Saturday, December 20, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Chicago EST.1837 recently caught up with young rising Hiphop artist 'Dolla Bill Dillz' 1. Introduce yourself & what you stand for as an artist. Yeah it's ya boi Dolla Bill Dillz checking in live from Chiraq. I represent anyone who had to grind from the bottom. 2. Who or what influenced you to take your music career serious? Watching Gucci mane in his prime made me see that this shit was real. He applied far relentless dope man hustle to the mixtape game. 3. What do you feel is the key ingredient to your style as an artist? The key ingredient to my style is my slick word play along with clever metaphors and just the simple fact dat I only rap about things I have done. 4. With the internet playing such a big role in today's industry, What do you feel is an important way to interact with fans? Even tho the internet is playing a major role in hip hop but u still have to get out here and rock these show . You have to keep your face out there. Let the fans see you as often as possible. 5. Tell us a dream collaboration with another artist or producer if not both. My dream collab would be with jeezy . Fool got classics and he advocates trap music. 6. Where do you see yourself 3-5 years from now within entertainment? In three to five yrs I see myself still dropping hits. I kno imma kill the billboard chart. Overall I'm Hoodrich now but in five yrs I should be workin on a billion. RNS! Follow Dillz Progress..... Facebook.com/IGotDillz700 Twitter.com/DollaBillDillz Instagram.com/CutThroat_Dillz
Drew Brees threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns and the New Orleans Saints beat the Chicago Bears 31-15 on Monday night to grab the NFC South lead. Bad offense. Turnovers from Jay Cutler. An inability to stop a good quarterback. Lost coaching. A lifeless performance at home. Monday night's disaster had it all for the now 5-9 Bears.
Early in the third quarter of Monday night's game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns, Jabari Parker was dribbling up the court in transition when he collided with P.J. Tucker as he tried to pass the ball off to a teammate. Parker's left knee appeared to be injured and it looked like he said that something popped while he was on the ground, dealing with the injury. The No. 2 pick in the 2014 draft left the game after the play and was carried to the locker room by teammates and the Bucks' staff. It's being diagnosed as a sprained knee he did not return to the game.
Media cameras will be allowed in some Cook County criminal courtrooms as part of a pilot program beginning in January, the Illinois Supreme Court has decided. Effective Jan. 5, the media will be allowed to video and audio record proceedings at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse at 26th and California. A request for cameras at a hearing or trial must be initiated by the media through a media coordinator at least 14 days in advance, according to a statement from the high court. The trial judge will then decide whether or not to allow extended coverage of a proceeding. Cameras will be prohibited in cases of sexual abuse without the alleged victim's consent, as well as juvenile, divorce, adoption, child custody, evidence suppression and trade secret cases. (link below) http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/27641040/cameras-to-be-allowed-in-some-cook-county-courthouses?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Monday, December 15, 2014
The latest, from The Daily Beast, reveals that Kanye West’s representatives approached Sony about doing a feature-length film with West. “I supervise all of Kanye’s film and media projects, and we have a major film project coming up that involves both cinematic and technological innovation, so I naturally thought Sony and wanted to reach out,” wrote West’s creative director Elon Rutberg in an email, per Daily Beast. “We premiered a multi-screen cinema experience to great response at Cannes 2012, and are looking to take the storytelling to the next level with a feature length film, shot for an immersive cinema experience.” Even more exciting, albeit random, there is apparently footage of Kanye helping to reenact the oft-imitated piano scene from Big in a 2015 Seth Rogen/Joseph Gordon-Levitt film XMAS. “Seth, Joe, and [Anthony] Mackie reenacting the scene from BIG on the floor piano at FAO Schwartz with KANYE WEST,” Sony studio chief Amy Pascal wrote in an email discussing a teaser for the film. “It’s f–king awesome.”
