Archive for July, 2011
Taking the stage after DJ Quik, was Waka Flocka, who brought the entire convention center to their feet with his insanely energetic set. I don’t believe I’ve seen such a large group of people go so apeshit for an artist(until Odd Future, that is). But yeah, besides of the sea of cell phones recording their hero (what are they recording for? Do they all have blogs, too?), the crowd was 100% behind Flocka. Security was on 11, but that didn’t seem to bother Flocka as he passed off his gigantic Pink Panther chain to his bodyguard then jumped into the crowd. Here are a few clips from his performance. Bow.
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Last night, Dub Magazine brought their show tour through Chicago with a concert at McCormick Place. Although some of the crowd was a bit young for the sounds of DJ Quik; Mr. Blake still put on one hell of a show. As you may or may not know, Quik is one of my all-time favorite and was the first time I’d ever caught him live. “Tonite” is a certified classic, so it’s only right that I caught footage of it – not to mention Quik jumping in the crowd to let an older hit finish out the song with him.
Bonus: Quik & The Flict
If you’re not in Chicago, or not attending the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival, then perhaps you’ve missed the handful of Chicago-based advocacy groups boycotting the Sunday afternoon performance of Odd Future. About half a dozen groups have descended upon Union Park to protest the “offensive” and “violent” lyrics of Tyler and the OFWGKTA crew, including the Rape Victim Advocates, who have a both within a stones throw of the stage where the group will be performing.
But not to fear, these groups, who are typically full of hot air when it comes to boycotting hip-hop acts, seem to pop up every 10 years or so to attack an artist or group. 20 years ago N.W.A. was under fire, 10 years ago was Eminem’s time and now Odd Future have their turn. Things go in cycles…
After a self-imposed exile, Ras Rok returns with Jay Jilla for his 1,2,3 mixtape. Always a pleasure to see Ras back at it.
Cold City Records and The Blok Club DJ’s present RasRok’s 1,2,3 Mixtape . Hosted by DJ Jay Jilla, The K-Town Legend this tape is a joyride through the mind of Chicago’s SouthSide specialist and Certified BlockBoy member tackling tracks from Lil Wayne, Clipse, Gucci Mane, Freeway, Drake, J. Cole and even Lady Gaga. Along for the ride are BlockBoy members Kaution & J-Hurt plus Chicago’s westside’s own Mick Luter. Also check out the mixtape’s strong ‘single’ “Get Behind Me” which cements Ras’s Chicago roots and shows his immense love for where he came from. Also thrown in are a few rare, exclusive RasRok feature verses from the recent past. Punchlines shining bright and amazing flow keeps this project potent and fast moving. From SouthSide to WestSide all the way to the DFW Texas, RasRok and DJ Jay Jilla are clearly killing the competition and making it look EASY.
Money callin’? Well damn, pick up the phone.
This BAINESGOD project is shaping up rather nicely. This is Bible Study week 7.
From the upcoming event, “The Gospel According To Tony Baines”
featuring appearances by CHELLA OBAMA x MIKE 100s x GLC x GRIFFEN x MIC TERROR x JULIO x BOO SLEDGE x BOSS KANE x EBONE HOODRICH x YP x LUNGZ x PROJECT MAYHEM x YOUNG DIESEL & more…
Photos: Braxton Black
The Alabama-duo are probably the least-known hip-hop act at this year’s Pitchfork Music Fest, but you wouldn’t have known that if you overheard any of the rumblings from the hipper-than-thou audience: “These guys are the next Outkast,” “They’re like the new age UGK!” Well, as of now they’re not that, but their set was pretty official. Granted, I wasn’t super familiar with their catalog, but the few songs I did know, they ran through with plenty of energy.
The crowd was fairly sizable for G-Side, and their call and response chants did enough to bring the cool patrons to life. However, if I hear the word “swag” again (which I expect to about 3000 times during Odd Future’s set today) I’m going to lose my shit.
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Yeezy was Tip’s surprise guest today at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest. Here they team up for “Award Tour”
Video courtesy of Hip Hop Konnekt. Photos by Braxton Black.
Yesterday afternoon, Spitta descended upon the City of Wind for a big-slot performance at Pitchfork’s annual music festival in Union Park. Although the festival is admittedly light on the hip-hop side of things, Curren$y, Odd Future, Das Racist and G-Side all share the bill with their counterparts in other genres. Curren$y kicked things off on the hip-hop side of things when he hit the stage donning the Chi City uniform: the authentic MJ jersey, a pair of Mike’s and camo shorts. Spitta ran through his string of hits while turning a crowd of roughly a thousand into Jet zombies, with their signature Jet signs held high in the sky.
While his rendition of Percy’s classic “Bout It, Bout It” seemed to confuse the younger crowd (I guess they weren’t of age to appreciate the Tank in the 199-scrilla? It was my personal favorite of the set.), “King Kong” and “Michael Knight” had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand. Fiend shared the stage with Spitta for a couple heaters, but much to my dismay he didn’t surprise us with “Big Timer” or “Who Got That Fire” (sidenote: why doesn’t someone put together a former No Limit soldiers tour?)
Although I’d seen Curren$y just a few weeks ago at the Metro, this set was worth the trek over to the blue stage, where my full $5 beer was knocked out of my hand by a twirly dancing darling. I’m still pissed about that, FYI.
The concert continues through Sunday, so if you’re in the area, swing by. More details here.
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Dro City’s finest connect for this threeway mixtape, which only can be described with one word: Hardbody. As Louie’s profile continues to rise, it’s only right that he brings his counterparts with him. 16 new tracks on deck.
Actually doing a group project > Talking about doing a group project
Most miss the mark.