Guava Island is another Donald Glover masterpiece

I’m finding it hard to say much about Donald Glover’s latest masterpiece, the approximate 1-hour film co-starring Rihanna — Guava Island.

As you probably know by now this weekend, after a stellar headlining performance at Coachella, the mysterious, near-secret project Glover and Rihanna were evidently working on together last year in Cuba is now on Amazon Prime.

The thing is: it’s really better knowing the least about Guava Island as you can before watching it. I, for one, sort of messed up by catching a Reddit thread with the “unofficial soundtrack” and being unable to resist a bootleg-captured scene from the film with the two A-listers (and I’ll leave it at that.)

So alas: I won’t say anything other than it’s phenomenal, captivating, and repeating that Guava Island is a masterpiece. Props to Glover and his familiar cast of collaborators, director Hiro Murai, producer Ludwig Goransson, and choreographer Sherrie Silver.

For after viewing: read this Twitter thread that explores the connections between Guava Island and much of Glover’s other works. Definitely makes you think.


#DRoseDoc inspired throwback GWHH coverage

Tonight, Derrick Rose’s official documentary premiered via live stream on Stadium and for any Chicago basketball fan, any D. Rose fan… or really, just any fan of anyone who has triumphed above a lot, Pooh is a must-see doc.

The clip above is one of the many powerful moments of Rose’s journey as the cameras were filming him the moment he received the call from his agent (and former Bulls great) B.J. Armstrong that he was traded to the New York Knicks in the summer of 2016. It’s viral now and has resonated with everyone who can see his emotion and passion for his hometown city.

The doc also did an amazing job showing never before seen footage like this throughout all the stages of Derrick’s life. On one hand, we all knew how hard Rose had it growing up in Englewood, but that was driven home even further at the beginning of the doc. Rose had days where he didn’t even have a nickel to buy a piece of candy at the store so instead he just ate spoonfuls of powdered sugar (while watching Power Rangers – nice choice!)

We also get a fresh perspective from Rose, teammate Joakim Noah, Tom Thibodeau, John Paxson, and various Chicago writers about the polarizing divide of waning favoritism towards Rose in Chicago. This, during the seasons he struggled to come back from injuries and didn’t communicate articulately to the media whose own spin of the narrative fueled the divide even more.

Alas, the stirring doc brought back some much pleasant nostalgia as the Rose Era Bulls were my favorite basketball team since the Jordan years, and Rose being my favorite player to this day. It also recalled our own fortunes of covering a couple of Derrick Rose’s shoe releases both before and after his ACL injury. Some b-roll footage even caught co-founder Maks G at one of these events (head to our instagram) so I felt it was right we add to the #TBT/#FBF fun below.

D. Rose: Chicago legend forever. (Come back this summer?!)

Fall 2013: D Rose 4 Shoe Release @ United Center featuring Big Sean

Winter 2011: D Rose 2.0 Shoe Release @ State St. Foot Locker

R.I.P. Nipsey Hussle

Today, hip hop is in mourning as artist, activist, …father and husband, Nipsey Hussle was tragically murdered outside of his clothing store in Los Angeles, California yesterday (March 31st.) This has simply shook everyone.

The in memoriam stories, interviews, and tributes that are continuing to pour in speak to Nipsey’s charitable character and leadership in the hip hop culture. I aggregated a handful of many timeless ones above and below. Though we don’t have a personal anecdote ourselves, it’s easy to immediately recognize Nipsey’s authenticity and what he’s done for his community. We’re heartbroken, but the marathon continues. R.I.P. Nipsey Hussle.

A couple of Big Sean classics on his birthday

“One of the most important quotes I live by is ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ Dreams are so important. Without dreams, you got nothing.” — Big Sean (2010)

GY, one of our OG #TeamGowhere members you all know as @GY312, is out in L.A. with us and today we were rappin’ on some old music, which then turned into a reminiscing rabbit hole of our old interviews… which then led us to this. “Living Our Dreams (Memories)”, one of our all-time favorite documentary style cuts shot by the Emmy-winning Cam Be and doubling as one of GY’s first interviews with us at GWHH.

We caught up with Big Sean, post-Finally Famous 3, but pre-Finally Famous the debut album. It was late 2010 and his G.O.O.D. Music buzz was peaking in such a way on the internet that it manifested into reality at Reggie’s Rock Club on Chicago’s south side.

