Archive for October, 2010
Directed by Da Visionaryz
“Street dreams, they can be your worst nightmares”
Earlier this week, I briefly touched on the lavish event Infared Music put on last Thursday for various media outlets from around the country. The Bogus Boys had the likes of Shaheem Reid, Miss Info, B Dot from Rap Radar, Toshi from Complex, Jayson Rodriguez from MTV, Alvin “Aqua” Blanco, Lowkey from UHTN, Steve Raze, BlogXilla, Karen Civil, TC from TSS, XXL, Carl Cherry, Hanif Sumner, Mike from HHDX and many more in the Chi for this one of a kind event.
L.E.P. took over the Red Kiva on Randolph with a full band to perform select cuts off their Don’t Feed Da Killaz Vol. 3 mixtape that drops this Sunday (Halloween). Today we have some footage of one of my personal favorites off the mixtape – “Lust For Life” – a big and boisterous banger that will convert even the biggest Bogus Boys hater into a full fledged fanboy.
Lookout for the official video for “Lust For Life” directed by Creative Control coming soon, and get ready for Don’t Feed Da Killaz Vol. 3 which drops in two days.
E.C. Illa, a true Chicago hip-hop pioneer and underground legend has been eerily quiet over the past few years. Removing himself from the scene altogether to focus on other endeavors, the retired Ill State Assassin was last heard from in 2008, when he gave his final interview with DJDeluge.com. Luckily, we were able to track down E.C. and he was nice enough to give us a few words on the anniversary of his seminal project, the Illa LP.
The Illa LP was released 15 years ago tomorrow (October 30, 1995) and was project that showcased raw boom bap hip-hop with a Chicago twist. It was also a huge independent success, with E Cilla moving units across the globe. From the “On Ill” video receiving serious burn on BET’s Rap City and The Box, to “What You Be About” taking the streets by storm; this well-rounded project satisfied the palate of hip-hop purists everywhere.
From his future plans, to his thoughts on the current state of the indie game, check out a few jewels from one of the all time greats…
What are your thoughts on the way music is bought and sold these days? Like, artists are just giving away music for free nowadays and that’s the norm. You were very protective of your product and how it was sold. What do you think this “new era”?
When you stop and think about it, not too much has really changed. Major labels still completely monopolize all major radio, TV and retail outlets. The only real difference nowadays is the internet, and everything about the internet favors the independent artist. Recording, distributing and promoting music is now one thousand percent easier and cheaper. With that being said, this has also caused an unbelievable over-saturation of the market, which makes it extremely difficult for artists to get the public’s attention, because they’ve been so desensitized. Because these cats can’t even think about selling their music without first establishing a fan base, artists who are trying to establish themselves have no choice but to give their music away for free. When I released “What You Be About?” in 1995, we gave away 10,000 cassette singles for free in the street in an effort to get people to listen to, and talk about the song. It really was the same concept. Luckily, I was one of the only one’s doing it on that level in Chicago at the time. If there had been 500 other Chicago rappers using that same tactic at that same time, I would have had the same dilemma these artists today are having. It’s simple math. Back then, there were ten thousand rappers and about 5% were able to make any progress, financially speaking. Now there are a million rappers and that same percentage still applies. This means there’ll be 950,000 rappers today that’ll go nowhere with it. It’s survival of the fittest. You either evolve or dissolve. The smartest, hungriest and most talented indy rappers today will continue to make some progress. The rest will move on with their lives and the whole process will begin again.
I’ve been hearing good things about this project. Class is now in session.
Up and Coming Chicago Hip-Hop Performing Artist, The Boy Illinois (Illi) teams up with Kidd Domination to release his third installment, Inhale Pt 3: After School Program.Illi’s buzz has been circulating and with the listening party in Leaders1354, people have started to gear more attention to him. The new project features brand new original production from, The Baron Boys, who have worked with artists such as Nipsey Hussle, Drake, Young Chris and more.This project has all original production and guest verses from G.o.D Jewels and more! This project features a mix of Rap/Hip-Hop/R&B.
Hit the jump for tracklist and DL link…
The Suppliers- Drunk Stupid
MARS – She Goin
Gaggie – What Down
Longshot – Gucci Flow
CTC Crazy feat. Young Offishall – Dineroo
Bug$ Money – 91 Blazer (Prod. by Nick Castle)
AceSo – Who You Know (Prod. by C-Sick)
Papi Jamon – He’s Gonna Kill You
Big Mel Da Hustla – Tales of a Hustla [Mixtape]
Produced by Dirty Dunnz
Pugs’ The Decade album dropped yesterday on iTunes (you can purchase hard copies in stores next week), and he’s still offering you free music. Do the man a solid and pick up his latest release.
This joint was featured on a mix that Heineken just put out. Spread the love.