WGCI brought out all of 2019 heavy hitters in the world of urban music for Big Jam. The Migos, DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Jacquees, Wale, and hometown favorite G Herbo made up the major lineup. The Heavy Steppers, Tink… Continue reading →
Juice Wrld whose real name is Jarad Anthony Higgins died while suffering a seizure at Chicago’s Midway airport. The Chicago born rapper gained his notoriety in 2018 with the release of the singles “All Girls Are The Same” and “Lucid Dreams” His album Goodbye and Good Riddance released in 2018 charted at number 6 on the Billboard 200. His second album Death Race For Love was released in 2019. It charted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and has been received with much critical acclaim.
According to TMZ Juice arrived on an early flight from California to Chicago. Witnesses say he suffered a seizure while walking through the airport.
Juice Wrld represented the standard when it comes to the new crop of millennial rappers that have come out recently. He turned down a spot on the coveted XXL Freshman cover and his star continued to rise after signing with Interscope.
Higgins joins an unfortunate list of rappers who have passed away in their early twenties within the past 2 years, This list includes Lil Peep, Mac Miller, XXXtentacion and Fredo Santa. All but one of the aforementioned artists have had public bouts with drugs and depression. “I dropped prescriptions to make me feel a ok, I know its all in my head” raps Juice Wrld on his song “Lucid Dreams”
Juice Wrld just turned 21 on December 2, 2019
Take a look at the video for “Lucid Dreams” below.
The world has stopped for Kanye once again as he drops another video from his latest release Jesus is King. Being that today is Thanksgiving this release seems fitting. It’s a family driven song that asks the listener to put the gram away and be with your family.
The visuals are stunning and it looks like Kanye has found himself a home.
On November 21, 2019 Lupe Fiasco came back home to Chicago to celebrate his classic debut Food and Liquor. The celebration was held at The Riviera Theatre courtesy of The Red Bull Music Festival. Take a look at a few … Continue reading →
Lupe Fiasco is one of Chicago’s elite emcees and the celebration of his debut album Food and Liquor is well deserved. Last night he blessed his hometown Chicago at The Riviera during The Red Bull Music Festival with a full performance of his project. The excitement was electric and the city was more than happy to support their native son.
Rap music has been the voice of hip-hop culture. Ideas, concepts and ways of thinking have been sculpted from the litany of verses that have flooded the airwaves.
Biggie and Tupac are always at the top of the list when we discuss the culture. Both of them are the product of single parent homes. We laud their greatness and honor their contributions. When they met their demise their mothers stood for them. Afeni Shakur and Voletta Wallace kept the memory of their sons alive.“Dear Mama” is arguably one of Tupac’s most impactful songs and is an anthem for single mothers around the world..
The story seems all to familiar. Rapper grows up in a single parent home without a father and everything they do is to support the family and honor their mother. This is not a bad thing however; where are the fathers?
In 2013 The Centers for Disease Control reported that 72 percent of births were to unmarried non-hispanic Black women. This statistic lacks nuance and does not tackle the effects of mass incarceration and poverty in Black communities.This same study shows that Black men who live with their children or not living with their children are still more active participants in the lives of their children than any other race overall.
Kanye West recently released the video for his song “Follow God” from his most recent release Jesus is King. The voice of Pastor Dr. Kerwin B. Lee opens the video as we watch Kanye and his father Ray West make their way to an ATV in the snow. Pastor Lee explains how fearful his children were the first time they encountered snow and how he instructed them to walk in the footprints he made in order not to have any fear. The video closes with note from Kanye “My dad came to visit me at one of our ranches in Cody, Wyoming,” it reads. “He talked about his love for fishing, and how he would come here in the summers. It took me 42 years to realize that my dad was my best friend. He asked me, ‘how many acres is this?’ I told him 4000. He replied with these three words: ‘A black man?’”
The narrative is changing. Legendary rap group Gang Starr just released the video for their song “Bad Name” off of the latest project One of the Best Yet. In the video we watch Guru’s son Keith Casim shave off his hair in order to play the part of his father who has since passed on.
