Saturday, August 31, 2013
A year after Jay-Z’s inaugural Made In America concert, director Ron Howard releases the trailer of the festival. This year’s concert goes down this weekend in Phildelphia. The full documentary will air October 11th on Showtime.
The Young Money wordsmith went on to describe Kendrick’s verse as “an ambitious thought” and expressed his belief that the TDE rapper didn’t outdo him in any way. "I didn't really have anything to say about it. It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me,” Drake revealed. “That's all it was. I know good and well that Kendrick's not murdering me, at all, in any platform. So when that day presents itself, I guess we can revisit the topic." (link below) http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.25276/title.drake-says-kendrick-lamar-is-not-murdering-me-at-all
Chicago rapper Lil Bibby addresses rumors that Drake would be on a remix for "My Hood," and reveals the story surrounding the rumor. He also explains which artists have reached out to him since he's been rapping, who he wants to work with, and what rappers have influenced him.
The Chicago Department of Transportation announced the 50 school and park zones where cameras will monitor speeding motorists Friday. Technically, CDOT announced the other 38, since they announced the first 12 locations earlier this month and cameras are being tested at Gompers, Garfield, Marquette and Washington Parks. CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein made the usual statements about how “The Children’s Safety Zone Program protects children and other pedestrians by reminding motorists to slow down and obey speed laws - particularly in school and park zones.” Revenue generated from the program will be invested in safety initiatives including afterschool programs, anti-violence and jobs programs; crossing guards and police officers around schools; and infrastructure improvements, such as signs, crosswalk markings and other traffic safety improvements. That's a lot of money for "Safe Passage" signs. The Sun-Times broke down the locations and found the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood will be home to five by year end. This will balance out as more locations receive cameras. For now, slow down on the Northwest Side. Once the cameras are set up and tested a 30-day grace period will go into effect where motorists will be issued warnings if they're caught driving above the speed limit. After that, fines will be issued. (full list below) http://chicagoist.com/2013/08/31/emanuel_announces_50_speeding_camer.php
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Weapons charges have been filed against three men caught handling real guns while filming of a rap video on the South Side, according to police. The three were among eight people arrested by police around 3 p.m. Tuesday in the 7400 block of South Eggleston Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood. The other five do not face felony charges. Police said the group was filming a rap music video in the backyard of a home when officers made the arrests. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-englewood-rap-video-gun-charges-20130829,0,4566750.story
Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar may have approached his verse on Big Sean’s “Control” like any of the other guest verses he’s appeared on, but his addition to the No I.D.-produced song morphed into something more than a standard guest feature. Despite receiving “all love” from New York heavyweights including Jay Z and Diddy, Kendrick further clarified his “king of New York” mention on “Control,” stating that he was merely trying to convey how “hungry” of an artist he is.Lastly, Kendrick offered his thoughts on the artists he feels had the best “Control” responses. Among them were Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, King Los, and Kevin Hart’s rap persona, Chocolate Drop. “I liked the [King] Los verse,” Kendrick revealed. “Joe Budden did this thing, Joell; a lot of people with different approaches…Joey had the facts in his verse, a few things that he felt. Papoose had the comical joint. Los was flipping his words and putting that spunk on it. I think he had the killer thing though. Yeah, Los killed it out of everybody. But the number one joint at the top of the list had to be Chocolate Drop.” (link below) http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.25257/title.kendrick-lamar-says-king-los-had-the-best-control-response
