Kenny, Live at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia

Posted: March 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Articles, Events, Independent | Tags: | No Comments »

Photos by: Yinka Soda
This past Friday, Kenneth “Kenny” Sullivan, renowned Philadelphia rapper, producer, and performer extraordinaire, officially released his self-titled mixtape, KENNY, a 14-track project that takes listeners on a nostalgic journey through his ascent toward greatness. This well-composed artist, raised just outside of Philly, in Cheltenham, has used the studio and the stage to bring an unmatched influence to the City of Brotherly Love and other artists, through his music. To accompany the mixtape release, Kenny hosted a celebratory party with his friends, fans, supporters, and other artists, at one of City’s most acclaimed music venues, Kung Fu Necktie, in Fishtown.

The bar was brimming with effervescent eclectics eager to celebrate the tape’s release. Kenny’s performance delivered with a cool inebriation that rivaled the class of any live performer I have seen in quite some time. He started with the undisputed crowd pleaser, “Pilot Gear” featuring Ganou – a soulful vocalist/producer whose voice gives you chills. The atmosphere turned electric as fans rapped and sang along word for word with the two luminaries. Kenny, not one to hog the spotlight, invited several other artists from his project on stage to perform with him. The ensemble went on to perform an array of notable tracks, including “JFK” featuring D. Jones, a North Philly native with raw talent and dynamite verses, and “Project Comet” featuring Zach Hughes, an upcoming emcee with impressive wordplay hailing from Mt. Airy/Germantown by way of the Bronx. Bey, another Philadelphia artist, opened the night with tracks from his recent EP entitled “Infatuation”.

When the show came to a close, I had been transported into a state of musical bliss. If you haven’t heard any of Kenny’s music, I can assure you, you’re missing out. Check him out today, for there is no greater satisfaction than a new musical discovery.

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