Wednesday, July 31, 2013
CHICAGO RAPPER "MARVO" SPEAKS ON LAWSUIT AGAINST LUDACRIS
In June news broke that Chicago rapper MarVo was suing Disturbing Tha Peace co-founder Ludacris over the song “Sex Room” claiming he is one of the original writers of the tune. The track featured Trey Songz and appeared on Luda’s 2010 album Battle of the Sexes. MarVo had remained silent on the lawsuit publicly, but he spoke exclusively with AllHipHop to give his version of events and to reinforce his claim that he deserves credit and compensation for “Sex Room.” “I want my side of the story to be shared. I never wanted any bad blood,” says MarVo. “I am not looking to prove to you what I did. I’m telling you what I did, and somebody’s being dishonest. Not me per se. Not Luda per se, but somebody is being dishonest.” According to MarVo, he worked with a DTP producer on the track back in 2009, and he wrote the hook that was eventually used for “Sex Room” for a song he was working on. He contends the producer, who according to reports is named Kajun, then gave the track with MarVo’s hook to Ludacris without his permission or knowledge. MarVo says the song was then re-worked with Luda writing his own verses and Songz added to sing his chorus.MarVo also contends that him seeking compensation for his contribution has been ongoing for years. Apparently, conversations about receiving a financial percentage for his part in the creation of “Sex Room” took place before the song was released, but the issue was never resolved. That same year MarVo says his mother passed away, and as a result his attention turned away from the dispute over “Sex Room.” Supposedly, MarVo was not fully aware a lawsuit was ultimately filed in his name. “It hit the surface back in 2009 before the record even came out. Things were silent, because I’m a dope emcee, and I don’t want people to feel like I trying to use Ludacris’ name to gain me some fame,” says MarVo. “Getting information [about the lawsuit] was almost like a shocker to me. I knew what was going on, but it wasn’t even something that I had actually initiated. It was a call made to me like, ‘we did this and this is going into motion’.” MarVo made it a point to clarify that he has no ill feelings towards Ludacris or associates at Disturbing Tha Peace. For him, it is about business and fairness. “I don’t have no beef with anybody, but Ludacris even said, ‘sometimes people write hooks.’ He’s in the industry. Everybody who’s in this industry really understands how it goes. Sometimes a person will write a song. He’ll say, ‘Hey I love that song. Let me buy this song,’ and what’s suppose to happen is everyone who is involved in the process of making that song is supposed to get compensated,” says MarVo.“I don’t condone anyone to get out here and say Luda is a snake, because I don’t personally know Ludacris. I have never met Ludacris in my life. It just happens that I was in communication with people around Luda, so it’s not impossible for him to hear a record composed by myself. However, the person letting him hear that record might not be telling him there’s a kid in Chicago who actually wrote the hook to this record and we gotta take care of him.” There has been backlash in the press against MarVo. Some media outlets have suggested he is just an unproven local rapper looking for a come-up off the success of an established artist. MarVo insists that is not the case and maintains that he has proof in the form of video footage from 2009 of his participation in the making of “Sex Room.” The video is currently being held as evidence in the case. “I do have proof. There’s a video where you can see that MarVo did write the record. We were in the studio filming while we were recording this record, me and the producer,” says MarVo. “This video is going to be the crippling blow. The video puts the situation in my favor, because you have on the video me singing the lyrics to another person.” Marvo claims that being left out of gaining publishing rights to a top five R&B/Hip Hop song like “Sex Room” could have cost him anywhere between $500,000 to $1 million in potential revenue. MarVo has been working in the entertainment business for years making a majority of his money from corporations who license his music for television shows and commercials. His track “Attitude” was recently featured on the “I’m Not Kelly Pitts” episode of BET’s The Game. MarVo also works as a “professional ghostwriter” helping other emcees craft their songs, and he releases his own music like the DJ Head Debiase & Don Cannon hosted Change mixtape, 2011′s “Derrick Rose“ with Yung Berg, and the single “This Ain’t New To Me” featuring Future. After making important connections in the industry that last few years, MarVo feels at this point getting what he calls his proper credit for “Sex Room” is mainly about being properly recognized for his work. “I saw his interview on The Breakfast Club where Luda was like, ‘I’m straight. I’m good.’ Even knowing that this man is good, and he makes all these millions of dollars, from the jump I would have been willingly to sell for a very small amount,” admits MarVo. “At the end of the day this is Ludacris, DTP. They are successful, so Luda having this record and being successful with it would not be detrimental to my career.” No matter how the situation turns out, in MarVo’s eyes he played an important role in a single that was performed by a platinum selling rapper and one of the leading voices in R&B music today. (link below) http://allhiphop.com/2013/07/30/exclusive-chicago-rapper-marvo-finally-speaks-about-sex-room-lawsuit-against-ludacris/
