Today via LupEND Lupe announced that he is going to be going on the road this coming November for his Tetsuo & Youth Preview Tour. This tour is going to be in support of an unreleased album by Lupe called Tetsuo & Youth. The project will not be released until 2014 and has no official release date as of yet.
In another bit of news related to the tour, Chicago up and comer The Boy Illinois is going to be joining Lu on this cross country tour. Lupe recently showed his respect for Illi when he shouted him out on the song "Pound Of Flesh: Paris Tokyo 2". Below you can find a list of the tour dates, and tickets go on sale 10/4 via LupEND.
Last Friday, Sway kicked off Lollapalooza weekend right with a take over of New Era Chicago for a live broadcast of Sway in the Morning. A variety of Chicago artists were in the building and partook in the festivities as Sway interviewed them for their perspective on the Chicago scene and what each individual has going on. And it wouldn't be Sway In The Morning without freestyles... some of the artists kicked some rhymes as well.
I can say from personal experience that it was not only a great turnout of up and coming Chicago emcees (particularly in the drill scene), but that it was also warming to see the genuine love and engagement that Sway had with everyone — both on and off the airwaves. First, it was great that he came to town during our biggest music weekend and put the spotlight on these talented Chicago artists. And just as noteworthy: Sway was appreciative of everyone who just wanted to chat off-air as he asked for everyone's name, humbly accepted respect, and really wanted to get to know both the rising Chicago artists and the tastemakers behind the scenes. It really is refreshing when a living legend in the game like Sway is coming into Chicago with the love and curiosity to get to know the city more and do his part to spread the word. Need more people like that in the industry.
Anyway, all week, Sway has been releasing a few videos a day as part of what the morning show is dubbing '#ChicagoWeek'. Here are three that caught my eye for a variety of reasons, and the full list of artists and the released videos below (more to come tomorrow, I presume).
UPDATE: It is 'tomorrow' now as #ChicagoWeek concludes with the main event: a dope cypher from Naledge (Knowledge?!), MarVo, Giftz, & The Boy Illinois. There are highlights in every one: in particular, watch out for how Naledge and Giftz end theirs and MarVo and Illi grab your attention at the beginning of their rhymes. Dopeness!
Naledge, MarVo, Giftz, & The Boy Illinois "Sway In The Morning Cypher"
The Boy Illinois & MarVo on violence and lack of guidance in Chicago
King Louie on writing with Kanye West on "Send It Up" & "New Slaves"
Twista on how the music scene has changed in Chicago and advice to Chief Keef
Last week, and before last night's #TheSyndicate release here in Chicago, The Boy Illinoiswas out with Sway on MTV RapFix. The rising Chicago rapper joined Tech N9ne for a couple quick freestyles to close out the show. Tech's was break-neck fast, as you'd expect, but unfortunately cut too short. Then The Boy Illinois got some shine and delivered a slick set of rhymes that I had to rewind back again. It's unfortunate his flow was cut in the middle as they transitioned from Jams to online only, but Illi kept it going with no problem. Fellow NBA fans, keep an ear close to his Dirk/Mavericks/Heat reference. On point.
If you missed Sub-T last night, it was a another dope, GWHH-sponsored affair as The Boy Illinois was joined by Pavy, Capital K, Vic Spencer, TreStyle, and singer C. Rich as all the artists did their thing. Don't sleep on the two new releases — The Boy Illinois' Jean Baptiste and S.U.H. Ent's The Syndicate (featuring all of the above.)
What better way to celebrate the week of releases than with a party and a live show?! We just jumped on this week to sponsor the show along with Jungle Events, and it goes down tonight at Sub-T. Join us among the many that will be there to pack the house and enjoy the dope flows and rhymes in an intimate setting like Sub-T. And if you can only be there in spirit tonight, you can still do your part in supporting by downloading The Syndicate and Jean Baptiste. You'll do your ears a favor in the process.
The good people at S.U.H. Entertainment put together this compilation mixtape as a dope intro into their artists. They've been on our radar since the beginning, and by now, hopefully on yours. Browse amongst the tracks below and be sure to also check out The Boy Illinois' new mixtape, Jean Baptiste, that dropped yesterday.
PLUS. We just jumped on as a sponsor to promote a dope release party for S.U.H. this coming Saturday at Sub-T. See you there!
01. "It's On" (Pavy)
02. "Presidential" (Capital K f/ Pavy)
03. "No Weapon" (Pavy & Capital K)
04. "Lord Have Mercy" (Pavy & Capital K)
05. "Fear Of God" (Capital K & Pavy)
06. "How We Go About It" (Pavy, Aysia Ni)
07. "On The Go" (Capital K & Pavy)
08. "Stuck In My Ways" (Pavy & Capital K)
09. "Peer Pressure Pt. 3" (Pavy & Capital K)
10. "Brown Liquor & Loafers" (Pavy, The Boy Illinois, C-Rich)
11. "Midnight" (Pavy f/ Thomas Mac & Angel Davanport)
Had to spotlight this standout track from The Boy Illinois' new mixtape, Jean Baptiste, that just dropped moments ago.
"1818" is the intro track and a fitting ear-grabber that showcases Illi's versatility. His rhymes feature a mix of clever one-liners with lyrical depth — all with a smooth flow and clear delivery to further engage you. I also dig the simple, yet powerful production that sets the tone for the rest of the tape too.
And for those who don't know, 1818 is the year that Jean Baptiste Point du Sable passed away. He was the first permanent resident of Chicago and now the namesake for Illi's tape. Consider this the preview to reel you in to the full tape, once again now available here.