Archive for June, 2011
Sharkula’s definitely one of the most interesting artists in the Chicago scene and this new documentary, Sharkula: Diarrhea of a Madman, offers a rare look into his world.
Sharkula: Diarrhea of a Madman is an in-depth comprehensive look at the gritty, surreal art and Hip-Hop music of local Chicago MC/street hustler Sharkula and the community that buzzes around him. The film explores the many facets of his unusual work: his role as manager and marketing machine; dealing with other rappers in the city who try to bring him down; the struggles that he faces on a daily basis in dealing with the public; and his loathing of the Internet. The film investigates Sharkula’s complex perspective of himself: is he an outsider artist or a rising star…or both?
The DVD hits stores this weekend, so be sure to go out and cop it. It’s definitely something you want to check out. The DVD will be available at The MCA, Reckless Records, Odd Obsession, Quimbys and more.
The first leak off the Str8 Slammin’ Click mixtape, which is set to drop this summer in conjunction with the Str8 Slammin’ DVD The Slamumentary. Look ma, no tags.
Gangsta Gibbs, Ovadose, Hit Skrewface, JFK and HTrae all appear on this one.
Sidenote: Gibbs verse is the one he kicked at Return of 4Eva concert in Chicago where he announced he was signing with Jeezy.
Directed by Jonah Schwartz.
The Bogus Boys join Ski Beatz and Terri Walker on the first offering from Ski’s 24 Hour Karate School II. Tough.
Directed by Elephilms. Track produced by C-Sick.
This is a fun song and video. No question about that.
*This is an FSD guest Column from Alan @Snobworthy. This piece does not reflect the views of Andrew Barber or Fake Shore Drive.*
Words by Alan @Snobworthy
To Put On or Not to Put On
Why the rapper has done enough for Chicago
On Young Jeezy’s 2008 hit “Put On”, featuring Kanye West, the Chicago MC exclaimed, “I put on everybody that I knew from the Go”. His verse on “Put On” was one of the most memorable verses of his career. The verse was filled with Kanye’s witty rhymes, honesty, and edge. I remember going to watch Young Jeezy at the House of Blues in Chicago and when Kanye’s verse for “Put On” was coming up, Jeezy just lifted his mic and the crowd rapped Kanye’s verse in perfect unison. That particular line about putting on everybody that he knew from the Go always stuck with me. Not because I doubted his claim but because of the reaction it stirred within the Chicago rap community. Despite being the most successful rapper to come from the Windy City, there are some people in Chicago that would doubt his boastful claim. Some would even say that he do doesn’t enough to help artists in Chicago, that he should reach out and do more with local artists. Last year Fake Shore Drive interviewed King The Savior (R.I.P.), a young up and coming rapper and he shared some thoughts about Kanye West, King stated, “I dont have a problem with Kanye. I feel by him being as big of an artist as he is, there’s more he could be doing to help the Chicago hip-hop scene. I love the way he rep Chicago, though, but it’s tons of artist in Chicago that will never be heard cause the artists who are on don’t reach back.” I’m sure King the Savior wasn’t the only one who thought that way but is it a valid opinion? I don’t think it’s valid at all.
DJ Roc brings us the trailer for the upcoming Freddie Gibbs and Str8 Slammin’ Click’s documentary, The Slamumentary, which drops later this summer. The DVD follows Gibbs, DJ Roc, D-Edge, Hit Skrewface and the rest of the gang as they travel across the country spreading the Slam gospel. Featuring appearances from Young Jeezy and CTE. Also, look for the Str8 Slammin’ mixtape due out this summer as well.