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Harmonious Dynasty LIVE @ Biggest Mouth

 
Columbia's Biggest Mouth competition took place this past Thursday at the Metro and showcased the school's finest talent.  I've been scouting all of these amazing acts at the Big Mouth open mic series which culminates at this grand event.  The venue was flooded with fans as each act battled for the $5K grand prize and bragging rights.  This year's lineup included Pearls and Bones, Roots Rockers, Overnight Fire, Lili K., Velvette, Harmonious Dynasty, Beasty Eyes, Hatie Parmeter, They Face Reaction, Aby and Tessa Gutierrez, Carbon Tigers, Jennifer Oakley, and Katz Company.  I was blown away by the stage presence that each of these performing acts displayed on that special night.  The Carbon Tigers took home the gold in impressive fashion winning both the people's choice as well as the judge's decision. 

On behalf of Miller Street Studios, however, I would like to acknowledge Harmonious Dynasty who I felt was equally deserving of winning the competition.  The group consists of Isaiah Jones (lead singer), Moses Hall (keys), Chris Singleton (drums), Nate Mcghee (strings), and Erik Hunter (bass).  Utilizing a creative video to open up their set, HD came out of the gates strong as they performed their smash hit "Rodeo".  I'm a huge fan of live music, and I felt that this crew displayed that they belong amongst Columbia's elite talent.  The video up above showcases HD's full performance so check it out for yourself.  Lastly, I have to give a big shout out to The Student Programming Board for their efforts in producing this event.  Follow HD @HarmoniousD2 to get exclusive updates and info about their upcoming shows!

Mikkey Halsted's The Ultimate MC Battle LIVE @ Reggie's

 
Mikkey Halsted's The Ultimate MC Battle went down this past Thursday at Reggie's! Every contestant had their own style of flow that kept the crowd beggin' for more. During the competition each MC had to spit over 2-3 industry tracks and the crowd determined who would advance to the next round. Thank God Mikkey had that sound meter, or else there would have been a brawl. After the 16-24 MC's competed the final three that advanced to the semi-finals were: Mr. Wright, Sam I Am, and CoJack. Each finalist was given the same industry beat to spit over. The two best friends, Sam I Am and Mr. Wright, battled it out to WuTang's "C.R.E.A.M." Sam I Am ended up taking the win with a Wu-tang diss that was nasty! The final battle was between Sam I Am and CoJack. Both MC's had to spit over Kanye's "Can't Tell Me Nothing", but in the end the crowd chose CoJack with a score of 118 (out of 120).
 
CoJack won $100 cash, a battle reel of his footage (Courtesy of Chuck Diesel), 2 hours of studio time (Courtesy of Soundscape), 3 blog post entries (Courtesy of What's In My Head Phones, YNotMyDream and more) and 1 free demo track from one of the the previous Producer Battle Contestants. Big ups to Mikkey and the 4Management team for giving our local MC's a chance to get heard and have something to compete for. For more information about up and coming battles, follow Mikkey @mikkeyhalsted, MikkeyHalsted.com and on Facebook. Ang13, Chicago's legendary female MC, also made a surprise performance. Make sure to check out the recap above and photos after the jump.
 

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Boom Goes The Globe 'Elevate Me' video trailer

 
A lot has happened since Boom Goes the Globe was last featured on GWHH.
 
This electronic-rock powerhouse has been gaining momentum in the Chicago and national club circuit, and has just released a video trailer for their upcoming single, "Elevate Me [The Astronauts Report It Feels Good]."  This track will mark the first release from their forthcoming EP, Space Junk [Release TBA]. This trailer embodies what we've come to expect from this mysterious group: an otherworldly, dance-fueled onslaught. BGTG certainly continues to raise eyebrows, including ours.
 
Be sure to check out their face-melting mixtapes and mark your calendars for their upcoming shows (we dare you not to dance):
 
- The Other Place Night Club Greenville, NC April 30th, 2011
- Manifest Chicago, IL The NextUp Stage in the Nexus Lot (4:10PM - 4:30PM) Balbo & Wabash May 13th, 2011
- PMR Presents: Feed Your Monster Nashville 12th and Porter Nashville, TN May 20th, 2011
 
BOOM IS A LIFESTYLE!

Yelawolf Interview with Gowhere Hip Hop


Last night, I was on hand at Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago to witness Yelawolf...well rock the joint. Literally, that was probably the livest show I've witnessed at Reggie's since maybe The Cool Kids last year. During one part of Yelawolf's set, a fan threw a Derrick Rose jersey on stage and Yelawolf changed into the all-star garb amidst chants of MVP! Extremely dope moment. More great moments? How about a surprise guest appearance from acclaimed drummer Travis Barker rocking out with his homie Yelawolf.
 
I spoke with Yelawolf briefly backstage before his set and also with Travis Barker, who was conversing and practicing his drum set off his foot. All at once, straight zoning out. After that, we small talked for a quick minute, then I asked him, "You really love those drums don't you?" We all can gather what his response was after that. I bounced thereafter to enjoy the show.
 
I usually like conversing with the artists beforehand to help build a good repoire. Also because, more often than not, that discourse cements the impending interview later- which in my case was indeed a groove!!
 
After the show, I sat down with a very candid Yelawolf as he talked about SXSW, the critics, his new upcoming album 'Radioactive', the Warped tour, and his thoughts on receiving advice from his boss Marshall Mathers. Don't forget to peep the dope concert footage with surprise guest Travis Barker in the video also (more footage on the way shortly). Lastly shouts to Gowhere, Zack at YM!, and I'm Flashy for the collab love on this Yela show! Chicago Lock in!

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Wiz Khalifa 'Rolling Papers' Chicago Album Listening Session

 
Last night Wiz Khalifa came out to CRC Studios to blow kush with the Chi, and listen to his debut album Rolling Papers dropping next week, March 29th. Above Wiz says a few words before hitting play, and rolling up next to Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids. Other Chicago artists in attendance were Willie Taylor, GLC, and Nikki Lynette. Tibs and I had a lot of fun choppin it up with everyone, and most importantly the album sounds dynamic. I think Wiz has a bright career ahead of him, and can expect the album to do well come March 29th. Cheers Taylor Gang!
 
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Wiz Khalifa x Maks G

Dipset Reunion Concert + Interview in Chicago

 
Dipset Dipset Dipset! In case you missed The Diplomats Chicago reunion concert we sponsored, Gowhere has got you covered with some raw footage I took of the set along with a few interviews by Jen DeLeon. It was dynamic to see all of them on stage performing the classics, and new joints as well -- I especially enjoyed the tomfoolery throughout both on stage and backstage. Classic Dipset, good to have em back.
 

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Bilal 'Think It Over' LIVE @ The Shrine

 
Bilal performed live at The Shrine on March 5th, bringing his own personal band, Soulquarians, to add a perfect touch to this memorable performance.

The Shrine was packed with neo-soul and music lovers alike to see Bilal perform and he never failed to give a high-energy, crowd-moving performance. This was my first time seeing him live and I must say he puts on a fantastic show.

One of the songs that really stuck with me was "Think It Over" from his latest album Airtight's Revenge, and Cam Be caught every moment of it for you to see, along with a snippet from my interview with him after the show.

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Bilal LIVE @ The Shrine

 


The Legendary: A Film About The Roots

 
During the latter part of 2010, Jeff Baraka and I had the opportunity to cover a number of concerts on the Hennessy Artistry Tour with The Legendary Roots Crew. I have always been a huge fan of the music created by the best band to ever grace the hip hop genre. In this film, I wanted to not only highlight the versatility of a group that has played with most everyone in the industry, but also capture candid moments of real human beings just trying to share the gifts they have been given to the best of their abilities.
 
In addition to the Hennessy Tour, we got an chance to sit down with drummer ?uestlove at the House of Blues in Chicago as The Roots gave the audience a glimpse of why they are considered by many the hardest working band in show biz. All and all, The Roots have proven time again that they are indeed Legendary.
 
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Linkin Park LIVE in Chicago 01.26 [Review]

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Linkin Park at the United Center, Chicago

 
For over 10 years now, I have been listening to one, and only one, rock band consistently: Linkin Park. For those who don't know, Maks G and I are longtime friends and he was the one that introduced me to LP at the very beginning. So naturally, when we got wave of the group's A Thousand Suns tour stopping at the United Center in Chicago, we had to go. Neither of us have seen Linkin Park live before and after rave reviews from critics (2010 Winner of 'Best Live Act' at the EMAs) and friends alike, we both agreed that this is something we should mark off the checklist, and what better time than now. As an added bonus, Maks' spot is walking distance to the UC, even on a brutally cold winter night last Wednesday. It was one swift and spontaneous decision that we weren't at all questioning once we settled in after that walk for what turned out to be an ultra-energetic performance and a memorable concert experience that exceeded the high praise we had seen only as mere words just hours before. 
 
Quite frankly, I didn't know what to expect exactly. After all, the amount of rock concerts I had been to previously is equal to the amount of Super Bowl rings Packers star cornerback Charles Woodson currently has: none. (After tonight though, I think the correct number for both of those will be one. As much as the Bears fan in me is rooting against it, I think Woodson, Aaron Rodgers, & Co. will hoist the Lombardi Trophy tonight. I also think Christina Aguilera will hold the word 'brave' for over 6 seconds, a Steeler will do the Aaron Rodgers 'belt' celebration, the Gatorade dumped on the winning coach will be yellow, and the MVP will thank God first. Prop bets FTW!).

The lights first dimmed to the point where you couldn't make out the championship banners of the Bulls and Blackhawks above. The only source of light came from the flashes of the screaming fans waiting in anticipation for one more cue that the band was in fact coming out. That cue came in the form of a GWHH-consensus pick for the 'Album Intro All-Star Team': "The Requiem". This chilling intro track would clearly start on our Album Intro All-Star Team (see what I did there?) as it is a simple, yet epic mood setter that begins the Thousand Suns album. From our close, side view vantage point, we had a glimpse of LP frontman Chester Bennington jumping up and down and getting absolutely hyped before hitting the stage at the intro's culmination. I am always curious about pre-show and pre-game routines, so Chester's will be quite the lasting image anytime I press play on A Thousand Suns. Instead of vaulting into the first song of the album "Burning In The Skies", the group rightfully opted to perform a more high-octane energy record to kick things off: Meteora's "Faint". They followed that with "Lying From You" from the same album (my favorite of theirs, for the record) and the show was off to a seamless and perfect start.

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Linkin Park at the United Center, Chicago

What first hit us about their live show was Chester's clarity in his mix of both singing and screaming - not only for the first two songs, but throughout the entire concert. I am still scratching my head today about how Chester's voice can sustain such loud screams throughout just one show, let alone the whole tour. He delivered all of his lyrics at near-studio quality, as he had a live sound and touch that made it all feel authentic. The same can be said for Linkin Park's other main vocalist: Mike Shinoda, who cranked out some melodies in addition to the rap that we first think of him for. No lip-synching and no skipping words here, and that made the live experience that much more enjoyable.

With the show fully underway now, Linkin Park ripped through many of the classics you would expect plus the perfect amount of new jams from A Thousand Suns that fans of the group who have seen them before were seeing for the first time. In addition, the stage was set up with a V-shape, leading Mike and Chester to walk up and down both sides and show love to the entire UC crowd and not just the rabid fans who were even starting mosh pits in the floor seats. And oh yes, there were plenty of crowd surfers who made their way to the stage, receiving dap from Chester that made it all worth it. Props to Chester for recognizing every one.

Onto my favorite stretch of the concert. It began with my favorite LP song "In The End", which doubled as the best performance of the night due to the goosebump-inducing crowd participation. After all, "In The End" is on the short list for Linkin Park's most well-known song, and the last verse naturally appeals for the crowd to sing along. Mike and Chester egged us along by holding the mics to the crowd and it translated powerfully in the official live recording you can download below (and you can download the whole concert at linkinpark.com). That experience alone was well worth the price of admission, but this energy was then bolstered, believe it or not, by an intense performance of "Bleed It Out" that followed. Truthfully, I was never really high on this song, but to see the energy that Chester put into this one - nearly stage diving, but settling for singing a duet with a random fan - made me a fan of the song. 

LIVE From Chicago 01.26.11 *TIBS FAV.™
 
This, however, means that my pre-show prediction of "In The End" being the concert's last song was wrong. I was left wondering what would be the Mariano Rivera of the Thousand Suns Tour: Chicago and it was none other than the band's first hit: "One Step Closer". Excellent choice. The crowd's energy matched the peak set by the two songs in the previous paragraph for a memorable farewell to the one-and-a-half hour set. We were also treated to excellent performances of slower songs like "Iridescent" and "Shadow Of The Day" in addition to favorites like "Numb", "What I've Done", and "New Divide" amongst others. But to my disappointment: no performance at all of "Somewhere I Belong" - one of my (and many others) favorite singles of the group. I would expect that one performed on other stops of the tour for what I assume is a sometimes-changing setlist. Flat out though, Linkin Park put on one helluva show and not only lived up to the hype, but exceeded it. Could my first rock concert have gone any better?

Be sure to check out Linkin Park on their remaining stops on the A Thousand Suns Tour, more photos from the Chicago stop below, and LP similarly rockin' the stage on SNL just last night below as well. Enjoy!
 
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Linkin Park "When They Come For Me" LIVE on SNL
 
Linkin Park "Waiting For The End" LIVE on SNL
 

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Big Daddy Kane Interview with Gowhere Hip Hop

 
Friday was an adrenaline rush...WHY!?! One of the greatest of the golden age of rap blessed GWHH, Cam Be, and Tina P with his time. Bear witness as Big Daddy Kane gives us his thoughts on what it's like to be a living legend, the state of hip hop, and his upcoming live album, The Last Supper. His answers were surprising; what else to expect from BDK!?!
 
On the state of hip hop:
"When you got to break hip hop off in different categories, then yeah, there's a possibility that it may be dead. But you know, rap music is still alive and the youth - they still embrace it and it's become a lucrative business. From that aspect, I think it's a beautiful thing."

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Big Daddy Kane LIVE @ Vibe: Chicago
for Maze Jackson's 40th Birthday Party + 15th Anniversary

Hashbrown 'Toes' (Live in Studio)


Hashbrown, the one man band, also known as Ben Butter, former MC of the hip-hop/acid jazz band Vertikal, has turned his attention from the art of emceeing into the world of what he likes to call "folk-soul."
 
In this clip we find Hashbrown performing his song "Toes." You can also find him performing tonight at the Abbey Pub in Chicago, IL. The video is A Camovement, by myself Cam Be and Jamaar J.
 

2010 Chicago Music Awards

 
The 2010 Chicago Music Award's 30th Anniversary, held at Excalibur night club, was a success as several industry professionals got recognized for their talents and hard work in 2010. There were 193 artists/groups that were nominated for over 45 categories! Some of those categories included: Best New Entertainer, Record Producer of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year just to name a few. Ephraim Martin, CMA President, is also the founder of three other award ceremonies including: The International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), The International Festival of Life(IFOL) and The Caribbean Festival/Jamaica Independence Celebration(CAF/JIC).
 
