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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Lil Romo - "12 Hot"

Chicago rapper Lil Romo released the visual for the fan-adored track "12 Hot" today. Found on his debut project, King Without A Crown, the clean visuals were directed by Fake Dell through New York production outfit, Shot Clock. 

King Without A Crown is available everywhere now, watch "12 Hot" HERE. On the 13-track body of work, featuring production from Kid Wonder, All Day, OG Mic Will and more, the Chicago newcomer tells his story the only way he knows how, through genre bending melodies and thought provoking lyrics. Released at a time when Chicago sees its most violent year in over 28 years, with over 3000+ shootings so far in 2020, King Without A Crown is Lil Romo's ode to his violence wrought city. "Wishing shit was different, nowadays we can't have any fun," Lil Romo raps on his latest single and video, "Long Time," reflecting on his surrounding. 

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Real List Magazine Presents "NoxBond"

NoxBond is one of a kind. Even the name is unique and has layers of meaning. A long time ago, NoxBond started as Noxious. Noxious is defined as physically harmful to all living beings. 

It got shortened to "Nox" over time , and when Nox went to Chicago to shoot a music video with D Gaines, who Complex magazine named "The Godfather of Drill" , he met Vincent Norment, D Gaines agent, who recommended "NoxBond" based on his persona being a combination of "deadly" and "sophisticated like James Bond". 

Friday, February 22, 2019

R. Kelly Has Been Indicted

I can't believe it myself! R. Kelly was charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual abuse involving multiple victims in a Chicago court Friday after decades of rumors and allegations that the R&B star was abusing women and underage girls.

Kelly has denied allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls for decades. Neither Kelly’s legal representative nor the Cook County prosecutor's office immediately responded to Fox News’ request for comment on the charges.

Top 5 Best R. Kelly Songs

The singer, whose full name is Robert Kelly, is one of the top-selling recording artists of all time. He has won multiple Grammys, including for his hit song "I Believe I Can Fly." His arrest sets the stage for another #MeToo-era celebrity trial after Bill Cosby went to prison last year, as former Hollywood studio boss Harvey Weinstein is awaiting trial.

Kelly was charged a week after Michael Avenatti, the attorney whose clients have included porn star Stormy Daniels, said he recently gave Chicago prosecutors new video evidence of the singer having sex with an underage girl. It was not immediately clear if the charges were connected to that video.

Dame Dash Talks Jay-Z, Aaliyah And R. Kelly

In 2008, a jury acquitted Kelly of child pornography charges over a graphic video that prosecutors said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13. He and the young woman allegedly depicted with him denied they were in the 27-minute video, even though the picture quality was good and witnesses testified it was them, and she did not take the stand. Kelly could have gotten 15 years in prison.

Kelly has been accused of holding women and girls against their will in Chicago, where he has a recording studio, and Georgia, where he has property.

Kelly's attorney, Steve Greenberg, said earlier this year that his client was the victim of a TV hit piece and that Kelly "never knowingly had sex with an underage woman, he never forced anyone to do anything, he never held anyone captive, he never abused anyone."

Despite accusations that span decades, the singer and songwriter who rose from poverty on Chicago's South Side has retained a sizable following. He has written numerous hits for himself and other artists, including Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga. His collaborators have included Jay-Z and Usher.

Kelly broke into the R&B scene in 1993 with his first solo album, "12 Play," which produced such popular sex-themed songs as "Bump N' Grind" and "Your Body's Callin'."

Months after those successes, the then-27-year-old Kelly faced allegations he married 15-year-old Aaliyah, the R&B star who later died in a plane crash in the Bahamas. Kelly was the lead songwriter and producer of Aaliyah's 1994 debut album.

Kelly and Aaliyah never confirmed the marriage, though Vibe magazine published a copy of the purported marriage license. Court documents later obtained by The Chicago Sun-Times showed Aaliyah admitted lying about her age on the license.

