Review: Philly’s ialive Embraces Collaboration & Raw Energy on ‘I’ll Wait Forever’

Longstanding Philadelphia hip-hop artist ialive offers a platform for country-wide underground emcees to spit their game across a dense psychedelic palette on new album ‘I’ll Wait Forever’.
Stream: ‘I’ll Wait Forever’ – ialive

The Philadelphia rap scene has always featured a diverse set of MCs and producers from various parts of the city. From its early onset, when Graffiti dominated a large part of its culture, to the assorted number of artists who exemplified a prideful underground spirit (from Jazzy Jeff to Schoolly D), Philly features a raw and collaborative energy most recently portrayed through mainstream acts such as Meek Mill and Lil Uzi Vert.

Outside of that trap-inspired sound lies a more organic rock-infused lilt reminiscent of those classic days when DIY artists were building careers off of famous underground shows like The Fake House or Philly Woodstock (a bunch of artists from the city would perform in hopes of reaching a wider audience). Spearheading this movement over the past 15 years is veteran Cold Rhymes Records producer/MC ialive.


Since he started making beats in 2004, the art-rap evangelist has continued to work on his craft both as a cold-blooded spitter, and as an intricate producer. ialive’s disparate catalog ranges from solo ventures to joint undertakings. His most recent run of projects includes a trilogy with Philly native Darko the Super under the moniker “The Hell Hole Store.” Their latest…

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