BUMP: Perhaps our best performance video to date! Our first of many more to come from SXSW (including more on Cudi). Enjoy!
- Sgt. Tibs
03.15.13: The wizard knows how to get the crowd hype! Last night Kid Cudi performed at the Myspace Chevrolet SECRET SHOW at SXSW 2013 and delivered an absolutely spectacular show. We got a chance to capture his performance of 'Memories & Day 'N' Nite' to give you a taste of the epic night which ended with a set by Diplo. More videos to come SXSW 2013!
Allow us to brighten your day with the best stage dive FAIL you have ever seen!
We had the cameras rolling during an intermission at Peter Rosenberg's NYC Showcase the other night here in Austin and captured a College Dropout-esque mascot clearly overestimating his favorable status with the first few rows.
Shouts to our own Teddy Waffles who had the presence of mind to record this and the ensuing idea to slow-mo one of many funny moments we witnessed or had this week at SXSW.
And with that, we're embarking on our road trip back home to Chicago! We'll be editing more (serious) videos from a week full of great performances so keep it locked all week as we drop 'em one by one! (Starting with Kid Cudi in the post above, in case you missed it... perhaps our best performance video to date :))
Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and the new buzzing social media app Vine as we'll continue to document our travels on the #SXSWRoadtrip and more from the past few days that was. Username for all is "gowherehiphop".
"The Go Wheres"
Our (ficticious) new rock band outside the "Mona Lisa" (our rental house for the week)
From left to right: (kneeling) Billy Z. (acoustic guitar), Daniel "Rip" Dantzler (saxophone), Sgt. Tibs (tambourine), Teddy Waffles (cowbell), (kneeling) Who Dough (drums), Heath Mic (violinist), (kneeling) The Real Skateboard P (rapper #1), Maks G (bass guitar), Ronnie "TP2" Roscoe (rapper #2), 'Gene (lead singer)
Last week, T.I. stopped off in Chicago as part of his nationwide promo tour for Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, and above is our informative and highly entertaining new sit-down with Julian On Da Radio!
Informative? Because T.I. reveals a couple of interesting anecdotes in relation to the album, including the one artist he had not really known before collaborating for the album. And which were some of the toughest tracks and collabs of the 127 (!) that he recorded for the album, that didn't make the final tracklist. (SPOILER: One is "Trap N****" f/ Pharrell).
Highly entertaining? Because Julian premieres a new segment called "60 Second Quickies", where he asks rapid-fire questions to Tip in 60 seconds, where he has to answer with the first thing that comes to mind. Watch and see an unfiltered T.I. be caught off guard, or have the exact answer that will make you laugh out loud.
"60 Second Quickie" Examples:
What's the largest sum of money you've ever deposited in your bank account?
Who is someone, living or dead, you would have dinner with?
What is something perfect to have on a date?
Furthermore, check out the story behind the interview that I posted last week when, literally at the conclusion of our interview, T.I. bumped into Marlon Wayans at the elevator. Crazy! It warrants mentioning that, even though T.I. was on a time crunch, he was real genuine and grateful to us and we'd like to reciprocate the same to T.I. for his time and positive energy. Gowhere You Love!
And lastly, the video also contains some footage from the Trouble Man listening party we attended later that night, and I'd be remiss not to drop some thoughts on one of my favorite artists' new album.
- Of the singles that were previewed prior to today, "Sorry" f/ Andre 3000 and "Trap Back Jumpin'" are heavy in my rotation.
- "Can You Learn" featuring R. Kelly features a strong chorus from the latter and is a track with substance that I was expecting from Kellz' other high-profile rap collab earlier this year.
- "Guns And Roses" featuring Pink will be that Billboard single that charts the highest off this album. And it's a legit one with a relatable concept (how you can't stand someone not being with you, but can't stand them when they are), some dope rhymes from Tip, and sultry vocals from Pink. Another *Tibs Fav.
- "Wonderful Life" featuring Akon is my favorite concept from T.I. on the album. In a couple of verses, he speaks to himself from the perspective of his dad, and late friend Philant Johnson. An all-caps *TIBS FAV. off that alone (and Akon does his thing as well).
- "Hallelujah" is perhaps the most left-field of records you'd expect from T.I., but when you think harder about it, it's really not. Tip channels a gospel style singer for the chorus and an appreciation to the one above! The type of feel-good record I've been vibing with the most these past few months, and a fitting conclusion to the album.
- Everyone went bananas for "Memories Back Then" featuring B.o.B & Kendrick Lamar - a track that unfortunately won't make the album with the sample that's intended (as described in my post of the download for it earlier today)
- Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head is a strong album from beginning to end, and continuing to grow on me. I hesitate to put it on the tier of Paper Trail and King, however, but as a T.I. fan since the beginning, I'm not disappointed in the album. A must-grab come tomorrow, December 18th.
