Saturday, May 31, 2014
Another sad news story about another aspiring Chicago artist dying at a young age. OTF NuNu, who is also Lil Durk’s first cousin, tragically passed away earlier today after being shot in Chicago. Details are scarce as the incident just happened this afternoon but early reports indicate he was shot on 87th & Cottage at the nearby mall. He was working on his debut mixtape, ‘Nuski Got Da Strap’, and we’ll most likely see a posthumous release of that in the coming months.
Friday, May 30, 2014
A Chicago teacher was shot as she sat in a south side real estate office, the victim of what police said was a gang dispute outside. Betty Howard, a teacher at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, later died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. "This is an indescribably difficult day," D'Andre Weaver, the school's principal, said in a statement. "Her love for all children, but particularly children with diverse learning needs, was second to none." (link below) http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-shooting-700-south-evans-261225181.html#ixzz33DT6clFe
The nice thing is, unlike Lollapalooza, there are few if any conflicts in this more modest and manageable three-day event. It is possible to catch a little bit of every act. (link below) http://www.timeout.com/chicago/music/pitchfork-music-festival-releases-2014-schedule-and-set-times
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Jimmy Iovine, the Interscope Records co-founder who has run the highly successful label since its inception in 1989, is leaving the company after 25 years, according to Billboard. The announcement came shortly after it was officially confirmed after a three-week wait that Apple was purchasing Beats Electronics, the company Iovine launched with Dr. Dre in 2008, and its streaming service, Beats Music, for a combined $3 billion. Dre and Iovine will take unspecified executive positions at Apple when the deal is completed later this year. Iovine co-founded Interscope originally as a hip-hop label and became the chairman and CEO of the combined Interscope Geffen A&M label under the Universal umbrella in 1999. Over the years, Interscope has been the home of Eminem’s Shady Records, Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, Diddy’s Bad Boy Records and The Neptunes’ Star Trak Entertainment, as well as more recent additions like Mike WiLL Made It’s EarDrummas imprint and J. Cole’s Dreamville Records. Interscope is also the home of Chief Keef, Kendrick Lamar (Aftermath/Interscope), ScHoolboy Q, French Montana (via Bad Boy), Machine Gun Kelly, Rico Love, K Camp, and Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf (both via Shady Records), as well as the former home of 50 Cent and G-Unit. In its post, Billboard referred to Iovine as the most successful head of a major label in the past 25 years. Iovine will be succeeded by John Janick, who has served as the Chief Operating Officer and President of Interscope since the summer of 2012, as CEO and chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M. Janick cut his teeth as the founder and boss of indie label Fueled By Ramen for 16 years, which catered to an alternative rock-type fan base. A source told Billboard that Janick had been largely running the label for a period of time before the announcement became official.
A director busted with what officials say was nearly $3 million worth of suspected heroin claimed Tuesday that the white powdery substance — along with a replica handgun found in his trunk — were props for the filming of a video, public defenders said. Joseph Gatheright, 22, who says he is a graduate of Columbia College and a current film student at Northern Illinois University, was stopped by police Monday night for failing to use his turn signal in the Gresham neighborhood, according to a police report and prosecutors. Police pulled Gatheright over in the 1600 block of West 78th Street, an area known for having a lot of gang and drug activity, about 8:30 p.m., according to the report. A witness stopped the officers and alleged that another person in the car with Gatheright had her cellphone. When Gatheright opened the trunk of the car to retrieve the cellphone, police saw several backpacks containing 23 duct-taped plastic bags containing a white powdery substance and a replica gun, according to the report. Believing the white powder to be heroin — which, based on its weight, would be worth nearly $3 million — police arrested Gatheright for the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, prosecutors said. But attorneys representing the young man argued Tuesday in court that Gatheright was a budding film director and said the suspected drugs and weapon in his trunk were fake and to be used in the filming of a video. "So they're props for filming?" Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. said. He later allowed Gatheright to go free on his own recognizance, but Gatheright will be on electronic monitoring. (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140528/auburn-gresham/film-student-29m-heroin-bust-says-drugs-were-fake-used-as-video-props
