"Jean Baptiste Point du Sable is regarded as the first permanent resident of what became Chicago, Illinois. Mixed and Mastered by The Ambulance Factory."
- The Boy Illinois
That's where the title comes from as Illi drops a free 10 track project today reppin' the hometown well. I've been bumpin' the first preview "Ight" since the spring (the video is cold too) and am excited to really digest this project from beginning to end off that alone. And it starts off well with an instant *TIBS FAV. in "1818" (more on that here). No doubt this one's a project to listen/download as The Boy Illinois is one of my favorite up and comers in the Chi.
Xspo and The Boy Illinois come together for this new track off of Xspo's upcoming project The Hyper Mixtape. Dope verses from both Xspo and Illi, and overall a very good kick off until we get the full project.
Fresh off of making history by being the first African-American to perform at the Native American Music Awards with Jana Mashonee, The Boy Illinois drops off a brand new song off of his upcoming project Jean Baptiste. Due out in July.
TONIGHT - the first of three GWHH-sponsored events this weekend is happening in Chicago. It's DOPE Christmas - the second show in E-Train's return home for the holidays. He'll be headlining the bill, with Young General hosting all night. Be sure to get there early after 8 because rising hip hop acts like M.L.A., The Boy lllinois, and Rich Jones will be on stage and on time. And these are all cats I'd personally suggest for your playlist - and everyone above is definitely going to bring a dope live show. It takes place at Debonair - a great and intimate venue for high-energy fun. Hope to see you there!
One of the jam-packed shows we sponsored Thanksgiving week here in Chicago was "Holly Go" - a showcase of up and coming talent taking place at one of the city's most iconic underground hip hop venues, Sub-T.
The name "Holly Go" is derived from Chicago electro/hip hop artist E-Train, who is originally from here, now resides in L.A., and came back for a homecoming show for the holidays. He was joined by two of my personal favorites comin' up in the hometown - Young General and The Boy Illinois - along with an opening set from Rich Jones & SCC.
We documented highlights of each of the artists' set as E-Train performed his current single "Glow So Hard", Young General impressively spit a flurry of bars over a chopped up version of "Gangnam Style" (intrigued?), The Boy Illinois performed one of his unique bangers that translated well live off the GWHH-sponsored, MOGG, that you should download now, and Rich Jones & SCC got the crowd going to kick things off with their high-energy on stage, seen at the end.
Stay tuned through to the end for a candid look backstage with all of the artists, as we appreciate the love back fellas! Watch above and stay tuned for another homecoming show from E-Train this Holiday season...