Mamby on the Beach [GWHH Recap]

Since Wavefront folded a couple years ago, I’ve been itching for another event to be held on the city’s greatest asset – the waterfront. Cue Mamby on the Beach, Chicago’s newest music festival, which hit Chicago’s South Shore over the weekend. Water was centrally located and easy to find, police on site were friendly and helpful, and the people at Mamby were laid back and friendly – a refreshing change from the reckless neon kids of similar events.

Empire of the Sun and Passion Pit headlined the fest, but it was The ‘Go’s own Holt who stole the show. When he took the stage there couldn’t have been more than 100 people there. But the law of attraction would prove strong for the G.O.O.D. MUSIC signee, as Holt brought something to Mamby no one else would – real trap music. It was a much needed change of pace from the dominantly electronic lineup, a breath of fresh air for hip hop heads like myself. Fellow Treated Crew leaders Mano and Mic Terror kept the energy up as people flocked to the stage, and when it was all said and done an intimate crowd had become a high octane mob.

With Chicago’s skyline glistening across the lake and forgiving sand beneath your feet, Oakwood Beach served as an ideal location for the festival. I’m proud to live in a city accommodating a growing taste for live music and peaceful gatherings, and stoked to see Mamby on the Beach possibly become a staple of what we like to call Summertime Chi.

Redd’s Wicked Apple 6.5.15 -“The Most Wicked Party” [Recap]

Thalia Hall had a huge mission as over 200 people lined up outside for “The Most Wicked Party”. Curated by Redd’s Wicked Apple and AFROPUNK, every designer, writer, music head, and foodie (yeah, they turn up too) backed up the streets of Pilsen to get in on the action. With nothing more than a simple RSVP it was a mad house as people scrambled the doors at 8 pm. Myself included cause you know, Chicago people run on that late late time.

Redd's Wicked Apple comes to Chicago. Photo Credit: Redd's Wicked Apple
Redd’s Wicked Apple comes to Chicago. Photo Credit: Redd’s Wicked Apple

Starting off the pre show was Hebru Brantley and Max Sansing whose live paintings set an unusually calm contrast to that of the hyped DJ’s. Cause let’s face it, how many times in one’s life can one shake their butt cheeks to OG Maco’s “U Guessed It” and still have art literally being created before their eyes? Yeah, zero. Nevertheless, the twerk and paint brush ambiance was definitely the vibe as the show geared up to introduce Chicago’s very own, Holt.

No stranger to the city, Holt and his guitarists pushed out some fire tunes as the crowd slowly got tipsy off the Mango and Apple beers. With his ode to history making artists (The Clash, Misfits, Sex Pistols, etc), Holt jams out with the crowd as he sings and entertains us with brief sentiments about love, crazy hoes, and living up to one’s dream. Cause let’s face it, isn’t that the daily struggle for anyone our age? The cars, clothes, hoes…I suppose *insert deep thinking Drake gif*

Holt performs on stage at Thalia Hall. Photo Credits:  Redd's Wicked Apple
Holt performs on stage at Thalia Hall. Photo Credits: Redd’s Wicked Apple.

Another Chicago native was comedian Hannibal Buress who took the stage after Holt. A tough act to follow, Buress got his joke bars up as he talked about morning wood, rappers, and his anti-selfie rules with police officers. What should have been a 40 minute set, Buress left the stage after 15 mins. WHAT? But we wanted more dick jokes! All well. An odd line up as it was, I felt Buress should have hosted the event instead of headlined. Nevertheless, the show went on as the crowd backed their asses up in anticipation of Danny Brown.

Hannibal Buress gets his joke bars up. Photo Credit: Redd's Wicked Apple
Hannibal Buress gets his joke bars up. Photo Credit: Redd’s Wicked Apple

What I believe is Danny Brown‘s second time at Thalia Hall, if memory serves me right his last appearance left him with a pretty ugly stage dive (I think he got elbowed in the face? Correct me if I’m wrong). This time Danny Brown played it safe as he closed out the show. Rocking a typical black attire and flexing his new grills (diamonds from my angle),  Danny didn’t disappoint as he pumped out personal favorites like “25 Bucks” and “Dip”. Also to Danny Brown’s DJ Raymond Noodles, shout out to you for dropping your whole ass laptop. You still got everyone going, it ain’t even an issue.

