Rapper Logic Announces “The Incredible World Tour”


Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Earlier this year Logic went on his “Under Pressure World Tour” which we recently named as one of the 20 Best Concert Tours of 2015. And whether you made it to one of its many dates or you unfortunately missed out, you will be happy to hear that next year Logic embark on his huge new tour, titled “The Incredible World Tour”. If you couldn’t guess from its title, this tour will be incredible, and given his past performances we have no reason to doubt the Maryland native.

As of right now, only a few dates have been confirmed, including dates in Texas, Oregon and Milwaukee, but soon fans will be able to check out more dates and details, and get tickets, when the tour’s official website is live on December 4th.

Stay tuned for more details as we await Logic’s official announcement at 3PM Eastern Time.

[Update: Logic has now officially announced the tour dates, check them out below!]


10 Songs We Need to Hear at iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball in Chicago


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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

iHeartRadio and 103.5 Kiss FM‘s “Jingle Ball” is only a couple weeks away but we are already excited! With performances from Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, 5 Seconds of Summer, Tove Lo, Shawn Mendes, 5th Harmony, Hailee Steinfeld, DNCE and many more, Chicago’s Allstate Arena in Rosement is the place to be next month. The stacked lineup will take place on Wednesday, December 16th and even if you aren’t in the Chicago area, there is a good chance that iHeartRadio is bringing one of their Jingle Balls to a city near you.

Hit the jump and check out our list of the 10 songs that we need to hear at this year’s Jingle Ball, and if you haven’t yet, get your tickets now while you still can!


Is Patrick Kane the Greatest American Born Hockey Player of All-Time?


Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

With less than a minute left in regulation, Patrick Kane gained a game tying assist to force overtime between his Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks last night. Not only did his assist help his team to a 3-2 victory, but it extended his current point streak to 18, tied for the largest point streak ever by an American-born player in the NHL.

In the past 18 games, Kaner has 10 goals, 19 assists and an impressive total of 29 points.

Today, the 2015 Stanley Cup champs face the Los Angeles Kings (winners of the cup in 2014), giving Kane the chance to extend his point streak even further, and make him the sole holder of the American points streak record.

As Kane has the chance to make history tonight, it raises the question of whether or not, the 27-year-old Kane is already the best American born hockey player in the history of the NHL?

If all goes Kane’s way tonight, his point streak will not be the only accolade to support his greatness. The Hawks’ forward has already won 3 Stanley Cups and is only one of four American born players to win the Conn Smythe trophy, awarded to the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs. And while Patrick Kane only took home the Conn Smythe one of three years which the Hawk’s won the cup in recent history, he has played big roles in all three wins, as #88 is one of the best players in the playoffs.

In his 116 playoff games played, Kane has put up an amazing 114 points.

While three other Americans have been dubbed the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the past, no American has ever been named the regular season’s MVP, the Hart Memorial Trophy. While that may sound surprising, you’d also be surprised to hear that no American born player has ever led the league in points at the regular season’s end either, the Art Ross Trophy. Kane was on this track last year, until he suffered an injury in the second half of the season/

If things continue at their current pace, Kane just make take home both. Currently Kane leads the league in points and assists at 35 and 22 respectively. Kane also is 2nd in the league in total goals. Just weeks ago on his 27th birthday, Patrick Kane led the NHL in points, goals, assists and plus/minus. While the reigning Stanley Cup Champions have struggled at times this season, and despite a rape investigation, which has now been dropped but trickled into the regular season, Kane has been on fire.

Kane is playing the best hockey of his career and if things ended today, the Blackhawks’ star forward would take home the Art Ross and likely the Hart Memorial.

It’s hard to imagine having the discussion of “the best ever” for any category, when the player still has a couple seasons until they turn 30, but the numbers don’t lie. Kane has already achieved what only a microscopic group of Americans have done before him and he is easily on pace to do a number of things that no one from the U.S. has ever done.

If he isn’t already the best American to ever do it, talk to me in a year!

Throwback Thursday Review: Camp | Childish Gambino


Obtaining credibility in hip-hop is not a task easily done. Fundamentally, it’s an art form that manifested from an extensive history of systemic violence that targeted African Americans. Hip-hop music became the voice of the people in underdeveloped and neglected areas like The Bronx, in New York. The artful expression of anguish. Throughout the late-70’s and 80’s, hip-hop started diversifying its sound and began its stretch into mainstream appeal where it has since remained. When the art form itself took a grand ascension into popularity, with it came a number of imposters. Rappers who talk a life they never lived, tearing at the very roots of hip-hop. “What’s the point of rapping if you can’t be yourself huh? That’s why I come first like my cellphone.” Childish Gambino’s cry of acceptance rings out with all the gusto of a new school rapper who has found identity in his nerdiness via pop-culture reference-rap on debut album Camp.

Rather than be imposter, Gambino plays the role of outsider. Outsider to a genre that he loves and respects yet feels suspect because of his social status, mixed-appearance, nerdish tendencies and the fact that he grew up knowing both of his parents. All outdated concepts, even in 2011 but his statements retain their earnesty because of ‘show, don’t tell’ rap style. Over the chime of a high piano chord and orchestral drums and violins that switch to a distorted synth, Gambino reminisces on stealing Tommy Hilfiger from the 7th grade lost and found, and pointing out racism’s subtlety in society by not feeling black enough for the barber shops he frequented as a teen. His infatuation seems to be with changing the perception of those doubt him as a serious threat in hip-hop.

