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FSD Calendar: 5 Things To Do This Weekend & Beyond

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It’s the weekend and you can’t figure out where you’re going or what you’re getting into — sound like an issue you’re having? Well, that’s where the FSD Calendar comes in. Every weekend, we’ll be highlighting concerts and other events worth checking out over the weekend and the following week.

Want to know what’s going on or where you should be? We have the cheat sheet for you.

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FSD Feature: Frank Leone – Into The Wild

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Words by Tara Mahadevan (@mhdvn)

It isn’t often that cleaning leads to rapping, but that was the case for 19-year-old Frank Leone, who, one day while tidying up his bedroom, thought, “I would rather be rapping than cleaning my room right now.” So at 15, he took a pen to paper and began writing.

His hometown of Monticello, Illinois — roughly two hours south of Chicago, with a population size of 5,000 — isn’t exactly a hotbed for hip-hop. Leone didn’t even listen to rap until he was 15, when a friend gave him a copy of Kanye’s The College Dropout. A week later, Kanye released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which sealed the deal for Leone. “That was the first rap album I got fully lost in. That [album] kind of just started everything,” he says.

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FSD Feature: Geniuses Need Love Too: An Appreciation of Kidz in the Hall

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Words by Alec Siegel (@bigasiegs)

When the subject of the most influential Chicago hip-hop artists of the ‘90s and ‘00s is brought up, I can guarantee mention of the usual suspects: Kanye West, Common, Twista, Lupe Fiasco, Crucial Conflict, Do or Die, etc. But when is the last time you heard someone mention Kidz in the Hall?

When I first heard Kidz in the Hall, I thought they were another hip-hop act that was stuck in the genre’s Golden Era, recreating a sound they were hardly old enough to appreciate. To be fair, my first taste of them was “Wheelz Fall Off (‘06 Til),” a track with an instrumental based around the ubiquitous horn sample from Souls of Mischief’s seminal classic “‘93 ‘til Infinity.” How could you blame me?

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