J Brazilis one of the fresh new artists that Perez Hilton has tabbed to make some noise in the near future. He was rockin’ the red carpet at One Night In Chicago where we caught up with him to discuss a little bit of everything. We first had to get J Brazil’s comments on Perez Hilton, before exploring his unique story to become a musician. J Brazil went through a strict Orthodox Jewish upbringing and got to see first-hand what it takes to make it in the music business as his father is a world-renowned Jewish musician. He drops some thoughts on how his father has been an influence as well as one artist in particular today that has had a strong impact: Ludacris! Finally, he clues us in on what to expect from his debut album. As you can tell from the interview, J Brazil is also a funny personality, which definitely translates well into the music. So get to know J Brazil above and listen to his music and more at jbrazil.com. Enjoy!
Yesterday, Maks, Tibs, and I spent the afternoon at Joy of the Game in Deerfield, IL with Chicago Bulls all-star, Derrick Rose! This was Rose’s second annual summer camp where he helped teach kids the fundamentals of basketball as they scrimmaged, played Knock-Out, and more. Rose would walk around all of the courts and provide tips to the young kids, help run drills, and even play in their games!
Check out our interview where Rose first tells us about the daily routines of the camp. We talk more basketball as Rose shares what things he has learned by recently training on Team USA and how he will be applying the mindset for the upcoming season with the Bulls. Of course, we had to ask Derrick Rose who some of his favorite artists are to listen to during workouts and what pumps him up before a game! Who might they be??
And oh yes, he also shared how it felt to lose to one of his campers in a game of Knock-Out! We captured the game in the beginning of the video, appropriately set to Kanye West’s “Power”! Special thanks to D-Rose, who is a real cool and humble person to talk with, and we look forward to him leading the BULLS this season and beyond!
For those that don’t know, AnyaV is a new and upcoming singer that’s making noise in the music scene. Originally from Belarus, she’s a multi-talented artist with background in singing, dancing, and skills on the keys. We caught up with her at the infamous Chicago Recording Company, where the likes of R. Kelly, Twista, Toni Braxton, Mary J. Blige, and more have all previously recorded. She fills us in on her single “Go Go Dancer”, which has been featured on KissFM and is also available now on iTunes. AnyaV will actually be performing “Go Go Dancer” tonight in Hollywood at Les Deux nightclub, so if you’re checkin’ Gowhere in L.A. today, you know where to go tonight! For more info you can find her atOne Sun Entertainment or follow her on Twitter @AnyaVtweets.
Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to interview Musiq Soulchild, who was in downtown Chicago to celebrate black music month. We were at the Kristol Blake Salon & Spa, and were treated to some tasty food and gift certificates while waiting for Musiq. :) Anyway, not going to lie – at first I was intimidated to interview such a legend, but he ended up being a really nice guy. Musiq first talked about his contribution to the Frankie Beverly all-star tribute CD,Silky Soul Music. He also felt blessed to honor Marvin Gaye in the song, who was one of a few influencers he let us know about as well. I really loved the “Silky Soul” video so I wanted to talk about the creative process behind it; Musiq not only touched on that, but also some early details about his upcoming sixth album, which Soulchild intends to release by September! This interview was definitely a great experience in a different environment that I was not used to. Hope you guys like the interview!
Last Friday we got a chance to catch up with Chicago platinum producers, Da Internz! The powerhouse duo have heavily branded themselves as a go-to production team for chart toppers creating billboard hits for artists like MIMS, Robin Thicke, Justin Beiber, and Melanie Fiona just to name a few! With these major accomplishments Da Internz wanted to celebrate their achievements, and pay homage to Chicago where everything started! The Write Ya Life Bash took place at The Velvet Room where our brand new correspondent Jen DeLeontalked with Kosine & Tuo of Da Internz! Jen is a natural at interviews talking with the guys about their experiences on working with highly acclaimed artists to make hits, and how all of that stemmed from their early grind in Chicago. Da Internz talk about how proud they are to see the city coming together in the recent years, and will be at the Chicago Hip Hop Connects networking event to show support! Don’t miss the interview above as Da Internz talk more about how it feels to be living out your dreams, and mention the soon to be released T-Pain single they produced! Be on the lookout for more from Da Internz, and take a look at some of our photos in the gallery below!
Drew Sidora packed the Victor Hotel here in Chicago the other night as the city showed love for Drew’s birthday AND the release of her new single “Juke It”. Sgt. Tibs and I were able to chat with Drew for an exclusive interview to talk about the poppin’, feel-good single. You might be impressed with what she has to say about how she came up with the record and what she brings to the table as an artist. We also asked about Drew’s other forays into the entertainment world, and she is of course continuing to act, mentioning a series of plays and TV shows that are on the way in the coming months ahead. Shout-out to Drew for showin’ us a lot of love and also to David behind the scenes. Be on the lookout for the beautiful Drew Sidora in her new video for “Juke It” (coming soon!), which you can help support and BUY above!
