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Philly rapper Amir Richardson, aka The Bul Bey, is known for bringing the party as much as bringing serious issues into focus. When I chatted with him earlier this year, he mentioned how growing up on Philly’s Salford Street had to be one of the “worst places” he’s ever lived. Although he said living conditions were poor, he also noted the sense of community there was a huge positive aspect to his upbringing.

His new track, “Thoughts While Marching,” produced by Clark Kennedy, premiered over on HYPEFRESH® Magazine, and Erin Simon writes, “TheBulBey ties his personal struggles to the forefront in ‘Thoughts While Marching,’ simultaneously discussing cultural topics within the African-American community.”

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The Bul Bey tells Hypefresh that wrote the track as a reaction to the recent protests fueled by the death of Freddie Gray. Catch a free download of The Bul Bey’s “Where I’m From” from World Cafe’s Sense of Place Philly, and see him live at Ortlieb’s on June 27th. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.