Sunday, June 30, 2013
PARKAY "EVERY YEAR"
ONE OF CHICAGO'S MOST UNDERRATED ARTISTS. THE MATERIAL IS ALWAYS TOP NOTCH AND ON POINT, LOOK FOR PARKAY TO HAVE A STRONG HOLD ON THE SCENE THIS NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS.
2 MILLION COME OUT TO SUPPORT THE BLACKHAWKS
According to the city, over 2 million revelers turned out to Grant Park to take in the Stanley Cup victory rally Friday morning -- markedly more than the number of folks who took part in the 2010 celebration. And the jubilant, occasionally expletive-laden mood was, naturally, not confined to Grant Park nor the parade route itself. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/29/blackhawks-rally-2013-att_n_3522201.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago
PRIDE PARADE 2013 "EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW"
Heading to Chicago's Annual Pride Parade? Everything you need to know, like parking, transportation, a map of the route and even restroom availability is listed here. Kicking off at Broadway Street and Montrose Avenue, the parade starts at noon in Uptown and features 200 different floats, decorated vehicles, performance groups, a marching band and walking contingents. The entire production is expected to last two and a half hours. (link below) http://lakeview.patch.com/groups/boystown/p/pride-parade-2013-everything-you-need-to-know
SUSPECT IN MURDER OF CHILD & MOTHER SHOT
A man suspected in the deaths of a 31-year-old woman and her 5-year-old son, who were found fatally shot inside their home on Chicago's South Side early Friday, was found shot on the West Side just a matter of hours later. Chavonne Brown and her son Sterling Sims were found dead by police after they were called to the home in the 5300 block of South Winchester Avenue around 2:39 a.m., According to the Chicago Tribune, the 18-year-old, the sole suspect in the double murder, is in critical condition after being shot multiple times in the 2800 block of West Arthington Street around 9:10 p.m. Friday in the Lawndale neighborhood. The suspect remained at Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition early Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/28/chavonne-brown-killed_n_3516920.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago
TEAMMATES REMEMBER ODIN LLOYD
More than 500 people arrived at a church here Saturday to grieve for a man who spent his life playing for crowds of only a few dozen. Odin Lloyd, the exuberant semi-pro linebacker from St. Croix who died in one of the worst ways imaginable, was remembered in one of the best ways possible. Lloyd's body was discovered on June 17 in an industrial park near former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's home in North Attleboro. Police say Lloyd was shot and killed after 3 a.m. that morning. Hernandez has been charged with orchestrating the shooting. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail. (link below) http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--mourners-urged-not-to-harbor-resentment-at-odin-lloyd-s-funeral-service--210008947.html
Friday, June 28, 2013
SECOND CITY'S ALL TIME FAVORITE CHICAGO MOVIES
Mayor Rahm declared that today's Blackhawks celebration would give everyone in the city a chance to "feel like Ferris Bueller's Day Off." In honor of the unofficial official holiday, we asked our Second City family to share their all-time favorite Chicago flicks. Child's Play 2,Cool Runnings, The Dark Knight, The Breakfast Club, The Blues Brothers, Backdraft, About Last Night, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Fugitive, Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Hoop Dreams, Midnight Run, My Best Friend's Wedding, The Untouchables. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liz-kozak/second-citys-alltime-favo_b_3516406.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago
MOLLY "DREAD HEAD RASTA"
NEW FEMALE ARTIST "MOLLY" IS BURSTING ONTO THE SCENE WITH CATCHY HOOKS AND A NICE IMAGE TO GO WITH THEM. FRESH TO THE CHICAGO MUSIC CIRCLE A FEW YEARS OF POLISH AND EXPOSURE CAN HAVE HER AS THE NEW HEAVY FOR THE CITY HOLDING IS DOWN FOR FEMALE ARTISTS.
