As discussed a few weeks ago, Rhymefest, as part of the The Black Youth Project (BYP) and Power of Purpose, Inc. (POP) have joined forces to release The Pledge, a 14 song mixtape which takes a stand against youth violence in Chicago.
The project, which was helmed by ‘Fest, features Fest, Lupe Fiasco, Tito Lopez, Mikkey Halsted, BJ The Chicago Kid, BLX and more.
One of the standouts from this project is a song from the short-lived supergroup, BLX [Blaxploitation], which consisted of Mikkey Halsted, Rhymefest, Twone Gabz and Juice. A group project never materialized, but they did record a few joints before pulling the plug. The truth is, we need these guys more than ever right now.
So check out BLX’s contribution, “Pain,” as well as the full Pledge project below.
To combat the recent surge of violence in Chicago, Rhymefest announces The Pledge, a 13 song project, featuring local artists taking a stand. ‘Fest, Mikkey Halsted and Kaye Fox have all signed on to contribute, and they’re still accepting submissions — the last of which need to be in by July 27.
The Black Youth Project (BYP) and Power of Purpose, Inc. (POP) are joining forces to provide a platform for those who would like to use hip-hop as a tool.
We are requesting artists to submit their best song for our Back to School The Pledge Mixtape, which will be a 13 song CD comprised of songs from various local artists taking back their communal power through music. This CD is being distributed at the same time that the BYP is launching their Pledge Campaign—see below. 5,000 copies of The Pledge Mixtape will be pressed and distributed around the city.
For more details click below…
Last week, in a guest post on the DonnieNicole blog, El Che had some choice words for Chief Keef and his influence. In the post ‘Fest titled Chief Keef Is The Bomb, he opens up about Keef, and the corporations that stand to profit from him.
The column popped up all over the internet, so this morning Fest dropped WGCI’s Tony Sco and The Morning Riot to clarify his statements, and explain the reasoning behind them.
You can read Fest’s column below…
Typically you’ll catch me posting my appearance on Tony Sculfield & The Morning Riot’s After Party, but today Tony and the gang had on a special guest: Rhymefest.
They go in on a lot of interesting topics here. Social issues, hip-hop and much more.
Shot, chopped and directed by Konee Rok.
Some of you may recall that Rhymefest and Kanye West were working on a show for Comedy Central a while ago, but it never got picked up. Here we have some behind the scenes footage of ’Ye, Rhymefest, Kim Kardashian, Jimmy Kimmel and a host of others as they work on the pilot. Am I the only one who thinks that this would’ve been pretty dope?
Salute to everyone involved in this program. I’ll let Javin have the floor:
The Power of Sound is a music workshop that provides Chicago Public Schools’ students, involved in the Mentor Advocacy Program, with hands on experience with music industry professionals in an effort to develop and hone their musical talents and industry experience. This most recent session was run from Sound Scape Studios. Participants worked closely with artists such as Mikkey Halsted, Rhymefest, Kaye Fox, and veteran producer Xcel. Engineers Corey Martin, Mike Kolar and Boogz provided technical assistance and insight. Radio/Promotions veteran, Jerome Kemp and bass player Steve “Funk Worm” Butler also served as workshop leaders. For more info visit cpsmentors.com or call 773.553.1183
KANYE and I been speaking lately it interesting I see people who think he owes them stuff. I never understood letting another human have control over your success or failure in life. My brotherhood with Ye is based in the fact I don’t beg or expect more then his friendship good convo and the exchange of ideas. We bounce rhymes and music off each other and debate the world and its peace.
But as far as Kanye and his real homies notice that none of the guys he started with from Chicago talk shit about him. None of us. Chicago Cats understand playing your position and organizational structure. We know that every man is responsible for his/her actions.
This afternoon, El Che was unknowingly dragged into the middle of a beef between Kanye West and his former artist Consquence. In Consequence’s “Puppet Master” video, Cons alleged that Kanye robbed Rhymefest of his style and career (although it’s not 100% certain what Cons is accusing here), while going on to take shots at Don C, Fonzworth Bentley and others.
When asked about the incident, Fest took to Twitter to respond in the form of a rhyme – one that will be featured on his upcoming project Courtesy of Chicago:
I can describe my thoughts of it best in a rhyme!
I love @itsthecons and @kanyewest, and every mans responsible for his own success/Rapping, Writing and Revolution, Full time job, the only time I ever care is when The People are Robbed!/So if Men kill each other over Ego and Fame the Truth becomes the music thats the only remain…
Produced by Panik.
Vakill, Juice, Rhymefest, Crooked I & Nino Bless? Serious business. Vakill’s Armor Of God is available in stores now. Look for it digitally soon also.
This weekend, a rep for Rhymefest took to his Twitter to announce the rapper/activist almost fell into a diabetic coma after not knowing he’d had the disease for many years. Today he cleared up the incident on his Twitter and announced that he’s feeling much better:
I’m back y’all, thanks 4the prayers and well wishers. I got released from the hospital over the weekend. diabetes is manageable so I’m good. Got a new diet, work out plan and lease on life. Gotta get off this insulin. Thanks to my close homies and family for helping me organise my new life style. No more pepsi hotchips and laffy taffys. And thanks to everyone who tweeted me a get well soon. Now back to the lab. Now that my sugar is down I feel much better I was operating on overdrive for years and had no idea. Now I understand a little of what Phife Dog is going thru. Off to the gym now peace.