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March 25, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
The Blackhawks' "Carbomb," forward Dan Carcillo, loves his tunes. Here's a mixtape of some Carcillo musical trivia: He's planning on seeing Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field. He plans to hit a party at a friend's house or go out in Wrigleyville beforehand, though he doesn't know where he's sitting yet. If the Hawks lost the rights to "Chelsea Dagger" to play after each goal, Carcillo would choose The Who's "Baba O'Reilly. " Before a game he expects to be particularly physical, Carcillo listens to Rage Against the Machine or "heavier" Led Zeppelin to get pumped up. He's visited the home of Michael Jackson in...
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March 5, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Common, Big Boi and eight other hip-hop artists have teamed with HBO to create "Catch the Throne: The Mixtape," a compilation of songs inspired by the hit show "Game of Thrones. " "'Game of Thrones' centers around battles for power, and rap is definitely a battle for power," Common, the Chicago hip-hop artist and actor, says in this video from Vibe Magazine. The video shows a sampling of his rap, which seems to echo the sentiment: "I sit and think when I'm in my zone / This life is like a Game of Thrones.
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August 16, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins and RedEye Sound Board
**1/2 (out of 4) You can download the tape for free here. R&B albums are always a treat, aren't they? There's the song about sex, the one about making love, the one about being in love ... you get the gist. The new tape from Chicago artist Jeremih (remember "Birthday Sex"?) isn't breaking that mold, but it sure does try. See, the formula that's applied to modern rap mixtapes (frequently unneccesary DJ drops/banter, mostly) doesn't fit exactly with the style of records included on the tape.
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February 11, 2014 | Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins | RedEye Sound Board
Say what you want about Martellus Bennett, at least he's consistent. The Bears tight end has released a new mixtape of original raps with the clever title of "Year of the Orange Dinosaur. " This release follows 2011's "Fast Food. " If you're concerned that this new venture will be a distraction, fret not: Bennett took to Twitter to let everyone know not to expect a long rap career from him. "I am not a rapper or musician nor do I want to be. I'm just c reative trying to express myself in as many ways as possible," he tweeted.
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January 24, 2013 | Adam Lukach, @lucheezy | RedEye Sound Board
** 1/2 (out of four) Rockie Fresh likes cars. He likes buying cars ("In 2013/I plan to buy too many cars"). He likes talking about cars. He likes driving cars, and he likes driving metaphors: both of his higher-profile mixtape releases were named as such: last year's popular “Driving 88” and now, “Electric Highway,” his first release after being signed to Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group, a rap label named after the luxury Maybach automobile....
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March 5, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Common, Big Boi and eight other hip-hop artists have teamed with HBO to create "Catch the Throne: The Mixtape," a compilation of songs inspired by the hit show "Game of Thrones. " "'Game of Thrones' centers around battles for power, and rap is definitely a battle for power," Common, the Chicago hip-hop artist and actor, says in this video from Vibe Magazine. The video shows a sampling of his rap, which seems to echo the sentiment: "I sit and think when I'm in my zone / This life is like a Game of Thrones.
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February 11, 2014 | Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins | RedEye Sound Board
Say what you want about Martellus Bennett, at least he's consistent. The Bears tight end has released a new mixtape of original raps with the clever title of "Year of the Orange Dinosaur. " This release follows 2011's "Fast Food. " If you're concerned that this new venture will be a distraction, fret not: Bennett took to Twitter to let everyone know not to expect a long rap career from him. "I am not a rapper or musician nor do I want to be. I'm just c reative trying to express myself in as many ways as...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
DJ Drama may have the most famous shout in hip-hop, if not all of music. The Atlanta DJ, whose Gangsta Grillz mixtape releases with artists like T.I., Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne helped define the modern hip-hop distribution model, has shouted his boasts and observations over the music of many of the biggest stars in hip-hop and R&B, often right before they broke through into mainstream success. Recent projects bearing the familiar “Gangsta Grizz-ills” and “DRAMATIC” drops include Meek Mill's “Dreamchasers 2” mixtape, the most downloaded release...
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August 12, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer, For RedEye
Kiara Johnson did not plan on a rap career. In fact, she had never before rapped on record when her cousin, Donta Moye, 23, who produces music under the name Block on da Trakk, asked her to record a track at his house last summer. Johnson, then 18, of Bronzeville, was eager to give it a shot. Block thought the local music scene needed a new female voice, especially in the aggressive Chicago rap subgenre known as drill music. He had the perfect beat and wanted to help his cousin get away from some of the dangerous behavior and influences with which she was involved.
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October 29, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
*** (out of four) In the first verse on his debut album “Dreams and Nightmares,” Meek Mill notes that he “did it without an album.” Indeed, by one measurement Meek Mill is the most successful rapper currently working: His “Dreamchasers 2” mixtape, released earlier this year, holds the record for the most downloads ever from free mixtape site Datpiff at well over 3 million. By all traditional metrics, Meek Mill is a pure genre artist with relatively little crossover appeal.
