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Over the years music in Chicago has evolved past the limitations of which we were brought into. With evolution, some things changed but the everlasting soul of our sound remains the same. I think that’s why we hold Chicago artists to a high degree. It’s about what we expect from them and in that regard that’s a huge level of respect. Our expectations of them. With SXSW a couple weeks away eyes immediately look at Austin for who is next. Take this as the offering of those from Chicago who don’t even need the trip to Texas. This is shawngranted.com’s
2017 was a lot. Everybody did a collaboration album and not many of them had replay value, Migos owned the early part of the year and Offset handed the game to his fiance Cardi B who ran with it to the finish line and every week seven albums dropped, which made it hard to keep up with what was the must listen at the time. But guess what, somehow we heard it all. Aside from “Bartier Cardi” who dominated the headlines? Jay-Z released a cheating manifesto and taught us about financial responsibility all at the same time, Kendrick Lamar did
The weekend of June 16 all eyes will be turned to movie theaters, LT Hutton, Benny Boom, Demetrius Shipp Jr. and the rest of the cast of the biopic of Tupac Shakur, All Eyez on Me. The blockbuster is set to take moviegoers on a ride throughout the life of the late rapper. From his early days in New York City to his last days in Las Vegas, everything is touched. Throughout the course of the film you get to hear plenty of records, classics, that we herald and never get tired of from the West Coast legend but you
This past weekend the Broccoli City and Rolling Loud festivals ushered in Festival Season and provided a glimpse of the warm weather and good sounds that will be a part of the forthcoming months. Eyes are set on grand occasions like Lollapalooza and Hot 97 Summer Jam but for those who don’t like outdoors and crowds, arena concerts are heading to your city. 2016 served as the showcase for a number of dazzling tours such as The Bad Boy Family Reunion tour and the Drake and Future tag team of the Summer Sixteen tour. The Freebandz Gang leader will be
Universal Music Group made their presence felt at SXSW by hosting Music is Universal, a stage designed to showcase four of their rising stars in hip-hop. Headlined by Metro Boomin’, the UMG team also brought out Lil Yachty, Denzel Curry and Dreezy for a glimpse into the future. Holding down her home city of Chicago, Dreezy dazzled the crowd with a sexy display which showed her range as a singer and a rapper. Denzel Curry made sure to bring out his homies during his energetic set that provided a glimpse into the thrill ride which is his performance and Lil
Months ago we learned that Lady Gaga was going to be the halftime entertainment of Super Bowl 51. She’s a great performer, it’s deserved and very likely will keep us all thoroughly entertained as we reload our plates and cups of beer. However, the powers that be – a.k.a #BlackTwitter – made sure their ballots were cast for their SB51 choice, who happen to be pulling for the Atlanta Falcons in Migos. In case you been under a rock, Migos have the hottest song of the early 2017 in “Bad & Boujee,” have released another banger to follow it up
Donald Trump got a W, Prince, Phife Dawg and others left this Earth, Suicide Squad sucked, depending on your view of things, 2016 was pretty shitty. But what didn’t suck was music. Beyonce, Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West all reigned supreme, Gucci Mane was released on good behavior and got back to being the trap factory, Chance the Rapper cemented himself in the upper-echelon, Rae Sremmurd showed their mainstays, J. Cole came back with no features again, Kendrick Lamar slid out a surprise offering and then killed features all year long. It was really an impressive showing from everyone. Throughout
Ask a native New Yorker what the state is notorious for and they’d likely brag about the food, Madison Square garden and incomparable music scene. It’s the only city that you can get a chopped cheese at 3 a.m. while catching a free, 5-stop J. Cole tour in one night at the most intimate of venues. As the West Coast battles for the title of the “best coast” and the Midwest ushers in a new age of talent, New York City is still the home of Hip Hop, and the stomping grounds to some of music’s most notorious super stars.
Everybody makes his or her mark on the summer knowing that it is a season that can make your year, maybe even your career. With releases, tours and more, it’s plenty of ways to run the summer but with summer sixteen it looked to be owned in advance by the man who coined the phrase, Drake. Could anybody take the pre-established crown from the OVO front man and own the summer? Check out our ranking of the top seven summer MVPs on the following page.
Just like the weather, the summer is defined by whatever song is the hottest. Artists schedule their releases around the year’s warm months and hope to make an impact that leaves them with defining career moments and memories of fans as the tracks age. The past has seen the likes of Jay Z and Future – who happen to do it again – own the summer and the scene has been a spot for newcomers to make their mark. Take a look on the following page to view who cracks the list as the top seven songs of Summer 16.