Yesterday I had the privilege of watching Chicago's top basketball recruits scrimmage at NBA player Will Bynum's Annual Basketball Camp and what I witnessed was a whole lot of skill, fun, and dedication to the game. The camp, running from yesterday until Wednesday, is held in the southside at Chicago State University and includes the top youth recruits from grades 8-11.
As you may or may not know, Will Bynum currently plays for the Detroit Pistons, but by hosting these camps has dedicated his life to basketball in a way that is unique from other players. Not only do these kids do drills and participate in scrimmages, but also there are sessions throughout the day that focus on a range of topics including nonviolence, nutrition, anti-bullying, public speaking, etc. Students attending the event have often already begun to be scouted by colleges so Bynum's perspective truly benefits these individuals who also want to dedicate their lives to the game.
While the camp continues today, tomorrow will be extremely exciting as the signing of an anti-violence bill for the City of Chicago will take place at noon in CSU's Jones Convocation Center. Rumor has it that there will be some special guests in attendance as well so we're really looking forward to that!
[All of the campers getting a pep talk before they break for dinner]
[Tip off at the beginning of one of many scrimmages yesterday]
The art of story telling in Hip-Hop is well alive with tracks like these. Today's Chicago rappers consider themselves to plain and simply "spit rhymes", while I have seen that Tragedy among a select few of others "rhyme for reason". Tragedy brings you his latest release, "Love U 2 Death", which will be featured in his upcoming project The Manifestation LP. "Love U 2 Death" in Shakespearean terms would be described as a tragedy, which usually involves death. Tragedy's lyrical prowess has been improving through each release leading up to the release of his upcoming The Manifestation LP, which will be dropping August 27.
Here are some few words by Tragedy concerning "Love U 2 Death":
"Love U 2 Death" is the fourth and final release from my upcoming free album, The Manifestation LP, scheduled to drop August 27th. This is a fictional tale about the all to real subject of domestic abuse. I meant for this piece to be an exhilarating and emotional experience for the listener as well as a way to cope for anyone who's ever been in a similar situation. The art of storytelling is something I take pride in experimenting with musically and I hope the listeners enjoy. "Love U 2 Death" is produced by singer/song writer/rapper/producer Genius Picaso.
Maya Symone links up with Village emcee, Kembe-X as they pay tribute to their hometown in "Summertime Chi". The track showcases Symone's soulful signing over a trap-styled instrumental that Kembe-X lyrically demolishes.
Making a Gowhere debut is Chicagoan emcee DIEverse with his Land of Lincoln mixtape. In his tape DIEverse talks about his rapping style and spitting rhymes depending on his current state of mind. He also talks about family, college, responsibility, aspirations, killing the word swag among other various topics over new and old boom-bap instrumentals. Enjoy this reFRESHing mixtape, it's only a small taste of more music to come from DIEverse.
Words pays his respects to two of the most prolific emcees in hip hop as he prepares for the release of his debut album, "Point of view" set to release this fall. Words begins this track with an incredible sampled interview of Jay-Z reflecting on the cinderella story that was the late great, Big L, as well as how this fallen Hip-Hop hero has what it took to become a commercial darling. Words immediately starts to lyrically dismantle the iconic instrumental that helped put both Big L and Jay-Z on the map. This track is a gem from beginning to end. Make sure you dont sleep on one of Chicago's upcoming emcees.