This month alone at the Trocadero:

B. Dolan. (5/6)

Atsmophere. (5/6)

Yelawolf. (5/10)

Murs. (5/20)

Tech N9ne. (5/20)

Seriously. I can’t even make that up. It sounds surreal, but it’s true.

Philadelphia hasn’t exactly been known as a haven for traveling indie/sub-pop hip hop artists in the last few years. I’ve been to a number of shows that should have sold out well in advance that were maybe half-capacity. Chalk it up to poor promoting, poor timing, or whatever you want, but if there’s ever to be excited about hip hop in Philly, it’s this month, and it’s at the Trocadero.

It starts Wednesday night when the poetic B. Dolan will kick things off opening for Sir Slug and Atmosphere. Okay, maybe the Rhymesayers co-founder hasn’t been officially knighted, yet, but he’s unquestionably independent hip hop royalty. We featured this show last week, but it bears repeating. Check out more from B. Dolan and Atmosphere here, and we’ll just go ahead and see you there.

Yelawolf may have shed his independent status now that he’s put out multiple records through Shady and Interscope (his latest, last week’s Love Story even reached #3 on the charts last week), but he nonetheless exudes the kind of DIY and GFY attitudes that are so revered by the community. He pulls up to the Troc this Sunday, May 10. Check out the video for “Best Friend,” his latest collab with Eminem here.

Okay… so my dream of seeing Murs and Slug together on stage in Philadelphia will have to wait… who knows how much longer. Seeing them share a stage a couple weeks apart will have to do. Seeing Murs as a supporting artist on a concert poster is a little odd… until I look up and realize Tech N9ne is headlining.

Oh. Okay.

Murs first teamed up with the Strange Music label founder last year when he released ¡MursDay! in collaboration with Miami hip hop group, ¡MayDay! on the label. Murs will also be releasing his latest album, Have a Nice Life, May 19th, the day before he hits Philly, so you know he’ll be hype. He’ll act as support, alongside Chris Webby, Krizz Kalico, King 810 and Zuse when another living legend (not the group) Tech N9ne will surely destroy what’s left of the Troc. By the way… in case you didn’t notice, Tech just dropped a new album today. Give Special Effects a listen right here:


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