On the outside are a pleasant front terrace, and another, larger one, two floors up off the master bedroom. There's a big rooftop deck, as well as a rear terrace off the kitchen. The same is true inside, where you start on the living floor, go up a few steps to the kitchen level, continue climbing to a level that has two bedrooms—one of them open, like a loft space—and then up one more level to the master suite. From every one of those levels there are nice views out into the surrounding Lincoln Park neighborhood. That’s from the back of the house, the front of the house, and even along one long, exposed side of the house. The scene outside the wall of windows there can’t change very much, because the tiny parking lot immediately next door is too small to build on. (link below) http://www.chicagomag.com/Radar/Deal-Estate/August-2013/This-Multilievel-Lincoln-Park-Home-Has-Some-Spectacular-Views/
A popular NBA player has went off the record to speak candidly with TMZ about recreational drug use in the league, especially after the media has been focusing on Lamar Odom's alleged use.The unnamed player revealed that the NBA tests players four times per year, but after the fourth test players usually go all out with their drug use. The source added that marijuana is prevalent in the league, but lean, a drink mixed with liquid Codeine cough syrup and soda, is the most popular drug amongst players. One player revealed that the drug was used during the most recent NBA playoffs. He also estimated that around 30% of players use hard drugs like Ecstacy, Molly, and Lean at some point in the season, but cocaine is unheard of amongst players. (link below) http://www.vladtv.com/blog/173531/nba-player-lean-is-drug-of-choice-in-the-league/?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=twitterfeed
After wrapping their “Legends of the Summer” tour earlier this month, Jay Z and Justin Timberlake go in search of the “Holy Grail” in their dark new video, directed by Anthony Mandler. (link below) http://www.rap-up.com/2013/08/29/video-jay-z-f-justin-timberlake-holy-grail/
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Back in the 1990s, when the putative King of R&B R. Kelly was still riding high on hits like "I Believe I Can Fly" and when his legal troubles mostly lay in the future, he bought himself a $1.5 million mansion in the Chicago suburb of Olympia Fields -- not to live in it, but to tear it down and build a new one. The bizarre fate of that custom-built mansion, now badly rundown and bank-owned, in some ways holds up a cracked mirror to Kelly's own fortunes. Once reportedly valued at more than $5 million, the home is now bank-owned -- and the price recently dropped to a staggeringly paltry $587,100 (link below) http://ca.omg.yahoo.com/photos/the-sorry-fate-of-r-kelly-s-custom-mansion-1377616472-slideshow/
Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel of No. 7 Texas A&M has been suspended for the first half of Saturday's season opener against the Rice Owls, A&M and the NCAA announced Wednesday in a joint statement. Earlier this month, ESPN reported that the NCAA was looking into whether Manziel was paid for signing autographs at several locations, including in South Florida around the BCS National Championship game. Also, ESPN reported that a set of autograph dealers claimed that Manziel accepted payments to sign more than 4,000 items, including footballs and photographs, at an event in Connecticut in late January. NCAA investigators spent a large chunk of Sunday with Manziel, questioning him about allegations from memorabilia dealers that he accepted payments for autographs, a source familiar with the investigation told ESPN.com on Monday night. The NCAA said it accepted information submitted by A&M. That information said Manziel did not accept payment for signing autographs. (link below) http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9609389/johnny-manziel-texas-aggies-suspended-1st-half-season-opener-rice-owls
A CTA bus driver whose hands should have been on the wheel instead had a cup in one hand and a spoon in the other. A concerned passenger videotaped him eating an ice cream sundae while driving. On a hot, sunny day, your CTA bus pulling up is a welcome sight. But not when the bus driver is eating and driving and then stretching out at a stop light before continuing to drive with only one hand on the wheel. Risa Lopez captured the images on her iPad last Tuesday afternoon. “The bus was jerking back and forth like hard brake, go a little bit. Hard brake, go a little bit,” said Lopez. Lopez says she peeked around to see what was going on. “I saw him eating a McDonald’s strawberry sundae, while he was driving,” said Lopez. “I said let me go ahead and record this because nobody is going to believe this.” (link below) http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/08/27/cta-bus-driver-caught-on-camera-driving-while-distracted-by-eating/
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
After a few previews, the video and official remix for “L’s Anthem” is finally here. The remix was originally set to feature Yo Gotti, but Durk and Coke Boys general French Montana appear after the new link up between the 2.
