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March 28, 2013 | By Nikki Lynette, @nikkilynette and For RedEye
As an entertainer, I can tell you no artist likes to be censored or have his or her lyrics dissected. It blows! Freedom of speech is something we creative folks value, but the same rights that let artists say what we want are the ones that can land us in a world of trouble. In rapper Rick Ross' feature verse on "U.O.E.N.O," a mixtape song by artist Rocko, Rozay shocked rap lovers everywhere by getting all date-rapey. The lines "Put molly all in her champagne / She ain't even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that / She ain't even know it" pissed people off and caused a lot of backlash.
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April 7, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
**1/2 (out of 4) While Chuck Inglish has gained fame as half of Chicago hip-hop duo The Cool Kids, the Detroit-native rapper (born Evan Ingersoll) hasn't been properly recognized for his ability to create quality tracks. I worry that he may not achieve the rap superstardom he deserves as a beat maker (he's crafted tracks for Rick Ross, Kid Cudi, Mac Miller and more) and will join the list of consistently awesome, under-recognized producers that includes Daz Dillinger (Snoop Dogg, Tupac)
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July 31, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
*** (out of four) As anyone can see, Rick Ross is a man with a prodigious appetite and a frame to match. The former corrections officer has become one of the most successful rappers alive, as well as one of the most notable owners of a celebrity label imprint, the lavishly titled Maybach Music Group. He opens his verses with a signature grunt and raps in a rumbling bark. He had two in-flight seizures in one day this fall. These things we know.   However, according to the content of his albums, including the new “God Forgives, I Don't," Rick Ross is harder to pin down.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Album review: Rick Ross, “Mastermind” **1/2 (out of 4)   By now, Rick Ross fans know that enjoying the flashy rapper means focusing on the details of his stories, not wondering if his larger-than-life boasts about making huge gains in the drug game come from actual life experience. He spent years denying accusations that he spent time as a South Florida correctional officer, eventually and quietly confirming those reports without providing any evidence that his recorded material is anything but an escapist fantasy - a naturally gifted storyteller flexing...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2012 | By Renee Pinckney and For RedEye
Fresh off of his announcement that he's signed with Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group, Chicago-rapper Rockie Fresh has no time to celebrate, as he's planning to hit the studio right away to work on his first album. The past few months have been a whirlwind for the 21-year-old Chicago-native, who went from meeting Rick Ross to being signed to his label in the span of two months. He did take the time to talk to RedEye about his plans for his first project, a new tour, whether he'll collaborate with any of his MMG label mates and his relationship with other emerging Chicago rap...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
***1/2 (out of four) While a different, more controversial brand of Chicago hip-hop was on the rise last summer, local MC Rockie Fresh had already ascended, signing to Rick Ross's major-label imprint Maybach Music Group.  It happened without the fanfare that usually accompanies such an event, and the Ross-assisted remix of Rockie's "You a Lie" solidified what seemed like an awkward sonic fit at first. The Chicago rapper's first project since the signing is the upcoming mixtape "Electric Highway," and today we hear the...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Album review: Rick Ross, “Mastermind” **1/2 (out of 4)   By now, Rick Ross fans know that enjoying the flashy rapper means focusing on the details of his stories, not wondering if his larger-than-life boasts about making huge gains in the drug game come from actual life experience. He spent years denying accusations that he spent time as a South Florida correctional officer, eventually and quietly confirming those reports without providing any evidence that his recorded material is anything but an...
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.
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November 12, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
2012 has certainly been Chief Keef's year: the 17-year-old Chicago emcee was freed from prison, dropped "Don't Like," was remixed by Kanye, performed at Lolla, tweeted in bad taste over a rival rapper's death, Instagrammed oral sex, signed to a major label and is getting his own Beats by Keef headphones. And he's also going to release a real album with music. That's assuming his "Finally Rich" album from Interscope doesn't get pushed back from its Dec. 18 release date, which has pretty much become the standard for most rap albums anymore.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
If you're still getting back on the grid after your holiday, you may have missed a few things music-realted. Let's catch you up! Drake dropped not one, but TWO new songs.  Maybe he got hyped watching all the bowl games? We don't know. He liberated the two tracks "We Made It Freestyle (feat. Soulja Boy)" and "Trophies" over the past six days. Listen to them below. (Heads up: "Trophies" should be the song you play when you win your softball championship this year.)       Rick Ross got sued, then...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
If you're still getting back on the grid after your holiday, you may have missed a few things music-realted. Let's catch you up! Drake dropped not one, but TWO new songs.  Maybe he got hyped watching all the bowl games? We don't know. He liberated the two tracks "We Made It Freestyle (feat. Soulja Boy)" and "Trophies" over the past six days. Listen to them below. (Heads up: "Trophies" should be the song you play when you win your softball championship this year.)       Rick Ross got sued, then immediately sued LMFAO.  So Freeway Ricky Ross...
