The Black Youth Project (BYP), Power of Purpose Inc. (POP), and Rhymefest came together to create a project that brings awarness to violence in Chicago. The mixtape features several different artsit all with the overall goal of helping bring attention to and ending the viloence that has taken over the inner city streets of Chicago. BYP has a pleadge that they are asking all to take that reads as follows, "With courage and urgency I PLEDGE TO take action and work WITH Black youth to fight against the inequality and injustice that too often define our world. By taking this pledge I agree to take action to ensure a promising future for Black youth. Enjoy!
Mikkey Halsted drops two fresh verses (I like his first one right off the bat especially) before Pusha drops a dope one of his own. Young Chop is on the beat and this *Tibs Fav. can be found on Halsted's upcoming mixtape, Contra, dropping August 8th.
Last Wednesday, I was on hand for Mikkey Halsted‘s private listening party for his upcoming Dark Room project, which is slated for release December 21st. Speaking on the listening party for a little bit, it was quite the scene. No time for name dropping, just know a lot of Chicagoans packed The Shrine, nodding their heads in support of Mikkey’s first official offering. After the listening party, Mikkey spoke to me in great detail about Chicago love, first impressions, his journey in the rap game, the Cash Money days, and even turning down record deals. I would behoove all to check out the interview as Mikkey tells his story coming up in the city involving some windy city players you might’ve heard about. Think big why don’t you! Fantasize about it. Ha! Once again, i’m not naming any names and in the words of my south-side brethren, “Those that know…know!”
On Dark Room and Photo Album:
“Dark Room is the prelude to the Photo Album. The Photo Album is a little more glossy. When you get Dark Room, you get the hungriest Mikk… you remember how DMX did the game and he came out with 2 albums in a 6 or 7 month period? As soon as we shoot the last video for Dark Room, we shootin’ the first video forPhoto Album,and I’m not waiting on no label. The reason why I turned down the deal for Dark Room isbecause they wanted to put it out in the spring. And I said no, we doin’ it this year, 2010!