SAFEST NEIGHBORHOODS TO LIVE 1. Edison Park 2. Forest Glen 3. Mount Greenwood 4. Norwood Park 5. Dunning MOST DANGEROUS NEIGHBORHOODS TO LIVE 1. Fuller Park 2. Washington Heights 3. Englewood 4. Riverdale 5. West Garfield Park (link below) http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/September-2013/These-Are-the-Safest-Neighborhoods-in-Chicago/
A West side man was sitting in a Chicago Police vehicle after being arrested on an outstanding warrant didn’t let handcuffs stop him from stealing the squad car in an attempt to elude police. Marquette Fisher was stopped by police Friday for failing to stop at a stop sign when police discovered he was driving on a suspended license and had two warrants out for his arrest. As police were speaking with passengers in the van Fisher was driving they saw Fisher in the front of the car, his cuffed hands in front of his body, behind the wheel of the car. Police tried to stop Fisher from driving away with their car, but he managed to put it in gear and drive away. Fisher was stopped a few blocks away, but managed to evade police on foot and wasn’t apprehended until 6:20 p.m. at his home in the 1400 block of South Cicero Avenue. (link below) http://chicagoist.com/2013/08/26/handcuffed_man_steals_police_car.php
The day was August 24, 1963. Countless numbers of people, ranging from all different skin shades from all over the world were headed to Washington, D.C. for one of the most momentous events since America’s founding. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a march in the nation’s capitol to deliver a strong message to the flawed, biased American government. Reciting his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King’s message of equality for all resonated from his microphone, through the audience, to the government of the United States and buried itself into the hearts and minds of millions of American people, as well as people around the world. The individuals that marched with Dr. King on this day were unaware that they would be a part of history, as they were just focused on amending their present. With Jim Crow running rampant in America, especially the south, these people decided to take a stand, along with Dr. King, to make their voices heard to a government that often put them on mute. Fifty years later on August 24, 2013, minorities are still fighting for this same respect. Many speakers were present for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, including Al Sharpton, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. III, Sybrina Fulton and more. And once again, people from all creeds were there, continuing to fight the battle that Dr. King began all those years ago. (link below) http://globalgrind.com/2013/08/26/i-have-a-dream-why-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-march-on-washington-was-just-as-important-as-the-first-photos/
A restaurant in South Carolina forgot that it was 2013…clearly. Last month, Michael Brown and 24 of his family members were visiting Wild Wing Cafe when they were suddenly told to leave. Why? Because a white woman nearby felt threatened by their large party. And no, that’s not a joke. According to the Huffington Post: When one of Brown’s companions started filming the exchange, the shift manager is said to have told the group to leave.“[That] totally alarmed all of us because we’re sitting there peaceably for two hours,” Brown told the news outlet. (link below) http://globalgrind.com/2013/08/26/wild-wing-cafe-restaurant-kicks-out-25-african-americans-after-white-woman-felt-threatened-photos/#.UhtuwO7rZLY.twitter
Monday, August 26, 2013
A new chapter in Chicago Public School history begins Monday, as thousands of kids will begin classes at schools they’ve never attended. On Sunday, many of them celebrated. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley spent the day with families preparing for the first day of classes. At Cain’s Barber College, all the buzz was about back to school with free haircuts for boys and free hairdos for girls, boosting esteem and hopefully their grades. “Children tend not to go to school on the first day due to personal hygiene issues, whether its haircut, having the proper clothing and school supplies,” said Bamani Obadele of the Greater Roseland Community Committee. (link below) http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/08/25/new-chapter-for-cps-begins-monday-with-first-day-of-school
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Grand Theft Auto V is but a short few weeks away. Let’s get excited about the soundtrack, which, as per Rockstar tradition, looks good as always. IGN reported the leaked list over the weekend. And, being that the game is set in a fictional LA, all of that west coast rap you love will be there – names like Tupac, N.W.A. and Kendrick Lamar populate the list, along with some more left field choices like Johnny Cash, Brittney Spears and Outkast. The still developing, unconfirmed tracklist can be seen below. For two extras, A$AP Rocky recorded a brand-new track for the game. The song doesn’t have a proper title and doesn’t look to be included yet, but certainly sounds the part of a Rocky track. Also, a leaked Piswasser Beer commercial hit the web and it’s absolutely 100% worth the listen because the lyrics to the jingle are nothing short of hilarious. All-in-all, looks like another win for Rockstar. (link below) http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2013/08/gta-5-soundtrack-leak
The filming, which began Friday, took flight around 7 a.m. Sunday, closing pedestrian and vehicle traffic on Upper Illinois Street, Cityfront Plaza Drive and East North Water Street.Low flying helicopters charged through the area for 15-20-minute increments of filming between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Sunday. Don't be surprised to see burning buildings and explosions in the downtown area over the next few weeks also. The Michael Bay-directed film began shooting Friday at McCormick Place and continued through the weekend.On Saturday, Mark Wahlberg, who took over for Shia LaBeouf in the film, visited the set, according to the Chicago Tribune. (link below) http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Transformers-4-Filming-Takes-Over-Chicago-Skies-221005271.html
Chance is currently out in Europe spending Euros, and gracing stages alongside the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Macklemore. But while in Paris yesterday, he took some time out of his set to give it up to one of his biggest musical influences, Chicago’s own, Kanye West.
