Lili K’s new album, Ruby, is finally here. If you’ve been following her career and gush over her work, then you’re surely going to love Ruby — as it’s arguably the best work of her career.
The project was released as a Tidal exclusive last week, and today it hit fine digital retailers such as iTunes and Amazon, as well as Spotify. Right now, we have a stream of it directly below.
Also, if you’re in Chicago, Lili has the Apple in-store event tonight at 7pm at the Michigan Avenue location. If you’re planning on attending please RSVP here.
So I’m sure you’re wondering: Who or what is a MONAKR? Well, first press play. Then come back and read the description. I’ll wait.
So here’s the skinny on this familiar yet unfamiliar sounding troop, mysteriously known as MONAKR:
Chicago’s M O N A K R was born from such a notion in the grey of Winter 2014. It is a collaboration featuring Saam Hagshenas and Jonathan Marks of Hey Champ, two time Grammy-nominated vocalist Matthew Santos, and Dan Brunelle of Gemini Club.
Now that’s a bit of a supergroup, no? I think it would qualify. Well, this is second release off their upcoming Calling Out EP, which is scheduled to impact on June 16th. Want to learn the full backstory on the group? Well, hit the jump to check that out as well as checking out the album title track “Calling Out.”
What if somebody that was ill from the Chi got a deal on the hottest rap label around?
Well, that just might be the case with Vic Mensa. Rumors have circulated for a while that Vic may have secretly inked a deal somewhere and it looks like those rumors may have been true.
With the recent release of Vic’s collaboration with Kanye on Tidal, “U Mad,” comes an interesting bit of information: the record’s copyright belongs to Roc Nation Records, LLC/Roc Nation. Just click here or hit the jump and take a look for yourself.
Has Vic signed to the Roc? Maybe. Stay tuned..
Update: Confirmed by Hov himself. Congrats Vic!
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) April 21, 2015
On Satuday May 30th, 2015, John Monopoly returns to Chicago for his first annual, Go ILL Major Label A&R Showcase. Taking place at a private location in the city, John welcomes A&R executives from a number of major labels including Interscope, Atlantic, Motown and RCA; who will be on hand to chat with Chicago’s rising talent. This event gives aspiring artists the chance to interact with real A&Rs, and gain guidance and insight on their careers. To enroll, email AandRShowcaseChicago@gmail.com now.
Many know John Monopoly’s name from various Kanye West shout outs and his key involvement with Kanye’s first three albums. But that’s not where the story begins. John started out in the music business in 1989 at 13 years old, as the youngest hip-hop promoter in the city of Chicago.
He produced legendary concerts such as Fat Joe’s first Chicago show in 1991, Wu Tang’s first Chicago show in 1992, and the Beatnuts first Chi-Town show in 1993.
After a brief stint at Morehouse College in Atlanta, John started working for Da Brat in 1995 and helped both Da Brat and his big bro J-Boogie successfully launch their label 20 years ago.
In 1999, John began working with Carl Thomas, who he co-managed and did marketing for. In the year 2000, John went on to successfully close his first publishing deal for Mechalie Jamison with Sean Puffy Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment.
Two years later, after a flourishing run in the Chicago nightlife space launching and running clubs such as Dragon Room and Biology Bar, John Moved to New York to take a Vice President position with Chris Lighty’s Violator Management.
The next year in 2003, John worked as an A&R for Jive Records which was cut short by John’s direct involvement with the release of Kanye’s legendary debut album College Dropout.
In 2004, John brokered a publishing deal with EMI for Chicago producers Spike N’ Jamahl.
In 2005, John launched G.O.O.D. Music with Kanye West and held an executive position as the COO of the company.
The next Summer in 2006, John executive produced the platinum single “Gettin’ Some,” by Shawnna — which was arguably the biggest record of year.
Also in 2006, John got Kidz in the Hall signed to legendary hip-hop label Rawkus Records.
In 2008, John left the G.O.O.D. Music/Kanye fold to go out on his own.
Shortly after, he began managing Busta Rymes, whose last album John A&R’d (which included the smash hit “Arab Money.”)
In 2009, John did extensive work with Missy Elliot.
After creating a lasting impact on the careers of Busta amd Missy, John went on to launch Lawless Inc. and got Chicago superstar King Louie signed to Epic Records in 2011.
Continuing his momentum, John brokered a joint venture with BMG for Chicago producer J- Hill in 2013.
Chicago’s leading tastemaker then went on to get D-Low singed to Atlantic Records in 2013, and Chicago female rising star Dreezy signed to Interscope records in 2014.
John’s work is far from over at this point. Stick around to witness what John has in store for the next generation of artist, tastemakers & executives.
John Monopoly is a Chicago entertainment industry icon who has worked with Da Brat, Carl Thomas, No ID, Busta Rymes, King Louie, Missy Elliot, Dreezy, Kanye West, Boss Baka, Mobb Deep, Shawnna, Kidz in The Hall, & D-Low.
Register for the Go ILL Showcase by emailing:
Saba will be taking over Bottom Lounge this Friday (4/24) for a headlining show, presented by 1833 and ThemFlavors. Sab won’t be there alone though — MFn Melo, Noname Gypsy, Martin $ky and Lucki Eck$ will also be hitting the stage, so it definitely won’t be a show to miss.
Tickets are only $12 and available for purchase right here, so cop now and make sure you’re at Bottom Lounge by 8pm for doors. However, we have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky FSD reader today.
Hit the jump and find out how you can win below.