Common, the rapper. Common, the actor. Common, the photographer?!
Common was host to the Canon PIXMA PRO City Senses event, and featured along with two local photographers (Kristyna Archer & Taylor Castle) to share their vision of the city through limited edition photography. There was a baseball theme amongst all of the artists' photos, and the photos were presented as a sensory experience in a gallery at Ignite Glass Studio. We walked in different rooms and were asked to use various senses like smell, touch, hearing, and taste (we got free hot dogs!) to create a new mood and perspective before the lights were turned on to view the photos. It was an interactive and innovative way to take in art, and surely an influence too, as we found out from Com himself.
Common talks about his photography — how he drew inspiration from his sensory experience of his hometown of Chicago and the concept behind his photograph "1st Base" (seen below). "1st Base, you gotta start somewhere."
"The sounds of the city.. I've throughout the years come home just to ride around Chicago, and feel how the smell of the city and what it sounds like, so I can write songs because I wanted it to be rooted where I come from. And I think all your citizens are important when it comes to making art."
As you can see, Common is very aware of his city, whether he's capturing it through photos or making music from its environment. Com even brought it back to growing up on Dorchester!
Plus, he shares some new info on the art he's most known for: his music. The central theme of his upcoming EP (to drop later this year) and album (2014) is now revealed, as Common also mentions he's been working with No I.D. & Swizz Beatz for the projects. Watch above to find out that theme and what to expect musically — a bonus, to finding out more about Common, the artist.
"1st Base" — a photograph by Common
(All images above and in the video were printed using the PIXMA PRO printer.)
Derrick Rose came back home on Sunday to officially launch the adidas #DRose4 in front of thousands of Chicago's youth at the United Center! The extravagant event held by adidas was not only for the shoe, but also for Rose to show some love and inspiration to his home city through a fun series of activities like a shooting game with some lucky teenagers. The crowd was also treated to a special guest performance from Big Sean, who performed a series of his hits at the beginning and end of the event.
We were amongst the media covering the festivities courtside and we were able to get some words from D. Rose and Big Sean for the video above.
The video is a highlight reel of the entire event that also features:
- A chilling introduction of Derrick Rose
- Rose talking about the changes in his game, how he feels mentally and physically going into the new season, and keeping kids on the right track.
- An all-star slam dunk contest judged by D. Rose & Big Sean
- Benny The Bull trampoline dunks over the Luvabulls
- Big Sean talking about being at the event and supporting D. Rose
- Big Sean shooting the J... does he make it?
- Big Sean performing "Beware"
Salute and special thanks to adidas Basketball for putting on the "all in for Chicago" event. Also to D. Rose and Big Sean for their words in the video and putting on an entertaining show for the youth — a main takeaway from the #DRose4 launch!
The CK One Music Lounge was another go-to spot to be at for Lollapalooza weekend if you weren't at the festival during the day. Exhibit A is this private performance from Eve, who performed a high-energy mix of classics and new cuts from her summer album, Lip Lock.
The intimate and exclusive setting allowed the crowd to interact with Eve in between songs, which gave the performance even more of a family feel. As a first-time viewer of Eve in person, I came away impressed with her engaging vibe and overall style. I was swept up with the crowd in all the fun when her classics came on like "Who's That Girl" and "Tambourine", both documented above. Plus, I'm seeing more and more that her Lip Lock album is nothin' to sleep on as the intro track "Eve", which leads off the video above, really resonated in person too. All in all, it certainly sounds like I enjoyed the performance doesn't it? So did the rest of our team and those in the CK One Music Lounge.
Give another one of our #GWHHVideos a look-see above and also browse below for a sampling of what the CK One Music Lounge was like. As Eve shouted out in the video too, shoutout to BMF Media once again for putting together the dope event and atmosphere.
Logic is one of the most talented artists in the game right now, and the video above will show you why you should check him out at a venue near you. The House of Blues show in Chicago was a sold out, high energy orchastration, where Logic performed hits from his whole catalog along with a heavy emphasis on his new project "Welcome To Forever". Throughout the show he spoke of peace, love, and positivity — a message I appreciate his help in spreading, in combination with incredible lyrical ability, break-fast delivery, and a fiery authenticity that what he says, he means.
Just coming off his own tour, Logic also jumps on board 'The Cud Life Tour' where he'll open up alongside Tyler The Creator for the moon man Kid Cudi. All three artists have amazing live shows where they get the crowd extra hype, which is why I believe this is going to be one of the best tours this year. In conclusion I'll let the video speak for itself, with one final statement: Gowhere Hip Hop <3's Logic!
Previously: Kid Cudi "Cudi Zone" x "Memories" x "Day 'N' Nite" Live at SXSW 2013
There is more to Skylar Grey than being a wonderful singer and songwriter. She has a wide range in her personality and music that are both seen in our interview and in her performance at a sold-out Schubas earlier this week.