Janet Hubert, Bill FitzGerald, and Leanne Faine received the CMA Lifetime Achievement award. Maurice White, Joe Shanahan, and Benjamin "Funksman" Osafo won the CMA Award of Honor. Some of the other winners included: Kanye West: Record Producer of the Year, G.O.O.D. Music: Record Label of the Year, Jennifer Hudson: Pop and R&B Entertainer of the Year, Demi Lobo: Best Female Vocalist, Jeremih: Best Male Vocalist, Hot 2 Def, Dat Boy Up and Down: Best Hip Hop/Rap Album, Guero Loco: Best Reggeton Entertainer. To view a full list of the CMA Winner's they are listed here.
 
Be sure and check out the video for some performances, interviews, and photos. S/O to Da NetWorkaz for doing the video coverage! You can find out more about the awards at the Chicago Music Awards website.
 

Boom Goes The Globe LIVE @ Double Door

 
Boom Goes The Globe is an electronic dance-rock experience.
 
Music born from the outer rim of DJ tradition, BGTG shakes the boundaries of the prototypical, arranging new spheres in dance-wave space. Ryan Loftsgaarden [DJ/Synths/ Aux.] and Dan Hill [Drums/Electronics] of Chicago's bass-rock outfit, Army of Monsters, form the shape of the group--unleashing an unmerciful assault of groove that can keep even the most mild feet moving. From the abstract to the modernistic, the DJ/Live Percussion group draws influences from the likes of Deadmau5, Fedde le Grand, Tiesto and Dr. Luke to create a hammering blend of rock and dance, electrifying on the surface and undeniable at the core.
 
BGTG's first mixtape, appropriately titled Boom is a Lifestyle, introduces the first of a series of four that will be released in the coming winter months. Boom is a Lifestyle provides the framework of BGTG's sound, which smartly layers modern hooks with electronic cataclysm, retaining pounding movement, and refreshing subtlety from beginning to end. However, the group's essence lies within their live performances, creating an experience unique to that of the traditional DJ circuit.
 
There are no boundaries, only the universal model of dance.

 

Amel Larrieux Sets The Shrine On FIRE!!


Hey World! I'm Andrea Oppan the newest edition to the Gowhere Hip Hop team. I got a chance to talk to Amel Larrieux after her explosive performance Friday (Jan 7th) at The ShrineWe talked about her life as an independent artist, her love for Chicago, and performing at the Shrine. She also let me in on a little secret... she is working on a new Groove Theory album with her old band mate Bryce Wilson!
 
For those of you that don't know, Groove Theory was an R&B/hip hop group from the late 90's that spun off chart topping jams like "Tell Me" and "It's Alright"Amel parted ways with the group back in 1999 to start her own solo project which has proved to be a great success spawning radio hits like "For Real" (Which is also one of my personal favorites). It's exciting to hear that they will join forces again for another album after 12 years!!
 
This interview was one of my favorites because Amel Larrieux is so real and down to earth. Cam Be put a creative spin on this one infusing her performance with the interview check it out!! Amel is working on her fourth album Ice Cream Every Daywhich will be released sometime this Spring.

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Black Milk - The Man, The Music, The City

 
Black Milk's Album Of The Year was a bold statement, bold literally and musically. His sonic sound and genuine lyrics have resonated with me since I first heard his latest project. While Black Milk was recently in Chicago Jeff Baraka and I had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Black Milk as a part of Okayplayer TV about his music, the influence of his hometown, Detroit, and the legendary J Dilla. A Camovement By Cam Be

Mishon LIVE @ The Victor Hotel

 
Mishon performed "Diamond" live at the Victor Hotel for Celeb Night Open Mic last Monday night. He had all the girls going crazy. This song is a classic story about a guy trying to find the right girl. Not just any girl, that one that shines when she walks into the room. Mishon is a very talented singer, dancer, actor, and even plays the guitar and keyboard. You might know him from the ABC Family drama, "Lincoln Heights." You can Follow Mishon on Twitter @Mishon, Facebook, or at www.mishon.net.
 
Make sure to stop at the Victor Hotel tonight for The Rel's (Terrell Taylor and Lil Rel) birthday celebration. Free Ciroc drinks 8-9pm. (Hit the jump for the flyer).
 
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Red Bull Big Tune National Finals @ The Metro


What's up everyone! I just linked up with GWHH to start covering events, making videos, and writing features so be sure to check me out! I recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago in the summer of 2010 with a B.A. in Film & Video. Since acquiring this degree I've begun doing work as a freelance and contract photographer, videographer, and editor. One day I  hope to run my own production company in Chicago to further build with like minded people. Make sure to link up with me on my website! The videos above and below are some recent work I did at the Chicago Red Bull Big Tune 2010 Championship Finals.

18 up and coming producers from around the country came to Chicago's Metro with the goal of becoming the 2010 Red Bull Big Tune National Champion. Fresh beats, A-list producers (DJ Premier, Just Blaze), and enough Red Bull for a heart attack gave Chicago hip-hoppers a night to remember. I won't go into who my personal favorite was (Hitmakers), but the man of the hour was 14KT - beating Nospeakerz in the final. Exile and Araab Muzik also made an appearance doing a live MPC demo. Exile may have been my favorite performer of the night (sorry 14KT). DJ Premier and Just Blaze closed out the night spinning until 3 in the morning. Good thing there was Red Bull. If you ever get a chance next year to catch the Big Tune competition, catch it. I know I'll be there.
 

Dwele Interview & Performance @ The Shrine

 
Dwele has been a key figure in the Detroit music scene for over a decade. He recently visited The Shrine in Chicago for a performance and an interview with Gowhere Hip Hop. In this interview we find Dwele speaking on the influence of J Dilla, how he uses music to express himself, and the age of the self made artist. Dwele's new album W.ants W.orld W.omen is available now. The video was put together by myself, Cam Be and Bradley Murray. Interview done by Drea Oppan. In collaboration with The Goodie Bag.

PREVIOUSLY: Dwele on Gowhere Radio [Full Show]
 

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Aloe Blacc: Soul At It's Best

 
MC turned soul singer Aloe Blacc was recently here in Chicago for a spirited show at Schubas Tavern, in Lakeview. The California native has been receiving wonderful reviews for his latest music endeavor entitled Good Things. I linked up with Okayplayer TV and Jeff Baraka to cover the concert and interview him. Above you will find Aloe performing one of the many highlights of his new album the song "You Make Me Smile." Below is the interview segment with Jeff Baraka.
 

Lupe Fiasco Freestyle @ The Shrine

 
Lupe Fiasco "The Shrine Freestyle"
Zzaje, Rhymefest's band, provides the tunes
 
Last night at The Shrine, Lupe Fiasco, who came out in support of fellow MC Rhymefest's bid for Alderman of the 20th Ward In Chicago, gave an great performance in front of packed audience. At the end of his set Lupe blessed the crowd with a three minute plus impromptu freestyle. Check it out.

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Les Nubians LIVE in New York


Last month I had the opportunity to travel to New York with Jeff Baraka to capture video of some great artist live in concert. The Les Nubians were no exception. With the release of a new EP Nu Revolution, the Grammy nominated sisters Hélène & Célia Faussart of Paris, France delivered an amazing show at Le Poisson Rouge in New York.
 
In this clip, among other songs, the the duo collaborates with Ghana born MC Blitz the Ambassador, who is making alot of noise in his own right. Overall it was a wonderful evening I'm just glad I get to share a glimpse of it. Les Nubians plan to release the full-lenght Nu Revolution LP in early 2011.
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2pak LIVE @ JBar


 
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2pak 'Mixtape For A Mixtape' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Gowhere Hip Hop (Backup DL Link)
 
Hope you've been digesting the recent release of 2pak's 'Mixtape For A Mixtape', because they just stopped in at JBar to perform some of their hits for the people. In the video above the duo performs "Leave Me" and "Don't Shut Me Out", which were some of my favorites off the project. The diverse crowd gave them all a great response as 2pak produced high energy, and kept the atmosphere light with their music. To get to know more about the group check out our past radio interview below, and be sure to drop them a line with your thoughts on their page.

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GWHH Radio f/ 2pak
 

El DeBarge @ The Shrine [Recap]

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El DeBarge was the big draw this weekend in Chicago as he packed The Shrine this past Friday night. I couldn't have said it better than how The Shrine did below, which contains some fun anecdotes from the evening.
 
One of the original heartthrobs in R&B music is back in a major way. R&B singer/songwriter El DeBarge performed an intimate set of his greatest hits at The Shrine Chicago nightclub in Chicago's south loop entertainment district on Friday night. In front of a sold out crowd of fans, DeBarge romanticized the women with extended renditions of his classics "All This Love" and "I Like It" which were met with a sing-along from the audience. Songs from DeBarge's upcoming album Second Chance were performed. The new album hits stores on November 30. Originally scheduled to perform a 25-minutes, El told the crowd, "I have to give you a few more songs," and finished his set with a festive instrumentation and audience participation of "Rhythm of the Night."
 
Backstage, El was caught singing Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" and was met with an applause by the surrounding guests. After hearing opening act Angela Martin singing "Nasty" by Janet Jackson, he said, "I have never heard someone cover a Janet tune live. I have to meet her. She sounded good." Neo-soul songstress Cherisse Scott also opening for the show. DeBarge's was backed by the house bands Verzatile and Zzaje.
 
El's brother Chico DeBarge is scheduled to perform a New Year's Eve show at The Shrine on December 31. Go to theshrinechicago.com to buy tickets and receive announcements via e-mail.

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Sneaker Pimps Chicago 2010 Recap

Sneaker Pimps Chicago Q&A Recap

 
Sneaker Pimps 2010 has been making memorable trips around the states, and their stop in Chicago was no different. The event was a dope combination of Hip Hop performances, giveaways, and some of the most creative sneakers Chicago has ever seen. Supporting the Sneaker Pimps movement was a wide array of respected Chicagoans who came together to not only show some Chi Town unity, but to also enjoy the culture that they grew up on. GY312, Jen DeLeon, and I were on hand to ask them a question or two about their personal experiences on Hip Hop and sneaker culture in honor of the event. In the video above you can really see Chicago come together as we talk to Mic Terror, Skooda Chose, Mikkey Halsted, Rockie Fresh, Reno Chinati, Vic of Leaders 1354, FNF's JROC, Vocalo's Jesse Menendez, DJ Sean Mac, Hustle Simmons, and the host of the night Dave Jeff of PHLI! Each Chicagoan has something great to add about the culture, so be sure to check that out above. 

Down below I've got a few live performances from the legendary Raekwon who headlined this year's 2010 Chicago Sneaker Pimps, bringing the crowd some classics to match the classics on display! Find out what Raekwon had to say about the Sneaker Pimps movement during his GWHH interview with GY312 in case you missed it from before. Also last but not least check out Chicago's GLC perform some hits from his catalogue including "Pour Another Drink" featuring John Legend off his recently released album 'Love, Life, & Loyalty' below. #Chicago stand up!
 
Raekwon Live @ Sneaker Pimps Chicago

 
GLC Live @ Sneaker Pimps Chicago
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Ebony's 65th Anniversary Party (hosted by: Mary J. Blige) Recap

 
Here is some dope red carpet coverage from Le Passage in Chicago, which played host to Ebony's 65th Anniversary Party, hosted by the living legend Mary J. Blige (and produced by NuFace Entertainment)! Our newest correspondent Tina P was on the red carpet talking with a few of the artists and athletes that were in attendance, seen in the video above. We got some Ebony birthday shoutouts from our city's hip hop figures: GLC, Dave Jeff, and DJ Broadway Streets and some footage of MJB who was unfortunately only in picture mode. We also got a series of red carpet photos featuring the talent above, some Chicago Bears like our friend Lance Briggs, and the scene inside Le Passage where Dave Jeff & DJ BWS held things down for the people. Hit the vid above and the gallery below. Enjoy!

Lastly, we at GWHH would love to wish Ebony Magazine a very happy 65th birthday! Hit ebonyjet.com for everything Ebony and pick up that anniversary issue with Usher, Sam Jackson, Mary J. Blige, and more on the cover - on newsstands now!

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K'naan packs Park West in Chicago

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This past Friday I was able to photograph K'naan at the Park West in Chicago. This was my first experience seeing K'naan live as well as my first visit to the Park West venue. K'naan performed all his hits as well as the remixed version of "Wavin Flag" which was chosen as the anthem for the FIFA World Cup 2010.  After performing the remixed version he also performed the original version of "Wavin Flag" which was great for the encore. Check out the other photos from the show below and be on the lookout for official video from the concert by the end of the week.

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Big Sean 'Living Our Dreams (Memories)'

 
"One of the most important quotes I live by is, 'imagination is more important than knowledge.. Dreams are so important. Without dreams, you got nothing.'"

- Big Sean

Those powerful words from Big Sean kick off the 'Living Our Dreams (Memories)' documentary-style profile - a Gowhere Hip Hop x The Goodie Bag collaboration produced by our main man, Cam Be. The video builds upon following your dreams as Sean also discussed growing up in the midwest, having Kanye West as his mentor, and giving back to his fans. In fact, Big Sean was shaking hands and taking photos for nearly two hours after his headlining set at Reggie's here in Chicago, making sure to not forget any fan who stayed out into the wee hours of a Tuesday night. 

"Memories", one of the standout tracks from Big Sean's Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG, is the perfect backdrop for the very reflective Big Sean that you see in the interview. You are also treated to some vivid, multi-angle looks at the show itself, just in case you don't believe that Reggie's was rockin' that night (see: Mickey Factz and Co. on stage at the end). You undoubtedly have "Memories" stuck in your head after the video, so combat that by downloading the song individually below, and, while you're at it: the entire FFv3 mixtape.
 
Remember to check out our good friends at The Goodie Bag Blog (nice ring to it, eh?), as the interview was conducted by GB's Tim Perkins and GWHH's own GY312. Once again, big shouts to Cam Be - the mastermind behind the powerful culture changing work of art you gotta watch above. Enjoy!
 
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Big Sean "Memories"
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Mickey Factz LIVE @ Reggie's Rock Club: Chicago

 
PREVIOUSLY:
Mickey Factz 'I'm Better Than You' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: XXL (MORE INFO HERE)
 
Just this past Tuesday, Big Sean, Mickey Factz, and Free Sol continued their nationwide tour in Chicago at Reggie's Rock Club. Up first in our recap: Mickey Factz, who performed a mix of new cuts from the I'm Better Than You mixtape and some past favorites like the "Incredible RMX" f/ special guest Naledge who was in the house as well. The video kicks off with the infectious "We Young", where Factz was inspired to twirl the mic like a samurai swordsman and danced out to the Precize production. There are more moments of high energy when Factz also goes through the "Light Up Freestyle" and the beginning of "Paradise", also seen in the video compilation above. I enjoyed watching this again and again even though I was there so you should definitely give this video a look-see above! More footage from the show on the way by week's end.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Be sure to tune in TONIGHT to GWHH Radio at a special time of 7:30 CT on Vocalo.org 89.5 FM because our special guest in the studio is none other than... Mickey Factz! Lots of insightful chatter and a dope freestyle are to be expected. Stay tuned for the full preview post/weekly recap on the way this evening!
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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Reunite at the Congress

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This past Friday Bone Thugs-N-Harmony reunited at the Congress Theater for a GWHH-sponsored concert here in Chicago. It was great for this group to perform with a live band in front of a packed house and the photos turned out to be some of my more recent favorites. Seeing this group perfrom was personal to me because their music is what got me first listening to hop hop when I was in junior high. I also ran into local Chicago artist Nikki Lynette backstage, who talked with the group and now it looks like she will be collaborating with them! Overall, the Bone Thugs did not disappoint and the crowd loved hearing all of the group's classic hits. Several photos also taken by local jewelry designer, Julia Morel.

