Saturday, August 30, 2014
Here is the full 3 part mini-movie for Babyface Monster's album "The Making of A Monster". It stars up and coming actress Lana Smithner as the femme fatale and Kevin Hope as the victim. The 4 minute feature written, directed, and edited by Yusef Day. The love story begins as a late night rendezvous that quickly turns into a robbery/homicide to retrieve unknown information. This artistic piece is the perfect platform to introduce BFM's new album as 3 of his hit singles, "Tonight", "Im In Dat", Howl at the Moon" are showcased as the soundtrack of the film.
The long awaited follow up to 2013's "Free Crack" from Lil Bibby is here! #FreeCrack2 is hosted by DJ Drama and includes features from Kevin Gates, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, Jadakiss, Lil Herb as well as production from Juicy J, Honorable C-NOTE, Sonny Digital, DJ Pain 1 & many more.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Produced by Ric and Thaddeus, Landon Battles along with popular Chicago unsigned hype The Boy Illinois provide listeners with a day in the life of making it through Chicago with this leak off Landon's upcoming EP "Black Gold" due out this fall.
Lupe’s contribution to Stand Up To Cancer gets more support as J.Hud and Com lend their support to the uplifting record. The track officially hits iTunes September 5.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Two brothers cleared of attempted murder are suing the city and Chicago Police detectives. And a Cook County judge is calling the police investigation of the shooting nothing short of “pathetic.” Vernell Green, 23, and his younger brother Antwyone, 22, were charged with the January 2013 attempted murder of Jryce Starling, 17, based entirely on Starling’s flawed hospital identification of them as the gunmen who shot him in the 8500 block of South Hoyne, the suit alleges. (link below) http://www.suntimes.com/29340124-761/2-brothers-cleared-of-attempted-murder-sue-city-cpd-detectives.html#.U_t6U7ywLv0
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The Ruckus Theater has announced a pair of productions for the company's sixth season in 2015, along with new artistic and executive directors. (link below) http://www.timeout.com/chicago/blog/the-ruckus-theater-announces-2015-season-new-leadership
After winning the lottery last week, Chicago native Jessica Sanchez said she’s already made arrangements to use some of the money to help the homeless in Humboldt Park. “I was feeling very sleepy so at first I thought the prize amount was $500," Sanchez said in a statement. "When I took it to the store the next day and double-checked it, I realized it was $500,000!” That morning she bought breakfast for all of her co-workers. And that’s only the start. Sanchez said she plans to contribute to the food trucks that help the homeless in the Humboldt Park community, according to the Illinois Lottery. When asked what advice she would give to other lottery players she said, “Share your good fortune, and always double-check your tickets!” (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140825/humboldt-park/lottery-winner-giving-part-of-500000-win-homeless-humbodt-park
Monday, August 25, 2014
Chi.1837 Recently Caught Up With Rising Artist "Cell Plaga" 1. Introduce yourself and what you stand for as an artist. My name is cell plaga im from the north pole of Chicago..and I stand for the people..I jus wanna inspire them to go after what ever they want out of life especially the black youth , to show them its more to life then whats in front of there eyes and to let em know that thier in control of their own destiny. 2. How long have you been seriously grinding in entertainment? I've been grinding for about four years. 3. What defining moment do you have that made you want to be in the music industry? When I was in high school just watching music videos...it just clicked in my head and I told myself that's what I wanted to do. 4. How do you deal with writers block? I really don't get writers block like that so its not a problem for me ....i just go off of how im feeling at that moment sometimes I jus go in the booth and start freestyling or ill write, or I just do both but its never a time wen I couldn't think of nothing to say. 5. Give us a few favorite artists & albums in your Ipod right now. I listen to biggie and jay -z of course ..and one of my favorite albums is late registration by kanye, and im Jamaican so I listen to alot of reggae also. 6. Where do you see yourself the next few years? I see my self in top brackets with the heavy's in the game..I know in three years that I will earn my respect as an artist and a song writer, trend setter as well as a hit maker. Follow His Progress.... twitter.com/cellplaga773 facebook.com/cellplaga instagram.com/cellplaga773
On December 4, 1969, the Chicago police, under the direction of Illinois State's Attorney Edward Hanrahan, raided Fred Hampton's apartment at 2337 West Monroe Street with a warrant to search for weapons. Twenty-one-year-old Fred Hampton and 18-year-old Party member Mark Clark were killed in the raid. Though authorities claimed the Panthers had opened fire on police, ballistic reports revealed police fired 99 shots, against one from the Panthers.
