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Netherfriends f/ Che Guevara – Knocking

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Knock Knock. Who’s there? Netherfriends, that’s who. And he’s got Che Guevara with him. And no, he’s not answering any questions. That boy knows his first amendment rights. So the only singing you’ll hear from them is on this here track.

The bad boys came knocking, so we’ll see who answers the door. Listen to this dope little collabo as well as the full production and artist credits below. They knocked it outta the park.

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Watch Lil Durk Hoop @ Rucker Park

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Who knew Lil Durk was a hooper? I didn’t, but based on Chicago’s rich history with basketball it comes as no surprise. On a recent trip to NYC for his current Remember My Name promo run, he took some time out of his busy schedule to shoot some hoops at the infamous Rucker Park with his manager and some fans. Randomly enough, TMZ was on hand to capture the moment. Wow.

Durk also tells TMZ that he plans to put together a team to compete during the summer league. I know for a fact he won’t be recruiting me. Anyhoo, check out his skills up top.

Preorder Remember My Name here.

Nick Astro – How You Do That

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

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SAY WHO DAT, TELL ME HOW YA DO DAT.

When I saw this screencap, I was all in. I put all my chips on the table. You know if Percy, and even the I’m Bout It Soundtrack are involved, I’m 100% jumping down. Even though Nick’s new release has nothing to do with the 1997 hit of the same name, I more than respect his use of Percy in the photo and flipping the actual video for his song which you can find below.

Celebrate this and be sure to stop by Nick’s in-store tomorrow evening at Jugrnaut from 5-7p. The flyer for that is below.

Here’s a loose record that did not make the cut of anything, so take a second to imagine what did and how happy we all should be the “Nothing Is Original” EP is coming sooner than you think. Peep “How You Do That” (dropping today) below and hang out with me tomorrow at Jugrnaut (5pm-7pm).

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FSD Events: FSD & John Monopoly Present – #MonopolyFest2015

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

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The Go ILL Showcase has officially SOLD OUT. Thanks for all of the support from the Chicago industry — you are appreciated. However, we have some even better news for you: don’t miss out on our next event #MonopoloyFest2015: The Biggest Entertainment Industry Seminar in Chicago History.

Pre-register now before this event sells out as well. All proceeds will be donated to The Kids Off the Block Foundation and Afrika Enterprises.

Many know John Monopoly’s name from various Kanye West shout outs and his key involvement with Kanye’s first three albums. But that’s not where the story begins. John started out in the music business in 1989 at 13 years old, as the youngest hip-hop promoter in the city of Chicago.

He produced legendary concerts such as Fat Joe’s first Chicago show in 1991, Wu Tang’s first Chicago show in 1992, and the Beatnuts first Chi-Town show in 1993.

After a brief stint at Morehouse College in Atlanta, John started working for Da Brat in 1995 and helped both Da Brat and his big bro J-Boogie successfully launch their label 20 years ago.

In 1999, John began working with Carl Thomas, who he co-managed and did marketing for. In the year 2000, John went on to successfully close his first publishing deal for Mechalie Jamison with Sean Puffy Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment.

Two years later, after a flourishing run in the Chicago nightlife space launching and running clubs such as Dragon Room and Biology Bar; John moved to New York with Jo Jo Capone to take a Vice President position with Chris Lighty’s Violator Management.

The next year in 2003, John worked as an A&R for Jive Records which was cut short by John’s direct involvement with the release of Kanye’s legendary debut album College Dropout.

In 2004, John brokered a publishing deal with EMI for Chicago producers Spike N’ Jamahl.

In 2005, John launched G.O.O.D. Music with Kanye West and held an executive position as the COO of the company.

The next Summer in 2006, John executive produced the platinum single “Gettin’ Some,” by Shawnna — which was arguably the biggest record of year.

Also in 2006, John got Kidz in the Hall signed to legendary hip-hop label Rawkus Records.

In 2008, John left the G.O.O.D. Music/Kanye fold to go out on his own.

Shortly after, he began managing Busta Rymes, whose last album John A&R’d (which included the smash hit “Arab Money.”)

In 2009, John did extensive work with Missy Elliot.

After creating a lasting impact on the careers of Busta amd Missy, John went on to launch Lawless Inc. and got Chicago superstar King Louie signed to Epic Records in 2011.

Continuing his momentum, John brokered a joint venture with BMG for Chicago producer J- Hill in 2013.

Chicago’s leading tastemaker then went on to get D-Low singed to Atlantic Records in 2013, and Chicago female rising star Dreezy signed to Interscope records in 2014.

John’s work is far from over at this point. Stick around to witness what John has in store for the next generation of artist, tastemakers & executives.

John Monopoly is a Chicago entertainment industry icon who has worked with Da Brat, Carl Thomas, No ID, Busta Rymes, King Louie, Missy Elliot, Dreezy, Kanye West, Boss Baka, Mobb Depp, Shawnna, Kidz in The Hall, & D-Low.

#MonopolyFest2015 will include reps from REVOLT, Columbia Records, Atlantic Records, G.O.O.D. Music, TDE, BMG, MMG, Roc Nation, VladTV, Def Jam, Karen Civil, Incredible, ASCAP and Maverick.

Pre-register for #MonopolyFest2015 by emailing:
MonoplolyFest2015@gmail.com

Watch Vic Mensa & Charles Hamilton Cypher In This Video

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ever wondered what Vic Mensa and Charles Hamilton cypher would look and sound like? Yeah? Nah? Well, we have that footage for you today. These two allegedly crossed paths outside of a rehearsal space in NYC. Could it be SOBs? Well, that’s where Charles has a show tomorrow night.

But these two dudes are both talented emcees, so check out who bested who with the clip up top.