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Rap icon Snoop Dogg celebrates 25 years of ‘Doggystyle’ at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 26

Rap icon Snoop Dogg celebrates 25 years of ‘Doggystyle’ at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 26

From a press release: West Coast rap icon Snoop Dogg is still on tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of his debut album, “Doggystyle,” and it was announced today that he will bring his nostalgic hip-hop show to the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township on Thursday, Sept. 26. This Snoop Dogg & […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE: Haters get ‘$MACKED’ by Scranton rapper Lucas Hex

Already working on new material, Scranton hip-hop artist Lucas Hex has also been busy shooting music videos to promote his first full-length album, “Blue Carolina.” The first of those videos for the stinging single “$MACKED” is premiering today exclusively on NEPA Scene. The song’s beat was produced by SAKI, and the video was directed by […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Country rapper Bubba Sparxxx plays rescheduled show at Stage West in Scranton on April 27

Country rapper Bubba Sparxxx plays rescheduled show at Stage West in Scranton on April 27

From a press release: It was announced today that Bubba Sparxxx, an originator of the modern rap country genre with songs like “Deliverance,” “Ugly,” and “Ms. New Booty,” will perform at Stage West in Scranton on Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. He was originally scheduled to appear at the West Scranton venue in January, […]

 Jason Riedmiller

PHOTOS: The Roots, YWCA Temple Guard, and Bluestone at Gov. Tom Wolf Inaugural Celebration, 01/15/19

PHOTOS: The Roots, YWCA Temple Guard, and Bluestone at Gov. Tom Wolf Inaugural Celebration, 01/15/19

After a formal afternoon ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 15 where Governor Tom Wolf and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman were sworn in and delivered speeches, the newly elected (and, in Wolf’s case, reelected) Democrats were able to let loose a bit that night at the Moving Pennsylvania Forward Inaugural Celebration at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Philly hip-hop legends The Roots perform at Gov. Tom Wolf’s inaugural celebration in Harrisburg on Jan. 15

Philly hip-hop legends The Roots perform at Gov. Tom Wolf’s inaugural celebration in Harrisburg on Jan. 15

From a press release: Today, the Wolf Inaugural 2019 Committee announced that influential and critically acclaimed Philadelphia hip-hop band The Roots will perform at Governor Tom Wolf’s Moving Pennsylvania Forward Inaugural Celebration at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg on Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets for the inauguration […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton rapper Lucas Hex releases debut single ‘Omen,’ announces album release show

Following up the release of his hard-hitting “Sermons” EP in March, Scranton hip-hop artist Lucas Hex is premiering a bloody new music video for “Omen,” the debut single from his upcoming album “Blue Carolina,” exclusively on NEPA Scene. Directed by Timmypricefilm and produced by Neighbour Beats, the video implies the same type of harsh imagery […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Rapper Tech N9ne takes Independent Grind Tour to Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Nov. 21

Rapper Tech N9ne takes Independent Grind Tour to Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Nov. 21

From a press release: Promoting his latest album, “Planet,” released in March, Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne will bring his Independent Grind Tour with Futuristic, Dizzy Wright, and Krizz Kaliko to the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. Local underground rap group More Street Movement will open the show. Tickets, […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Country rapper Bubba Sparxxx performs at Stage West in Scranton on Jan. 12

Country rapper Bubba Sparxxx performs at Stage West in Scranton on Jan. 12

From a press release: It was announced this week that Bubba Sparxxx, an originator of the modern rap country genre with songs like “Deliverance,” “Ugly,” and “Ms. New Booty,” will perform at Stage West in Scranton on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at 8 p.m. Mountain Top duo Always Undecided, named Best New Artist in the […]

 The Conversation

Hip-hop turns 45 – rap music’s path from pariah to Pulitzer

Hip-hop turns 45 – rap music’s path from pariah to Pulitzer

Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize win is a major milestone for hip-hop, a genre that celebrates its 45th birthday this month. It’s also a triumph that many, a mere decade ago, would have never predicted. As someone who teaches and studies the politics of hip-hop and rap, I was pleasantly surprised myself. I thought of hip-hop’s […]

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PATAsphere holds fundraiser with live music and dancers at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on May 20

PATAsphere holds fundraiser with live music and dancers at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on May 20

From a press release: PATAsphere, which provides young performers with state-of-the-art voice, dance, and drama training within a safe, supportive, and engaging environment, will hold its fourth annual Spring Gala Fundraiser, “You Be You,” at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, May 20 at 5 p.m. Tickets, which are $15 for general admission […]