Chinese food, shots, and good smoke come together for a dope video from Chicago MC Jed Sed. Directed by Josh Martin, the choppy video compliments the beat’s snare to perfection, bringing an almost psychedelic feel to the joint. “Irish Exit” is off Jed’s latest project Trivial Pursuit, which pairs well with a pack of white grapes and an old school Cadi (in case you were wondering).
I admit – I’m a music snob. All the time, people are tellin’ me “listen to this,” “yo, listen to that” – and I usually give em the, “yeah… sure… whatever, man.” But every once in a while, someone plays a track that raises my left eyebrow and we play 20 questions – who is this, where they from, etc. Few feelings trump that when you discover something fresh – somethin’ that grabs your neck and rocks it back and forth, somethin’ that resonates with that internal library of dope cuts and leaves you wanting more. It’s a good feeling. And I’ve been riding this high for a few weeks now, since a homie exposed me to Jed Sed. A lyrically minded MC with chops that stand up to if not surpass most of those in the scene. You won’t hear any gunshots or auto tune on Trivial Pursuit – his latest project (produced by Montana Macks). Instead, you’ll find yourself in tune with a midwest confidence thats hard to come by these days, and worth appreciating. Jed’s sharp, yet laid-back flow spares all fillers, making the most of every down beat and snare tap. It’s some smoke up, slow down, listen close, summer shit. Now do yourself a favor, and do exactly that.
What’s good y’all? Second day at Pitchfork and Gowherehiphop still vibing out. With the second day being one of the most hyped days of the festival, I gotta roll through and check out Pusha T and Danny Brown at the Green Stage.
Pusha T’s Late Start:
Although the set was very much rushed due to time constraints, Pusha T is still one of the best in the game.
Set to start at 4:15 pm, the show was delayed for more than 30 minutes. Cause of the delay? DJ was ghost. Meh, it happens though. With the heat and the hint (nah, who I’m kidding everyone had their own funk) of sweat in the crowd, no one was having this delay. With frustrated chants and what seemed like eternity of waiting, Pusha T finally rolled through and threw down some tracks from his 2013 album, “My Name is My Name”. Dressed in a black Treated Bandana Tee (shout out to Stussy x Treated Tribe X Saint Alfred), Pusha T puts on a rushed set as he cuts and skips through some of his most powerful tracks and verses off his latest album. Although the set was very much rushed due to time constraints, Pusha T is still one of the best in the game. Even though his set really doesn’t live up to his musical caliber and was in truth a bit disappointing, Pusha T still has a lot of good things planned for 2014-2015. We still waiting for that King Push album, T!
Danny Brown Shuts Down Pitchfork:
Danny completely silences the crowd as he turns off the music and starts spitting
My dude, Mr. Brown. Hands down Danny Brown knows how to give a performance. With high energy and a fit to kill, Danny Brown was definitely one of the highlights of the festival. Commanding the stage from start to finish, Danny had everyone in the crowd bumping, jumping, and water spraying before the third track. With tracks like 25 Bucks and Dip from his album, “Old”, reving up the audience, Danny completely silences the crowd as he goes trackless and starts spitting. Daaaaang. That’s whats up though. Even better? Danny takes a moment and shares the stage with his crew, who equally show the crowd that they can not only hang with the best but got the talent to hold their own. With a extended set (or so it seems in comparison to the previous set back of Pusha T’s perfomance), Danny Brown definitely lived up to the hype of Pitchfork day two. Rumor has it, Danny is roaming the festival during the later hours. So in case y’all missed him at his performance, hopefully y’all can catch him at the Ray Ban or the Beverage Tent.
German artists Rico Green enlists FreeNation emcee Mick Jenkins on his latest single “Colours And Movement”.
The Taste of Chicago is regarded as the biggest food festival in the world and is held every mid July in Grant Park. It is an opportunity to people attending the food festival to become exposed to different food from all around the city of Chicago and even the suburbs. This event is great in showcasing different cultures through food and the different Chicago neighborhoods that help create this event.