WE R NASA "WHATEVER REMAINS" MIXTAPE
H3Lifestyle Mixtapes Presents..... We R Nasa "Whatever Remains" Coming Soon To DatPiff & www.LiveMixtapes.com Support Good Music
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
KATIE GOT BANDZ "DRILLARY CLINTON"
LAWLESS INC. KEEPS ITS STRONG HOLD ON CHICAGO WITH ITS LATEST RELEASE. THIS TIME UP IS THE 1ST LADY KATIE GOT BANDZ WITH HER LATEST OFFERING DRILLARY CLINTON. THE 16 TRACK MIXTAPE GIVES LISTENERS A LOOK INTO WHATS ON THE MIND OF A YOUNG LADY DRILLER. BE PREPARED FOR A SHOCKING SURPRISE. http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/21187/katie-got-bandz-drillary-clinton.html
CFL MUSIC GROUP "CASH 4 LIFE" MIXTAPE
SOME OF THE BEST UNDERGROUND ARTISTS IN DETROIT AND CHICAGO COME TOGETHER TO FORM "CFL MUSIC GROUP" THIS HARD WORKING MOVEMENT HAS COLLECTIVE PUT TOGETHER A POWERFUL PROJECT THAT SHOULD OPEN TO EARS TO ANYONE THAT WASNT ON THEM BEFORE. HOSTED BY HEAVYS DJ SEAN MAC & DJ BAMN THE 16 TRACK MIXTAPE IS SPONSORED ON DATPIFF AND READY FOR DOWNLOAD. SUPPORT! http://www.datpiff.com/DJ-Sean-Mac-DJ-Bamn-Cash-4-Life-mixtape.502246.html
SCOTTIE PIPPEN BEATS FAN
The six-time NBA champ was not charged or booked after an altercation with a man in California. Scottie Pippen's claiming he attacked a fan in Malibu this weekend in self-defense ... after the man called him the n-word and then spit at him. Sources close to Pippen tell us, the middle-aged man who got his ass kicked by Pippen outside Nobu Sunday night was a drunk, overly aggressive fan who had been badgering Pippen for attention all evening ... beginning inside Nobu, where Pippen was eating with friends. At one point, we're told one of Pippen's dinner guests went to the bathroom ... and the man sat in the guest's place ... continuing to pester Pippen with questions. We're told Pippen bit his tongue and politely asked the man to leave. After the meal, we're told Pippen agreed to take a photo with the man outside the restaurant ... but the man continued to be aggressive, demanding an autograph as well. Pippen refused and we're told that's when the man dropped the n-bomb, shoved the NBA legend, then spat at him. Sources close to Pippen say he lost it when the spit landed on his young daughter -- and Pippen flew into attack mode. As we reported, the alleged victim was subsequently transported to a nearby hospital with severe injuries to his head, face, and back.
AARON HERNANDEZ FORMALLY OF THE PATRIOTS ARRESTED
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs Wednesday morning, more than a week after a Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez's house. It's unclear why Hernandez was being taken into custody Wednesday before 9 a.m. and put into the back of a police cruiser. He was wearing a white V-neck T-shirt, with his arms inside the shirt and behind his back as he was led from his North Attleborough home. He casually spit into some bushes on his way to the car. Less than two hours later, the Patriots announced on its Twitter account that the team has released Hernandez.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
MAYWEATHER vs ALVAREZ CHICAGO PRESS CONFERENCE
The anticipation is building for the mega-fight between Eight-Time, Five-Division World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez as they officially announce their upcoming bout. A press conference will be held in Chicago, IL on Wednesday, June 26 to get fans in on the excitement. Fans can begin arriving at the Chicago Theatre at 175 North State Street at 5:00 p.m. before Mayweather and Alvarez come out at 6:00 p.m. to put the world on notice for the biggest fight of the year.
KANYE WEST LATEST ALBUM YEEZUS PROJECTED TO DO 340,000 IN 1ST WEEK
According to early data from Billboard, Kanye’s new album “Yeezus” is set to be #1 on the charts this week, and is projected to move an estimated 340,000 copies in 1st week sales.If the projections hold, this would be Mr. West’s Sixth #1 album. His last solo album, 2010′s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” debuted at #1 with 496,000 copies sold in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. The latest projections are quite impressive, considering that “Yeezus” had no radio singles, artwork, or traditional label promotions to support the new project. Not to mention the fact that Kanye was a little preoccupied with the arrival of his first child with Kim Kardashian, who gave birth to their daughter North West earlier in the week. (link below)
DWYANE WADE'S PARTNER GROUP OPENS YOUTH CENTER ON WEST SIDE
Just in time for summer, a brand new multi-million dollar youth center opened its doors on the corner of Laramie and Kinzie on Chicago's West Side Thursday. In between abandoned buildings in the heart of Austin, you can now find the $6-million dollar gem By the Hand Club for Kids. "They made all the kids happy and it's a safe place," said 9-year-old Jaquan Owens. (link below) http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/22649682/dwyane-wades-partner-group-opens-6m-youth-center-in-austin
Monday, June 24, 2013
BLANCO CAINE FT. TREE & MIKKEY HALSTED "FRONT MY MOVE" REMIX
BLANCO CAINE IS ON A STEADY PACE. ENTERING THIS YEAR WiTH HIS BUZZ RIGHT WHERE IT NEEDED TO BE, THE RISING STAR TAKES IT UP A LEVEL EVERY RELEASE. THIS NEW EFFORT IS NO DIFFERENT WITH THE AID AND ASSIST FROM A FEW CHICAGO HEAVYS.
CHIEF KEEF "HOBBY"
AS CHIEF KEEF GETS READY TO RELEASE HIS NEW PROJECT RATHER IT BE BANG 2 OR ALMIGHTY SOSA THE VISUAL KEEP ROLLING IN. HERE'S THE LATEST OFFERING FROM THE YOUNG STAR.
