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Marrow – The Gold Standard

| May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments


All gold everything.

Marrow returns to FSD with the gold medal-winning new release, “The Gold Standard.” It’s most definitely worth its weight in gold, and after that I’m going to cool it on the gold references.

Anyhoo, the band gives us a slow-roller that really hits the mark. Interestingly enough, here’s the lowdown on the track: “The Gold Standard” was one of the only songs that the group recorded with all four members in the same room playing simultaneously with no click, and no splicing takes together.”

Well done. Check it out below.

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Video: Matti Baybee – Do It 4 The Gram

| May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s 2015, so typically when someone is doing something, they’re doing it for the Gram. As in Instagram. Duh. Obviously. They’re doing it for the mathematics. The numbers. The hearts. It’s all for the look, and Matti is sure to up his follower count with this new one tastefully titled “Do It 4 The Gram.” Go ahead and do it up top.

Omarion To Take Over Verizon Wireless River Oaks with Now Playing Tour

| May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments


Ad: Big news! Tomorrow (May 30th), the Now Playing Tour presented by Verizon Wireless, hits the Verizon Wireless River Oaks for a FREE concert headlined by Omarion. It will transform the location into a mini music festival (just think of it as a mini Essence Festival) with Terrence J hosting, and appearances from Justine Skye and Bebe O’Hare.

As we mentioned, the event is free for all ages, and will include food, fun and cool music trivia games that offer a chance to win devices powered by Verizon, as well as a chance to win a trip to the Essence Festival 4th of July weekend. It’s going to be a great day.

I’ll be documenting my entire experience on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat under the hashtag: #VerizonLive. Trust that this is an event you won’t want to miss — and the perfect way to kick off summer. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Verizon Wireless River Oaks
1245 Torrence Ave
Calumet City, IL 60409


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Video: Black Matt – Minor Threat

| May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

“Matty’s off the sh*ts again, bumping Mista Don’t Play”

Directed by MAD Films. Produced by AZero and Blac Market.

After giving everyone a video for “Can I Get A Loosie?” earlier this week, Black Matt returns with his second visual offering of the week — “Minor Threat.” If you’re looking for a mp3 of this joint, then grab it right here. Matty’s new project, CALL 4 HELP 1999, is on the way. Stay tuned.

FSD Events: FSD & John Monopoly Present – #MonopolyFest2015

| May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments


The Go ILL Showcase, which takes place THIS Satuday, May 30th, 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 Monopoly brokered a deal with Boss Baka and Scream Entertainment/Penalty Entertainment/Sony Red in 2015.

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.

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