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.
Zion I, Young General, ProbCause, & DJ Trew at Bottom Lounge [Event]
Zion I, Young General, ProbCause, & DJ Trew
Thu, 2013-05-02 20:00
Bottom Lounge (1375 W. Lake St.)
event producer Silver Wrapper
Zion I's Shadowboxing Tour hits Chicago with special local guests Young General, ProbCause, and DJ Trew at the Bottom Lounge. This is also the release party for the new music video "Welcome To The Madhouse" that we filmed and sponsored, released today (04.29). Hope to see you there!
TONIGHT - the first of three GWHH-sponsored events this weekend is happening in Chicago. It's DOPE Christmas - the second show in E-Train's return home for the holidays. He'll be headlining the bill, with Young General hosting all night. Be sure to get there early after 8 because rising hip hop acts like M.L.A., The Boy lllinois, and Rich Jones will be on stage and on time. And these are all cats I'd personally suggest for your playlist - and everyone above is definitely going to bring a dope live show. It takes place at Debonair - a great and intimate venue for high-energy fun. Hope to see you there!
One of the jam-packed shows we sponsored Thanksgiving week here in Chicago was "Holly Go" - a showcase of up and coming talent taking place at one of the city's most iconic underground hip hop venues, Sub-T.
The name "Holly Go" is derived from Chicago electro/hip hop artist E-Train, who is originally from here, now resides in L.A., and came back for a homecoming show for the holidays. He was joined by two of my personal favorites comin' up in the hometown - Young General and The Boy Illinois - along with an opening set from Rich Jones & SCC.
We documented highlights of each of the artists' set as E-Train performed his current single "Glow So Hard", Young General impressively spit a flurry of bars over a chopped up version of "Gangnam Style" (intrigued?), The Boy Illinois performed one of his unique bangers that translated well live off the GWHH-sponsored, MOGG, that you should download now, and Rich Jones & SCC got the crowd going to kick things off with their high-energy on stage, seen at the end.
Stay tuned through to the end for a candid look backstage with all of the artists, as we appreciate the love back fellas! Watch above and stay tuned for another homecoming show from E-Train this Holiday season...
Tonight we have another dope GWHH-sponsored event going down in Chicago as Sub-T is the place to be for an entertaining mix of live hip hop to be on display. E-Train, now residing in L.A., will bring his electro-hip hop stylings back to his hometown, and he'll be accompanied by a couple of my favorite up and coming lyricists from Chicago: Young General & The Boy Illinois. "Holly-Go" starts at 9 so don't be late!
The opening chords & vocals of "Here We Go" tell the story: even new listeners have the sense that the song is about to pop. During FiveSTAR shows as G and the band groove to that opening, I've seen faces in the crowd beginning to grin the way riders do on a roller coaster that is ticking ever closer to the peak. And then that drum beat hits and the title is the mood: here we go.