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Dough From Da Go's "Mineral Water" Will Change Chicago Hiphop Culture

Understanding the landscape is a step that young musicians tend to skip over. The rush for fame and fortune, without understanding what they are getting themselves into. That’s why is very important for hip hop culture to have liaisons to help guide artists, help build infrastructure. In Chicago that’s where Dough From Da Go comes in.

 Dough From Da Go is a Hiphop  industry mover and shaker. Dough is credited with starting the infamous Stack Or Starve Movement, Stack Or Starve mixtapes, DVD & Stack Or Starve Dj crew who are partially responsible for breaking many of Chicago's artist on the drill music scene.

 As a tastemaker he has assisted labels such as Def Jam Recordings in Lifestyle Marketing & Promotions in the Chicago market. He has lead the push in mixshow & street team campaigns for some of the biggest recording artists in the world that include: Jeezy, YG, Jadakiss, Big Sean, Pusha T, Jhene Aiko, August Alsina , Jeremih & many more!

Sitting down with Dough, He explained the importance of rolling out an project properly. He understands that Chicago lacks a certain infrastructure, and that artists are naive to how the music business works. His current goals are to pass down the knowledge he has obtained in the music industry to local artists.

His much anticipated self Executive Produced album release "Mineral Water The Album" which will include some of the most promising artists, producers & musicians from his hometown of Chicago. We be the first of many initiatives to help push the Chicago culture forward. The them for the project series is “Chicago Stand Up”. 

Through mineral Dough plans to give Chicago artists, producers and creatives a detailed look on how to effectively produce and rollout an industry project.  This major for the city because with a lot the talent we have brewing in the city, it’s important that we keep our artist home. Artists usually leave and go to other markets to obtain this knowledge, but through the efforts of individuals like Dough we can build an industry here.

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SABA Talks Rapping Against Mick Jenkins, Chance The Rapper, and New Chicago Wave

SABA Talks Rapping Against Mick Jenkins, Chance The Rapper, and New Chicago Wave

The city of Chicago is most known for its south-side rappers, but as a native of the city I would say don’t sleep on the City’s westside. One artist in particular is Saba. Many people may know Saba from the feature he did with Chance The Rapper on the “Angels” track, 

Phor Talks Choosing Music Over Tattoos, 2nd Chi-Town Remix With Shagg Nice

Shaggy Nice Chops it up with Phor about the Ch-Town Remix and his debut album "Butterfly" available now on Tidal, Itunes, and AppleMusic. During the interview, Phor explains to Shagg how music is his first love, and how he moved to New York City to pursue his career for two years before coming back to join Ryan Henry and the 9 Mag family as a premium tattoo artist. 

His single "Chi-Town" has been getting a crazy buzz on the midwest airwaves, the people loved it so much that the rapper was forced to make a remix. The remix includes Chicago heavy hitters such lil Durk, Bump J, and Twista. He stated that he had received over 11 verses from Chicago's top artist, the list includes Shawna a hip-hop legend from the City. Phor hinted at a possible remix to the remix which may be an all-female joint. We don't know for sure but be on the lookout for more exclusives from Phor.....ONE CHICAGO!!!!

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Backwood Jones (YP) Talks Industry Plants, Drill Music, Working with NO I.D. and More!

Backwood Jones (YP) Talks Industry Plants, Drill Music, Working with NO I.D. and More!

Fresh off the release of his new EP 'Blind Alley" we were able to catch up with rising Hip Hop talent YP aka Backwood Jones for an exclusive interview. YP is an interesting talent and a great person. He has a lot of experience, and during a period of time which I believe is a musical/art renaissance movement in Chicago.

Lifetime's Johanna Leia "Sexy & Single Mom"

Last night was everything! Thank you @johannaleia @_masterm1nd #bringingupballers @lifetimetv

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Chicago is turning up the heat!

Lifetime unveiled it's newest reality show Bringing Up Ballers on March 1 and one of the newest cast members is ready to make her dreams and ambition a reality for her and her son.

Johanna Leia, is mom to Amari, one of the nations top elite players in basketball that will be featured on the show. The vivacious former model and entrepreneur joins four other women, Nikki Burnett, Peytyn Wilbourne, Heather Williams and Tiffany Lynn as they navigate the cut-throat world of high school basketball along with managing everyday life as career women.

The latest chapter in the Networks reality series "follows these feisty moms who will stop at nothing to ensure that their businesses are successful and their boys are on track to make it to the NBA," Lifetime said in a statement.

Although the entrepreneur didn't have any preconceived notions as far as what to expect, she made sure to use her background in modeling as a way of discipline in somewhat volatile situations.

"I modeled for fifteen years and that background has made me really comfortable in my own skin," Leia said.

Leia credits her hard work and discipline that was passed down to her son Amari who is passionate and driven about his craft. "I don't have to do much of anything, he's pretty driven, every once in a while I get on him about school work but other than that he's great," Said Leia.

You can Johanna Leia "single and sexy" on Bringing Up Ballers" Wednesdays on Lifetime.

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A Sit Down with The People’s Champ: DJ Milticket

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Known as the People’s champ, My Mixtapes Icon DJ MilTicket has already had his first imprint in the Chicago music culture. Along with being G-Herbo’s number one DJ, DJ MilTicket has proven to resonate with the people in the communities that listen and appreciate him the most in his hometown Chicago, Il.

Within his growth as a DJ, MilTicket was able to still stick loyal to his streets when it came to “playing the records that the people wanna hear.” Gaining the respect from others in his field was seen as nothing unexpected as he continued to travel and spin in different cities across the nation.

 “I’m doing something that’s never been done before.”

-DJ MilTicket

His current new interest in producing gives What’s The Word TV an exclusive of what his newest projects might feature. We heard a sample of his producing skills in a song he worked on with Rico Reckless called, No Talking. 

As for now his word to the wise was to be on the look out for the up coming new talent emerging form the city of Chicago including upcoming artist Queen Key.