Jim DeRogatis, a longtime music critic for the Sun-Times, played a key role in drawing the attention of law enforcement to Kelly. In 2002, he received the sex tape in the mail that was central to Kelly's 2008 trial. He turned it over to prosecutors. In 2017, DeRogatis wrote a story for BuzzFeed about the allegations Kelly was holding women against their will in Georgia.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Google Gives Chance the Rapper $1.5M

Chance the Rapper announced that Google funded coding classes for 20 schools in his hometown of Chicago. Google has donated a generous amount of $1.5 million to Chano’s non-profit organization SocialWorks, to bring computer science to Chicago Public Schools. Co-founded by Chance, SocialWorks is a non-profit that “aims to empower youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement while fostering leadership, accessibility, and positivity within the youth throughout Chicago.

David Drummond, Alphabet Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Google, shared that $500,000 of the $1.5 million donation is going to Chicago Public Schools’ CS4All Initiative, while the $1 million will go to SocialWorks. To celebrate, the Grammy-award winning artist surprised fifth grade students at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Academy, and joined them in a coding lesson from fellow Chicago Googler employees. Justin Cunningham, the Executive Directors of SocialWorks, expressed his gratitude about the announcement.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

New Air Jordan XX3 Chicago

Dressed in a University Red and Gum Yellow color scheme. This “Chicago” edition of the Air Jordan XX3 feature a full Red leather. Should this Air Jordan XX3 "Chicago" surface as a retail offering (perhaps at Jordan Brand's new stand-alone store in Chicago?)

They include upper that includes the city’s skyline graphic near the heel, along with Gum Yellow detailing throughout as well as the outsole. Other details include “CHI” and “CITY” embroidered on the sides, as well as Chicago’s area codes of “773” and “312” seen on the inside of the tongues.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Toinne (@OVOTOINNE) - "Stay Serene" (Album)

Chicago rapper Toinne released his debut project, Stay Serene, today. On the project, Toinne touches on his lavish lifestyle while not forgetting to highlight the hard work and resilience, both mentally and emotionally, that got him there. After influencing the industry by delivering the visuals behind some of Chicago’s most prolific artists, Toinne is now transitioning his gift of capturing the moment into cinematic storytelling of his own. Born and raised on the west side of Chicago, Toinne continues to leave a creative legacy in one of the most creative cities. From being an active piano player since the 8th grade to having an authentic eye for shooting cinematic music videos. Toinne has always been musically inclined and used his talent as a videographer as a gateway into the music industry.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

MoneyGangVontae (@vontae39285820) - "On Sight"

Chicago artist MoneyGangVontae releases his official music video for his record entitled "On Sight" via WorldStarHipHop. If you need to know about MoneyGangVontae he tell you a little bit about his self, "Vontae, It’s really Avanti but vontae is my known name. From Chicago Illinois better known as the raq 55th to be exact, I live every day like my last cause You never know when it’s yo time. Lost a lot of people, I got shot at a young age , survived a lot of experiences in Chicago, shit gets real .. different type of real ..But I’m loved where I’m from, lot of people seen me grow from nothing to being everything I wanna be. Everything I said I’m gone be. I knew I was meant to be great, that’s why I left Chicago tho lot of shit out there ain’t gone change I gotta be the change I wanted to see. Nobody really wanna see you win or doing better till you already winnin. That’s why I stay out the way, make my music, make my money, make sure my people straight and do me. When I’m where i wanna be ima make sure I make the change in My city that I wanna see too! I ain’t gone forget where I’m from cause where I’m From made me who I am. Made me go as hard as I do, the reason I smile and laugh at everything I been through and done cause I know it was all for a reason, turned the pain to motivation now my life is in my hands and I’m grateful for that. it’s a blessing to be still living, still winning, and still talkin my shit ❗️ STILL".

Friday, May 1, 2020

R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty

R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to a set of federal sex-trafficking charges leveraged against him in New York in mid-March, including those that he knowingly spread herpes to two people. He entered the plea via teleconference from a Chicago federal jail on Thursday.

As the coronavirus pandemic has escalated, Kelly has requested early release from prison twice, and was most recently denied on April 22. Kelly was indicted on multiple state and federal sex-abuse charges in New York, Illinois, and Minnesota last year. He has so far pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Phor (@PHOReverIM) - "Cardio"

Chicago rapper and Black Ink Crew: Chicago cast member Phor released his new single “Cardio” today. The Lehday-produced track was delivered with an accompanying visual. Drenched in wordplay, the track’s 808-heavy soundscape is the perfect workout companion, while the Art Camp-directed video lightheartedly touches on Phor’s personal journey to a healthy cardio-filled lifestyle. “It helps more mentally than physically,” explains Phor. “Cardio” is available on all streaming platforms now.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Chance The Rapper Gives Back

On Monday, Chicago's own Chance the Rapper announced that he would be donating $1 million to his city's public school system.

