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 […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

EP PREMIERE: Scranton hip-hop artist Lucas Hex delivers ‘Sermons’ with Lil Peep producer Nedarb

EP PREMIERE: Scranton hip-hop artist Lucas Hex delivers ‘Sermons’ with Lil Peep producer Nedarb

Today, Scranton hip-hop artist Lucas Hex debuted his brand new hard-hitting EP “Sermons” exclusively on NEPA Scene. The album’s single, “Fade,” was produced by Nedarb Nagrom, who served as a producer for the late Lil Peep. Nedarb has also worked with other notable acts, such as Ghostemane, Xavier Wulf, and Scranton’s own Wicca Phase Springs […]

 Rich Howells

Ali Baba Lounge in Wilkes-Barre cancels rapper 6ix9ine’s show, closes temporarily

Ali Baba Lounge in Wilkes-Barre cancels rapper 6ix9ine’s show, closes temporarily

Following the recent cancellation of controversial rapper 6ix9ine’s show at Easton concert venue One Centre Square, the Ali Baba Lounge in Wilkes-Barre has followed suit and canceled its April 21 show, though it does not appear to be for the same reason. The 21-year-old rapper is currently out on bail after pleading guilty to a […]

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