Archive for February, 2008

Yung Berg Shoots New Video in the Chi

| February 21, 2008 | 0 Comments

Ruh-roh! Looks like Yung Berg is headed back to the Chi to shoot the clip for his next video,“Do Dat”- and is hosting casting calls now. You can apply for the shoot here.

They also give a brief description of the treatment which sounds like the most original video in the history of music videos (sarcasm people!):

Detail of the video:

Opening in the kitchen of a local residence you’ll get inside a typical day for Yung Berg in the Chi with skillet on and a beautiful young woman cooking we get the taste and feel of home life authenticity.Yung Berg makes his way smoothly into the streets where he speeds off in the Phantom… lights streaking down a cold, windy Chicago street. You’ve never seen glamor meets the hood like this.

You’re right. Never.

Via HipHopRuckus

Kid Sister Explains Her Humble Beginnings to Allhiphop

| February 21, 2008 | 3 Comments

Allhiphop.com has a somewhat thorough interview with Kid Sister that discusses her rise in the Chicago scene, how she hooked up with A-Trak and…jukin’ – among other things.

AllHipHop.com: Your crew is pretty hot right now; how did you all link up?

Kid Sister: [J2K and Autobot of Flosstradamus] started doing this party at a straight club in a completely gay part of [Chicago] called Boys Town. It was at this tiny club – the capacity was 75 – but we would pack 200 kids in there. Wall to wall people, and it started getting bigger so they had to move the party from that bar to a bigger place. [Flosstradamus] became legendary. These parties really blew them up to a point where they were like celebrities in Chicago. I, thank goodness, caught on to that trend too. I started doing shows, doing a couple of songs and drunkenly jumping on the stage. People were drunk and happy to be there. People would stand outside and wait to get into these parties for hours. It was super crazy.

You can check out the whole interview here

Starski feat. The Cool Kids – "Stunnas On"

| February 20, 2008 | 0 Comments

Chuck & Mikey teamed up with Bay-Area figure Starski to make yet another ode to Stunna Shades.

Starski feat. The Cool Kids – “Stunnas On”

Spotted via Nahright

Starski feat. The Cool Kids – "Stunnas On"

| February 20, 2008 | 0 Comments

Chuck & Mikey teamed up with Bay-Area figure Starski to make yet another ode to Stunna Shades.

Starski feat. The Cool Kids – “Stunnas On”

Spotted via Nahright

Leaders 1354 Team Up with Reebok for CTA Inspired Sneaks

| February 19, 2008 | 0 Comments

The goodfellas at Chicago sneaker and streetwear boutique, Leaders 1354, are releasing these CRAZY Reebok Reverse Jams featuring colors from the various CTA lines that run throughout this beautiful city (Word to the Red Line). The best part: The CTA map on the bottom of the sole. Ridiculous.

These gems are slated for an April street date, but look for the release to have its wig pushed back due to production issues.

Mike & Vic, Mark, whoever – I need to be on the VIP list for these!

Spotted via URB

Leaders 1354 Team Up with Reebok for CTA Inspired Sneaks

| February 19, 2008 | 0 Comments

The goodfellas at Chicago sneaker and streetwear boutique, Leaders 1354, are releasing these CRAZY Reebok Reverse Jams featuring colors from the various CTA lines that run throughout this beautiful city (Word to the Red Line). The best part: The CTA map on the bottom of the sole. Ridiculous.

These gems are slated for an April street date, but look for the release to have its wig pushed back due to production issues.

Mike & Vic, Mark, whoever – I need to be on the VIP list for these!

Spotted via URB

Last Week’s Release of “Flashing Lights” is the Official Version

| February 19, 2008 | 0 Comments

Contrary to many reports from various blogs and message boards around the internets, the “Flashing Lights” video released last week is the official clip. Not a teaser. Not a trailer. I knew the whole “This is just a promo, the real clip will be featured on 106th & Park Tonight” rumor was Media Fakeout material, so I kept my mouth shut. Apparently, ‘Ye did shoot two other versions of the video, only to leave them on the cutting room floor. That explains the Monster Squad-esque photo that was floating around last month.

Check:

There’s no dialogue. There’s no performance shot. The clip is just shy of three minutes (no, it’s not a preview for an extended version coming later). And, according to what West said at a Grammy afterparty, “Every piece of the video is me, what I represent now,” he said.

Oh yeah, now to the important stuff…Check out the write-up VH1 did on the true star of the video, Rita G, here. Definitely a fan favorite.

Last Week’s Release of “Flashing Lights” is the Official Version

| February 19, 2008 | 0 Comments

Contrary to many reports from various blogs and message boards around the internets, the “Flashing Lights” video released last week is the official clip. Not a teaser. Not a trailer. I knew the whole “This is just a promo, the real clip will be featured on 106th & Park Tonight” rumor was Media Fakeout material, so I kept my mouth shut. Apparently, ‘Ye did shoot two other versions of the video, only to leave them on the cutting room floor. That explains the Monster Squad-esque photo that was floating around last month.

Check:

There’s no dialogue. There’s no performance shot. The clip is just shy of three minutes (no, it’s not a preview for an extended version coming later). And, according to what West said at a Grammy afterparty, “Every piece of the video is me, what I represent now,” he said.

Oh yeah, now to the important stuff…Check out the write-up VH1 did on the true star of the video, Rita G, here. Definitely a fan favorite.

JNan Inks Major Deal with US Cellular

| February 18, 2008 | 0 Comments

Local rapper and self-proclaimed “Prince of Chicago”, JNan, inked an exclusive deal with US Cellular to have his single “Rapperman” preloaded into cellular phones that have music compatible features. This is the first deal of its kind for a hip-hop artist – pretty interesting stuff. This brings a whole new meaning to the term “Ringtone Rapper”. What will this mean for the future? Somewhere a greedy executive’s mouth is watering.

Check:

JNAN, has inked major ring tone deal with US Cellular, becoming the first Hip-Hop Artist to have an exclusive single, pre-loaded on a cellular device. Now all US Cellular users can hear the number one single, Rapperman by JNAN on their US Cellular musically compatible devices.

The press release also states:

JNAN has recently completed singles with No ID, Malik Yusef, and AK of Do Or Die, Pheave (Feva), Really Doe, Johnny P. and Rhymefest and is presently in the studio completing two singles produced and featuring Kanye West anticipated to be released in early 2008. “Man! Man! All I can say is Southside, Southside. We’re gonna start this party off right! JNAN is the total package.” -Kanye West.

Mixtape: Roosevelt Treasurechest x Russell Simmons

| February 18, 2008 | 0 Comments

Back with more mixtape goodness for you, this time from local DJ, journalist and Hip-Hop guru Roosevelt Treasurechest, titled A Poor Craftsman Always Blames His Tools, featuring Russell Simmons.

The mix done in conjunction with Bandit Productions fuses excerpts of an interview Roosevelt did with Russell Simmons with material from such current and previous Def Jam artists as Kanye West, Jay-Z, the Beastie Boys, 3rd Bass and Method Man – a look back and forward at the Def Jam legacy.

Roosevelt also began Hip-Hop website Soundslam.com, but is now working on another venture that I’ll have more info on in the near future. Stay tuned.

Roosevelt Treasurechest x Russell Simmons – A Poor Craftsman Always Blames His Tools