Rappers Simpson-ized

The Simpsons connections CONTINUE (!) in the Design section — this time courtesy of illustrator Bernard Rollins. His new series on Instagram of “Simpson-izing” rappers has started to become viral this past weekend as he does some quality renditions of Pharrell & Pharrell’s Hat, Rick Ross, and the various outfits of Kanye West. It was the Action Bronson cartoon that helped propel the series as the rapper himself reached out to Bernard, who tells Buzzfeed, “I posted it on my IG before bed one night and woke up the next day to a ton of notifications, not knowing that he had reposted it…He liked that enough to reach out to me via Instagram direct message about doing more.”

But that’s not all… have you enjoyed the artwork of GLC‘s latest projects lately? I was vibing with those illustrations, and as you’ll see from his instagram feed, @bnardartwork, Rollins has produced much of that artwork. Great to see that connection. Enjoy the gallery above — which one’s your favorite?! I personally think the Pharrell one is ready for next week’s episode.

The Boy Illinois “Old School RMX” f/ GLC

The Boy Illinois dropped this remix today featuring Chicago legend GLC. “Old School” originally appeared on Illi’s last project Jean Baptiste. GLC added verse and in his own words “that Ism language. If your down ate SXSW with the rest of the music world be on the look for Illi and GLC, they’ll surely be rocking several stages.

College Dropout Oral History

“The album got people through school, through depression, through death in the family, through relationships, through bad jobs, through career decisions – the album changed lives. People said that they were considering taking their lives but they heard my verse and they reconsidered committing suicide. It called forth a huge ripple effect. So many artists came after it were inspired. So many people were inspired to write poetry, so many rappers were inspired to rap, so many producers were inspired to produce and those who were doing it already were inspired to do it better.”

– J. Ivy

We’re nearing the ten year anniversary (!) of Kanye West‘s classic debut album, The College Dropout, in just a few days on February 10th. On that date in 2004, Kanye West changed the game as J. Ivy so eloquently puts it above.

To mark the occasion, Billboard ran an Oral History of The College Dropout with interviews with 26 collaborators on the album, breaking down the making of each song to the journey of ‘Ye landing on Roc-A-Fella. Among those interviewed: Common, Talib Kweli, Dame Dash, and all of the people on Kanye’s team from the beginning. It’s a long, enthralling read that I was really fascinated by — learning some new details along the way. If you got the time, it’s one to certainly sit down with here.

GLC f/ MG x Cheri Soul “Anita”

This one impressed me as the best video I’ve seen today and you don’t have to go beyond the hometown for that. You know GLC‘s Chi-Town all day, but this may be your first introduction to MG. They work well together on the song, which comes to life with this cinematic video.

The story focuses on MG: his lady breaks up with him after she’s suspicious that MG is cheating on her. This leaves their young son as the man of the house and MG goes to the #Ism of GLC for guidance. There is a couple more twists to the story that play out all the way at the end so watch and see how it does. I was personally captivated after the one-minute intro.

No doubt, an easy *Tibs Fav. off GLC & Mr. Live’s Ism Churchill, produced by KJS Beats. Church!

Really Doe “Ghetto Gospel” f/ GLC

This is a full circle moment for me personally as months ago in 2013, I actually saw Really Doe perform “Ghetto Gospel” at a GWHH-Sponsored event at Debonair. I was impressed right off the bat with the energy he had, spitting the “Ghetto Gospel” truly from the soul. The production popped in a live setting as well, and I’m glad to see it’s now out for the rest of the world to hear.

And as icing on the cake, Really Doe links up with longtime running buddy GLC for a verse that I didn’t hear in that aforementioned live premiere and naturally, these two do their thing and sound great in cohesion. The “Ghetto Goss-pel” pronunciation is instantly stuck in my head, and likely yours too. That will reel you in, and memorable bars from both Really Doe & GLC will keep you staying. This should be a sign of more new music to come from Really Doe!


*Tibs Fav.

Mpulse “The Reason” f/ GLC

Another Chicago collab to add to your catalogue today as 22-year old Mpulse celebrates his birthday with the release of this GLC-featured collab “The Reason”. This is the type of track to zone out to in your headphones when you’re walking down the street in this Chicago weather. Give it a shot if you’re on the go below. Produced by Nick Kage & ILL Brown.