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Jeremih's 'All About You' Release Party @ The Shrine

 
Chicago's own Def Jam's R&B star, Jeremih celebrated the release of his new album All About You on the day of its release as a part of Sucka Free Tuesdays with DJ iLLa at The Shrine. Jeremih started off the night performing his hit single "iLike," and then performed the #1 hit "Birthday Sex." Unfortunately after the introduction of "Birthday Sex" there was a minor group that interrupted the celebration but DJ iLLa managed to keep them quiet and encouraged the crowd to keep the party going. Jeremih showed his love by taking photos with his fans and hanging out with Willie Taylor (of Day 26) Terrell Taylor, Tone and Shag of Power 92, John Blu, Avrey Smith, and Miracle.
 
Make sure to get your copy of All About You in stores now featuring "Down on Me" with 50 Cent and "iLike" featuring Ludacris. In case you missed it, check out his newest version of "iLike," with an exclusive 2nd verse performed on BET's 106 & Park last week and finally, hit the gallery below for photos from the release party.

 

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Bruno Mars + Fat Joe LIVE @ House of Blues: Chicago

 
Last week to the day, Bruno Mars & Fat Joe both graced the House of Blues stage here in Chicago for a special event put on by Blackberry. The combination seems unusual for a concert on paper, but our guy Monster was in the building and said the crowd was feelin' both artists throughout. Monster captured the above and below footage of their sets with Bruno Mars being seen from one of the HoB's overhead balconies and Fat Joe from the crowd.
 
The Bruno Mars compilation above features the new single "Grenade" (a song that I can't get enough of right now, produced by Brody Brown), an awesome mash-up of "Billie Jean", "Smells Like Teen Spirit", and "Seven Nation Army", the end of "Billionaire", and full performances of Bruno's solo "Nothin' On You" and of course "Just The Way You Are". Speaking of the latter, congrats go out to Bruno and Phil Lawrence as the hit single just hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100! This is especially satisfying for me because of my prediction of such events from my Fav. 5 recap of July (including a humorous line about the current #2 single... *Tibs goes up for the J... swish!*). Anyway, remember to support Bruno Mars' album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, available everywhere next week on October 5th!

Don't forget to check out Fat Joe's performance video below, which features the performances of his verse on "All I Do Is Win", "Lean Back", and "Make It Rain". Enjoy!
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The Roots & Erykah Badu 'Star/You Got Me' LIVE @ Hennessy Artistry


The energy in first stop of the Hennessy Artisty series was sonic. When you combine the likes of legendary artists The Roots, Erykah Badu, and Q-Tip you're bound create a memorable and defining moment. With The Roots serving as the house band for the entire line-up of acts, which also included Yahzarah, Curren$y, and Kid Sister, the stage was set for an epic night of music. Here we find The Roots performing their hit songs "Star" and "You Got Me".
 
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The Roots, Q-Tip, & Curren$y 'Let's Ride' LIVE @ Hennessy Artistry


Hello world, I am Cam Be, the newest member of the Gowhere Hip Hop family. You can find out more about me at my website camovement.com. My main duties on this website will be both videography and photography.
 
My first mission was the Hennessy Artistry Tour kick-off in Chicago. Headlined by The Roots and Q-Tip. The concert was full of surprises including a guest appearance by Erykah Badu and this collaboration with Curren$y for the Q-Tip classic "Let's Ride". The highlight of the night for me was when The Roots announced the special guest artist of the night, Erykah Badu, the crowd went crazy! After an already slamming show we were awarded with 40 more minutes of greatness.
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Pete Rock & CL Smooth LIVE @ The Shrine

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All photos by: Seth Kammueller
 
The other night, Pete Rock & CL Smooth made history at The Shrine in Chicago as the duo reunited for a performance for the first time in five years in the United States. Appropriately, the line outside was around the block and the crowd was shoulder to shoulder inside. The energy was kept high all night by DJ Sean Mac before Pete Rock & CL Smooth took the stage for their nearly hour-long set. Pete Rock primarily DJed front and center while CL Smooth played to the crowd on all sides as the duo performed many of their classics like "Straighten It Out", "One In A Million", and many more. Pete Rock also played a series of his classic productions in a 'who's who' session of sorts that was favorable with the crowd. And yes, Pete Rock did go from behind the turntables to the mic, joining CL Smooth on stage for a few songs including the end of their closing song, "T.R.O.Y." - the sure climax of the show and a moment I won't forget since their hit single is one of my all-time favs. After the show, we were confirmed to talk to Pete Rock & CL Smooth to talk about their big reunion on stage in the States, among other things, but everyone (including media) was hurriedly escorted out of the club. It would have made for the perfect icing on the cake to get Pete Rock & CL Smooth's thoughts on the historic night at The Shrine, but we still have some amazing stills from the evening in the gallery below, courtesy of GWHH's Seth Kammueller. Enjoy!
 

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House of Winehouse (Amy Winehouse Tribute Band) at Wells Street Fall Fest 2010 Chicago

 
House of Winehouse, an Amy Winehouse Tribute Band, performs at the Wells Street Fall Festival this weekend. They performed all of Amy's great hits including "Rehab," but also managed to sing Lauryn Hill's "That Thing" and Marvin Gaye's "I Heard it through the Grapevine." The band was voted The Reader's Best Tribute Band 2010. Dana DeLorenzo is one hell of an actress, she entertains the crowd in between sets with smart comments that only Amy Winehouse could get away with....but had the crowd laughing. Her band members are very talented and all make a great team. Ken Hunnemeder - Guitar/Backup vocals, Charlie Drews - Bass, Patrick Gunderson - Drums/Backup vocals, Jerry Mohlman - Trumpet, Ellis Seiberling - Trombone and Jay St. Germain - Bari Sax. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Amy Winehouse!
 
Follow the House of Winehouse on Twitter @HouseofWinehous, on Facebook, YouTube or on the House of Winehouse website.
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Nelly Furtado LIVE @ Ravinia Recap

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Nelly Furtado came through to the amazing Ravinia venue in suburban Chicago last week for what was said to be her first performance in the U.S. in quite some time. I was not sure what to expect, but was happy to attend and enjoy the show and atmosphere. After all, I have liked some of Furtado's biggest U.S. singles over the years; some have been guilty pleasure tracks at their peak ("Say It Right" and "Promiscuous" for purely inside joke reasons), and now to see her perform was an unexpected and kind of a surreal experience. She was backed by a full band and backup singers - one of which, Jamie Garcia, joined her for a vibrant duet. Her versatility was on hand as she cranked out some uptempo, jazzy, and yes, spanish hits in addition to some slower material. My favorite singular performance was when she brought out the guitar for "All Good Things Come To An End", off her most popular, international album, Loose. She also performed a couple of new tracks including the popular 2009 Spanish single, "Fuerte", and the leak from this past spring called "Free". It was a fun, and certainly different show than I'm used to; you can check out some pictures I snapped in the gallery below. Enjoy!

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Too $hort LIVE @ The Shrine

Oh, Gowhere Hip Hop also got some cool concert footage of Too $hort performing many of his hits. He rocked "Freaky Tales", "I'm A Player", "Life is...Too Short", and "Blow The Whistle" among other grooves. Shouts to DJ Sean Mac & Fathom for the crowd control. They kept The Shrine hype the entire night!

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Too $hort Interview w/ Gowhere Hip Hop

Too Short and Twista
Too $hort & Twista (more pics after the jump!)

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Nas & Damian Marley LIVE @ North Coast Music Festival

 
The events of September 5, 2010 will be a night to remember for hip hop fans in Chicago's Union Park for the last night of the North Coast Music Festival. Mere moments after Lupe Fiasco had the crowd singing along to "Superstar", Nas & Damian Marley took over the 'North' stage across Union Park for what I called at the time: a hip hop fan's dream - imagine that! After all, both Nas and Lupe have quite the backing in any 'G.O.A.T.' conversation, and here they were performing one after another, providing Chicagoans with almost 3 hours of good hip hop!

Nas & Damian Marley didn't let the crowd's energy dip for one moment during their set as they each performed tracks from their Distant Relatives album and many of their solo classics. I was in the media pit for the first few songs, where I caught the duo performing "Leaders" and Nas performing the classic I alluded to above, "If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)". Better yet, I moved so close in the pit that I was actually looking straight up at Nas. I thought about untying his shoes for a moment, you know, just cause, but ultimately decided that wouldn't be a smart move.
 
Almost immediately after, our GWHH correspondent GY312 and I got on stage and was able to take in the rest of the set from behind the artists and the band! Unfortunately, no recording was allowed but I was able to sneak in a few TwitPics when Nas & Damian Marley inspired the crowd to pull out their phones and lighters. I also got in a couple pics of the 'wind chimes guy' as I thought of him. He was right in front of us, but only noticeable from the crowd if you took a careful look into the background. He was flat out in the ZONE! His subtle instruments definitely added a nice touch to the performance that probably went unnoticed in the crowd. It makes me appreciate the subtleties even more. From the vantage point of the stage, we were able to see how the entire crowd reacted to all of the songs. The arm swaying, the jumping up and down, and the aforementioned phones and lighters provided mental memories and images I will never forget. As one last bonus, Lupe Fiasco was just a few paces to my right, as I'm sure people with a keen eye saw for themselves, and he was vibing out and enjoying the entire set! All in all, it was an amazing experience and an awesome set from top to bottom from Nas & Damian Marley, who interacted with the crowd well and brought an energy that reverberated to the seemingly endless amount of people in front of them. Get your glimpse above. Enjoy!
 
In case you missed our video coverage of Lupe's set, click here and here and peep some more of Seth Kammueller's photos of Nas & Damian Marley in the gallery after the jump. For the full slideshow of photos from our man Seth, click here.
 

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Lupe Fiasco 'Girls Freestyle' LIVE @ North Coast Music Festival

 
Watch one last piece of Lupe Fiasco bonus footage that we were able to capture from last night's North Coast Music Festival as above, Lupe performs a song that he has only been doin' at various live shows; it is supposedly called the "Girls Freestyle" over some Prodigy (YouTube it!).  You'll notice right away an uptempo, synth-heavy production that I was diggin' off the bat. It is hard to decipher word for word what Lupe's saying, but his intense delivery is a much-needed and welcome compliment to the production. I hope we see an mp3 of this soon as it the freestyle was a surprising and welcome addition to Lupe's set that acted as the perfect prelude to his quick verse on the "Everyone Nose RMX". The video is recorded rather guerilla style as I was in the midst trying not to step on people laying down (seriously) as I proceeded to move up into the crowd (media was only allowed in the pit for a limited time). When I am not moving, the visuals are definitely watchable, but more importantly, the audio came through pretty clearly throughout. Press play above and see/hear for yourself. Enjoy!
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Lupe Fiasco LIVE @ North Coast Music Festival

 
Lupe Fiasco closed out the Groupon stage at the North Coast Music Festival last night and above, Tibs and I were able to capture what we could of the diverse set. The performance marked the first time Lupe performed "Go To Sleep", which is just one of the few songs seen in the video above. We also got performances of "I'm Beamin", "Superstar", and an up close and personal look at "Hip Hop Saved My Life". It was an entertaining set that featured a mix of Lupe's well-known classics and new songs like "Scream" and "State Run Radio", predominantly set to the thumping, hard rock stylings of his band. They are an essential part of the equation which adds to the sinister vibe that I love, including Erik Hammer (guitarist), BAM (drummer), and DJ Simonsayz (wheels of steel). I can watch Lupe live forever...lol. He's probably one of the best performers, bringing crazy inner G to the set even when he's sick/losing his voice! It was a hustle to gather some of the footage you see above and big shoutout to the video screen, which provides some better visuals since we were sometimes behind a huge mass of people that came out to the last day of North Coast. Also after the jump, hit a gallery of some photos of Lupe from our guy Seth Kammueller, and you can also view MORE photos here. Enjoy!
 

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Nas & Damian Marley + Lupe Fiasco North Coast Music Festival photo recap

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This past weekend I attended the North Coast Music Festival and the festival was an amazing experience. I was able to get front and center for headlining artists Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Lupe Fiasco. It was an experience in itself to see Nas & Damian Marley on stage together, accompanied by DJ Green Lantern, who were a perfect fit to close out North Coast. 

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Anyone who has seen Lupe knows he brings an incredible energy to his performances and last night was no exception. The hour-long set included many of his current hits as well as some new tracks like "State Run Radio", "Scream", and "Go To Sleep". Overall, I feel these artists were the highlight of the festival and it was awesome to capture them on camera. Take a look at all of the photos in the gallery below!

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Jay Electronica LIVE @ North Coast Music Festival

 
Here's a rundown of some of the unique events that took place during Jay Electronica's set at the North Coast Music Festival:

  • Numerous a capellas... not too crazy, I know... but...
  • The first three rows were invited on stage by Jay Electronica.
  • Security tried to forcefully clear the stage; Jay Elect fires back, "But they're with me!"
  • Jay protects his people on stage while not missing a word of his verse.
  • Jay asks someone in the crowd for a live b, and proceeds to smoke and pass it with his people on stage.
  • Jay performs "Exhibit C" in the front row.
  • Jay invites a Milwaukee rapper from the crowd to jump on stage, hype up the crowd, and spit some rhymes.
 
Needless to say, it was a CRAZY set. Watch what I was able to capture above!
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Khaled M LIVE @ NMCF - Toast of the Coast Rd. 2

 

This past week I attended North Coast Music Festival's Toast of the Coast Round 2. Round 2 of the competition was the final round to determine which top ten artist gets to perform at this years North Coast Music Festival. The showcase was held at the Tonic Room in Lincoln Park here in Chicago. The house was packed and each artist received a 10 minute slot to showcase their best talent. Check out the video and photos of one of my favorites from the showcase: Chicago's very own Khaled M.

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Dwyane Wade's Chicago Has Talent Recap

 
This is the last of our coverage of Wade's World Foundation weekend and what better to spotlight than Dwyane Wade's Chicago Has Talent Showcase! You may have already seen the special live performances from Lupe Fiasco and Jeremih, but the event was really about showcasing the Chicago youth talent! The showcase was scored by Judge Greg Mathis, a talent scout, America's Next Top Model cycle eight winner Jaslene Gonzalez, and WGCI's radio personality Tony Sculfield. Acts ranged across everything you can think of: hip hop, R&B, dance, spoken word, you name it. Also there was never really a dull moment with hosts and comedians Damon Williams and Lil Rel to keep everyone laughing throughout. Check the video above to see the range of creativity, with even a dance group that dressed like Mortal Kombat characters! The winners however were two twin sister vocalists by the name of Namirajj, who took home the grand prize of a $1,000, weekend stay at Key Lime Cove, and an appearance on WGN's morning show.
 
