After much anticipation we finally get the debut project of Ikon. The “Private Stock” project is a 12 track project comprised of an eclectic mix of instrumentals and featuring phenomenal features from spoken word artists Malcolm London, Pivot Gang, Saba, MFN Melo, Navarro, Nick Astro, ASA’s Reelo & Spazz, Astonish, Jarred AG, Noname Gypsy, Trell Love, Murph Watkins, among many others. To fully comprehend what went into the creation of the project watch the visual below.
After much anticipation Martin $ky delivers his EP “Everywhere But Here”, an impressive 10-track project with budding production primarily produced by himself and featuring the likes of Rockie Fresh, Saba, and Casey Veggies.
Brace yourself, 2015 is the year Pivot Gang soar to the forefront of the national hip-hop scene. A highly successful release from Saba, featuring Lucki Eck$, kicked off the year for the Pivot Gang crew. Now, catch MFn Melo take flight with his visual for his promo single TSA. The visual, shot by Bugatti of Heart Of The City, is the first from the Pivot Gang elder statesman. Melo will be releasing his debut mixtape “Melodramatics” later on this year but until than click play and see what all the fuss surrounding Pivot Gang is all about.
2015 has been looking for the year to launch Chicago emcee Logan into Hip-Hop prominence. After impressive singles, visuals, and an EP, we get Logan’s most cohesive project to date as he releases his debut album “1636”, executive produced by in-house producer Flight and features Pivot Gang’s Saba. Get familiar with Logan, the kid is about to take off!
Above: Mick Jenkins | Photo: @WhoDough
Vocalo’s Winter Block Party was one for the books! The all day event consisted of a film screening, B-Boy/B-Girl battles, a fashion show, an art showcase, and the most important being the concert at the end of the night that was showcased by some of Chicago’s elite artists. This was a night of unity for many as well as a small glimpse to Chicago’s Hip-Hop renaissance led by intellectual and crafty youth from Chicago.
The Chicago songstress had the crowd following her every word as she introduced herself to new listeners and got the crowd to participate in her set. If you hadn’t heard Daryn Alexus before, you definitely left knowing the greatness this artists had to offer as a face of Chicago’s R&B scene.
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One of the biggest surprises of the night was Noname Gypsy. As a follower of her music I had never seen her perform live but she definitely exceeded any expectations as she introduced us to some familiar sounds and even performed some never before heard music. She has definitely been the best femcee in Chicago in the last year or so. Her ability to flow lyrically and her ability to balance her lyricism with her flawless ability to sing makes her a gem in Chicago’s Hip-Hop renaissance. Her set left us wanting more.
I am no stranger to the Pivot Gang leader from the Westside, Saba. The Chicago producer/emcee left the crowd knowing his name as the people in attendance chorused Sab’s name as well as the Westside’s first boy band, Pivot Gang [they don’t do gangsta rap, they make in synch (N’Sync) music]. Sab performed all the hits from his acclaimed ComfortZone project through a high energy driven set.
Bringing fun to the party was ShowYouSuck. The Treated Crew/Legion of Dudez member’s easy going and often humorous act allowed him to become easily acclimated to new listeners that danced, jumped, and yelled to all of Show’s hits as he reminded folks to “Relax Bro”, and have fun.
The man that main evented the show was Chicago’s prolific, lyrical messiah, Mick Jenkins. Right off the bat Mick was able to captivate his crowd though jams off his recently released Water[s] project. His act was really interesting to see from the crowd as seas of black, latino, white, and asian listeners all clung to Mick’s every word. If there’s one word that describes Mick it’s definitely “Unity”, as the young emcee from Chicago’s South side was able to bring everyone together under one roof to showcase the empowerment going on in our music scene, led by artists like Mick Jenkins.
This Saturday, come on out for an all-day hip hop event at the Metro — the #WinterBlockParty!
From noon-7 it’s FREE and you’ll be able to participate in some very cool events for a true hip hop cultural feel. There will be a B-Boy/B-Girl Dance Battle throughout the day, a hip hop art gallery, a movie screening of RIZE, DJing, a poetry jam, and more. Look for us inside as part of the Hip Hop Marketplace — we’ll be selling the Gowhere You Love Kanye tees and giving away other goodies.
Then, get your tickets for the nightcap that will be highlighted by performances from Mick Jenkins, Show You Suck, Saba, NoName Gypsy, and Daryn Alexus + the finals of the B-Boy/B-Girl Dance Battle. Shoutout to Vocalo and fellow presenters Chicago Public Media, Inc., and the Young Chicago Authors. This will be a guaranteed good time.
Main Floor || B-Boy/B-Girl Dance Battle Sign Up
Smart Bar || Free Screening of “RIZE”
Main Floor || B-Boy/B-Girl Dance Battle Prelims
Main Floor || Street Gear Fashion Show (featuring Alex Carter, Gowhere HipHop, City of Win and others)
People’s Choice Music Videos
Smart Bar || Winter Block Party Wordplay
Main Floor || B-Boy/B-Girl Dance Battle Quarters
Main Floor || DLOW
People’s Choice Videos
Smart Bar || Track Workshop
Main Floor || B-Boy/B-Girl Dance Battle Semis
Also, throughout the day and night hear from Vocalo’s DJ Collective featuring Shazam Bangles, Pumpin Pete and Shred One led by Jesse De La Pena.
Plus, $10 fade haircuts, a Hip Hop Art Gallery (curated by Kevin Coval and Chicago Truborn) and a Hip Hop Boutique with vendors including Gowhere HipHop, City of Win, Alex Carter and others!
In the evening, join us for a ticketed concert blow-out!
Main Floor || B-Boy/B-Girl Dance Battle FINALS
LTAB Mixtape Release Concert featuring Mick Jenkins, Show You Suck, Saba, NoName Gypsy, and Daryn Alexus