Author and poet Maya Angelou (MY'-ah ANJ'-eh-loh), who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died. She was 86. Wake Forest University announced Angelou's death in a news release Wednesday. She gained acclaim for her first book, her autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," making her one of the first African-American women to write a best-seller. In 1998, she directed the film "Down in the Delta" about a drug-wrecked woman who returns to the home of her ancestors in the Mississippi Delta. She was the poet chosen to read at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration in 1993. She wrote and read an original composition, "On the Pulse of Morning," which became a million-seller.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
HIP-HOP JUNKIES PRODUCE DOCUMENTARY ON, CHIEF KEEF’S MOM (LOLITA CARTER) ENTITLED “THE REAL INGREDIENTS OF O.G. SOSA” THE REAL INGREDIENTS OF O.G. SOSA will be released world-wide onTuesday, June 17, 2014 for digital download on www.hiphop-junkies.com. This never before seen footage allows the public into Lolita’s world, past and present. Lolita gives an honest account of her transgressions, challenges and family life, while growing up in one of the roughest areas of Chicago. Nowadays, this area is known to many of the younger generation as CHIRAQ. The film also covers her experience as a single parent while giving birth to her oldest child, Keith (Chief Keef) at the age of 16.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is to appear on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon, making good on his promise after the host came to Chicago in March and jumped into the icy Lake Michigan..The mayor's office and NBC officials said Thursday that Emanuel will appear on the show June 3. The pair made a deal earlier this year. If Fallon did the "Polar Plunge" on March 2 then Emanuel would appear on Fallon's show in New York.
The Archdiocese of Chicago says a successor to ailing Cardinal Francis George should be chosen this fall. The archdiocese put out a statement Thursday. It says that Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Papal Nuncio to the United States, has informed George that he has started the consulting process to identify the cardinal's successor. The archdiocese says the process is expected to be completed in late fall. The 77-year-old George has recently undergone chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer near his right kidney. (link below) http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/chicago-cardinal-successor-chosen-fall-23830030
Chicago is known for building long-lasting and fast-growing companies. It's thanks to Chicago that Illinois is the third fastest-growing tech state growing 6.6 percent and adding 4,500 jobs last year. Here's just a few of the companies that are contributing to that growth - and a few inside tips on how to snag a job at them: (link below) http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/6-chicagos-fastest-growing-tech-companies-and-how-get-job-them
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Authorities say actor Michael Jace is charged with homicide after his wife was found shot to death in their home. The Los Angeles Times reports that city police arrived at the couple's home in the Hyde Park neighborhood around 8:30 p.m. Monday and that 40-year-old April Jace was found dead inside. Detective Eric Crosson tells the newspaper that Michael Jace was taken into custody Monday night and arrested on a homicide charge later. Jace was in custody and unavailable for comment. The 50-year-old Jace played a police officer in the TV series "The Shield" and had roles in "Forrest Gump" and "Planet of the Apes." The couple were married nine years and have children.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Directed by DGainz. Belo offers up another single and visual from his latest project Plead The Fifth LP.
The Hawks re-engaged their speed game, recovered after a difficult decision by officials to disallow a goal and continued to ride red-hot goalie Corey Crawford to defeat the Kings 3-1 on Sunday at the United Center and draw first blood in the best-of-seven series.