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
MAYOR DALEY'S NEW GIRLFRIEND
Crain’s Shia Kapos writes that the former mayor has been dating Rush Medical Center Dr. Adele Joy Cobbs, who specializes in emergency medicine. Sources who were at the George Lucas-Mellody Hobson wedding party, held in June at Promontory Point, said Daley and his date “hit it off after meeting at the gym,” Kapos reported in Crain's. After Daley, 71, was photographed with the much younger woman at the wedding, I asked the former mayor’s longtime spokeswoman, Jackie Heard, to identify the woman who Kapos reported is a 41-year-old doctor. I never heard back. Heard, who ran Daley's press operation at City Hall, is now communications director for Katten Muchin Rosenman, where the former mayor is of counsel. Neither Daley nor Cobbs confirmed their dating status to Crain's. Cobbs couldn't be reached for comment. (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130730/hyde-park/mayor-daleys-wedding-date-is-doctor-he-appointed-health-board
NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBORS KILLED HOURS APART
Police said they found the 23-year-old in the alley about 8:50 p.m. Monday. He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:56 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. Just nine hours earlier, it was L'Terrick Benion who had run up the steps of his next-door neighbors' apartment to deliver news to Corey Mays that his son, Cauirece Graham, had been shot two blocks away. Graham, 28, was sitting inside the restaurant about 11:55 a.m. when a gunman walked in and fired about eight shots, hitting Graham repeatedly, according to police and staff at the restaurant. The gunman then got on a bike and rode away, witnesses said. Graham was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 12:40 p.m., officials said. Neighbors said Tuesday a man had walked in the restaurant and asked Graham where he lived. Graham responded "Motown," and the man left. He went to the gas station at West Garfield Boulevard and South Damen Avenue before returning and opening fire, neighbors said. Police had not determined whether the two shootings were related, they said Tuesday. Benion and Graham both belonged to separate factions of the Black P Stones gang, police said. (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130730/chicago/two-men-from-same-block-slain-within-hours-of-each-other
CHANCE THE RAPPER "EVERYBODY'S SOMETHING"
A PREVIEW OF THIS NEW VISUAL FROM THE HOTTEST NEW ARTIST IN CHICAGO CHANCE THE RAPPER SURFACED A WEEK BACK. THE FULL VERSION IS NOW OUT. ENJOY!
CHICAGO RAP SCENE CONTINUES TO FLOURISH AMIDST WAVES OF VIOLENCE
Human tragedy has always been processed through song and this summer it’s happening most vividly in the city where America’s blues turned electric. In Chicago, a rising generation of young rappers — Lil Durk, Chance the Rapper and countless others — are coming of age amidst an epidemic of gun violence that’s contributed to the murders of 229 people this year and counting. In 2012, Chicago tallied 509 slayings. In 2011, it was 433, with more than 80 percent of those killings reportedly taking place in public spaces, leading some to wonder if Chicago’s youth should be treated for the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. With segments of Chicago resembling veritable war zones, the Windy City has lived up to its brutal new nickname, Chiraq. Chicago’s younger rappers appear to be responding to this engulfing violence by challenging it, ignoring it, grieving it, escaping it, adapting to it, embracing it, exploiting it — sometimes all at once. Every song is different. But ultimately, every song is an implicit declaration of visibility and survival. (link below) http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/chicagos-rap-scene-produces-some-of-the-genres-best-music-amidst-waves-of-violence/2013/07/29/7cba4fd8-f3dc-11e2-aa2e-4088616498b4_story.html
4 YEAR OLD KHALISE WEATHERSPOON SHOT
Khalise Weatherspoon was playing outside her Chicago Lawn home early Monday evening when she and a 31-year-old man were shot just before 5 p.m. near 71st and Rockwell. Police say two men suddenly ran out of the alley and started shooting, striking Weatherspoon in the stomach and the adult man in the buttocks, the Sun-Times reports. Weatherspoon was riding a scooter outside the home at the time she was hit, according to ABC Chicago. CBS Chicago reports police have no suspects in custody but said it appears the girl’s family has gang ties, though a relative -- and not Khalise -- was the intended target. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/30/khalise-weatherspoon-shot_n_3676299.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago
BIG REESE "FEDS WATCHING"
RISING ARTIST BIG REESE BRINGS US A VISUAL TO A REMIX OF THE 2 CHAINZ "FEDS WATCHING"
LOLLAPALOOZA 2013 DAY BY DAY PICKS
ONE OF THE BIGGEST MUSIC FESTIVALS OF THE YEAR IS COMING UP AND ITS SO MUCH TALENT ON EACH DAY YOU CAN GET LOST. CHECK OUT THE DAY BY DAY PICKS VIA RED EYE CHICAGO. (link below) http://www.redeyechicago.com/entertainment/music/redeye-lolla-2013-daybyday-picks-20130725,0,6743197.story
CHIEF KEEF "I AINT DONE TURNING UP"
CHICAGO'S BAD BOY AND MOST TALKED ABOUT ARTIST IN A LONG TIME BRINGS US ANOTHER OFFERING THROUGH A VISUAL. LINKING UP WITH AZAE PRODUCTIONS, CHECK OUT THE LATEST VISUAL AND SINGLE FROM CHIEF KEEF.
