Archive for May, 2008

GemStones feat. Lupe Fiasco – "G4"

| May 23, 2008 | 0 Comments

So staying on track with the “Welcome Home” theme of the Glow In The Dark Tour and vintage/unreleased tracks, we’re back with another EXCLUSIVE for you.

This one is from FNF’s GemStones and features Lupe Fiasco. The track was produced by Chicago super-producer Prolyfic, and has been sitting quietly in the vaults. Leave it up to FSD remove the dust.

A big shout goes out to my man Prolyfic for sending over.

GemStones feat. Lupe Fiasco – “G4”

Go Getters (Kanye West, GLC & Really Doe) – "World Record Holders"

| May 23, 2008 | 0 Comments

In honor of the Glow In The Dark Tour blowing through the Windy City this weekend, it’s only right that I share with you one of Chicago Hip Hop’s Holy Grails….

The Go-Getters/Kon Man Productions album – World Record Holders

This is Kanye’s first album, which is more like a showcase demo, highlighting the talents of himself as well as the extremely gifted roster he was working with at the time. All under one roof he had: The Go-Getters: Kanye West, GLC, Really Doe and Arrowstar. His Kon Man production squad: Boogz and Brian “All Day” Miller. Not to mention the artists in his stable that he was helping groom for greatness: Mikkey Halsted, Rhymefest, Miss Criss and Tajji.

Now, as Brian Miller calls it, “The Lost Ark”, was not easy to track down. I’ve been searching high and low for this obviously-out-out-print album for quite some time, only to find that most people who still have it find the disc so old and scratched up, that’s its basically unplayable. Very few copies were pressed up, so those still holding on to it are really sitting on a treasure. These tracks were recorded in the very late 90’s and early 00’s and though they may sound a bit dated today, are 100% pure uncut dope.

Now, I’m not going to release this on the world all at once (I’m a dick like that), so keep checking back for more – let’s say one a week? The first joint I’m going to bless you with is “World Record Holders” from the Go Getters.

The Go Getters (Kanye West, GLC & Really Doe) – “World Record Holders”

Fooch – "Go Hard"

| May 22, 2008 | 0 Comments

Brand new Fooch exclusive, “Go Hard” (and that’s exactly what he’s doing here. Pause?). This is some vintage sounding Chi-Town right here. Produced by Fooch himself.

Fooch – “Go Hard”

Preview: Ben 1 feat. Shawnna – “Never Leave My Girl” Video Shoot

| May 22, 2008 | 0 Comments
Man, I receive requests for Ben 1 material on the daily, even though he’s an R&B dude and this is a Hip-Hop site (I sure hope there’s still a boundary there). But let’s be serious, his song “Never Leave My Girl” is absolutely pwning Chicago radio right now. And Shawnna’s involved, so I guess that counts, right?
Big thanks to RubyHornet, which is where I snatched these, and where they are hosting an exclusive remix.

Shawnna and DJ Flipside

Qwazaar (of Dirty Digital) & Chuck Inglish (of The Cool Kids)

The Cool Kids – "Get Busy Son" (Bonus Track)

| May 22, 2008 | 0 Comments

Brand new bonus track from The Bake Sale EP, “Get Busy Son”

The Cool Kids – “Get Busy Son”

Yung Berg Hates Sandwiches

| May 22, 2008 | 0 Comments

Berg was “stunting” at the Indiana Jones premiere in NYC a few nights ago, hitting the red carpet with his brand new Transformers piece in all its glory. When asked of his phobias, Berg revealed to New York Magazine that he hates sandwiches, cold cuts and hot dogs. Dang!

“Sandwiches. Anything between two pieces of bread, I’m not good with it. That’s my fear,” the “Sexy Lady” singer confessed at the AMC Magic Johnson theater in Harlem. “Hot dogs, hamburgers — I’ve never eaten a hamburger, hot dog, or sandwich in my life,” he 23-year-old told us. He does eat bread and is not a vegetarian — Berg’s preferred nomenclature is “chicken-nugget dude” — but won’t eat meats commonly found in sandwiches. “Never. I don’t like cold cuts and lunch meat, none of that,” Berg asserted.

Word. Chicken nuggets are delicious, but I pretty much “fucks” will all sorts of sandwiches. Let it be known!

In other Berg news: I recently spoke with the Yung’in himself, who has some choice words for all of the haters in the Fake Shore Drive comments section. Let it be known that he reads them. Look for that soon.

Video: Hot Stylz feat. Yung Joc – "Lookin' Boy"

| May 22, 2008 | 0 Comments

Debut video from the Chicago group, Hot Stylz, who recently signed to Yung Joc’s Swagg Team Entertainment imprint through Jive Records.

Props to Bugs

Video: The Cool Kids & All Natural Live @ the Darfur Now Benefit Show

| May 22, 2008 | 0 Comments

The Cool Kids – “What Up Man”

Last night Chicago’s Abbey Pub hosted the Darfur Now benefit show, which is on a nationwide excursion holding concerts and screenings of the critically acclaimed new documentary Darfur Now, which aims to raise, not only funds, but also awareness concerning the brutal genocide in Darfur.

I headed up to the Abbey Pub with’s RTC to check out the evenings festivities. The show boasted opening DJ sets from local favorites Willy Joy and the recently-First & Fifteenth-signed Million $ Mano (as one half of He Say, She Say duo) who spun to a packed house. Chicago’s storied hip-hop group, All Natural, took the stage first and absolutely rocked it. The headlining duo, The Cool Kids, closed out the evening and had the whole building shaking. These kids really love Chuck and Mikey Rocks here…

On a side note, a big congrats goes out to The Cool Kids who’s Bake Sale EP reached the Top 10 Albums on iTunes and is #2 in the Hip Hop category. Job well done.

Enough from me – check the vids:

The Cool Kids – “One Two” (with a Beastie Boys medley)

The Cool Kids – “Gettin It/What It Is”

All Natural take the stage

All Natural – “Southside”

Big thanks to Jesse @ DF, Eric Recio, and of course, Shane & Eddie @ the Marketing Division

Common feat. Pharrell – "U.M.C."

| May 21, 2008 | 0 Comments

So I leave for a few hours to see a good old fashioned hip-hop show, and what happens?  Com Sense leaks his new track “U.M.C.” (not to be confused with these guys – although I wish it was).

Umm?  Thoughts? At a loss here really.  Too early to tell?  Bambaataa?  Drugs?  Ill-advised Mystikal shout-out?
Common feat. Pharrell – “U.M.C. (Universal Mind Control)”
Link jacked from 2DBoyz

Mick Luter – "Game Recognize Game"

| May 21, 2008 | 0 Comments

Brand new Mick Luter for you (so for those who’ve been asking for more Mick and more Mikk, you should all be thrilled at this point).

This joint is from his upcoming yet-to-be-titled mixtape – hosted by Pure Products DJ Fokis. This features a Milwaukee-based MC by the name of Element (from the group Black Elephant).

Mick has a lot of stuff on the burner right now, including a ridiculous SC-produced remix to “J-Down”, so stay tuned.

Mick Luter feat. Element – “Game Recognize Game”

Big props to Eugene