Words by Kevin Coval (@KevinCoval). Photo by Rene Marban
Welcome to a new FSD Feature from Chicago poet/activist/artist/philanthropist Kevin Coval, where he uses “verse-journalism” to review shows, events and other dope activities and ongoings in the City of Chicago.
Kevin sees this as a way to document and practice what Gwendolyn Brooks calls verse journalism. Today Kevin kicks off the series with a verse review of Saba’s most recent concert, which took place last Friday, April 24th at Bottom Lounge.
Check out Saba In The ComfortZone below, and be sure to check out Kevin’s latest literary release, The Breakbeat Poets, available here.
With first quarter 2015 already behind us, we look to the spring, summer and fall for the year’s biggest releases. Well, any other year this may be true, but thus far in 2015, hip-hop’s heavyweights have been dropping new albums at a dizzying pace.
Words by Ryan Chandler (@NayrRyChi)
In Chicago, the weather is indecisive. Obviously. This time of year especially. Winter and spring play tug of war well into the latter days of April. However, glimpses (although fleeting) of spring can only mean one thing: Chicago baseball is right around the corner. Well, thankfully, it’s now here.
The Chicago White Sox and Cubs both kick off grand-slamming seasons this week, representing both sides of the city (for out of towners: the North for the Cubs, the South for the Sox). The Cubbies and Sox have both positioned themselves to reach playoff contention this year — well, possibly.
Words and photos by Holiday Kirk (@HolidayKirk)
Both on record and off, SD projects an air of control and confidence. This is someone that knows where he’s going and how he’s going to get there. This clarity of purpose extends to his studio time, when I met SD in the basement of Complex Studios he was meticulously working through a new song with his engineer. He was so focused he barely noticed me walking in, giving me the requisite daps before returning his attention to the song before him. The new song felt like a logical extension of his work on last November’s Truly Blessed; melodic and hooky coupled to a beat that bangs with a clockwork precision. Once we got down to business, SD walked me through the depth of his plans, which extend well into the next decade.
In November of 2014, it was announced that Waukegan-native, J.R. Donato had just inked a deal with Wiz Khalifa’s fledging label, Taylor Gang. It was not only a big deal for J.R., but for the local scene as a whole, since Wiz is one of the most popular and influential artists in all of music.
But many wondered how this local artist was able to catch the ear of the Taylor Gang boss, and cut through the thousands of other rappers vying for a shot in the big leagues. Well, today we caught up with Mr. Donato, to talk about his Taylor Gang affiliation, how he hooked up with Wiz, and what plans he has slated for 2015. The future is looking type bright for J.R., so find out how he plans to conquer below.