NEWS
March 28, 2013 | By Nikki Lynette, @nikkilynette and For RedEye
As an entertainer, I can tell you no artist likes to be censored or have his or her lyrics dissected. It blows! Freedom of speech is something we creative folks value, but the same rights that let artists say what we want are the ones that can land us in a world of trouble. In rapper Rick Ross' feature verse on "U.O.E.N.O," a mixtape song by artist Rocko, Rozay shocked rap lovers everywhere by getting all date-rapey. The lines "Put molly all in her champagne / She ain't even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that / She ain't even...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
***1/2 (out of four) While a different, more controversial brand of Chicago hip-hop was on the rise last summer, local MC Rockie Fresh had already ascended, signing to Rick Ross's major-label imprint Maybach Music Group.  It happened without the fanfare that usually accompanies such an event, and the Ross-assisted remix of Rockie's "You a Lie" solidified what seemed like an awkward sonic fit at first. The Chicago rapper's first project since the signing is the upcoming mixtape "Electric...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
**1/2 (out of 4) In one of the more telling lines on “Wu-Block,” Sheek Louch says that he's “never heard of a blog.” For the album's purposes, this is a boast: the only indications that this collaboration between the rapper and his fellow '90s New York rap eminence Ghostface Killah is a recent occurrence are a couple stray iPhone references and the fact that the year 2012 is printed on the cover. The biggest surprise an album bringing together members of the Wu-Tang Clan and The LOX has to offer is the fact that it hasn't been made...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
2012 has certainly been Chief Keef's year: the 17-year-old Chicago emcee was freed from prison, dropped "Don't Like," was remixed by Kanye, performed at Lolla, tweeted in bad taste over a rival rapper's death, Instagrammed oral sex, signed to a major label and is getting his own Beats by Keef headphones. And he's also going to release a real album with music. That's assuming his "Finally Rich" album from Interscope doesn't get pushed back from its Dec. 18 release date, which has pretty much become the standard for most rap albums anymore.
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
April 7, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
**1/2 (out of 4) While Chuck Inglish has gained fame as half of Chicago hip-hop duo The Cool Kids, the Detroit-native rapper (born Evan Ingersoll) hasn't been properly recognized for his ability to create quality tracks. I worry that he may not achieve the rap superstardom he deserves as a beat maker (he's crafted tracks for Rick Ross, Kid Cudi, Mac Miller and more) and will join the list of consistently awesome, under-recognized producers that includes Daz Dillinger (Snoop Dogg, Tupac)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins and RedEye
Wednesday marks the biggest day in the history of New York University: Bay Area rapper/Internet force of nature Lil B The Based God will hold a lecture at the school's Kimmel Center. "It's gonna be a real progressive talk and when everybody leaves, their lives will be changed," he told FUSE. The gambit seems to have paid off: The announcement became a worldwide trending topic after he tweeted it. The Based God isn't the first rapper to grace the hallowed halls of academia. UGK member Bun B teaches a class at Rice University in Houston and Chicago's...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
*** (out of four) As anyone can see, Rick Ross is a man with a prodigious appetite and a frame to match. The former corrections officer has become one of the most successful rappers alive, as well as one of the most notable owners of a celebrity label imprint, the lavishly titled Maybach Music Group. He opens his verses with a signature grunt and raps in a rumbling bark. He had two in-flight seizures in one day this fall. These things we know.   However, according to the content of his albums, including the new “God Forgives, I Don't," Rick Ross is harder to pin down.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2012 | By Renee Pinckney and For RedEye
Fresh off of his announcement that he's signed with Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group, Chicago-rapper Rockie Fresh has no time to celebrate, as he's planning to hit the studio right away to work on his first album. The past few months have been a whirlwind for the 21-year-old Chicago-native, who went from meeting Rick Ross to being signed to his label in the span of two months. He did take the time to talk to RedEye about his plans for his first project, a new tour, whether he'll collaborate with any of his MMG label mates and his...
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