The White Sox have found an upgrade in left field by agreeing with free agent Melky Cabrera, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com. The three-year contract is worth $42 million, pending a physical exam which is expected to take place early this week, a baseball source told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. (link below) http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/12026634/chicago-white-sox-melky-cabrera-agree-deal?ex_cid=sportscenterTW
Friday, December 12, 2014
Written & produced by Wes Kardigan. The Chicago artist teams with director ChicagoEBK Media to bring to the life the viral record that's been building up over the last few months. Check it out below. Follow him @Wes_Kardigan
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, a brash pioneer for women in Illinois politics, died early Wednesday, less than a day after suffering a stroke. Topinka, 70, had been elected to her second term as comptroller in November, and was preparing to be sworn in next month. She was the first woman to serve in statewide office, and the first female Republican to win her party’s nomination for governor. “She was one of a kind,” former Gov. Jim Thompson said. Topinka was also the first woman to serve as chair of the Illinois Republican Party. (link below) http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/12/10/illinois-state-comptroller-judy-baar-topinka-dies-at-70/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
The Cubs are back as major players at the winter meetings, selling Jon Lester on their vision of winning big at Wrigley Field and blowing him away with a six-year, $155 million megadeal. A source involved in the negotiations confirmed the agreement late Tuesday night, and the news rippled throughout the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. After patiently waiting for the right time to strike in free agency – and missing on several high-profile targets – the Cubs finally got their man. (link below) http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/cubs-sign-jon-lester-six-year-155-million-megadeal
O'Malley, 73, of Worth, was employed as a "consultant" for Redflex when its deal to provide red light cameras to the city began in 2003. But his main role was allegedly to funnel cash and perks to his pal, city worker John Bills, who is accused of helping rig the contract for Redflex in return for kickbacks. O'Malley faces up to five years in prison but has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors against Bills and former Redflex CEO Karen Finlay in the hopes of receiving a reduced sentence. His sentencing has been delayed until after Bills' and Finlay's cases are concluded. In court Wednesday, O'Malley admitted he funneled most of the $2 million he was paid by Redflex to Bills, who the feds say got a $177,000 condo, Super Bowl tickets, golf outings, a boat, his children's school fees and even his girlfriend's mortgage and his divorce attorney's bill paid by Redflex. O'Malley agreed that Bills had got him the job with Redflex, then demanded the kickbacks, telling him "this is the way business is done." (link below) http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/redflex-bagman-pleads-guilty-red-light-camera-contract-bribe/wed-12102014-1029am
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
The digitally remastered version of the 1994 film directed by Steve James, which won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary that year, offers more than just a clearer picture of footage that shows high school basketball stars Arthur Agee and William Gates coming of age in Chicago. It’s a reminder that, 20 years later, some things haven’t changed very much for kids growing up in poor parts of Chicago struggling with gangs, guns and drugs.
Beef Between Migos & Chief Keef Is Finally over. After Quavo of Migos got his chain snatched last month by a group sent out by Chief Keef & his Glo Gang, the two have linked up to reconcile and squash their beef.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Hundreds of skateboarders from all across the city converged on Grant Park Saturday to shred at the city's new 3-acre, $2.65 million skate park. (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141208/downtown/grant-park-skate-park-hit-on-opening-day
Chicago EST.1837 recently caught up with young rising hiphop group "I.D. Entification" 1. Introduce yourselves & what you'll stand for as a group. We are I.D.Entification, 2 brothers from Chicago working our way towards living out our dreams. Our group consists of Impulse an R&B singer/ songwriter and Demeanor Rap artist/ songwriter. As a group we chose 2 mesh our talents to create one sound, building a fan base giving everyone our identities through the music. Music in which we share with the public is generally R&B but we can come in many different lanes and styles. 2. What inspired you'll to become serious artists? What inspired us to become serious artists is our love for the art. If one didn’t know, music is definitely an art that most artists fail to realize. It seems to us that artist’s just record to say they have something to do or to fit in with this generation. Very few actually have a plan, vision, and a goal to succeed and get to a stage where they are in position to win Grammy’s. Those are our goals! 3. How does the group plan on separating itself from other up n coming groups? Our plan to separate ourselves is to simply stay in our own lane. The popular music in Chicago right now is drill. We are going completely away from violence, spreading positive vibes. We also lean towards what we actually go through spilling our hearts on songs. 