At a press conference at Wescott Elementary School, Chance expressed his disappointment in Illinois governor Bruce Rauner: "While I am disappointed in Governor Rauner, that will not stop me from doing all I can to support Chicago's most valuable resource: its children."

Chance said that in addition to the $1 million, he'd be donating $10,000 to various schools' after school programs.

"This isn't about politics," Chance said, "This isn't about posturing, this is about taking care of the kids."
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Saturday, June 12, 2021

VI The Boss - Issues

Old-school Hip-Hop meets new-school sound on impressive new project from Chicago rapper VI The Boss 

CHICAGO, IL – The things people will do for money can sometimes be so despicable that they would make most people cringe. There’s even a passage in the Bible that warns against the love of money, calling it “The Root of all Evil.” That’s also the title of the new EP from Chicago rapper VI The Boss. The six-song project that’s currently available across all streaming platforms is an exploration of the crazy things people will do to get ahead, and the consequences that come from a life lived in pursuit of the next dollar. 

VI The Boss is an artist who brings back the old school style with a modern twist. Over the course of his career he’s established himself as a big player in the music industry. Already well-known in his local scene, VI The Boss is expanding to new audiences with his mainstream appeal. Both timely and timeless, his rhythmic beats are layered with catchy lyrics and clever wordplay. He incorporates hip-hop and R&B vibes with his melodic raps, resulting in tracks that bump. 

“If you actually listen to my music, I’m saying something,” he said. “This day and age you can say whatever you want to – anybody can rap – but what I bring to the table is rare. I got some little fun vibes and I harmonize and stuff like that. I’m also a boss … legitimately. I own three LLCs and have my own clothing line company and my own record label and my own recording studio. I’ve got a lot of things going on right now, and this new project is just the tip of the iceberg.” 

VI The Boss is setting himself apart from the new age. With a variety of songs in his impressive catalog, he is bringing back familiar topics with a fresh perspective. His music is relatable, honest and real. VI writes from the heart, taking the lessons he has learned and redistributing his wisdom to the masses. VI The Boss is ushering in the next generation of sound with his urban pop. His artistry and craft have evolved, and his sound appeals to today’s younger generation with feel-good club music.  

Take the standout single “Issues,” for instance. As the debut single from the EP, the song talks about betrayal and snitches and the consequences that come from back-stabbing your brother. Produced by Riffe God, it’s the perfect song to show the world how this veteran of the game is bringing a new sound to the industry. He follows that with “I Need You,” which has more of a trap vibe underneath a love ballad. Both songs are just the entry point to a project that brings a powerful new sound to the stage. 

“Ultimately I want my music to be known for being inspirational,” VI said. “If I can do it, you can do it. I came from nothing – I was literally sleeping in staircases – and look at where I’m at now. You can do the same thing. You’ve just got to stay focused and never give up.” 

To listen to VI The Boss’ music, or to follow him on social media, please visit the following links: 

@vitheboss – Twitter

V.I The Boss – YouTube

V.I THE BOSS (@vitheboss) • Instagram photos and videos

Friday, June 11, 2021

Bandman Kevo (@BandManKevo) f/ WillGotTheJuice - "Stop Playing With Me"