YOUNG CHOP INTERVIEW WITH THISIS50.COM
Thisis50 & Young Jack Thriller recently spoke with Young Chop for an exclusive interview! Young Chop talks about fans being a little scared to approach him, producing hit records, meeting Chief Keef, remembers selling a wack beat for 15 grand, gives advice to upcoming producers, thinks Pusha T dissed him, "Precious" mixtape & much more!
ZMONEY "BEN FRANKLIN"
Complex magazine 25 rappers to watch artist Zmoney is back with another one. This is one of a ton of catchy records from his Rich B4 Rap and Heroin Muzik tapes.
R.KELLY FT. 2 CHAINZ "MY STORY"
Kells just premiered his new single, “My Story,” which features a verse from 2 Chainz, on Chicago radio yesterday via iHeartRadio.
LEP "COMMAS" REMIX (ALL STAR LINE UP)
Infared Music Group makes it official as they’ve unleashed the cover art for the remix, which features Jeezy, TI, Ma$e and Spenzo.
Monday, July 29, 2013
25 NEW RAPPERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Every year, a new wave of artists wash up in our Twitter mentions, flood our email inboxes, and strike it lucky on YouTube. The measurement of what a "new" artist is, in the age of "FIRST!" has gotten a lot more confusing, of course. By the stringent standards of the internet, yesterday's hype happened literally yesterday—no one is truly ever "new." Never mind becoming a household name—if an artist has an interview up somewhere, he's become "overhyped." With that said, some artists might have made a little noise on the blogs, or gained some regional traction over the last few years, but the way we see it, they're still on the ascent. Similarly, some artists may not have much any attention whatsoever—but given the right look, they could end up becoming stars. (link below) http://www.complex.com/music/2013/07/25-new-rappers-to-watch-out-for/
TOP 25 GREATEST HIP HOP A&R'S OF ALL TIME
What the hell is “A&R” anyway? It’s actually an old-timey music business term meaning “Artists & Repertoire,” a relic of a time when artists didn’t write their own material and their “record men” at the label had to pair them with songs and session musicians. In the hip-hop context, the “Artists” part means finding and signing talent to a label; The “Repertoire” part means not only corralling producers and beats, but working with the act on musical and lyrical direction. Some A&R people excel at one of these aspects in particular. You can have great talent scouts who don’t give much input on the finished product; and you have in-house A&R specialists who may not have signed the act but give crucial and timely artistic direction in the creation of an album. This list skews a bit towards the former. (link below) http://www.complex.com/music/2013/02/the-25-greatest-hip-hop-ars-ever/
CHICAGO BECOMES LATEST STATE TO ALLOW ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed a measure into law Saturday that will make Illinois the 18th state to allow voters to register online. Supporters say the move could increase turnout at the polls and cut down on paperwork costs, while critics question the security of an online registration system and say there is a potential for fraud in a state where Chicagoans have been known to vote from beyond the grave. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/28/quinn-signs-bill-allowing_n_3666961.html?ref=topbar
SASHA GO HARD "GIVENOFUCK"
SASHA IS NO LONGER A UP N COMER. EASILY ONE OF THE TOP HIP HOP ARTISTS THE CITY HAS TO OFFER AND MAKING A STRONG RUN AS THE TOP FEMALE MC. CHECK OUT HER NEW SINGLE AND VISUAL AS SHE KEEPS GETTING BETTER.