Last week at New Era's downtown flagship store in Chicago, we sat down with Big Boijust before getting an exclusive listen to his upcoming album, 'Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors'!
In a collaborative video with our friends at Rap Genius, GY312 talks to Big Boi about how personal the album is to him - find out how the title is derived from the ATL emcee's grandma. We also get a genuine reaction from Big Boi about the creative GIF-style artwork for the album, the fun behind his bowling name (yup, Big Boi bowls in a league every Wednesday with his studio mates), and last but not least, a lyric from "In The A" is officially verified for Rap Genius. Catch the line in a slick graphic in the video and then hear the song for yourself here.
Lastly, catch a glimpse of the listening party itself with footage of the happenings at New Era, including a sneak peak at how the album monumentally starts off at the very end of the video. Other tracks to look out for: the fast-paced flows on the B.o.B collab "Shoes For Running", another Sleepy Brown feature that connects in "The Thickets", and (released earlier today) "She Hates Me" featuring Kid Cudi. The album has an impressive variety of sounds and I can't wait to sit down with it myself on December 11th.
One last shoutout to Rap Genius and GY312 as the groove maker just moved to NYC this weekend to build with RG. Follow 'em both closely for more major moves to come. Groove!
I got to talk with the beautiful, StarShell at The Gibson Ampitheater in Los Angeles.
StarShell was definitely one of the nicest people I have ever interviewed. If I were to describe her in a few words, it would be a good heart with talent. There really should be more people like her in this world.
Check out the interview where we talk about her connection with Kanye (she co-penned "Love Lockdown"), her most memorable birthday, the upcoming debut album and more!
Last Saturday, we were on hand for Dwyane Wade's annual Chicago Has Talent Showcase - a talent show for Chicago's youth to express their skills in music, rapping, singing, dancing, spoken word, and more. I love going to the show every year to take in a variety of heartwarming performances that really illustrate an astonishing amount of talent from kids and teenagers of the area. Case in point: 1st place winner Maeya Ryan is an 11-year old pianist who could belt the high notes where if you had your eyes closed, you would think you're listening to Adele. She was amazing. The video above spotlights all of the performers so you can really get a sense of the types of talents on display!
But that's not all! Julian also chatted with one of the judges of the Talent Showcase - former Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams - and one of the co-hosts of the evening, actress Tika Sumpter. Also performing at the Chicago Theatre was Jacob Latimore (who really had the young crowd going crazy) and Coco Jones, and you can see snippets of their performances too. All in all, it was an entertaining show and all for a great cause! Watch all the highlights and interviews above and remember to check out Wade's World Foundation for more!
I LOVE having visitors in Chicago. When my visitors come, we find ourselves getting work done. D WEBB and CHI came in from Peoria, Illinois to perform for my birthday. To kill 2 birds with one stone, I invited them to GWHQ to give the Chicago hip hop scene an insight on NO CHASERS and D&V Entertainment. D WEBB reps the trailer parks of Peoria, but the love for his lyrics, stage presence, and drive to go along with his baby face is undeniable in the Central Illinois music scene. The NO CHASERS movement has undoubtedly made a remarkable impact on Peoria, Illinois. C.H.I., of D&V Entertainment, moved to Peoria from Chi-town and has made a mark in the Peoria hip hop scene. The two have one common mission: To have his music heard. Networking is the way to do it. D WEBB and C.H.I. have been doing collabos with anyone with skills and passion. They actually shout out EJAY, SHESMACKSHARD, and TYLER ON THE BEAT. Here's a look at networking at it's finest.
Peeeep my interview with two young mutants in the hip hop game AND scoop their latest mixtape REALISTIC DREAMS, released August 11th, now for FREE! The link is below!
Recently, I linked with 2008ighties very own UG at the Gowhere headquarters. It's always a good time when this fresh hip-hop crew is around the office. This time around, I chopped it up with producer/rapper UG. We spoke about his relationship with the rest of BRKF$T Club, college life, his heritage, and his creative process behind his first full length tape Mercy Me.
The Straight Slammin' protege known as G-Scott slid through the Gowhere office a couple weeks ago to talk a little business. G-Scott and I linked for a quick interview before his Gowhere Hip Hop sponsored #HelloLosVegas listening party (video below).
I had a great time hosting his listening party and enjoyed interviewing the young Gary, IN producer/emcee. Check the interview above as G-Scott talks #HelloLosVegas, Proletarians, his writing process, favorite last resort drink, and relationship with Gangsta Gibbs.