Tuesday, April 21, 2015
At the age of 21, Vic Mensa has already established himself as an integral part of Chicago culture, first co-founding the SAVEMONEY collective and releasing two mixtapes in two years and now as a solo artist signed with the Roc Nation family. His debut mixtape ‘Straight Up’ in 2010, followed by 2013’s ‘INNANETAPE’, brought Mensa’s solo work to a new and larger audience. In addition, The Chicago native’s critically acclaimed 2nd project helped earn him a top spot on XXL Magazine’s 2014 freshman class. After closing out 2013 with US dates on the J. Cole and Wale “What Dreams May Come” tour and a European tour with Danny Brown, Mensa released his biggest single to date; 2014’s “Down On My Luck.” In 2015, Vic Mensa will release new music and thus far has collaborated with Kanye West and Sia on “Wolves” - the first track on Kanye West’s upcoming album ‘So Help Me God'. Vic Mensa’s live performances to date include Wireless Festival, The Governors Ball Festival, the Emmy Award-winning comedy show Saturday Night Live and the 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival. Now part of the Roc Nation Records family, you can get Vic’s new single, “U Mad” ft. Kanye West, at all digital retailers.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Chance The Rapper and Donnie Trumpet stop through to discuss their band The Social Experiment. They chat about growing up in Chicago, staying out of gangs, working with Madonna, beef with Drake, social activism and much more.
The album will finally drop on May 19th, 2015. The project is a 6-song EP, featuring Twista, Belo Zero, Ak-47 and Nard on each and every song.
The James Beard Foundation said Thursday that Chicago will host its annual awards gala for two additional years starting in 2016. Through negotiations with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, Choose Chicago (the tourism arm of the city) and the Illinois Restaurant Association, the nonprofit Beard Foundation broke protocol in venturing outside New York City for the first time, its 25th awards ceremony. That event is scheduled for May 4 at the Civic Opera House. “Chicago has a rich history with the Foundation, delivering restaurant and chef winners 23 out of 24 years with more than 40 James Beard Award winners to date," Emanuel said in a statement. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/dining/chi-chicago-will-host-james-beard-awards-in-2016-and-2017-20150416-story.html
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he told film director Spike Lee that he's not happy the working title of Lee's upcoming motion picture is "Chiraq." Emanuel says he and Lee had an "honest, frank conversation" Wednesday and suggested the name would be offensive to the many good people who live in the Englewood neighborhood where the film takes place. The mayor says he thinks that the subject Lee told him his film would deal with - black-on-black violence - is an important topic that should be examined. But he says he's not pleased the title might be 'Chiraq,' a word that suggests the city is as violent and dangerous as the war zone of Iraq.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Rahm Emanuel was re-elected mayor of Chicago, surviving a challenge from Jesus Garcia. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff whose cutting personality and centrist policies earned him the nickname “Mayor 1 Percent” among his critics, was re-elected mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, surviving a challenge from Jesus G. Garcia, a county commissioner who was seeking to become the city’s first Latino mayor. With 98 percent of precincts counted, Mr. Emanuel led Mr. Garcia 56 percent to 44 percent. For Mr. Emanuel, 55, it was a narrow escape from what could have been an embarrassing loss to Mr. Garcia, a feisty former alderman and community organizer who for months hammered Mr. Emanuel for closing dozens of public schools and claimed the mayor ignored the working class and poor in the nation’s third-largest city. But Mr. Emanuel fought back by asserting that Mr. Garcia was unqualified for the job and its immense responsibilities, including confronting Chicago’s staggering debt, stubbornly high crime rate and unfunded pension liabilities.