How does he follow through with that? Well, the man can definitely rap. Rhythmically, he is as advanced as any veteran and it’s extremely noticeable over the largely self-produced instrumentals that often sound grand and complex enough to echo influence of Kanye’s, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. His verses are internal conversations with himself and the choruses become declarations of self-awareness sung beautifully by Gambino himself. By now it is fair to identify his effectiveness as at least a triple threat on the album. Serving as producer, rapper and singer work to make the album all the more personal. He is at his best when he leaves behind his dominant wielded metaphors and bares his emotional soul on the track. Tracks like ‘Bonfire’, ‘LES’ and ‘Hold You Down’ show that Gambino has more to offer than wit. He competently reflects on relationships and life in a way that is both critical and heart-grabbing.

In the end, I think Gambino gets lost in the assumption that hip-hop music is as unaccepting of nerdiness as his high school classmates were. In reality, hip-hop artists have a rich history of being classically defined a nerd. From being huge fans of chess like Wu-tang Clan’s GZA or Eminem’s child-like sense of love for comic books. His nerd-status in life becomes a metaphor for how he is looked at in the rap-game but it isn’t incredibly accurate. To the average listener, Gambino never was that nerdy kid in high-school, their first perception of him is that he is a well rounded rapper/singer. Luckily his wittiness and wicked flow carry him through the songs that focus on loose metaphors about his feelings of false-insecurity while the songs focused on things other than his own perception of self show signs of that fuel that made artists like Drake famous.


Photo: Lupe Fiasco Performs at the Concord Music Hall in Chicago


Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Tonight Chicago was treated to a special Thanksgiving Eve performance from it’s very own, rapper Lupe Fiasco, as Fiasco performed a headlining set at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall. This performance wasn’t like most Lupe Fiasco concerts however, as Lupe dubbed the show as Food & Liquor vs. The Cool, which of course are Lupe’s first two albums.

Performing tracks from each of the critically acclaimed LPs, fans could finally put to rest the debate of which Lupe Fiasco album is better. The only problem is, after tonight’s great performances of each, it is only harder to decide which project is more of a classic. Whether you prefer The Cool or Food & Liquor though, you can’t go wrong listening to either and you definitely had a blast if you stopped by the Concord Music Hall tonight to hear them live.

Check out our photos of Lupe Fiasco’s hometown show below.

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The 20 Best Concert Tours of 2015


Best Tours

2015 saw a lot of great concert tours, from J. Cole’s Forest Hills Drive Tour with Big Sean, YG and Jeremih to Taylor Swift’s huge 1989 World Tour. Some tours sold out stadiums and arenas, selling out the entire tour before it even begun, and some tours were in small intimate venues, either strategically or because simple supply and demand. Some had stacked lineups top to bottom and some introduced us to a lot of great new artists. Festivals like Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Coachella were bigger than ever this year, but that didn’t stop your favorite artists from building up some great shows of their own.

Hit the jump and check out our list of our 20 Favorite Concert Tours of 2015!


Poet/Activist Behind Chance The Rapper’s “Open Mike” Events Charged with Felony Over Laquan McDonald Protests


Malcolm London

[UPDATE: Charges against Malcolm London have now been dropped.]

Last night hundreds of protesters walked the streets of downtown Chicago to protest the murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. While the protests were overwhelmingly peaceful, a small scuffle did break out between Chicago police officers and protesters. Involved in the mass scuffle was Chicago’s own, rapper Vic Mensa. Mensa stood behind his brothers and sisters to march in support of McDonald and to show their disgust over the newly released video, where an officer (who has since been charge with murder) is seen shooting McDonald 16 times.

Mensa wasn’t the only Chicago activist in attendance last night. Poet and activist Malcolm London, who is one of the co-founders and hosts of Chance The Rapper’s “Open Mike” nights, was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault. While police allege that London struck an officer, other witnesses disagree. Alderman Roderick Sawyer, who is the Chair of the City Council Black Caucus in Chicago, commended London as a hero. According to Sawyer’s daughter, who was with London last night, police officers wrongfully blamed London for a flare light that was thrown and promptly apprehended him after.

You can donate to the bond fund for London’s release here.

Vic Mensa Involved in Mass Fight Between Chicago Police Officers and Protesters Over Death of Laquan McDonald


Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

The city of Chicago is rightfully outraged tonight as graphic footage was released of the death of Laquan McDonald, who was brutally killed by a Chicago police officer. While this alone is reason for many to be applauded, the officer who shot McDonald, who has since been charged with murder, shot the 17-year old a total of 16 times in the incident.

In a video captured by CBS, a scuffle breaks out between protesters and Chicago police officers. While he certainly isn’t shown doing anything wrong, one notable person involved in the middle of the fight is Chicago’s own, rapper Vic Mensa, who can be seen towards the end of the video. Tensions are very high in Chicago right now, and knowing how active Vic is in his city and the Black Lives Matter movement, his involvement is not unexpected.

Throughout the night only one arrest was made during the protests. Community activist, Malcolm London, was arrested after police say he punched an officer. The activist, who runs Chance The Rapper’s “Open Mike” events in Chicago was charged with a felony, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

Watch the video of the incident, courtesy of CBS, below.

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Photos: Mac Miller Brings The GO:OD AM Tour to Austin


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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Last night, rapper Mac Miller brought his GO:OD AM Tour to Emo’s in Austin, TX. Joined by his GO:OD AM tourmate Tory Lanez, Mac killed it! We sent our photographer Mason Power to watch Miller perform a number of his hits, including his hit single and college favorite, ‘Donald Trump’, as well as number of tracks from his new LP, GO:OD AM, of which his 2015 tour get its name. Miller has a stage presence like none other, and with every new tour of his, he brings something new to his performances.

Check out our photos below (and our photos from Mac’s Chicago tour stop here) and make sure you get your tickets for The GO:OD AM tour before they are all sold out!

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