25 November 2013 | By Nello in Chicago, Hip Hop, Interview, Music | No Comments Yet
If you really wanted to experience Chicago Hip-Hop at it’s finest and see how much of a roll Chicago is on in the whole spectrum of Hip-Hop right now than The Shrine in Chicago’s south loop was the place to be this past Friday November 22nd. As legendary producer 9th Wonder of Winston-Salem, North Carolina along with fellow North Carolina natives Khrysis and Rapsody of 9th’s Jamla Records label welcomed Chicago native Add-2 as the label’s newest signee in a showcase at the club/lounge/concert venue, which was Add’s first major hometown performance since announcing his signing to the label in early October. As Khryis, whom Add recently released his very amazing collaborative Between Heaven and Hell EP with in conjunction with L-R-G put on one amazing beat showcase to open up before Rapsody came to open up for her new labelmate with a pretty convincing opening act that convinced me I now for sure need to check out her material I have been meaning to, but kept putting off.
25 November 2013 | By Nello in Sports | No Comments Yet
On the heels of the bad news earlier in the NBA that Derrick Rose would be out the remainder of the season for the Chicago Bulls, almost ironically the Los Angeles Lakers have now come with the great news that their own currently injured superstar Kobe Bryant signed a two-year, $48 million contract extension that will keep him a Laker for life. Which you have to really admire and appreciate the loyalty between both sides cause it allows Kobe to do something rare in today’s free agent and trade market by staying with one team for his entire career.
25 November 2013 | By Nello in Hip Hop, Music, New Music | No Comments Yet
Fellow Chicago native Skooda Chose comes back from a super long hiatus to give us some of that fly ish on the mic with dope classical smooth beats and rhymes of great amazing bars on the appropriately titled Classical. No word on if this will be on Skooda’s highly anticipated Vulture Culture project that’s set to be dropping soon, but I will definitely have it in rotation for awhile.
25 November 2013 | By Nello in Hip Hop, Music, Video/Media | No Comments Yet
Nearly three months after being seen shooting the video in New York City with Director X and nearly a month after the single was released veteran New York emcee Busta Rhymes brings us the very colorful visuals to his latest single, Thank You featuring Q-Tip, Kanye West and Lil Wayne. The very stepper-friendly soulful jam finds Busta along with fellow New York veteran emcee and Leaders of the New School associate Q-Tip trading bars like the old school days and Bus-A-Bus once again back to making that real classic Hip-Hop we are used to from his earlier days that made him a Hip-Hop legend. It should be interesting to see if he continues to make music as great as this for his upcoming new album E.L.E.2, which is set to drop early next year.
25 November 2013 | By Nello in Sports | No Comments Yet
The Chicago Bulls went into Monday morning’s second major knee surgery in 19 months for superstar point guard and homegrown hero Derrick Rose with the thoughts, hopes and prayers that it wasn’t as serious as last time. While also embracing for the worst case scenario.
Unfortunately for both Rose and the Bulls organization the latter happened when team physician Brian Cole successfully performed surgery to repair the torn medial meniscus in Rose’s right knee that will keep him out the remainder the season just a year after he missed the entire 2012-2013 season.
23 November 2013 | By Nello in Hip Hop, Music, Video/Media | No Comments Yet
Top Dawg Entertainment’s recent signings Isaiah Rashad and SZA recently came together for the very amazing laidback, smooth and dope Ronnie Drake track that finds Isaiah spitting rhymes about the struggles of hustling and racial-profiling in America and bringing a great message with the track that a lot can relate to. TDE songstress SZA provides the amazing hook about midway through the very amazing track, which has an even better black and white visual provided by directors Fredo Tovar and Scott Fleishman of APLUSFILMZ in Isaiah’s hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee that really brings the track to life that much more through the video to make the track that much more better too. Look out for this as one of many great tracks to be featured on his upcoming debut mixtape, Cilvia, which is expected to impact in the coming weeks.
19 November 2013 | By Nello in Hip Hop, Music, New Music | No Comments Yet
With his debut Jamla project, Between Heaven and Hell set to drop this Thursday, fellow Chicago native and the homie Add-2 gives us some new heat with the very lively Khrysis-produced, Club Church. Another very amazing track from Add, where he compares the parallels between the club and church and really paints a great imagery with his lyrics of what the club was like if it was a church and vice versa. It’s another track that really shows off how talented and great of an emcee Add is to and why he’s a personal fav of mine that has me looking really forward to hearing the full EP he crafted with Khrysis. By the way if you’re from Chicago or in the area this weekend be sure to check Add’s first major show here at home since signing to 9th Wonder’s Jamla Records at The Shrine this Friday Nov. 22nd, which will also feature performances from Add’s Jamla labelmates 9th, Khrysis and Rapsody in a Jamla Records showcase. As he celebrates his signing to the label and the release of his new project.
06 November 2013 | By BlacCYankee in Art, Behind the Scenes, Entertainment, Hip Hop, Music, New Music | No Comments Yet
Marshall Mather LP 2 Interview via Shade 45
This past Monday night, with The Marshall Mathers LP 2 set to be officially released, Eminem held an interactive Q&A session with members of the media and select fans live on the Shade 45 radio station. The session was hosted by Sway, and lasted well over an hour. They covered a ton of ground including Shady’s mental approach to MMLP2 as being a “just rap” mentality, working with Hip Hops current favorite Kendrick Lamar on “Love Game” as well as K Dot’s “Control” verse, his writing technique and rhyme style and more. As the people now digest Em’s latest work, at the very least Slim appears to be in a great space personally.
11 October 2013 | By BlacCYankee in Art, Hip Hop, Lifestyle, Live | No Comments Yet
20th Anniversary Mecca And The Soul Brother Tour Ft. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth have officially announced the dates for their “20th Anniversary Mecca And The Soul Brother Tour.” Frequent collaborators Camp Lo will be opening for the classic duo. Set to begin October 15 at the Howard Theater in Washington, D.C. and run through November 15 at Middle East in Boston, Massachusetts.
Named after the New York duo’s debut album, 1992’s Mecca And The Soul Brother, this will be the first time the pair has toured North America in nearly 2 decades. This is an event long overdue for many Hip Hop fans.
04 October 2013 | By BlacCYankee in Entertainment News, Hip Hop, Mixtape, New Music | No Comments Yet
It’s no secret that I’ve been a fan of the talent of Far Rockaway MC Persia. Realists out there that know the game understand the struggle she goes though in a Hip Hop game that rarely takes chances and would rather prep, package and push a female artist with sub par skills but commercially friendly looks over a great talent that they fear will be hard to market. This reality has never lost on Persia as she’s battled a number of personal issues to keep pressing towards her goal.