And finally, Chicago Larry was also on hand at the Victor Hotel and took a wide variety of great shots of the party. Be sure to see much more of Drew Sidora and all of the special guests in the gallery below.
Rotimi, an upcoming R&B singer currently out here in Chicago, was one of our most recent guests on our GWHH radio segment on Vocalo 89.5 FM and you can watch the video of us in the studio above! Rotimi talked many topics with Tibs, myself, and host Mz. Shenita, but mainly touched on a couple in detail: the in-depth creative process behind his collaboration with Dawn Richard (Of Dirty Money) and some insight into his lifestyle of balancing his burgeoning music career with his last semester of college at Northwestern University. We are always interested in understanding the creative process of artists, being designers ourselves, to see the similarities and differences in our natural fields (between music, art, and architecture). Rotimi’s story about working with Dawn is particularly interesting and enlightening considering that Rotimi wrote the entire record, including Dawn’s part. Also, Rotimi capped off the segment (but begins the video) with a special a capella of his other hot single “Beautiful Music”!
Click here to listen to the audio of the entire segment where we also discuss some behind the scenes details of our interview with Ludacris, and become a fan of Rotimi on Facebook. You can also DOWNLOAD “You Already Know” below in case you still need it. It’s been gettin’ some burn on Power 92 and WGCI out here in Chicago and hopefully soon to a radio station near you! Finally, remember to check us out on Vocalo 89.5 FM every Thursday at 11:20 AM CT. Enjoy!
We bring you another exclusive interview with the host of the Help Me Help Haiti benefit event: Julian (Of B96 Chicago). We discussed a variety of topics including advice for upcoming DJs and radio personalities, how Julian came to B96 and Chicago all the way from D.C., a little bit about some of the current mainstream music, and where things are moving in the industry. It was particularly inspiring to hear Julian’s story of how he came to Chicago not knowing anybody to get where he is today – a longtime mainstay at one of Chicago’s biggest radio stations. Julian definitely dropped some knowledge on us, so peep above to get a bit more accustomed to the guy you hear every morning on B96 from 5:30 – 9am. We wish him nothin’ but continued success.
Down below, we have an amazing gallery of photos to behold featuring Julian, event organizer Jen DeLeon, and performers like LA & Mr. Music, S-Preme, Teron James, Nonamus and much more! Also don’t miss the dope video recap of the event below, which we were thrilled to be a part of. For more on Help Me Help Haiti, visit JenDeLeon.com and for more on Mclaren Soriano Photography visit mclarensoriano.daportfolio.com as well as video production by Unscene Media. Keep it locked for more performance footage throughout the week. Enjoy!
You’ve been seein’ his name pop up a lot here at Gowhere Hip Hop in the past couple of weeks, so get to know just who is Nizm in our latest exclusive interview above. The Chicago/Toronto emcee discusses a variety of topics after his brief and humorous introduction such as putting together his recently featured mixtape Evolution & Ascension, the explanation behind the single “Deswaggified”, and what overall theme to expect on his upcoming album, ReDFINED Xpresshun (it’s a dope one). Sgt. Tibs and Nizm also have one thing in common: they both have undergraduate degrees in architecture! Naturally, Tibs couldn’t resist asking for Nizm’s perspective on the similarities between architecture and hip hop – another must-hear response. If you haven’t yet already, download the music below and get ready for the album release party on 5 .5 .10. Enjoy!
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Back with another special, exclusive interview – this time with famed musician and author: Fonzworth Bentley. You undoubtedly recognize Fonzworth Bentley in many music videos from the likes of Kanye West & OutKast, but what you may not realize is that Fonzworth Bentley is a man filled with thought-provoking ideals. These ideals were spilled out in our interview at the Pepsi Refresh Project’s stop at the Harold Washington Library here in Chicago (no pun intended).
We first discussed all about the Pepsi Refresh Project where Pepsi is donating millions of dollars to help make the ideas of today’s youth a reality. There’s much more details to the project that Bentley talked about, including his role in the events. We then had to ask Fonzworth about his recent leak of “Fireside Chat”, inspired by FDR’s Fireside Chats in the 30s and 40s. His insight about the messages behind the song are not only eye-opening but also educational. Bentley goes on to describe his upcoming experiment with colors and geometrics for his next music video and tells us about an impactful personal experience with a U.S. troop currently overseas in Iraq. The meaningful, yet also humorous story acts as another pleasant reminder to be thankful and to pray for the safety of our troops overseas.
Many thanks go out to Fonzworth Bentley for his time and insight in the interview above, leading by example with positive change and education for our culture. Also many thanks to Pepsi for putting together the Refresh project, which educates and gives back to the community by creating opportunity in places where there once was none.