Despite enacting legislation that is supposed to decriminalize carrying small amounts of marijuana, the city of Chicago and state of Illinois continue to have a high number of arrests related to the drug, a new university study has found. In addition, because different municipalities have different laws and policies, the way the cases are handled is inconsistent and unfair, researchers said. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-marijuana-arrests-study-met-0519-20140519,0,4892158.story
Friday, May 16, 2014
An assorted lineup of 66 restaurants will participate throughout Taste of Chicago, July 9-13, the city's premier hunger-crushing food and entertainment festival in Grant Park. As if your taste buds weren't already watering enough, Taste of Chicago has announced a truckload of new food options for this summer's festival. This year, Taste of Chicago welcomes 22 newcomers to the event, including Mariano's, which enters as a five-day restaurant and will feature a special In the Kitchen with Mariano's in the popular cooking demonstration area. With a reputation of freshness and variety, this popular Chicago vendor will surely find a welcoming audience at this year's Taste. (link below) http://www.choosechicago.com/blog/post/2014/05/Get-Hungry-Taste-of-Chicago-2014-Line-Up-Announced/1416/
Thursday, May 15, 2014
A Suffolk County Grand Jury has indicted former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez for a double murder that occurred in July 2012. In June 2013, FOX 25 first told you Hernandez was a suspect in the drive-by shooting that killed 28 year old Daniel Abreu and 29 year old Safiro Furtado, friends who lived in the Dorchester section of Boston. Both man are originally from Cape Verde and were employed by the same cleaning company. The indictment comes nearly one year after Hernandez was charged with the June, 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro, MA. Hernandez and two associates are accused of shooting Lloyd near an industrial park near Hernandez’s home. Investigators began looking at Hernandez as a possible suspect in the unsolved Boston double murder only days after Lloyd was killed. An anonymous tipster provided investigators working on the Lloyd case with information that linked Hernandez to the crime. Around the same time, according to court documents, a Boston Police detective reexamined surveillance images that show Hernandez at the same Boston nightclub as Abreu and Furtado the night they were killed. Abreu, Furtado and three friends left Cure Lounge in Boston’s South End in a BMW driven by Abreu around 2 am Sunday, July 16th 2012. When the car they were riding in stopped at a light a few blocks away witnesses said two men pulled along side in a light colored SUV and one of the men inside fired multiple rounds at the BMW. Abreu and Furtado were killed; backseat passenger was shot but survived. (link below) http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/25525098/aaron-hernandez-indicted-in-2012-double-murder-in-boston
Chicago EST.1837 recently caught up with rising artist "Ramada" 1. How did you come up with the name Ramda and what do you stand for as an artist? I came up with the name Ramada after several crazy nights spent with friends at the local Ramada Hotel. It marked the start of my obsession for rapping and the art of word play that continues to this day. As an artist I stand for everything that tried to put me down throughout my life as a badge of honor to show that I am still here. My music motivates me to wear my scars with pride. 2. Whats the first song you ever remember hearing that made you say "i want to be a an artist"? There was never a single song that initially sparked my interest in becoming an artist. Ever since I was young I listened to every genre and style I could because I was always so fascinated with the way certain genres of music could evoke different emotions. 3. Who are you listening to nowadays? Nowadays I listen to anything from Tech N9ne, Kendrick, Eminem, Hopsin, 50 Cent, Marilyn Manson, to musical scores from Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman. 4.Where do you gain your inspiration? Whether it be from musical or non musical influences? I gain my inspiration from certain events in my life that will remain unnamed, but these events push me to break any boundary or limit that I see holding me back. I have always been compelled to music, but my past fuels my creativity and willingness to express myself in a way that others can relate. 5. Do you sensor yourself? Have you ever written anything and decided it was to harsh? I do not believe in censoring myself, what I feel on a daily basis is not censored and I express my feelings through music. If anything, I have sat back and thought to myself, "this song doesn't have enough emotion in it. 6. What can we expect from you this year and the remaining ones to come? Throughout the future you can expect to hear my name a lot more. If I am not writing music, I will be performing, if I am not performing you can expect me to be promoting. It is my sole goal to have my music reach as many ears as possible in the future. Follow Ramada's Progress... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialRamada Twitter: https://twitter.com/OfficialRamada Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/ramada?profile_view_source=header_icon_nav Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ramadachi-music Contact for booking: Ramadamusicchi@gmail.com
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Streamwood High School students are being held in their classroom after an altercation, officials said. The school is on a "hold in place," officials said. Authorities from several jurisdictions responded. Officials have not said what led to the altercation or how many people were involved, saying only "several students" were part of it.