Zion Police charged a 26-year-old man Saturday with the murder of a 5-month old baby who was at the center of of a town-wide search in the northern suburb this week. Demetries Thorpe has been held on $5 million bond in the disappearance of Joshua Summeries, who was reported missing Wednesday morning. Over 200 Zion police officers searched for the baby, including a dramatic search of a landfill Friday. According to the Sun-Times, authorities allege Thorpe placed his hand over Joshua's mouth because he was crying. The baby stopped breathing shortly after and Thorpe then placed the baby into a backpack, which was dropped into a dumpster. Authorities say they have surveillance camera footage of Thorpe discarding of Joshua. Thorpe, the boyfriend of Joshua's mother, allegedly told her he saw someone reach through a window and grab the baby. When pressed for details by authorities, Thorpe allegedly stopped talking an ran. (link below) http://chicagoist.com/2013/08/24/man_charged_with_murder_of_5-month-.php
Friday, August 23, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Violence broke out Tuesday, Aug. 20 during a scheduled Lil’ Durk concert performance at Skully’s Music Diner & Bar in Columbus, OH. Footage surfaced online showing Lil’ Durk, born Durk D. Banks, attempting to diffuse a crowd situation, repeatedly telling patrons to “chill” and to instead enjoy themselves and “turn up.” The hostility in the crowd heightened and Durk was subsequently assaulted after being hit with a barstool. Gunshots can later be heard going off. The “Dis Ain’t What You Want” rapper was in town for a performance set up by WRMG and Chi City event management team.
Bostic caught the attention of Bears fans when he returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown in the first exhibition, but he sent a warning to upcoming opponents last week: Be careful coming across the middle. The NFL came down on Bostic with a $21,000 fine, deeming it was a hit against a defenseless receiver for lowering his head to make forcible contact with the crown or forehead of his helmet. That’s what the rulebook says. “I’m just finding out about it,” Bostic said. “I’m just waiting to see what happens. The older guys said they are going to help me through it and to just keep playing how I’m playing.” Coaches told Bostic it was a good play and coach Marc Trestman, while acknowledging it was a violent play, said he didn’t see anything wrong with it. (link below) http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-08-21/sports/chi-bears-jon-bostic-fine-20130821_1_jon-bostic-khaseem-greene-bears-fans
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Director Will Robson-Scott and Protein TV have teamed to present Chi Raq – a short documentary that delivers a decisive blow with an intimate and slightly graphic look at the youth driven violence plaguing the Chicago area. The film places a microscope on the unrest affecting families residing on Chicago’s South and West sides. Though responsibility for a homicide rate comparable to that of an Afghan war zone may rest with some neighborhoods more than others, the larger issue seems to be the popularity of gunplay across the city – a phenomenon that has taken the idea of playing with fire from dangerous novelty to brazen bloodsport. The kids featured in the documentary – all of whom seem much older than their physical ages – are particularly adept at bringing the gravity of the situation home. The city’s history of violence has combined with decades of gang culture, bleak socio-economic conditions, lack of recreational outlets and provocative lyrics to create a hotbed of crime dominated by life-threatening activity. (link below)
Beyonce and Jay Z apparently have a new baby on the way after all.Rumor has it the power couple purchased the iconic New Regal Theater in Chicago, according to entertainment news site Gumbumper. Jet Magazine reports the South Side theater was purchased fo $250,000. The 2,500-seat landmark theater opened in 1927 on East 79th Street as the Avalon Theater and was closed in 2003 by its previous owners after seeing the theater lose money for years. (link below) http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Beyonce-Jay-Z-Regal-Theatre-in-Chicago-220535121.html
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
He wants to be a modern-day Renaissance man. And his latest quest for a legacy beyond hip-hop is a mysterious consortium named for his mother. Is this the movement that will propel Mr. West to the visionary status he so desperately wants? Or is this just a fantastical ego-filling dream? In a relentless search for answers, VIBE discovered it could very well be both. (link below) http://www.vibe.com/article/kanye-west-has-dream-inside-creative-agency-donda
JUST ANNOUNCED! The Legend of Zelda returns to The Chicago Theatre with Symphony of The Goddesses on Friday, November 22nd. Tickets on sale Friday at 10am As part of the global The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour for 2013, the acclaimed concert returns to The Chicago Theatre on Friday, November 22 to once again thrill music lovers and Zelda enthusiasts with Second Quest, including fresh and exciting new material exploring additional chapters from the Zelda franchise. Those new to "Symphony of the Goddesses" will also have the opportunity to experience the beautifully orchestrated four-movement symphonic work from last season, which chronicles fan-favorite moments from the franchise’s rich and storied history, carefully and expertly timed with a gorgeous, larger-than-life orchestral score.
