Charged performance at Voltage Lounge

Divine Council. Photo by Leon Laing.

Divine Council entered the stage similar to how the group entered the rap industry—hard-hitting.

Richmond, Virginia,-based Divine Council, consisting of Lord Linco, $ilkmoney, Cyrax! and ICYTWAT, performed March 9 at Philly’s Voltage Lounge. March 9 also marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Biggie, a family friend.

The crowd reciprocated the group’s energy. After the group asked fans to come on stage, the concert became more turnt up.

Divine Council offers an uncensored and artsy sound. “Lateisha (Every Morning)” was part of the set. The song, found on the group’s SoundCloud page, samples Crystal Waters 90s house classic “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless).” Divine Council didn’t perform the ICYTWAT-produced “Hopelessly Romantic & Evil,” but it’s another song that exhibits the collective’s versatility. And “Hopelessly Romantic” samples another throwback song, Floetry’s “Say Yes.”

Even though the venue told the DJ to cut the concert short, $ilkmoney continued, performing “Decemba” a cappella (sans Andre 3000). The enigmatic and hip-hop heavyweight Andre 3000 is selective with the songs he appears on nowadays. His bars for “Decemba” is one of his illest I’ve heard in a while.

Linco told me the group respects Virginia-based pioneers, such as Pharrell Williams and Missy Elliott. Divine Council is part of Va.’s new generation/sound, Linco continued. He also said he lives near the renowned vintage clothing store Round Two.

Divine Council’s song title “P. Sherman (PS42WW$)” is reminiscent of A Tribe Called Quest’s song title “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo.” Both names have obscure addresses. $ilkmoney created the title “P. Sherman,” according to the group.

New Jersey-based Spzzy Turnt, one of the opening acts, filled his set with bangers.

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