PRODUCTION Hazebanga & Eric Choice (co-prod. Hit-Boy)
SUBMITTED BY Sgt. Tibs
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Had to shine the spotlight on one of the standout tracks (and non-previews) of Audio Push's new mixtape, Come As You Are, tonight as the HS87 duo are joined by James Fauntleroy on the hook and Chicago rising star Vic Mensa on the last verse. Right away, Fauntleroy grabs your ear and his chorus later on is even more compelling. Priice's verse sets the tone as both members of Audio Push do their thing. Vic's verse is not to be slept on as well, as it goes on long and is a fun one to keep up with on first listen. Give this engaging one a listen and then check out the full tape below!
The Save Money militia continues to grow stronger upon the release of the member's mixtapes and videos. Vic Mensa launches his promotional video for his upcoming debut mixtape as a solo act with INNANETAPE which is set to be dropping September 30. The promo video as an illustration of Vic losing all his material possessions for the exception of his music, or soul if you will. INNANETAPE is the project that will establish Vic Mensa as one of the best upcoming emcees in the nation. Save Money has already taken over Chicago. The next step is to continue to expand the brand nationally which is definitely going to happen upon the release of the anticipated mixtape.
Here are a couple of interesting people to join Hit-Boy & HS87 in the studio. One is a Chicago artist who is prime to take a next step with the release of the INNANETAPE later this month. That is of course, Vic Mensa. And the other is a Chicago nemesis, of sorts, just because the all-star point guard Rajon Rondo has gotten into some scuffles with our Bulls over the years. Hopefully, given the track record of basketball players as rappers, we just hear Vic on this final product. Whatever the case though, I'm lookin' forward to hearing that and it's great to see Mr. Mensa linked up with one of my favorite producers and a talented rap crew like Hit Boy & HS87.
This past weekend was in full effect. If you didn't know, it was Lollapolooza weekend in Chicago, Illinois!! This three day weekend was full of events. Each day was full of entertainment with a swarm of people, that filled Millenium Park awaiting the arrival of thier most favored artist. But, Friday at Reggies Rock Club was a night to create an eternal memory. Chance The Rapper held the official Lolla atfershow.
Before entering the venue, the line stretched out with an impressive amount of fans. From the amount of people waiting to enter, it was known that this place would turn up tonight. As 11 o' clock hit, fans rapidly entered the venue. It took no time for the crowd to pack the building. The DJ's had the speakers thumping with recent Hip-Hop tracks played today and tracks that people were very familiar with from a few years ago. While the DJ played these hot joints, fans were chanting each lyric aloud as if there were on stage performing. Although it was pretty loud in the spot, it became even louder when the lights dimmed down and the red lights hit the stage. The ladies in the building lost their minds.
BJ the Chicago Kid hit the stage with an applaud from the crowd that made the speakers rattle. The homie BJ handled his business while he was on stage. As BJ said, he was "On his Chi-town R&B sh*t". Hands was stretch up in the air, and a chanting clap followed as BJ performed. After BJ performed a few of his original tracks, the big homie decided to show Chicago how much he really was on his "Chi-town R&B sh*t". Being the souful artist he is, he decided to dedicate his tracks to some R&B legends. Lastly, BJ ended his time on stage as he performed a dope cover of the Chicago Hip-Hop group Crucial Conflict "Hay" which has to be one of my favorite performances by BJ of the night.
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BJ The Chicago Kid "Hay"
As BJ left the stage, shorty after it was time to turn the hell up! Next up to the stage was Alex Wiley, Kembe X and a squad of friends that had people in the crowd lose their minds as they performed the "Mo Purp" track off the "Club WIley" mixtape that was released earlier this summer. As the performance rolled on, the crowd got even louder. From the water splashing to the speakers thumping and crowd jumping, it was a known fact that Alex Wiley, Kembe X and more put on one hell of a performance!
As the night rolled on, the artist that everyone had been waiting on finally came to. It was time to clap it up for Chance The Rapper! As Chance gave the indication that he was about to hit the stage by giving his well know adlib "AH!" the crowd went completely nuts! The crowd grew louder as the DJ had the crowd clap along with the tempo of Chance's "Good Ass Intro" track, to bring out the high energetic emcee. If you missed the opportunity to see Chance perform at Lolla, he made it clear that he was bringing Lolla to Reggies.
As Chance performed each track from his "Acid Rap" album, the crowd followed along with him. There was not a track that Chance could sing alone because everyone was singing, rapping and jumping along with Chance. The crowd gave just as much energy as Chance did, and we all know that Chance have some extremely high energy when he performs. Yes! It was turned the hell up in Reggies. The show was full of Mosh-Pits, Foot-working, fist pumping, crowd jumping with hands waving in the air. If you were depressed because you missed Lolla, by the end of the show, you would have forgoten that you missed Lolla because Chance brought the party all the way to Reggies. I must say, I was highly impressed.
I look forward to seeing another show by Chance. It was well organized. From the entrance to the stage, to Chance giving a shout out to all the performers of the evening. Also, the instrument solos were amazing. I have to say that this aftershow was Dope. So, a big shout out to BJ the Chicago Kid, Alex Wiley, Kembe X, Vic Mensa, The Band (Trumpet, Drums Piano, etc.) and Chance The Rapper for giving us all one hell of a show Friday night.
A new collab from Vic Mensa off his upcoming project, INNANETAPE, as he's flanked by not only the Chi-Town homie Rockie Fresh on a guest verse but also Beldina on the hook and Boi-1da & The Maven Boys on the beat. Good stuff all around as the emcees aren't overshadowed by the production and there's a clear hustler theme to the lyrics. After all, "Time Is Money". And, as Vic says (via his father), "Make money, but the money you make don't make you."
Ricky Dubs and SRNC Management, the Molemen drop "Chicago Sessions: Volume.1" a mixtape showcasing the best talent and the best music out in the city of Chicago at this moment. A great pickup to dive into different artists from the city of Chicago and to get familiar with the different talent that our great city has to offer. Chicago is at its peak in Hip-Hop with a boom of upstarts and veterans all making a name for themselves. Enjoy!
With Chicago's Hip-Hop scene buzzing with great music and uplifting artists we've been too busy focusing on the future and not focusing much on our current set of emcees making an impact in Chicago's music scene. Well the future is here with three of Chicago's budding emcees joining forces on a track produced by upcoming Chicago producers, OnGaud. Mick Jenkins enlists Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa and what easily seems to be Chicago's next summer jam, "Cross Roads". All three artists were featured in our Hip-Hop Taste of Chicago, a three part series showcasing the best talent from various regions in the city of Chicago. "Cross Roads" will be featured on Jenkins' next mixtape Waters that is set to drop soon. Make sure to check out Jenkins' current mixtape Trees & Truths, one of the best mixtapes of the year.