New Music: Phil Ade
by Winston "Stone" Ford
Phil Ade – Going Off
Now that Wale has put the DMV (the area of the mid-Atlantic consisting of DC, Maryland, and Virginia) on the map, it’s time for the next class of artists to take the reigns. So far, artists like Tabi Bonney and XO have stepped up, but this summer another artist has put his hat into the ring: Phil Ade.
The Maryland rapper has a style more akin to Lupe than the Southern drawls of Tabe and Wale, and his fast lyrical wordplay is definitely worth noticing.
Unfortunately I missed Ade set when he opened for Wale, which consisted of comical Bob Dylan-like signs to accompany his stage show. Such creativity is making Ade’s acts one of the most talked about acts of that evening, even to this day.