The importance of Black fathers can’t be overstated and let’s hope this trend of honoring Black Fathers continues.
The legendary hip-hop group Gang Starr released One of the Best Yet and it is a welcome addition to an overall underwhelming 2019 when it comes to new rap music. DJ Premier is the only surviving member of Gang Starr. Keith Edward Elam also known as GURU (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal) died on April 10, 2010. This project comes 16 years after their last official release The Ownerz.
DJ Premier puts his best foot forward when paring Guru’s posthumous verses with current features. Before the official project was released, Dj Premier dropped the single “Family and Loyalty” featuring J. Cole. Guru’s voice rings prominently on the song and J. Cole steps in with possibly one of the best features of the year as he raps “J. Cole..Who’d a thought I woulda been rhyming with ghosts Guru flows forever like a diamond and most.. could never afford the precious jewels.. that’s precisely why I’m blessing you.. with clear cut messages.. I’m destined to.. invest in urban sections where depression rules.”
One of the Best Yet provides the listener with the raw boom bap DJ Premier production as a result Guru’s lyricism still cuts through even in these times. On “Business or Art” featuring Talib Kweli, Guru raps “Heres one for Spin, Billboard and Rollingstone hip-hop is so organic it will grow on its own, we watch em throw money at it with clout and power, but after a while things faded out and went sour.” Many would say that this sour space that Guru is speaking of is where we are right now. This is exactly why One of the Best Yet is so refreshing because it’s just real rap with no filler or gimmicks.
The standout songs on this album are “Lights Out (feat. M.O.P.)” “Hit Man (feat. Q Tip)” “Family and Loyalty (feat. J. Cole)” and “Get Together (feat. Ne-Yo & Nitty Scott)
Have you heard One of the Best Yet? What do you think?
Check out the video for “Family and Loyalty” off of the One of the Best Yet below
Kanye has been flying high as of late since the release of Jesus is King. He recently appeared on a plane with that one guy who does karaoke in cars (James Corden) and his full choir and performed “Jesus Walks”. Ye really rode a plane and kick his raps for the lord!
Depending on who you ask and what blog or podcast you listen to the reviews are mixed with regards to Jesus is King. So, allow me to be the definitive voice and say IT’s DOPE AF! See review here
Kanye finally released Jesus is King and it feels like he has made up his mind about the direction of his life. Very few artists have allowed the public to see such a public and intimate transformation. This is what makes Kanye who he is. He is bold in all of his positions, no matter how misguided or uniformed they may be. He is open to saying he is wrong and he is vulnerable enough to give it all up to God.
Jesus is King is Kanye “getting saved” in public view. It’s takes Christians to task. Do the Christians who dismissed him accept his repentance? Does it even matter if they do? “In the father we put our faith” West says on “Use this Gospel” where he reunites The Clipse and features smooth jazz legend Kenny G.
The album also features Ty Dollar $ign, Fred Hammond and Ant Clemons. On “Everything We Need,” “Switch my switch my attitude, I’m so I’m so radical, all these people mad at dude, this for who it matter to.” West does not run away from cancel culture or whoever has anything to say about him and his choices. On “Jesus Is King” we find a spokesperson for redemption and the acknowledgment of God.
The project is twenty seven minutes long and closes out with horns blaring and declaring “Jesus is Lord”.
I was expecting more of the Sunday Service songs he has been performing around the country, but this project is more personal. Kanye is letting us into his salvation and wants us to join him.
Say what you want about Kanye West, one thing you can never say is that he is boring and shallow.
I give this project four out of five stars. Seven out of the eleven songs on here are certified hits and provide us yet another Kanye. I like this Kanye.
The Bud Billiken Parade celebrated its 90th year of existence on August 10, 2019. The back to school affair has been a staple in the community and continues to signal hope and happiness for the upcoming school year. Check out … Continue reading →