PAUL MOONEY LIVE
COMEDIAN PAUL MOONEY BRINGS HIS BLACK MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE TOUR TO CHICAGO JULY.20TH. SEE FLYER FOR ALL TICKET INFO.
DWYANE WADE'S SON ONE OF THE TOP 5TH GRADERS IN THE NATION
As first posted by City League Hoops, and featured in the video above, Zaire Wade has emerged as one of the nation’s top fifth grade boys basketball players. The younger Wade completely tore apart the competition at the recent John Lucas Future of the Game camp and emerged as one of the most impressive young point guards on offer. Zaire Wade has also shown a knack to take over leadership of his scrimmage squads, an act similar to his father, who now shares those duties with James. (video below)
Sunday, June 23, 2013
BIRD BANKIN BOI "THE INTRO"
THIS IS A VERY UNIQUE ARTIST HERE IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO. BIRD BRINGS US HIS LATEST OFFERING SHOT BY WHOSISHIDEF
RAPPER LIL REESE ARRESTED AGAIN
Lil Reese presented "false documentation" to obtain a 2006 BMW in April, according to police documents. A 44-year-old man, described as the victim in the incident, "never gave consent or permission to register the vehicle in his name," according to the documents. The theft happened in the 6600 block of South Wentworth Avenue, according to court documents. It's unclear what kind of false documentation was presented, or how that led to the rapper obtaining the car. Prosecutors from the State's Attorney's Office did not offer further details on the charge. The South Side rapper was arrested by police on Saturday afternoon in the 10100 block of South Halsted Street in Washington Heights, according to police documents. Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. set bail for Lil Reese at $5,000. On April 13, the same day the car transaction allegedly happened, Lil Reese was arrested and charged with driving without a license and insurance, according to court documents. It is unclear if the incidents are related. (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130623/washington-heights/rapper-lil-reese-charged-with-theft#slideshow_modal_slot_1
CHICAGO NATIVE DOC RIVERS THE NEW COACH OF THE CLIPPERS
The Los Angeles Clippers have reached an agreement in principle to send an unprotected 2015 first-round draft pick to the Boston Celtics for the rights to hire coach Doc Rivers, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Rivers has agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Clippers, league sources said. The NBA still needs to grant approval to the deal, but the teams have been led to believe that won't be a problem, sources said.
PATRIOTS TIGHT END AARON HERNANDEZ TROUBLED PAST COMING TO LIGHT
Monday, a jogger found the body of Hernandez acquaintance Odin Lloyd, 27, a semi-pro football player, in a nearby industrial park. Police said Lloyd was shot in the head. Hernandez, 23, has not been publicly named a suspect, but ABC News, citing anonymous police sources, has reported that police could try to arrest Hernandez on charges of obstruction of justice. ABC News has reported that Hernandez destroyed his cellphone and video surveillance system and had his home professionally cleaned Monday, the day Lloyd's body was found. In previous interviews and multiple news reports, Hernandez and his family said Hernandez was devastated by the sudden death of his father, Dennis, in January 2006, when Hernandez was 16. Dennis' death, the result of complications from hernia surgery, left Hernandez feeling lost and angry, his mother, Terri, and brother, D.J., told USA TODAY Sports in 2009. Hernandez responded by lashing out at his family, smoking marijuana and spending his free time hanging around with a rough crowd of young men in Bristol. "He would rebel. It was very, very hard, and he was very, very angry. He wasn't the same kid, the way he spoke to me. The shock of losing his dad, there was so much anger," Terri Hernandez told USA TODAY Sports in 2009. (link below) http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/patriots/2013/06/22/aaron-hernandez-connecticut-background/2449237/
DRAKE WOULD YOU LIKE A TOUR CHICAGO DATE
DRAKE WITH SPECIAL GUEST MIGUEL & FUTURE INVADE THE UNITED CENTER. United Center, Chicago, IL Wed, Oct 9, 2013 07:00 PM (purchase tickets below) http://www.ticketmaster.com/United-Center-tickets-Chicago/venue/32882
SINATRIS "BASED ON A TRUE STORY"
AFTER MONTHS OF SPECULATION CHICAGO RISING HIP HOP ARTIST SINATRIS FINALLY DELIVERS THE LONG AWAITED PROJECT "BASED ON A TRUE STORY" WELL PUT TOGETHER FROM START TO FINISH BE PREPARED TO LEARN ABOUT A ARTIST THROUGH HIS CRAFT (DOWNLOAD LINK BELOW) http://www.hulkshare.com/userPlaylist.php?uid=2183736
CHILD DIES AFTER BEING LEFT IN CAR IN 90 DEGREE WEATHER
An O'Fallon, Ill., toddler was reported dead today after being found inside a car, where he was left for two hours. The 23-month-old boy's father was reportedly loading him into the car to go to the park around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday but became distracted. Temperatures that day were in the 90s. Wayne Hubert, 32, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Police say Hubert put the boy in the car around 2:30 p.m. and went back into the home. The charges say Hubert "consumed alcohol to a level which caused him to pass out on the floor." The boy's mother came home around 5 p.m. and found the child lifeless. (link below) http://www.wgci.com/articles/did-you-see-that-421790/illinois-child-dies-after-being-left-11417780/
CHICAGO INTERNET RAPPER BEAT AND ROBBED IN THE STREETS (VIDEO)
CHICAGO HAS COME TO THE FOREFRONT OF THE UNDERGROUND MUSIC SCENE FOR HIP HOP RIGHT NOW. THIS IS WHAT THEY CHOOSE TO DO WITH IT. DJ NATE ATTACKED ON CAMERA AND ROBBED THIS IS SIMILAR TO WHAT HAPPEN TO FAMOUS RAPPER LIL B. WLIL HE HAVE THE SAME OUTCOME?