Here at GoWhere Hip Hop we believe in creating our musical taste of Chicago.
Our city has been booming with different Hip-Hop artists all rising in the attempt to illustrate why Chicago has some of the best Hip-Hop and rising artists. We have compiled a list of over 40 artists all representing different areas and showcasing different sounds that have garnered attention.
These artists acknowledge that they represent one city. North, South, East, and West represent the city of Chicago and the future of the next generation of artists to break out. The current generation of rappers, producers, and singers acknowledge that the streets might have raised them but the city of Chicago is what helped to make them into the artists they are today.
There are different artists all over the city’s nine regions and all representing different community areas in the city of Chicago. This is our second annual “Hip-Hop Taste of Chicago” in the attempt of exposing listeners to different rappers, producers, and even singers from various areas in the city of Chicago. Some of these artists were also a part of last year’s first annual “Hip-Hop Taste of Chicago” and many of these artists have raised the bar and caught our attention within this past year.
Most of these artists aren’t signed to major labels but do demonstrate why their music is a critical element to why Chicago’s Hip-Hop scene continues to thrive. The following artists demonstrate that they don’t necessarily need a major label to make great music that has gotten the music community craving for more Chicago Hip-Hop.
The first part of the series takes place in the north side of Chicago, highlighting talents from the three regions Far North Side, Northwest Side, and North Side.
Reps: Rogers Park
Song: Chicago Style
The Rogers Park native had a breakout 2013 and stellar year with both his The Recipe Vol 2 and Waves projects. Prob has been able to tour, which has gotten him national exposure. What makes Prob one of Chicago’s best is his ability to formulate a winning ‘recipe’ within his records as he mixes various Chicago sounds/influences within his music as well as his ability to collaborate with prominent Chicago emcees to bring about respect and unity through music.
Reps: Roger’s Park
Chicago’s Rock n Soul band kept working and kept reaching the masses as they dropped their project, A Humble Masterpiece and toured the nation with ZZ Ward. One of the surprises and phenomenal drops they had recently was a collaboration with TDE’s Ab-Soul on “These Days” which signaled to us that Chicago talent can hang and inspire some of Hip-Hop’s future heavyweights. The O’My’s are important to Chicago’s music scene because they embody the soul of the city and empowerment that can be created within a city that’s been scarred by violence.
Navarro [Formerly Scheme]
Song: 5AM En Chicago
Rafael Navarro (formerly Scheme) is one of Chicago’s best lyrically driven and respected emcees. What has made him standout is his Mexican culture, which he has used to illustrate the struggles of Latinos in Chicago. He is a huge representation of Latinos in Chicago and he’s illustrated the love for his culture through tracks like La Clika, his Pocket Full Of Pesos mixtape, among many other tracks. What has made Navarro one of Chicago’s elite is his compassion for his people as well as a passion to continue to elevate the standard within the art of lyricism and remind folks that he creates music without borders, music that illustrates his hardships and adversity he’s overcome.
Reps: Old Irving Park
Song: My Year
Rich Jones has definitely become one of Chicago Hip-Hop’s most recognizable faces. He is at many Hip-Hop shows supporting other artists and through this same solidarity has established respect amongst his peers. The Second City Citizens member has been able to become unique through his ability through his ability to harmonize his singing ability with his lyrical prowess.
Reps: Jefferson Park
Song: Chicago Native
Seven Oddz member Pozlyrix has been in the game for a while and has earned the reputation as a respected emcee amongst his peers. In his project Chicago Native he touched upon growing up Native American in the city of Chicago. What has made Poz unique has been his ability to bring talent together as he continues to work to bring new and old generation of Chicago emcees together to unite behind the mic.
Reps: Kelvyn Park/Hermosa
Song: Out of Reach
I immediately gravitated towards Izzy’s music once I had heard his track “Malcriado” with Jarred AG.I marveled at the fact that there was this great Latino R&B singer that conveyed so much emotion behind the mic and also possessed good lyricism. Izzy is a great artist within Chicago’s music scene because he’s an upstart that is hungry, devoted, and wants to show the rest of the world how great of an artists he can become if given the opportunity. He is one of the greatest singers in the city that you hadn’t heard until now so listen to his music and give him the opportunity to provide you hope and good showmanship.