After getting the chance to talk with Skylar and experience the concert in such an intimate setting, I became even more of a fan and further appreciate her artistry, complexities, authenticity, and overall style. Watch our new documentary style production above, in what is one of my favorite interviews to date.
Skylar Grey's debut album, Don't Look Down, is in stores now!
Skylar Grey reveals:
- the influence of hip hop on her music and album
- the first hip hop album she ever bought
- a new story about working with Eminem on the album (02:19)
- her first reaction to Lupe's direction on "Words I Never Said" (04:05)
- the different personalities that are conveyed on the album
BUMP: Be sure to check out our newest exclusive video — TGT out in L.A.! With an abnormally busy weekend of content kickstarted by #YeezySeason, we want to make sure this didn't get lost in the shuffle!
Originally posted Friday May 17th.
It's been a big couple of days for TGT as the R&B supergroup consisting of Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tankas they just released their new video for "Sex Ain't Never Felt Better" and took over 106 & Park today with the premiere. Plus, they'll be coming to a city near you this summer on the "3 Kings Tour" when their debut album drops (dates here).
Our Gowhere L.A. team was on site during the filming of the music video and talked with the trio on the set above. The video spotlights some raw behind the scenes footage of the making of the video, while Tyrese leads the way in describing the "art imitates life" concept for the music video. "We look at R&B music as a form of escapism," adds Tyrese.
I'd like to add that I resonate with these concepts and what Tyrese was saying in this interview. In general, it's great to hear these three come together for a classic, contemporary R&B record like "Sex Never Felt Better" and surely more good music like this to come.
Lastly, also tune in for the fun story about how the song itself was created. Tank shares the details of how Tyrese came up with the hook and it's a never-before-heard look into the creative process, which is always cool to find out about. And oh yeah, this time next week... they mention it... and I'll be there... Fast 6 in theatres!
Shoutout to Terrence Jones & Hona Costello on the making of this video out in L.A. After watching above, go ahead and watch the final product INCYMI below!
The timing couldn't be better as on the heels of the Chicago Bulls' memorable Game 4 comeback, Young General showcases his Chicago pride with the new theme song for the playoffs and beyond — "Welcome To The Madhouse". For our many out of town readers, 'The Madhouse' is the nickname for the United Center a.k.a. The Madhouse On Madison that the Chicago Blackhawks also call home. If you've been to a Bulls playoff game, or any Blackhawks game, then you know... the UC truly is a mad house.
Young General first set out to illustrate this with a motivational song recalling Queen's "We Will Rock You" (#1 on the "Mount Rushmore" of sports pump up songs). Marcus Rezak, lead guitarist of Digital Tape Machine, adds an energetic dynamic with fast-paced riffs throughout, and General does his thing with intricate rhymes and references throughout verses that separate the chanting and catchy chorus.
It was only right to premiere "Welcome To The Madhouse" with a video to drive home the united scene at the Madhouse (no pun intended) and above all: the legions of loyal Chicago sports fans that are characteristic of our city. The video is shot in various Chicago locations outside of the United Center by our own Teddy Waffles, who did all the filming, editing, and directing for this Gowhere Hip Hop presented music video! We're all proud of this project and encourage you to take a look at the video above (especially all the way through to the end for some raw footage of one of the most memorable Bulls games all season... chllls...), download the song below, and come out to the "Welcome To The Madhouse" release party this Thursday at Bottom Lounge with Zion I and ProbCause.
Last week araabMUZIK(one of my favs) came through Chicago for his Professional Use Only Tour at The Mid with React Presents. Check out the footage I filmed and edited for a nice recap of the night — he kills it on the MPC!
Our next video production from SXSW has a different feel from the rest. Why? Well, look how up close we were filming Action Bronson, as we captured his lyrical hit "Larry Csonka" at Viceland on the last night of the festival.
Now first off, Rip and I absolutely love it when rappers name a song after a random, now-retired sports athlete. Super Bowl winner, Miami Dolphin Hall-Of-Famer, and American Gladiators co-host Larry Csonka may just take the cake. Action Bronson chose to perform this song to put some more light on his lyrical side and that's driven home with the last quarter of the song going a capella. I especially dig these bars at the end, and really throughout. So whether this is your first time hearing "Larry Csonka" or if you've been rocking with the new XXL Freshman for awhile, press play above and see how these lyrics are passionately delivered and brought to life by Action Bronson.
There were a lot of special shows and experiences at SXSW 2013 — intimate settings, major artists, dynamic venues. One standout performance that had me floored was Wyclef Jean, who brought out the soul, and sprinkled some magic dust to close out his set with "911". As Wyclef ripped the guitar, his vocals also brought chills; he channeled his signature note on this one — classic Wyclef!