WHATS THE BUZZ? (WHAT YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO WEEK OF 4.21.19 )

Check out our weekly playlist of some heat to vibe out too.

Calboy - Dying To Live FreeStyle

Who Put You On:

Cosha TG - Moving On

Who Put You On: N/A

Leven Kali - Do U Wrong ft. Syd

Who Put You On: BAM

Solo The Dweeb - Handouts

Who put you on:

Jessie Reyez & 6LACK - Imported

Who put you on:

Yella Beezy, Quavo, & Gucci Mane - "Bacc at it Again"

Who Put You On:

JoeMoe - April Flowers EP

Who Put You On:

Lil Uzi Vert - Sanguine Paradise

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Why Chicago is Way More Dope Than NYC

The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, The Media/Fashion Capital of the World. As you’ve probably guessed by now, I am not talking about Chi-Town. I am speaking of the city that people say dreams are made of, New York City.

Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the concrete jungle. I’ve always dreamed of going to New York, living there, I even applied for a few jobs. To be able to visit was like a dream. During my visit I was shocked to see how much better Chicago is.

I got inspired to write this piece after my visit and stumbled across this article,“33 Reasons Chicago Kicks New York City’s Ass”. Here, I take a few reasons from them but speak on other ones as well.

1 PIZZA

As Chicagoans, we know how to lay it on THICK when it comes to our pizza. This seems to be a foreign land in New York. Not to say that their pizza isn’t good, but you have to eat about 3 slices just to get somewhat full. And what they think is deep dish, is actually deep crust. I’ll give it up to them when it comes to there pizza shops being on almost every corner, which cannot be ignored, in addition to the food stands that come in handy.  When you’re in the Chi, Giordano’s will have your stomach satisfied with one bite from its’ packed slices, the same goes for Beggar’s. NYC’s measly pizza pie cannot compare to our fulfilling slices.

2 SKYLINE

That’s right, our skyline. New York has something that Chicago does not have, which is multiple skylines. But what Chicago has that New York doesn’t is beauty. Our skyline has symmetry and buildings aren’t just placed in random places, When you look at our city in the night sky, it's a picture perfect moment, something to be appreciated. The way that everything is placed in New York, you’d have to have a million eyes to see anything. Picture a cool summer night at the lakefront, looking out and seeing that Chicago skyline. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.  

3 TRAIN SYSTEM

Riding the New York train system is an experience like no other, because it was so CONFUSING. I don’t understand how a platform has two trains that go in the same direction. What they do have a leg up on is the full plastic seats, while Chicago uses fabric on its public transit. (terrible idea and possible they reason why there has been an influx of bed bugs) However, Chicago’s subway system is much more easy to navigate with our color lines. When you get on a CTA platform you know that a train is going one way or the other, which eliminates the confusion by 200%.

4 SANITATION

Of course Chicago is cleaner. When a city is void of alleys and puts their garbage curbside in front of their home, that’s a recipe for disaster. I mean, I was in Times Square and visited a Chase Bank where there was loads of trash on the floor. I’d never seen anything like it. Cleanliness counts for something and New York is definitely losing that competition. I was just happy I didn’t any infamous NYC rats during my visit.

5 PEOPLE

The people in Chicago are much more dope than the people in New York. We are way nicer. Who says that just because you’re focused on what you got going on that you can’t say excuse me or sorry when you're in someone’s way? One thing about Chicago is that we are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, even NYC has admitted it.

Some of the dopest people of the culture come from Chicago. I mean, when you have Chance The Rapper how could you lose? NYC may have Jay-Z, but we all know that Kanye has shaped the culture so much more.

NYC may be the birthplace of hip hop and the media capital of the world, but Chicago is the trendsetter. Chicago is the wave and we are the future.





