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FSD Songs Of The Week 4/18/14

| April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

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It’s that time of the week again. Do remember, that if the song dropped anytime since last Friday (4/11) 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.

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Nas Signs Boldy James To New Mass Appeal Imprint

| April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Story by Fatboi Fresh (@1andOnlyFatboi)

When preparation meets opportunity amazing things can happen — and Detroit emcee and our Midwest brethren, Boldy James, is a testament to that statement. After years of waiting in the wings as a Cool Kids-affiliate and cousin of rapper/producer, Chuck Inglish, Boldy has finally landed his own situation with the newly formed Mass Appeal label, helmed by God’s Son himself, Nasir Jones.

If you happened to be at the Mass Appeal SXSW show last month, you’ll remember that Nas made a ‘soft announcement’ when he brought out Boldy to announce that he would be joining the label. And now, on the eve of the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, the deal is 100% official.

This is not just a good look for Detroit, but also the Midwest as a whole, as over the past few years Boldy has spread his wings and created alliances that span from Chicago, Minnesota, Ohio and all places in between. So On behalf of myself, and the FSD Army, better yet the Navy, I would like to write Boldy James’ name on the wall of official Midwest delegates. Clap for that man!

FSD Feature: 15 Essential Bop Songs

| April 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

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Feature by Holiday Kirk (@HolidayKirk)

Those who can read the spirit of the times know that if something dominates a culture, a response is already underway. But who would have thought that Chicago would get an antithesis to drill almost exactly one year later? If the summer of 2012 belonged to drill, the summer of 2013 belonged to bop.

You have the leg swooshy dance and the hyper poppy music. Neither are mutually exclusive. The current faces of the Chicago bop scene, DLow and Kemo, have uploaded clips of themselves getting down to techno music and the music is so good it often stands on it’s own two. Bop is the rare subgenre that is boldly pop music. Most genres worship the hook, but bop is the rare one that’s completely honest about it.

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FSD Songs Of The Week 4/11/14

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

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It’s that time of the week again. Do remember, that if the song dropped anytime since last Friday (4/4) 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.

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FSD Feature: DLow Talks Record Deal, Chicago’s Bop Scene & “DLow Shuffle”

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Interview by Holiday Kirk (@HolidayKirk)

Upon entering the Dough Street Entertainment studio, I was surprised to see one of the monitors playing the video for “The DLow Shuffle.” I gestured to the monitor and looked over at DLow, who was getting up from a chair near the door, “How many times would you say you’ve heard this song in the last 2 weeks?” I asked. His eyes widened as he let loose a tired sigh. “Man,” he said, “I don’t even know.”

Darrion Simmons, better known as DLow, is perched at an interesting mid-point in his career. His dance sensation smash “The DLow Shuffle” is gaining momentum everyday edging Chicago’s bop scene further onto the national stage along with it. Now that the song has been scooped up by Atlantic Records, it’s right on the verge of breaking through on a major scale. But DLow is eager to prove he’s more than “The DLow Shuffle” and he’s about to face the greatest challenge a new artist can face, making good on promise the second time around.

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FSD Songs Of The Week 4/4/14

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

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It’s that time of the week again. Do remember, that if the song dropped anytime since last Friday (3/28) 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.

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FSD Feature: Would You Rather With Taylor Bennett

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Created by Cameron Chapleau and Matthew Andreasen for Fake Shore Drive

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, readers, friends, Romans, countrymen. We’re back with our original series and feature on FSD: Would You Rather? The brainchild of Cameron Chapleau and Matthew Andreasen, this video segment features 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 fifth installment featuring the super charged persona of Taylor Bennett. Over the course of the past few months, Taylor has been selling out shows, rocking stages across the country, and hitting his fans over the head with quality music on a consistent basis. But how does Taylor handle tough decisions (and believe there are many in life)? Well, we sat down with the young turk for another exciting episode of Would You Rather? Tune in and figure out how he handles the pressure cooker.

FSD Feature: Lil Bibby Talks New EP ‘The Book’ & Handling Rise To Fame

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Interview by Keith Reid-Cleveland (@kreid_c)

Lil Bibby is the newest promising face to be attached to Chicago’s music scene. Free Crack, his first and only mixtape, was released at the end of November and has reached almost 800,000 views on LiveMixtapes.com since then. Showing some perfectionist tendencies, Bibby wasn’t satisfied with those numbers. Having received cosigns from the likes of Drake, Mac Miller, Juicy J and many more respected people within the industry, Bibby is looking to have a strong 2014 starting with the release of The Book, his upcoming EP. Bibby talked to Fake Shore Drive about the EP, how he deals with his rise to fame and why being at South by Southwest may have been the worst experience of his life thus far.

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FSD Songs Of The Week 3/28/14

| March 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

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It’s that time of the week again. Do remember, that if the song dropped anytime since last Friday (3/21) 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.

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FSD Feature: Every 4 Bars: The Alex Wiley Interview

| March 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

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Interview by Holiday Kirk (@HolidayKirk)

Despite the active bong in the corner of the Soundscape Recording Studio’s mixing room, Alex Wiley was alert — vivid even. If Wiley was high, it wasn’t showing. Over the next hour, Wiley sputtered out ideas, concepts, plans, and jokes with a clarity that most sober folk don’t possess. We talked a lot about music, discussed Kid Cudi, argued Get Rich or Die Tryin’s classic status, and talked in-depth about his forthcoming project, Village Party, which is due out this summer. Just going back and forth with Wiley was so engaging I almost forgot to do the interview at all. Thankfully, I got back on track and proceeded to get the rundown on the state of Alex Wiley.

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