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Video: Up Close & Personal With Just Blaze & Salaam Remi — A Grammy Discussion In Chicago

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

It was truly an honor and a pleasure to interview these two living legends in front of a live studio audience in Chicago last month. It’s rather lengthly, and you must be a GrammyPro member to watch in full, but trust that it’s worth joining and watching if you have time.

I got to talk shop with these two and we go in-depth about the current state of the music biz, working with legends, how up and coming artists can be heard and if the record label is dead. Their answers might surprise you.

In this exclusive conversation hosted by the Chicago Chapter and the Producers & Engineers Wing, two innovative leaders in production, Just Blaze and Salaam Remi, sat down with hip-hop blogger Andrew Barber for a one-of-a-kind discussion on how to survive and thrive in the music industry. Topics covered include the current climate of the music business, the changing role of record labels, and current equipment the two use. Just Blaze and Remi also shared stories about working with legends including the Fugees, Jay Z, Eminem, Nas, and Amy Winehouse.

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Ill Legit f/ Eddie Mon$ta – KTA

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Ill Legit joins forces with Save Money emcee Eddie Mon$ta to take aim at crooked cops, in light of the Mike Brown verdict. I’ll let Illy take it from here:

“A song dedicated to the police and this fine system we have and like to call justice. And a remembrance of the Michael Brown police shooting and senseless police brutality and violence. Its time to unite and fight back.”

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Pics: adidas Unveil D Rose Lakeshore Boost Lifestyle Shoe

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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adidas has been rolling out a good number of colorways for the D. Roose 5 Boost’s, but today they’ve unveiled some lifestyle shoes to go along with your standard Boost collection. This is for everyday wear — on and off the court. Check out the new designs above and below, and be sure to grab them in stores on 12/1.

The D Rose Lakeshore Boost offers the ultimate combination of style and comfort. It features a luxurious upper and unmatched comfort with a full length Boost midsole. Built for Chicago winters, the upper material is rugged leather with added padding around the heel for increased comfort. Additional details include a debossed D Rose logo on the lateral side, boot laces and a metal boot lacing eyelet at the top of the shoe.

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theWHOevers – Gangrene

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Gangrene (IYWI2)

New music from the W — not the Wu, but the Who.

Dotkom and J. Arthur drop off a new loosie, which they’re calling “Gangrene.” This new record should hold you over until the duo releases their double-sided Black & White & Born To Use Mics project early next year.

Two thumbs up for this one. Give “Gangrene” a listen below.

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Chella H – Coco (Freestyle)

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Chells takes a stab at OT Genasis’ current hit “Coco,” with her very own rendition. Just something from Chella to hold you over until her No Filter project impacts — which is looking like next year.

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Smoko Ono f/ Rockie Fresh, Saba & Jarred AG – No Look

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Producer Smoko Ono tosses a no look pass to his cronies Rockie Fresh, Saba and Jarred AG, for this new slam dunk from his upcoming Slackin N Mackin Vol. 1 project, due out in January.

This is pretty ill, definitely digging the instrumentation here. Check it out for yourself below. The assist comes courtesy of Noisey.

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Really Doe f/ Davi On The Track – SEX

| November 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

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Really Doe is back! And today he returns to FSD with some brand new music featuring a new artist he’s working with by the name of Davi On The Track. They make love to the beat on this dancefloor ready leak titled “Sex.”

Really Doe’s new project, The Chronicles Of Really D Williams, is due out soon. Check out the intercourse discourse below.

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Video: Tony Stanza – Alert

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Shot and chopped by Darling Cocoa and Dope Daniels. Produced by Proceed.

Tony Stanza revisits his BlaXphemy project and delivers a visual aid for track two, “Alert.” Check out the video above and be sure to catch Stanza live at The Elbo Room tonight at 10:30pm alongside White Gzus and Joey Purp.


Naledge – #NoFuFu

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Guess who’s bizzack?

Naledge, that’s who. With Saint The Good Boy on the beat, Naledge lets everyone know that he’s back and that this isn’t the fufu on the radio with the aptly titled “#NoFuFu.”

“#NoFuFu” is available on iTunes now, but you can stream it below. This is too nice. Naledge’s new album, Naledge Is Power, is set to arrive next spring via Braniac Society/Kidz In The Hall.

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The Guys f/ Kanesha Holiday – Change

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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The Guys get some assistance from Gospel singer Kanesha Holiday and pianist Justin Jackson on “Change,” a tune that touches on the tone of things taking place in the country currently. This is great. Job well done, Guys.

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