Whoo! Today Chicago stood still for the Chicago Blackhawks victory parade. Seriously, work halted and flocks of Blackhawks fans made their way to Grant Park downtown to show their love to the Champs. Here are just a few photos of the madness. Look. At. All This. Red!
Wale hit Late Night with Letterman tonight to perform his new single "Love Hate Thing" off the newly released The Gifted alongside chorus-crooner Sam Dew. I've said this before, but can say it with 100% certainty after a spin of the new album in its entirety: "Love Hate Thing" is my favorite track off Wale's new album. I wasn't vibing with much of it honestly (the new single "Clappers" is especially not for me), but when Wale has tracks I like, they're all-caps status *TIBS FAVS. Anywho, it's good to see this song get the nod for the national TV performance and both parties did their thing to bring this song to your living room. The DJ's scratches were especially on point for this live version.
A couple more Wale tidbits: in this new interview below, he speculates that J. Cole may produce half of his upcoming album, The Album About Nothing, slated for release this year. The first week projections are also in for The Gifted: 140-160K. Pretty solid. What did you think of the album?
Oh, and one more Letterman tidbit: there was a certain Conn Smyth, 2-time Stanley Cup Champion on the show tonight too. Patrick Kane!
How else could you end a season that magically began with a historic, record-setting 24 game unbeaten streak? In magical fashion, of course!
The Chicago Blackhawks scored two goals in 17 seconds, the first coming with 1:16 remaining, and turning a 1-2 deficit into a 3-2 Stanley Cup clinching victory. As admittedly more of a casual fan than a die hard, I still noticed one thing that the streak of 24 (unbeaten in regulation) taught us for scenarios like the one the Hawks were facing with less than 2 minutes left...
Less than a minute after that tweet, the Blackhawks tied the game...
Then, on the ensuing faceoff 17 seconds later...
The rest, as they say, is history. Like their United Center roommates, the Chicago Bulls, have done this season, the Blackhawks exhibited great heart, Phil and were a true representation of a city that, unlike the Bulls ('til next June ;D), reached the ultimate triumph tonight. That's why, and I can't stress this enough for you readers outside of Chicago, this city is so proud of these Chicago Blackhawks.
I ventured out with my friends to the chaos on Clark St. outside Wrigley Field to experience the rare moment of your hometown's sports team winning the championship. We saw tree branches looted, steel barracades passed along like a crowd surfer, and eventually the Chicago police on horseback ending the 6 block celebration. In addition to some amazing aerial images up above by the local news, I tapped into Instagram and Vine to try and do the scene justice. I did, but didn't.
And with that, a few more lasting GIFs of the Blackhawks' unity. At least until we're downtown WednesdayFriday morning, united as one!
Oh, and here's Jonathan Toews moonwalking on the TD Garden ice.
The timing couldn't be better as on the heels of the Chicago Bulls' memorable Game 4 comeback, Young General showcases his Chicago pride with the new theme song for the playoffs and beyond — "Welcome To The Madhouse". For our many out of town readers, 'The Madhouse' is the nickname for the United Center a.k.a. The Madhouse On Madison that the Chicago Blackhawks also call home. If you've been to a Bulls playoff game, or any Blackhawks game, then you know... the UC truly is a mad house.
Young General first set out to illustrate this with a motivational song recalling Queen's "We Will Rock You" (#1 on the "Mount Rushmore" of sports pump up songs). Marcus Rezak, lead guitarist of Digital Tape Machine, adds an energetic dynamic with fast-paced riffs throughout, and General does his thing with intricate rhymes and references throughout verses that separate the chanting and catchy chorus.
It was only right to premiere "Welcome To The Madhouse" with a video to drive home the united scene at the Madhouse (no pun intended) and above all: the legions of loyal Chicago sports fans that are characteristic of our city. The video is shot in various Chicago locations outside of the United Center by our own Teddy Waffles, who did all the filming, editing, and directing for this Gowhere Hip Hop presented music video! We're all proud of this project and encourage you to take a look at the video above (especially all the way through to the end for some raw footage of one of the most memorable Bulls games all season... chllls...), download the song below, and come out to the "Welcome To The Madhouse" release party this Thursday at Bottom Lounge with Zion I and ProbCause.