Friday, June 21, 2013
RAPPER TWEETS CONDOLENCES TO SLAIN RAPPER THEN IS KILLED MOMENTS LATER
Up and coming Philadelphia rapper James “Jimme Wallstreet” Davis has reportedly been shot and killed. AllHipHop.com reported the news last night, and DJ Don Cannon, who recently signed the Philly native to a production deal, confirmed his passing on Twitter. Davis began his career as an affiliate of 50 Cent and G-Unit. XXL sends our condolences to Jimme Wallstreet’s family and friends.
CHANCE THE RAPPER THE NEXT BIG CHICAGO STAR
Chance the Rapper Is the Next Big Thing from Chicago, the New American Capital of Hip-Hop The 20-year-old rapper (born Chancelor Bennett, to parents who both work for the federal government) says that he was the rare student at the ultracompetitive Jones College Prep who didn’t obsess about his future. A class clown and a loner, he was suspended as a senior after he was caught ditching school and smoking marijuana in a public park. During his 10-day suspension, he holed up inside the free YOUMedia recording studio at the library and made 10 Day, which set him on the path from just another Kanye wannabe to the Next Big Thing out of Chicago. (link below) http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/July-2013/Summer-Music-An-Encounter-with-Chance-the-Rapper/
BABY NORTH WEST
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are certainly in for a new life direction with the birth of their first child -- and that direction seems to be North West. According to reports from TMZ, which were later confirmed by People, the pair have named their baby girl North. Though rumors of the directional name surfaced in March, they were swiftly denied by Kardashian. An inside source confirmed the baby name news to People while TMZ got a hold of the newborn's Cedars-Sinai hospital birth certificate, which allegedly bears the name North West. Still no confirmation from the happy couple.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
CPS SCHOOL CLOSING BEGINS
For 28 Chicago Public Schools on Wednesday, the final bell will ring for the last time — ever. Teachers and students at closing schools like Elihu Yale Elementary School in Englewood told the Sun-Times they anticipate plenty of tears when the final bell rings. “Girls are going to be crying when it’s time to go home,” 13-year-old Kameisha Ashford told the paper. The first round of 28 schools will close for good Wednesday: (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/cps-school-closings-start_n_3466144.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago
TASTE OF CHICAGO FOOD TRUCK VENDORS ANNOUNCED
A total of 14 food trucks will be at the festival July 10-14. They'll be situated near the Petrillo band shell, east of the lawn seating at the pavilion and will serve food one hour before each concert at the festival. They will serve both regular servings and Taste-sized servings for the duration of the concerts. Up to seven food trucks will be serving food each day of the festival and will alternate spots throughout. (link below) http://chicagoist.com/2013/06/19/taste_of_chicago_food_truck_vendors.php
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
KANYE WEST "YEEZUS" ALBUM REVIEW
Kanye West went magnanimous for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’s promotional push. He created the “G.O.O.D. Friday” campaign and delivered free songs to the fawning masses each week leading up to its November 2010 release. There were fantastic tales of a glorious gathering of Hip Hop luminaries crafting the potential classic in an exclusive Hawaiian hideaway floating all over the internet and a 35-minute short film to accompany the second single, “Runaway.” The George Condo cover art was banned from certain retail stores, something West reportedly intended. It was a crafty, stadium-sized media blitz to accompany the album’s stadium-sized sound. For Yeezus, Yeezy ended up minimalistic. Outside of another memorable Saturday Night Live performance then beaming the confrontational “New Slaves” video on the side of buildings around the world in the same weekend and that grainy clip of Ye’, Executive Producer Rick Rubin and Mike Dean recording “I Am A God” posted to KanyeWest.com last week, the buildup was minor in comparison, albeit haphazardly. There’s still no huge radio single. The album apparently doesn’t even include artwork—just a clear jewel case with a piece of red tape on the right side. Intentional or otherwise, it’s a stripped down campaign mirroring the album’s stripped down sound. Yeezus is audacious, ornery and miles outside of what’s expected from Kanye West, and often what’s conventionally accepted in Hip Hop. Opener “On Sight” is not only the exact opposite of an album highlight, but may also be the crudest track Ye’s yet to release. “Black Timbs all on your couch again / Black dick all in your spouse again / And I know she like chocolate men / She got more niggas off than Cochran,” he kicks over little more than a skeletal cascade of electronic blips and zips. “For my theme song / My leather black jeans on / My ‘By any means’ on / Pardon I’m getting my scream on,” he charges on “Black Skinhead,” a rumbling force that sounds more fitting on a Marilyn Manson release than something synonymous with the makeup of Kanye’s collection. Both teem with passion and aggression, plastering Yeezus with a psuedo 808s & Heartbreak aesthetic—call it 808s & Anger. It’s likely too soon for the populace to cosign Kanye’s “The only rapper compared to Michael [Jackson]” bar on “I Am A God,” but it was initally too soon when Jay-Z brazenly alluded to being better than the Notorious B.I.G. on The Blueprint’s “Hola Hovito” in 2001 (“And if I ain’t better than Big / I’m the closest one”). In the end, the masses sided with Hov. Some