Tag: FSD Feature
Words by Bryant Bowens (@arete88)
It was a little over a year ago when we first heard Chance the Rapper’s critically acclaimed project, 10 Day. On his breakthrough debut, Chance closes out the album with a heartfelt dedication to Ma Dukes with “Hey Ma.” The tune features a distinct vintage-sounding vocal that you swear was a dusty Jazz sample you once heard at your grandparents house. But in all actuality, we weren’t listening to a cleverly flipped sample, but instead the enrapturing voice of Chicago songstress, Lili K.
While Lili K has flown under the radar for the past few years, she began her (well-deserved) rise to prominence in 2012, releasing highly praised material alongside her partner in crime, Peter Cottontail. FSD caught up with the former chorister, as she discusses her upbringing in the church, being embraced by the local hip-hop scene, and thoughts on the soul scene in Chicago.
Words by Bryant Bowens (@arete88)
Tuesday, April 30th was a day we witnessed greatness emerge. The 20-year-old phenom known as Chance The Rapper cemented his spot as the next big thing to blow out of the Windy City with the release of his coveted sophomore project, Acid Rap. In 2012, Chance won us over with his innocent yet accurate debut 10 Day, but for his follow up he came back bigger and deffer. To this writers knowledge, it was the first mixtape to leak like it was an actual retail release and upon impact it effectively broke the internet (as well as crashed Fake Shore Drive twice).
Words by Alan Cerenil (@snobworthy)
The past few weeks have provided plenty of speculation on Kanye’s new album. Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97 in NYC reported that the album was “dark” and “really good.” While tweets have circled on the album sounding very “Chicago” with the likes of Chief Keef, King Louie and Young Chop all making the trip to Paris to work on the project.
Interview by Leland Bonner (LelandBfresh). Shot and edited by FrameLab Films.
For the third installment of our Getting To Know series, we caught up with the brains behind two of Chicago’s favorite brands: Vita-Morte & dope.boy.magic. You’ve likely spotted Terrell Jones and Joe Freshgoods around the city at various events, but you probably didn’t know that they’re behind some of your most cherished apparel in your closet. From weekly events like Feed The Homies and Project Fun, these two know how to keep the good times rollin’ and keep us fresh at the same damn time (yes, a pun was intended).
In this interview, we get acquainted with both Terrell and Joe. They touch on everything from how they met, how both brands got started, and a few other topics. Tune in above.
At FSD, we feel it is our duty to provide our faithful readers with musical content that’s entertaining but also innovative. Last year, Chicago became the “it” city in hip-hop — but with the accolades came criticism. Some critics concluded that Chicago’s success was solely based on the Drill scene — which is not completely true. The scene is a lot more well-rounded than some would lead you to believe. That being said, we’ve created a new FSD Feature entitled Lyrics To Go, where we dissect verses from some of Chicago’s most well-respected lyricists, where they discuss their best bars.
For our second installment, we feature pizza enthusiast, ShowYouSuck. We chop it up with the Treated Crew member to discuss his favorite verse of last year, the deliciously titled, “Mild Sauce.” Proceed with caution.
Words by Alex Russell (@andfeedingyou)
Kanye West. Have you heard of him? He’s a rapper, like one of those guys that makes rhyming lyrics over a beat. He also makes beats sometimes. Apparently he has had some success in that field. This is the second half of our bipartite coverage of what we consider to be Kanye’s greatest successes in production for himself and others, this time within the years 2006-2012.
Words by Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive)
Every few years an artist comes along that stops you dead in your tracks. Disrupts you from what you’re doing. That feeling can come from many places — it may be their sound, their songwriting ability or perhaps it’s just raw talent. But something just clicks, and takes you by surprise. I had that moment about a year ago when clicking play on Nylo’s Soundcloud page. Who is this girl? Where did she come from? What does she look like? What is a Nylo? I was immediately intrigued.
I listened to the entire EP then Googled her looking for more. It appeared there really wasn’t anything else. She hadn’t popped up on any other blogs, and was a relative mystery online. A diamond in the rough. In an age where new artists OVER promote themselves, it was a rarity — and a welcomed changed from the norm. I immediately posted her debut project, Memories Speak, on Fake Shore Drive, and we liked it so much it ended up on our Top 10 Mixtapes Of The Year (So Far) list (it eventually landed at number 10 on our year end mixtape list). Almost immediately after posting, insiders, producers, managers and your typical industry leeches all hit us up wondering who this girl was. “How can we work with her?” was the common question. One I had no answer for.
It’s that time of the week again. Do remember, that if the song dropped anytime since last Friday (2/8) it’s eligible. Now we aren’t saying these are the BEST songs of the week, but they are the staffs faves and joints you can catch us bumping in the office.
Words by Bryant Bowens (arete88)
In Hip-Hop, every major city has a stigma — or perhaps a stereotype. You’ve heard the peanut gallery say things like ” the NYC glory days are long gone,” or that Atlanta rappers lack lyrical substance. These are common comments in the Hip-Hop landscape, and no region is exempt. Whether these statements are true or false doesn’t really matter, because people will believe almost everything they read, see or hear. If it’s beat in your head enough it becomes law.
Words by Leland Bonner (@LelandBfresh)
Here at FSD, we strive to shed light on the people who make your favorite rapper a cult phenomenon. These are the people behind the scenes- video directors, DJs, and producers. The man behind the man, so to speak. This is another installment of our “Who Shot Ya?” series, where we get the inside stories on the “unsung” heroes in the Chicago industry.