Posts tagged "Randall Irwin The First"

SSMG: Sound Scandal Bombing

SSMG: Sound Scandal Bombing
Independent labels come a dime a dozen, rap crews come even cheaper. SSMG however, is not the run-of-the-mill. In fact, they might be the benchmark. Hip Hop has a way of dividing itself into categories and sub-genres. Not quick to classify themselves, they find that they are either too hip hop for hardcore rap lovers... Read more »

A Chiraq Summer

A Chiraq Summer
Summer is just around the corner. In Chicago that means plenty of outdoor events, a whooooole lot of all night kickin’ it and unfortunately a spike in the murder rate. For the past few years we’ve been experiencing record homicides, regardless of the forecast. Still in all, the rise in temperature brings with it a... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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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