statements are too uncomfortably cocky to digest without time and consideration. But West’s “I feel my confidence + someone’s low self-esteem = my arrogance” quote from his motivational booklet, Thank You And You’re Welcome given away for free during his 2008 Glow In The Dark tour comes to mind when gawking at the super-sized super ego he sports like his Yeezy Red October signature sneaker. Everything about this song bluntly broadcasts a bold, possibly off-putting level of self-importance but from a position common in works like Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist as well 5 Percenter ideology and Scientology. (Yeezy’s neither. Yeezy “just talked to Jesus / He said ‘What up, Yeezus’”). So lines like “I know He the Most High / But I am a close high” would ring pretentious if the track wasn’t so lowkey empowering, falling inline with a strain of enlightenment creeping back into the ethos. Snoop Dogg went Snoop Lion in 2012. People build billion dollar businesses in their bedrooms. Hov just persuaded Samsung to buy a million copies of an album before it dropped, give it away for free, then announced it during the NBA Finals—essentially going platinum before being available. Mankind is making godly leaps at the speed of a right click, even though comments sections World Wide Web wide seem to indicate otherwise. “I Am A God” is awesomely on-point—gratuitous screaming and all. Solid swaths of social commentary align nearly every Kanye West release. Here the Civil Rights references return only now much more inflammatory, pushing the margins to the brink of breach. Which may explain the album’s brevity. At 40 minutes and six seconds, Yeezus is by far his shortest LP (Graduation follows at 51:12 minutes). Gone are the scenic bridges and angelic choirs littered lushly throughout his previous work. This one’s an exercise in minimalism—right down to the minute. That’s fortunate. Anger overkill rarely equals replay value. Precisely when the rage is about to spill into repellent, quintessential Kanye returns. The album’s second half is sonically similar to most anything found on Graduation through My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It’s interesting to hear Yeezy deride wealthy private prison owners and their Hampton spouses on “New Slaves” then describe how the club is so packed that he “might ride around on [his] bodyguard back like Prince in the club” five tracks later on “Send It Up” (featuring King Louie). He follows that awesome Dave “Chappelle Show” allusion with “She said ‘Can you get my friends in the club?’ / I said ‘Can you get my Benz in the club?’ / If not / Treat your friends like my Benz / Park they ass outside til the evening end / When I go raw I like to leave it in…Yeezus just rose again.” At the Yeezus release party in Los Angeles, California last week, bold orange tape was wrapped around each of the name brand logos on the liquor bottles as if to say that no corporation gets free promotion from Kanye West. Then he kicks enough name brands to question his commitment to a message of counter-consumerism. But Yeezy’s the best since Tupac at etching his disparities in ALL CAPS, unabashedly reveling in confliction. What makes West’s sixth solo album compelling despite its gaggle of haunting shrieks and leftist production is that Kanye manages to remain as entertaining as ever. From mic to plug, the album is supremely Tweetable—loaded with enough incredible quips to start a T-shirt line. “When a real nigga hold you down / You’re supposed to drown,” may be the realest relationship lyric yet heard in 2013 (“Bound 2”). And for such a disconnected first spin, Yeezus becomes increasingly addictive with each additional listen, an indicator of high replay value potential. This captivating level of contextual and sonic tension places the project in art-piece territory, representing a jagged installation added to West's almost all classic solo catalog. A slurred hook from Chief Keef perfectly accentuates “Hold My Liquor’s” (featuring Justin Vernon) sublime depiction of a drunken excursion to an ex-girlfriend’s home in search of reconciliation, for example. “I’m In It”—with its made for club fornication commentary, Reggae inspiration and hilarious “I be speaking Swag-Hili” musings quickly embeds itself Indian-style into the eardrum. And if there’s one song that must be heard immediately, it’s “Blood On The Leaves.” Interpolating elements of Nina Simone’s segregation era ballad, “Strange Fruit” with the bombastic horns from C-Murder’s “Down For My Niggas,” Ye’s emotional exhale on a relationship gone wrong and side chicks trying to purposely get pregnant works in every setting: The gym, the car, the club, the crib. Bravo. Where does an artist move creatively after nine years of trailblazing trendsetting? Kanye West has been at the forefront of Hip Hop and Pop Culture since his 2004 entrance with A College Dropout. His sound, his style and his wardrobe have continuously been repurposed by scores of ball-ticklers throughout his career. Compound that with a high profile relationship with a reality show princess and a perceived knack for dancing in his self-described douchebaggery, and this album has all the trappings of a polarizing offering. Music is especially turnt up these days, so as he bumrushes impeccably on the aforementioned “New Slaves,” Kanye's decided to “tear shit down,“ removing the glossy trimmings, flexing a sense of addition by subtraction. It's easy to love this album and it's easy to hate it. Landing anywhere in between is difficult. Attempts to label this traditional Hip Hop or otherwise are futile—but society is tagged with enough labels already. Yeezus—like Yeezy—is jarring, uncomfortable, uncompromising and courageous—all the things that initially made Hip Hop great.
