April 8, 2014 |
"Chi-raq" is a loaded word, isn't it? The term, made popular by the Chicago rap scene in 2012 (but most likely hit mainstream consciousness in Kanye West's "Black Skinhead") and the name of Nicki Minaj's newest track, is a byproduct of the nation's obsession with Chicago's ridiculously high number of homicides. The term generally produces two reactions: disgust and pride. Outsiders - Chicagoans who don't experience the almost routine murders - are disgusted. They are aghast at exposing this music to the rest of the country.
March 17, 2014 |
Chicago rapper Chief Keef was arrested in Highland Park on March 5, days before the release of his single "F*** Rehab. " Keef -- whose real name is Keith Cozart -- was charged with driving under the influence, expired registration, driving while license suspended, and uninsured motor vehicle, according to TribLocal. The report did not identify Cozart, 18, of Northfield, but a Highland Park police spokesperson confirmed it was Cozart who was arrested Monday morning. TMZ was first to report the arrest , citing...
March 11, 2014 |
Do you consider yourself fashionable? A piece on fashion blog The Cut alerted me to a trend circulating through the circle of people whose job it is to tell us about the new hot trends in fashion. According to these folks, a trend called "Normcore" has invaded the cities of Milan, Paris and New York. Basically, it means dressing like Jerry Seinfeld circa: life, or a dad from the south suburbs of Chicago, complete with jorts, socks with sandals, turtlenecks and fleece pullovers.
February 21, 2014 |
All hail the new monarch? On Friday, Lily Allen announced on "The Graham Norton Show" that she was going for broke and naming her next album "Sheezus. " (You know, like the Kanye album? Get it? GET IT? ) Instead of rolling our eyes and calling this the hackiest move since "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," we'd like to offer some alternate she-flavored album titles. (Wow, that sounds, um, intimate. Moving on...) "She Can't Be Stopped," Geto Boys "She The Best," DJ Khaled. " (Also: "She The Best Forever.
January 14, 2014 |
"Bang 3" finally has a release date. After months of teasing on Twitter, Chicago rapper Chief Keef announced Monday night his mixtape "Bang 3" will be released, appropriately, on March 3. According to his Twitter , a video will also be dropping sometime in February, though it's unclear when. The tape is a followup to "Bang 2," released last year. Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page .
December 19, 2013 |
On Dec. 18, 2012, Chief Keef released his major label debut, “Finally Rich.” Its arrival marked the culmination of an unprecedented year for Chicago rappers: Awareness and media coverage exploded; a plethora of major label deals, both rumored and confirmed, were thrown out all over. It's been one year. How is Chicago's rap scene looking now? Short answer: not much different. Save for Keef, not one of the lauded acts - Lil Durk, Lil Reese, King L, Katie Got Bandz, Sasha Go Hard, Tink, Tree and collectives the Treated Crew and #SaveMoney (I...