April 28, 2012 |
UPDATE: Listen to Keef's collaboration with Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and Jadakiss on the "I Don't Like" remix here. Over the last four months, 16-year-old Chief Keef has come from almost complete obscurity as a kid on house arrest to being one of Chicago's most buzzed-about artists. Last week, Kanye West announced a remix of Chief Keef's song “I Don't Like” with rappers Pusha T, Big Sean, and Jadakiss, helping to expand Keef's national profile. On Thursday, Chief Keef flew to New York to meet with labels and press outlets.
June 6, 2012 |
Sneakerheads rejoice. The highly anticipated Air Yeezy 2, a Nike sneaker designed by Kanye West, officially drops Saturday, but only a small handful of the shoes will be released for public consumption at select stores, including two in Chicago. Chicago streetwear boutiques RSVP Gallery, 1753 N. Damen Ave., in Wicker Park and Succezz, 1329 S. Michigan Ave. in the South Loop will have a limited number of the Kanye-designed high tops available on Saturday via silent auction.
August 14, 2012 |
**1/2 (out of four) You may know 2 Chainz (formerly Tity Boi, actually named Tauheed Epps) from his self-referential ad lib (“2 Chaiiiinnnnz”) and his nasal, strongly Atlanta-accented voice that cranks out fresh, funny punchlines about presumably exhausted topics (expensive cars, attractive women, attention-grabbing jewelry) with a cackling glee. He's the scene-stealing guest verse guy (on tracks including Kanye West's “Mercy” and Nicki Minaj's “Beez in the Trap”)--the mischievous uncle who shows up at the family barbecue cracking dirty jokes and driving a cool car. He's also maybe not the family member you want sticking around for a week--not because you don't like him necessarily, but because there are only so many Viagra jokes a person can take in a single sitting.
December 19, 2011 |
Common seems to have reached that sweet spot in a rap career where he can get away with a “man of many faces” act on a record and it not ring hollow. I mean, you know an album is going to be an interesting one when one of the first things you hear is Maya Angelou. Shifting seamlessly between Chicago-style bravado on “So Sweet” and grown man reflection on “Love I Lost” and “The Believer,” the entire album feels like you're seeing different pieces of the same human being--which can be refreshing in contrast to the over-the-top cartoonishness of some modern rap. It's worthwhile to mention that Chicago producing legend NO I.D. (aka the guy who gave the world Kanye West)
December 27, 2011 |
From Charlie Sheen's antics to Snooki's weight loss to Gwyneth Paltrow's death in "Contagion," it's been a ridiculous year in Whoville. What more can 2012 bring? Miss Cleo we're not, but RedEye took a look into our office Magic 8 Ball - yes, we have an office Magic 8 Ball - to forecast the future for some of our favorite famous faces. (Speaking of which, whatever happened to Miss Cleo?) Here are the real answers from the ball of wisdom. Will Jennifer Aniston get a marriage proposal?
March 17, 2012 |
You know how The Roots band leader Questlove kind of always seems to be in Chicago deejaying at a nightclub nearby? If you didn't previously think that these sets were not to be missed, i'm telling you: Don't miss a Questlove DJ set if you can help it. Headlining an all-star lineup of DJs at the live Turntable.fm showcase at SXSW on March 15--with A-Trak and Diplo--Questlove led a group of dance-hungry kiddos (like myself at the time, let's be...
September 13, 2012 |
The world has long been clamoring for a proper collaboration of Chicagoans Kanye West and R. Kelly, and thankfully the leadoff track from the newly leaked G.O.O.D. Music mixtape "Cruel Summer" delivers just that. "To The World" evokes images of beauty like vast skies, sunsets and sounds like it could be from an anti-bullying PSA. Until the words hit. There's a soaring chorus from R. Kelly backed by majestic strings and keys, all while Kelz kindly reminds everyone "Deuces minus one/ Middle finger to the sky tonight.
February 12, 2013 |
40/40 Clubs will collide with "The 20/20 Experience" all summer--not because "Suit and Tie" will be all over the radio but because Jay-Z (who owns the 40/40 Club sports bar chain) and Justin Timberlake, the men behind the (highly anticipated and mildly received) song, are reportedly planning a massive tour together for later this year. JT hinted at a big announcement on Twitter before the Grammys, where the pair performed together. It was apparently a preview of an 11- to 13-city tour set for stadiums around the country, according to Rolling Stone . Timberlake also released another single, "Mirrors," from "The 20/20 Experience," which is set for release March 19. The tour and recent performances mark Timberlake's return to live performing for the first time in more than five years.
December 28, 2011 |
This week: Whether you're seeing Kanye West or Wilco (pictured) or Nicki Minaj or Bon Iver, chances are people at the concert are singing along. The question: Is that fun or annoying? Fun The guy thrashing so hard that he creates a beer waterfall. The chick who paid $40 to yell a conversation with friends that she could've had in a bar. These are the people who need to be booted from concerts - not grinning, bopping fans who are so thrilled to be there they can't help but join in with the band.
September 20, 2012 |
It's no secret Mayor Emanuel is known for his dirty mouth. President Obama zinged him in 2009 when he said "for Rahm every day is a swearing-in ceremony. " Even a fake news release on April Fool's Day from the mayor's office said that the only F-word Emanuel now uses is FOIA, which stands for Freedom of Information Act. Here's a look at five others who got busted for cursing on the job. President Obama told the "Today" show in 2010 that he visited the Gulf Coast so he knows "whose ass to kick" for the BP oil spill.