WHATS THE BUZZ? (WHAT YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO WEEK OF 4.14.19)

New Music That get the streets buzzing you should check out

KAMILLION Twerk 4 Me

Who put you on: @yesimprettyvee

Oz. - New Demands

Who put you on: N/A

Lil Zay Osama - "2 Years"

Who put you on: N/A

Sonta - Type Of Way

Who put you on:

L'Gado - Famous

Who Put You On: @briahna31

ScHoolboy Q - Numb Numb Juice

Who put you on:

Lil Yachty & Chance The Rapper - Atlanta House Freestyle

Who put you on: N/A

Josi Green ft. Joel Q: That's Life

Who put you on: N/A

Premo Shuts Down Union Station,For The Color Me Bad Fashion Show

Mostly known for their premier night life events, PREMO House shut down Chicago’s Union Station for the Color Me Bad (CMB), Season 19 Fashion show.  

CMB is Chicago's premier and most sought after fashion exhibition for millennial youth brand, models, and fashion enthusiast. CMB 5th YEAR ANNIVERSARY Spring fashion exhibition was held March 23, 2019.

The CMB team celebrated with w highly energized and  inspiring showcase of fashion and arts. The event featured Chicago’s hottest models, who slayed the runway. The models were dressed in Chicago's most promising up and coming fashion designers and stylists' latest threads.

The CMB brand was founded by Myles Grio with long time business partner Manny Treo after finding a void in Chicago for competitive fashion design that can viral the likes of the urban NY fashion week. Now serves as Co-Coordinator and Creative director. 

“CMB changes the way Chicago view fashion. Everyone thinks of New York, but Chicago got it poppin’ too”

Galore Arleeza, former runway model who is now retired is crushing behind the scenes logistics for the CMB brand. Serving as the Co-Coordinator she executes at a high level and has a niche for finding talent.

The Lead stylist for the CMB event was Amer G. She’s responsible for breaking up and coming designers in to the main stream fashion scene in Chicago. Amer challenges designers to meet tough deadlines and production requirements to make it into this gaudy show. 

The CMB's team most nationally known member is Cartlon Spencer. A certified celebrity stylist and trainer. His cliental includes Keke Palmer, Shad “Bow Wow” Moss, Love and HipHop Atlanta Lil Scrappy and more! He whips models in shape from average to “slay Bish” 

"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the streets. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live , what is happening."    - CoCo Chanel

The CMB season 19 fashion was pure amazing and it no doubt that season 20 will be bigger and as much anticipate as this one. Chicago is coming to make a statement in the fashion world, and Color Me Bad will be one of the forces to make it happen.

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Lil Durk Stars in the Hugs No Slugs Celebrity Basketball Game In Chicago

This past Saturday, in Chicago local philanthropist Aleta “Englewood Barbie” Clark hosted her first annual Hugs No Slugs celebrity Basketball game at Urban Prep HighSchool in the englewood neighborhood. Englewood Barbie is known for her work at '“Club 51”. Club 51 is a community service initiative were volunteers provide dinner for the “Friends” (homeless people) at the police station located on 51st street (right off the dan Ryan). The event featured a lot of the city’s local musicians such as Reesynem, Joey Purp, Stunt Taylor, and DLow. Added to the game’s roster was Hotrod from Power 92.3, G Baby from the movie Hardball and James Shaw. JShaw is known for disarming a gunman armed with an AR-15 style rifle during the Nashville Waffle House shooting in Antioch, Tennessee and saving lives as a result. Other influencers included PJ Rose, Kamiford, Ballanois Bri, DJ Oreos

The packed out gym was filled with great energy. The free event was great look for the community. Combining the arts with community outreach is always a great time. The event encourage economic empowerment by offering free vendor space to local small businesses.

Chance The Rapper and Black Ink Chicago’s Phor were also scheduled to play the game, no information to why they didn’t participate. The absence of those celebrities didn’t stop the show, the crowd went wild when Lil Durk entered the building and began to warm up! Durk , an englewood native really came through and showed the crowd love. He displayed great team spirit when embracing his teammates on and off the court. When asked why are events like this important Durk responded.

