where Black women of all hues are celebrated and beauty is adored from the brown girl’s perspective.
Melanie will be interviewed about her personal journey, trends in beauty and style, being a brown girl in the media industry, building a beauty/style based media brand, and her thoughts on other hot topics.
Definitey check this one out!
You know we love a great collaboration of local talent here on the Philly 360° Playlist! This week, we’re featuring the tag team effort of the talented singing group Good Girl and charismatic emcee Asia Sparks.
“Need It” by Good Girl samples the classic hip hop record “Flavor in Your Ear” by Craig Mack. It automatically gives you that familiar feeling of a great summertime record. The ladies of Good Girl, Megan Nicolle, J.L., Bobbie and Arielle, give us flawless vocals over the hard-hitting track — singing about the guy that you want to have around all the time.
Asia Sparks of course adds her lyrical flow to the track, showing why she is one of the hottest emcees to come out of Philly. Sparks gives the song a hefty dose of grit, but still manages to keep it lady-like — a signature that has gained her plenty of fans.
This one record showcases the wide array of the musical talent here in our town. The song was produced by Philly production team Matrax Productions and co-produced by Bizkit and Butta for the Philly Phatboiz. Also written by Shameka Marie and contributed to by Dyshon Penn, two go-to writers from the local music scene, the track screams Philly masterpiece.
During a time where there seems to be a void in the group dynamic in music, Good Girl is right on time. Alongside their fellow Philly natives, MPrynt, Philadelphia is showing up and out with talented singing groups following the footsteps of acts like No Question and Boyz II Men.
Good Girls’ voices are sultry and their harmonies create the perfect backdrop for the lead vocals. All four girls are extremely talented and well trained vocalists and together they create something special. Their sound is influenced by the great 90s R&B groups like SWV, En Vogue and TLC but also gives you the up to date sound of contemporary hip hop and R&B.
Take a listen to “Need It” below and let us know what you think!
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