Chicago rapper Bandman Kevo released his new single/video "Stop Playing With Me" today, Bandman Kevo and WillGotTheJuice team up to let the world know they are nothing to be played with. Highlighting how they have the money game in a headlock, Kevo and Will rap about their lavish lifestyle and luxury. “Stop Playing With Me” is available everywhere now -- watch here. Kevo’s journey to fortune and Internet fame traveled a long and consequential road. Raised in deep poverty on the Southside of Chicago, a product of his environment, he began engaging in small crimes for small paydays. Once Kev realized that the eldest employees who worked at the factory for over thirty years were still poor, he became disenchanted with an honest living. A younger employee introduced Kev to credit card and check fraud. For the next five years, Kev became one of Chicago’s biggest scammers. Before the age of 25, he was a millionaire as well as a Lamborghini, Maserati and condo owner. The local notoriety would land him in federal prison for three years on Bank Fraud charges. Post prison, Kevo used a rap career to further grow his profile. Although he released songs with rap stars like Chief Keef (“Baller In Me”) and Soulja Boy (“All Foreign”), his calling as a financial guru was undeniable. On the back of his Only Fans supremacy, he now manages three of the site’s highest-grossing models (plus Youtube stars Will Got the Juice and CJ So Cool) and recently launched his very own subscription-based app Kevofans. Today, his net worth has surpassed his days of bank fraud. He owns a digital enterprise, homes in Atlanta and Miami, and a future book series for financial guidance. Only goal left for Bandman Kevo is billionaire or bust.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Is Scottie Pippen Throwing Shade At Michael Jordan?


Scottie Pippen is preparing to tell his side of the story following his dissatisfaction with Michael Jordan's docu-series, The Last Dance. In an Instagram post promoting his upcoming memoir, UNGUARDED, the six-time NBA champion claimed he would tell "stories I've kept to myself for years."

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Barack Obama Makes A Surprise Visit


The Chicago Southside Wolfpack youth football team got a surprise visitor to their practice that they’ll never forget –

former president Barack Obama.

“I told you I was coming by, coach! You didn’t believe me!” the former president and sports fan said, laughing.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Z-Gang - Home Cooking 2

Chicago Rapper and ‘Street Teacher’ Z-Gang Brings New Flavors on Home Cooking 2 

“It’s real. Take it serious. I’m teaching the youth. This ain’t just boppity bop music. You’ll hear my words clearly,” says Chicago rapper Z-Gang. Drawing on a wealth of backstory from being an acrobat as a child with the Jesse White Tumblers to helping to keep peace in the streets to recovering from a severe car accident, this rapper has no shortage of perspective to offer. He brings those viewpoints—as well as his own stories—to Home Cooking 2, his second EP, due out May 28. 

Coming on the heels of Home Cooking 1, dropped at Thanksgiving 2020, the new EP continues to introduce the artist, with the help of impressive guest-stars  Katiegotbandz and Matisse Love. He feels blessed to have surrounded himself with such a strong and supportive team. It is a bit like cooking a meal with people you like and how much better the food tastes. 

Like home cooking. Smiling audibly as he explains the title, Z-Gang says “It’s like home cooking. It’s the best of everything. It’s seasoned well. There’s nothing like it.” The artist has been around long enough to see trends come and go and therefore to be confident he offers listeners something new. One song on the EP, “New Shxt,” celebrates that power of innovation and growth.  

Yet, the rapper himself nearly wasn’t here to make the song at all. “People don’t know I died in a car accident in 2019. I couldn’t walk. Everything felt like it was over. I couldn’t stay sitting still. I had to get back to me. I was working two jobs. I had to stop working ’cause I couldn’t stand long. I got back up, and I ain’t sitting down,” he promises. In that spirit, he’s already formed his own label where he is the manager, producer, artist, and everything else.  

Another standout track is the party song “Left Right,” a challenge song featuring Queen of Drill Katiegotbandz.  

But the artist has a more sensual side too, one on display in “You,” a song he says is for the ladies. “It’s summertime in the islands, you’re with your significant other,” he says, trailing off to imply where the songs leads. “It’s a hip hop song and an R&B song,” Z-Gangs says. 

Despite the versatility he displays on the new project, there’s one thing you’ll never hear him do, and that’s glamourize the gang lifestyle.  “I don’t condone that gang-banging stuff. I’m Z-Gang, but that’s Zillionaire Gang because we’re about earning and growth. Not hanging out on the street,” he explains. He’s even acquired the well-earned nickname “the Street Teacher” for his peacekeeping efforts. “I’ve stopped shootouts from happening. I’ve done a lot in my community. I actually teach the street kids to stop doing what they’re doing, even though they ain’t gonna listen. At my studio, two oppositions were there, and I made them work together and shoot a video together. Nobody went to jail and nobody got shot,” he says.  