House of Blues Chicago, Chicago, IL Wed, Jul 16, 2014 07:30 PM Performance begins at 9PM. This show is for AGES 17 AND OLDER. (link below) http://concerts.livenation.com/ms-lauryn-hill-chicago-illinois-07-16-2014/event/04004CA6BA2281BB
The Godfather Of House Music passed away earlier this year and he will be remembered with a tribute dance party thrown by the City of Chicago. All of Chicago’s biggest DJ’s will be there! It will be June 3rd from 6-9pm at Millennium Park, Chase Central Promenade (Rain Location: Chase North Promenade). (link below) http://b96.cbslocal.com/2014/05/12/will-you-be-attending-chicagos-frankie-knuckles-tribute-event/
Chicago is pushing major changes to its schools—re-staffings, reorganized budgets, new charters. Through it all, Chicagoans have rarely heard from the people running the schools—the principals. Recently, some principals have broken what many say is a code of silence imposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s image-conscious schools administration. WBEZ’s Linda Lutton reports. (link below) http://www.wbez.org/news/education/chicago-principals-say-they-operate-under-gag-order-110167
Reem has released a video for his remix to "Chicago Conscious." Lil Herb, King Louie, and Spenzo appear as guest.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
The Bears might have had a more acute need at safety, but Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller was too tough, too physical, too versatile, too efficient of a tackler and just too good for general manager Phil Emery to pass up. With a lot of options to fortify their 30th-ranked defense, the Bears selected the 6-0, 190-pound Fuller with the 14th overall pick of the NFL draft on Thursday night. (link below) http://www.suntimes.com/sports/27325114-419/bears-pick-kyle-fuller-with-no-14-pick-in-nfl-draft.html
Thursday, May 8, 2014
A few hundred fast food workers in Chicago on Wednesday voted to join a national one-day strike against their employers on May 15. Strikes are planned for 150 cities, including New York City. The national strike was announced at an event there at midday on Wednesday. The Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago held a strike vote throughout the day, with the last votes cast at an 8 p.m. meeting. Deivid Rojas, a spokesman for the group, said 100 percent of the workers who voted supported the strike. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-chicago-fast-food-worker-strike-20140508,0,804807.story
Chicago EST.1837 recently caught up with young rising artist "Ricky Lance" 1. How do you feel about being a new artist in today's internet driven music industry? I love it and I love that I get the chance to be a part of it. The great ones sold their music out the trunk of their cars and look what they were able to accomplish. The fact with a click of a few buttons anyone can share their passions with the world, the possibilities are limitless. 2. You also perform in live stage plays. Which do u prefer to hit the stage for, music or theater? I’d have to go with music primarily because I get to tell my own story rather than someone else’s, but both have their own special pull on me. With theater I get to become someone else and escape my reality for a couple hours but with music I get to share my reality with the world and remain myself, which is a lot more personal. 3. How do you deal with writers block? As weird as this may sound, my shower has always been my personal sanctuary, so I go take a shower. I cut the lights off, cut myself off from the world and just think for a while. 4. What was the inspiration behind your debut project? Life and growing up. I went to college and started growing apart mentally from people that I thought I would spend the rest of my life with. I want more of my youth than partying and I watched a lot of people get sucked into that mindset. My defining moment was seeing my other older brother perform in his middle school play. It was my first exposure to high quality live entertainment and it blew my mind, it was something I had to be apart of. 5. What are some of your early music memories that influenced your decision to become an artist? I developed my passion through my two older brothers. My eldest brother was the first person I saw treat music like a business and not just as that thing on the radio. He opened my eyes to the fact the music world could be shaped and influenced by normal people. 