The city will celebrate JRW's amazing run with a parade Wednesday that will begin on the South Side and end in Millennium Park. The fireworks at Navy Pier that evening also will be dedicated to JRW. JRW certainly did not come away empty-handed during its epic trip to South Williamsport, Pa. Five wins and the right to call themselves United States Little League champions are near the top of the list, as are other fantastic memories that reach beyond the players and coaches.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Four remaining hostages who had been held captive for nearly 21 hours have been rescued, and two suspects who engaged in a standoff with police in south suburban Harvey have been taken into custody Wednesday morning. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said officers entered the home at 147th and Robey shortly before 9:30 a.m. and rescued two women and two children from a second floor bedroom. The two suspects who had been holding them hostage did not surrender willingly, but were taken into custody without any shots being fired. The sheriff said, after the remaining hostages were brought out of the house, “the entire neighborhood was just cheering wildly.” “There was just a collective sigh of relief from everybody when we got those last ones out of there,” he added. “Obviously, this was very volatile for a long time.” Dart said the hostages were not hurt, but were obviously traumatized by their ordeal. (link below) http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/08/20/harvey-hostages-rescued-suspects-in-custody/
DopeLiven Ent's lead artist "J.A.G" push out just enough on this recent release for fans to know he is a serious MC. His catchy flow over well put together production leaves fans with a project they can play in any environment or setting.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Congress Theater has permanently banned EDM concerts from its stage as part of an agreement with the city of Chicago, according to DNA Info. Following a series of violations, the venue lost its liquor license and was subsequently shut down in May 2013. Those violations included several drug-related incidents and failure of venue security to contact police following fights within the venue. A year prior, a female concert patron was raped after being turned away from the venue. Under terms of the agreement, the venue will continue to operate with the understanding that EDM concerts will no longer take place, regardless of the owner. The city defines EDM as “music created by a DJ or multiple DJs primarily using specialized equipment and software instead of traditional instruments.” According to City of Chicago local liquor commissioner Gregory Steadman, the ban reflects a “rising level of concern about these events and whether or not they’re safe.” He added, “The community does not want those events there. We’re not saying EDM are all bad but in venues of this size — 5,000 seats — we don’t feel this is appropriate for the Congress.” The Congress has previously hosted performances from Skrillex, Rusko, Major Lazer, Steve Aoki, and more. (link below) http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/08/chicago-music-venue-bans-edm-concerts/
After saying he’s open to moving the annual Pride Parade out of Boystown, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) has launched a survey to find out if the community would support moving the parade downtown. WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, the day after this year’s parade, Tunney said he is “not afraid to look” at the option of moving after it has spent most of the last 45 years in Lakeview. The parade regularly draws crowds in the hundreds of thousands, with more than a million people gathering this year, to celebrate the state law allowing same-sex marriage in Illinois. Eight were arrested during the parade, but afterward some residents and businesses said police didn’t do enough to keep the peace. (link below) http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/08/19/tunney-asks-residents-if-pride-parade-should-move-downtown/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Chicago Est.1837 Recently Caught Up With Indie Artist "Wes Kardigan" 1. Introduce yourself and what you stand for as an artist? Hello World my name is Wes Kardigan. What I stand for as an artist is the mid-90's to the early 2000's era of hip-hop that embraces and intertwines with today's music but still is enlightening, skillful, witty and refreshing. 