Midwest

IshDARR takes it to the court in his dope new video for “Dumb Playing”

For his latest visual endeavor, Mil City don, IshDarr, takes it to the court. The BMO Harris Bradley Center to be exact (where the Bucks play, dummies). Somehow, someway he was able to shoot his great video for “Dumb Playing” on the court all by himself. Hey, you do what you want when you’re poppin. I definitely give this one two thumbs up, and gotta salute Ish for rapping over dribbling basketball sounds — probably the best use of this technique since the Jadakiss / AI Reebok commercials of the early-00s.

Go “Dumb” below.

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Chicago

Watch Add-2’s TEDx Talk: The Power of Music

This is so dope.

If you guys haven’t been paying attention, Add-2 has been taking a bit of a sabbatical from releasing music. But not from working in music. No sir. He’s more active than ever, to be honest. However, he’s decided to use his power of influence in another way, and that’s by empowering the youth. He’s given so much back, and I believe this only the beginning of what Add is going to offer the world.

He recently released a short-film, Perfect Journey, directed by the homie Mike Paulucci, and while on the promo trail he was tapped to do a Tedx Talk. How real is that? Today, we not only have the Perfect Journey short film, but his Tedx Talk as well. It’s all about using his craft to educate, empower and try to chip away at the dangerous corners and actions of Chicagoans. Very well done.

Watch both below.

“I often felt like writing music was the therapy that parents could never afford. There was something amazing that used to happen when I used to make music. I used to turn around and release it to the world, and somehow, some way, it would get to people who never seen me; didn’t know me, didn’t walk on my block. But felt the exact same way I did. It let me know I wasn’t alone. See, this therapeutic writings had started to turn into therapeutic listenings. It created a symbiotic relationship where me as an artist, at first, I was writing to help myself. But then I started releasing it and I figured out ‘Wow. This is helping other people.”

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News

The Boy Illinois has inked a deal with Priority Records

Congrats are in order to The Boy Illinois, who just took to social media to announce he has inked a deal with legendary Los Angeles-based label, Priority Records. Illi hasn’t revealed too much about this new partnership, but did hint that it’s a distribution-based relationship. Whatever the case, you can expect some big announcements in the very near future. This is definitely a great look for all parties involved.

Priority is probably best known for its glory days of the 80s and 90s when they released music from NWA, Master P and No Limit Records, Ice Cube and many more. It’s one of the most iconic rap labels of all time, and has sold millions and millions of records worldwide. Priority Records was relaunched in 2016 and is headed up by West Coast vet, Fuzzy Fantab. Chicago production wizard, The Legendary Traxster, announced a deal with the label for his Nothing But Dope imprint earlier this year.

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Chicago

Jermaine Dupri Presents SoSoSUMMER 17 Tour – Tickets available now!

Featuring the Season 1 and 2 Winners Miss Mulatto and Mani & Cast Members of the Lifetime ® hit series “The Rap Game®” Tour Begins May 25.

Grammy-winning producer, songwriter, recording artist, and reality tv star Jermaine Dupri in association with Scream Nation and Live Nation, will see 20 cities in North America this summer with Jermaine Dupri Presents: SoSoSUMMER 17 Tour, announced today. The tour begins May 25 in Louisville at the Louisville Palace, with stops in Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, Memphis, and many more. Complete itinerary below and more information on tickets at SoSoSummer17.com.

In 1992, Jermaine Dupri introduced to the world two 12-year-olds who wore their pants backwards by the name of Kris Kross. In February of that same year their first song “Jump” was released and immediately soared to #1 on the pop charts remaining for 8 weeks and in doing so labeled Jermaine as a 19-year-old wunderkind, super-producer.

Now, twenty five years later after the continued success with helping to develop other teen stars (Xscape, Usher, Da Brat, TLC, Bow Wow and more) Jermaine is back on the scene with his So So Def Brand, adding his signature stamp not only to the music of today’s teen culture but television and multi-media as well.

“The Rap Game” debuted January 1, 2015 on Lifetime and after three seasons the series has introduced to the world 15 young stars and crowned two winners – Miss Mulatto (season one) and Mani (season two). The third season of “The Rap Game” is currently airing on Lifetime Fridays at 10pm/9c, with the season three-winner set to be announced on April 7th 2017.

Produced by Intuitive Entertainment, The Rap Game is executive produced by Kevin Dill and Mechelle Collins, Ted Iredell, Perry Dance and co-executive produced by Adam Schor. Lifetime’s Mariana Flynn, Mary Donahue and Colleen Conway Grogan also executive produce in addition to Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere from Flavor Unit, and Jermaine Dupri.

By rolling out one of the biggest teen summer celebrations, focusing on the youth, community and the teen culture at large, Jermaine Dupri Presents: SoSoSUMMER 17 will be the summer destination for families, kids, teens, and community organizations. Each night Jermaine will introduce the stars of tomorrow as they set out on their 20-city, summer journey. For more information visit SoSoSummer17.com.

Michael Mauldin, CEO of Scream Nation, stated: “As the promoter of Jermaine Dupri Presents: SoSoSUMMER 17 TOUR, we are excited to be on the forefront of such a ground breaking youth & family oriented movement. This type of tour promotes the next generation of Young Stars and serves an audience that is often overlooked in the urban and pop music genres, and we are proud to be a part of it.”

See all dates, venues and cities below. See you there!

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Chicago

Check out Sidewalk Chalk’s new release “Trapped”

Today, we’re happy to premiere the latest release from the Chicago collective, Sidewalk Chalk, thanks to the good people over at Master & Dynamic. “Trapped” is the third official single from Sidewalk Chalk’s forthcoming album, An Orchid Is Born, which hits fine digital retailers on June 2nd — that’s next week.

So as the group ramps up their promo for the album, we’re happy to bless the world with another stellar offering from the outing. Feeling trapped? Let “Trapped” be your release therapy. It’s below.

As an added bonus, you can check out an exclusive Q&A with the group over at the Master & Dynamic blog. Click here to view.

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