The video above not only captures most of the Chicago talent, but you can also catch an intro from Dwyane Wade who of course was in the house at the Merle Reskin Theater downtown to kick off the event. And finally, peep a gallery of photos from the event below and the link to ALL of our coverage from Wade's World Weekend! Enjoy!
 
Wade's World Weekend Archive (features interviews with Common, Shawn Marion, Jaslene Gonzalez, Chicago Bears' Israel Idonije, performances by Lupe Fiasco and Jeremih, AND a photo recap at Enclave!)
 

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The Alchemical Transformation Of Gemstones

Gemini The Untamed Beast
 
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Gemstones 'On The Road To Glory My Story'
Presented by: Gowhere Hip Hop, Payola, FSD, Jr. Celeb, & PHLI
More info/review HERE
 
Late Saturday night, Gemstones took the stage at The Harold Washington Cultural Center and gave the crowd not just a show, but truly an experience. Gemstones takes us through his journey from Gemini to Gemstones. The journey from his fall as a human to a renewed rising and new beginning. A new beginning that is personified by the new project, On The Road To Glory My Story (download above!).
 
The video above begins the story of the concert experience. He performed many of his old classics as Gemini including "Got What You Need", "Southside", and "Bust Down". As you can see, he exhibits the break-neck flow and twist that you hear on record with paralleled clarity live.
 
The Alchemical Transformation of Gemstones (Pt. 2)
 
Next, we get into 'The Alchemical Transformation of Gemstones', as I like to call it. In one emotional transition, Gemini changes clothes into Gemstones to match his self-reflecting recording playing above. Gem then performs his full version of "Free Chilly" which turns into a long, passionate a capella. I'm tellin' you that you could really feel the energy. If you only have time to go through one video, go through Pt. 2 of the story above.
 
Gemstones 'On The Road To Glory' (Pt. 3)
 
Lastly, Pt. 3 features Gemstones performing some of the new songs from On The Road To Glory My Story, starting off with "Faded Pictures" and even bringing out the lil' guy Liam Pepol for "Grateful". From top to bottom, from Untamed Beast to Testimony of Gemstones to On The Road To Glory My Story, Gemstones brought the records and the journey to life and it was truly a moving performance. We urge you to take some time out today and watch the 3-part story from beginning to end, and if you can't get enough, peep some in studio footage of Gemstones courtesy of our friends at W.B.C. Magazine after the jump. Enjoy! 
 

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Lupe Fiasco & Jeremih LIVE @ Dwyane Wade's Chicago Has Talent Showcase

Lupe Fiasco "Kick, Push" x "Superstar"
 
Jeremih "I'mma Star (Everywhere We Are)"
 
This past Saturday we ventured over to the Merle Reskin Theatre in downtown Chicago for the 2nd annual Dwyane Wade's Chicago Has Talent Showcase. D-Wade brought out special hometown guests Lupe Fiasco and Jeremih to showcase their world-renowned talent amidst the 13 up and coming acts that the city's youth has to offer (footage of the latter coming soon). Up top, Lupe performs his two most universally known songs "Kick, Push" and "Superstar" to conclude the show. It was a fitting ending that had the entire theatre standing and singing the Matthew Santos chorus, a capella. Stay tuned to the end of that video to see D. Wade and Lupe on stage together.
 
Jeremih was an energetic opener for the entire showcase as he also had the crowd moving to last year's hit single "I'mma Star (Everywhere We Are)". The crowd also sang along to a song that was fitting for the talent showcase. Below, we caught Lupe and Jeremih on stage together showin' some Chicago unity. All in all, this was an excellent event that concluded the charitable and uplifting Wade's World Weekend and we look forward to presenting even more of the talented acts of the Chicago Has Talent Showcase in the near future right here at GWHH. Enjoy!
 
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Beanie Sigel + Kwiet Storm + Wille Taylor LIVE @ The Victor Hotel

 

Beanie Sigel, Kwiet Storm, and Willie Taylor (of Day26) all gave great performances last night at Celeb Mic Open Night at the Victor Hotel. Beanie performed some of his classics: "Beanie" and "Roc The Mic", amongst many others while Kwiet Storm performed "Lights Out, Candles Lit", and Willie Taylor performed "Thru The Mattress" and "Bedroom". Other celebs that were in the building included: the VP of Jive Records, Beyonce Fox, and John Blu, whom we recently did an interview with. Make sure to further check out our recap of the night by checking out our slideshow below.

 

Kwiet Storm "Lights Out, Candles Lit"

 

Willie Taylor "Thru the Mattress" & "Bedroom"

 

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R. Kelly LIVE @ The Shrine (w/ 106 & Park's Rocsi)

 

The Shrine was the place to be last night as this edition of UltraSexy Fridays was hosted by 106 & Park's Rocsi. It was advertised that there would be a special, surprise guest and wouldn't you know it, the rarely seen R. Kelly joined Rocsi in the V.I.P.! Like the rest of the crowd, I was floored. I did not expect a surprise guest of that caliber, let alone R. Kelly since he even says himself in the video that he's not out much. But he does more than talking in the compilation above, R. Kelly graced the packed house with a few performances of his countless classics, with drink in hand. The most impressive was "Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ)", which leads off the video, as Kellz straight up belted the first verse a capella. You get a good grasp of how powerful his voice is in the video, and it was even more amazing in person. 
In true baller fashion, R. Kelly sang "Bump And Grind" even as the DJ transitioned into Waka Flocka's "O Let's Do It". That footage also seen above is very entertaining because Rocsi is even doin' a little bump and grind with Kellz. In fact, they were dancing together all night and even looking like a cute couple in the process...

The video closes with R. Kelly performing "It Seems Like You're Ready", casually performing the iconic first verse. It was really a treat for everyone in The Shrine to witness one of the greatest singers of our time and I am still shocked the afternoon after about last night. Enjoy the night in photos in the gallery below as well and check out some more up close shots from The Shrine's club photographer, Richard Pack, here. Enjoy!

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Avrey Smith 'No Apologies' Mixtape Release Party


Avrey Smith 'No Apologies' [MIXTAPE]
Features 20 NEW Tracks!

After his release of his 'No Apologies' mixtape, Avrey Smith had a special release party at the Victor Hotel on Monday night. The crowd was feeling the R&B flavor that Avrey brought to the stage and the building was packed with fans and local celebs. John Blu and Carl Thomas were just two of the celebs who came out to support Avrey. Check out Avrey performing "Grand Slam" and "BMF (Big Movie Feature)" in our video above.

Avrey defiantly brings his own "tatted boy swag" on-stage, whether it's in his outfit, his dancing, or singing he knows how to keep the ladies watching. One thing I like about him is that he can sing over just about any track you give him. Not many R&B artists can deliver on a rap record and still keep the hype. I recommend downloading No Apologies above and going to see him live. Wondering just how Avrey Smith got his start? Check out our previous interview with Avrey and Terrell Taylor at Miller Street Studios.

You can follow Avrey on Twitter @avreysmithmusic, YouTube and Facebook. Watch his official video for Show Out below...Aww Man, Aww Aww Man.

Avrey Smith "Show Out"
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Mike Posner interview with Gowhere Hip Hop


Mike Posner '31 Minutes To Takeoff' [ALBUM]
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Over the weekend we met up with our homie Mike Posner at The Music Lounge in the Hard Rock Hotel, and got a chance to talk with him days before his Aug. 10th album debut! Ever since his first project A Matter Of Time, he's been making classic bodies of work depicting each stage he has evolved to in his life. At the time of that first project, he was taking classes and attracting fans friends all over the country. Then on his One Foot Out The Door he got a record deal selling out shows to thousands, but still finishing up college to get his diploma. Now with paper in hand, Posner's 31 Minutes To Takeoff depicts his total dedication to making music full time, and his full submersion into full blown fame. Only time will tell what this will do to Posner himself, but we already see some of Posner's early reflections of this on his MySpace where you can preview his album for free before its release tomorrow! Make sure you buy the album because it's an amazing body of work where he pulls together a true "all killer no filler super-awesome" album!

In the interview Tibs talks to Posner about the greater concept behind the title, 31 Minutes To Takeoff, where "something" happens 31 minutes into the album. Other album talk revolves around the making of "Bow Chicka Wow Wow" with Bruno Mars and his craziest "Cooler Than Me" story. We further got an idea of some of Posner's most interesting stories on the Warped Tour and cracking up at Will Ferrell right before he performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Stay tuned til the end of the interview for all those funny experiences and some bonus  hilarity between Tibs & Posner. We should all be on the lookout for more from Mike Posner with new singles hitting the radio soon and of course, the album in stores tomorrow! Finally, check out his performance of "Cooler Than Me", which had Belve Nights at the Hard Rock Hotel rockin'. If you look hard enough to the left of the stage, you can see Perez Hilton jammin' out to Posner's performance. We noticed at the time and appreciate Perez's genuine love for music. Big thanks to Mike once again and much continued success to come. Enjoy!

BONUS: Check out Mike Posner's feature on MTV's PUSH (contains live performances and interviews) and his performance live on Jay Leno tonight!

Mike Posner "Cooler Than Me" LIVE @ Belve Nights
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Kid Sister LIVE @ Perez Hilton's One Night In Chicago


Kid Sister brought her unique style and energy to the One Night In Chicago stage last night at the Hard Rock Hotel! Above, check out a variety of clips from her set, which feature many of her uptempo hits and Ultraviolet album cuts. One of my personal favorites was "Switch Board", but the overwhelming crowd favorites were between "Right Hand Hi" and Kid Sister's very first smash, "Pro Nails". If you have yet to see Kid Sister live (whether in person or on YouTube), then you may not realize how much Kid Sis lets loose and dances on stage. She definitely showcases her juke background as well on stage. Definitely a very fun and energetic performance that was even cooler to experience in person. Get a taste of what it was like in the video above and stay tuned for our exclusive interview with Kid Sister on the Perez Hilton's One Night In... red carpet. Enjoy!
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B.o.B LIVE @ Perez Hilton's One Night In Chicago


B.o.B was the headline act at Perez Hilton's One Night In Chicago last night and performed an extensive set filled with past mixtape favorites to his two biggest smash hits to date: "Nothin' On You" and "Airplanes". Above, get a feel for the live show with a medley of songs performed by B.o.B, who was joined by special guest Playboy Tre for "Bet I Bust". B.o.B overcame a few sound issues (both with the mic and his guitar) and rocked out to the packed private event. He performed many album joints in addition to the big hits, opening with the bonus track (and one of  my personal favorites) "I See Ya" as well as other songs like "Don't Let Me Fall" and "Past My Shades". I held out some hope that we would see a surprise appearance by Lupe Fiasco for his verse on the latter, but to no avail. The biggest crowd response of the set obviously came with B.o.B's performances of "Nothin' On You" and "Airplanes" as the crowd spread their wings for that one. 

Overall though, Bobby Ray had the crowd going from beginning to end. Everywhere I turned in the Hard Rock Hotel, I saw a group of people jumping up and down, bobbing their arms forward, and mouthing the lyrics to past songs like "Haterz Everywhere". Excellent show from B.o.B that could have been even better had it not been for the occasional technical issues. If you get the chance to see him live, and you very well could since B.o.B is visiting nearly every single city in the country, then don't hesitate to get out and rock out! Enjoy!

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Clipse LIVE @ The Shrine



As promised, above is a cool medley of the Clipse live at The Shrine from last Thursday's grand event put on by XXL & Remy Martin! Clipse showed a lot of love to Chicago, only to be reciprocated by a hyped crowd throughout the night. They began their set with "Grindin'", which just boomed through the speakers, and proceed to perform many other hits off Til The Casket Drops such as "I'm Good", "Popular Demand", and more. It was cool to capture the crowd in front of us at certain peak moments when everybody had their right arm bobbing, which included myself while I filmed with the left!. I think the Clipse would be a good fit for the G.O.O.D. Music label if the rumors end up being true (touched on in our interview with Pusha T, brought back below), but either way much respect and continued success to them for making good music. Enjoy!

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The Retar Crew LIVE @ American Theater Company


The Retar Crew caught our attention with their hilarious anthem on YouTube, and again when they appeared in Chicago's RedEye due to their "Blackhawks Song", which inspired similar side-splitting results. And above, we caught the group over at Chicago's American Theater Company performing a few songs including the anthem and an interactive a capella to kick things off. Gotta hand it to these guys, they're very witty and entertaining! Also at the American Theater Company, we caught another fun performance - this time coming from Chicago Break Dancers, one of whom was in a sling! Dope stuff all around so be sure to give these couple of videos a play or two. Enjoy!

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The Cool Kids LIVE @ Reggie's Rock Club

The Cool Kids "Mikey Rocks" LIVE

This past Friday GY312 and I got a chance to kick it with The Cool Kids backstage @ Reggie's Rock Club where I caught some dope footage of the sold-out-show they murdered here in the Chi! Everyone's been talking about how crazy that show was, and we finally got some footage up of a few hits they threw down above and below. Definitely peep some of my favorites like "Black Mags", "Basement Party", "Pennies", and "Mikey Rocks" as well as a short but sweet gallery recap of the night below! This was the first show they had live instrumentation on stage, which added a cool groove (as GY would say), and also had singer Tennille chop it up on stage for some joints as well! Check out GY312's interview with The Cool Kids in case you missed it and enjoy this live footage!

The Cool Kids x Tennille LIVE

The Cool Kids "Black Mags" LIVE

The Cool Kids "Basement Party" LIVE

The Cool Kids "Pennies" LIVE

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Willie The Kid and YP LIVE @ The Wild Hare


Willie The Kid performed LIVE at The Wild Hare in Wrigleyville for the Midwest Hip Hop Concert Series this past Thursday night. The concert was sponsored by DJ MoonDawg & DJ Headdebiase and hosted by Hustle Simmons. Some other artists that performed were MarVo, Chandler London, D Meeks & Mikey Streets, Al Dilla, YP and many more. Check out our footage of YP's performance below and don't forget to check out the slideshow as well (photos by: Seth Kammueller)!

Willie The Kid's album, Absolute Greatness released in September 2009 definitely represents his midwest flavor. The album features Bobby V, LA The Darkman, Jovan Davis, Lonnie Mack, Lock City, Trey Songz, Gucci Mane, Bun B, Flo Rida, and Yung Joc. Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, he shows Chicago some love and asks the crowd to shout out what part of Chicago they represent in the performance above.


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Jeremih 'I Like' + 'Birthday Sex' LIVE in Chicago


Above we have some live performance footage of Jeremih's birthday this past Saturday at The Shrine put on by 3 Deep Chicago. The party lasted all night long, and was packed to the brim even having celebrity guests like Raekwon, Really Doe, and Drew Sidora come through. Jeremih touched the mic well after midnight performing his new single "I Like" off the upcoming album All About You, and couldn't leave the building without putting down the "Birthday Sex" single that brought him acclaim as well. All in all it was a dope birthday party! Check out the live performance medley above, and be sure to get the "I Like" single in case you missed it below. Enjoy!

