Music Issue 2012: Philly Tastemakers Reveal Their Favorite Music

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RAFIK aka RASHEED - Protagonist/Captain, PromoHazard Street Team/Event & Tour Manager/Master of Ceremonies/Creator @ P&B$

First record purchased: Sesame Street—whichever LP had “It Ain’t Easy Being Green.” And The Muppets series.

Last record purchased: Killah Priest, Elizabeth; Nas, Life is Good; Christopher Cross' self-titled debut. I buy in bulk.

Favorite Philly act: The Roots. Duh.

Favorite Philly venue: 1616, now defunct. Currently, World Cafe Live.

Now in heavy rotation: Revisiting early ‘90s hip-hop, Purple Rain soundtrack, Florence & The Machine, Arcade Fire, the new Nas, the new Showbiz & AG mixtape, Washed Out, Bilal, Van Hunt, Tweet.



First record purchased: Mark Ronson, Ooh Wee.

Last record purchased: If referring to vinyl, Outkast, ATLiens.

Favorite Philly act: Fese Mr.Habull.

Favorite Philly venue: The Piazza.

Now in heavy rotation: Nas, Life is Good.


RASHID ZAKAT, Freelance Digital Producer

First record purchased: Q-Tip, Amplified.

Last record purchased: Oddisee, People Hear What They See.

Favorite Philly Act: Ethel Cee hands down. Seven Thirty has been on repeat for the last month.

Favorite Philly venue: Union Transfer.

Now in heavy rotation: Joey Bada$$, 1999. “Waves” in particular.

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1. Anonymous said... on Aug 15, 2012 at 12:27PM

“wow. what a truly diverse and varied group of "tastemakers". one more reason why PW is a joke of a weekly rag.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Aug 15, 2012 at 01:11PM

“They should have asked for their Favorite Philly Act that's not The Roots.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Aug 16, 2012 at 01:53AM

“troll much?”

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4. Anonymous said... on Aug 16, 2012 at 02:48PM

“In Philly, we play both types of music. Hip hop AND indie rock! No, but seriously, you guys couldn't find a few more MCs and DJs to contribute?”

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5. Anonymous said... on Aug 23, 2012 at 08:06PM

“Stop hating. There isn't even an indie rock station on main stream radio in Philly. Philadelphia is known for Soul music and Hip-Hop. And more music industry DJs have come out of Philly than any other city in the world. Whether it's Josh Wink, Diplo or Jazzy Jeff, we have dominated DJ culture for the last 30 years.”

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6. Anonymous said... on Aug 27, 2012 at 05:40PM

“I call it as I see it, and I see a music scene far more diverse in this city than was given credit by these so-called "taste makers". Maybe if there was someone over 35 contributing to PW, we'd hear about it. Oh, and if you're actually under the impression that there isn't an indie rock station in Philly, there's a little station called WXPN. You should tune in sometime! You'll get all the Avett Brothers and Dr. Dog your little eardrums can handle. (But only if Pitchfork says it's okay)”


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