“Its important to show love to those who support you, especially the youth. Some people talk we actually do”



WHATS THE BUZZ? (WHAT YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO WEEK OF 4.7.19)

New Music this week that’s Buzzing

LUH KEL - WRONG

Who Put You oN: Soundcloud

EyezOnEyez ft Gucci Mane - “Polar Bear”

Who Put You On: Dough Frm Da GO

King Von - Cousins ft. Jusblo 600

Who Put You On: Youtube Music

Blacc Zacc Feat. Key Glock "HaHaHa"

Who Put You On: Cody Mack

MVP NASA - "PEAK"

Who Put You On: Cody Mack

Snap Dogg "Fallen Soldier" (Nipsey Hussle Tribute)

Who Put You On:

LIL TJAY - MOVE RIGHT

Who Put You On:

Sprado - They Know

Who Put You On:

To Write Your Self A Love Letter, hosted by Kia Smith

A few weeks ago rising Chicago journalist Kia Smith hosted her “Write Your Self A Love Letter” event.
#WriteYourselfALoveLetterChallenge Started 3 years ago, it was inspired by a class assignment that transitioned into a blog post, then social media challenge, and now an event. It is now a tri-monthly seminar where Kia Smith will facilitate a workshop with different groups of people across all ages. The March 17th event was extra special because It was Kia Smith’s 25th birthday. 

The amazing event had both men and women In attendance from all demographics. Each person expressed their feelings in regards to self love and the obstacles it presents. Insecurities, self doubt, depression has no gender nor color. It was interesting to hear how people from various walks of life dealt with these things.

“What you think of me is none of my business” - Kizzie Bennett

We put too much emphasis on what others think. To love yourself is to have confidence in who you are, becoming comfortable in your own skin. When you are worried about others opinions, you forget about the only opinion that matters. Your own.

“Even God is a gentleman he doesn’t force himself on you” - Fekissa L. Ducker

Peer pressure is one of the major causes for self doubt and insecurities. Often we let the influences of our community force us to neglect our true identity. To love yourself Is too understand who you are, figure out that part and everything else will flow. Never force anything, love and relationships should be natural.

“Self love may be selfish sometimes and it may be lonely sometimes, and that is perfectly fine. But use those same feelings to empower you to teach yourself and others how to love you at the end of the day.” -Shionda Carlisle

Before you can assist others, you have to make sure things are in order internally. Can’t help anyone unless you're ok. At the event guests talked about lending their energy to others, and not leaving any for themselves. Which can become draining. Make time for yourself, read, exercise, live, laugh and love yourself. Protect your time and energy. Give yourself what others expect you to give them.

In conclusion, the event was amazing. The energy that was presented was something that was must needed personally. Kia’s mother deserves acknowledgement as well, it was something about her presence that enriched the environment. The way she spoke, the “game” she provided was stellar. Shoutout to kia’s mom, you’re awesome. The event concluded with audience writing a personal love letter. Didn’t have a chance to participate in writing a love letter at the event, therefore I would like to share it with you below.

Dear Cody,

I understand you work hard and want to succeed in life. Leaving a legacy is very important to you. But Cody you must take time for yourself, your family. Enjoy the love that people have for you, enjoy the love you have for yourself. You are an amazing person, well at least I think so lol. Keep spreading positivity, keep spreading information, keep empowering and don’t forget to love. You are dope.

PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT

WHATS THE BUZZ? (WHAT YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO Week Of 3.31.19)

Check Out some heat from some rising artists.

