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FSD Feature: Phor Talks ‘Lightning Bug’ Project, Reality TV Stardom & More

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Today, Chicago rapper, entertainer and storied ink artist Phor has released his latest project, Lightning Bug, a 13-track outing which sets out to make him one of the most respected talents in the Chicago industry. Late last year, Phor found success as a reality TV star, appearing on VH1’s ratings-shattering Black Ink Crew: Chicago. But Phor’s rap career long predates the show, and he’s ready to share his other other skill with the rest of the world.

On the day of Lightning Bug‘s release (you can stream below), we sat down with Phor to talk about his burgeoning music career, as well as how being a reality TV star has changed his life. And yes, he’s way deeper than the ink on your skin. Get to know Phor below.

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FSD Feature: Getting To Know UG Vavy

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Words by Tara Mahadevan (@mhdvn)

The makeshift stage is made of some thin, pine-colored wood and covered with a rug. A handful of twenty-somethings make their way onto the platform, employing soft variations of hit dem folks, their faces contorted in enjoyment as Lil Yachty’s “1 Night” appears over the speakers, and eases into Famous Dex’s “Drip From My Walk.” Artwork hangs on the walls, as well as blank skateboard decks, which some artists live paint in front of a small portion of the crowd.

It’s the release party for the Chicago apparel company Accendi, and the lineup is stacked with DJ sets and performances by ShowYouSuck and Supa Bwe, two Chicago rappers who, over the years, have made their rounds in the scene. In comparison, the night’s third performer UG Vavy is something of a novice.

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FSD Feature: Ric Wilson’s Fake Shore Drive Interview

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Ric Wilson is one of the waviest up-and-comers out of Chicago. The writer/activist/musician is prepping to release a new project titled Soul Bounce, and has gotten quite a bit of buzz surrounding his two singles for the project.

We recently got a chance to sit down with Ric, where we spoke about everything from letting your soul bounce to Simone Manuel. Peep the interview below, and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for Soul Bounce, dropping August 30th — yes, this information is exclusive.

Read up on the greatness of Ric below.

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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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