2. What inspired you to become serious in the music business? What inspired me to become serious about the music business is the fact that I have a gift for writing, producing and performing that I want to share with the world and help bring back a balance in our choice of mainstream hip-hop. Being able to have more of a variety of songs to listen to as oppose to hearing the same old 10-20 records from the same 5-10 acts 24/7. 3. Favorite album of all time & how it inspired you? I honestly do not have an all-time favorite album. However, off top for inspiration I go to Kanye's "THE COLLEGE DROPOUT". It inspired me from the aspect of it was thought-provoking, well-balanced, well-marketed, soulful, humorous & it connected with the average everyday blue collar person while simultaneously "DOING NUMBERS" from a music consumer-buying standpoint. It possessed that feel of "THIS IS HOW I WANT MY ALBUM TO SOUND LIKE, THIS IS MY STARTING POINT/BLUEPRINT". 4. How do u deal with writers block? By not forcing myself to just write for the sake of writing and not paying too much attention to radio are the best ways for me to deal with writer's block. But when I'm "IN MY ZONE", it usually comes in spurts. 5. The game has changed, whats your view on today's hip hop? My view on today's hip-hop is that it is really not inspirational to me as an artist. It's more about the powers that be dictating to the masses (majority being the youth that can be easily-influenced & manipulated) what they should consider hip-hop to be. Too many one-dimensional acts. Too many clowns trying to the be ringleader of the circus. Sex sells, money sells, liquor sells, murder sells I get all of that, despite the fact they are all in "overkill mode". It's too many "say what I want to hear" and not enough "say what I need to hear" acts to create a balance within the mainstream. Everybody is not hating on you dog it's just everyone is not going to gravitate to your music like you think. That's just a part of life. The only thing that stays the same about the game is that it "doesn't stay the same". It will continue to change and evolve. 6. Where do you see yourself the next few years? In the next few years, I see myself having a career as oppose to a job in the field of music. Touring, producing possibly branching off into acting and just basically helping the next man/woman fulfill their dreams and aspirations. Follow His Progress... coast2coastmixtapes.com/member/wes-kardigan reverbnation.com/weskardigan twitter.com/WES_KARDIGAN
Monday, August 18, 2014
The new dance single "I Need (Drugz)" from female Chicago rap artist Morgan Mimosa (formerly known as Mz Ross Da Boss) is her debut under the executive production of super producer Tony Baines and management of Stack Or Starve Approved.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Chicago Est.1837 Recently Had The Chance To Catch Up With Rising Artist "J.A.G" 1.Introduce yourself and how long you've being pursuing a music career. My name is Jordan Gray, but I go b J.A.G. or JAG. I am a Sophomore at Saint Xavier University pursuing a communications degree. I have been pursuing a music career for a little over two years. I started rapping because music is very important to me and inspires me and in turn, I want to inspire others through my music. When I was growing up, I noticed how a lot of rappers always talked about what they have, money, girls, cars. I want to make music that relates more to real life and talks about real life situations. We all have good times, bad times, happy times, sad times, crazy moments, and life changing moments. I like to keep trying to be different metaphorically and still make sense to those listening. 2. What does your stage name stand for & how did you come up with it? My name JAG is simply the initials to my name, Jordan Alexander Gray. Instead of trying to come up with an acronym or something crazy, I decided to keep it simple. Dopeliven, my movement, came from just living a good life. Dope is a throwback word meaning good, which is how I live. 3. Name your favorite album of all time. Mac Miller Waching Movies With The Sound Off, Schoolboy Q Oxymoron, Notorious BIG Ready To Die, LLCool J Walking With A Panther. 4. The music business isn't easy, what inspired you to become an artist? Hearing lyrics and beats from others and seeing how even though they got some success, they wound up without anything or got in trouble. As I developed my style, I took that as a challenge to not become a statistic and just make good music. I didn’t want to be the weed smoking, wanna be thug, pimp, player, hustler. If that works for you, fine. I just want to be me, JAG. Like my music because I try to tell stories and have fun with it. Sometimes, I surprise myself. 