Are you wondering how that B.o.B / Taylor Swift collab "Both Of Us" came about? Or maybe, which of the many A-list stars that will be appearing on Strange Clouds was B.o.B most excited to work with? And what artist he hasn't yet worked with that he would like to? At the young age of 23, B.o.B is prime to see his star shine even brighter come May 1st when Strange Clouds hits stores everywhere. In addition to answering those questions above, B.o.B also provides a glimpse at what else lies ahead - including an upcoming collab with adidas at the Olympics, digging deeper into music (likely the rock route, as told in "Ray Bands"), and even movies. Watch above for those answers and more as B.o.B talks with the always funny and entertaining Julian On Da Radio (of B96) for GWHH!
And to catch you up on all things B.o.B, hit the 'PREVIOUSLY' links below our last sit-down with B.o.B from SXSW last March, in case you missed it. He talks more about Strange Clouds, including the deepest record he wrote for the album, working with T.I., and more. Plus, he and Jen DeLeon created a handshake last month... did he remember it earlier this week at the adidas Originals store in Chicago? Hah, also catch that, amidst all sorts of good fun and info, in the new interview above.
We're proud to present our newest interview, taking place at GWHQ, with Toothpick Clique leader, 0.5 of The Cool Kids, and a fast-rising solo artist as most recently evidenced by last week's Premier Politics 1.5 - Sir Michael Rocks! We broke down the interview into three main parts: music, fashion, and... animals as Mikey sits down with our newest correspondent: Palita.
First, the music. SMR is excited to share some of the features appearing on his next solo project. Among them? How about Mac Miller, Casey Veggies, and Jeremih? That's just a few, in addition to some of the usual suspects, and some surprises to be revealed when the time is proper. Lookin' forward to this.
Then get to know Mikey beyond the music. He speaks on his alignment in the fashion game and spits some truth about the industry after his experience within it. Plus, did you know Sir Michael Rocks owns a marmoset?! Yup, at one point Mikey wanted to become a zoologist, and the animal lover talks all about the animals he wants to own in the future. Lastly, #TeamGowhere has been reppin' the 'Buss Down Dance' well since the tail end of 2011 after "Cell Dope". I mean, we really break it out in celebratory fashion all the time. So it's only right that Sir Michael Rocks teaches us the proper way to buss down! That fun video from the office is intermixed in the interview so press play and enjoy this fun look at Sir Michael Rocks above!
It's always dope having good conversations with good people, especially when it's Queensbridge very own Prodigy and Havoc of Mobb Deep. I've been bumping Mobb for a very long time. What questions do you ask legendary rap royalty? Just have a seat and don't move for awhile. Be on the lookout for exclusive "Day In The Life" footage with Mobb Deep coming soon.
Big shouts to my UK bros over at R&R for the crispy digital shots and much love to Jay for helping set up the logistics and what not. Groove!
What lies above is a highlight recap of what went down that night. Performance footage from all of the acts above mixed in a smooth flowing fashion with many of the interviews we got from the evening including Drea Oppan talking with the living legend MC Hammer, Blu, Elle Varner, Maya, and even New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz who taught Jen DeLeon how to do his signature touchdown salsa dance, hah! Watch above, you'll be entertained from beginning to end! Then check out our previous SXSW footage and some pictures below. More videos to come throughout the week!
Earlier this month, Stalley made his way into GWHQ for another GWHH-hosted media junket, while in town for a headlining set later that night. Up above, watch and enjoy a fun, entertaining, and informative one-on-one chat with another new correspondent for #TeamGowhere - joining his partner on the B96 morning show J Niice as well, Julian On Da Radio!
Right off the bat, Julian's sense of humor lightens the mood as the two go on to discuss Stalley's writing and recording process, the very first time meeting Rick Ross and then joining MMG, the upcoming Savage Journey Of The American Dream, what artists he would like to work with (namely Nas & Andre 3000), and what artists he listens to (hint: it's more than who you would think). Oh, and of course, Julian had to ask him about the beard. Watch and enjoy this in-depth chat that will seem like it went by fast given the fun they have while at GWHQ (it's always a fun time at GWHQ!). Be on the lookout for more from MMG's rising star with Savage Journey To The American Dream dropping next week and also be sure to hit the jump for more photos from the evening at the office!
Four hundred thousand views on a video here...two hundred thousand on another one over there...and one hundred thousand plus downloads on a mixtape that's only several months fresh. The "Numbers" don't lie son. My man Logic is really starting to make some noise, and the bond between artist and fan is stronger than ever. Logic is as loyal to his fans as his fans are to him. So it was no surprise seeing Reggie's sell out a few weeks ago when Logic took to the stage to perform while on tour in Chicago. I witnessed a bitter Midwest open its arms and embrace the pack. Fans literally showed up hours in advanced, shrugging off piercing cold winds all for the chance to meet the young MC out of MD. Now that's love.
