At the end of 2013, ZMoney’s future was bright. He needed shades and the whole nine. He landed on many critics ‘Best Of’ year-end lists, was garnering critical acclaim from all corners of the internet, and was booking shows across the country. The proper and ideal set-up for a bubbling rapper in this day and age.
And 2014 started off just as sweetly — with some attention-grabbing appearances at SXSW and high profile collaborations with the likes of Danny Brown. But then Z’s red-hot career hit a snag, as he was jailed on various minor charges that took him out of commission for over nine months. Obviously not an ideal situation for an artist on the cusp of really blowing up.
But thankfully the clouds have parted, and as of yesterday at 11am, Z is a free man yet again. We briefly caught up with the Money Man to talk about his release, his immediate plans for the future and his coming home party that takes place this Friday (1/30) at Reggies (buy tickets here). We also have some exclusive pictures of Z just moments after his release. Hit the jump to check out the feature.
Spenzo’s been dropping off some heaters over the past few weeks and today, he keeps things rolling with something special. The duo known as L.E.P. Bogus Boys remain separated unfortunately, but Count and Moonie did come together to bless Spenzo with their presence for “Dripping In Gold,” marking their first record together in over a year. No pun intended, but this joint’s truly gold.
Spenzo, Count and Moonie over a dope Flight Facilities flip? Totally here for that. Get an earful of “Dripping In Gold” below and look for more new music from Spenzo and his Ahead Of My Time project to come your way very soon.
Directed by LVTR Toinne
The Bandman is back. Squad Money is along for the ride. The Source just dropped this video and noted that Bandman has signed to Universal Records. I’m not sure if that’s accurate or not, because I’ve yet to hear that from Bandman himself, or anyone affiliated with GMG, which is Twista’s label, who had singed Bandman.
But while we try to get to the bottom of that, go ahead and watch this video. Watch it twice. Then tell a friend. You know you wanted to.
Produced by Dave Da King
Tone Capone and G-No of C.T.F., who were part of the very first incarnation of Crucial Conflict, link with fellow Westside vet, Danny Boy, whom you obviously know from Death Row Records for “Nothing Stays The Same.”
I can’t front, Danny Boy hasn’t lost a step with the vocals — he still sounds as fresh as he did back in 96. And C.T.F. hold it down impressively. Shouts to the CRS Management Group for the heads up.
Produced by Vi$u
Oh boy. Three of the Chi’s finest in the language arts category collide for “Holy Grail.” What’s dope about this joint, is that all three emcees are NICE in their own right, but all have very distinct and exotic stylings. One doesn’t sound like the other and never have.
I for one miss the originality in raps. There’s not many doing distinct and unique shit nowadays, so it’s always refreshing to hear new styles and new flows, and these three bring that here — and over one of my favorite samples to boot. You’ll say Holy Moly.
Common and John Legend have been invited to perform their powerful and award-winning single, “Glory,” at the Oscars on February 22nd.
I mean, that’s really all that needs to be said. Common is performing at the Oscars. 20+ years into his career. Amazing. You won’t want to miss that on 2/22 on ABC at 6pm.
Produced by Odd Couple
The Closed Session family returns with some new music — and bring it back to their tried and true formula of bringing an artist to the Chi for their first show, then shuffling them over to Soundscape Studios to record some music. They’ve done it for countless big name artists, and today they bring us something from bubbling St. Paul emcee, Allan Kingdom.
They dropped Kingdom in the lab with Chi City production outfit, Odd Couple, and this is what they came up with. Oh, and there’s a nice documentary compiled by Andrew Zeiter as well. Watch above, listen below. And raise a glass to good music.
Battle rap boss Big T, decides to ignite the Chicago Fire all over again with this new release, “City On Fire.” Looks like he just lit that match, so go ahead and pull that fire alarm.
This comes as yet another leak from his weekly release series. En fuego, indeed.
King Louie. Kanye West. In a studio. Which may or may not be Kanye’s home studio.
What we know: King Louie is currently in Los Angeles
What we know: Kanye West is working on his new album in Los Angeles
So is it safe to assume that these two have connected to craft some music for Ye’s new album? I mean, Louie was on Yeezus, after all. I think we can do the math here. Hopefully, they “Send It Up” yet again. Ha!