This winter, the Gowhere Hip Hop team stayed warm at Woody's Winter Warm-Up, an event put together by Chicago Cub, Kerry Wood.
The celebrity mixer took place at Harry Caray's Tavern in Navy Pier where Wood's teammates, family and friends served food and drinks to the attendees in an effort to raise money for Wood Family Foundation.
The guest list included Cubs players: Marlon Byrd, Matt Garza, Geovany Soto, Starlin Castro, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, David DeJesus, Welington Castillo, Reed Johnson, Darwin Barney, James Russel, and Cubs owner, Tom Ricketts, Alongside the MLB, Wood had support from some of the '85 Chicago Bears Champions - Richard Dent and Otis Wilson.
Outside of being served by some of Chicago's favorite athletes, fans participated in a silent auction, music by DJ White Shadow, and a performance by The Plain White T's (interview coming soon!).
Check out a recap of the event, which includes interviews from his teammates and owner Tom Ricketts telling me one thing that most fans don't know about Wood.
Gowhere NY stepped out the other night to check out a few performances at SOBs night club. There was an incredible lineup of artist that went on stage and had the crowd rock'n heavy to the songs they performed. But one particular act was absolutely unbeatable, entertaining and fresh. The "Ghastly Duo" known as The Doppelgangazcame on stage and undoubtedly left an unforgetable impression on the entire crowd. Their humorous antics, raunchy topics, and boundary-less lyrics brings some much needed creative originality to the rap world.
Matter Ov Fact (height man) and EP (short man) took time after their amazingly outlandish performance to chop it up with us about the show and future endeavors. Dont mind the bald, life-size doll in EP's hand, thats just "Bamber Coles" (it's completely random, but used hilariously in their performances, haha.) They tell us about an album in the works entitled Beats For Brothels, Vol. 2, a continuation to the first project Beats For Brothels, Vol. 1. Also, the two tell us about the Euro tour they are now currently on as of Feb 4th which I'm sure will be nothing short of spectacular. Something else that will definitely catch your attention is the dark ghoulish cloaks they wear that holds a deeper meaning than you'd think. So check out the video above to hear it from The Doppelgangaz themselves, and be sure to click here for a direct link to their latest album Lone Sharks.
Also stay tuned with Gowhere NY for other interviews from that night at SOBs.
R&B crooner Eric Benet has defied the odds: 20 years in the music industry, on his sixth solo project, launching his own record label; all while maintaining artistic integrity, critical acclaim, a gracious attitude, and the youthful good looks & style of a man decades his junior. Listen & learn as Eric Benet lets us in on more than a few of his secrets.
Last night, the Gowhere Hip Hop team was rolling deep at Reggie's Rock Club for the Chiddy Bang concert - literally, we had two cars full of people.
Anyway, we had our official second and might I say, interesting interview with Xaphoon Jones and Chiddy where we talked music among other things including their debut album, Breakfast and what featured artists we can expect to hear, their most memorable time in the studio, which was getting high with an artist that you would never think they would be able to do that with, their upcoming mixtape, Grab A Plate, and we even got a sneak preview! We closed off the discussion of Grab A Plate, and talked about why they always have food analogies. The reasoning behind it is deep and inspiring.
After talks about music - we went in-depth about a little bet they have going on with their manager and Xaphoon's "British Accent," as well as how they feel about being selected as artist of the month on ESPN - in which their song "Fourth Quarter" was used as the replay for Blake Griffin's monster dunk on Kendrick Perkins.
Special thanks to Reggie's, Ruben, Chiddy Bang and their management for allowing us to take part in this event - as well as Toni Brooks for the attire you seen in this interview.
It's always good conversing with artists. Especially, when they're bigger fans of the music than you are. Enter Duke professor and Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder. I caught up with the passionate beatmaker while he was in town for the premiere of his LRG-based hip-hop documentary. He's been touring all over for his new film. There is a lot of good content throughout the piece. I recommend you checking that out. He also had a show at Reggie's. Afterwards, he spoke to me about Little Brother, working in higher academia, stardom versus artistry, and "the underdog." Wonderful dialogue. Go peep.
I'll leave you guys with a dope quote he had on artists who think success in the rap game come easy.
"Everybody was an underdog. Drake was an underdog. 50 was an underdog. Nobody was born rapping, bruh. Everybody started from nothing. So you just gotta work hard. You can't depend on the next man to give you a handout. That's the problem with cats coming out of cities and states expecting another man to just open the door for you and give you. No! You gotta work for yours, know what I'm saying? And don't fault another man for you not making it. That's wack."
- 9th Wonder
Checkin' in once again from the Surround Sound of Fashion, A-J-A The Cover"It"Girl chats with Elle Varner with a focus on fashion - her style of the day, an era for her personal fashion that she regrets, and her favorite accessory. On the music note, I'm still bumpin' the feel-good single "Only Wanna Give It To You" featuring J. Cole, which I know is big from seeing the video on the TVs while window shopping one day during the holiday season. Shoutout to Elle Varner for her time and the smooth shoutout back to us as well, hah! Watch and enjoy fashion heads!
Our latest exclusive interview finds Jen DeLeon in the United Center tunnel with one of the special guest performers of the Nike 'Basketball Never Stops' event: Roscoe Dash! Roscoe spills us the beans on how "Marvin & Chardonnay" came about - did you know he actually recorded the hook first, gave it to 'Ye, and then before he knew it - it's one of Big Sean's breakout singles this summer! That was definitely a personal anthem for me and to hear how that came together from Roscoe is one of the highlights of the video above.
In addition, we got some up-close performance footage of Roscoe runnin' through many of his catchy hits to the Chicago high school basketball players in attendance... seriously, Stan Perry & I were trailin' behind him on the UC floor as you'll see in the first few seconds and throughout. One fun question Jen asked is who Roscoe's favorite basketball team of all-time. With no hesitation, he gave the right answer, hah!
You'll also notice below a picture of us with Scottie Pippen! Pip was on hand as the surprise guest speaker for the Chicago youth and we caught him outside his old locker room for a quick chat and picture. A Chicago living legend. Watch and enjoy the new video above!
I was able to catch up with Jazz and Marx, the guys in Beyond Modern, and have an amazing chat at the Artisphere in Arlington, VA. Listen to our talk about BM's upcoming projects, what the new project is going to sound like, as well as the difference between the groups performances in Baltimore compared to D.C. BeyondModern has a lot of good things on the way, so be on the lookout!
Check out my interview with ObiiSay, an upcoming artist out of the D.C. area. Listen to our conversation on how D.C. impacts Obii as an artist, where the D.C. hip hop scene currently is, and gain an inside look into Obii's song and video for "Hey, I Remember You." Check Obii out on Facebook and be on the lookout for what's to come.