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Nizm LIVE @ Abbey Pub



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Nizm rocks the Abbey Pub stage above in what was our first glimpse of seein' the Chitown rapper perform live! As you can see, Nizm brought out all the cards for his set which featured a diverse ensemble with backup singers, guitars, drums, and DJ Tim Jonz. We were impressed with Nizm's professional stage presence and awareness of being an entertainer on top of performing his songs. His set included various skits and interactions with the crowd (including a hilarious one at the end of the clip) as well as fluid transitions between his more intense hip hop songs and the more laid-back tunes in the video. Watch it all go down and preview/purchase the new album, Redefined Xpression, above. Enjoy!
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Slum Village Ticket Giveaway + 'Lock It Down' (prod. J. Dilla) + Que Billah LIVE

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Behold a trio of goodies in this new post featuring Detroit's Slum Village and Chicago's Que Billah. Batting first is the flyer above. We are giving away a FREE pair of tickets for Slum Village's performance this Saturday at Double Door! All you have to do is be the first person to e-mail us at gowherehiphop@gmail.com with the answer to the following question:

What is the title of the song on the 2000 album from Chicago legend Common that features Slum Village?

Keep it locked to this post for when the contest is closed. UPDATE: Contest closed. Congrats to Tamara M! The correct answer was "Thelonius" from Like Water For Chocolate. You can still buy your advanced tickets here.

Up next, we have a new track from Slum Village that surfaced today off what looks to be their last album, Villa Manifesto. It is a solid joint produced by the late J. Dilla that all hip hop heads should at the very least appreciate. Finally, one of the opening acts for the show on Saturday is Chicago rapper, Que Billah. QB performed live at Stretch1's birthday celebration and I caught a quick song over a dope electro-sounding beat and a fun a capella to conclude things. Pretty fresh so watch it below and get a preview of what you'll see this Saturday if you're in the Windy City. Enjoy!

Slum Village "Lock It Down"
Producer: J. Dilla - FULL, CDQ, Clean, Track off upcoming album, Villa Manifesto *Tibs Fav.™
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LA & Mr. Music LIVE @ Abbey Pub


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LA & Mr. Music "Out The Door (Winner RMX)"
Producer: The Y's - FULL, CDQ, Track off upcoming mixtape, Billboard Hot 100 Series *Tibs Fav.™

Yesterday, we launched the first of our coverage from last week's GWHH-sponsored show at the Abbey Pub from J. Beck & Shawn Til Dawn, and today we keep things moving as LA & Mr. Music graced the stage as well. Above, they performed "Out The Door", their previously released remix of Jamie Foxx, Justin Timberlake, & T.I.'s "Winner". Both the sound and vocals popped pretty well and the duo sounded a lot like the studio version (always a good thing). They always keep things entertaining with little nuances on stage, whether it's interacting with each other or the crowd, so look out for that as well. In case ya missed it, download the song and be on the lookout for the Billboard Hot 100 Series coming soon (hosted by GWHH & Julian of B96 Chicago)! Enjoy!
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J. Beck & Shawn Til Dawn LIVE @ Abbey Pub


Last Thursday, we sponsored a showcase over at the Abbey Pub here in Chicago and first on the bill was J. Beck & Shawn Til Dawn. You may recall J. Beck from our previous feature on him last week as a Chicago public school teacher by day and rapper by night and you may have seen Shawn Til Dawn's video for "Puerto Rico". Now they join forces for a brand new song they said they wrote a week ago called "Freedom". Definitely an entertaining set with the band helping to add a nice background that is best experienced in person. But you can still get a grasp of the song with the video above so check it out and be on the lookout for more videos and photos from the Abbey Pub later on this week. Also, shoutout to Kidd Russell for puttin' the show altogether. Enjoy!
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Trey Songz @ Taste of Chicago

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Trey Songz @ Taste of Chicago

Last Thursday, we made our way to the annual Taste of Chicago to experience the buzz about Trey Songz' free performance for ourselves. Maks G. and I arrived just on time as we randomly ran into our new correspondent Jen DeLeon amidst the announced total of 300,000 people at the Taste (go figure!). As we walked into the park, Trey opened up with a couple of his StarGate-produced singles "Can't Help But Wait" and "I Need A Girl" to the crowd's delight. Throughout the entertaining performance, Trey went from early hits like "Gotta Go" to newer ones like "Already Taken" and "Say Aah" as seemingly every female audience member sang along to every word. It was quite the eye-opening moment for us as we have followed Trey's career since the beginning and it's amazing to see how he has grown to superstar status. To best capture just how many people were there, we snapped the photo above from the all the way at the back. There were thousands of people behind the video screen. Meanwhile, there was another massive amount of people in front of the screen who were there hours before showtime to see Trey on stage. The video below captures the crowd from another angle as Trey's people captured some behind the scenes footage on stage, as well as the absolute craziness that ensued when he couldn't get out of the venue by car and instead decided to walk back to his hotel. And yup yuuup, he was swarmed by screaming fans the whole way. Enjoy!

Trey Songz @ Taste of Chicago [BTS]
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Nikki Lynette at MOBFest Chicago

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Last night was MOBFest at Lasalle Power Co. and Chicago's own Nikki Lynette was the opening act. The crowd had just begun to fill the room as she went on. She sounded great and performed many of her hits including my favorite song "Beneath My City". The audience really enjoyed her performance and energy on stage. When I spoke to Nikki after the show, she said there was some sound trouble on the part of Lasalle Power Co. and was concerned about how it sounded. She said it was very important that she sound good that night and in my opinion, I thought she sounded great and so did everyone else in the room. Great job Nikki! 


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Donnis, Naledge, & Rockie Fresh LIVE


We're coming through today with the last of our coverage from Ruby Hornet's Digital Freshness at The Shrine a couple weeks back featuring headliner, Donnis. The Chicago hip hop scene always shows Donnis some love and in his set, you can see Naledge performing his contribution to the single "Gone" in addition to Hollywood Holt, Mic Terror, and DJ Timbuck2 jumpin' on stage with them! As a prelude to Donnis' set, Chicago's own Rockie Fresh performed a series of his jams including "Make It Right", which we captured below. The night's intimate setting mixed in with all the high energy from these performances made for  an extra special experience. There's a lot to like above and below so be sure to check 'em out, and peep our interview with Donnis from that night in case you missed it. Enjoy!
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MOBFest Hip Hop Showcase at The Bassment

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This Thursday was the MOBFest Hip Hop Showcase at The Bassment.  Performances included BBU, Max Payne, G.o.D. Jewels, Big Homie D.O.E., and YP.  The crowd was smaller compared to some that I have seen at The Bassment but those who were there really enjoyed the show.  I especially enjoyed BBU and YP. I never heard BBU before that night but was really impressed. Those who have not seen these guys should definitely check them out. However, my favorite performer was YP. I have seen him peform many times and he always brings it. Below are some sample photos from the show. 

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GemStones LIVE at The Bassment

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GemStones LIVE @ The Bassment

GemStones performance at The Bassment Friday night was HOTT! Literally everyone in there was sweating to death, but it was worth losing all the weight for.

His voice is amazing and lyrics are inspirational, but in person, he is more than an artist, and gives more than just a performance. During the show, he stops the music to go a cappella and shows his voice within while also talking to the audience about his lyrics. When performing "Skeletons", he stops to ask if anyone has a skeleton in their closet, everyone in the crowd raised there hand and screamed "yes."

Chicago violence was a topic of discussion, when performing, "Everything's Ok". GemStones talks about the troubles of the world, especially all the shootings Chicago has had in the last year and states that you don't have to result to violence. "If you put your mind to it, you can climb on air." He also refers to the success that he has had, has come from working hard and believing that anything is possible. "I suggest you hold your head and keep a positive mind, cuz if you make your bed I take it you know where your lyin."

Could GemStones be the next Chicago scholar? I am not sure, but what he is doing is giving inspiration and hope to all of us out there that still have a dream.

The show was hosted by Merk Murphy and Tessa G. Other performances by: Substance, Caliko, Arlo, Young Auto, A-Way, F.O.C. and DJ Gemini Jones.

Look out for GemStones Launch Party August 21st @ the Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. King Drive. Keep up to date @ Go Sity Entertainment

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B96 Summer Bash Concert Recap

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B.o.B @ B96 Summer Bash

Chicago's hit radio station B96 threw yet another awesome Summer Bash concert this past Saturday at Toyota Park. The lineup included T-Pain, Ludacris, B.o.B, Cascada, Jason Derulo, IYAZ, Taio Cruz, and New Boyz, along with B96's top DJ's. Also performing at the pre-bash were two upcoming artists that have long been spotlighted on GWHH: LA & Mr. Music and Mr. Robotic (more coverage coming soon). 

Some of my favorite highlights included:  A special appearance by Perez Hilton, IYAZ performing "Pyramids" along side Charice, and Ludacris introducing up and coming Chicagoans B.X.C! Luda also performed with Taio Cruz singing their hit song "Break Your Heart" - a personal favorite song of mine. I also loved how Cascada showed off her dance moves, and B.o.B pretended to fly around stage as he sang "Airplanes". As for Jason Derulo, he took the stage with an amazing and entertaining set, ending it by ripping off his shirt while performing "In My Head", which really got the crowd going. Check out the photographs taken by me below and experience the 2010 B96 Summer Bash for yourself. In addition, you can check out B96.com for more video coverage of the Bash. Enjoy!

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Chicago Hip Hop Connects showcase recap

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Last week, we were in attendance at the Chicago Hip Hop Connects Networking + Showcase event at the Abbey Pub and it was a blast! NBC Chicago's Marcus Riley was on hand and interviewed special guests Da Internz about who's coming up next in Chicago. Their answers vary so watch and find out who + coverage on the rest of the event, which included dance and hip hop performances. We were thrilled to be involved and made a lot of new friends networking with all facets of the industry, which was a big success for everyone involved. This was a big step in the right direction for Chicago unity, and just the beginning to many more. Be sure to check out more coverage from NBC Chicago here AND an extremely cool slideshow of the entire event in the gallery below, courtesy of photographers McLaren Soriano and Seth Kammueller. Enjoy!


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'Fantabuloso' 103.5 Kiss FM Concert Recap

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Ludacris (above) headlines 103.5 KISS FM's Fantabuloso

This past Friday, one of the premiere radio stations here in Chicago, 103.5 KISS FM put on quite the show at the Allstate Arena hailed as 'Fantabuloso'. We were on hand to witness the jam-packed lineup that featured Ludacris, Trey Songz, B.o.B, Ke$ha, Jason Derulo, Jay Sean, Taio Cruz, Orianthi, and Kevin Rudolf. Some highlights included: B.o.B beatboxing and singing the last bridge of "Nothin' On You", Jason Derulo surprising us with an entertaining set that showcased his dancing ability, being able to experience 'the leap' that Trey Songz has made with the whole audience drawn to every a capella, and Ludacris performing "Sex Room" with Trey Songz and "Break Your Heart" w/ Taio Cruz. Get your in-depth experience of 'Fantabuloso' by thumbing through the photo gallery below (all original photos taken by yours truly). The gallery features the aforementioned artists as well as members of the 103.5 KISS FM team: Drex, Tommy Black, and more.

In a couple of related links, our friend and nightlife columnist at the Chicago Tribune, Luis Arroyave, had the opportunity to talk with B.o.B about a few things including about how he has never met "Airplanes" co-star Hayley Williams. And our old friend and contributor Dave Cantor wrote up a little review over at TimeOut! Chicago. Enjoy!

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Teron James Live at the Help Me, Help Haiti show



We're excited to introduce a brand new Chicago R&B singer on the come-up by the name of Teron James! Teron has steadily grown recently after opening up for Ginuwine in Milwaukee and with a brand new single "Sober" that is just about ready to hit the radio. It was this live performance at the Help Me Help Haiti benefit concert at the Portage Theater that further illustrated his talent. It was our first time checkin' him out live and just like the rest of the crowd, we were floored by the talent. Teron did the majority of his set a capella - a decision that helped illustrate his vocals in a powerful way. You can see Teron ride the wave at the beginning of the video before launching into "Sober" where he had the crowd steady slow clapping. Be on the lookout for much more from Teron James to come!

Stream the single "Sober" and find out more about Teron James here.
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S-Preme performs live at Help Me Help Haiti


The Help Me Help Haiti coverage continues above with some brand new footage of S-Preme's set featuring Mr. Music. S-Preme and Mr. Music performed a couple of their collabs from S-Preme's The Sicktape Volume Two - the first being "Goin' Away" and the second "Top Of The World". You can get a sense of the contrast between S-Preme and Mr. Music right away in the video with "Goin' Away", which was even that much more powerful in person and my highlight of the set. S-Preme also rocks a couple solo joints - his favorite track "Shoppin'" and the Soundtrakk-produced "Go Hard". For any doubters out there who think S-Preme can't rhyme as fast as he does in the studio live, well, he proves you wrong in the video above. I also brought back our video of LA & Mr. Music's set, which we posted last week, so you can also watch that below for your convenience. Big things to come this year for these talented artists that we've been pushin' here at GWHH so check 'em out in these live performance videos! Enjoy!
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LA & Mr. Music LIVE at the Help Me Help Haiti show


LA & Mr. Music performed an energetic and emotional set at last week's Help Me Help Haiti event, selectively choosing the songs "Anything Is Possible" (not yet released), "The Stars", and "Number One Provider". The group took the big stage at the Portage Theater and used every square foot of it to entertain the crowd, especially as LA jumped up and down on the sides of the stage. They effectively shared the positive and uplifting messages behind "Anything Is Possible" and "Number One Provider", which especially resonated with the people given the cause of the event. If you could only feel the energy when they called for a moment of silence for Haiti at the beginning of "Number One Provider"! The crowd jumped out of their seats for the club single "The Stars" and overall, LA & Mr. Music performed another unique and entertaining show, this time for Haiti. For everything LA & Mr. Music, visit their brand new website: lamrmusic.com. Enjoy!
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Watch Big Sean Perform "Supa Dupa Lemonade" at the Wild Hare


UPDATE: Scroll below for footage (via DudeGotBars) of the upset rapper who took the mic, threw it off stage, and then proceeded to get tackled ROCK BOTTOMED off stage by host, Hustle Simmons, and then stomped on by crowd . NOTE: Do not say "F*** Chicago" in Chicago. Results do not vary.

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Big Sean invaded the Wild Hare here in Chicago, performing some of his biggest hits to date to the packed house. The video above captures the high-energy conclusion of the concert as Big Sean delivered every word to the highly-acclaimed "Supa Dupa Lemonade" and then broke into "Fat Raps" with special guest Chip Tha Ripper. As you can see, the crowd was absolute bedlam for "Supa Dupa Lemonade", bouncing to the infectious beat and singing word for word with the 2010 XXL Freshman. Seeing how hyped the crowd got for the song really drove home just how big this song blew up. Easily the highlight of the set as "Supa Dupa Lemonade" has been quite the pump up song for us lately.