"LET US LIVE" CHICAGO YOUTH PLEA
More than 200 people joined a South Side pastor Saturday afternoon to march up North Michigan Avenue and stage a "silent sit-in" to help spotlight young people who are disproportionatley affected by violence in Chicago. The "Let Us Live" march, organized by Project HOOD, culminated in a "State of the Hood Address" given by Rev. Corey Brooks of Woodlawn's New Beginnings Church outside the Wrigley Building. Brooks said when a child goes missing in America, the government issues an Amber alert. The pastor said it is time to issue an Amber alert for a generation of black youth. "Today, we are issuing an Amber alert from the hood because our black children are missing," Brooks said. "Missing education, missing employment, missing parents..." (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/28/let-us-live-chicago-youth_n_3666970.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago
Sunday, July 28, 2013
LIL REESE FT. LIL DURK & FREDO SANTANA " WASSUP"
3 OF THE LEAD MEMBERS OF THE DRILL MUSIC SCENE TEAM UP FOR ANOTHER SINGLE & VISUAL. 1ST TIME AROUND THESE ARTISTS GAVE US THE STREET BANGER "BEEF" YOU BE THE JUDGE OF THIS OFFERING.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
RUSSEL SIMMONS & STEVE RIFKIND LAUNCH NEW RECORD LABEL
Russell Simmons, Steve Rifkind, and flim and TV producer Brian Robbins have joined forces with Universal Music Group to launch a new label called All Def Music. The men have serious industry credentials: Simmons co-founded Def Jam Records, and Rifkind founded and chaired Loud Records, and is the founder, current chairman, and CEO of SRC Records. (link below) http://www.vladtv.com/blog/171026/russell-simmons-steve-rifkind-launch-new-record-label/
MISS JERRE (INDUSTRY ACCESS)
FEMALE ARTIST MISS JERRE CONTINUES HER RISE ON THE UNDERGROUND CHICAGO MUSIC SCENE TAKING HER NETWORKING SKILLS UP A FEW NOTCHES WITH THIS MOVE. (link below) http://industryallaccess.com/miss%20jerre/PLAY_Miss_Jerre.swf
KANYE WEST "BLACK SKINHEAD" OFFICIAL VIDEO
CONTROVERSIAL NEW VIDEO FROM CHICAGO'S TOP ARTIST AT THE MOMENT, KANYE WEST.
CHICAGO PITCHFORK COVERAGE
The Pitchfork festival is now finished. It was a lot to keep up with! Here's everything Chicago published about the event all weekend and on into the next week. (link below) http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/C-Notes/July-2013/Pitchfork-All/
eBAY TO OFFER SAME DAY DELIVERY FOR CHICAGO
EBay Inc. on Monday announced an expansion of its same-day delivery service throughout the San Francisco Bay area and into Brooklyn and Queens, adding that it would bring the program to Chicago and Dallas later this summer. EBay Now, which delivers products from stores including Target, Walgreen and Best Buy in as little as an hour, was launched last year in San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., and Manhattan, in competition with Amazon.com Inc for dominance of the emerging online local commerce market. Its second phase of expansion will take place in the next few weeks. After the move into Chicago, the service may expand outside the United States in the future, eBay executives said. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-ebay-sameday-delivery-20130722,0,4947536.story
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
#FACTSONLY ELLIOT WILSON INTERVIEWS JAY-Z
"The Truth" heads to the Bronx for an interview with JAY Z. Sitting in the New York Yankees baseball museum at Yankee Stadium, JAY Z speaks on "Magna Carta...Holy Grail"; new rules in the music business; his philosophy on collaborations; the connection he has to New York; and the future of rap. Get the facts in Part 1 of the interview, and keep an eye out for Part 2
TINK FT. LIL BIBBY & LIL HERB "KILO"
3 OF THE HOTTEST NEW ARTISTS IN CHICAGO! GET USE TO HEARING FROM EACH OF THEM.
KING LOUIE FILMED ASSAULT BACKFIRES BEING SUED FOR 1 MILLION
Keeping up with counterparts chief keef, lil durk, & lil reese, king louie now finds himself in legal trouble. Chicago rapper King Louie is being sued for hiring a woman to attack a female associate on film in order to “promote himself as a rap artist.” Jazmine Berry claims that the Epic Records recording artist invited her to his home in June for breakfast. Berry says another women, Josephine Conley, then arrived at the home after Berry was already there. Berry claims she and Louie were longtime friends but had never met Conley prior to that day. She is suing both Johnson and Conley in Cook County Court in Illinois.Berry is seeking more than $1 million in damages for battery, conspiracy, emotional distress, and defamation. Epic Records was not named in the suit. (link below) http://allhiphop.com/2013/07/23/king-louie-accused-of-setting-up-a-videotaped-assault-of-a-women-for-publicity/
MARVO "THIS AINT NEW TO ME" PREVIEW
UNDERRATED ARTIST MARVO BRINGS US A PREVIEW OF HIS SINGLE WITH POPULAR ARTIST FUTURE, BE LOOKING FOR THE FULL VIDEO IN THE COMING WEEKS.
