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Words and photos by Holiday Kirk (@HolidayKirk)
Both on record and off, SD projects an air of control and confidence. This is someone that knows where he’s going and how he’s going to get there. This clarity of purpose extends to his studio time, when I met SD in the basement of Complex Studios he was meticulously working through a new song with his engineer. He was so focused he barely noticed me walking in, giving me the requisite daps before returning his attention to the song before him. The new song felt like a logical extension of his work on last November’s Truly Blessed; melodic and hooky coupled to a beat that bangs with a clockwork precision. Once we got down to business, SD walked me through the depth of his plans, which extend well into the next decade.
In November of 2014, it was announced that Waukegan-native, J.R. Donato had just inked a deal with Wiz Khalifa’s fledging label, Taylor Gang. It was not only a big deal for J.R., but for the local scene as a whole, since Wiz is one of the most popular and influential artists in all of music.
But many wondered how this local artist was able to catch the ear of the Taylor Gang boss, and cut through the thousands of other rappers vying for a shot in the big leagues. Well, today we caught up with Mr. Donato, to talk about his Taylor Gang affiliation, how he hooked up with Wiz, and what plans he has slated for 2015. The future is looking type bright for J.R., so find out how he plans to conquer below.
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.
Words by John Miranda, Attorney at Law
John Miranda is a Chicago attorney. He can be reached at JohnMirandaLegal@gmail.com and his legal articles can be found at www.ChicagoSmallBusinessLaw.com. John has written legal articles for Fake Shore Drive in the past. Read more here.
Trademarks originated with medieval sword-making guilds. Each guild used to put its own mark on the swords it manufactured in order to assure buyers of the sword’s maker and quality. Modern trademark law is based on the same principle – trademarks can attach to logos, slogans, names, images, services, and even sounds, and they serve to identify the source of the product. Trademarks protect brand equity. Once you have invested time, money, and sweat into building a name for yourself, some guy shouldn’t be able to profit by printing t-shirts out of his apartment featuring an unauthorized use of your name, likeness, or album cover.
Words by Ty Howard (@someguynamedty)
You know what the Midwest is? Slept on. Most people outside of the Middle West only think of Chicago when thinking of the Mid, but the Chi isn’t the only city making noise here. Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee and a few other Midwest cities have had a pretty good year musically, but most people still seem to overlook them.
2014 is a wrap. Finito. And despite what the peanut gallery at large might tell you, we’ve received some incredible music from the Chicago scene. From newcomers, to vets — it appears just about everyone has put their best foot forward this year — and many artists have churned out the best work of their careers.
Despite what others might tell you, 2014 was a pretty great year for rap. At least in the Midwest. And as most of the influential bloggers and rap writers reside on the coasts, they tend to overlook the gems the Midwest has to offer. But that’s where we come in. That’s where we thrive. That’s our bread and butter.
Words by Holiday Kirk (@HolidayKirk)
As 2013 gave way to 2014, the excitement and enthusiasm that ran through Chicago’s bop scene began deflating. The energy and attention generated by Sicko Mobb’s high profile deal with Sony & RCA and the DLow Shuffle’s virality gave way to rumors of bad contracts and stagnation as no other artists were signed. Few new bop songs entered regular rotation on DJ playlists leaving artists desperate to escape the shadow of their big hits. None of this was the fault of the bop scene itself really. None got signed because nobody’s getting signed, anywhere, at all. This is the hardest rap economy ever to break into the major label system and after the Chicago gold rush of 2012 the major labels have all but abandoned the city.
Words by Taylor Made (@taylormade_hbm)
Quiet as kept, Detroit’s Doughboyz Cashout faction had an incredible 2014. Simply put: these guys were (and still are) WORKING. At the top of the year they dropped one of the most slept on projects of ’14, We Run The City Vol. 4, which was chock full of quality Detroit street music.
On top of the group outing, every member dropped a solo project (with the exception of Doughboy Dre) and each project had its shining moments. From Big Quis’ My Turn, to Kiddo’s Breaking All The Rules Vol. 1, to Payroll’s Get Money Stay Humble, to Doughboy Roc’s Beast Mode — these Motor City madmen kept us in great music.