4. Name a dream collaboration. One producer & one artist. A dream collaboration for I.D.Entification would have to be the piot piper of R&B in R. Kelly with timberland or Dr. Dre behind the scenes. For this particular collab we’d have to go with Timberland. We think a SUPER hit would come from a track like this. 5. What's been the most memorable moment in the groups short career? The most memorable moment of the group’s short career would have to be the first time that we performed together. Adrenaline rushing, crowd watching, and high hopes of shutting it down. It honestly seems like once the song starts playing things just come naturally for us as if this is what we were really made to do. 6.Any special projects out, or upcoming fans should be checking for? Right now everyone please take the time out to go on YouTube and check out our videos under director LawFilms. Look up Lawrence Williams and we have “Head Sprung” and “Crush” which are our two big ones! Look out for our upcoming mixtape that will be dropping soon titled “First Impression the mixtape” hosted by DJ Amaris. Next year summer time be on the lookout for our first Album titled “I.D. Me.” 7. Tell us where you guys see the group 3-5 years from now. 3-5 years from now we see our group improving dramatically and getting serious looks from major producers and labels. Though we don’t know what the future holds, we would like to have only been recognized for our raw talents and appreciated for the music that we are bringing to the industry. Follow Their Progress... Website: Weriseent.com Instagram: Demeanor_Of_I.D IMpulseOf_ID Twitter: Demeanor_Of_ID IMpulseOf_ID
Friday, December 5, 2014
After several months of anticipation including a visual to a single shot by popular director "DGainz", Ramada provides fans with his debut album "A Reality To Choke Upon" 13 new tracks including the singles "Silver Lining, To Good To Be True, & Young Forever"
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
The City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday at a special meeting on a plan by a re-election-seeking Mayor Rahm Emanuel to increase Chicago's minimum wage from $8.25 to $13 an hour by 2019. The proposal advanced after a hearing Monday stretched more than three hours. In Springfield, supporters of a plan to increase the statewide minimum wage to $10 an hour searched for more votes in the Illinois House as lawmakers returned to town for the final scheduled week of session this year. Emanuel's decision to quickly push through a city vote would allow the first-term mayor to try to grab credit on a politically popular issue despite intense opposition on one side from the city's retail and restaurant business community and the other side from labor advocates and political opponents who contended it didn't raise the minimum wage far enough. The mayor's fast move also has created confusion in Springfield as business interests have pressed state lawmakers to prevent the city from having a higher rate than the rest of the state. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-chicago-city-council-minimum-wage-met-1202-20141201-story.html#page=1
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
It wasn't proven that Alfredo Vazquez-Hernandez was a top aide to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán (above), but he was still sentenced to 22 years in prison. Federal judge Ruben Castillo said Monday that he didn't see solid evidence showing that Alfredo Vazquez-Hernandez met with Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán, let alone that he was a logistical coordinator for the drug organization. But the judge also said no one believes that Vazquez-Hernandez "just got out of bed one morning" and decided to get involved in a deal to move 276 kilograms of Central American cocaine into Chicago, a crime for which the 59-year-old businessman pleaded guilty earlier this year. When he was offered a chance to speak, Vazquez-Hernandez—gray haired and small built, wearing a baggy orange prison jumpsuit—apologized through a Spanish interpreter to the court and the United States. "I accept responsibility for what I did." The extent of his responsibility remains an open question. (full story below) http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2014/11/24/alleged-sinaloa-cartel-leader-gets-22-years-for-bringing-cocaine-into-chicago
This is the story of Broccoli's adventure out of the vegetable crisper and into land of unhealthy foods that live on the refrigerator's higher shelves. MPAACT playfully explores the world of nutrition and healthy eating through a performance. Performances begin at 4:30pm and are 60 minutes. Free admission.
Demonstrators gathered in Chicago in support of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, Monday night, with a group of several hundred people marching down and shutting down Lake Shore Drive. The group started at Chicago Police headquarters at 35th Street and Michigan Avenue late Monday and headed north to the Loop, where the crowd rallied and eventually dispersed before midnight. There were no arrests in Chicago during the demonstrations, said Officer Ron Gaines, a Chicago Police Department spokesman. (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141125/loop/police-no-arrests-reported-during-ferguson-demonstrations-chicago
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Blackstone Group, a worldwide private equity firm, has spent an estimated $8 billion since 2012 buying up roughly 44,000 homes at rock-bottom prices nationwide, according to DePaul's Institute for Housing Studies, which collects and researches housing data. The homes are marketed under the name Invitation Homes. The company has bought more than 1,300 homes in Cook County. (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141117/garfield-ridge/wall-street-is-chicagos-new-landlord
Monday, November 17, 2014
Chicago unsigned hype & rising national recording artist Dolla Bill Dillz links with DJ Jerzeyboy for the second installment of his mixtape series "Drought Rich 1013" check out volume two below along with his lead single "Same Bread" performance vlog.
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There have only been two men in history to be named Public Enemy Number One: Al Capone and “El Chapo” Guzman. At the time of his arrest this past February, El Chapo was considered the most powerful drug trafficker in the world, with his power and influence spreading all across North America. Chicago was impacted heavily by the aforementioned influence, as the drug trade in the city dictated a lot of the violence it’s faced recently. Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty is directed by Angus MacQueen and Guillermo Galdos and produced by Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man) and Andrew Mackenzie-Betty (Thriller in Manila). The documentary is currently playing in select theaters and is available on VOD right now.
