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Photos: Common’s AAHH! Fest Brings J. Cole, Ice Cube, The Roots, Vic Mensa, Jeremih & More to Chicago’s Union Park

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

Sunday marked the final day of Common’s (now 2-day) music festival, AAHH! Fest. Taking place at Chicago’s Union Park, Common brought some of the biggest names in hip-hop to his hometown festival. Following Saturday’s Community Day, where fans got to see some of the city’s young talent perform, as well as surprise guest appearances and sets from Chicago’s own, Tink, Taylor Bennett and Dreamville’s Omen, Sunday’s main stage lineup was stacked from top to bottom.

First up was a Chicago native and one of our favorite emerging artists, Sir The Baptist. With some huge co-signs, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne (just to name a couple), Sir The Baptist is making waves throughout Chicago and the rap world as a whole. Whether you’ve been hooked from Day 1, or were blown away by his moving performance at Lollapalooza this year, Sir The Baptist is one of the easiest rappers to root for right now and his single ‘Raise Hell’ will certainly get you on your feet.

Next up, AAHH! Fest saw a performance from another one of the city’s more conscious rappers, SAVEMONEY’s Vic Mensa. Another rapper who had a moving and memorable set at Lollapalooza this year, Vic Mensa brought performances of his politically charged EP, There’s Alot Going On. Following Vic’s performance, Odd Future’s Syd tha Kyd-led group, The Internet hit the stage, and delivered as always.

Moments later, it was time for another one of Chicago’s own to hit the stage, this time ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ singer Jeremih. Giving fans a half hour of some of his biggest hits, Jeremih’s set was definitely for the ladies in attendance tonight. Following his set, and some of music’s most talented young artists, was all for the hip-hop heads in the audience. Next, AAHH! Fest saw sets from The Roots, Common, Ice Cube, Bilal and a surprise appearance from R. Kelly, all legends in their own right.

But after a few legends in hip-hop stepped off stage, it was time for the night’s headliner, none other than J. Cole. Returning to Chicago, after a headlining performance for the opening night of Lollapalooza’s huge 25th Anniversary, J. Cole killed it, to no one’s surprise. While J. Cole is one of the few artists tonight without direct Chicago ties, you wouldn’t have guessed it by the audience’s reaction as Cole stepped on stage. Michael Jordan isn’t the only great name from North Carolina embraced by the Windy City, as J. Cole will always have a second home in Chicago, and that was more than evident tonight. AAHH! Fest will have a tough job matching this year’s performances in 2017.

Check out our photos from AAHH! Fest 2016 below.

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Riot Fest (Chicago) Day 1 in Photos: Post Malone, Heems, Alex Wiley

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

Today marked the first day of Lollapalooza’s evil step-brother, Riot Fest. Today Chicago’s biggest rock fans saw performances across a number of different genres, with some great sets from Heems (formerly of Das Racist), Alex Wiley, Ice Cube, No Doubt, Post Malone, Atreyu and many more. We made sure to catch some of our favorite rap artists and before we left for the night, we even caught a bit of Ice Cube and No Doubt’s huge headlining performances.

Check out our photos below, of what Day 1 of Riot Fest (Chicago) had to offer in 2015, and make sure not to miss tomorrow’s artists.

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Cast Revealed for CB4 Biopic “Straight Outta Locash” (Ice Cube, Hannibal Buress & More)

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The cast for the upcoming CB4 biopic was revealed today, and it is already causing a fair amount of controversy. For our younger readers, CB4 was the premiere gangster rap group from the 90s, which consists of MC Gusto, Dead Mike and Stab Master Arson. Why the name CB4? Because these three Southern California gangster met while under custody in the prison block, Cell Block 4. The upcoming film, titled “Straight Outta Locash” after CB4’s hit single of the same name, will hit theaters everywhere this summer on August 1st.

Likely causing the most controversy is the casting of CB4’s Stab Master Arson, who reportedly will be portrayed by family friendly Are We There Yet? actor Ice Cube. The name “Stab Master Arson” says it all, and going with such a safe and conservative choice (i.e. someone who starred alongside Keke Palmer) doesn’t seem like the right fit. “I just can’t picture Ice Cube being in a gangster rap group.” said one fan on Twitter.

While the casting of the other members, MC Gusto and Dead Mike, are also being met with backlash, they are controversial for different reasons. Many believe that the movie studio simply casted a light skin version of Gusto to appeal to a white audience. Playing the role of CB4 frontman MC Gusto will be Think Like a Man actor, Michael Ealy. “He has blue eyes for God’s sake” tweeted one fan. The studio’s only good pick was casting comedian Hannibal Buress, after the success of his set during Comedy Central‘s Justin Bieber Roast. Although some believe that Buress’ anti-rape views aren’t gangster and rapey enough to portray the Locash rapper.

Watch CB4’s classic ‘Straight Outta Locash’ video and check out the “Straight Outta Locash: The Story of CB4” poster, below!

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