There’s no way to extrapolate how heavy this WHOevers and Beat Junkie extraordinaire, DJ Rhettmatic, track hits. The dopematic duo out of Chicago have been consistently strong at maintaining their presence and dropping new business, but I’ve no doubt that this one will elevate their status among the hip-hop heavies in the city, if not all throughout the sound-savvy underground.
I like the silence of suburban streets
in the summer. There’s a cool breeze
blowing past the raindrops through my window,
into a room I’ve known for years. A family’s home.
My family’s home where I’ve lived and left
and returned to after living another life
I thought I was meant for. The city’s streets still
call, and she’s a bitter love who likes to remind me
of everything I’m missing. I used to visit and we’d walk
late into the night, reminiscing late nights and walks
down streets that weren’t so silent; past bookshelves
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For some time now, I’ve been on professional hiatus; stepping back from pitches and reporting, to work on some of my own creative ventures, (a novel, some poetry) which has taken away a bit from my goals with this project. It’s been months, but I am, as of this second readjusting my focus to make CBC more of a personal venture.
My interests have always been heavily involved with the arts and culture of the city, and that’s not to say that all I’m interested in are things like the clothes and the music. It has to do with the pursuit of something more within the collection of twenty-somethings chasing their dreams against the grain of societal standards.
There’s something poetic in seeking more than the comforts found in practical decisions like a degree in nursing, or business, or education. Though the result may not be as gratifying as the pursuit for some, the grind of those who may or may not become the writers, emcees, dancers, painters, designers, is what’s so great about this city, or any other, for that matter.
There’s perpetuity in the proverbial search of the land of opportunity, where we follow in suit with the generations before us, looking to the city as it shines with its streets paved with gold; and though we might not (yet) have it in our hands, we explore our potential, and use them to create.
Two years in the making, Vagrant Nobility keeps Chicago men’s fashion true to its roots with “blue collar” cut-and-sew styling, and local micro-manufacturing to ensure quality.
Unfortunately, with such attention to detail and quality fabric, the shirts don’t go for “blue collar” prices, but “If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.”
Take a look at their Fall/Winter Collection here…
Chicago hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco just premiered his video for “Bitch Bad” on MTV’s RapFix Live. It provides creatively literal representations of the subject of the word “bitch” and confronts the issue of the objectivity of women through the multidimensional applications of the word that has no positive connotation. “Bitch’ bad. Woman good. Lady better.”
Been following Neak for a couple years since seeing him live at Cafe Lura awhile back. His performance at that time was one of the most polished I’ve seen from a local hip-hop artist. The production he’s got behind him courtesy of Slot-A alongside his throwback positive flow have yet to disappoint and the same rings true of “Scheming”, the 6th Video Single from the album, “Love Greater // The Prequel.”
Sad to say, the visuals on this one leave something to be desired. Can’t blame Neak for that one though. Hope he keeps the good music coming.