Funny enough, our organic recollecting also led us to our trip to Austin for SXSW in 2012. A year and a half later, the three of us: GY, Cam, and I — amongst our Gowhere contingent were packed into a small venue for the G.O.O.D. Music showcase. This meant a performance by Big Sean of his Finally Famous album singles and a surprise appearance by none other than Kanye West. Here’s another Camovement of the back-to-back-to-back performance of “Dance (A$$)”, “Marvin & Chardonnay” and ‘Ye going solo for a hype rendition of “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”. Chills to this day. We were all behind them on the stage and it’s still one of my memorable concert experiences I bring up casually in convo when it comes up.

Even more comically, to us at least, our nostalgic convo culminated in the realization that Big Sean’s back on social media on his born day today. To bring it full circle: 2010–>2012–>2019. The new rhymes are sounding good. Here for it all these years later. HBD!

Limp Bizkit performs a special $3 show in LA; Marilyn Manson and Billy Corgan were there too

When Limp Bizkit announces a special, one-off show for only $3 (as a nod to their debut album, Three Dolla Bill Ya’ll) then of course you refresh Ticketfly as soon as tickets go on sale. The “nu-metal” band that was heard everywhere at the turn of the century sold out the Troubadour in L.A. in literally seconds. I personally couldn’t get through for tickets at the strike of 3pm PT, but @hetalbot did and he provided all of the videos and coverage for us here.

The show, a warmup to their string of festival dates beginning this weekend, then proceeding to Europe this spring, was a nostalgia-filled set of their greatest hits and head bangers. Not to mention: some A-list special guests were on hand — Marilyn Manson, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, and Steve Perry of Journey. MGK was also there. (EDIT: Turns out it was Steve Perry cover singer Frank Dee but the way Fred Durst presented it and crowd reacted, it seemed like it was the real Perry. Damn good cover singer.)

The night’s first surreal moment, aside from the whole experience of seeing Limp Bizkit live in 2019 itself (with the whole band back together by the way: shoutout Wes Borland), was Fred Durst up in the VIP balcony singing “My Way” with Marilyn Manson who may or may not have known the chorus:

As you can also see above, Fred Durst stage dived for “Rollin”, you know, the Undertaker’s American Badass theme song, and later remixed with DMX, Method Man, and Redman. The stage dive might’ve been rusty but the love was real. Durst also teased the crowd that they’re a bunch of cheapskates and that this was a $3 karaoke night (the lyrics were displayed behind the band all night).

Other classics included “Break Stuff” and a clip of Wes Borland being a total badass on guitar to kick off “My Generation”. Never forget: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem all made cameos in the “Break Stuff” video. Also never forget: Fred Durst made out with Halle Berry in the “Behind Blue Eyes” video. What a time.

Alas: for the encore… the surprise of the night had to be the legendary Steve Perry of Journey performing one of the greatest end songs in all of rock history: “Don’t Stop Believing”. Not to mention: (EDIT: the Steve Perry cover singer sounding great!) Hetal didn’t catch it on video, but Wes and some friends were just sitting next to his amp Indian-style like little kids while he sang. That’d be us too.

Of course, Limp Bizkit would then close it out for good, after some covers of Green Day, Pantera, and Metallica, they ended on what may be my favorite LB song of them all: “Take a Look Around”. I listened to the M:I2 theme all summer of 2000, having never heard a guitar combined with the distinct chords of Mission: Impossible like Borland executed. I can still recite Durst’s memorable verses a capella and I’ve also been wearing New Era ever since. Fitting close.

Needless to say: tonight was well worth the $5.18 with service fee.

Kehlani ‘While We Wait’ is a cool 30 minute listen

One spin, 30 minutes, and there’s a lot to like on Kehlani’s fourth project — the newly released While We Wait that’s already the #1 R&B album on iTunes at posting time.

To say I was hooked by track 01 isn’t an understatement. Kehlani’s homage to “Ice Box” — one of my favorite R&B singles in perhaps my peak R&B listening days — was an unexpected and pleasant surprise. “Feels” was the next record that felt another level, which blends into the project’s first single that I’ve had in rotation since its release: the Ty Dolla $ign-featured “Nights Like This”.

Rounding it out: I’ve got “Butterfly” and “Love Language” as a couple of the other standouts, but all in all, While We Wait is such a cohesive listen and one to vibe to during the late nights. 👏 Kehlani!