6. What are "must haves" for you in the studio? Working in a studio located on a college campus the main “must have” is quiet. There were multiple occasions where my producer, Rodger Dent, and I had to call off studio sessions because the background noise was just too much. Outside of quiet all I really need is a bottle of water and good vibes and I’m ready to go. 7. How old were you when you wrote your 1st song? The first complete song I wrote was actually my freshman year of high school which is cool because now being a freshman in college I have my first complete project. 8. What are your expectations as a songwriter/artist? Dream big dreams, because small ones have no magic. I expect billboard top 100, award shows and a personal goal of mine is Coachella. Most importantly I want my music and my songs to reach people on a personal level. All my life music has gotten me through tough moments and I really want to be able be that friend for people when they’re alone. Follow Ricky's Progress... Facebook: www.facebook.com/RickyLanceOfficial Twitter: @_RickyLance Instagram: @_RickyLance
“Five honors students from Chicago rap’s freshman class.” The piece by Leor Galil covers the scope of the scene, but focuses on five artists in particular: Taylor Bennett, Spenzo, ZMoney, Alex Wiley and Saba. The piece covers each artist and their achievements individually, and it’s year another great spotlight the local scene. http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/alex-wiley-saba-spenzo-taylor-bennett-zmoney/Content?oid=13357763
The Chicago Sun-Times reports, A$AP Rocky has been named in a lawsuit by a woman who was injured at his 2012 concert at Chicago's House of Blues. 21-year-old Tia Butts claims an artist jumped off the stage during the show and landed directly on her. She reportedly was unsure of which performer jumped on her. Rocky's show was opened by Been Trill. Accordingly, Butts is suing everyone that was involved in the show that night -- House of Blues, Rakim Mayers (Rocky), RSV Gallery, LLC, Live Nation Worldwide, Ticketmaster Entertainment, and Been Trill -- for $50,000.
A recent sting operation that targeted 31 immigration service providers found that all but one of them were in violation of the law. Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection announced the results Wednesday. The investigations looked at immigration service providers, which are often called “notarios,” The investigation resulted in 56 administrative violations or tickets, which may come with fines, ranging from $14,000 to $42,500. (link below) http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/05/08/city-cracks-down-on-immigration-service-providers/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
ZMoney is currently locked up, but he'll be home very soon. Hosted by DJ Xplosive. The likes Of JNeal, Paris Beuller, Young Chop, Danny Brown, Bandman Kevo, Brick Fare, Boss Polo, Odd Couple, J Hill, David DA Doman and others show up to contribute.
The work-in-progress teams remain on public display against each other this week, and Tuesday night the Sox won their second straight from the North Siders, 5-1, before a crowd of 34,305 at Wrigley Field. (link below) http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-05-06/sports/ct-city-series-cubs-white-sox-spt-0507-20140507_1_daniel-webb-white-sox-tyler-flowers
Hot Doug's, the beloved Avondale hot dog spot, announced it will be closing permanently on Oct. 3. "Hot Doug's has played an important role in elevating the Chicago hot dog scene, and his presence will be missed," said Scott Berman, owner of Superdawg in Norwood Park. (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140507/avondale/hot-dougs-closing-leaves-big-buns-fill-chicago-hot-dog-scene
The city has shooed away the first attempt by a ride-share company to make illegal inroads at Chicago's airports, which up until now have been the profitable domain of taxis and limos fiercely competing for passengers. UberX's bid to penetrate the airport market occurred as the city is honing its first regulations on the commercial ride-share industry, which appeared here more than a year ago. The Emanuel administration's proposed ordinance, amended three times, is awaiting final action before the City Council. Asked to explain why UberX suddenly started service to the airports Friday in direct violation of the law, company spokeswoman Lauren Altmin emailed the Tribune on Tuesday saying that “both O'Hare and Midway desperately need additional transportation options.” (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-halts-uber-try-at-airport-pickups-20140506,0,1979407.story
Monday, May 5, 2014