Monday, July 22, 2013
KANYE WEST UNDER INVESTIGATION
When Kanye West rapped, “so go and grab the reporters so I can smash their recorders” on his song “New Slaves” he probably did expect that if he lived out his lyrics he could be facing police charges. Us Weekly is reporting that seems to be the case. Last week footage of Kanye scuffling with a paparazzo at LAX airport made headlines. In the video Kanye can be seen trying to take the photog’s camera after telling him, “what you’re trying to do is get me in trouble, so I step out and have to pay you like $250,000.” According to a statement issued by Los Angeles Airport Police Kanye may have to worry about more than just a financial lawsuit. The Airport Police confirmed that the incident was reported to the LAPD. (link below) http://allhiphop.com/2013/07/22/police-investigating-kanye-wests-altercation-with-photographer/
DERRICK ROSE SPEAKS ON CHICAGO VIOLENCE
Sheepish but sincere, Derrick Rose diverted his eyes from the CNN interviewer who asked the kid from Englewood why gun crime was so bad in Chicago. As Rose looked away, you wondered whose faces popped into his head while delivering an answer as accurate as his new jump shot. You imagined Rose picturing himself as a lucky little boy on the South Side who grew up poor but protected from all the bullets because of how he played basketball. "It all starts with poverty, people just surviving and people just really trying to get out," Rose told CNN's Pedro Pinto in an important but largely overlooked interview during Rose's recent European marketing tour with Adidas. In a sit-down conversation that lasted only 2 minutes, 25 seconds, Rose offered the most compelling content during recent interviews without even addressing whether he was 100 percent - unless that referred to a commitment to improving his crime-infested hometown. (link below) http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/07/20/3512114/david-haugh-bulls-rose-speaks.html
PRIORITY RECORDS RELAUNCHING SURE TO BE LOOKING CHICAGO ACTS
Pioneering gangster rap label Priority Records is relaunching. Capitol Music Group and Insurgency Music have formed a joint venture to handle the reboot of the former home of N.W.A, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Master P and Eazy-E, according to Billboard.com. The new version of Priority Records will be much different than the old one, which also released albums by Mack 10, Westside Connection and C-Murder, among others. In its new incarnation, Priority Records will be a producer-driven label focusing on electronic and progressive urban music, as per Billboard.com Priority Records' first project under new president Michael Cohen will be the August 13 release of the song “Higher” by Just Blaze and Baauer featuring Jay Z. “We’re so respectful of Priority’s important role in Capitol’s history,” Capitol Music Group chairman/CEO Steve Barnett said to Billboard.com. (link below) http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.24762/title.gangster-rap-label-priority-records-relaunching
KING LOUIE "JEEP MUSIC" MIXTAPE
The latest project from King L features production from Snapback On Da Track, Cryptonite, LoKey, Chase Davis, and others as well. Along with Chief Keef, King Louie has been at the forefront of The Windy City’s growing Drill Music scene. (link below) http://www.datpiff.com/King-Louie-Jeep-Music-mixtape.512893.html
Saturday, July 20, 2013
CHIEF KEEF "APRIL FOOLS"
EVEN WITH THE RISE OF NEW NAMES AND ACTS A YEAR LATER THERE IS STILL ONLY ONE CHICAGO ARTIST KEEPING THE INDUSTRY AND STREETS TALKING. NEW VISUAL AND SONG FROM CHIEF KEEF.