5. Give us a few memorable moments thus far in your short career. At the age of 17, my group and I were able to perform at Club Adriana’s. To be in the same place performing that big name people have been in was huge for us. Also, I did my first solo performance without my group for the first time. It was scary but the crowd showed love. When the first video that we did, “They Know” had over 35,000 views was a blessing. And when one of my songs did pretty well on I Tunes and Amazon.com it felt great. And as of recently, Dopeliven has been nominated for a Midwest Urban Music Award for best newcomer. All were memorable to me. 6. where do you see yourself the next 3-5 years? Firm in the business and hopefully my brand as strong as ever. I see the clothing line, 19Naughty4/Dopeliven Apparel being worn by everyone. I also hope to be in a position to help others who want to be in this business to pursue their dreams as I am. I also hope to have been nominated or won an industry award. It’s coming, I feel it. Follow His Progress.... Instagram.com/dopeafterdope twitter.com/dope_r_us facebook.com/JagIsDope
The Chicago Newspaper Guild is fighting a quota system that requires Pioneer Press reporters to write at least 2.5 stories each day, or risk losing their jobs. The Guild has filed a complaint calling the quota "unfair" and said it was imposing on "journalistic integrity." It is the latest in the ongoing battle between Sun-Times Media and its journalists. The Guild's Ralph Zahorik wrote Tuesday that staffers are working under "a confusing but strict quota" that puts writers' careers on the line. “They’re being warned if they don’t produce the 2.5 minimum, they could lose their jobs,” he wrote in a post on the Chicago Newspaper Guild's site. The Guild is now demanding that the media group drop the rule and "immediately cease and desist from issuing further discipline based on a story quota." (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/15/sun-times-quota-newspaper-guild-story-quota_n_5681785.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago&ir=Chicago
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Ye's fan site, KTT, has been very critical of Mano in the past for his performance during shows, and one of the members even made a video of a few of his mistakes that included cutting off songs prematurely and playing the wrong song at times. Ye has not yet commented on the split. Maybe its because he's been to busy worrying about DJ Sean MAC & his CASKET clothing line which the DJ claims he based off the "Treated CRew" line of hats with similar color.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Some of Chicago's yellow lights are too short, according to an administrative law judge who said he's thrown out "60 to 70 percent" of red-light camera tickets he's come across recently because of the discrepancy. The city uses the state and federal standard of having yellow lights display for a minimum of three seconds at intersections. But an administrative law judge, who hears appeals from motorists ticketed by red-light cameras, said during a hearing this week that he has seen evidence that yellow times are slightly beneath that at some Chicago intersections with red-light cameras. (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140812/river-north/city-yellow-lights-too-short-judge-says-before-tossing-red-light-tickets
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Jelly Belly brand jelly beans will soon no longer be made at the North Chicago factory where they've been produced since 1978. The company said Monday that 70 jobs will be eliminated as it moves production of all Jelly Belly brand candy products to its headquarters in Fairfield, Calif. The factory will now produce private label food products, which it said “have reported double digit growth in recent years.” It will also do contract manufacturing. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-illinois-layoffs-20140811-story.html
Monday, August 11, 2014
South Side team Chicago's first to reach the Little League World Series in 31 years. The Morgan Park-based Jackie Robinson West Little League team arrived in Williamsport, Pa., Sunday — one day after becoming Chicago's first team to reach the Little League World Series in 31 years. The Little League World Series, a 16-team, double-elimination tournament with eight clubs from the United States and another eight from various regions of the world, begins Thursday. Jackie Robinson West's first game is at 2 p.m. Thursday against Lynnwood, Wash., the Northwest Regional champions. It will be televised by ESPN. (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140811/morgan-park/jackie-robinson-wests-coach-its-like-were-baseball-heaven