Two decades ago, Chicago decided to start a tradition: At the end of each year, the magazine would honor a few people “who’ve taken it upon themselves to make the city a better place.” Since then, a total of 150 Chicagoans of the Year have been selected. Some are familiar faces (Oprah, class of 1994!), and others have worked behind the scenes, but all have accomplished incredible things. This year’s honorees are no different. (link below) http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2014/Chicagoans-of-the-Year-2014/?utm_campaign=Chimag+COY+111714&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=Twitter
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
A Cook County judge issued an order this week that will force the Lincoln Mall shopping center in south suburban Matteson to close after the Christmas holiday shopping season. Judge Thomas Condon of the Circuit Court in Markham issued the order late Monday that says the mall will close for business as of Jan. 7 with the exception of the Carson Pirie Scott store. That store will remain open. Village officials also say the mall's owner still owes more than $10 million in unpaid fines and taxes. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-lincoln-mall-closing-met-20141111-story.html
Monday, November 10, 2014
He’s an 11-year-old with a heart of gold. For the third year in a row, Samuel Love, a fifth-grader from Chicago, is hosting an ambitious toy drive so that kids who may be going through difficult times will get a special surprise this holiday season. According to WGN-TV, Love launched his holiday toy drive this weekend. He’s reportedly aiming to collect 2,500 toys and gift cards this year. At last year’s toy drive, Love is said to have collected 1,500 gifts, which he sent to children in Oklahoma, Colorado and elsewhere. "Every kid should have at least one present under the tree Christmas morning. I know I would be sad if I woke up and had no toys," he told DNAInfo.com last December. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/10/samuel-love-toy-drive-11-year-old_n_6130730.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago&ir=Chicago
Even as Chicago’s pursuit of the 60-year-old manager was ongoing, there were rumblings that the Rays felt the Cubs had tampered with Maddon while he was still under contract in Tampa Bay. On Monday, Joel Sherman of the New York Postreported that those allegations were deemed serious enough by Major League Baseball that they have opened an inquiry into tampering charges against the Cubs. Here is what Sherman had to say about the situation: “If it is proven the Cubs tampered, they may have to give the Rays some form of compensation, such as a player, draft picks, and/or money. It is also possible – especially if any Cubs official lied to MLB investigators – there could be suspensions. The same wing that investigated Alex Rodriguez in the Biogenesis matter is looking into these tampering allegations.” (link below) http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Cubs-Being-Investigated-by-MLB-for-Tampering-in-Maddon-Hire--282176401.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_CHBrand
The Chicago-born rapper has been canned for a violent attack on his girlfriend, Masika Tucker. VH1 made the quick decision based on the severity of the allegations.
Riding World Cup buzz and the momentum of Major League Soccer, the Chicago Fire increased attendance this year despite winning the fewest games in its 17-season history. It's a big offseason ahead for the Fire, especially off the field. The team is putting the finishing touches on the new $15 million to $20 million Chicago Fire Soccer Center in the North Center neighborhood, set to become its first outpost in the city. Indoor soccer leagues are set to begin there Dec. 1 under a dome on the artificial turf field at 3626 N. Talman Ave. (link below) http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20141110/BLOGS04/141109828/chicago-fire-down-on-the-field-up-in-attendance
Chance the Rapper was presented Chicago's "Outstanding Youth of the Year Award" by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicagoist points out. Chance called it "the most important award I will ever win". The award was presented to him, according to the plaque, "for your outstanding contributions to the youth of the state of Illinois. You have given yourself to the upward mobility of young people throughout the state of Illinois." He responded, "It's an honor to bear that weight." Earlier this year, Chance and his father promoted the #SaveChicago campaign, which resulted in Chicago going 42 hours without a gun-related homicide.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Maddon was introduced Monday as Chicago's fifth manager since the start of the 2010 season, replacing Rick Renteria. The sides agreed to a five-year contract through the 2019 season. Terms were not disclosed, but according to ESPN and media reports the deal is worth $25 million plus incentives tied to the postseason and does not include an opt-out clause. (link below) http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/11815376/chicago-cubs-introduce-joe-maddon-manager
As some of Chicago's elite artists continue to "quietly" leave their former teams, Katie Got Bandz decides to leave her "former" record label "Lawless Inc." with a bang. Listen to her new record clearing the air between her and former label heads.
