Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Real always recognizes real, and that’s why you’ve probably heard BJ The Chicago Kid thanks to his feature work with the likes of real ones like Big Krit, and Warren G., and Freddie Gibbs to name a few. In fact, it was BJ’s signature Chicago Soul that stole the show on his 2014 TDE look that finally pushed the young champion out into the forefront. “Studio” by Schoolboy Q featuring BJ was a monster record, and inescapable on radio, clubs, and parties for nearly two summers straight. His infectious hook only brought to the masses the sentiment that many of us already knew – the kid’s a star. After his mixtape and self-released album grind for the past decade, Young and Reckless is proud to take you on a journey as The Kid with the city in his name goes back from where he came. BJ The Chicago Kid takes us behind the scenes, and back to his Southside Chicago roots, where he speaks at his former school, walks us through his creative process, and tears down a performance at Metro in Chicago during a Kritically Acclaimed tour stop. Look for BJ The Chicago Kid’s new album “In My Mind” out now on Motown Records. It may be his best journey yet. Forever Young. Forever Reckless.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Rockie Fresh returns to Chicago for his The Night I Went To…Chicago show — the second of three stops on his current album promo run. Rockie takes to Lincoln Hall at 6pm for the all ages affair, and in tandem he’s dropped a five-song EP.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
2016 Lollapalooza lineup was announced on Wednesday, March 23. For the music festival’s big 25th anniversary, 170 bands and artists will perform on eight stages for four days only in Grant Park from July 28 to 31. Lollapalooza, or Lolla, as it’s often referred to, is usually a three-day music festival set in Chicago. The festival first started in 1991 when Perry Farrell, the lead singer for Jane’s Addiction, wanted to do a farewell tour, which led to a festival featuring various artists. The music festival was first canceled in 1997 and then in 2004 due to low ticket sales, but now it’s back due to the demand and popularity of music festivals. Now Lollapalooza has become one of the most popular festivals in North America.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked Eddie Johnson, the Chicago Police Department’s African-American chief of patrol, to become the city’s next top cop in an unprecedented end-run around the Chicago Police Board aimed at boosting cops’ morale and restoring the community’s trust. Sources told the Chicago Sun-Times that Emanuel offered the $260,044-a-year post to Johnson before rejecting the Police Board’s three recommended finalists to replace Supt. Garry McCarthy, dumped by Emanuel amid public outrage over the video released in November showing a white cop shooting and killing black teenager Laquan McDonald.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Twista arrested in Indiana after cops find weed in a car he was traveling in. Fans of rapid-fire wordsmith Twista missed out on witnessing the rapper perform firsthand, when the car Twista was traveling in on his way to a show in Valparaiso, Indiana was pulled over. According to TMZ, after the vehicle was pulled over, police searched the car and found weed. "Twista was scheduled to perform at Big Shots in Valparaiso," TMZ reports. "We're told the Rolls Royce Phantom in which he was riding was pulled over at 10:15 PM, before the concert. Twista, 2 other passengers and the driver waited outside the car as police searched the vehicle and found the weed." Twista and crew were subsequently arrested following the discovery.
Chicago Est.137 Recently Caught Up With Producer & Artist "Xtra Midwest" 1. Can you introduce yourself to the people? Peace I'm Convertible Tee (Xtra MidWest) I'm an Emcee, Beatmaker, Record Producer from the South East Side of Chicago. 2. When did you decide to make a career of music, and what inspired that? I've always been into hip-hop and music in general has always been an element in my family life. Being around producers and freestyling in ciphers over the years kind of opened the door to writing songs, making these beats and chopping up samples. I've always had people who helped me out and showed me the door. I'm inspired by all of the great music and experiences that have affected my life. I don't know that I would consider what I do as a career. I look at it as a journey or more like a collage made out of the patterns and shapes in my life. I try to get my story across. 3. Whats been the most memorable moment of your grind thus far? I would have to say my first time going down to SXSW. I had just really started to focus on making these projects. I loved the climate in the culture. Everything was sounding fresh and it felt like we were coming into a new golden era of fresh shit. Things had gotten stale but around that time it started to feel like my era. It was a welcoming environment for me everything was kind of going into this rebirth. So I got some cash together and hit the lab then John Dafi and Leno XTR showed me around and opened up a side of the music industry that I had not been a part of up to that point. That weekend for SXSW I was able to talk to and just pick up game from different artist that was a great experience for me just starting out again this was like 2013 on my 1st project The Wandering Albatross. 