Z-Gang’s second EP, Home Cooking 2, will be out everywhere May 28. 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

One Fame - Broken

Melodic Soul meets Spoken Word on new single from Midwest legend One Fame 

CHICAGO, IL – Like many young people who grew up in the Chicago public housing authority on the South Side of the city – an area known as State Way Gardens – life was rough for Dalvin Williams. But living in the rough streets of Chicago and going through some difficult situations has motivated him to tell his story and put it all in his music. 

Out of that process has come a sound that is unique – a melodic Soul vibe mixed with a little bit of Trap and hints of R&B and other genres. His goal is to become one of the greatest artists of all time and to bring his city together through music. It’s the reason why he adopted the stage name One Fame. His latest attempt at that musical healing comes in the form of his new single, “Broken.” 

Monday, March 1, 2021

Vinnie Dewayne Drops His New Album "Curbside Pickup" + Collision (Music Video) | @VDewayne


Portland raised, Chicago-based rapper Vinnie Dewayne makes his return with the release of his new project “Curbside Pickup.” The first official release since 2016 brought us the classic full-length project “St. John’s Scholar” as well as the “Duality” EP. Now living in Chicago, Vinnie Dewayne takes time to breakdown all the drama life has been handing out since we last heard from him. Having to bury his best friend Grump, fighting depression, dealing with relationship issues, substance abuse, and so much more - Vinnie finds a way to document all this on his latest release. Not many artists can express their emotions and thoughts like Vinnie Dewayne can on a song, a gift that has helped separate him from the pack since his earliest releases.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Fairplay 2333 (@Fairplay_2333) Interview with Cam Capone News (@CamCaponeNews)

Chicago artist Fairplay 2333 links with Cap Capone News for an exclusive interview when he was in press run in Los Angeles. In the interview Fairplay 2333 revealsthe meaning of 2333 in his name, growing up in Chicago, seeing his uncle get shot at five years old, living on the Westside of Chicago, speaking on what's next with his music career, working with Gillie Da Kid and much more.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Bigg Baby (@TheRealBiggBaby) & Emone Quadeem (@EmoneQuadeem) - "You Decide"

Emone Quadeem and Bigg Baby recently released their new track “You Decide” with accompanying visuals. On the ProductBeatzBangin-produced track, the two westside Chicago natives rap with braggadocious bars on growing up out west, one of Chicago's most unforgiving neighborhoods. “You Decide” is available everywhere now. On the song’s hook EQ raps “I come from Chiraq where n****s slide because it’s do or die.” Hailing from L-town on the westside of Chicago, Emone is no stranger to the struggle and the streets. Now a respected artist and businessman, Emone is in the process of opening his own dispensary - reclaiming a profession that has put so many of his loved ones behind bars. Business partner and friend, Bigg Baby, joins Emone on the west side anthem. A respected businessman and industry executive in his own right, Bigg Baby swaps out the conference room for the recording booth.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Phor (@PHOReverIM) - "Get Up"

Chicago rapper Phor released his new single “Get Up” today. The accompanying visuals feature a chiseled Phor donning Gucci and counting money, while the track's opening verse offers motivation and inspiration to fans with the lyrics: I used to get in to trouble, nowadays my vision is tunnel, I'm tryna triple and double, 'till it don't fit in the duffle. The Rozart-produced track is available everywhere. "Get Up" is the follow-up track to Phor's recent release “Comfy” (premiered via Bossip) and lead single "Cardio," all found on Phor's forthcoming project titled, Self Love, out July 31st. His latest project, Cake, was a 13-song collection released to memorialize the passing of his cousin with the tribute track “Truly Missed”. In 2017, Phor released Butterfly, which delivered his biggest hit to-date, “Chi-Town.” An ode to the city that raised him, the song gained momentum at mid-west radio with well over 2M views on the A Zae-directed visuals and culminated in a remix from Chicago’s south side legend, BumpJ, Twista, and Lil Durk. Phor is a multidimensional creative that is the truest sense of the word. Whether designing sneakers for Nike post-high school, tattooing masterpieces, or crafting hits in the studio, his creativity is underscored by his influence in Chicago. Music is not a hobby for Phor, but instead his full-time passion - a passion so strong, it positions him for world-renowned musical success.