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July 11, 2013 | By Andy Downing and RedEye special contributor
Tree's profile is growing more rapidly than even his name would suggest. The 29-year-old Chicago rapper/producer earned a coveted slot at the Pitchfork Music Festival on the strength of his newest mixtape, "Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out," and has been wooed by a number of major labels--though for now he sounds content to remain independent. "With a record label, maybe they want me to make a King Louie song or a Chief Keef song, and maybe that's not me," said the MC, born Tremaine Johnson.
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March 25, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
The Blackhawks' "Carbomb," forward Dan Carcillo, loves his tunes. Here's a mixtape of some Carcillo musical trivia: He's planning on seeing Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field. He plans to hit a party at a friend's house or go out in Wrigleyville beforehand, though he doesn't know where he's sitting yet. If the Hawks lost the rights to "Chelsea Dagger" to play after each goal, Carcillo would choose The Who's "Baba O'Reilly. " Before a game he expects to be particularly physical, Carcillo listens to Rage Against the Machine or "heavier" Led Zeppelin to get pumped up. ...
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February 14, 2013 | Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins | RedEye Sound Board
It's Valentine's Day! As Sir Michael Bolton once said, love is a wonderful thing. What better way to show that love than through the gift of music? Here's a bunch of amazing love-themed mixtapes that you should be playing today and any other day that love is on your mind.     ?uestlove has made a special love playlist that's only available if you subscribe to Rdio. New G.O.O.D music signee and 1/2 of production duo TNGHT  Hudson Mohawke drops his 6th annual "Slow Jams" mixtape . Sober1 has a new installment...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013 | Adam Lukach, @lucheezy | RedEye Sound Board
** 1/2 (out of four) Rockie Fresh likes cars. He likes buying cars ("In 2013/I plan to buy too many cars"). He likes talking about cars. He likes driving cars, and he likes driving metaphors: both of his higher-profile mixtape releases were named as such: last year's popular “Driving 88” and now, “Electric Highway,” his first release after being signed to Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group, a rap label named after the luxury Maybach automobile....
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | Andy Downing for RedEye
Most people serving high school suspensions use the extra time to ponder the consequences of their actions. Chance the Rapper used it to launch a music career. The young MC, born Chancelor Bennett 19 years ago, started work on his debut mixtape "10 Day" after getting busted smoking pot at Jones College Prep. In the months since the album's April release, Chance's fortunes have improved considerably. The rapper has already toured alongside Childish Gambino and rising locals Kids These Days, and this week he headlines his first show at Metro.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
*** (out of four) In the first verse on his debut album “Dreams and Nightmares,” Meek Mill notes that he “did it without an album.” Indeed, by one measurement Meek Mill is the most successful rapper currently working: His “Dreamchasers 2” mixtape, released earlier this year, holds the record for the most downloads ever from free mixtape site Datpiff at well over 3 million. By all traditional metrics, Meek Mill is a pure genre artist with relatively little crossover appeal.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Andy Downing and RedEye special contributor
Tree's profile is growing more rapidly than even his name would suggest. The 29-year-old Chicago rapper/producer earned a coveted slot at the Pitchfork Music Festival on the strength of his newest mixtape, "Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out," and has been wooed by a number of major labels--though for now he sounds content to remain independent. "With a record label, maybe they want me to make a King Louie song or a Chief Keef song, and maybe that's not me," said the MC, born Tremaine Johnson.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | Andy Downing for RedEye
Most people serving high school suspensions use the extra time to ponder the consequences of their actions. Chance the Rapper used it to launch a music career. The young MC, born Chancelor Bennett 19 years ago, started work on his debut mixtape "10 Day" after getting busted smoking pot at Jones College Prep. In the months since the album's April release, Chance's fortunes have improved considerably. The rapper has already toured alongside Childish Gambino and rising locals Kids These Days, and this week he headlines his first show at Metro.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
DJ Drama may have the most famous shout in hip-hop, if not all of music. The Atlanta DJ, whose Gangsta Grillz mixtape releases with artists like T.I., Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne helped define the modern hip-hop distribution model, has shouted his boasts and observations over the music of many of the biggest stars in hip-hop and R&B, often right before they broke through into mainstream success. Recent projects bearing the familiar “Gangsta Grizz-ills” and “DRAMATIC” drops include Meek Mill's “Dreamchasers 2” mixtape, the most downloaded release in the history of mixtape hosting site DatPiff, as well as...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins and RedEye Sound Board
**1/2 (out of 4) You can download the tape for free here. R&B albums are always a treat, aren't they? There's the song about sex, the one about making love, the one about being in love ... you get the gist. The new tape from Chicago artist Jeremih (remember "Birthday Sex"?) isn't breaking that mold, but it sure does try. See, the formula that's applied to modern rap mixtapes (frequently unneccesary DJ drops/banter, mostly) doesn't fit exactly with the style of records included on the tape.
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