4. How do you deal with writers-block? I just work my way thru it I'll write stuff down and make beats until something just sparks. I haven't really dealt with it much in the last few years because what I'm doing now is more organic. These songs write themselves it's a energy to it that flows naturally. I just try to tap into the source. I put up a lot of shots everything doesn't make the grade and I won't force it. 5. Dead Or alive if you could feature with one artist, who & why? There are a ton of artist here that make my kind of shit who I would love to work with. With out going into individual names I'm not a well known artist so I don't want to come off the wrong way or try to just throw names into the conversation. I think working with Big L would have been nasty. Cam, AG or Ab-Soul somebody who has an ill style and a way with words because the style of beats I like to use allow you to use an open conversational style. Just someone who is deceptively dope no one too straight forward or one dimensional. I like the funky stuff. 6. What are you currently promoting or working on? I'm finishing up a 6 song E.P called "The Beautiful Ones" I made the beats and went in with Laz from Quarter Juice Productions over at the music garage here in Chicago and he did all the post production and added his signature to the project. The first single is produced by Lolo my guy Alvin Love it's called "Box Bake (Vodka & Gatorade)" it's streaming online now you can Google it. The second single is out now on the CHICAGO UNSIGNED HYPE "SXSW EDITION" mixtape it's called "N the Park (80's baby) that one is produced by Laz from top to bottom. It's the first one we recorded for this project. I'm still figuring out what the next song will be and a way to get these videos into production. 7. Where do you see yourself the next 3-5 years? Still making this funky shit. I'm an integrity artist so I want to stay true to my voice and expand on my sound. I'd like to lock in with the guys I normally work with like Paul Jillz. I would also like to produce for a younger hip hop oriented artist with a vision. Working behind the scenes possibly with a major is a goal as well I have a corporate background so I know my way around the office. I plan on writing creatively as well. Follow His Progress... https://soundcloud.com/wandering-albatross https://www.facebook.com/XtraMid/
Chicago EST.1837 recently caught up with popular mixtape DJ "King Flow" 1. Introduce yourself and how long you've been grinding. My name is DJ King Flow, i'm from Orleans in France and I'm a Mixtape DJ, music producer and C.E.O of the "Mixtape Addict" brand! I've been doing mixtapes since I was 14 (was born in 1994) and really got into it at 16 when I joined the Coast2Coast DJ's. 2. The defining moment of taking your career serious came when? It came when I've started producing music for Rap-P from Queensbridge NY. I was 13 years old. I realized that the internet had the power to make my music heard all over the world. That was a big moment for me. 3. Give us your most memorable mixtape project you've been apart of. I'm thinking of too many projects... I'd probably say the mixtapes I did with Krayzie Bone, Gunplay, Talib Kweli and one memorable project with the real Freeway Ricky Ross. I had the chance to have him to host a tape with another DJ from Germany... And I can't forget about the tape I did with Big Daddy Kane! 4. If you could play one song to get a party going, which would it be? I'd say "Back That Azz Up" by Juvenile... Especially in the south! 5. Who are some of your favorite Chicago artist? Rhymefest, Common and Kanye West are some of my favorite Chicago artists... I like Lil Durk, Montana of 300 and Fredo Santana too... 6. What can we expect from the your brand these next few years? I want to takeover the world. Except to see the logo everywhere in the next few years! Shout out to H3 Entertainment for the interview, salute! Keep Up With His Progress.. Twitter @DJKingFlow Instagram @DJKingFlow
Thursday, March 24, 2016
6'4 Jordan Goodwin (Belleville Althoff) is the winningest and most productive player in Illinois high school basketball and he's just a junior! He might not be the most athletic or the highest ranked on the national lists, but Goodwin is a pure basketball player and he wins! He doesn't need a "position at the next level." Scoring over 1700 career points in high school so far, Goodwin led the Belleville Althoff Crusaders (32-2) to its first Boys Basketball state title after finishing second in 2015. Goodwin has dominated varsity basketball since he stepped on the court as a freshman. As a sophomore, he led team in scoring (20 ppg), rebounding (8.4) and second in assists (2.5). As a junior, he did it again, averaging a team high 19 ppg with a team high 293 rebounds and 99 assists. Goodwin is as competitive and physical as any high school player. He guards the opponent's best player, even if it means a 7 inch size disadvantage as it did in Peoria vs St Joes' 6'11 Nick Rakocevic.
The past few seasons, the winner of the IHSA boys basketball Class 4A state championship required a superstar talent. Simeon won with Jabari Parker for four consecutive years, Whitney Young made a run with Jahlil Okafor and Stevenson won last season behind Jalen Brunson. All three of those players were McDonald's All-Americans and Parker and Okafor are already playing in the NBA. Curie didn't have an All-American on its roster entering Saturday night's clash with Benet, but senior point guard Devin Gage played like a star in the Condors' 65-59 state-title win over Benet at Carver Arena. The boys basketball state title is the first for Curie. (link below) http://www.csnchicago.com/preps/curie-beats-benet-first-state-basketball-title-0
Monday, March 21, 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Wednesday that the decision stems from the White Sox choosing to limit the time LaRoche's 14-year-old son, Drake, could spend in the clubhouse.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
MUSIC: ON THIS DAY 4 YEARS AGO CHIEF KEEF RELEASE "BACK FROM THE DEAD" MIXTAPE THAT STARTED THE CHICAGO WAVE NOW
On THIS Day 4 Years Ago, Chief Keef released "Back From The Dead" which brought the national spotlight back to the Chicago music scene for good!