Recoechi-Luminary (Prod.by L. David)

Who Put You On: AJA Ruiz

Tierra Whack - Only Child (Audio)

Who Put You On: Youtube Music

Young TeeTee - Mob Ties

Who Put You On: Nayr Creates

Snapchat - Young Deji ft. Wiz Khalifa

Who Put You On: Nayr Creates

GVF (Lil Zay Osama - Cosha TG - S7eaze) - "Bah Bah" (Official Video)

EARTHGANG - Proud Of U (Audio) ft. Young Thug

CHIEF KEEF - Petty

YBN Nahmir "Baby 8"

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Trae Moe - The BlackmARTket

A simple hobby turned into a forever passion when we talk about the story of Chicago’s own Martrae “Trae Moe” Godard, a writer, film director and the creator of The BlackmARTket. The BlackmARTket hosts a wide range of variety of content such as movies, commercials, documentaries, short films, and other dynamic content. Trae Moe started with documentaries, titled “The ART Of ....” highlighting individuals who have inspired Trea in someway and/or is making a good impact on the world. Its unique name originated from the actual definition of the Black Market, creating its own entities, and incorporating Traes’ whole name, Martrae.

 

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When you think about it, Nowadays all people want to do is be a videographer, not a film director. No one wants to actually take the time out and film raw footage and turn it into a documentary or even a movie.

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It all started in Trae’s early teens where he wrote for fun about all his experiences. Then shortly after it progressed into creating short films. In high school Trae was involved in radio t.v, which lead him to producing football highlights for his classmates. He then discovered that creating films is what he was made to do. When Trae went to Tennessee State for college, he took a step back from film and received a degree in Health Care & Administration. But he still knew film is where he belonged.

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Today Trae is currently still managing working in the health care field & working on his documentary series. Which leads us to March 30th, The BlackmARTket hosted a very dope event. The night was filled with meeting the team and sharing their hard work with the world. The team premiered NEW CONTENT from their documentary series, Highlighting rapper and comedian, Koporate.

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They also shared a special announcement. On April 14, 2019 The BlackmARTket team will be hosting The BlackmARTket Red Carpet Edition. Where you can walk the red carpet and get caught up on all 3 episodes in just one night. How dope is that! 

 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blackmartket-red-carpet-screening-tickets-59089251542?ref=eios

Website:  https://www.blackmartket.com/

Women's History Month: Donnie Nicole Smith

In honor of the last day of Women’s History Month, I would like to give a special shout out to Mrs. Donnie Nicole Smith.

I had the pleasure of working with Donnie while I was a member of her and her husband, Che Rhymefest Smith’s nonprofit organization Donda’s House in 2014. The organization, which now goes by the name of Art of Culture, Inc. allows creative youth a chance to explore their talents, giving them access to various opportunities and exposure.

Those who were unfamiliar with the organization may recognize the name Donda’s House after an internet beef between Kim Kardashian and Rhymefest broke out on Twitter. The back and forth caused the name change, after it was said that fellow co-founder Kanye West didn’t give back to the organization as much as he should.

Now with a fresh name, a rebranding, and a new website Art of Culture Inc. is pushing its mission of cultivating creative potential.   

I am proud to say that I had the chance to work under Donnie’s guidance as a teen. Donnie has so much experience and wisdom under her belt. From being a Chicago Public Schools teacher, the executive director of a nonprofit, and most recently the CEO of her own company.

Donnie has been selected by Ebony Magazine as one of their Ebony Power 100 Award Recipients in the “Woman Up” category for her work with Art of Culture, Inc in 2016. She has also received the “Courage” Award from New York University’s Hip Hop Education Center in 2015. These are only a couple examples of the acknowledgement that she has received for being an amazing individual. For the entire list click here.

Donnie is the definition of Black Girl Magic because she flawlessly and unapologetically executes her dream. She works with the youth and inspires them to go after what they want. She has built her own legacy and continues to put the work in for herself as well as others.

We honor women like Donnie Nicole Smith today and everyday. For more on the latest on Donnie and her work visit her website. https://www.donnienicolesmith.com/  










The Rise In Women Media

In honor of Women’s History Month, I would like to shed light on a group of women who are on the rise in the media industry. These women are unique in their own way and determined to be successful.