Monday, June 17, 2013
CHICAGO USES NEW STREET GANG RICO LAW
The leader of a West Side gang, his right-hand man and four other purported high-ranking members of the Black Souls were ordered held without bail Friday following their arrests in a massive roundup under a new state racketeering law. Fifteen of the other 23 suspects facing RICO charges also appeared in court Friday, including Duavon Spears, who allegedly shot West Side resident Claude Snulligan after he went to police to complain about illegal activity on his block in October. Snulligan’s death prompted the Operation .40-Cal probe, authorities said earlier this week as they outlined the charges. (link below) http://www.suntimes.com/20743191-418/6-arrested-under-rico-law-held-without-bail.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
KANYE & KIM WELCOME BABY GIRL TO THE WORLD WITH NO NAME
The baby was expected in the first half of July, but was delivered nearly one month early. "[The baby girl's birth] five weeks early. Kim got sick last night and had the baby early," a source told the celebrity magazine. Us also reported that both the newborn baby and her mother are healthy after the delivery. The baby's name has also not been released to the public. (link below) http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.24334/title.kanye-west-kim-kardashian-welcome-baby-girl/
CHIEF KEEF ARRESTED AGAIN!! STATEMENT RELEASED
Earlier today, Chicago Police arrested Chief Keef as he left the courthouse in Skokie, IL where he was fighting a traffic case. We now know that Keef was arrested on a trespassing charge, and reps from his camp have sent over the following press release, stating the CPD used excessive force during the arrest. CHICAGO POLICE USE EXCESSIVE FORCE ARRESTING CHIEF KEEF Keith Cozart was arrested this afternoon around 12:30 P.M. after leaving traffic court. The 17 year old rap phenom, Chief Keef, road about 4 blocks from the Skokie Courthouse when his vehicle was pulled over. His manager Rovaun “Dro” Manuel was driving when two unmarked cars cut the vehicle off. Present were Chief Keef, Dro, Mike Starkman, and Ballout. Mike Starkman says six officers armed with AK47’s hopped out of the cars to extract a compliant Cozart. Keith Cozart was arrested on charges of misdemeanor trespassing and taken from Skokie back to the south side to be processed. It is not normal practice for police to come from the south side armed with AK47’s to arrest a person on misdemeanor trespassing charges, but clearly Chief Keef is a special young man that garners special treatment from the Chicago Police Department. Hours later, amidst jovial officers with no sense of urgency, Chief Keef is still being held waiting to be processed. So special they just wanted to keep him around for a little while longer.
