Archive for February, 2012

CTC Crazy f/ Chief Keef – Taking Breaths

| February 29, 2012 | 24 Comments

The cover art raises a few questions: Isn’t CTC Crazy a duo? Does Chief Keef have a twin? While I don’t have all the answers, I do know the record was produced by Young Chop, who’s on a rampage right now.

CTC comes back strong with this one. The video is on the way. It’ll take your breath away (zing! *ducks*)

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Video: Jennifer Hudson & Ne-Yo f/ Rick Ross – Think Like A Man

| February 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Earlier we had the BTS, now we have the full video. Think like a viewer.

Video: Nike Interviews Davy Greenberg

| February 29, 2012 | 2 Comments

Nike, more specifically the Air Force One model, caught up with Chicago-based director Davy Greenberg to talk shop and talk about how he got in the game. A nice portrait of one of “The Ones.”

Video: Chance The Rapper – 22 Off’s

| February 29, 2012 | 7 Comments

Directed by Austin Vesely.

The wait’s finally over. Chance’s new project, 10Day, drops April 3rd.

Video: Jennifer Hudson & Ne-Yo f/ Rick Ross – Think Like A Man [BTS]

| February 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Some behind the scenes footage of J-Hud and Ne-Yo’s recent collabo with Rozay. Look for the full clip coming soon.

Video: GLC Talks Possibly Signing To Curren$y’s JetLife Records & More

| February 29, 2012 | 2 Comments

The Ism recently sat down with Emilio Sparks to discuss a few things including him possibly aligning himself with Curren$y’s JetLife Records imprint. From the sound of it, GL might have a new home soon. Hit the 5:21 mark to hear what GL had to say.

Video: Lungz – Good Life

| February 29, 2012 | 1 Comment

Directed by Jay Caves. Track produced by Nascent & QB.

Lungz has been keeping himself busy as he’s planning to drop a few projects including a collaborative effort with producers Nascent & QB. Consider this track/video the first offering from that. It’s so soulful. MP3 after the jump.

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FSD Beats: Young Chop

| February 29, 2012 | 3 Comments

Follow Young Chop (@youngchopbeatz)

Today we’re kicking off a new series on FSD that we’re surprisingly calling FSD Beats (genius name, right?). This new series is set to showcase some of Chicago’s rising producers and give them a chance to exhibit their sound by offering up a free beat to the readers (many of whom are rappers or aspiring rappers).

Now, if you follow the site, you know my disdain for rappers constantly reusing and recycling the same industry beats over and over again. To me, it’s somewhat lazy, but that’s another conversation for another place and time. There’s a huge talent pool of dope producers in Chicago, that should be utilized at all costs. They aren’t hard to find, but FSD Beats seeks to make locating them even easier.

The series begins with Young Chop, the 18 year old phenom best known for his production on Chief Keef’s “3Hunna” and “I Don’t Know Them.” He’s recently garnered praise from Lex Luger, and is set to contribute to Soula Boy’s upcoming project, so he’s someone to keep your eye on.  He offers up this haunting soundscape as a freebie.

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If you’re interested in submitting tracks for the FSD Beats series, please hit me or Ty Kidd.

Enjoy week one, and download Chop’s chopper below the cut…

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Video: Pheave – Keep It Movin’

| February 29, 2012 | 3 Comments

Directed by Da Visionaryz.

Pheave’s Xcel-produced single has been making it’s rounds on the air here, so it was only right that it receive the visual treatment. Pound sign- working, that’s what Pheave’s doing.

Naledge & Tony Baines – Night At The Elysian

| February 29, 2012 | 1 Comment

Naledge and Baines God have been hard at work on a collaborative effort entitled Night At The Elysian. With the news breaking earlier, the two decided to give the masses the first offering from the project. If this is any indication what these two have been cooking up, I can’t wait to hear to the finished product.

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