You know my dude had to show it back though. So in return Logic previewed and performed a good amount of the material off his future spring release, which I will say is sounding amazing. Lucky for everyone GWHH's own Stan Perry was able to catch footage of Logic performing two jams off the upcoming mixtape. One being a verse of an unfinished cut and the other being "Numbers," which Young Sinatra filmed a video for while staying in Chicago. In the video up above you'll see that Logic also took some time after his set to lounge on the couch with yours truly, where we spoke about the shoot as well as the overall theme to the follow up project.
I believe the time and place for my homie's February 10th performance of 2012 couldn't have been more fitting. I was able to see friends excel and succeed at what they love doing the most while doing it. The best part about it though is knowing that their journey is only beginning. I personally can't wait for the day in which the RattPack takes over the world. Believe that too, because it's comin'. Yup!
Word to my man Terrence Jones on the awesome editing. Homie brought the skills.
We're proud to present part 1 of a our 2-part sit-down with the Philly Freezer himself: Freeway! A little over a week ago, Freeway stopped into the Gowhere offices for a GWHH-hosted media junket where he talked with not only us but a variety of local media outlets as well.
Representing us above is a new add to the team: J Niice, co-host of B96 FM's morning show! In this deep and refreshing interview, J Niice focuses solely on Isalm with Freeway, who practices the religion. They discuss how Islam is a way of life, making your Hajj, the acceptance of Christianity and other religions in Islam, and even how his beard ties in with the religion. Also included in the video are snippets of Freeway sharing some of this knowledge during his set later that night at Reggie's (the energy was crazy!) and some clips of him mingling with #TeamGowhere around the office. Be sure to keep a close eye and ear to this engaging and enlightening new interview above and stay tuned soon for part 2. Shouts to Terrence Jones with the masterful job filming and editing and for more pictures of Freeway @ GWHQ, head on over to our Facebook page: facebook.com/gowherehiphop.
This winter, the Gowhere Hip Hop team stayed warm at Woody's Winter Warm-Up, an event put together by Chicago Cub, Kerry Wood.
The celebrity mixer took place at Harry Caray's Tavern in Navy Pier where Wood's teammates, family and friends served food and drinks to the attendees in an effort to raise money for Wood Family Foundation.
The guest list included Cubs players: Marlon Byrd, Matt Garza, Geovany Soto, Starlin Castro, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, David DeJesus, Welington Castillo, Reed Johnson, Darwin Barney, James Russel, and Cubs owner, Tom Ricketts, Alongside the MLB, Wood had support from some of the '85 Chicago Bears Champions - Richard Dent and Otis Wilson.
Outside of being served by some of Chicago's favorite athletes, fans participated in a silent auction, music by DJ White Shadow, and a performance by The Plain White T's (interview coming soon!).
Check out a recap of the event, which includes interviews from his teammates and owner Tom Ricketts telling me one thing that most fans don't know about Wood.
"Me and The RZA connect." Nah, literally. Last week, The RZA and I convened after the Wu-Tang show, to speak on a potential project with Method Man, Wu-Tang, movies, and getting back to the lab. Pssst! The Abbot has 500 beats. Busta Rhymes and Nas have already linked with the RZA. Emcees, it would be wise to hit him up. *cues Bobby Digital sonar adlib* In all seriousness, it's good to see artists I grew up on getting back into a creative state, musically. RZA spoke on Wu and the spontaneous nature of his current creative process.
"Far as the Wu brothers, whatever we do, we just do it. Sometimes we premeditate it and sometimes it's natural. Right now i'm in a natural mode. I got 500 beats at the crib. Whoever wants to come over to collect, then collect them."
He also expressed his opinion on the balance of hip-hop culture and monetization.
"Hip-Hop is our culture and I don't see it, like I saw it. Years ago, I would always try to sell music. Now I don't try to sell music. I'm really trying to spread music, because I know that music brings intuition, it brings inspiration. When I see people walking around with Wu tattoos and reading books and getting knowledge of their self, I know that what i'm doing is more worth than the value of money that I get paid for."
Following the show, I got to sit down with Asher where we talk about his recent signing with Def Jam, the creative process behind Pabst & Jazz, and his most recent 'comic styled' video for "Last Man Standing." During the interview, 'Pabst & Jazz's collaborative partner, Roofeeo, also sat down to chat along with Asher about the importance of doing what you love. Some other topics we touched on is what inspires his music, and what advice he has for those looking to take up a career path in the music industry.
Oh - and you will never guess where Asher gets his clothing! LOL
Lastly before I go, I want to give a special thanks to my stylist, Toni Brooks, of Bourgeise Rebel. As always, she did an amazing job styling me for the interview through both makeup and wardrobe!