Three of the oldest "L" stops along the Blue Line will be receiving upgrades to their platforms and stations beginning in September. The renovations at the Damen, California and Western stations are apart of the $492 million Your New Blue Modernization project. Major upgrades at the California and Damen stations will force each station to close for several weeks, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced via a press release Monday. The station improvements for the three station will cost a total of $33 million. The California station will be the first to be renovated, closing for six weeks of improvements beginning Sept. 4. The station will reopen six weeks later. (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140811/logan-square/blue-line-improvements-begin-september
Chicago is cold and isolating. It is not a city for most people, but the people who choose or were chosen by this gem on the lake are hardwired to rise above their limitations. This is a city of singular talents, stars who have had to hustle from an early age but are equipped with an innate intelligence to rise above the rest, both locally and nationally. And Dreezy (born Seandrea Sledge) might just be the next in line to do so. (full interview below) http://www.complex.com/music/2014/08/dreezy-chicago-feature
Described as sonic sexual, Made 2 Be Manissh provides listeners with a new sound & twist on his viral project "A Few Dirty Rap Songs" streaming now on soundcloud. Check out standout tracks Wet Pantiez & Cool Coochie Lova. Stay intune with new music & updates. Facebook.com/madetobmannissh (project below) https://soundcloud.com/made2bmannissh
Chicago based label Doe Fiend Records has partnered with Stack Or Starve Approved for the release of new emerging artist Trappa Twan's mixtape “I Beg 2 Differ” Trappa Twan without a doubt will be known as one of Chicago’s more creative & quality artists to hit the scene. Trappa Twan is a born sinner, gambler, and trapper! This young hustler is a artist on his grind 24/7 in and out of the studio. After 22 years his grind is unmatched and his appetite for more is never appeased. Bred to get bread on Chicago's south side where the opportunity to come up is endless and likelihood to fail is inevitable. He has aspired to be the one to make a difference through his gift to convey the street's message of poverty and triumph! The artist music is his thoughts, and his video's are his canvas. Watch him paint a perfect picture for you. “Beg 2 Differ” (Hosted By Stack Or Starve Approved) will feature Twan's first two singles " 2 Rill" & "Mexico" as well as othersongs like "Forever" , "Lay Low" & 'Put Up With Me". Trappa Twan's main objective is to set himself apart and prove he’s different if not better than his Chicago counterparts, on the other hand the Mixtape “Beg 2 Differ” show’s the depth of Trappa Twan as a writer and performer for he have crafted songs for the streets, clubs, females and music lovers alike. "Beg 2 Differ" is a fusion of real life scenarios delivered with Trappa Twan's street wordplay over high energy production. Trappa Twan has enlisted some of Chicago’s most talented for his most recent effort including production from Don rob, Pressure, Mike P & Chase davis, as well as features from artists within the Doe Fiend Records Camp. Still new to the game, Trappa Twan is ready to take his career to next level. Trappa Twan has partnered with Doe Fiend Records & Stack Or Starve Approved which is the biggest brand in the midwest. “Beg 2 Differ” (Hosted By Stack Or Starve Approved) is scheduled to be available on livemixtapes.com & many other sites. " 2 Rill" & "Mexico" will also hit iTunes & Digital Retail following Mixtape release. For More Info: Trappatwaninfo@gmail.com www.DoeFiend.com Twitter @TrappaTwan100 Instagram - TrappaTwan100
New Music From Castro! Feat.Boss Woo Off The Upcoming Project "Sno Block" Hosted By Dj Honorz x Dj Amaris x Dj Shon x DJ 3Stripes!
Friday, August 8, 2014
Harold's Chicken Shack is one of Chicago's most iconic restaurant businesses, with 40 locations across the city. At least seven restaurants calling themselves Harold's Chicken Shack don't have an agreement with the company to use its name, according to Kristen Pierce-Sherrod, president of Harold's Chicken Shack Corporation. She calls them "bogus," and is looking into legal remedies. (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140808/chatham/harolds-chicken-goes-after-bogus-store-owners
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Chance the Rapper closed out Lollapalooza on Sunday night. Despite the wet weather, fans piled into Chicago’s Grant Park to watch the 21-year-old MC thrill his hometown crowd during his much-anticipated set, which was streamed live. The most-talked-about moment of the night was when Chicago’s own R. Kelly joined him onstage.
