What better way to bring in a big new year like 2012 then to bring it in with the King of Crunk Lil Jon. React Presents put together a party that folks will be talking about all year. Over 5,000 people came to party and bring in the new year at the Rosemont Ballroom with Lil Jon this NYE. Right before the ball dropped I got a chance to talk to the crunk master himself. Check out the interview and the pictures below to see exactly what I mean when I say this party was epic. This NYE was definitely a night to remember.
The 25th Annual Chicago Sports Fan Choice Awards, presented by Sports Profiles Plus, honored Chicago's Greatest Professional athletes. Over 200 athletes, team alumni, media and other celebrities were in attendance at this private VIP event.
Check out exclusive interviews with some of the stars on the red carpet including Devin Hester, and some of the players of The Superbowl '85 Champion Bears - Richard Dent and Otis Wilson.
Miguel. You know him from his three consecutive hit singles: "All I Want is You","Sure Thing", and "Quickie". A critically acclaimed musical style uniquely combining R&B, soul, funk, and electronic elements. An eclectic personal style that has generated hefty commentary and media attention...Miguel stopped through Chicago last night to perform at The Shrine as a part of Grey Goose's Rising Icons Tour.
He certainly proved why he deserves a place on this tour. Miguel effortlessly captivated the crowd with his buttery vocals and authentic talent, performing cuts from his debut album, "All I Want Is You". (I see several pairs of ladies' undergarments flung at the stage as confirmation of this :P). Miguel took some time to talk to GWHH about how he's dealing with being overlooked for a Grammy nod, his vulnerable songwriting process, sophmore album, and how important it is to stay true to yourself through the fame. Be prepared to be impressed through his warmth, eloquence, and how utterly comfortable Miguel is in his own skin!
I got the chance to chop it up with the "Ism" himself Chicago's own GLC. Everybody knows the wise words and wisdom that pour from this MC's mouth, but did you know he has a new TV Show in the works and a new mixtape?
The Gangsta Legendary Crisis (GLC) dropped his newest effort entitled Eternal Sunshine of the Pimpin’ Mind, just in time for the holidays and just in time for his own birthday! GLC keeps his pimp hand strong and his words firm in his new mixtape, with twenty songs you can bang to and guest features from Bun BYelawolf, production by Keezo Kane and more!
Did GLC get a chance to attend the recently passed "Watch The Throne" Concert staring Jay-Z and his close child-hood friend Kanye West?? What are his thoughts on the Jay-Z and Kanye West collabo? Find out that and what other pimp escapades GLC has in motion in this fun-filled in-depth interview below....Chhuurrrchhh!!
Sgt. Tibs, Ant, Cam Be, and I slid by the Park Hyatt in Chicago to holla at B.o.B, who recently kicked off his Strange Clouds promo tour. The first thing I did upon meeting the 22 year-old ferociously rising rap artist was engage in some friendly roasting. This was done in south-side fashion, I might add. Speaking of fashions, a few may remember B.o.B rocked monacles during his Grammy performance. That's what I got on him about. He told me I was the first to mention the throwback accessories - something the Atlanta native said he was gonna trademark, jokingly.
All jokes aside, we spoke very in-depth about his upcoming sophomore release Strange Clouds. Seeing how I like to keep my interviews fun, we didn't just talk about the music. I also asked Bob about his sophomore year in high school. (Very fitting, I know.) His answers gave us all a little insight on the hard work and hustle that has been prevalent in B.o.B's career thus far. On his first album, he proved you couldn't see past his shades. This time around, Bobby Ray is setting out to prove that you're gonna have to travel to the clouds to link up with him. Strange clouds, that is. Check for that when it drops in March and wish the kid a happy 23rd b-day tomorrow. Groove!
There is nothing more satisfying than seeing great music used for a great cause. So when Gowhere NY heard that the 'Queen of Media', Perez Hilton was throwing a concert in NYC at the Hammerstein Ballroom, we were all over it. Aligned with Spirit Day, 100% of the ticket sale proceeds went to the GLSEN (the Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network), an organization for students, parents and teachers focused on ensuring a safe environment in schools. The ballroom was packed with a lively crowd, eager to see what and who Perez had in store. Alot of big names were handpicked by Perez to show love on the red carpet and perform on stage for this epic night. The party jumped off when DJ Pauly D took the stage and had the crowd fist pumping to his dance-worthy playlist. It's safe to say the best singing performances were saved for last when Boyz II Men took the stage, followed by Mary J. Blige for the grand finale. Both acts were amazing as the crowd naturally sang along to the classics and closely tuned in to some new material.
Above is a brief interview with Boyz II Men sharing some details on their new album, Twenty (available now everywhere), their non profit organization "The Boyz II Men House", and some advice for upcoming R&B singers trying to make it in the game today. So check it out and see what the Boyz had to say for yourself. Special thanks to LFB Media Group for inviting us to the event and shoutout to the sponsors: OpenSky, Music Choice’s SWRV TV, Brita FilterForGood Music Project, SOUL by Ludacris, popchips, ZICO: Pure Coconut Water, TY KU, UV Vodka, Asahi Beer, and BlogAds.