DWAYNE WADES WIFE HOMELESS AND ON THE STREETS
It’s sad to see families break up. But what’s worse is when one party just can’t handle the situation and move on. It’s even harder for NBA athletes, where there are so many people who see you as their meal ticket for life and their only opportunity to live well. The worst cases are when you see complete melt downs, and this might be what we’re witnessing right here. Dwyane Wade has a history of headaches with his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches. The two got a divorce a few years ago(2007), and since then, things have gone down hill for her. A woman who loses her children is already going to be on edge, but when you compound that with financial problems, there’s no telling what you’re going to get. (link below) http://naturallymoi.com/2013/07/celebrities/dwyane-wades-wife-homeless-on-the-corner-holding-up-sign-calling-out-wade-for-abandoning-her/
MICHAEL JORDAN FRAT PICS
Jordan is a proud member of the purple and gold fraternity and has been seen publicly throwing up the fraternity’s signature “hooks.” It is no secret that Michael Jordan, who is perhaps the world’s most prolific basketball player, is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (link below) http://kollegekidd.com/news/michael-jordan-omega-psi-phi-pledge-photo-surfaces
Friday, July 19, 2013
FORMER BAD BOY RECORDS ARTIST LOON GETS 14 YEARS
After you leave Bad Boy Records seems like your life just goes to hell. Loon, the former rapper under Diddy’s Bad Boy, has been sentenced to 14 years in jail for drug related infractions. The rapper, who is now an Orthodox Muslim, claims it was a set up. Now known as Amir Muhadith, Loon was arrested and charged in 2011. He explained his side of things in an online audio recording made from a prison cell. (link below) http://allhiphop.com/2013/07/19/former-bad-boy-loon-goes-down-for-14-years/
YP CONTINUES HIS TEAR ON THE CHICAGO MUSIC SCENE. RATHER YOU LIKE HIM OR NOT ITS A FACT HE IS HERE TO STAY!
OKLAHOMA MAN SHOT AND KILLED OUTSIDE OF CHIEF KEEF CONCERT
Two Oklahoma City police officers are on leave following a shooting incident that left a man dead, according to The Oklahoman. The officers walked towards 24-year-old Brian Sims who was sitting in an Oldsmobile Cutlass and noticed a firearm in his waistband. One of the officers shot the man after he didn’t comply with orders. Witnesses allege they saw police fire at least eight rounds into the vehicle. (link below) http://kollegekidd.com/news/oklahoma-police-shoot-kill-man-outside-chief-keef-concert
LIL DURK RELEASED FROM JAIL
Lil Durk was released from the Statesville Correctional Center earlier today. Moments ago Durk took to Twitter to announce his homecoming and announced he has new music dropping tonight. Look for new music today.
LIL HERB "VERSACE"
SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE HAS A REMIX TO THIS JOINT. HERE'S ONE FROM A ARTIST IN THE CITY WITH A BUZZ. LIL HERB.
CPS LAYOFFS CONTINUE
The Chicago Public School district is slashing more than 2,100 employees, nearly 1,000 of them teachers, in the largest layoff of district employees in recent years. The Chicago Teachers Union announced news of the layoff Thursday evening noting staff cuts include teachers, lunchroom staff, paraprofessionals, janatorial and school support staff. Blaming a ballooning pension obligation that's stressing the already cash-strapped district, CPS confirmed it was laying off 2,113 employees Friday, according to Sun-Times reports. With 1,036 teachers getting pink-slipped, the total accounts for roughly 4 percent of the district's entire teaching staff. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/19/cps-layoff_n_3623256.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
JAY-Z "PICASSO BABY" LIVE
ON HIS WAY TO HIS 13TH #1 ALBUM. CHECK OUT JAY Z PERFORMING A SONG FROM MCHG LIVE.
SPENZO "HEAVEN CAN WAIT"
Chicago rapper Spenzo drops the official visual for "Heaven Can Wait"
ALLSTATE TO SELL LIFE INSURANCE BUSINESS FOR 600M
Home and auto insurer Allstate Corp. has announced a plan to sell its life insurance business Lincoln Benefit Life Co for $600 million to Resolution Life Holdings. The expected deal follows similar moves by major competitors. AXA SA sold its U.S. life insurance unit to Protective Life Corp in April and Sun Life Financial Inc sold its variable annuity business to Delaware Life Holdings in December. Reuters reported last month that British financial services firm Resolution Group was in the race to buy the Allstate unit for about $500 million to $900 million. The deal will generate cash proceeds of about $785 million, including tax benefits, Northbrook-based Allstate said in a statement on Wednesday. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-allstate-life-insurance-sale-20130717,0,2964078.story
LIL MOUSE "YUMMY TRIBUTE"
ONE OF CHICAGO'S YOUNGEST ARTISTS GIVES HIS VIEW ON ONE OF BIGGEST STORIES IN OUR CITIES CULTURE.
WHY IS GEORGE ZIMMERMAN BIGGER NEWS THEN CHICAGO VIOLENCE?
