Chubby Checker Blames Racism for the Fact That He’s Not as Famous as Beyoncé

Illustration by Andy Friedman

Illustration by Andy Friedman

My name is … Chubby Checker. Ernest is my first name, and Evans is my second name. But I go by Chubby Checker.

I grew up in … Spring Gully, South Carolina. Population 52. We couldn’t go to the same bathrooms as you, so I am very sensitive to anything that’s racist. I see it all the time. And I am not afraid to talk about it.

I came to Philadelphia … when I was about seven years old.

I attended Meredith Elementary School at 5th and Fitzwater, and I am still friends with Mr. Laurer, who was my teacher in third, fourth and fifth grade.

My first job in Philadelphia … was as a shoeshine boy, on 4th and Catherine streets and in Independence Square and at Lenny’s Hot Dog Stand at 5th and South.

The shoeshine would cost five or 10 cents, but I’d get 50 cents or a dollar when I would sing at the same time.

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18 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Big Philly Beerfest, Little Baby’s Ice Cream Auction, South Philly Rocky Fest and More

New Jazmine Sullivan Album Streaming Right Now

Philly R&B chanteuse Jazmine Sullivan is on the heels of releasing her third album after, fittingly a three-year hiatus. Titled Reality Show, Sullivan explains the project as “a perfect time capsule of modern society and even shows how I’ve been affected by this culture. … From my language, to the choice of beats, for the most part it’s very ‘now.’ … Hopefully from here, we’ll grow into greater human beings and years later can look back at Reality Show as the soundtrack to the way we were.”

Sullivan is executive producer of the album, with help from Salaam Remi, Key Wane, Da Internz and DJ Dahi. Fellow Philadelphian Meek Mill guests on one track, “Dumb.” Reality Show officially drops on January 13th, but you can get a sneak listen from Complex, who’s streaming the entire thing on SoundCloud. Check out the playlist below:

There’s a Japanese Girl Group with a Song Titled “West Philly”

Have you heard the latest track from Japanese girl group Especia? Unless you’re a big j-pop enthusiast, probably not. Fortunately, you can listen to it above: It’s called “West Philly.” I don’t know what they’re singing about, but journalistic research has taken me to this guess: West Philly.

Especia—Spanish for spice—is a relatively new Japanese pop group. They released their first album, Gusto, late last year. “West Philly” comes off the group’s first major-label “mini-album,” Primera.

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War on Drugs Playing Coachella 2015

war on drugs band

War on Drugs

The 2015 Coachella Arts and Music Festival announced its 2015 lineup, and Philly’s War on Drugs is scheduled to play alongside musicians like Jack White, the Weeknd, Belle and Sebastian, and FKA twigs on Saturday April 11th and 18th.

Once again, the festival will take place over two weekends, April 10-12 and April 17-19, in Indio, California. Other acts on the roster include AC/DC, Azealia Banks, Florence and the Machine, St. Vincent, Flying Lotus, Todd Terje, and Caribou. See the full lineup in the poster below.

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QUICKIE: Beanie Sigel Home From Hospital

South Philadelphia-bred rapper Beanie Sigel (aka The Broad Street Bully) is home from this hospital today, after being admitted in critical condition a little over a month ago when he was shot in the stomach in Pleasantville, New Jersey.

Fellow rapper Neef Buck broke the news with this photo on his Instagram feed:

So far there is no report on how far along he is on his recovery.

Sigel was released from prison last August, following a two-year sentence or federal tax evasion.

DJ Carl Michaels Presents: 10 Anthems to Take You Bopping Into the New Year

Here we are again kids: another year. I have heard some people say 2014 was a great year, some said it sucked, some were indifferent. Well, part of my job as a DJ is to make sure you have a good soundtrack to start things out on a positive note. Have fun, be safe and crank up this list of tunes that will keep you boppin’ around all night!

Check out the playlist in the videos below, or follow it on Spotify so you can play the songs straight through, here.

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