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New Music Video: "The Sheyboygan Left" - RJD2

Check out the color explosions happening through the underground of NYC in RJD2's new music video for "The Sheyboygan Left," off his latest LP Dame Fourtune! The footage was directed by Keenan Parry and Ason Intrigue (The Wizard & The Bear), and features improvisational work from New York dancers Anna Zekan and Adam Dickerson. You can do your own improvisational dancing to RJD2 live on Saturday, May 28 at Union Transfer. (Photo by Jason Todd Cooper)





Femdot

20 year old emcee Femdot released a free EP, fo(u)r, last month that is taking the hip hop community by storm. Femdot has a very traditional approach when it comes to composition and delivery which is very refreshing in the complex world of hip hop today.

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New Track: "Joymance" (Feat. Zeroni) - Ryshon Jones

Philly emcee Ryshon Jones shares that his forthcoming album You're Safe Now is influenced by “the feeling of allowing yourself to get lost to get in touch with your inner world, and learning the cycle of the ups and downs most of us face but never tell anyone.” He's had a lot of time to contemplate it over the two years that he's been working on the record. Take a listen below to his latest single from the album, called "Joymance," featuring D.C. songbird Zeroni.

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In the Cut: Lushlife

It’s been about 4 years now since we first sat down for an interview with Lushlife, a.k.a. Raj Haldar. And with the success of his latest LP Ritualized and mutually busy schedules, it took a long string of emails and rescheduling to finally find time to sit down for a chat. We managed to beat out the dinner rush at South Philly’s Khmer Kitchen and snagged a table for a tasty traditional Cambodian meal, drinks, and whole lotta catchin’ up. Come dive into our discussion about Lush’s collaborative work with production trio CSLSX, RitualizedThe Deli Philly’s March Record of the Month, and find out what’s on the horizon for the rising emcee/producer as we pick his brain and get a little silly HERE.





Plato III's New Video "Womankind" Is About Praising the Goddess That Is Each Woman

A while back, Austin up-and-comer Plato III released a new track called "Womankind," a heady piece with a nice beat that puts the burden on men when it comes to our treatment of women in this world, which we thought was another very interesting and well-produced track for the budding artist. “Womankind” was a follow-up to the artist's killer take on fame that was track and video "Natalie Portman," and now Plato's kept up this pattern of releasing beautiful and poignant music videos for each of his few, but highly polished tracks by dropping a new video take on "Womankind."

The video here is, unsurprisingly, thoughtful and gorgeously rendered. It features a single stunning woman, presented as a being of intense power and beauty without referencing her sexually at all even, and this is difficult, when she is shown fully nude. The woman in question is shown dancing with confidence and skill through a raw natural setting, which doesn't feel like a contrast at all to her humanity, but instead feels exactly fitting. She's not fighting against nature, she is nature, a literal embodiment of it. That this woman is pregnant while moving like a lithe nature goddess isn't brought to the forefront of the video until the last half of the video, a powerful way to underscore the point of both track and video; that we've really stepped away as humans from valuing the incredible power and beauty of women outside of seeing them sexually. That they are our givers of life.

It's truly a nice piece of work both musically and in its film incarnation, and as such it's just more proof that Plato III is an artist worth both listening to and keeping an eye on. Put your own eyes to work below, and keep up with Plato at his Facebook page here, where he often gives meaningful commentary and context for his work.

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