Friday, June 14, 2013
3 MUST SEE PLAYS IN CHICAGO THEATER
Two slapstick, larger-than-life shows and one gripping drama round out this week in Chicago theater. (link below) http://chicagoist.com/2013/06/14/three_to_see_this_weeks_theater_rec_30.php
BLACKHAWKS THANKFUL FOR REST BEFORE GAME 2
Chicago Blackhawks players slowly walked to their respective seats at the podiums, the look of fatigue, not surprisingly, still somewhat evident. It’s the byproduct of an extended game the previous night and, in some cases, an unexpectedly brief night’s sleep. With so much expended in Game 1 and so much at stake in Game 2, the rest will certainly benefit both squads. (link below) http://www.csnchicago.com/blackhawks-talk/hawks-thankful-days-following-game-1
VIDEO OF 2 CHAINZ BEING ROBBED
TMZ is reporting that 2 Chainz was robbed in broad daylight in San Francisco, and shot were fired at him. A San Francisco Police Department sergeant told TMZ that cops arrived at the scene after shots were fired just after 4:30 PM. Apparently when the police arrived, 2 Chainz did not want to cooperate with them, instead telling them he could handle it himself. TMZ reports that video surveillance shows that Chainz and fourteen of his people "ran away from the incident" like "cockroaches running from a flashlight." Apparently the Hair Weave Killa told the cops that only his wallet was stolen, and that's all that happened.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
COOK COUNTY HAS MOST MARIJUANA ARREST IN AMERICA
The ACLU has a new report out on marijuana arrests and racial disparities among those arrests across the country, and the raw numbers are staggering—especially in Cook County. While it is the second-biggest U.S. county by population, the numbers still have the ability to surprise. The biggest county in the U.S. is Los Angeles County, with a population of almost ten million; Cook County has a bit more than five million people. And Cook County had more than twice as many arrests for marijuana possession, a rate of 91 per day. (link below) http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/June-2013/Cook-County-The-Most-Marijuana-Arrests-in-the-Country/
WHAT WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE
So far in 2013, Chicago homicides, which outnumbered slayings in the larger cities of New York and Los Angeles last year, are down 34 percent from the same period in 2012. As of Sunday night, 146 people had been killed in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city — 76 fewer than in the same stretch in 2012 and 16 fewer than in 2011, a year that was among the lowest for homicides during the same period in 50 years. (link below) http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/June-2013/What-We-Dont-Know-About-Gun-Violence/
100 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA FOUND IN CHICAGO
An Evanston resident's weekend started off a little greener than usual on Saturday when they discovered 97 pounds worth of packaged marijuana hiding in their neighborhood recycling bin -- valued at approximately $100,000. The unidentified resident, of the 1000 block of Brown Street, called police to report their findings. (link below) http://www.wgci.com/articles/did-you-see-that-421790/one-hundred-pounds-of-marijuana-found-11378204/
KANYE WEST PREMIERES NEW SONG WITH KING LOUIE LIVE
Kanye hit the stage at Governors Ball to premiere new song that features rising Chicago artist King Louie
18 YEAR OLD APRIL MCDANIEL SHOT & KILLED
April McDaniel, 18, was shot in the throat and later died following a drive-by shooting in Englewood Monday afternoon. April McDaniel, 18, and four others were struck by a spray of bullets during a drive-by shooting around 4:55 p.m. Monday, the Sun-Times reports. Struck in the throat, McDaniel died in the same Englewood block of 5700 South Sangamon Avenue where she lived. Relatives tell CBS Chicago McDaniel was an aspiring singer and dancer; according to her Facebook page, she attended John Hope College Prep. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/11/april-mcdaniel-shot-teen-_n_3421399.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago
GRANDMOTHER & GRANDSON HIT BY CAR
A grandmother and her grandson were struck by a minivan in the West Englewood neighborhood. The two were crossing at 64th and South Paulina when they were hit by a green van, Monday night. The 65-year-old woman is in critical condition. Her 14-year-old grandson is in fair condition. A 21-year-old man was arrested shortly afterward. Charges may be filed today. (link below) http://wgntv.com/2013/06/11/grandmother-and-grandson-struck-by-car-in-west-englewood/#TcOjFFCu2f5mxjdJ.01
Saturday, June 8, 2013
CHICAGO RANKS 15TH IN COUNTRIES ROMANTIC CITY LIST
Is there a more romantic city than Chicago? No. Well, aside from 14 other cities. Chicago is the 15th most romantic destination in North America, according to MissTravel.com. The Windy City was revealed as a top choice for summer lovin’ on the travel dating website, with 298 trips already planned between now and August. MissTravel.com’s top 20 most romantic cities list was based on a survey of 24,340 trips planned via the site between June 1 to Aug. 31. San Francisco claimed the top spot this year with 3,204 trips booked. New York City and Miami round out Nos. 2-3. (link below) http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/redeye-chicago-is-15th-most-romantic-city-20130605,0,2143203.story
MICHAEL JACKSON'S DAUGHTER ATTEMPTS SUICIDE
Paris Jackson's biological mother Debbie Rowe has confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that Paris's hospitalization is indeed the result of a suicide attempt. An ambulance was called to the Jackson home in Calabasas in the early hours of Wednesday morning and Michael Jackson's daughter was taken out on a stretcher. TMZ reports that the caller said Paris had overdosed, though another source says she had multiple cuts on her wrists. The 15-year-old tweeted on Tuesday night, "yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they're here to stay."
J BONEZ "DISCOVER LOVE"
L.I.F.E. Entertainment & Money Army Presents J Bonez Featuring Vernard in "Discover Love" Video by @ChicagoEBK Media
SASHA GO HARD "RONDO"
THIS SONG HAS BEEN PICKING UP STEAM FOR SOMETIME NOW. SASHA LINKS WITH POPULAR DIRECTOR DGAINZ TO BRING US THE VISUAL.