Breespecific

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Media personality and entrepreneur Bree Specific, is definitely one to look out for! From hosting events to being a radio personality on Power 92.3, to even having her own youtube channel, she’s got her hands on a little bit of everything. All that she has accomplished, and will accomplish, justifies that Bree is on her path to success! Bree is all about positive energy and bringing joy to others. Her most recent endeavor is the launch of her own candle line Specific Sense, so make sure to check out that. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrSCdp25oJGf3eba7TrdEjw

 http://www.breespecifics.com/

https://www.breespecifics.com/scents/ 

Shei 

Project management and brand consultant Shei is the girl to go to if you need stuff done. She’s more behind the scenes but she still carries a very important role in the media industry. Being a creative director, event planner, and project manager gives shei the ability to share and speak her wonderful knowledge. Shei is outspoken, fearless, and a perfectionist. But that’s what makes her such a great person to have in your corner.

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“What you put in is what you get out of it;” meaning you have all the control.

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website: https://www.shutupshei.com/

Pretty Riot

Blog writer and media personality Pretty Riot is out here working! Being the only female host on Illanoise radio allows her to speak out for our ladies and be heard.

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Blogging taught me how to understand being in the media. But radio taught me how to have the courage to voice my opinion.”

She also has a small instagram segment called “TwoPrettyPennies” where she speaks nothing but the truth.

 https://www.instagram.com/prettyriot/p/Bu61tA1gpyl/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=3ugjvcwf4kbg

Even though her journey is nowhere being over, She feels that all her accomplishments have been rewarding and she is eager to keep going.Pretty Riot has a lot of things in store for the world but most importantly make sure to look out for her new book “Note To Self” you don’t wanna miss out.

Am I The Only One

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Living in two different states definitely did not stop the grind of Am I The Only One. Sorority sisters Tamika & Iesha created a blog that jump started their journey and lead to the launch of their podcast. Judging by their success distance is an obstacle that you can overcome when you are determined. Tamika & Iesha are a dynamic duo you definitely should look out for.

website: https://www.amitheonly1.org/

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 PortiaKing
Anything involving content creation, Portia King has her hands on it all. She’s involved in production, hosting events, panel discussions & is the creator of Maven Muse, a series highlighting important artist and influencers. Portia is currently working on her media training course for up and coming artist, entertainers and influencers. Portia will be providing knowledge on personal branding & media etiquette. Portia is a boss in so many ways.

Website:https://www.portiaking.com/

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Shaneikaspeaks

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Event host & Content creator shaneika is out here killing the game! Randomly landing an interview with Drew Sidora lead her to who she is today.


“My first interview ever was with Drew Sidora and that interview changed my life.“- shaneika 


You may know her from the radio segment “Tuesday’s takeover show”. But now, shaneika is the CEO of shaneikaspeaks. She provides a segment called “speaks pick of the week” where she performs a platform for the underdogs in the music industry. And Let me not forget,  shaneika is the creator of the annual event “Issa vibe”. Issa vibe highlights the top 5 underdogs that is chosen from “speaks pick of the week”. ISSA VIBE is one of the hottest events in the Midwest! Be on the lookout for ISSA VIBE 2019!

 https://www.instagram.com/p/Br1GUucFl9L/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=17j4bp0aens2s

 http://shaneikaspeaks.com/

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Cocoloso
Cocoloso! And we aren’t talking about the drink! We’re talking about the blogger who highlights Chicago talent as well as features news, business, art, and more. Currently Cocoloso is working on her 7th installment of the Blueprint Artist Showcase series, where artists can submit their music and perform in front of their peers. Cocoloso will also be dropping new interviews and documentaries that you want to keep an eye out for.

website:  http://cocolososays.com/

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Nitty Knockers

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Nitty is a creative strategist. She gives identity to brands. In other words she creates the graphics, websites, and content for her clients . Nitty also optimizes brands with marketing and things of that nature. So if you want take the beginning steps towards business development, she’s ya girl! Right now Nitty is collaborating with brands to do giveaways to help promote their businesses.


