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!
The Mash is the teen edition of the Chicago Tribune - a high school newspaper distributed to Chicago area high schools, produced entirely by high school students! Today's issue brought Chicago hip hop to the forefront after the recent murder of Lil Jojo ignited a look at how hip hop and its violent, lyrical messages, especially seen here locally, is having an impact on the youth.
Simply put, this is a must-read for any local visitors where this topic hits home, but really to everyone reading out there, wherever you are. We can all assess how this issue influences our own communities and focus our intention on learning and growing from it. Big ups to The Mash for a job well-done informing and sparking conversation and action.
Read the full cover story here. Comment with your thoughts!
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.
Follow GWHH in this new video above on our road trip from Chicago, IL to Austin, TX where we attended SXSW 2012 earlier this year! We were rollin' in double digits, rented a van, rented a house in Austin, and attended all of the big-name events that were going on all week at SXSW. Seen in the video is a compilation of some of the fun times we had together on the road trip and a glimpse at some of those events and interviews we got during the week. Easily one of the most memorable team trips ever, shoutout to #TeamGowhere!
There were many highlights of this year's Pitchfork Music Festival. Throngs of hip-hop fans came to see live performances from rap new school acts like Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T., Schoolboy Q, ASAP Rocky and more. I definitely enjoyed those sets. Another personal favorite unexpectedly came from The Sleighbells. They rocked. And so did Flying Lotus and the 2008ighties crew during the live Adultswim/Pitchfork afterparty sponsored Eric Andre show. Too many solid sets to mention. Comedian Hannibal Buress had me cracking up also. I would be remiss if I didn't talk about bumping into indie spitter Danny Brown before his set at Pitchfork. He's another dude who had me laughing.
My interview with the Detroit emcee was singlehandedly the most entertaining portion of Pitchfork, overall. Outside of jokes, Danny Brown spoke on progression, genuinely living in his own world, his relationship with his label, and favorite past times during Pitchfork.
Special side note: This my first post on the new Gowhere site. It's cold right? Peep my Danny Brown interview above....
"Really I just made music and I didn't care who listened to it or who didn't. And then people started, and I didn't expect to. Now I'm at Pitchfork Festival so I don't really care what go on in the hood (hahaha)..."
Groove Series Presents: Open Mike Eagle and Friends
Open Mike Eagle, The Boy Illinois, BRKF$T Club, Vic Spencer, Julian Malone, Calez, Milo, Denmark
Thu, 2012-08-09 21:00
Q4 Gallery (1000 N. Milwaukee 4th Floor)
event producer GY312
event sponsor Gowhere Hip Hop & Perpetual Rebel
Open Mike Eagle returns to Chicago on August 9th after crossing the burning sands of the interstate pushing the new 4NML HSPTL LP,and represents with some of the finest talent that the City of Wind has to offer on the mic device. Special guests include Vic Spencer (celebrating The Walk Away Music release), Calez, Denmark (of Crown Nation), The Boy Illinois, Milo (WI), BRKF$T Club and Julian Malone. Sound curation for the evening is provided by Uncle El (Push Beats), Radius (Beyond Luck, Lagos) and Ryan.
Hosted by Mr. Aquil (Animate Objects), GY312 and Basis of Perpetual Rebel. We are riding the downslope of summer with a bang. 2 stages of killer Chicago shit on a Thursday evening. Doors at 9pm...we stop when you stop being that this is the last destination of the 4NML HSPTL tour!
Thursday, August 9th
1000 N. Milwaukee 4th Floor
Brought to you by the fine people at Gowhere Hip Hop, Quennect 4 (que4.org), Perpetual Rebel, GY312 and Mr. Aquil.