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April 22, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Wiz Kalifa stays medicated, medicated by a drug called "music. " You might have heard of it, and he wants you to feel it too. Khalifa is a well-known music smoker, and is bringing back his "Under the Influence of Music" Tour for a second go-around, following the successful 10-date tour last year when he inspired many to start rolling their own joints of music. He plans to make Chicago one of his 20 stops this year, coming to the First Midwest Bank Amphiteatre on July 30 with a host of friends, because everyone knows smoking music is more fun in a group.
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April 22, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Soundboard
It's probably not a coincidence that everyone involved with the Under the Influence of Music Tour 2014, arriving in Tinley Park on Aug. 5 and at Wisconsin's Alpine Valley Music Theatre on Aug. 9, has expressed strong affection for pot, and that tickets for the shows go on sale at 4:20 p.m. Friday. I'm not saying this concert will be heavy on marijuana use, just that you might be as far away as Lake Geneva and still able to catch a contact high. Maybe pack some chips? Anyway, the tour, featuring Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Sage the Gemini, Mack Wilds, IAMSU and DJ Drama, offers further...
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April 17, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
***= Recommended shows On sale 10 a.m. Wednesday Balkano, Fever in the Funkhouse, Goose Doctor, Wednesday, June 13 ($7, 21+) at Martyrs'. Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, The Laureates, Thursday, June 14 ($8, 21+) at Martyrs'. Anne McCue, Saturday, Aug. 2 ($10, 21+) at Martyrs'. On sale noon Thursday Matt Skiba and the Sekrets, Thursday, June 7 ($17-$20, 18+) at Metro. On sale 10 a.m. Friday O.A.R., Rebelution, Friday, July 20 ($39.50, all ages)
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January 30, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
*** (of 4) Most would agree that one characteristic of great musicians is the ability to identify with the problems of the average listener. Two questions, though: What if your biggest problem is that you're just too fresh? What if you have an abundance of women at your disposal, and you're just not sure how many of them would fit into a beach cabana? If these are your everyday worries, rising rap star Ty Dolla $ign feels your pain. In recent years Ty (real name: Tyrone Griffin)
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April 23, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
 *** = Recommended shows On sale noon Thursday Alice in Chains, Jane's Addiction, Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Thursday, Aug. 22 ($20-$84.75, all ages) at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. On sale 10 a.m. Friday ***Bilal, Friday, May 24 ($25, 17+) at House of Blues. Kelly Rowland & The Dream, Sunday, June 23 ($35-$40, 17+) at House of Blues. Blake Shelton, Easton Corbin, Jana Kramer, Saturday, Aug. 3 ($29.25-$59, all ages) at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre.
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April 22, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Soundboard
It's probably not a coincidence that everyone involved with the Under the Influence of Music Tour 2014, arriving in Tinley Park on Aug. 5 and at Wisconsin's Alpine Valley Music Theatre on Aug. 9, has expressed strong affection for pot, and that tickets for the shows go on sale at 4:20 p.m. Friday. I'm not saying this concert will be heavy on marijuana use, just that you might be as far away as Lake Geneva and still able to catch a contact high. Maybe pack some chips? Anyway, the tour, featuring Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Sage the Gemini, Mack Wilds,...
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May 8, 2012 | Ernest Wilkins | RedEye Sound Board
  Local mashup craftsmen (BTW: I literally just sat here for two minutes and tried to think of a way to make that opening sound as journo as possible ) The Hood Internet have a new tape out . It's their usual blend of unexpected "collabs" and straight-up grooves and should help you get through the rest of the week with a smile on your face.  Tracklist under this:   The Mixtape Volume Six : 1. Wiz Khalifa x Phantogram | Move Up 2. Mayer Hawthorne x M83 | One...
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November 16, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Chief Keef continues to do Chief Keef things--this time, failing to appear for a music video shoot with Wiz Khalifa and 50 Cent. The video was for "Hate Being Sober," one of the bigger-profile tracks from his upcoming "Finally Rich" album, and, according to Fif's Twitter account, Keef was a no-show with no explanation. "@50cent: @ChiefKeef didn't show up to his own video. I never saw anything like this on the first song. SMSaudio" "50cent: Its not funny @ChiefKeef didn't sell any records yet,they will pull the plug on him.SMSAUDIO" ...