“Wanting to be there for the voices unheard. It's so much good news, music and small business out here and I'm dedicated to exposing it all!”- nitty 


Nitty is on the grind! Watch out!

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website:  https://www.nittysknocker.com/

Kiasmithwrites 

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kiasmithwrites is all about blogging and being a journalist. She’s been blogging for about 7 years and her craft for writing continues to grow. Kia also is a host on a podcast called Soule Sista. Not only is she a blogger but she also has written short stories, poems, and even songs. Writing for fun, turned into her writing for passion. When Kia writes she makes sure that it’s relatable to the reader. And she has a way of keeping the reader's attention. Kia is definitely out here making the right moves to fulfilling her passion. Be on the lookout for Kia.

 https://instagram.com/kiasmithwrites?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=i8utyw8igidu

 Briafachon

Broadcasting journalist Bria fachon is another one to look out for. Not only is she featured as a radio personality on power 92.3 radio station, she also is a real estate agent and the founder of BF Cares a community organization dedicated to serving the community. Bria is currently working on her YouTube channel, which is a segment highlighting the positive things that come out of Chicago called “On the Go”.  Bria says networking played a big role in where she is today! At the end of each show she says 

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“Make it a good day or not, the choice is yours.”
Meaning, life is what you make it , it’s all on you.

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 Website: https://www.briafachon.com/

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZjWOAT0T6A0FIzTo7IXm7g

Bomb And Bossy

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Covania Washington also known as Bomb and Bossy is a social media marketing agency who lead brands to success. They focus on market trends and opportunities to help spread the word on social media. Just imagine someone being dedicated to getting your work to go viral. Bomb & bossy is definitely one to be on your team. 

 https://www.instagram.com/p/BvMgSp5lmME/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1bpeixrnw3o5z

website:  https://www.bombandbossy.com/

All these women have 4 things in common. They used their resources and networked, by not being afraid to put themselves out there. They believed in themselves, and didn’t take no for an answer. They didn’t give up. And lastly, they all are strong African American women from the city of Chicago who knew they could make a positive impact on the world.

WHATS THE BUZZ? (What You Should Listen Too Week of 3.24.19)

Clever - Loyalty

WHO PUT YOU ON: GHERBO

Lil Zay Osama - Trenchous

WHO PUT YOU ON: N/A

King Show x Mooski P - NO FILTER

WHO PUT YOU ON: N/A

ROOGA - BLICKATHON

WHO PUT YOU ON: HOT ROD

ADAM NESS FT JAMILA WOODS - HAVE A GOOD TIME

WHO PUT YOU ON: SWANK PR

RYAN ALEXANDER - SUPER BAE

WHO PUT YOU ON: N/A

WEMMY MO - HOLY VIBES II

WHO PUT YOU ON: CODY MACK

LIL NAS X - OLD TOWN ROAD

WHO PUT YOU ON: HOT ROD

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WHATS THE BUZZ? HAPPYBIRTHDAYCALVIN releases No Friends Video

The young goat in the making happybirthdaycalvin (HBC) released the visual for his single titled No Friends. The 17 year old Chicago kid, is ready to make noise. In 2019 along he has dropped 2 fire EPs. HBC is signed to LA Reid’s new label Hitco and At The Studio Records. With that type of machine behind him, expect nothing but great things from this kid. Oh did I  mention he made our 2019 Chicago Artists Watchlist, press play to hear why.

Music Legend LA REID Is Locked in with Chicago’s New Record Label

After leaving Epic Records, L.A. Reid has been hard at work establishing his newest endeavor, Hitco Entertainment. The independent label, founded alongside entrepreneur Charles Goldstuck.  