Song: Joey Vision
Netherfriends has had a stellar year with the release of his P3ACE (pronounced Three-Peace) and his five part Untitled Film Project. He is one of the best and possibly the most interesting musician this city has. The man knows how to make great musician whether it’s a hot track with a HIP-HOPesque beat or a phenomenal rock or indie pop styled track. What makes Netherfriends a unique artists within Chicago’s buzzing Hip-Hop scene has been ability to not be categorized as a Hip-Hop artists or Indie pop artists but great musician as well as his relentless work ethic to collaborate with emcees to create positive and uplifting music.
Reps: Lake View
Song: Halos of Smoke
The man behind many of 119’s various Hip-Hop shows is no other than Benny Nice himself whom has formed a part in providing a platform for upcoming artists to be heard. The man can do it all. Raps, produces, engineers and even directs visuals. Back in January he brought his his project “Look What We Started” which was 90% produced by himself. What makes Benny a great talent in Chicago’s music scene is his vision, he is a visionary with various attributes always looking for the next goal to accomplish and the next artists to help give a platform to elevate their talent as well.
The Garcia bros [Jarred, Darrion aka Smoko Ono]
Rep: Logan Square
Song: Feel That
The Garcia brothers Jarred and Smoko have individually been doing damage within the city of Chicago. Jarred AG has been releasing singles leading up to his Canvas project. Smoko as a part of the Save Money army has been producing bangers for some of Chicago’s buzzing upcoming artists as well as working on his Smoko & Friends project. Success definitely runs in the family as they continue to grind and hustle in our city’s music scene. What has made Jarred AG and Smoko some of Chicago’s best talent is that both these guys are Latinos making moves, men at the forefront of progress
The Combat Jack Show podcast is recognized as one of the premiere Hip-Hop podcasts and the latest special guests is Chicago emcee Common. More on the interview below.
90 minutes wasn’t enough time. On the eve of releasing his tenth album ‘Nobody’s Smiling’, Common revisits his days growing up in Chicago, being inspired by Michael Jordan, house music, Chicago mayor Harold Washington, Rev. Jeremiah Wright and how this album addresses the current plight of black on black crime in the windy city. Also, what it means to reunite with No I.D., being haunted by the ghost of Emmett Til and the very real and deep mystical powers of the phenomena known as “Badu Box”. So much wasn’t covered, 90 minutes wasn’t enough, but you won’t hear this type of Common interview anywhere else on the planet.
Summertime Chi is officially here which means new tunes on my playlist and crazier breeds of camel-toe ratchets on the CTA. I came across Jeni Suk’s song, “Don’t Let Me Down“, after hearing her “Wildfire” mix on YouTube. After seeing and learning that she not only produces but writes her own tracks, I had to see what’s up. Although I’m not big on the YouTube artist or cover scene, Jeni definitely did werk by collaborating with IamSu! and AR2.
My favorite part was definitely the 0:10 mark. Jeni comes in strong with her soothing vocals and then hits us with some nostalgic feels of summertime flings. Or for me, it brought me back to simpler times when the Chicago camel-toe game wasn’t strong and you know…didn’t give them an outline of an extinct desert animal. But whatever, big ups to my fellow Asian Mami for making this track and repping that yellow talent.
The one downer (and I feel bad for saying it…naaah) is that I wish IamSu! appeared more on the track. Yes it was a Jeni Suk track with ONLY a feature by IamSu! but damn, can we get a little more than 30 seconds? I was so hoping he would come through around the 1:09 mark, the perfect transition from Jeni to IamSu! and then back to Jeni. But like I said previously, Jeni is doing werk. Not many YouTube stars can collaborate with artists and go beyond the realm of that outlet. The fact that she is doing it at the tender age of 22 says a whole fucking lot. So if any of y’all are in California check out her shows. Or if y’all can’t afford that Cali life (like my broke ass), check out her YouTube.