As soon as the George Zimmerman verdict was announced, I knew it would come pouring forth—no, not riots, but the abundant question of why an outlier case like Zimmerman's shooting of Trayvon Martin is granted wall-to-wall coverage, and not the violence in Chicago. (link below) http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/July-2013/Why-Is-the-Media-More-Interested-in-George-Zimmerman-Than-Chicago-Violence/
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
BEN OFFICIAL "CIRCA 87"
RnB SENSATION BEN OFFICIAL BRINGS US HIS DEBUT ALBUM, AND ITS JUST WHAT THE CITY OF CHICAGO NEEDS. (link below) http://www.fakeshoredrive.com/2013/07/new-album-ben-official-circa-87.html/#more-58572
YP "RESTLESS" COVER ART
Due out on July 25th YP gives fans another mixtape that you can expect to be as good as the last few. Even with the lack of attention due to some of his other Chicago counterparts, the witty artist wont be counted out.
INSIDE A 3 MILLION DOLLAR LINCOLN PARK HOME
This 5-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom home in Lincoln Park just recently hit the market. It's got space on space, with all the bedrooms, a four-car garage and an "extra-wide interior"--that's not even mentioning the three-story atrium or walk-in closets. Wood beams adorn the ceilings, and the rest of the inside is very contemporary. The home carries a $3.29 million price tag. (link below) http://photos.redeyechicago.com/redeye-1962-n-burling-st-20130711/
DERRICK ROSE SAYS HE WILL PLAY IN SEASON OPENER
"I should be able to play in the first game of season," Rose said at an event for Adidas. "I know I'm anxious right now to play. My health is everything right now, it's 100 percent. But right now, the first game ... I will definitely be playing it." (link below) http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/chi-derrick-rose-chicago-bulls-season-opener-20130715,0,1173924.story
Sunday, July 14, 2013
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN FOUND NOT GUILTY (AL SHARPTON SPEAKS)
Al Sharpton called George Zimmerman's acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin an "atrocity." "What this jury has done is establish a precedent that when you are young and fit a certain profile, you can be committing no crime ... and be killed and someone can claim self-defense ... we had to march to even get a trial and even at trial, when he's exposed over and over again as a liar, he is acquitted." (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/13/al-sharpton-george-zimmerman-verdict_n_3593001.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular
MARCHERS PLEAD FOR PEACE
"I'm tired of crying," Cowley-Pendleton said Friday, according to ABC Chicago. "I don't have no tears for you, this is not for show, this is my life. This is my life, whether the cameras are on or off, and unfortunately no one is doing anything to protect everyone else's life." Gun violence in Chicago prompted many to speak out in recent days and question whether enough was being done to keep the city's streets safe. Citing the city's "epidemic of violence," U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) this week called for more federal funding to help target the city's gangs and illegal gun trafficking. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/13/chicago-gun-violence_n_3591840.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago
CHANCE THE RAPPER "EVERYBODY'S SOMETHING" PREVIEW
CHANCE GIVES US A PREVIEW OF THE VISUAL FOR ONE OF THE BIGGEST RECORDS FROM HIS ACID RAIN PROJECT.
SUN-TIMES DROPS BOOK SECTION
The hits just keep coming at the Chicago Sun-Times—the beleaguered newspaper has folded its book section, as of today. Publisher's Weekly reports that "all entertainment coverage, in what is currently the Sunday Show section, will be folded into the newspaper’s Splash section. The Splash section currently focuses on lifestyle, health, and celebrities." (link below) http://chicagoist.com/2013/07/14/sun-times_drops_book_section.php
ROGERS PARK NAMED #1 NEIGHBORHOOD FOR DIVERSITY
LOOKING FOR DIVERSITY... MOVE TO ROGERS PARK. CHICAGO READER LABELS IT THE #1 NEIGHBORHOOD IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO RAISE A FAMILY AROUND A NICE MELTING POT OF PEOPLE. (link below) http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/best-neighborhood-for-diversity/BestOf?oid=9962202
Thursday, July 11, 2013
BO DEAL ANNOUNCES LAST MIXTAPE
THIS LOOKS TO BE THE LAST MIXTAPE FROM CHICAGO RAPPER BO DEAL. WE ARE SURE HE WILL STILL HAVE HIS HANDS IN PLENTY OF OTHER MATERIAL THROUGH HIS KILLA KLAN/ BRICKSQUAD CREWS.
