Slingshot Scenes: 10 Must-Watch Music Videos From Philadelphia

Like any creative community, the Philadelphia music scene is best viewed as a constant state of collaboration.

The artists might take center stage, but they wouldn't be able to do what they do without an equally robust community of directors and videographers to imaginatively translate their work into narrative visuals, or without studios and curators eager to document their process and performances with breathtaking clarity.

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WHAT WE NEED: &MORE

Ethel Bobcat, the first album from the hip hop duo known as &More (rapper Chill Moody & vocalist Donn T.) comes out on April 5th. For many people it might end up being the soundtrack for the summer of 2019. In any case, it’s one of those increasingly rare albums that should appeal across generations of hip hop listeners (and fans of R&B), recognizable and nostalgic for those who grew up with the music in the 80s, and relevant to today’s massive audiences.

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Donn T & Chill Moody Release Debut Single As &More: "My Own Light" [Premiere]

Singer Donn T and rapper Chill Moody have made their official industry debut as &MORE with the release of their new single “My Own Light.”

Though this isn’t their first time recording and releasing music together, the Philly artists also paired up last year for their collaborative track, “Clear” produced by honorary Roots crew member, Ray Angry. But what makes this pairing fresh, is the artists joining forces to launch the band &More, making their industry debut during Grammy Week 2018 at The Roots Jam Session in January.

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Benjamin Thomas
&More's 'My Own Light' Illustrates Strength In Family And Close-Knit Friendship

Where does a person's true strength lie: in themselves or their community? The story of eclectic collective &More is the story of that tension.

The band's new music video for "My Own Light" illustrates strength in family and close-knit friendship on a sun-kissed block in West Philadelphia. It's the first in a planned series of videos from the forthcoming Ethel Bobcat LP, and in its opening sequence, we see actress Jacqui Thompson — mother to both &More's singer-songwriter Donn T and The Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson — as the album's title character, sitting regally in a rocking chair.

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Benjamin Thomas