Hundreds of friends and family, including a famous Chicagoan, packed a South Side church Monday morning to remember a 14-year-old Chicago girl who was fatally shot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood last week. Endia Martin was struck in the back in the 900 block of West Garfield Boulevard last Monday, police said, and pronounced dead at University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. Another teen was shot in the arm and is expected to fully recover. Martin's funeral was held at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew's Temple in Chicago. Among those who attended was the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose. He made a brief appearance at the funeral and was said to be "very upset right now." (link below) http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Family-Friends-Mourn-Chicago-Teen-Killed-257965131.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_CHBrand
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Chicago Public Schools is unveiling details of its new $423 million capital spending plan. The new Barack Obama College Prep High School will use $60 million of the plan, with another $22 million going towards modernization work at Lane Tech College Prep. The plan is nearly triple what the district proposed in 2013. District leaders said much of the work will be paid for by issuing $260 million in bonds. (link below) http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news%2Flocal%2Fchicago_news&id=9525749&rss=rss-wls-article-9525749&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Chicago EST.1837 recently caught up with young rising Hiphop artist "Landon Battles" 1. Who is your favorite artist of all time & why? My favorite artist? It would have to be between Nas, Bob Marley, Bone Thugs, 2pac and Lil Wayne. Out of those dudes I would have to say Nas. I love how Nas can tell stories. He spit about being a prison cell, a roach in the projects and he dropped Ether! I like how he progressed from the street cat, to the gawdy, oochie wally dude to the more conscious, gem dropping rapper he is now. Nas is just dope. 2. What inspired you to become a serious artist? The first time I stepped in the booth inspired me to be a serious artist. I used to just write rhymes with no plans of recording them. I would just write to beats I thought was cool. So when I finally recorded, I did like 8 songs in 1 hour. All one takes, didn't hear the finished product until about 3 weeks later. It sucked so bad though! The lyrics was cool but my delivery and my flow was terrible. Just hearing that wackness made me challenge myself. Hearing my own weak songs inspired me to become serious. Crazy right? 3. Your style is unique. What is your creative writing process like? A lot of times I just freestyle my songs. I freestyle it, listen to it a few days later and if I don't like it, I'll just freestyle some more. But for those times where I can't think of nothing to spit about, I just write my rhymes. It's easier for me to be more creative and loose when I freestyle. When I write, it's more structured and less creative. 4. Whats been he most memorable moment thus far in your career? The most memorable moment thus far is hearing people that I don't know playing my music in their car. Sometimes I be at gas stations or stop lights and hearing people playing my joints! It don't even feel real. I don't think I'll ever get tired of that. 5.Who in the industry would you like to collaborate with & why? I want to collab with The Dream, T-Pain, DJ Toomp and Drake. I like the feel of Dream's beats and his music. My vocals over some oh his music would be amazing. T-Pain just seems like a cool dude to work with. Probably a lot of jokes and just going with the flow of whatever beat is playing. Seems easy to make a hit with him. DJ Toomp is the most underrated producer in the game to me. I wanted to work with him when I heard TI's "What You Know About That" song. Then I heard Wale's "No Dayz Off" and it was over. He's on my bucket list. With Drake, I know I can learn a lot from him. Like how to develop more melodic sounding music and how to create better hooks. Drake seems like one of those cats to just vibe with and spit dope raps with. 6. How do you feel about the emergence of the Chicago music scene and where do u see yourself fitting in? I'm glad that Chicago is finally getting some attention. I don't want people to think that all the music we make is Drill Music though. I see myself fitting in as the "balancing act". I don't make drill music or conscious music. It's just honest, lyrical stories. My music is hard but with a message. My brand is smooth to where you can chill out, look out the window and think, but hard enough to where you can exercise and hustle to. I see myself fitting in as that lyrical, story telling, real, " I wanna kick it with him" down-to-earth rapper. Trill with some intellect. Follow Landon's Progress... www.facebook.com/landonbattles15 www.twitter.com/landonbattles www.landonbattles.com