A sister of an alderman will be allowed to serve as principal of a Far Northwest Side school even though she failed the principal selection test twice and was not eligible for the position, the district says. (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140801/portage-park/cps-approves-ald-oconnors-sister-as-gray-elementary-principal
Whether it’s the University of Chicago’s Chicago Innovation Exchange, Northwestern University’s INVO, or the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Innovation Center, new business ideas are forming every day at Chicago Schools. UIC has its Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, there’s the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship at Northwestern, the Coleman Entrepreneurship center at DePaul, and entrepreneurship is the second largest concentration at UChicago with the Polsky Center. But there’s a new list by Forbes that seems to indicate that Chicago colleges aren’t producing new business owners at the rate of other schools. Northwestern was the only Chicago school to crack the list, and it came in at 26. The only other Illinois school named was Southern Illinois University Carbondale at 37. (link below) http://chicagoinno.streetwise.co/2014/08/04/only-one-chicago-school-makes-forbes-list-of-americas-most-entrepreneurial-universities/
Friday, August 1, 2014
Chicago Est.1837 Recently Caught Up W/ Stack Or Starve CEO "Dough From Da Go" 1. Introduce yourself and the companies you play a role in. Dough From Da Go. All Around Business Hustler, Repping Stack Or Starve Approved, Def Jam Records, Swurv Radio & a few other ventures lol. 2. At what specific moment did u relize this would be your life path & what inspired it? Just being young, and hungry with a passion for the music, and an even harder passion for the business. Working a 9 to 5 was ok, but i knew god had me here on earth for a reason, to make a mark, help others and put down a legacy. 3. Whose on your IPod playlist? Sade' Common Jhene Aiko' Big Krit Sy Ari Da Kid Blanco Caine Dott Richey Chris James Guns & Roses 4. What project or early career accomplishment can u remember being the most important to launching SOS? Having some main stream artists like Rick Ross, Twista, Styles P, Shawty Lo & etc, shout the brand out, as well as the SOS Mixtape Brand being a part of the street movements that broke artists like durk, louie, sasha, keef & others. Overall the streets have say so, and they rocked hard with the movement. History's been made. 5. Is there anything you don't have your hands on now that you want to dive in soon? business ventures, etc. Defanitely building youth cultural centers in Chicago to give young teenagers something creative to do, build awareness in molding young moguls and aspiring businessman. As well as taking on the fashion industry with my new line "Bag Language", which You can find on www.SOSAttire.com 6. Your brand is the biggest in Chicago, One of the elites within the country. How do u feel about the media coverage on rap/drill lately? At the end of the day, rap has a pie of different flavors, and drill/ street music will never die. Reason being, is because street life is a reality, and for some, thats all they know and have experienced. The guy who wakes up to a rolex on his nightstand and a foreign woman in bed, and takes trips across the world, is in another space, and he has something to talk about differently. Music is a form of expression. So we all have to bite down and respect it for what it is. 7. What do u see as being some of the biggest challenges in the music industry nowadays? Building and keeping relationships solid. Learning not to burn bridges, understanding marketing dollars and how important self independence is. As well as taking control of your own destiny in this industry. 8. With that being said how does one go about overcoming or preventing some of those things? By thinking outside the box. Trying things, staying focus, using your relationships correctly and not taking advantage. 9. Tell us about the work with def jam this year. Def Jam is an iconic label and brand. Its the 30th anniversary, the label has signed some great acts and talented stars in the likes of Common, Iggy, August Alsina, Jhene Aiko', Afrojack, Jeezy, Jeremih & many others. The Focus is to take the brand back to the streets and keep the awareness going on a whole bigger level. 10. Where do you see yourself within the next 3-5 years? In The next 3-5 years i would defanitely like to be propelled into mogul status, but by my own rules! Not Theirs! lol. Follow Me On Twitter & Instagram @DoughFromDaGo Also Follow @StackOrStarvDjs on Twitter Instagram: StackOrStarveApproved Shouts to my partners Missy B, Tony Baines & Troy Bryant for rocking the long Way! Shouts to Every team thats a part of my movements & shout out to You!