EX OF D.WADE DROPS LAWSUIT
The ex-wife of basketball star Dwyane Wade has dropped a lawsuit she filed Tuesday alleging she was owed at least $1 million from her former husband. According to court papers, Siohvaughn Wade filed a voluntary dismissal order today at the Circuit Court of Cook County Law Division. The previous suit was dismissed without prejudice, according to court papers. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-dwyane-wades-exwife-drops-suit-20130711,0,2446644.story
1963 LOYOLA BASKETBALL TEAM VISITS WHITE HOUSE
It's been a half-century since the men's basketball team of Loyola University in Chicago won the 1963 NCAA championship and in the process knocked down longstanding racial barriers in their historic "Game of Change" versus Mississippi. During a special reception in the Oval Office Thursday, President Barack Obama welcomed members of of the team to mark the 50th anniversary of their history-making turn the Tribune says helped promote racial integration in college basketball. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/11/loyola-1963-basketball-te_n_3581829.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
LEP BOGUS BOYS "DONT FEED THE KILLAZ PT.4" ARTWORK
TOP 50 MOST HATED COACHES OF ALL TIME
Their biggest sin usually is collecting wins at a rapid rate, but college coaches can find plenty of other ways to run afoul of fans. The Orlando Sentinel ranked the 50 most hated coaches of all time. Yes, we are aware hate is a rather strong word, but college fans are a passionate group and these football and men's basketball coaches made their blood boil in a unique way. (link below)
HISTORICAL HOMES TO HELP BOOST MAYWOOD AREA
A housewalk on Sunday showcased some lovely older homes for fans of vintage architecture, but to some of the organizers, there’s a larger purpose: highlighting Maywood as a bargain buy that may be coming back from the abyss of the foreclosure crisis and a surge in crime. (link below) http://www.chicagomag.com/Radar/Deal-Estate/July-2013/Can-Historical-Homes-Help-Maywood-Come-Back-from-the-Foreclosure-Years/
Sunday, July 7, 2013
TWISTA FT R.KELLY "THROWIN MY MONEY" (VIDEO PREQUEL)
While we wait on the official video, Twista and the GMG camp bless us with the video’s prequel.
DA BRAT "IS IT CHU"
After taking a decade off thanks to s stint in prison, label setbacks and industry politics, Da Brat returns with the first single from a new, currently untitled, project.
BAIL DENIED FOR SHOOTER OF A 5 YEAR OLD
A man accused of shooting 5-year-old Jaden Donald and two other men at a South Side Chicago park late night on July 4 was denied bail Sunday. “There are no conditions I can set to keep the community safe,” Jude Adam Bourgeios told Darrell E. Chambers during a Sunday bond hearing, the Sun-Times reports. Two older men were hit in the leg and the wrist during the shooting while 5-year-old Donald was hit in the stomach. According to DNAinfo Chicago, the boy had his kidney, pancreas and spleen removed during emergency surgery following the shooting. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/07/darrell-chambers-chicago_n_3558446.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago
BULLS MAKE A BIG SPLASH IN FREE AGENCY (NOT)
THE ALWAYS ACTIVE CHICAGO BULLS GOT THEIR #1 TARGET THIS OFF SEASON, A 6'9 SHOOTER HE CANT GUARD ANYONE OR CREATE HIS OWN SHOT. GOOD JOB BULLS! AS ALWAYS! The deal is reported to be two years worth roughly $6 million. Dunleavy played last season with the Milwaukee Bucks and averaged 10.5 points-per-game and shot 44.2 percent on three point attempts. (link below) http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/07/01/report-bulls-to-sign-mike-dunleavy/
Monday, July 1, 2013
SPENZO "IN SPENZO WE TRUST" COVER ART
SHOOTER SENDS SHOTS AT VAN WITH NUMEROUS KIDS INSIDE
A mother and her one-year-old son are currently in the hospital recovering after being victims of a shooting near Murray Park in Englewood. Leslie Freeman was riding in the front passenger seat of a friend's van on Sunday evening with her son Demonte sitting in her lap when another van, which witnesses say was red, pulled up alongside the Freemans. The red van's door slid open and two men fired nearly a dozen shot into the vehicle. The bullets missed the four other childen riding in the van and another 7-year-old child standing nearby but hit Leslie in the arm and Demonte in the leg. An 18-year-old suspect in the shooting was later found wounded on the West Side. (link below) http://www.v103.com/articles/did-you-see-that-421790/shots-fired-on-van-full-of-11447161/
LUPE FIASCO BLAST CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOLS
Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco was in his hometown over the weekend, to inspire hundreds of young black males who graduated from high school. The rapper appeared at the “2013 Mass Black Male Graduation and Transition to Manhood” ceremony. The event was held at Chicago State University. Lupe Fiasco was on hand to help recognize the African-American males from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, for graduating from high school. (link below) http://allhiphop.com/2013/06/30/lupe-fiasco-encourages-teens-blasts-chicago-high-schools/
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