The canceled rally came on a day that Mr. Trump sought to move past the primary fight, saying that the party needed to come together behind him. With thousands of people already packed into stands and music blaring to warm up the crowd, Donald J. Trump’s campaign abruptly canceled his rally here on Friday night over security concerns as protesters clashed with his supporters inside an arena where he was to speak. Minutes after Mr. Trump was to have taken to a podium on the campus of a large, diverse public university just west of downtown, an announcer suddenly pronounced the event over before it had begun. Hundreds of protesters, who had promised to be a visible presence here and filled several sections of the arena, let out an elated, unstopping cheer. Mr. Trump’s supporters, many of whom had waited hours to see the Republican front-runner, seemed stunned and slowly filed out in anger.
Friday, March 11, 2016
After two years of delays and multiple twists and turns, the murder trial of Javan Boyd has apparently come to an end -- with both RondoNumbaNine and Cdai being found guilty on all charges and allegedly sentenced to 45 years to life. Official news sources have yet to make a statement, but Chicago rapper and friend of the defendants, 600Breezy mentioned it on twitter.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
H3 Entertainment & GoSityEnt.com Of Chicago lead a team of new up n coming artists and executives through Austin, Texas for the 29th annual South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival. With commentary from tastemaker & brand ambassador Showcase and footage by established ChicagoEBK Media appearances include but are not limited to by..... Young Chop & Johnny May Cash, MyMixtapez, Syri Da Kid, Wale, Dolla Bill Dillz, Sprks, SincereYFL, Twista, J.Zamudio Films, Dlow (Bop King), Montanna Of 300, Pesh Of Livemixtapes, AZae, Kush Boys, Webbie 504, Jack Thriller. Creative Status (Clothing Store), Trae Tha Truth, YK Wildend, DJ Mil- Ticket, Jilla, World P, Sicko Mobb, Picaso Swag & Saint Nick, Shawnna & HearonTrackz.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Earlier this week, Atlanta rapper Rich the Kid, signed to Quality Control, announced he would soon be unveiling his own label as well as his first signee. Today (Mar. 6), he has done just that. He has named his label Rich Forever Music, and his first signee is a promising one: buzzing Chicago rapper Famous Dex.
I first went around five to six years ago to see what all the fuss was about. It appeared that every key player in the music business was down there, and I’d been kicking myself for missing. I’d been hearing about it for years, and many of my peers started going. It was the place to discover new talent, network and attend all the cool events. As an up-and-coming blogger, it seemed like the best place to make new connections — on a level playing field. We weren’t in LA or NYC — it was Austin, so everyone was kind of taken off their high horses. Then I started going to put on events. In 2011, we did the Taste of Chicago showcase – an all Chicago show with various artists and brands. In 2013, we did our biggest event ever at SXSW — with Red Bull Sound Select. Master P headlined, and Chance the Rapper opened. There was like 2,500 people that attended throughout the day. It was amazing. The past few years I’ve been for work and fun. A little of both, but mostly for business. I think SXSW is more about networking and being seen now. It’s changed a lot even in the five to-six years since I started going. I can’t imagine how much it’s changed in the past 10 years. People prefer to go to the late-night parties, like the Illmore, as opposed to standing around in a crowded bar looking for the next best talent. Now it’s really about following around the new buzz artist, or trying to finesse your way into the big corporate events. People want to see Kanye and Eminem and J. Cole and Drake, not Johnny up-and-comer. It’s tough for new artists to cut through the noise. If you have NO buzz in your hometown, don’t even waste your time making the trip. It won’t make a difference. People don’t really get discovered down there anymore. I think it’s a lot of fun, but it’s more about being seen and hitting the big corporate events now. People want to be seen at the cool places, not at hole-in-the-walls, trying to discover something new. SXSW should continue on, making it a destination for music fans to see everything they want within a three day span.
One of the NFL’s greatest receivers is saying goodbye. The Detroit Lions announced Tuesday that Calvin Johnson is retiring after nine seasons. Johnson, 30, acknowledged earlier in the offseason he was considering walking away after battling injuries in recent years. “After much prayer, thought and discussion with loved ones, I have made the difficult decision to retire from the Lions and pro football," Johnson said in a statement. "I have played my last game of football. “Let me assure you that this was not an easy or hasty decision. As I stated, I, along with those closest to me, have put a lot of time, deliberation and prayer into this decision and I truly am at peace with it." The six-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first team all-pro finishes his career with 83 touchdowns and 11,619 yards on 731 catches, including 122 receptions for a record 1,964 yards in 2012.
Monday, March 7, 2016
Illinois has selected former Bears coach Lovie Smith as its next football coach after athletic director Josh Whitman posted two photos on Monday morning with Smith at Memorial Stadium. Smith agreed to a six-year deal with payments of $2 million annually for 2016 and 2017, $3 million for 2018, $4 million for 2019 and $5 million annually for both 2020 and 2021. He will have opportunities for earn more through incentive bonuses.
Saturday, March 5, 2016
The details are still being worked out, but 11 Alive News is reporting that a homicide took place outside of the Street Execs Studio in Atlanta, where 50 shell casings were recovered. Many of Bankroll Fresh’s peers & friends have already paid their condolences on social media tonight.