Thanks to The DePaulia, the student newspaper of DePaul University of which I am an editor, I received a press pass to this year's Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park. It was a great time, especially with it being my first real media event. I saw many great bands and inspirational performances.
The first two days of the festival were relatively light on the hip-hop side of things, but Sunday's lineup was incredibly stacked. R. Kelly and TNGHT both headlined (starting 15 minutes apart no less), while M.I.A., Lil B, Killer Mike, El-P and others rounded out the bill. Even Chicago locals DJ Rashad and Tree were there to kick things off at 1 pm.
Both artists performed well. I checked out Tree first, and was impressed by his rapping ability and unique sound. I think the mics or the sound guys were messing up however, as some parts of his famous "soul trap" dynamic did not come through as clearly as they should have. About midway through Tree's set I headed over to see DJ Rashad perform with Treated Crew on vocals. Everything about that performance was on point and the crowd was loving it.
Another noteworthy set was Killer Mike's who not only performed spectacularly but also managed to get really inspirational between songs. At one point, he divulged to the audience his history as a community organizer in Atlanta, a job he was inspired to pursue thanks to a woman he knew from Chicago. He had a lot to say about her and their united quest to stop inner-city violence, even breaking down in tears at one point. Despite what his name might lead you to believe, he is a really inspirational and positive person. He later joined El-P to perform most of their latest album, "Run the Jewels."
There's so much more to say about this fantastic festival. I wrote a full report on it that you can read on The DePaulia's website. Also keep an eye on Pitchfork as they begin to release footage from select performances. See you next year!
Jeremih adds his stylings to a Chicago collab from Twista & R. Kelly "Throwin My Money". Even though I don't completely resonate with the subject matter, I do think this sounds good. More collabs from these three please.
At a pickup game at Jamie Foxx's house at 5am after the BET Awards the other night, no less. I know this is a lot of awesomeness to digest, but once you're able to, you'll very much enjoy it. R. Kelly with the range! Hah, wow. Who needs the NBA this summer? More R. Kelly vs. Jamie Foxx pickup games, please!
R. Kelly reps the Chi in his moment of basketball triumph as Jamie Foxx can only giggle
Mariah Carey’s upcoming highly anticipated album finally has a title! Thanks to longtime collaborator and friend Jermaine Dupri, who made the official announcement last night. The Art Of Letting Go will be released on July 23rd. As you know the album will feature contributions from of course Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, Mike Will Made It, Hit-Boy, The-Dream, Big Jam Wright, R. Kelly, Darkchild, and Miguel.
From that tweet one would gather that Carey has now finished putting the final touches on her new album, which I’m beyond excited for. So far lead single "#Beautiful," which features talented vocalist Miguel has thus far peaked at #15 on Billboard Hot 100. Speaking on "#Beautiful" Carey recently shared some behind the scenes photos and tweets leading one to believe that there could be a remix on the raise.
Whatever the case I cannot wait to hear this album! Based off the title I’m guessing there will be a lot of ballads, which is the strongest area Carey shines in. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s revealed that Carey will be one of the performers for the upcoming BET Awards. Meanwhile all we need is one last album announcement from one person….
Some unreleased Kellz this morning! Here's some "alcohol music" as he says at the beginning with Roscoe Dash only really providing background vocals. My one highlight of this track: R. Kelly putting an R. Kelly twist on the familiar jingle "She works hard for the money.... so hard for the money.."
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Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park July 19-2. Alongside headliners R. Kelly, Bjork, & Belle and Sebastian, we're looking forward to seeing such acts as TNGHT, Killer Mike, El-P, Solange, and many more! Tickets as well as additional information can be found at pitchforkmusicfestival.com.