So ya girl been slacking. After weeks of being in an odd uninspired musical limbo, I knew my ass had to do something Friday night. The move? CIMMFest’s Closed Sessions Showcase at Double Door. Shout out to WhoDough who came through with the music events and put me out of my music funk.
Hosted by Closed Sessions, the event featured names like Exile, Dally Auston, Joey Purps, ShowYouSuck, and Alex Wiley. While all these artists put on a great show, my personal favorite was Joey Purps aka Indigo Purple aka that Saint Alfred x Stussy model.
A definite highlight of the night, Joey Purps was hyped from the start. With his dynamic stance and ability to vibe with the crowd, he had the whole crowd listening, appreciating, and moving to his every word. Props definitely needs to be given not only for his clear talent but his overall stage presence. Rarely do you see a performer actually PERFORM and feel comfortable with just well, being themselves. Most of all Purps has TASTE. Something that can be seen in both his performances and the level of detail he puts in his music. Both embody the level of passion, sense of taste, and realness that a lot of music lacks. Lucky for us, real artists are still coming up in Chicago.
*Special shout out to Towkio and his luxury ass hair bun for coming through on stage. No lie though, your hair be on some other level of grandness, b.*
Conclusion? Watch out for him. Though he’s been hot on the music scene for a while along with his crew Save Money, this guy still continues to bring us some versatile shit. With Summer ’14 coming through, Chicago needs to come correct for whatever Joey Purps and his crew have in store.
A few days ago RedEye Chicago and Chicago emcee Saint Millie released Road To Glory: The Documentary that follows the Chicago rapper in a journey which highlights many of the struggles that upcoming artists face such as booking shows, making a name for themselves and the struggle of being one of thousands of artists all fighting for an opportunity to land a deal. This five part series could’ve not happened to to any other artists as Saint Millie has always carried himself as a caring, dedicated, and humble person. Saint Millie’s “Road To Glory” is a road less traveled, a journey with many difficulties that he acknowledges, but a road and journey which he believes is worth traveling for the rewards it has given him.
Few words from RedEye Chicago:
The Chicago music scene is crowded. It’s gritty. It’s completely unforgiving. But one rap artist from the westside of the city refuses to give up. When he’s gutpunched, he pops back up. Time and time again. Introducing Saint Millie, a 22-year-old Oak Park musician who believes he is living his “road to glory.” Watch the young artist on his journey to get paid for what he loves to do, jumping hurdles to get close to that reality. Overcoming small, quiet crowds is just the beginning. But Saint Millie is ready for whatever is thrown at him. He continues to be “the good in the situation.
Monday April 28th Saint Millie and RedEye Chicago will be screening the documentary series as well as provide performances at Schubas for FREE. Make sure you attend this event that will only happen ONCE IN A LIFETIME! [Info Below]
”Meet Saint Millie” (Episode 1)
”An Austin Opportunity” (Episode 2 )
”Overwhelmed” (Episode 3)
“The Stage” (Episode 4)
”The Street” (Episode 5)
Quick S/O to the homie, Saint Millie for the autograph!
Thursday morning we had LOD [Legion of Dudez] swing by Radio DePaul for an interview. We had Blakkass Westley, Supa BWE, Auggie The 9th, Cadillac Duke, and ShowYouSuck bless us with their time and the show was definitely one of our most fun shows. We had an onslaught of premiered exclusives from Cadillac Duke, Auggie The 9th, and ShowYouSuck. We also had various hilarious calls answered as well as a real dope cipher that illustrated how fun these guys are. As an advocate for the Legion of Dudez I can honestly say that they have always been a humble group of guys that have gone out of their way to make sure that they treat others around them like family. They are individuals and humans first, artists second, and you definitely get that within the interactions anyone has had with them at any venue or any meeting you may have with them. Great dudes, making great music, and having a lot of fun at it, that’s what describes LOD.
Radio Show [Full]:
Cadillac Duke Exclusive [Smooth II & By Any Means]:
ShowYouSuck Exclusive [#RADFLOOD]
Side note:We apologize for the first instrumental. We didnt notice that the instrumental was louder.
Saint Millie has been one of the most humble emcees I have had an opportunity to meet and I am very happy for the big moves he’s been making on the behalf of his career. I am also very happy that RedEye Chicago has been working with the virtuous Treated Crew soldier on what will be the “Road To Glory: The Documentary”. More from RedEye Chicago below in relation to this series. The series begins this upcoming Wednesday, we’ll be updating you on this Saintly series.
From RedEye Chicago:
The Chicago music scene is crowded. It’s gritty. It’s completely unforgiving. But one rap artist from the westside of the city refuses to give up. When he’s gutpunched, he pops back up. Time and time again.
Introducing Saint Millie, a 22-year-old musician who believes he is living his “road to glory.” Watch the young artist on his journey, from Chicago to Austin for the South by Southwest Music Festival.
A 3-man team (Sean Ely, Lenny Gilmore, Ernest Wilkins) at RedEye followed Saint Millie and his small entourage around for a couple months with a camera.
This is a snippet of the April 23 release of “Road to Glory: The Documentary” starring Saint Millie himself.
See it all at:
Can she be stopped?
Nicki Minaj destroys yet another track all while managing to give Chicago a shoutout in a major way. Featuring Chicago rapper Lil’ Herb, known for his collaborations with Lil’ Bibby, the track is a tribute to the sometimes violent parts of the Southside area of the city, infamously dubbed as “Chi-Raq.”
Chicago appreciates the shoutout Nicki.
Her next LP, rumored to be titled “The Pink Print”, is expected sometime later this year. The YMCMB Goddess will surely destroy, once again.
Check out “Chi-Raq” f/ Lil’ Herb below: