Archive for March 2013

Some Tough Love From A True Friend

Some Tough Love From A True Friend
Chicago, my place of birth. The city of hate that I love so much. Think about that phrase for a minute, CITY of HATE. We have come to embrace that title, we’re almost proud of it. Well, I say we’re overdue for an intervention. We have such a wealth of talent in Chicago it’s like it grows... Read more »

Don't Miss The Next Fulcrum Point New Music Project Performance

Don't Miss The Next Fulcrum Point New Music Project Performance
“Fulcrum Point New Music Project is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to being Chicago’s leader in diverse new music which boldly straddles the barriers between new art music and traditional music from around the world.” Founded in Chicago in 1998 by Artistic Director Stephen Burns, who plays the trumpet and the flugel horn, the 21 member ensemble includes;... Read more »

This Is A Man's World But....

This Is A Man's World But....
Hip Hop/Rap has always been a man’s sport. While there have been significant female contributions to the art of emceeing, the roots of what is termed today as the “femcee”, go largely unacknowledged. As my cousin Tu Tu (an educated black woman) told me, women have been part of hip hop from the start. Probably the... Read more »
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Shed Some Light: B.Starks

Shed Some Light: B.Starks
“Hip Hop raised me.” Says Chi-town emcee extraordinaire B.Starks, and I didn’t even ask him a question he just said it. The die-hard hip hop head recalls “I wrote my first rap at the age of ten.” “My mother’s boyfriend told me if I wrote 10 raps, he’d buy me a set of turntables.” Well... Read more »

Looking For Something To Do Tonight?

Looking For Something To Do Tonight?
Are you looking for something fun to do tonight in Chicago? Here’s a couple events going on tonight that might be of interest to you. Last week, I featured an up and coming Hip Hop artist Erik “Sycosis” Roberts. He has been honored with the opportunity to perform for an event hosted by Coast To Coast... Read more »

Is A Record Deal Really, Really Necessary?

Is A Record Deal Really, Really Necessary?
“Please listen to my demo” ” How you get a record deal?”. These were common sentiments of the late 80′s and 90′s. When you look at the era, it makes perfect sense. Larger than life videos and a 24hr music channel exposed the world to the lavish and exciting lives of musicians and performers. It... Read more »
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Meet Erik "Sycosis" Roberts

Meet Erik "Sycosis" Roberts
Erik “Sycosis” Roberts I was fortunate enough to see Erik Roberts, who goes by the name of “Sycosis” perform at the Red Line Tap in October last year. I liked the music and I really liked the way he focused on the crowd and interacted with them. As his performance continued, I started to listen... Read more »

Please Excuse Me While I Vent!

Please Excuse Me While I Vent!
As a person who hasn’t listened to radio in over 12 or 13 years, I admit that I probably am a bit out of touch with ALL the new music that’s being made now. However, because I have many friends who are music enthusiasts like myself, who understand my personal musical tastes, I’ve been able... Read more »

Have You Heard Of Lester Jay?

Have You Heard Of Lester Jay?
Have you heard of Lester Jay? No? Well here’s you chance. I met him in spring of last year. Somehow, I had a chance to hear him sing and I loved it!! Invited him on the radio show I was doing at the time and had a chance to speak with him. Found out his... Read more »
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Where's The Real Music?

Where's The Real Music?
I keep asking myself that question. Where’s the real music? Particularly from Chicago artists. I know about Common and Kanye West, but is that it? As a side note, I want to mention that if you like Chief Keef or others like him, this blog will most likely contain NOTHING that you’re looking for. Not... Read more »