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FSD Feature: Hottest Chicago Videos of Summer 2016

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Words by Andrew Jennings. 

Summer’s almost over, and soon it’ll go back to being like 17 degrees outside. Too bad, so sad. However, to commemorate a good summer in music, I listed my ten favorite Chicago music videos of Summer 16. The only criteria was that they had to have been released on or after June 1st. They also had to be unique, because I really couldn’t separate the five million videos of dudes getting hype in somebody’s room/a parking lot. No shade, though (“I Don’t Like” is a GOAT-level video.)

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FSD Feature: Productivity & Social Activism behind Chance The Rapper’s ‘Coloring Book’

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Words by Mark Zoleta

Seasons hold more value than having leaves change color or giving presents to loved ones. The seasons can turn cities and its residents into different beasts. Violence sparks up just as much as the heat does during the summers of Chicago and Chance the Rapper is one of the many that notice this. There’s a reason why Chance’s gloomy Acid Rap displays contrast between his latest release, the upbeat and gospel-like Coloring Book. It’s a way to connect to the people of Chicago and is an accessible form of nonviolent, social activism to constantly vibe to amidst the violence that we see.

While the introduction of Acid Rap illustrates traces of the radiant Chance we see today, most of the poetic devices within the mixtape were dark and somber. They followed elements of what we would typically see in rap: Women. Drugs. Violence. It’s all there. It was a different perspective than most, though, and that’s what made him so alluring.

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Warhol.SS f/ Pollari & Slug Christ – Been Ballin!

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Produced by Smokeasac & Yung Cortex. Words by Aaron Navarro

I don’t know anyone who’s been ballin this summer quite like Warhol.SS. The balling doesn’t stop however, as Warhol grabs his Atlanta boys Slug Christ and Pollari (woooOOOh!) for this new one titled “Been Ballin!” Listen to the trio get it below, and check out our interview with Warhol.SS here.

As an added bonus, check out another Warhol.SS joint called “Dash” which features Black Ralphy’L and Roy French. Both are below.

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FSD Goes In-Depth with Warhol.SS, DJ Stain & BRENTRAMBO

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Produced/Shot/Edited by Aaron Navarro

Warhol.SS has been owning the summer. Hit after hit, video after video, and now interview after interview. But the Chicago rapper is not alone. His management is also his DJ, DJ Stain, who just had a high profile slot on SiriusXM’s The Drive on Shade 45 a couple of weeks ago. Also down with the camp is probably one of Chicago’s most distinctive producers and best kept secrets, BRENTRAMBO, who is one of Warhol’s closest collaborators and allies.

We got to interview all three youngins the night of Warhol.SS show at Portage Theater with Lyrical Lemonade. Watch and learn something about this power trio below.

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FSD Feature: A Breakdown of the Gospel Influences on Chance The Rapper’s ‘Coloring Book’

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Words by Andrew Jennings (@ArchieBlocka)

When I first heard Chance’s Coloring Book album, it immediately took me right back to arguing with my Mom on Saturday nights about why I was being forced to go to church on Sunday mornings. But in talking with some (white, tbh) friends who listened to the album and liked it, it became pretty apparent that a lot of them didn’t know where the sound came from. So to help these friends out, I divided the gospel influences on the project into three sections: sounds, lyrics, and featured artists — and explained why this is probably the only rap album from a Chicago artist I could play for a Pastor without getting splashed in the face with holy water.

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