Up until a few years ago, the biggest name coming out of the Philadelphia rap scene was Meek Mill, a boisterous up-and-coming rhymer who fed the streets gritty anthems and eventually struck gold in 2011 when he joined Rick Ross’ Maybach Music roster. Meek carried Philly on his shoulders until a new wave of artists emerged and expanded the sounds of the city like Lil Uzi Vert with his signature Auto-tuned, rap-sing flow and PnB Rock, the soulful R&B crooner who is bringing romance back to the streets.
“Before I came along, the Philly music scene was all hardcore, gangster, shoot-em-up, kill-your-grandmother type of music,” PnB Rock tells Billboard backstage after performing for Fool’s Gold Day Off festival this past weekend. “Once I came along, I started giving more smooth melodies, more songs for the ladies, a new vibe and Philly wasn’t used to all that. Lil Uzi and I gave Philly different sounds by stepping outside of the box and not sticking to the stigma.”