Underground Wonder Bar – “Follow The Fox” 03.29.14

Hyped from the start, Underground Wonder Bar’sFollow The Fox” was one of many anticipated events going down Saturday night. Needless to say, shit definitely did not disappoint.

Featuring four of Chicago’s most talked about artists – Brian Fresco, Mojek, A Billion Young, and Dally Auston, the whole city came out to show love. Chance The Rapper, making a brief pit stop in his hometown, came through early on the night showing love and hyping the crowd. Even with a tight schedule, Chance’s appearance was a great early reminder that not only are Chicago artists leading the music industry but talent in the Windy city is growing bigger, better, and faster than any other city.

Starting the night off was Mojek or Young Africa, another Chicago-based producer who hit his set hard with a mixture of smooth house tracks and remixed club tunes. Without a doubt, it was clear why he was leading the night. Throwing down crisp tracks while seamlessly upping the energy of the crowd and performers, dude had everyone vibing. Setting the mood for the night, Mojek does a great job transitioning for Brian Fresco and A Billion Young’s set, one of the many highlights of the night.

Brian Fresco was one of the many talked about names of the hour. And for good reason. His energy and his ability to command the crowd were so on point. By the beginning, middle, and end of his performance he had every person in every corner bumping and dusting the sweat off their foreheads. A Billion Young also threw down with Brian Fresco, hitting beat after beat while still showcasing their individual sound. Having already wrote about A Billion Young earlier this week, these guys are even more impressive live. With a special eye for detail and a real passion for their craft, these guys are definitely ones to watch.

Despite the high-note that these guys left, Dally Auston ended the night and came through with the same energy. Showing us why previous laidback tracks like “WSGT$” and “Hol’ Up” is just another layer of his work, Dally Auston gave the crowd another look at this creative process. Throwing down even more dope hooks, fresher verses, and lyrical emphasis, I am excited to see all that Dally Auston is bringing to the table.

All in all, great job last night! With a fusion of different music, fashion, and art lovers all in one room and supporting the music community, the love and energy was definitely a great reminder why other cities really don’t got shit on us. In other words, Chicago artists have and always will be the ones to put the industry on. Period.

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Gambino + Chicago = 3x the Encore

Gambino brings down the Riviera like never before with three encores, surprise performance by Vic Mensa, and duets with Chance the Rapper.

After filling Butler Park last Saturday with 20k+ attendees, Childish Gambino definitely took over the last night of SXSW. I, sadly, was not one of those 20K+ attendees.

Exhausted and tired from the exhaustive week spent in Austin, TX, I knew I had one more stop before I could truly finally take a day off – that one stop being the mayhem that Childish Gambino has grown into.

Following Gambino since his career infancy, I’ve found it harder and harder to catch his shows now with competing with his ever expanding and growing younger fan base. However, all of his shows are sold out for the right reasons though. He brings more and more to the table than ever.  Gambino’s gifted in all fields: A powerhouse of actor/singer/comedian/dancer/writer he now adds piano player.

Opening act, Vic Mensa, could have been a concert on his own but instead he tossed Chicago a surprise and went deep with #INNATETAPE.  Fresh off his split from Kids these Days, Vic shows that he has the chops to be in the running for XXL’s freshman class. So. Much. Chicago. Love.

After a long music intro, the crowd greets him to chants of World Star and he opens with Crawl. Playing the balance of his old and new stuff, including a super sexy jazz rendition of Heartbeat. His performance art drop down façade during Dial-Up, Gambino meditates in the smoke on his vision of Because the Internet nodding to those who have been following since his Tumblr days.  No energy was lost as he deliberately slowed down the crowd for his intermittent sets of freestyles.

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via @Gowherehiphop: Gambino performs Heartbeat

You experience the big bro / little bro bromance he has going on with Chance the Rapper and his newest bro Vic Mensa, his opening act.  The duet The Worst Guys showed off the softer side of the two (beat-wise at least). Gambino, once a perennial outsider from middle class upbringing is finally the big bro of hip hop’s next class.

Gambino is successfully walking the balance of becoming more and more confident, without the all that cockiness that makes his shows so successful.  He is still relatable. A college educated kid, I just trying to hustle and hustle successfully though life.

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via @Srirachana: Gambino Encore

He has all the makings of ordinary – middle class and college educated but just isn’t. He’s emotional. He’s insecure. He’s intelligent. He’s immensely talented. And above all, he continues to challenge himself.

Full Set List:

1. I. Crawl
2. II. Worldstar
3. I. The Worst Guys f/ Chance the Rapper
4. II. Shadows
5. Sweatpants
6. Dial Up
7. Freaks and Geeks / Firefly / Yaphet Kotto / Bonfire
8. Letter Home
9. II. Worldstar
10. One Up
11. Eat Your Vegetables
12. Unnecessary
13. Freestyle
14. Telegraph Ave.
15. Pink Toes a
16. 3005

Encore #1 & #2

17. So Fly
18. I Got This Money
19. Do Ya Like
20. Heartbeat Jazzy Remix
21. Firefly
22. Freestyle
23. Royalty
24. Blackfaces

Encore #3

25. Bonfire
26. Freestyle
27. Freestyle with Vic Mensa and Chance the Rapper
28. Lights Turned On

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ICYMI: Gambino’s grand entrance at SXSW #GWHHReview

FREE Ticket Giveaway: Manic Focus EP Release Party 03.21.14

Manic Focus EP Release Party

Yes! What a great way to start the weekend of March 21st off at an EP release party. Dancing and boppin’ your head to Chicago’s very own, Manic Focus with opening acts that include WICK-IT The Instigator, MUZZY, and Inverse Universe. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you’re in luck! We’re giving away TWO PAIRS – for FREE! All you have to do is repost the picture below on Instagram (Bonus for following on Twitter @gowherehiphop) and the winners will be chosen on March 19th. We could all use a good show to go to – for FREE.

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To be eligible, you must: – Know how to have a good time – Be 18 years or older – Be fun and exciting – Follow the rules above. Location: Concord Music Hall (2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL.) Date: Friday, March 21, 2014 Time: 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM Tickets courtesy of: 2AMPR Sponsored by: Silver Wrapper and React Presents. Tickets available at: www.clubtix.com

Shows in the ‘GO

Assuming we all make it out of this polar vortex 2.0, February’s lookin’ stacked with live performances from some of the game’s best and Chicago’s finest. The most interesting show looks to be 2 Chainz with King Push – the biggest bill to hit Chicago since Kendrick supported Ye. But Chicago’s own Psalm One, Show, Auggie, and the WHOevers will undoubtably hold it down for the ‘Go with their high energy performances. Check the dates below.

February 7
2 Chainz, Pusha-T, and August Alsina
The Chicago Theatre @ 6:30

RL Grime, Salva, Zebo, PHNM
The Mid @ 10

February 12
Psalm One w/SHOWYOUSUCK, The Irregulars, and Special Guest: Baldhead Buddy
The Hideout @ 8

February 21
SHOWYOUSUCK, Death By Icon, The WHOevers, Legit
Chop Shop @ 8

February 22
Auggie The 9th, Supa Bwe, Animuse and a special set by LOD
Gallery 914 @ 7