Billboard reports that No I.D. was just promoted from the co-head of A&R to the executive vice president and will be overseeing all the A&R activities at the label. Aside from his new duties as an executive, he will still be running things at his label ARTium Records, which artists like Common and Jhene Aiko call home. (link below) http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/6304479/def-jam-recordings-dion-no-id-wilson-evp-ar
Monday, November 3, 2014
Here is a new single from "Extravagent". This record was produced by Browntime. To stay updated with Extravagent. follow him on twitter & instagram here twitter.com/loud_pac_kidd Instagram.com/extravagentlpk
Chicago EST.1837 recently caught up with young rising Hiphop artist "Jilla" 1. Introduce yourself and what you stand for as an artist. I go by the name Jilla for those who may not know me. What I stand for as an artist is innovation and creativity. I try to stay in my own lane as far as music and the culture goes. 2. Where are you from and what is the music scene like there? I'm from Rockford, IL, about 60 miles north of Chicago. The music scene here is very diverse, a lot of talented rappers and singers to say the least. My city is filled with potential. 3. What aspect of the music making process excites you the most & why? Recording the actual song is the process that excites me the most. I still get nervous when I record, and I guess that's because I take pride in my craft and enjoy every minute of it. 4. How do you feel about the way the internet & digital sales matter the most in music nowadays? The Internet and digital sales play a pivotal role in music nowadays. We're in an era where physical CD sales are at an all time low, and everyone is buying music via iTunes and Google Play. The Internet is important because that is the main way fans and label reps discover new talent, whether it be YouTube, or other social media tools such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 5. Dream collaboration Rather another artist or producer. My dream collaboration would most likely be Jeezy. I've been a fan of his for quite some time, and his energy is inspiring. 6. What's the future hold for you as an artist and overall brand? My team and I are just trying to take the music and my brand to the next level. I'm trying to get recognized on a national platform and make new relationships with different people in this industry. We came to shift the culture! Follow Jilla's Progress... SoundCloud @Jilla_815 Twitter @Jilla_815 Instagram @Jilla_815 YouTube /Jilla815
Friday, October 31, 2014
Kevinn Kelly of Doe Fiend Records links with King Louie for "How You Want It" visual Dir By. Gravitii Films & Prod. By Novacane (@Novacane_Muzik)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Chicago producer A-Villa pens a special letter to all the artists that appear on his new LP, Carry On Tradition. Watch the video to get the complete list of features on A-Villa's 1st and last official LP.
An aspiring Chicago rapper and five others are named in a federal complaint unsealed Tuesday alleging they participated in a bank fraud scheme stretching from Chicago to Valparaiso. Kevin Ford, 26, of Chicago, who identifies himself as rapper Bandman Kevo on Facebook; his girlfriend Mercedes Hatcher, 21, of Merrillville; Griffith resident Cortez Stevens, 24; Stephen Garner, 23, who was arrested in Portage in June and is currently an inmate at the Porter County Jail; Garner’s girlfriend Brittany Sims, 24; and Mikcale Smally, 21, are each charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The group is accused of obtaining about $639,745 in a bank fraud scheme called “cracking cards,” according to an affidavit. check out his interview with Russel Simmons global grind. http://globalgrind.com/2014/08/20/bandman-kevo-chicago-rapper-interview-exclusive/ (link below) http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/illinois/calumet-city/six-accused-in-k-bank-fraud-scheme-spanning-region/article_3b7b7175-a27d-5758-b231-3838ed46335d.html
Monday, October 27, 2014
So, what’s The Big Idea? RedEye wants to help entrepreneurial-minded Chicagoans in four different areas—Community, Art & Design, Food & Drink and Technology, make their wildest dreams come true. The finalists have been narrrowed down from a pool of super-talented applicants. Now the power is in your hands. NOV. 14 at Chop Shop (2033 W. North Ave.) meet the finalists, learn about their business ideas and vote for your favorites in each category, and have a drink or two. The winners receive a sweet prize package to help put their Big Idea into motion. (link below) http://www.redeyechicago.com/redeye-big-idea-awards-finale-20141026,0,2812252.htmlpage?main=true&int=fullsite
“If you’re not that top salary, there has to be another draw,” The tech-talent debate continues: Some say Chicago and the U.S. suffer a critical shortage of engineers and developers. Others say that’s a myth. Some experts say the engineers are here, it’s just a matter of attracting them. They say that takes finesse, a balance between wooing job candidates with compelling projects and enticing them with cash, benefits and flexibility. The average developer salary at a startup in San Francisco is $109,000 versus $85,000 in Chicago, according to AngelList, a platform that connects startups to early-stage investors. Chicago companies say they trumpet the city’s cost of living, lower than in tech hubs on the East and West coasts, and other tangible benefits at their companies. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/originals/chi-hiring-engineers-bsi-20141024-story.html
Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston will undergo an MRI on Monday after hurting his right knee while celebrating a sack of Jimmy Garoppolo during the fourth quarter of the club's 51-23 loss to the New England Patriots. (link below) http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/11768687/lamarr-houston-chicago-bears-injured-celebrating-sack
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Today it was announced that Timbaland has a new label partnership with Epic Records for his Mosley Music Group imprint, with this first artists being Tink and V. Bozeman. Not much is known about the label other than the partnership with Epic Records, but expect to hear some big things between Tink and Timbaland in the very near future.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Earlier this year, matters began to sour with Chief Keef, his camp and the bosses at Interscope. Our source maintains Interscope began to “subtly disassociate” itself from the 19-year-old rapper after he had a series of legal cases sprout up in 2013 and 2014, ranging from lawsuits to drug offenses. He also went into rehab for an addiction to lean, an illegal drink that mixes promethazine and codeine. A March 2014 shoot out in Chicago, which authorities linked Keef to, allegedly further damaged the relationship with Interscope. After that, the Chicago rapper relocated to Los Angeles in a new mansion this past summer in an effort to change the energy surrounding his life. The move not only got him away from his troubled roots in Chicago, but much closer to his label. This is where sources say the tension intensified. “Keef and his people tried to keep the label accountable (once Keef moved to Los Angeles) but Interscope didn’t seem interested in dropping a new album. Keef’s team tried to have formal meetings but nothing moved,” an anonymouse source told AllHipHop. Additionally, there was some left over bad blood stemming from how Chief Keef’s first album was marketed and promoted. Insiders say friction intensified until there were arguments with higher-ups in Interscope over how Keef’s career was being handled. Shortly thereafter, Keef was quietly released from his contract, sources said.
The return of Derrick Rose has been a slow process thus far, but the Chicago Bulls point guard looked like his old self in the first half of a preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. Rose scored 30 points on the night including 20 in the first half. That included 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range.
Miss the last debate last night between Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner? We'll catch you up in a minute with this video.
Chicago Est.1837 Recently Caught Up With Indie Artist "NOD" 1. Introduce yourself & what you stand for as an artist. NOD YOUNG CHOP RECORDING ARTIST OF 8TMG/CHOPSQUAD & I AM ALSO C.E.O OF ALPHASQUAD. I stand for being honest with my Music and real with myself & Others, Creativity and over All Shine For my City. 2. What part of the city are you from & how has it influenced your music? SouthSide of Chicago Auburn Gresham/Englewood Community a Rough Community for those that Don't know. I Speak To My life events in my music. 3. How do you deal with writers block? I dont know how to deal with writers block cause I Don't write.. Every thing from my Hooks to my verses are original freestyles that I never use a pin or pad on..wat helps me keep up with wat i create so i wont forget is the beat patterns I store my thoughts around the beat so once I have created the song in my head I remember it again once I hear the beat... so no Writers block. 4. Name your favorite Hip Hop album of all time & how it influenced your music grind. Kriss Kross-KrossOut , The Notorious B.I.G-Ready To Die, YoungJeezy-Thug Motivation 101 & up, lil wayne - Da Carter 1 & DaCarter 2, JayZ-Black Album & 8tmg album. Kriss Kross is wat made me want to be a Rapper.. but lil wayne & young jeezy influenced Me on the Scale Where I Seen u can be Real An A Hot Artist at the Same Time With Swag 5. How did the situation with 8tmg/Chopsquad come about? Well I knew Most of 8tmg members Most of they Life's like King Rell , Loui Baggs , YB johnny may cash & Young Chop all of them are younger then me & from the Same neighborhood But Rampage of 8tmg is my Blood Brother same mother same Father we Grow up under the Same Roof an he is also A Co Founder of 8tmg an Young Chops First Artist so in 2013 of October Rampage ASKED Me To Join The Crew As it's Newest Member An That's How it Happened My loyalty is To my brother. 6. Tell us what we can expect from you these next few years. To be more known Then I am now in so many words I'm Shooting For The Star's. Follow His Progress... Instagram: Nod8tmg Twitter: Nod8tmg Facebook: Nod8tmg