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January 30, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
*** (of 4) Most would agree that one characteristic of great musicians is the ability to identify with the problems of the average listener. Two questions, though: What if your biggest problem is that you're just too fresh? What if you have an abundance of women at your disposal, and you're just not sure how many of them would fit into a beach cabana? If these are your everyday worries, rising rap star Ty Dolla $ign feels your pain. In recent years Ty (real name: Tyrone Griffin)
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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...
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April 23, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
 *** = Recommended shows On sale noon Thursday Alice in Chains, Jane's Addiction, Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Thursday, Aug. 22 ($20-$84.75, all ages) at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. On sale 10 a.m. Friday ***Bilal, Friday, May 24 ($25, 17+) at House of Blues. Kelly Rowland & The Dream, Sunday, June 23 ($35-$40, 17+) at House of Blues. Blake Shelton, Easton Corbin, Jana Kramer, Saturday, Aug. 3 ($29.25-$59, all ages) at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Wiz Kalifa stays medicated, medicated by a drug called "music. " You might have heard of it, and he wants you to feel it too. Khalifa is a well-known music smoker, and is bringing back his "Under the Influence of Music" Tour for a second go-around, following the successful 10-date tour last year when he inspired many to start rolling their own joints of music. He plans to make Chicago one of his 20 stops this year, coming to the First Midwest Bank Amphiteatre on July 30 with a host of friends, because everyone knows smoking music is more fun in a group.
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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....
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Chief Keef continues to do Chief Keef things--this time, failing to appear for a music video shoot with Wiz Khalifa and 50 Cent. The video was for "Hate Being Sober," one of the bigger-profile tracks from his upcoming "Finally Rich" album, and, according to Fif's Twitter account, Keef was a no-show with no explanation. "@50cent: @ChiefKeef didn't show up to his own video. I never saw anything like this on the first song. SMSaudio" "50cent: Its not funny @ChiefKeef didn't sell any records yet,they will pull the plug on...
NEWS
May 8, 2012 | Ernest Wilkins | RedEye Sound Board
  Local mashup craftsmen (BTW: I literally just sat here for two minutes and tried to think of a way to make that opening sound as journo as possible ) The Hood Internet have a new tape out . It's their usual blend of unexpected "collabs" and straight-up grooves and should help you get through the rest of the week with a smile on your face.  Tracklist under this:   The Mixtape Volume Six : 1. Wiz Khalifa x Phantogram | Move Up 2. Mayer Hawthorne x M83 | One Midnight With You ...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
***= Recommended shows On sale 10 a.m. Wednesday Balkano, Fever in the Funkhouse, Goose Doctor, Wednesday, June 13 ($7, 21+) at Martyrs'. Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, The Laureates, Thursday, June 14 ($8, 21+) at Martyrs'. Anne McCue, Saturday, Aug. 2 ($10, 21+) at Martyrs'. On sale noon Thursday Matt Skiba and the Sekrets, Thursday, June 7 ($17-$20, 18+) at Metro. On sale 10 a.m. Friday O.A.R., Rebelution, Friday, July 20 ($39.50, all ages)
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....
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February 28, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins, RedEye
If you have friends who are REALLY into rap on Twitter, you're probably noticing a lot of humbuggery about something called "the Freshman cover" or the "XXL list. " Curiosity probably got the best of you, and you clicked through only to be really confused about the whole thing. Look, I understand that it can be hard to keep up with who all these rappin'-ass rappers are these days. Lucky for you, I'm here to help.  Background: The XXL Freshman list is supposed to be a "these are the new big things on...
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 own Naledge (of Kidz in the Hall)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins, RedEye
If you have friends who are REALLY into rap on Twitter, you're probably noticing a lot of humbuggery about something called "the Freshman cover" or the "XXL list. " Curiosity probably got the best of you, and you clicked through only to be really confused about the whole thing. Look, I understand that it can be hard to keep up with who all these rappin'-ass rappers are these days. Lucky for you, I'm here to help.  Background: The XXL Freshman list is supposed to be a "these are the new big things on the scene" guide for...
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