Chip clearly delivered his bars soon after and the crowd not only vibed with him but also knew all the words as well. Sean does his verse on "Fat Raps" and then concludes the concert with a motivational, uplifting message to the people to go out and accomplish what you want to accomplish!

On a sour note, Big Sean was interrupted a few songs in by an unknown artist who snatched his mic and exclaimed "F*** Chicago! I was supposed to perform tonight...". Immediately after he chucked the mic into the crowd, hitting an overhead light in the process. And that's where I lost him. Not sure what happened to him after that in the Chicago filled crowd, but he definitely got escorted out one way or another! This craziness unfortunately cut Sean's set short but it was great to see Big Sean overcome the mishap and finish the show strong.

Finally, Big Sean also came through to the RSVP Gallery for a meet and greet earlier in the day, graciously signing autographs, taking pictures, and talking to fans of all ages. Take a look at the gallery below also featuring RSVP Gallery owners Marc Moran and Don C. Enjoy!

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Big Homie D.O.E. feat. Donnis, Mic Terror, YP, and Scheme "Whaddup RMX" LIVE at Lincoln Hall



Here's some more concert footage I had to put up from the Jugrnaut x 10 Deep sponsored show at Lincoln Hall last Thursday. Chicago's Big Homie D.O.E. had Donnis, Mic Terror, YP, and Scheme on stage with him for a live remix performance of his single "Whaddup"! You can tell that the high energy set got the whole crowd hype as each artist gave it their all in this monumental moment in time. Be sure to follow Big Homie D.O.E. more closely, and don't miss our exclusive interview with him here. Enjoy!

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Donnis LIVE at Lincoln Hall in Chicago


New Atlantic Records signee Donnis was in Chicago last night, performing at the brand new Lincoln Hall. Watch Donnis roll through a couple songs above from our unique angle on the second floor of the venue. He did a nice job of getting the crowd involved and increased the energy as his set progressed. The energy was only further ignited by many Chicago artists who were on hand, highlighted by Hollywood Holt's stage dive into the crowd around the 4:30 mark. Other sightings include Mic Terror (who performed prior to Donnis), He Say She Say, YP, Big Homie D.O.E., Scheme, and Rockie - some of whom we snapped pics with as you can see in the gallery below. Donnis linked up with Mic Terror, YP, Scheme, and Big Homie D.O.E. and even performed the "Whaddup RMX" for the first time since they were all under one roof! The upstart clothing boutique Jugrnaut hosted the event and also gave away some of their new tees to the Lincoln Hall crowd. Lookin' forward to more shows that the new Lincoln Hall has to offer - a venue that Tibs and I came away pretty impressed with as well. Enjoy!
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Willie Taylor (Of Day26) 'Sextape' Release Party in Chicago


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After the release of the new mixtape on V-Day titled the 'Sextape', Willie Taylor (Of Day26) held a special release party the next day at Rumba in Chicago! The place was quickly packed with media and fans alike getting the opportunity to witness not only Willie's powerful vocals, but more importantly his writing skills. There was a lot of love for the Chicago native with fellow Day26 members Robert Curry, Mike McCluney, and even Willie's cousin Jeremih in the house! Check out the slideshow below for some highlights of the night, and don't miss the video performance above as well!

Willie put on a very special show that night having a good mix of intimate moments where he could highlight his smooth vocals, as well as high energy ones that were nicely complimented by his live band! I was impressed by the flow of the entire performance as Willie kept us entertained throughout. He even handed out red roses to the ladies in the front row, which capped off the show on a very classy note in compliment to the dim lighting and smooth yet booming vocals. I highly recommend seeing him live for a great experience, and overall show! See what all the hype is about by downloading the 'Sextape' above, and watching the music video to "Sex Conversation" below. You can follow Willie Taylor more closely at his Twitter, personal site, and the official Day26 website. Stay tuned for more exclusive interviews from the event in the coming days. Enjoy!

Willie Taylor "Sex Conversation"

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MIke Posner, XV, and S-Preme Live at the Highdive in Champaign, IL

Mike Posner Live Performance at the Highdive

We made it out to the Highdive in Champaign this Friday to support our friends as they took the University of Illinois by storm! The sold out show was poppin' to say the least as the Mike Posner headliner featured other up and coming notables like XV, Addison Park, and Chicago's S-Preme. Even though there was a snow storm leaving multiple cars in ditches, Posner still managed to get the place brimmin' with lovely ladies. :$

I was real excited for the event as I knew the incredible potential with the artist roster for that night. The show opened up with S-Preme who I was psyched to see perform tracks off the 'Sicktape V2' for my first time, which is something I still bump regularly! All I gotta say is highly underrated! Next up were a hot jam band called Addison Park who are becoming a favorite on the college campus scene. I enjoyed their alternative vibe as they brought a lot of energy to the people, and thus got a lot back in return. Following them was the heavy hitter out of Kansas named XV, who's been getting a huge buzz in the hip hop scene despite the odds against him. He had some great highlights as he was accompanied by Mike Posner for a duo performance of "Mirror's Edge", which was a dope rendition of a classic! On top of that he included a few pretty U of I girls from the crowd to join him on stage for an entertaining performance you can peep below. 

Last but certainly not least, one of my favorites Mike Posner rocked the crowd once again as you can see the above footage doesn't lie! The entire crowd was jumpin' and singing every lyric word for word. The energy was electric throughout as Posner developed into achieving perfect delivery and execution into his live show. Development is what makes good artists great, and rockin' shows is equally as valuable as making great singles. Having a great show takes you a long way, because that's where the money's at and that's how you make valuable connects that take you a long way! So for any up and coming talent, make sure your show is on point, innovative, and highly entertaining; trust me it makes a huge difference! Posner made sure to include a little spice at the end of his long set by revealing a Fighting Illini jersey on his last song, which really put the hometown crowd on edge. It was a great overall show, with exciting highlights throughout. Peep the recap videos above and below as well as the slideshow of the artists and the night too! You can even spot Mike Posner rockin' a never before seen Limited G tee with the green eyes on it below. New Limited G photoshoot and apparel coming shortly to Gowhere, so stay tuned. Enjoy!

XV Live Performance at the Highdive

S-Preme Live Performance at the Highdive

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'Every Drop Counts' Haiti Chicago Benefit Recap

Rhymefest "More" & "Bullet"


Last night, we made it out to the Every Drop Counts event here in Chicago, which was a successful, positive, and unifying event to raise money for the crisis in Haiti. The messages were made even more powerful from special guests Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., host Aja Monet, and the packed lineup of artists who spoke from the heart in addition to their live set. The energy was magnetic throughout the audience as many people were not only having a great time but also touched by the positivity displayed by everyone who graced the stage.

We were able to record some footage from many of the performers: from Rhymefest to Mikkey Halsted, and He Say She Say to The Cool Kids, along with many more. Our personal favorite was Rhymefest's set, because his delivery and passion is just so on point especially when switching to a cappella. In fact, he also announced the formation of 'The League' - a new group consisting of Fest, Juice, Mikkey Halsted, and Twone Gabz. They plan to drop a summer album so be on the lookout for more info and tracks from the foursome.

Finally, make sure to scroll below and get a taste of all the artists that performed - not only through the live videos but also through some vivid action photos in the slideshow. Chicago stand up and continue helping Haiti, because you know every drop counts. Enjoy!


The Cool Kids "Gold And A Pager"

He Say She Say "Crash Dummie"

Mic Terror, Hollywood Holt, John James, & Million $ Mano "Freak Ass Playa"

Mic Terror & Hollywood Holt "Hiooo"
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Mystic "The Life"

Mikkey Halsted "Hold On"

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Mike Posner Live Performance at Enclave Chicago


After our exclusive interview with Mike we headed over to Enclave later that night where  we watched him murder the show at one of Chicago's hottest night clubs! I'm a big personal fan of Posner's music, because I know that every show he has is LIVE! I'm talkin' LIVE like rock n' roll type crowds where everyone is jumpin', waving their hands, as the crowd transforms into a massive mosh pit! Right as Mike Posner hit the stage the club was poppin', and everyone I saw was having an amazing time during and afterwards. Everyone looked like a million dollars as Posner pumped out million dollar hits. GLC even jumped on stage to perform "Mirror's Edge" with Mike Posner, also captured above. Can't wait to see him perform again, and in the meantime I'll just have to bump his free mixtape "One Foot Out The Door" and "A Matter Of Time". Be sure to check the video above for a taste of the night, and don't miss out on another one of his shows! Visit MikePosner.com for all the latest. Enjoy!
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Lupe Fiasco Live at the Shrine for Cheryle Jackson

Lupe Fiasco "I'm Beamin'" Live Performance

Lupe Fiasco "Hip Hop Saved My Life" x "Paris, Tokyo" Live Performance

The Shrine was the place to be yet again as Cheryle Jackson held a concert for her senate campaign featuring non other than Chicago favorite Lupe Fiasco! The place was packed to the brim with Chicago talent in support for the "Go Cheryle" campaign. Prior to Lupe's intimate audience performance, openers such as Davion, Lorenzo Owens, and J. Ivy came out to do their thing in compliment to the house band Verzatile. The live band ripped it up really proving their name's worth by switching from genre to genre, as WGCI host Leon Rogers kept us all entertained. When it came time for Lupe's set, the Chicago crowd was pleasantly surprised as Lu opened with a never before performed record off of his upcoming album Lasers titled, "I'm Beamin'"! Following up with "Kick, Push", "Hip Hop Saved My Life", "Paris, Tokyo", and finally fan favorite "Superstar" had the crowd hands to the sky throughout. I'd say although it was a short set, any set is a good set to see Lupe live. However, let's not forget the main reason why the concert was put on in the first place! 

Remember election day is this coming Tuesday, February 2nd, so be sure to keep Cheryle Jackson in mind when you cast your vote for the Illinois US Senate spot! You already know how Lupe's voting, but don't hesitate to check out her values and goals yourself at her campaign homepage! Big shouts to Maurice who helped put the event together, and lastly "Go Cheryle"! Enjoy the video clips and below slideshow to get an even better idea of how our night went!

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Wale performance video from Sprite Step Off


Moments after being interviewed, Wale stepped on stage to the sold out Regal Theater during the Sprite Step Off! He performed hits off his Attention Deficit album like "Pretty Girls" and "Chillin'" that had the crowd moving. Wale even incorporated "Chi-Town chillin'" in his rhymes as well as the sorority step girls in his performance of "Pretty Girls" in compliment to some powerful vocals from his hype man. Check the performance video above and follow Wale more closely on Twitter. Enjoy!

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Ludacris performance video from Sprite Step Off


At the Sprite Step Off in Chicago last night, Ludacris took the stage to the sold-out Regal Theater performing a series of classics for his true Ludacris fans and his new single "How Low". The above video captures highlights of the entire performance as Luda energized the crowd from on top of the speakers, leaving not one person sitting in the process. He showed a lot of love to his second home of Chicago (Luda is from Illinois originally) and delivered a memorable performance that put the icing on the cake at the Sprite Step Off. If you missed it from last week, be sure to grab Ludacris' Conjure mixtape below before taking a look at some incredible action photos of Ludacris' performance. Enjoy!

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LA & Mr. Music LIVE videos in Chicago

LA & Mr. Music "Number One Provider" LIVE @ Debonair


Last Thursday our co-sponsored show at Debonair was a great success featuring a hotbed of Chicago talent. The night opened up with a DJ set from Atari Ferrari getting the crowd going for the opening set of J Gatz & Young General featuring A&R! Next up were our sponsored group, LA & Mr. Music followed by headliner E-Train who took the stage with an added live drum-set. More footage to come throughout the week, so stay tuned. Peep some more detailed commentary about the performances themselves below, but not before some general critiques and tips on performances in general...

Critique on Amateur Hip Hop performances:
I get to see a lot of up and coming talent perform live here in Chicago, which allowed me to take notice of the general problem I see amongst amateur performers. What most people don't realize is that having good content does not automatically mean a good performance. One of our principles of success here at GWHH is that "presentation is key". Presentation is an art in itself, and presenting yourself well is what makes your  work matter to others.  Good presentation requires finesse and charm which are values they don't teach in school; you must be able to capture the crowd by being well organized, innovative, and conscious of your actions on stage. To understand that performing and making records are two completely different things is already a good start into the right direction.

Most performers go the route of just getting out their lyrics without much thought on delivery, but the problem is that during a performance it's all about the delivery. Poets used to only be hired based on how good their delivery of lyric was. They had to embody their lyric and illustrate it through themselves as part of themselves. The distinction is that they didn't just channel the lyric, but they embodied it so much that you could see the raw emotion of their body be directly influenced by their content. Delivery is responsible for creating the crowd vibe, which is the key factor to a good show. When the artist physically, visually, and lyrically influences the crowd to partake in sharing a certain vibe, that's what going to see shows is all about. The feeling of ultimate connection.

We should all start to pay attention to the delivery of shows in order to begin to expect more from them, and create healthy competition for the development of the art form of performance in-itself. Everything takes part in having a good delivery/performance, which is why I urge amateur artists to think about some of the following for their next show:

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1. Remember everything you do is a statement on who you are, and an influence on everyone around you.
2. Practice, because practice is the father of learning.
3. You must have smooth, and well thought out song transitions.
4. You must be conscious of what you wear, and be specific because what you wear helps define what you stand for. Don't be afraid to change it up!
5. You must have harmony on stage; be conscious of  the types of movements you do, and how well you are in sharing the stage with others. You want to have finesse!
6. Lighting is important. They have to be able to see you, and if possible try to have  your lighting correspond with the moods of each song as color plays an important role in the show experience.
7. Take notes from theater, as they are the pioneers in performance!
8. Practice your song delivery to be clear and innovative, because it's not the same as when you're in a studio.
9. Be organized. Plan for technical difficulties, practice stalling, and practice possible problems, so that when they arise you're not caught by surprise.  
10. Be confident; confidence is partly knowing your performance through practice, and visualizing success in its execution.
11. Once you feel comfortable with delivering a good show, start to experiment and become innovative. Set yourself apart from the rest, by bringing something new to the table.


LA & Mr. Music "For The Longest Time" LIVE @ Debonair



LA & Mr. Music made a big splash with a high energy and well organized show, which can best be described as having a day and night aesthetic. LA personified it by changing up his stage attire from wearing the black Jesus tee (with dark accessories) to revealing the white Jesus tee underneath it, physically undergoing the change from night to day or ying to yang.

During their darker night aesthetic, they open with records like "One Nite Girl", "Stuck On You", "Take You To Another World", "Imma Star", "The Stars", and "For The Longest Time". This night time mood and dark lighting fit well with the type of content/lyric they had in those records. They then transitioned into a more spiritual and uplifting closing finale as LA transformed into the lighter day aesthetic with records like "Number One Provider" and "Anything Is Possible".

