Archive for March, 2010

Miss Tiff

Photo of Miss Tiff by Leon Laing.

Lancaster-based rapper Miss Tiff opens up for Wiz Khalifa at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club in Lancaster on March 24. With her energetic performance and 80s-inspired outfit, Tiff moved the crowd. Photo by Leon Laing.

Local CD review

CD cover photo taken by Michelle G.

Euphoria
Don’t let Lei Row’s appearance on her new CD cover fool you.

Her blowout coiffure might suggest that she’s a neo-soul artist, but Row says her style is more R&B and pop. However, a former neo-soul club helped to mold her. “I was able to touch the mic before it went down,” she recollects about The Five Spot, a legendary venue formerly based in Philadelphia. “Philly brought out the performer in me.”

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Upcoming events

From left to right: Zulu Queen Michele and Niagra. Photo by Leon Laing.
Ladies first
Nicki Minaj reps for the ladies on the national level right now. And Zulu Queen Michele and Niagra preserve hip-hop in the region. From left to right in the photo above: Zulu Queen Michele, hip-hop historian/educator for the Zulu Nation, and local MC Niagra show each other love at local rapper Da Ritt’s album/DVD release party. Photo by Leon Laing. Michele and Niagra will be part of the panel for the Hip-Hop Against Violence event in Harrisburg on May 8. See below for more upcoming events. Continue reading ‘Upcoming events’

Blu launches Orange Line

Exodus Designs unveils its spring line on March 27.

To help kick off the spring season,  we’re highlighting some fresh fashion. Cyan Jeffries, a Harrisburg native and current Philadelphia resident, created Exodus Designs.  Jeffries, aka Blu, named her 2010 spring collection the Orange Line, which was inspired by the Broad St. subway system in Philly. Continue reading ‘Blu launches Orange Line’

Diggy Simmons


Diggy Simmons is one of the heirs to Rev Run’s throne. Check out his freestyle to Nas’ classic beat.

We’ll always love Big Poppa


Today marks the 13th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s death. My parents are longtime friends with Voletta Wallace (Biggie’s mom), so I had the pleasure of meeting B.I.G., his family and friends. I was a child when I visited Biggie’s Brooklyn home, so I can’t remember much about the visits except that he used to wear glasses. Continue reading ‘We’ll always love Big Poppa’

Omarion in Philly


I don’t know if Omarion will be able to ever top his video for “Touch.” But the video for his new single “Speedin” still does a good job of illustrating the song. Check O out when performs at Philly’s Theatre of Living Arts on March 6.