Friday, June 7, 2013
WHITE SOX SELECT POPULAR SS #17 IN DRAFT
Though not receiving the same amount of attention as their crosstown rivals, the White Sox also had a first-round pick in the MLB Draft on Thursday night. With the 17th-overall pick in the draft, the Sox selected Tim Anderson, a 19-year-old shortstop out of East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss. Anderson had a big year in Division II of the NJCAA, being named an All-American after leading the country with a .495 batting average and 62 runs scored. He hit 10 home runs, posted a .563 on-base percentage and slugged .864, while his 41 stolen bases ranked second in the country. (link below) http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox-talk/sox-pick-ss-anderson-17th-pick-p-danish-55
CUBS TAKE KRIS BRYANT #2 OVERALL IN DRAFT
The Cubs picked up another building-block piece in Kris Bryant, the University of San Diego third baseman they believe will one day fit right into a lineup with Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro. The draft’s No. 2 overall pick. After leading the nation in homers (31), runs scored (80), walks (66) and slugging percentage (.820) this season and posting a 3.34 GPA last year and making the West Coast Conference’s all-academic team. The Cubs have been assigned a $6.7 million value for the No. 2 slot, the bulk of their overall $10.6 million bonus pool. It sounds like the 20-year-old doesn’t have anything left to prove on the college level. (link below) http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs-talk/cubs-believe-bryant-will-be-ready-impact
BLACKHAWKS A WIN AWAY FROM FINALS
Blackhawks did have to battle, of course. Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, who’s had a tremendous postseason, was at it again early, scoring his sixth goal of the postseason for an early lead. But the Blackhawks’ own postseason star, Bickell, had the equalizer about 10 minutes later, a wrister that Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick should’ve had, but just got a piece of. Dustin Penner reestablished the Kings’ lead about two minutes into the second, but Kane scored, batting a Bickell shot through, with 1:39 remaining in the second. (link below) http://www.csnchicago.com/blackhawks-talk/hossas-late-goal-gives-hawks-game-4-win
CHICAGO RAPPER DIDN'T HAVE GUN, HAS NO MONEY TO BOND OUT?
Banks’ lawyer, Sam Adam Jr., filed a memorandum asking for a signature bond, stating that Banks is engaged, has one child and another that is due on Tuesday. He said Banks has signed with a major record label but has yet to make a significant amount of money and therefore has little means to post bond. Attached to the memorandum are handwritten statements from several alleged witnesses to the incident, all claiming that Banks did not own the gun. One of the statements is from a 20-year-old man who claimed it was his gun, and that he told police he was the one who threw it in the car. The man, who is a convicted felon acquitted of attempted murder in March, claimed in his statement that “police did not want to listen to him." (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-lil-durk-parolee-tied-to-chief-keef-held-on-bail-20130606,0,3677179.story
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
RAPPER "LIL DURK" ARRESTED
DNAInfo is reporting that Lil Durk was arrested earlier this morning after being caught by police with a loaded handgun. The 20-year-old rapper, whose real name is Durk D. Banks, was picked up at about 3 a.m. in the 7200 block of South Green Street, police said. Lil Durk was standing near a car when police rolled up to investigate a call of a man with a gun. As police arrived, Lil Durk was spotted tossing a gun into the car, a source said. Police recovered the gun — a loaded .40-caliber — and arrested the rapper without incident, the source said. Lil Durk, who has a suburban Melrose Park address, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and is expected in bond court on Thursday. It is his second offense, police said.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
KING LOUIE VS CHIEF KEEF (FIGHT VIDEO)
Chicago artist King Louie issued a warning to Glory Boyz Entertainment member BallOut following a scuffle that occurred during the “Windy City Drift Tour” concert performance in Davenport, IA. Chief Keef’s GBE camp came to blows with King Louie’s Man Up Band Up crew during Lil’ Durk’s “Dis Ain’t What You Want” performance. During the fight, BallOut was relieved of the same Jesus piece chain he stole from SODGM front man Soulja Boy. The piece of jewelery then ended up in the hands of Davenport man Cameron Oliver. Oliver took to Facebook to say he has Soulja Boy’s chain. “No Play Play We Here… Contact Soulja Boy Tell em We got his shit….” he wrote. (link below) http://kollegekidd.com/news/king-louie-calls-gbe-ballout-a-fake-thug-tells-him-to-stay-out-of-chicago
ALEX WILEY "CLUB WILEY" THE MIXTAPE
The debut solo mixtape from Alex Wiley, Club Wiley. The project comes courtesy of Closed Sessions Records, and features Freddie Gibbs, Action Bronson, Chance The Rapper, Kembe X, Vic Mensa, GLC, The Hood Internet and more.
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