This week in Chicago a major announcement was made. An announcement that might change the dynamics of the Chicago music industry. Tuesday music legend LA REID came into town to meet with the key music influencers (Radio, DJs & Blogs), he played them music from artists signed to his new label. The Hitco roster includes artists such as Yella Beezy, Big Boi, Saint Jhn, Light skinned Keisha, etc. The real attention was on his announcement  that he has a joint venture with a Chicago Record Label by the name of At The Studio Records (ATS) 

 ATS is a well known exclusive recording studio, that artists such as Gherbo, Chance The Rapper, Gunna, Zmoney, and many others record here. ATS is ran by Chicago native LPeezy. LPEEZY A producer who’s been on the scene for a while. He is the former producer to MMG Artist Rockie Fresh. I had the pleasure of sitting down with LPeezy to get the scoop on this new joint venture with LA REID.

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CM: How did you and L.A. Reid come together?

LPEEZY: I was in LA for meetings. I met with a few other labels and I don’t think they were quite grasping the vision for At The Studio.

A friend, John Monopoly, set up a meeting with Hitco. It was my last meeting of the day, and we first met with Jaha Johnson (Senior VP, AR at Hitco). We played him music from our artists - starting with Bjrnck, and then Logan and Happy Birthday Calvin.

LA was in his office and popped in after over hearing some of the music in Jaha’s office. He was excited! Then sat down listened to more music and right away, he gravitated to it. He asked about what I was looking for and it was clear he understood the vision. He told me not to leave the room and that he wanted to get the deal done right then and there.

He ultimately flew our entire team out - all 14 of us - from Chicago. I could tell everyone from their team didn’t know what to expect but we went to the studio, the energy we had was amazing as we played them the music and we got to know each other. LA was excited! Everyone vibed right away, we all went out to dinner, and our lawyers were in touch from there.


What’s The goal?

LPEEZY: I want ATS  brand to be synonymous with great business, quality music, relevance and consistency.

We want to be home to a diverse roster of influential artists - taking them from emerging up-and-comers to multi-platinum, award-winning superstars.

What does this mean for Chicago? 

LPEEZY: For Chicago this is big ATS is an independent creative label. i plan on helping to create better chicago music,business,culture so that artist will want to stay in chicago. we’ve never had it like that. Im excited to be in position.

The ATS Roster

HAPPYBIRTHDAYCALVIN 

BJRNCK

 LOGAN

 NIKE BOI

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 MVP NASA

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 More from ATS

Why Serena Williams is the G.O.A.T

When I say goat I don’t mean animal I mean as in greatest of all time. When you think of G.O.A.T you instantly think of likes of Michael Jordan, Muhammed Ali but does the name Serena Williams come to mind. For Woman’s History Month I want bring attention on something than needs to be said. Serena Williams might be the greatest athlete of all time. Hey guys it’s UncleJaymars and I’m gonna tell you why Serena Williams is the G.O.A.T.


When it comes to women’s sports it sometimes doesn’t get the respect it deserves. It’s often the butt of jokes and clowned badly. But one sport where I think people love the women’s more than men’s is tennis why; Serena Williams. For years she has dominated the women’s division and even her own sister Venus. Whenever Serena loses it’s a big deal and is the headline of the day on every sports show. Serena Jameka Williams deserves to be in the same same breath as Michael Jordan. There is no one on Serena’s level.

Let’s look at the facts, Serena was ranked #1 in the world for a accumulative of 319 weeks which ranks third in woman’s tennis. She 806-138 which is a 85.38 win percentage. She is a 23x Grand Slam Winner for singles competition. For doubles her record is 187-33 which most wins came with her sister. She has 14 Grand Slam titles for doubles. A four time gold medalists and hold the most Grand Slam titles among active players. So with all that said next time you think about G.O.A.T’s, the first person that should come to mind is Serena Williams.

312 Day: Celebrating Chicago

On March 12, other wise known as 312 day, Chicago gathered to celebrate the city’s greatness. The event was hosted in the River North neighborhood at Revel Fulton Market. The night was highly engaging and included appearances from Lupe Fiasco, Lil Rel, Don C, Vic Mensa, and more.