(link below) http://www.thechicagotheatre.com/events/2013/november/the-legend-of-zelda-at-the-chicago-theatre.html
Bon Appetit's Chicago Gourmet has announced it's bringing in renowned. Michelin-starred chefs from around the globe, pairing them with some of Chicago's most notable chefs, for its Grand Cru tasting event in September Grand Cru is a VIP event at Chicago Gourmet September 28 and 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Harris Theatre Rooftop. This year 10 chefs, five of whom carry Michelin Stars, will be paired with a Chicago-based, Michelin-starred counterpart to host throughout the weekend and to present a side-by-side tasting at the Grand Cru. The chefs and their hosts are: (link below) http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130820/BLOGS09/130819810/global-chefs-arriving-for-chicago-gourmet
WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger reports, starting Jan. 1, drivers with a disability placard or license plate, will not be entitled to park for free at metered spaces. Bill Bogdan, with the Secretary of State’s office, says only those who can’t physically reach or feed the pay box will be exempt from paying. Drivers will have to get a doctor to certify that they are physically unable to pay. Once approved, they will be issued a new placard, exempting them from paying. (link below) http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/08/19/no-free-parking-a-major-change-for-drivers-with-disabilities/
Monday, August 19, 2013
Despite the song having dropped in early spring, it continues to gain momentum in cities across the US, Meek Mill has hopped on the official remix. Last night, Meek took to Instagram to preview his verse.
Lee Thompson Young -- who played the main character on Disney's "The Famous Jett Jackson -- has died after what officials believe is a suicide ... TMZ has learned. He was 29. Sources tell us Young's body was discovered with a gun shot wound that appears to be self-inflicted. Young currently appears in the TNT show "Rizzoli & Isles" -- and we're told when he didn't show up to work this morning, staffers called the landlord of Young's L.A. home to check up on the actor. We're told ... when the landlord opened the door, he discovered Young's body. Young was a rising star in Hollywood. After he made it big as a Disney star, he went on to play running back Chris Comer in the 2004 movie "Friday Night Lights." Story developing ...
Jeremih is taking his career to the next level with some help from Diddy. The R&B singer has hired the Bad Boy mogul as his manager. “As of two months ago, P. Diddy and James Cruz actually took over my management,” Jeremih told Rap-Up TV at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. “I’m out here doing a lot more work now.” He was honored that Puff wanted to work with him. “I means a lot to me as an artist, as a writer. For Puff to acknowledge my talent and my gift, it’s a good thing.” Diddy will also serve as executive producer of Jeremih’s upcoming album Thumpy Johnson, due in early 2014. “What I make is kind of like drugs for your ears,” he explained. “It’s definitely for the trunk, it’s definitely for the streets. It’s definitely for everybody. It’s a lot of thump for your trunk and just crack music for the streets.” So far, the album features French Montana, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, and Lil Wayne, who appears on the lead single “All the Time.”