The show having a contemporary modern feel on the backdrop of minimal-colored light panels, and different colored spot lighting made the show that much more powerful! At times you can catch LA's body pulsate with light almost insinuating his build up, and release of raw passion seen in "Number One Provider". Their set was really well put together minus the minor technical difficulties in the beginning; each artist had very conscious stage movements never blocking each other, while keeping their song to song transitions really smooth too. They definitely embodied some of the qualities from the above list, which provided for an excellent live experience that the video can't give total justice to, specifically with capturing the chilling vibe and pulsating, powerful beats. Check out the great clips, and stay tuned for more. Enjoy!

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Producer: Mr. Music - FULL, CDQ, Track off the album, What Do You Do? *GWHH Fav.™

Producer: Mr. Music & Gene Karma - FULL, CDQ, Track off the album, What Do You Do? *GWHH Fav.™

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Common and The Roots live in Chicago review from our contest winner


On September 12th, Common and The Roots (joined also by Heavy D, Colin Munroe, and Jeremih) performed as part of the Hennessy Artistry tour at The Shrine in Chicago. Our contest winner, Christopher Catania, wrote in depth about his live experience for his Live Fix blog. Above is the 3+ minute freestyle from Common, which Christopher writes about below (I love the jazz comparison).

Then came a freestyle.  Common amped the crowd's intensity even more. Watching Common's freestyle reminded me of how a jazz player would prep on the fly before jumping into an improvised solo. In the video below, I love how Common simultaneously maintained the crowd's intensity, by covering the citywide compass with shout-outs to all the Chi-town "hoods," and readied himself for a forthcoming lights out freestyle. In perfect time, he flew through his righteous freestyle and capped it off with a dynamite Obama-centric punchline.  It was all tight rhymes and intoxicating flow

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I felt so connected to my fellow fans. It was as if we were all one!
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Photo Recap - RSVP Gallery & Sprite Green Event in Chicago

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Really Doe, GLC, Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Mr. Hudson, & Consequence

Here's our photo recap from the Sprite Green & RSVP Gallery event. G.O.O.D. Music artists took the stage on the Harris rooftop in Millennium Park to a packed Chicago crowd producing the show of a lifetime! I'm wondering what our 10 RSVP winners thought about the show, or anyone who went for that matter? Check the photos after the jump for a better perspective of what the night way like.

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Big Sean and Mr. Hudson perform new collabo "Way Out" @ Sprite Green & RSVP Gallery Solar Eclipse


It's another live performance video from the Sprite Green & RSVP Gallery present G.O.O.D. Music event as Big Sean, sporting the ridiculously dope Bulls jacket, brings out Mr. Hudson for a NEW track called "Way Out" that will be appearing on Big Sean's debut album, and perhaps Mr. Hudson's as well. This one is an instant hit to me and I immediately recognized Mr. Hudson's parts from a one minute snippet that leaked awhile back. You can download that snippet to hold you over for now, yet it seems Hudson's lyrics slightly differ between the two. Sean comes correct with his lyrics, as exemplified below. Mr. Hudson destroys the hook, starting seemingly outta nowhere at the 2:05 mark, which is comes immediately after the aforementioned extracted lyrics. Finally, the beat evokes a powerful, even epic feel, especially with the booming sound system at the Harris Rooftop last night. Needless to say, I'm really lookin' forward to the full version of this one. Enjoy!

"She killin' me from the inside, out, took everything in the crib that was inside, out
She priceless, and I can't afford it
You want space baby and I gave you orbit,
So come home, home is where the heart is,
She said whenever I'm here I feel heartless.
So it's time to pardon (part then?), I beg your pardon, we'll be back tomorrow, naw!"

Big Sean "Way Out"
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Kid Cudi performs "Day 'N' Nite" LIVE @ Sprite Green & RSVP Gallery Solar Eclipse


Last night, the Harris Rooftop @ Millennium Park was the place to be as the entire Chicago hip hop scene and fans alike packed the outdoor tent for a night of surprise performances from G.O.O.D. Music, brought to you by the good people at Sprite Green & RSVP Gallery (celebrating its grand opening)!

DJ sets by Million Dollar Mano & Don Cannon set the tone for the evening with hosts DJ Timbuck2 and Hollywood Holt keeping the event moving. Up first was Big Sean who also brought out Mr. Hudson, performing an exclusive track off Big Sean's upcoming debut album, Finally Famous. Chicago's GLC and Really Doe performed solo sets next before joining Consequence for a rare performance of "Disperse" with all three artists together. Consequence performed songs from past and present, including the single "Whatever U Want" and an acapella of the lyrically creative "Alphabet Boys" that will be appearing on his upcoming album, ConsTV, in stores November 17. Kid Cudi then surprised the fans in attendance, comin' out and performing his feature on Jay-Z's "Already Home" with no prior announcement. The crowd went up another level upon his set, which included Common bursting the stage for his verse on "Make Her Say". Common then performed some of his classics like "The People" and "The Corner" to his now raucous hometown crowd.

Finally, Kid Cudi performed a medley version of "Day 'N' Nite" that included the Crookers RMX and all the G.O.O.D. Music artists on stage for one incredible sight to conclude the concert. The video above captures the moment and the hyped up crowd in the first few rows that gave me chills. The young Kid Cudi looked like the leader among the pack on the heels of his debut album, Man On The Moon: The End Of Day - in stores NOW!

Stay tuned for even more high def footage of the entire night throughout the week, including live performances from everyone who graced the stage, the night in pictures, and some exclusive interviews!

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Common, The Roots, Heavy D, and Jeremih LIVE at the Shrine


The Hennessy Artistry tour came through to The Shrine in Chicago last night for a very memorable and lively performance! Common and the Roots headlined the show with amazing collaborative artistry that produced a powerful soul sound keeping the Shrine crowd dancing throughout!

I was really impressed with the eclectic lineup, which included Zoe Kravitz, Colin Munroe, Jeremih, Heavy D, Common, and The Roots! The unique combination of powerful veterans, and talented new blood provided a really fresh overall performance. Even the structure of the show was really successful as The Roots and Common would play multiple times throughout and in between the other artists' sets in order to keep it fresh and always lively.

The show was also particularly amazing, because the legendary Roots crew backed every performer with their live band! Adding The Roots to the mix really heightened everyone's performance into a more raw and personal feel as you could really feel the rhythm from the live instruments, who each have a soul of their own!

Every artist had a great performance that night, which can be previewed in the mash-up above. I also want to give a big thank you once again to everyone who participated in our earlier giveaway as we all learned much in the process together. Lastly big shouts to the Hennessy Artistry tour for coming out, and putting together such as great show. Enjoy! 



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Jay Z Live at the House of Blues Chicago

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The House of Blues was host to musical icon Jay-Z on the night of his 11th studio album release of the Blueprint 3 in stores now! It's not often you get to witness a living legend perform LIVE in such a close personal setting. This is the man that is not a businessman, but a business in itself! He is a prime example of a mind that envisions a world with no limits.. building his conglomerate from the ground up, and directly changing culture through vivid imagination without even picking up a pen...

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Highlight: Jay Z Chicago Freestyle at the House of Blues
The Blueprint that 'Ye followed/ Too hard a pill for R. Kelly to swallow/ But I helped your other man/ Now the whole world gotta listen to Chicago/ Obama, O' Winfrey, ask 'em about me they tell you the boy's windy/ That boy HOV so cold, that when you come to my shows its like it snowed 10 feet/ I got my hat broke off/ I report to the ghetto I'm the black Brokaw/ No I'm the rap two-three/ So any championships must go through me!

There was a lot of respect for Jay that night with a hype Chi audience, and celebrity attendees such as Lupe Fiasco, Dwayne Wade, Derrick Rose, Michael Finley and Andre Igoudala. I was psyched to see Lupe watching the show and cheering Jay on; the juxtaposition of two great musical geniuses, one performing and one enjoying the show was a rare experience to witness.

Jay was draped in black when he came out on stage to open with "Run This Town", paying homage to the dark aesthetic of the video they premiered earlier. Black tee, black jeans, black kicks, black shades, black watch, and my personal favorite black & gold Jesus piece! As for the performance he was notably known for his great delivery of letting his massive persona fill the house with a high energy show throughout.

He ran through an hours' worth of hits covering other new Blueprint 3 singles like "D.O.A.", "Venus vs. Mars", and "Hater" along with classics like "Heart of the City", "H to the Izzo", "Dirt Off Your Shoulder", and "Jigga What, Jigga Who". It definitely panned out to be a classic show for the history books, as Jay tore down the house with a long finale which included chopped up mega hits like "Hard Knock Life", "Can I Get A", "Give It To Me", "Encore", and more! Everyone was eating it up, and who could blame them?

I especially liked when Jay Z went A Capella and really showed off the crisp lyrical skill you can see in the freestyle above. He even handed the mic to a female MC in the closing moments to lay down a few dope lines for everyone to hear. Then lastly after a heartfelt speech and thank you to the entire audience, Jay left the building to a roaring House of Blues and we wouldn't have it any other way.

I want to give a big thank you to Samsung & AT&T who put on the FREE event as part of their Summer Krush Tour stop here in Chicago, and of course to Jay Z who never ceases to impress!

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Lupe Fiasco live at Hawkapalooza recap

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Lupe Fiasco invaded the University of Iowa last Thursday night for a free show as part of Hawkapalooza. 10,000 people filled Hubbard Park to witness yet another electric performance from the Chicago MC. Friends of GWHH were on hand and came through with some coverage of the show. The pictures (above and below) are courtesy of S-Preme who was 'strictly... rollin'.... V.I. .....P!' [you'll get that reference soon ;)] and he has even more at his blog. The write-up below is courtesy of the homie Jordan Tivers, VP of CollegeCrasher.net. Big ups 2 both. Enjoy!

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(Iowa City, IA) - Hip-hop is at an interesting phase in which it is very hard to find a true artist. When hip-hop was created, it wasn't about guns, girls, and games; it was about life, love, and the passion of spoken words, through song. Lupe Fiasco showed me why I still love artists.

From the moment he opened with "The Instrumental" till the high-energy finale of "Daydreamin'", the crowd was able to sense the heart and soul that Fiasco showed. Not only was he able to make the crowd come alive; it was almost as if the crowd saw Fiasco being born, as every song told a story. He showed people that he's not just an entertainer but also a combination of artistry and a realist all in one.

Very rarely do people get to witness performers who are in the midst of becoming legends and Iowa City was lucky enough to be graced with one last night. Not only did Fiasco play an amazing set list, but he did it with all the passion he had. While some entertainers come to Iowa City and think 'Well, this isn't Chicago, but whatever,' and go through the motions, Fiasco didn't settle. Song after song, second after second, he gave the audience, his band, and himself all he had to give.

While I may not be a hip-hop guru, I know what I saw the other night was something that I would see over and over. For all those who have not seen a real artist perform, check out Lupe Fiasco; you can thank me later.

- Jordan S. Tivers

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Gowhere Hip Hop interviews Trey Songz before he premieres 'Ready' at Chicago listening party

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Trey Songz READY Listening Party


Trey Songz took the time to sit with us once again for an exclusive interview before premiering his entire upcoming album, READY, in stores August 31st, at his first listening party at The Shrine.

In the interview, Trey Songz discusses the final touches on READY, including in-depth insight into the makings of "Say Aah" f/ Fabolous and "Successful" f/ Drake. We also asked Trey Songz, an avid Twitter user, for his perspective on how the phenomenon has helped expand his fanbase.

After the interview at the Sax Hotel in downtown Chicago, we made our way to The Shrine in the South Loop for the Trey Songz listening party (well, after a pit stop at our favorite restauant, Ear Wax.. Wicker Park stand up!). WGCI's (107.5 FM) DJ Phantom and Loni Swain hosted the proceedings as Loni interviewed Trey between each song. Trey introduced every record off the album with explanations about the concepts and creative processes behind them. He did a couple impromptu performances of songs like "Yo Side Of The Bed" and "Invented Sex". One performance highlight is captured around 8:45 in the video above as Trey Songz freestyled a hook after claiming he feels he can write a song about anything - in this case, a girl who wants to suck on his lips, haha! Overall, the event was a personal and enjoyable experience for the die-hard Trey Songz fans who made it out. The album sounds amazing from the preview, which satisfies my concern that Anticipation was so great that how is it possible that READY could live up to it? I needa get my hands on "Black Roses" and "Jupiter Love" ASAP. Remember to go out and support READY, hitting stores a day early now on August 31st. Enjoy!

Finally, we gotta send out some thank yous to Trey Songz of course for all the love in the interview and to all of his hard-working team behind the scenes: Nicole, LeRoy, Bobby Fisher. Also, shouts to DeMarco Castle (a.k.a. GemStones), Boogz, and a host of others we ran into at the listening party. Down below is a very introspective behind the scenes look at the "Successful" music video snagged from TreySongz.com and be sure to hit the jump for our first video interview with Trey Songz back in May. Yuuup!

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iStandard Producer Showcase - Chicago



About a week and a half ago, GWHH was a proud sponsor of the successful two-day event at the Tini Martini in Chicago: the iStandard Producer Showcase. Local producers entered a competition, showcasing their skills in front of esteemed judges, Ken Lewis (multi-platinum Grammy winning producer/mixer/writer for Kanye West, Usher, John Legend, more), Skid (A&R Bad Boy Records), and Prolyfic (producer for Lupe Fiasco).

The video above is a compilation of some of the talented producers on hand, some hip hop performances during intermissions, and the judge's critiques. Producers were able to play 5 beats, and were then scored and critiqued by the judges. The final round however, consisted of a 3-beat head to head showdown with one last tie breaker beat! Big ups to our guy Blu Blkr (Of Krewella) who scored the runner-up spot of the competition by the narrowest of margins. He, along with winner ILL Brown, will be traveling to New York City to compete in the national  iStandard Producer Showcase finals. Btw, you may be familiar with Blu Blkr's last beat at the very end of the video from the behind the scenes studio session of "Monster Eyes" by Krewella and S-Preme. Still greatly anticipating that record and more to come from Krewella that will surely hit GWHH in the near future.

Finally, we would like to thank our guys J. Hatch & Don Di Napoli of iStandard Producers for putting everything together, and J. Hatch's great hosting ability in keeping everything moving so smoothly! We would also like to thank the judges, the producers, and our fellow sponsors of the event and look forward to doing more positive events like this in the future! Up and coming rappers and producers check out iStandard for your chance to be involved with big opportunities from the music industry. Enjoy!

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AOK, Skid, J. Hatch, Don Di Napoli, Ken Lewis, 2ew Gunn Ciz

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Exclusive live performance footage of Ludacris @ Heineken Red Star Soul in Chicago

Ludacris LIVE @ Heineken Red Star Soul: Chicago


We saved the best for last with our coverage of the Heineken Red Star Soul event at The Shrine in Chicago two weeks ago with a high quality video medley of performances from Ludacris. Ludacris performed for over an hour (at least 30 minutes more than allotted) which included his chart-topping hits and throwback favorites for the true Luda fans that kept wanting more. Max G. worked hard on condensing the footage into a 10 minute clip that features Ludacris and his DTP group, B.X.C., performing "Stand Up", "Move (Bitch)", "What's Your Fantasy" and my personal favorite "Last Of A Dying Breed", amongst others. He goes a capella on the latter, not missing a word while spitting with unmatched passion. The above video is just a glimpse at his high-octane live set, which I was able to experience for the first time. If Ludacris is in a town near you, go out there and see him - you won't walk away disappointed.