The event was hosted by WGCI’s Kendra G and sponsored by AT&T. Foods that are associated with the ‘Windy City’ were given away for free. Dishes included Harold’s Chicken, Chicago style hot dogs, pizza, and tacos.

In order to be admitted guests had to be 21 or over and received three tickets for free alcohol. There were also lots of ways to interact during the event. Guests were asked to use #ItsA312Thing and to tag WGCI for a chance to be featured on their IG story.

There was a 360 degree photo booth, chances to win prizes, and even the pay phone made a cameo thanks to AT&T.

Total attendance for the event was estimated to be about 1200. This was a free event and was only promoted about 5 days before the date.

Check out some pictures from my experience at 312 Day below.

DEF JAM "UNDISPUTED" DOCUSERIES VIEWING/ALBUM RELEASE PARTY IN CHICAGO

Historic hiphop record label Def Jam, celebrated the release of Undisputed—a compilation album that highlights its newest signees in Chicago. The event was held at the new black owned restaurant Drink Haus and sponsored by Courvoisier. One of Chicago Goal Keepers Dough Frm Da Go curator the vibes and brought some of the Chicago’s top influencers out to celebrate.

Undisputed is The fifteen-track album includes original tracks from developing artists like Ashton Travis, Landstrip Chip, Nimic Revenue, Lil Brook, YK OsirisFetty Luciano, Bernard Jabs, and more. Rich The Kid, Tyga, and YG also make contributions.

 “During the course of the past year […] we have worked diligently to define the label we strive to become,” Def Jam CEO Paul Rosenberg said. “One of the most important aspects of our efforts has centered around building a new roster. Together with these incredible new artists we have developed urgent, cutting-edge and truly great new music and content.”

 Undisputed‘s release includes the roll-out of Def Jam’s eight-part documentary series of the same name, being presented through WorldStarHipHop. The doc follows the seventeen artists through the label’s weeklong “Rap Camp.”

You can stream Undisputed on Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal.

Meek Mill: Motivation Tour Chicago

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Meek Mill brung the heat to Chicago at his Motivation Tour Friday evening (3/8/19), at the Aragon Theater. The night was definitely full of surprises. Brooklyns very on Meli started the show off right by hitting the stage. Meli brung out Chicagos very own 600 breezy. And that was just a warm up. 

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Shortly after Kash doll had the ladies going wild. From her very remarking stage appearance to Bringing out special guest Ari who created the “Ice me out” remix

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and Drezzy performing their song “Chanel slide”.



That’s not it , Meek hit the stage and the whole room lit up. Meek mentioned that Chicago had the best crowd thus far on his tour. And he wasn’t lying, the energy was definitely out of the roof.


“Chicago was crazyyyyyyyy they took the crown for best crowd”.

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Meeks biggest surprise of the night was when he brought out Fabulous and Jacquees  the stage. Everyone was in shock.

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Chicagos’ very own Lil Durk was also apart of the motivation tour but unfortunately couldn’t hit the stage due to legal issues so meek played a special tribute to him and had the crowd going crazy as if durk was there.

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The motivation tour was lit lit . Chicago loves you meek.

Chimeka Releases Her Music Video at Pizza and a Movie 2

Amazing Bar spitter Chimeka and her Dont Do Coke Crew hosted their 2nd Pizza and a Movie event in Chicago.  The event featured some artwork and films from some amazing artists. Chimeka created amazing art using pizza boxes as her canvas. A film  by Lord Vincent Redstar really touched the crowd, the young Muay Thai Fighter as he explained is journey to Thailand to train. How he had to take showers using buckets of waters. The kid even sold his Piano to afford the plane ticket to Thailand. The piano is relevant, because Vincent self taught himself how to play the piano and read music. Playing the Piano kept Vincent  calm and from “punches holes in walls” he said.

The event concluded with the world premiere of Chimeka’s music “Above PAR” directed by the talented Lake Shore High. Chimeka is never short on the bars, and by teaming up with one of the hottest female cinematographers in the city was a great recipe for an amazing visual

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