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.
PHLI, Chicago’s first high-end “Sneaker Boutique”, opened its new showroom located in Pilsen this past weekend for a social gathering of tastemakers and “Brooklyn’s Future”, Maino.
Maino and his Swagger-rich style, sexy signature scar and a humble attitude dropped through to chop it up with A-J-A the Cover”It’Girl! Check out the interview with the New York MC whose no stranger to controversy reflect on his troublesome past and his positive outlook on the future. Plus, find out who is featured on his upcoming mixtape, I Am Who I Am: The Album Before The Album, before the album, The Day After Tomorrow, drops January 31st.
Muve Music from Cricket Wireless and Huawei presented Chi-town with pop sensation Jason Derulo for a private show at the House of Blues. JD, the smooth operator sat down with A-J-A the Cover“It”Girl for an exclusive interview. Check out what surprises the teen idol has in store for his 1 million+ Twitter followers, recently being voted as People Magazine’s Men of the Year, and what a 22 year old can possibly know about love!
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!!
I got a chance to accompany Singer/Song writer sensation Mario. While he visited Chicago to promote his new mix tape and single "The Walls". It was a day filled with interviews, performances, love and laughter. I can tell you one thing: after seeing what one artist goes through in just one day, being a superstar is more than what meets the eye.
In this video, we take you for a sneak peek into a day in the life of Mario while he visits various places in Chicago. Mario loves Chicago and all the love he gets from the city as he coins Chicago as one of the first places he got his start. While visiting WGCI, Mario sits down with Demi Lobo in the Coke Lounge and gives a very in depth interview. Find out what Chicago artist he would love to do a collaboration with and more!
Mario is a hardworking talented and dedicated artist who loves his fans.. just as much as they love him. Be on the look out for his new album Restoration, which is due to hit stores February 7th 2012.
Remember Carl Thomas? How could you forget he was Bad Boy Records hottest R&B artist of the early 2000's giving us hits like "Emotional", "I Wish", and "Summer Rain". Carl Thomas has since moved on from Bad Boy Records and has a new album coming out later this month entitled Conquer.
I got a chance to sit down with him after his performance at "The Resurrection of R&B Tour" last week. Carl Thomas is a smart and talented man, not only is he vocally gifted he knows the inner workings of the music industry very well and he thinks anyone interested in the music game should know it too.
"So many people view multimedia as something you don't have to study and I hate that"
On the fall of Bad Boy:
"I think Bad Boy is an elder statesman of the game, we have accomplished everything that there ever was possible to accomplish; a fortune 500 company isn't going to last 400 years"
Find out what Carl says when asked about how a lot of people say Diddy doesn't treat Bad Boy artist fairly. I really enjoyed this interview with Carl Thomas, he held nothing back! He even speaks on new age artists in R&B like Chris Brown and Trey Songz, check it out!
First of all, when you watch this video it's very apparent that the Minnesota rook Derrick Williams can't wait to hoop this season. Derrick told me he never lacks confidence and is always looking for a challenge. What's known for certain is the #2 overall pick of the NBA is eager to showcase his skills and prove he belongs amongst the NBA elite. Why shouldn't he?? He led Arizona deep in the NCAA tourney, posted crazy stats on the daily, and finished college as one of the most highly acclaimed players coming out last year. If memory of his thundering, highlight dunks on Sportscenter have escaped you, no fear, bro! There will be a NBA season for everyone to get reacquainted with Derrick. I'm glad the season is going to crack, because that lockout was just plain dumb lol. As I digress, I was able to get acquainted with Derrick Williams at the Idris Elba event recently at Excalibur. Go peep all the cool soundbites and some equally cool background music provided by DJ Pharris and an upcoming artist named John Desh. Enjoy that. TGIF and what not. Groove!
P.S. Much propers to my man Dartise on the videography. I've been rolling tight with him since our days at WFLD-TV. He's quite the beast (with 11 Emmys to prove it!) The edits were super crispy also. Teamwork makes the dream work. Ha!
Continuing our exclusive coverage of Nike Basketball's 'Basketball Never Stops' event at the United Center is a performance an interview with Chicago's own: Malik Yusef! No doubt you're familiar with Malik even if you're not familiar... he has been featured on many of Kanye West's albums and has collaborated with the whole original G.O.O.D. Music camp and more throughout the years. His powerful spoken word poetry has won Chicago Music Awards and Truth Awards for Spoken Word Artist of the Year and above, you can watch him kick off the event with an amazing, basketball themed poem on... well... life.
In addition to the chilling performance, keep it locked for a fun and informative interview with Jen DeLeon as Malik mentions he's working on Kanye's next solo album on the heels of Watch The Throne, and some upcoming charity work that we'll see in the near future. Plus, Malik even does some dancing and joking around throughout. It's a nice mix of thought-provoking words and good entertainment so check out the video above!
In our second interview of the day today (check out our sit-down with B.o.B from earlier this morning), we have a one-on-one chat with Ace Hood just outside the Bulls locker room at the United Center! See, Ace Hood was a performer, alongside Roscoe Dash, Malik Yusef, and special guest Scottie Pippen (who spoke, not rapped), to a gathering of Chicago high school men's and women's basketball teams at the UC for Nike Basketball's #BasketballNeverStops campaign (a clever campaign given the ongoing lockout, that sadly will likely kill the entire season based on today's news).
Anywho, the video... Ace Hood talks with Jen DeLeon about the reasoning behind the title of his latest album Blood, Sweat, & Tears, the creative process behind his hit single working with Chris Brown on "Body 2 Body" (the remix dropped today... see: below), and what it felt like to perform at the United Center. This interview is one of our more unique ones because Stan Perry & I were filming the performance and then immediately after, we pulled Ace aside for a few quick questions. So basically, this video contains the end of Ace's performance, followed by our raw footage of meeting him backstage, leading right into the interview. #Hustlin See for yourselves above and expect more footage from #BasketballNeverStops throughout the week!