In addition to the video above, we compiled all of our previous exclusive coverage from the Heineken Red Star Soul event into this post in case you missed Melanie Fiona's live set and interviews with Melanie and The Legendary Traxster. Enjoy!

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PREVIOUSLY:

Melanie Fiona LIVE @ Heineken Red Star Soul: Chicago


Melanie Fiona Interview w/ Gowhere Hip Hop


The Legendary Traxster Interview w/ Gowhere Hip Hop


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~ Sgt. Tibs

Videos and review of Red Bull Big Tune featuring Little Brother and Just Blaze


Last Thursday, the famous Metro was host to a hotbed of upcoming Chicago talent as producers from the area competed in the Red Bull Big Tune beat battle for a chance at a spot in the National Championship in Atlanta.

The format: 12 aspiring producers were selected to compete in a tournament style playoff with the 2 finalists earning the right to represent Chicago in the national championship. In one round, each producer played 2 one-minute beats, alternating between each other. The winner advances based on crowd response.

The favorite of the evening was the spunky teenager Rob Bates, who was the runner-up to C-Sick in last year's competition. You could tell that he had his fanbase in attendance and quickly became the producer to watch in the compeition. Bates' thunder was stolen by North Carolina native, J-Mac (first seen @ 1:30). The tall, white backpacker played the imaginery drums along with every one of his beats that were most definitely the best in the early rounds. The crowd responded very favorably and it was gonna take a lot for him to be taken down.

The upset of the tournament came in the semi-finals as Rob Bates lost an incredibly narrow vote to J Rell. Bates got by on his swagger and charisma throughout the night but in the end, it was the lack of somethin' special in his production that did him in. This set the stage for the finals: J-Mac vs. J Rell.

Producers have 3 beats this time as J Mac set the tone early with a thumping first beat. Just when I counted J Rell out, he comes back even harder on his 1st beat, moving the bar higher for J-Mac to match. Both of the artists submitted solid efforst with their second beat, leading to the 3rd and final beat. Heading into this last one, I was thinking that not only did J-Mac have the best crowd support so far, his first 2 beats were overall better than J Rell's. It was gonna have to take a lot for J Rell to even come close in the voting at this point.

J-Mac presses play on his 3rd and final beat, but by now it's starting to sound the same and his 3rd beat didn't warrant the special reaction that you need to end powerfully on. This left the door open for J Rell... who delivered with hands down the best beat of the nite. The crowd went crazy, including Little Brother who were dancin' along to it on stage. The fans begged for one more beat and the MCs awarded the crowd with one more. J-Mac took the stage first and did not come through with a beat to get the crowd movin'. He had already used his best ones and was now shooting blanks. J Rell then swooped in and stole the crowd with a strong 4th and final beat in prelude to his narrow victory over J-Mac. On top of his last two powerful beats, J Rell had the most creative beat of the whole competition as he had the crowd wil'n out in the first round for his flip on Pacman noises (seen @ 8:45). Congrats to both of the artists who will most definitely do Chicago proud in Atlanta later this year. For more information on J Rell, check out his MySpace HERE.

Little Brother x Just Blaze LIVE @ Metro


Before the semifinals, Little Brother took the stage for an energetic 20 minute set, spittin' some of their well-known classics from earlier in the decade mixed in with some a capella freestyling that kicks off the video above. Phonte even got on his phone and incorporated all the people from the show that were tweeting at him in a freestyle, haha! Just Blaze set the mood for the finals as he DJ'd most of his hit songs into a captivating set. To my surprise, when "Touch The Sky" came on, it didn't get as big of a response than anything Jay-Z that Just Blaze played. Nevertheless, both Little Brother and Just Blaze kept the crowd moving and the hype building for the rest of the tournament.


Rhymefest, Mikkey Halsted, Kamilah Sumner, & Slique live at the Wild Hare


This past Tuesday night was the place to be if you are a Chicago hip hop enthusiast as Rhymefest and Mikkey Halsted headlined a show that also featured approximately 975 15? opening acts. Some true fans were able to stay through 2 o'clock in the morning to see a couple high-energy performances from the two MCs. Mikkey Halsted had the crowd going while also giving the talented up and coming R&B singer, Kamilah Sumner some shine as well. Sumner performed her version of Kanye West's "Say U Will" called "Heart Of A Lion", which visibly impressed everyone in attendance *guilty*. You can DL it below.

Lastly, Rhymefest paid tribute to Michael Jackson, doning some MJ inspired attire and performing songs from his Michael Jackson mixtape. He spit clearly and fluidly to an intimate crowd that was able to stick around and support. On top of his concluding performance, Rhymefest also brought out Slique for perhaps the two greatest highlights of the show - their rendition of Michael Jackson's "Man In The Mirror" and a new collaboration they have lined up for El Che, the album. Make sure to watch the video above featuring HQ footage of all 4 artists!

BONUS:

Kamilah Sumner "Heart Of A Lion"

FULL, CDQ, Track over Kanye West's "Say U Will" *Tibs Fav.™

~ Max G. & Sgt. Tibs

LA performs hit single "I Was Born" with a live band

LA & Mr. Music "I Was Born" LIVE f/ Viva La Spatula

This past weekend, LA & Mr. Music hit the Key Lime Cove in Chicago suburb, Gurnee, for their first performance with the backing of a powerful live band, Viva La Spatula! The video above is the full performance of LA's "I Was Born"! LA and Viva La Spatula find their groove starting in the 2nd verse, feeding off each other's energy into the rest of the song. LA continues to entertain the crowd, introduces the band, and performs one last chorus above the ringing chords of the guitars. As you can see above, the first experience with a live band was a positive one with LA & Mr. Music eager to perform an entire set with Viva La Spatula in the near future. Enjoy the video above and scroll down for some more LA & Mr. Music news!

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LA & Mr. Music - What Do You Do? (iTunes)

Amazon (UK) // Napster

Tracklist:

01. Ice Cream Shop (Skit)

02. I Was Born

03. The Journey

04. Wake Up f/ S-Preme

05. Number One Provider

06. One Nite Girl

07. Predator

08. Make Up Your MInd

09. I Want You Back Now

10. For The Longest Time

11. Déjà Vu

LA & Mr. Music are here with their debut album, What Do You Do?, NOW AVAILABLE for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, Napster, Rhapsody, & MORE! Simply follow the links above and buy the album from your preferred store (I see you, UK readers!). Each of them have  :30 samples and are on sale as singles for $.99. The singles were previously released as such on Gowhere Hip Hop since last October. The album contains an additional, hilarious skit that launches right into "I Was Born" with every subsequent track flowing together to create a one of a kind experience. All of the tracks were re-mixed by executive producer Mr. Music so if you have some of the old versions, it is worth it to BUY the album for the updated, CDQ versions!

Down below, make sure to VOTE for LA & Mr. Music in the MTV contest for the VMA's best breakout artist of Chicago. The lead single off What Do You Do?, "One Nite Girl", is up for judging so make sure to click the link below to start, then navigate throughout the 'Judge' tab to vote! Please leave a comment as well! For those who haven't heard the single yet, simply press play below. On behalf of LA & Mr. Music, thank you for your continued support!

Vote 'LA & Mr. Music' for Chicago's Best Breakout Artist



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Confused by the new look GWHH? In case you missed it, CLICK HERE!

~ Sgt. Tibs

Exclusive HD video and review of John Legend live at the Ravinia Festival

John Legend, amidst camera phones and screaming fans, surprised the 3400 people packed into the Ravinia Festival Pavilion by singing Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" and entering behind the audience from Gate 5. Lucky for this coffee sipping John Legend fan, Gate 5 happened to be where I was standing when the 6-time Grammy winner, dressed in an eye-catching white ensemble, stood on a platform facing the hundreds lounging in the lawn in front of him.

Legend battled through the mobs of fans reaching for him in the aisle and settled on stage in front of a full band featuring a 3-person jazz band, 3 backup singers, 2 guitarists, a drummer, and a man on keys. A mic stand and Legend's preferred instrument of choice, a piano, lay front and center with a video screen stretching across the entire stage in the backdrop. The Ravinia crowd remained on their feet, clapping and dancing through Legend's first four songs as he started with hits like "Used To Love U" and "Heaven".

The audience took to their seats as Legend slowed it down and fluctuated between the mic and the piano. The crowd rose once again, inspired to "Slow Dance" once Legend brought up a lucky woman from the front row to do just that on stage with him. The reaction almost made  Legend inaudible as the pair had a natural chemistry with Legend even taking a knee and proposing to her before serenading her with a rose.

Soon after, John Legend brought out India.Arie for a duet of the soothing "Good Morning". The two played off each other like one would expect with India.Arie holding her powerful last note, noticeably impressing the crowd around us in the process. But then it was time for John Legend to get the crowd moving again, performing his most recent upbeat hit "Green Light" sans co-star Andre 3000. Legend leaped up to the piano for its unique conclusion, taking a bow for what seemingly was his last song of the night.

However, Legend appeared from behind the video screen in a full tuxedo a few moments later to the sold-out crowd expecting an encore. Having seen Legend two times previously, I was expecting an emotional rendition of "So High" - his closing record of choice both times. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised with his most well-known hit "Ordinary People" as Legend crooned the classic to a crowd eager to sing along. "Ordinary People" evoked the most emotional and beautiful moment of the concert as Legend let the sold-out crowd sing "taaake it sloooow" a capella - truly an unforgettable experience. Legend rode out to an abstract version of "Stay With You", improvising on the piano and in his ad-libs.

TIME Magazine recently featured John Legend as one of the 100 most influential people in 2009. One look around at the sold-out Ravinia Festival and it is easy to see why. People of all ages and cultures were brought together by John Legend and judging from the tweets, everyone came away a happy camper. Don't worry Chicago, he will be back again tonight to do it all over again.

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Confused by the new look GWHH? In case you missed it, CLICK HERE!

~ Sgt. Tibs

Exclusive live video performances featuring Mike Posner, Mic Terror, & Curren$y

Mike Posner LIVE @ Debonair

Mic Terror LIVE @ Debonair

Curren$y LIVE @ Debonair

Debonair was the place to be Friday night for good music as Mike Posner, Mic Terror, and Curren$y all took the stage to a lively, packed house. We edited each set into some ridiculous medleys on video from the 1st row! I was most excited to see Mike Posner's set and was impressed to see him rockin' both the mic and keyboard. Unfortunately, the sound system was not up to par and we could not get a full appreciation of every live act but regardless, they had the crowd moving all night. Mic Terror even brought some lovely ladies from the 1st row on stage for "Juke Them Hoes". Curren$y batted last, rhyming tracks from his latest mixtape and even going a capella for a little bit.

On top of the great live show, Debonair was host to a Who's Who of the Chicago hip hop scene. Naledge hosted the event, which was also attended by the likes of The Cool Kids, He Say She Say, S-Preme, Bullet, and Jordan Looney in addition to all 3 major Chicago hip hop blogs bein' in the house (pictured below). Shouts to dubFrequency and Ruby Hornet for puttin' on a poppin' event where everyone went home happy. In addition to the videos above, take a look at some of the exclusive pictures and goodies below. Enjoy!

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Mike Posner & The Brain Trust - A Matter Of Time [MIXTAPE]

FREE iTunes Download (If not an iTunes user, CLICK HERE) *Tibs Fav.™

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Naledge & Mike Posner

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Naledge & Mic Terror

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Chuck Inglish (Of The Cool Kids) & Curren$y

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Sgt. Tibs & Drea (Of He Say She Say)

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gowherehiphop.com X fakeshoredrive.com X rubyhornet.com

~ Max G. & Sgt. Tibs

Trey Songz LIVE @ Simeon High School

Trey Songz Panel Discussion @ Simeon High School

Trey Songz "I Need A Girl" x "Gotta Go" LIVE @ Simeon High School

Earlier today, we visited Simeon High School¹ in Chicago, IL where Grammy-nominated artist Trey Songz took part in a positive outreach event for youth groups in the area. The event featured a discussion of violence awareness from panelists such as Trey Songz, ex-Chicago gangster turned entrepreneur Noonie G.², WGCI's Tony Scoffield, and Frankie Robinson among others. The discussion, which included a Q&A with the students, was an uplifting reminder from influential and experienced people. They all conveyed the same general message: the negativity and senselessness around violence, the emphasis on making the youth aware of how violence is illustrated in the media, and the lasting quote from Trey Songz below,

"If you think it you can be it. Can't nobody hold you down but yourself. Keep God first and everything else follows."

The message from Trey Songz above was actually the last words of the event, which came after Trey Songz delivered a special, intimate live performance for the students that can also be viewed above. The "Gotta Go" a capella easily brought the house down, further illustrating that the current "Prince Of R&B" is closer than ever to his coronation as the "King Of R&B". And in case you missed it, peep our exclusive interview with Trey Songz below as he talks about his upcoming album, READY, in stores August 4th. Enjoy!

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¹ Notable Alum: Derrick Rose

² Noonie G founded the Songz For Peace Foundation in 2008 with Trey Songz

PREVIOUSLY:

Trey Songz Interview w/ Gowhere Hip Hop

~ Max G. & Sgt. Tibs

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GLC LIVE @ Wild Hare - FULL CONCERT

GLC “Flight School”

The Wild Hare was the place to be on May 21st as Chicago hip hop once again took over the Wrigleyville venue. G.O.O.D. Music’s GLC was on hand, headlining the showcase which included other talented Chicago artists we promote like YP. It was GLC that everyone came to see and he didn’t disappoint to the max. capactiy crowd . Spinnin’ off his biggest records like “Big Screen” and “Flight School” (sans guest stars), GLC had the crowd goin’ with emotional messages in between about his family and friends and his life experiences in Chicago. He premiered a couple new jams as well - “The Big Knot” f/ Bump J and “Clockin’ Lotsa Dollars” f/ Bun B - but my personal highlight was his live performance of “Disperse” with Really Doe in the building to spit his verse also. Since both were goin’ back and forth, the energy was unmatched - something awesome to experience for easily my favorite GLC-featured record.

As a bonus treat for everyone unable to attend the show, take a look at ALL of his songs from our HD camera. Blast the volume, full-screen the video and get a sense for what it was like at the Wild Hare! Make sure to follow GLC more closely at GLCitymusic.com and follow his twitter.

And for those who missed a busy week at GWHH, check out our recap of Mickey Factz at the Wild Hare and our exclusive video interview w/ the Grammy-nominated Trey Songz! Enjoy!

GLC “Cold As Ice”

GLC “Disperse” f/ Really Doe

GLC “Big Screen”

GLC “So Real”

GLC “The Big Knot”

GLC “Clockin Lotsa Dollars”

GLC “Money, Hoes, Cars, Clothes”

~ Max G & Sgt. Tibs

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