Archive for February, 2011
Pugs Atomz, Daddy Vad & Sabira Jade recently rocked the stage at La Bellevilloise in Paris for French radio station Radio Nova. Word has it that more than 1,400 people showed up. That’s pretty cool. The Electric’s latest project, Life is Moving, drops March 14th.
Congrats are in order for Lupe Fiasco, as today it was announced by DJ Busy that “The Show Goes On” has already struck Gold, moving 505k units. If you’re keeping track at home this is Lu’s second Gold plaque (alongside The Cool), which he can hang next to his Platinum award for “Superstar”.
Less than a month ago, Rahm was booted off the Chicago mayoral ballot after the court decided he wasn’t a “legal” resident of Chicago. Weeks later he sits atop the throne of Chicago. You’ve gotta respect that move. He’s got the juice now.
“Thank you Chicago for this humbling victory,” a smiling Emanuel told supporters. “All I can say, you sure know how to make a guy feel at home.”
“It is easy to find differences, but we can never allow them to become divisions. Tonight we are moving forward in the only way we truly can. Together. As one city, with one future.”
“It’s you. It’s the hard-working, plain-speaking folks who share a love for their city and a determination to keep it strong,” he said. “I share that love and I am determined with your help to meet our challenges head on and to make a great city even greater.”
“While this election was hard-fought, it was only the beginning,” he said. “We have not won anything until a kid can go to school thinking of their studies and not their safety…Or until the parents of that child is thinking about their work and not where they’re going to find work, we have not won anything. The real work of building a better future begins tonight.”
There’s only one beer left…
Actually, I lied. This is the latest clip from Al Dilla. Take ‘em to church.
Chicago-producer Xtreme landed a lunker with this one – Rozay, Starks and the Chef? Forget about it. I hear Xtreme and Rae have some other tracks working as well, and possibly a few on Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang. Ross doesn’t sound too bad alongside the Wu, now does he?
Miss Info premiered the track, with a few notes from Shallah, where Rae claimed that Xtreme is part of No I.D.’s camp. That isn’t exactly true, however, Xtreme and No I.D. are currently working on some music together. For those not in the know, Xtreme also produced Ghost’s “Back Like That” and is the man that discovered and helped mold Bump J.
I’d be lying if I said I’ve enjoyed the last few Snoop Dogg tracks that have leaked off his Doggumentary album. None of them have connected with me whatsoever. Until this one dropped, that is. Sounding more Detox than the actual tracks leaked from Detox (which could be a total mess), this is the Snoop I’m looking for. The Snoop I enjoy. Not to mention, DJ Khalil is making better Dre beats than Dre.
Pairing back up with Devin the Dude, whom he’s collabed with on “Fuck You” and “What A Job”, Snoop also enlisted Chicago-crooner Kobe, who’s been on fire lately, to lace the hook. Kobe, who’s making a run to fill Nate Dogg’s shoes (at least anytime DJ Khalil is involved), could be having the best year ever. It’s just too bad they didn’t invite him to be in the video – much like Devin when his verse was cut from the “Fuck Faces” video some 12 years ago. Oh well, I thought it deserved a post anyway. 99 problems…
Jeanyus reps Tha IntaVention crew, who are quickly rising within the Chicago scene. They’ve established a solid collective of emcees, and I’m digging their unity and support system. It’s nice to see groups working in unison, but most of the time that only lasts so long. Keep it alive.
This track is dedicated to the ultimate timestamp of life: Music. Be sure to check back for Jean’s The Declaration dropping on February 25th.
It’s a new day and age, and with record labels cutting staff, budgets and resources, a lot of today’s new acts are opting to keep it indie, or go through other avenues to release their music. At the forefront of this movement are The Cool Kids, who have publicly avoided the major label system at all costs since hitting the scene back in 06/07. Bucking trends, Chuck Inglish and Sir Michael Rocks have decided to release their long-awaited sophomore set, When Fish Ride Bicycles, through Mountain Dew’s Green Label Sound imprint. I’d heard that this deal was in the works some time ago, and thought it was truly the best move for them. This is going to be the future of music, not to mention PepsiCo has beaucoup bucks, resources and creative lanes to market the duo. This is a major win.
The first act to be part of the initiative is Chicago hip-hop group the Cool Kids, one of the first talents featured on Green Label Sound, which will release the group’s new full-length, “When Fish Ride Bicycles,” in the spring. (A release date hasn’t yet been set). It will be the act’s first album since its 2008 debut, “The Bake Sale” (Chocolate Industries), which reached No. 8 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and has sold 61,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. New track “Bundle Up” will be released as a Green Label Sound single for free download on Feb. 23.
“Labels suck,” the Cool Kids’ Chuck Inglish says with a laugh. “What can they do that Pepsi can’t do? We had a good experience with Green Label Sound — we got more from that single than we got from our previous album. I was tired of the album sitting around and just wanted to get it out.”
You can read the full piece over at Billboard now.