The MVP came to visit his hometown Chicago for the Derrick RoseadiZero 2.0 event that took over the city. The day kicked off at the Adidas - Water Tower, where Rose met with hundreds of fans who were waiting for him to arrive since 6 A.M. Little did Rose know, he had hundreds more on stand-by at the State Street Foot Locker.
This event was nothing like I have ever seen before. The first 150 fans at each location were given wristbands to take a picture with the MVP, but it wasn't just any picture - Adidas designed a gladiator style back drop, with "Drose 2 - Designed for the MVP" printed across the bottom. Not only did fans get to take a picture, they received free, printed copies to take home.
Following the meet and greets, was a three-on-three tournament at a secret location. For those who were not following the Adidas-Rose Facebook Campaign, clues have been released all week for fans to guess where Rose would be. The fans who figured out the password, and arrived to the location, were given the chance to play in the tournament.
Check out the full video recap, and interview where Rose discusses his new shoe, the event, his favorite part about traveling overseas, and much more.
Here we are with another new interview today as we have another red-carpet talk: this time with Devin Hester of our hometown Chicago Bears. He talks with our own Jeff Barakaabout his basketball/football camp he conducted with Dwyane Wade (who was once again hosting the party the interview went down at) and of course, we couldn’t let him get away without telling us who his favorite pump up artist is before a game. It was an awesome experience as we briefly got to talk with, perhaps when it’s all said and done, the greatest kick/punt returner of all time (don’t believe me? click here) as Hester was a good guy with us after the interview. Watch the quick-hitting interview above (shouts 2 K-Max on the vid as well)!
Sgt. Tibs, Jen DeLeon, Devin Hester, & Jeff Baraka
Just a couple weeks back, we were able to chop it up with Mickey Factz in the studio on our GWHH Radio program. For those who missed one of our most entertaining segments yet, we have not only the full (and extended) interview above, but also Mickey’s ridiculous a capella freestyle, inspired by our discussion of art! The freestyle is filled with witty lines and historical references to some of art’s greats (like Picasso and Leonardo), which come natural to Factz – a lover of contemporary and street art. In fact (no pun intended), here is a small sampling of the dope lines that Mickey spits above:
“Imagery. Museum in Sicily, lookin’ for Mona Lisa in Italy,
No more writing my rhymes down, this is calligraphy,
When I’m done, ya’ll will cheer, who you know with this ability?”
“Life’s like art without an eraser, you better watch how you draw with it,
I do this per diem, cuz I been realer feelin’ like Ben Stiller spending nights in the museum.”
You will have to listen to the full a capella to also catch how he twists art references into movie references. Factz named all of his favorite artists in the discussion prior to the freestyle, in addition to two more interesting things you may not know about his personality. The interview was also primarily an extensive and informative talk about themusic as Mickey talked about the creative process on the I’m Better Than You mixtape, the reason for its delay, and what upcoming videos to expect from the project. Other topics include how he landed the Honda partnership, some initial details about the upcoming album, The Achievement, and the aforementioned conversation about art that you can now hear for the first time in the extended interview! So without further adieu, enjoy some quotables from the interview below and download that I’m Better Than You mixtape if you’re still sleepin’ on it as well. Enjoy!
On the delay of I’m Better Than You:
“It was supposed to drop August 24th and my laptop got stolen August 17th. And all my raps and all my final drafts of the songs and some of the beats were on there. If I didn’t get that laptop stolen, I wouldn’t have done “Diamond Dust”, I wouldn’t have done “Melodic Nightmares”, I wouldn’t have done “Inner Love”. I did have somethin’ on there that didn’t make it, which will probably come out on another mixtape before the album drops, which nobody knows about ’til now.”
On The Achievement:
“I want it to be somethin’ that will resonate with people not just me being successful, but people just enjoying the successes and aspirations of life… It’s not really gonna be my full on story, it’s gonna be the conclusion to The Leak series.”
Yesterday, Maks, Tibs, and I spent the afternoon at Joy of the Game in Deerfield, IL with Chicago Bulls all-star, Derrick Rose! This was Rose’s second annual summer camp where he helped teach kids the fundamentals of basketball as they scrimmaged, played Knock-Out, and more. Rose would walk around all of the courts and provide tips to the young kids, help run drills, and even play in their games!
Check out our interview where Rose first tells us about the daily routines of the camp. We talk more basketball as Rose shares what things he has learned by recently training on Team USA and how he will be applying the mindset for the upcoming season with the Bulls. Of course, we had to ask Derrick Rose who some of his favorite artists are to listen to during workouts and what pumps him up before a game! Who might they be??
And oh yes, he also shared how it felt to lose to one of his campers in a game of Knock-Out! We captured the game in the beginning of the video, appropriately set to Kanye West’s “Power”! Special thanks to D-Rose, who is a real cool and humble person to talk with, and we look forward to him leading the BULLS this season and beyond!