Archive for February, 2010

Video: Omen feat. Elite – “Holy Omen”

| February 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Omen consistently drops quality videos and quality product.  Definitely watching what this guy is going to do.

Directed by Chris & Blaq of Impakt Studios

Video: Mikkey Halsted Freestyle on Toca Tuesdays

| February 25, 2010 | 1 Comment

While in NYC for last night’s Leaders of the New Cool show, Mikkey Halsted dropped by the Shade 45 studio for Toca Tuesdays with Tony Touch.  Here he kicks a freestyle live on-air.

The segment was super dope, as Tony Touch played at least 8 Mikkey Halsted joints – including “One”, “Field N**** Blues”, “On My Own” (w/ Freddie Gibbs), and “Love Song” .  It was nice to see the Chi getting some sirius serious love on satellite radio.  So to make sure head over to the vimeo page where the video is hosted and leave your comments.

Shouts to Tony Touch and Alex!

Video: Reno Chinati – WCSU Interview

| February 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Video: AK (of Do or Die) Previews New Album ‘Picture That’

| February 25, 2010 | 1 Comment

On Monday night, I was invited to Matt Hennessy’s VSOP Studios to listen to AK’s (of Do or Die) debut solo album, Picture That, which was presented as a return to that classic Do or Die sound heard on Picture This and Headz or Tailz.  Also in attendance were radio renegades Seandale, V-Dub, DJ Slugo, Showtyme and others. 

Sometimes I feel like the legacy of Do or Die is criminally overshadowed by other Chicago acts from that era – these guys were true pioneers who spawned gold and platinum albums and singles, and can still tour on “Po Pimp” alone.  Picture This was a classic, with Headz or Tailz not far behind. Victory, Back 2 The Game and D.O.D. were also solid efforts. Now, with Belo behind bars for at least a decade, AK and Nard are left to carry on the Do or Die torch without a member that was crucial to the sound and feel of the group.

AK is releasing this album independently through his Roundtable Records, and it appears that last summer’s announcement from Twista and Traxster that Do or Die were signing with GMG and planning to executive produce their next album are no longer valid.  As of press time, neither Twista or Traxster have contributed to the project.  As much as I (and everyone else) would love to see the band back together again, I don’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon. 

With that being said, AK has gone and made a very good solo album on his own.  Some of the usual suspects are back on board including Johnny P and Belo (from the bing?), with AK recruiting some of his Westside cronies – Buk (of Psychodrama) and Cold Hard (of Crucial Conflict) to contribute verses and hooks.  Picture That is a healthy mix of smoke and ride joints, songs for the ladies and street bangers.  The album is about 70% finished, and AK previewed what was completed.

In the clip above, I captured two of the songs that received the biggest response from the crowd – the Chicago ‘street tale’ anthem “Respect” and “Millimeters” featuring Psychodrama’s Buk, which sent the room into a frenzy and had Slugo and V-Dub ready to fight for the right to break the record. 

Thanks to AK, L.A., Mary Datcher and Matt Hennessy. 

Working tracklisting:

1. Sex Drive feat. Johnny P
2. Down Girl
3. Picture That
4. All Night Long
5. Respect
6. Blow Big
7. Body Talk feat. Belo & Johnny P
8. Walk on Water
9. Hustlers Anthem
10. Get That Money feat. Cold Hard (of Crucial Conflict)
11. Millimeters feat. Buk (of Psychodrama)

Versatile – “Pinocchio”

| February 25, 2010 | 1 Comment

It’s been a while since we’ve heard some new and original material from Verse, but here he’s back with Pinocchio.  Take a listen and I hope your nose doesn’t grow.

Versatile – “Pinocchio”

Bertrell feat. Twista – “Beat It Up” (Remix)

| February 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

The return of the neeple.

I can’t lie, at first I wasn’t exactly sure what a Bertrell was, but now I know because T jumped on the remix.

Betrell feat. Twista – “Beat It Up”

Tip ‘o the hat: Splash

Video: DJ Phantom’s Booth 2/24 [AK, Remy & Sweet Juices]

| February 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

WGCI’s DJ Phantom is now hosting a weekly segment on UGTV where he’ll be bringing in some of his favorite Chicago emcees to jump in the booth and do what they do best. This definitely brings back memories of the booth on Rap City’s The Bassment.

The first installment features AK of Do or Die, Sweet Juices and Remy.

Video: Cold Hard (of Crucial Conflict) Interview w/ UGTV

| February 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

BacardiRu a.k.a. The Cameo King, catches up with The Unofficial Mayor of Chicago, Cold Hard, backstage at last week’s Snoop Dogg concert.

Cold Hard speaks on his upcoming projects including the long-awaited Yakkadoshis Atmosphere and announces a project I’ve never heard of – Scientific Comeback.

It appears the Conflict caught a contact messing around with Snoop.  Ya dig?

Pics: Lennon (of Project Mayhem) – “Go ILL” [Video]

| February 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

Directed by Davy Greenberg (yet again).  Look for the video to drop this Sunday, which has now become the official video drop day.  Hopefully this joint is on par with “Lo Sweatas”, which was one of the best videos of 2009.  Period.

Hit the jump for the rest of us…

Eulorhythmics (ADaD + Kenny Keys) feat. Eternia – “Leaving (Remix)”

| February 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

Eternia jumps on the remix of Kenny Keys & ADaD’s “Leaving”.

Their upcoming project, as the Eulorhythimics, Green Street & Avers drops 4/10/10

Eulorhythmics (ADaD + Kenny Keys) feat. Eternia – “Leaving (Remix)”