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

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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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FSD Feature: Exploring The Underworld of Chief Keef’s Vast Music Leaks

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Words by Katrina LaZara (@katlaz26)

In 2016, Chief Keef still has more influence than most would like to admit. The now 20-year-old skyrocketed to fame back in 2012, while he was on house arrest at his Grandmother’s house in Chicago. Keef has come a long way since his days of releasing music on YouTube, but the ride to superstardom has been rocky. Most recently, Keef’s music has been viciously leaked on the internet without consent. Alki David, Keef’s business partner, is currently suing Google, and 15 other defendants for an estimated $20 million dollars for their roles in pirating Keef’s albums, Bang 3 Pt 1, and Bang 3 Pt 2. However, as we’ve recently learned, that may just be the tip of the iceberg.

76 of Keef’s tracks have been leaked so far in 2016. Even while billionaire Alki David sues 15 of the small time YouTube account holders, it doesn’t seem to be shaking any of the diehard fans that also leak Keef’s music before an intended release.

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FSD Feature: TheMIND’s Fake Shore Drive Interview

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Words by Quentin Yarolem. Photo by Bryan Allen Lamb.

Chance’s are that if you’re not familiar with TheMIND the person, you’re familiar with his work. He’s a part of the production team THEMpeople, a stable that has been a staple in this new generation of Chicago music for a few years now. When he’s not working with his team, TheMIND has been working on his own solo project, Summer Camp, which is set to release in early June. After dropping two singles off the project and doing a handful of high profile features for artists like Joey Purp, Chance The Rapper and Mick Jenkins; hype for TheMIND is at an all time high. Read up on the burgeoning artist below, and make sure to Summer Camp on the calendar.

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FSD Feature: What’s Up with MFn Melo?

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Words by Quentin Yarolem. Photo by Jude Appleby

Chicago rapper MFn Melo is making his is way in the city’s diverse hip-hop scene. Melo is set to release his debut project MeloDramatics later this year. The project will be his first release since 2013, when PIVOT dropped their mixtape Jimmy, a tape dedicated to their friend and fellow PIVOT member who was locked down. Check out our interview below, and make sure to stay on the lookout for MeloDramatics.

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