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It’s that time of the week again. Do remember, that if the song dropped anytime since last Friday (11/22 — we had last week off) it’s eligible for the list. Now we aren’t saying these are the BEST songs of the week, but they are the staff’s faves and joints you can catch us bumping in the office.
Interview by K. Sims (@kae_pasa)
Fresh off the release of his popular and jamming new project, HighLife (which has amassed a bit of a cult following), FSD sat down with the man behind the project, Mr. HighLife himself. He dissects a handful of songs from the album, talks his musical influences as well as his affiliations and thought process into making the project. Hit the jump to take a stroll down the High Road.
Jo Jo Capone Vlog #6
Videos from Mikey Dollaz, Chin Chilla Meek, John Walt, Royale Supreme Regime, Murf Dilly, RondoNumbaNine, X-Mane Shawty & Chaboki below…
Created by Cameron Chapleau and Matthew Andreasen for Fake Shore Drive
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, readers, friends, Romans, countrymen. We’re very excited to introduce a brand new series and feature on FSD: Would You Rather? The brainchild of Cameron Chapleau and Matthew Andreasen, this new video segment will feature the Chi’s rising stars answering a series of rather strange and off-kilter questions. The answers? Sometimes hilarious. The questions? Most times ridiculous. The facial expressions? Always priceless.
It’s something you’re going to need to watch to fully understand, and today we return with our third edition featuring Save Money repper, and one half of Leather Chords, Kami De Chukwu. Press play, watch and be entertained. Who will be our next victim? Well, you’ll have to check back to see. Check out Would You Rather With Kami De Chukwu above.
FSD Feature: Copyrights & Wrongs – Chance’s Acid Rap Billboard Charting & How Indie Artists Can Combat Bootleggers
Words by John Miranda, a Chicago-area lawyer and consultant (email@example.com)
Chance the Rapper has famously suggested, much to the delight of industry futurists, that he may never sign to a label. But this summer, Chance’s camp experienced at least one downside to flying solo with a major release. In August, Billboard reported that Acid Rap bootlegs were selling enough copies to make headway on the charts, despite the fact that Acid Rap was released exclusively as a free download. This happened because Billboard charts are calculated using retail sales statistics, so if a bootlegger distributes a product to retailers (including online retailers such as Amazon and digital outlets, such as the iTunes store), the bootlegger’s sales will be reflected on Billboard’s charts. Apparently, since Chance was distributing his hugely successful mixtape as a free download, an unscrupulous third party decided to cash in on its success by selling physical copies.
It’s that time of the week again. Do remember, that if the song dropped anytime since last Friday (11/15) it’s eligible for the list. Now we aren’t saying these are the BEST songs of the week, but they are the staff’s faves and joints you can catch us bumping in the office.
Words by Charne Graham (@88nae88)
In just a little over a year, ZMoney has taken the Chicago rap world by storm. This past summer, the 20-year-old artist released two mixtapes, Rich B4 Rap and Heroin Musik on the same day — a bold maneuver for any artist — let alone one introducing his debut project[s] to the world.
But what Z achieved was fairly monumental, and with no major push or promo, he ended up providing a summer soundtrack for the streets. The tapes thrust Z’s career in motion, and have fast-tracked him to catching the attention of major publications and record labels. We got the opportunity to chat with ZMoney about his rap career (he’s only been rapping for a little over a year), his business endeavors and his three upcoming mixtapes which will also drop on the same day. Can lightening strike three times?
The music business is quite possibly the most fickle of all industries known to man. One day you’re hot, the next you’re dropped from your label, destitute and Charlemagne’s “Donkey of the Day.” It’s a tough, unforgiving and competitive line of work. The average shelf life for an artist is somewhere between 3-5 years (if you’re lucky) – and that’s only if you’re able to get through the door. So remaining relevant in the public eye for a decade is a major feat. But what if you can sustain a career for upwards of 20 years? It’s damn near impossible, and a level very few have been able to attain.
Words by K. Sims
A short while back, your twitter timeline might’ve been flooded with the hashtag #JIMMY. Sure, Jimmy was the title of the then-upcoming mixtape from Chicago collective, Pivot Gang. But clearly Jimmy was some sort of shadowy figure associated with the group. Who exactly was Jimmy? Was he a person? Was he a state of mind? Well, after much speculation, Pivot Gang finally unveiled that Jimmy was their friend and fellow group member who is currently incarcerated.
Pivot Gang is composed of John Walt (rapper), MFMelo (musician), Joseph Chilliams (rapper, producer, amateur video God), Saba (rapper, producer, sound engineer), Jimmy (Rapper), Kevo B (rapper, song writer, poet), and Sway $waLA (rapper, granddad) and all hail from the Westside of Chicago. And although they are solo artists in their own right, they see power in numbers and connected to drop a project as a crew.
It’s that time of the week again. Do remember, that if the song dropped anytime since last Friday (11/8) it’s eligible for the list. Now we aren’t saying these are the BEST songs of the week, but they are the staff’s faves and joints you can catch us bumping in the office.