Danny Brown shuts down "The Most Wicked Party" on a Thursday. Photo Credit: Redd's Wicked Apple
Danny Brown shuts down “The Most Wicked Party” on a Thursday. Photo Credit: Redd’s Wicked Apple

Thanks again AFROPUNK and Redd’s Wicked, Thursday was the turn up for Chicago!

Redd’s Wicked Apple -“The Most Wicked Party” ft Holt, Danny Brown, & Hannibal Buress

Come chill with some of the best curators of art and music as “The Most Wicked Party” stops by Chicago on June 4th. Organized by AFROPUNK, the time is now to catch some of your favorite artists getting turnt on some Redd’s Wicked Apple and spit game at the Tumblr babe you’ve been thirsting. With appearances by newly signed G.O.O.D Hollywood Holt aka Nigel Holt, Danny Brown, Hannibal Buress, and artist Hebru Brantley, y’all better bust our your google maps to get in on the action. Look out for an exclusive recap from yours truly as Thursday night gets lit.

Holt Live @ The Mid [Recap]

It was a family affair. A successful one. Chicago’s the Mid was filled with Treated crowns last night when Holt took the stage to play his first hometown show since signing to GOOD Music. And while we got a taste of Holt’s new sound with “Nightcall,” last night we saw it all come together. The creativity and energy put into Holt’s new music is refreshing, and shit, hearing authentic music like that is exciting. You pair that authenticity with supreme confidence and the energy of a underground punk band… and that’s Holt live.

Holt @ SXSW

I’ve seen Holt rap with Treated Crew, interview ShowYouSuck at JBTV, and DJ on several occasions, but never seen him own the spotlight like he did this weekend at SXSW. It’s really not accurate to say I saw his show when it was more like I was at his party. When he wasn’t crowd surfing, Holt held The Main down with multiple tracks off his forthcoming release from GOOD Music. Clearly drawn from a diverse background of punk, indie, and hip hop, Holt has cultivated a sound of his own – I can’t wait for the world to hear this shit. After the show, I caught up with him for a quick Q&A…

WD: So was that a preview of the album?
HOLT: Yeah, all of those songs are on the album. Except White Wedding – that was just for the show.

WD: What about Nightcall?
HOLT: Nah, we made that shit just to give to people.

WD: That was smooth as hell, man.
HOLT: The album’s a lot like that, the song’s are either hard as fuck or super chill.

WD: Obviously, congrats on GOOD Music.
HOLT: Thank you very much.

WD: How many times did you jump out that window till you liked it?
HOLT
: 8 times. 8 times we jumped outa that fuckin window.**

WD: Was it your idea?
HOLT: Yeah, I concept everything visually. And no matter what I’m creating, I collaborate with homies whether it’s music, videos, clothes…

WD: Whats next for Treated Crew?
HOLT: Treated Crew is forever on the rise. We will forever make (actually) exclusive, high quality shit for people to have whether its clothes, art or music.

WD: Any show you’re tryna catch here at SXSW?
HOLT: Always gotta catch Freddie Gibbs, cuz he’s cold as fuck.

WD: Pizza or Tacos?
HOLT: Thats a loaded question!

WD: Aright gimme your favorite pizza place.
HOLT: Giordano’s pizza. Deep Dish. From the Crib. South Side. Chicago pizza. Pizza, mother fucker. Not Lou Malnatis. Not fuckin Uno’s… It aint deep dish if it aint Giordanos.

WD: Yes, thank you! And tacos?
HOLT: There’s too many at the crib!

WD: My spot’s La Pasadita.
HOLT: La Pasadita on Division? Yeah, that’s flame. But Zacatacos – flamest steak, bruh.

WD: Aright, that’s all I got.
HOLT: Tight.

 

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Holt “Nightcall” (Kavinsky Cover)

On the heels of last week’s announcement and signing to G.O.O.D. Music, Chicago’s Holt (aka Hollywood Holt) drops his first release and in the process reveals a new sound and direction. Still connecting with Mano on the production, the two concoct a new cover of Kavinsky’s “Nightcall” — a cult favorite from the cult Gosling movie Drive. The original is one of my favorites too so hearing a fresh version of it from these guys is definitely welcomed.

The pace is a fair amount slower and for the video, Holt had to provide some cinematic visuals to match. The colors stand out and the story plays out in an equally slow pace so watch above and see if you vibe with it. Holt and Chelsea Lombardo direct and Emily Morse contributes on the vocals.