Another Lupe Fiasco response to Kendrick Lamar? Sure, why not. Lupe continues to address Kendrick's verse on the third installment of "SLR" (Super Lupe Rap). (link below) http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/singles/id.25277/title.Lupe+Fiasco-SLR+3:+Round+Of+Applause+(Kendrick+Lamar+Diss)
We invite music lovers from all sides of town to join us for the 2nd Annual Chicago Westside Music Festival!!! We have a full weekend line up of FREE entertainment, live on the westside. Hosted by radio personality Monique Spence Friday, August 23rd | 6pmVIP Reception and Meet and Greet (Invitation only)We will have chances to win passes, so stay tuned! Saturday, August 24th | 12pm - 8pm - The one & only Avery*Sunshine - Bachata masters La ObRa - HEADLINER: Grammy nominated and BET Award winner, Raheem DeVaughn Sunday, August 25th | 12pm - 4pm Back to School Family Day with State Representative Art Turner Jr. and Alderman Michael Chandler Enter Douglas Park at Ogden and Sacramento. Free street parking or take public transportation (Pink Line or #12Roosevelt, #18 Ogden & #94 California bus routes) www.chicagowestsidemusicfestival.com
Sunday, August 18, 2013
ONE OF CHICAGO'S MOST UNDER RATED ARTISTS GIVES US HIS LATEST OFFERING AFTER A LONG WHILE SINCE HIS LAST PROJECT. LINKING WITH CHICAGO'S OWN DJ TIM BUCK 2, LISTENERS CAN EXPECT TOP OF THE LINE STREET MUSIC FROM A REAL HUSTLER TURNED RAPPER. (link below) http://indy.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/23576/parkay-kush-caviar.html
BLOWING UP ALONGSIDE OMARION AND OTHER BOY GROUP MEMBERS IN THE EARLY 2000'S, RAZ B RECENTLY MADE NEWS A FEW YEARS BACK WHEN HE MADE SHOCKING CLAIMS OF SEXUAL ACTS BETWEEN HIMSELF, MARQUES HOUSTON, CHRIS STOKES AND OTHERS. HAVING NOW BEEN A FEW YEARS REMOVED FROM THOSE COMMENTS RAZ B FINDS HIMSELF FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE ON LIFE SUPPORT AFTER A NIGHTCLUB ATTACK. (link below) http://www.wgci.com/articles/trending-104655/razb-on-life-support-comatose-after-11580275/
Saturday, August 17, 2013
After last night’s confrontation between protesters and parents and the CPS, the demolition of the field house commenced earlier today. Updates from the scene, including photos of the demolition, are below. (link below) http://voices.suntimes.com/news/breaking-news/updates-from-attempted-demolition-at-whittier-elementary/
Named after, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, who is regarded as the first permanent resident of what became Chicago, Illinois. Take a listen to The Boy Illinois’ cleverly titled 10-track mixtape (link below) http://www.datpiff.com/The-Boy-Illinois-Jean-Baptiste-mixtape.513346.html
Last month local hip-hop phenom Chance the Rapper landed on the Billboard charts with his Acid Rap mixtape, which he released for free in April; a "label" called MTC sold 1,000 units, and it landed on Heatseekers at 26 and the R&B/hip-hop chart at 63. MTC's Acid Rap CD is unlicensed, but as Billboard recently explained, Chance faces an uphill battle fighting bootleggers because he remains unsigned: Since Chance doesn't have a record deal, he doesn't enjoy the protection of the RIAA. But his mixtapes have generated considerable buzz on the Internet and in the press, enough for a third-party company to see value in manufacturing physical copies and offering them for sale. The other big roadblock for Chance's camp is the shortage of available info about MTC, other than the fact that its releases are distributed by Houston company 1-Stop Distribution; it's through 1-Stop that the Acid Rap bootleg is available through Amazon and, as I noticed over the weekend, Logan Hardware. "I thought it was on a major label or something," says Logan Hardware co-owner John Ciba. According to Ciba, customers ask for Acid Rap regularly, so he didn't consider the possibility that it was unlicensed when he found it in 1-Stop's catalog. "I ordered it because it was just in a catalog," he says. (link below) http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/08/16/who-made-the-bootleg-acid-rap-cd-that-hit-the-billboard-charts