Mont Brown And Pace-O Beats

In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on what’s going on sonically in their hometowns. This week the Astronauts, a hip-hop music collective (featuring Mont Brown, Pace-O Beats, Ant Dior, Finesse, Zah Marley, Dot Com and Spic Nasty), give the scoop on Philadelphia, PA.

05 – Lets Go ft Theodore Grams by TheeFlyest

The music scene in Philly is jam packed with young talent. The talent is spread across all different genres, but there’s a very strong underground hip-hop presence here in Philly. You can always look forward to a few good live shows every month. Summer’s coming up, so they’ll be mad festivals and outdoor concerts going on, a few of which we’ll be performing at!

As of late, the fashion and style that you were used to seeing in Philly is changing (Ex: big beards and Ralph Lauren polos a la the State Property Era). Now you’ve got kids in the ghetto riding skateboards and rocking the mohawk. This is the beginning of a whole new wave for our city. For a long time our music scene, especially hip-hop, was excessively violent and drug-related “battle raps,” normally performed in front a camera and posted on YouTube. Everyone had “beef.” I think we’ve gotten past that now, and artists are really focusing on making good records and putting on a good show. That’s what it’s all about.

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