Chicago’s Fake Shore Drive celebrated 10 years of helping break some of the biggest names in Chicago music last night with it’s huge anniversary concert at the Portage Theater, for part of Red Bull Sound Select‘s “30 Days In Chicago” series. And what better way to celebrate than boasting performances from some of the best rappers Chicago has to offer, and a huge reunion performance from the legendary hip-hop duo, the Big Tymers.
With a price of admission of only $15, Fake Shore Drive and Red Bull Sound Select gave fans their money’s worth just moments after doors opened, as the night was kicked off with performances and appearances from The Cool Kids, Twista, GLC, King Louie, G Herbo and many more.
But although Chicago kicked off the night, it was Detroit and Cash Money Records which brought the memorable evening to a close. ‘First Day Out’ rapper Tee Grizzley put on a great performance, bringing Detroit to the Windy City and setting the stage for Birdman and Mannie Fresh to put on an unforgettable show, and one of their rare and only performances in the past decade, rapping some Big Tymers classics like ‘Still Fly’, ‘Get Your Roll On’ and more.
Check out our photos from last night’s performance below.
Rapper King Louie was shot in the head at 83rd and Pulaski in Chicago earlier today, a source from the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Sam Charles of the Chicago Sun-Times, writes that King Louie’s manager confirmed the reports and that despite being shot in the head, Louie is still alive and talking. We will keep you updated as we hear more news, but keep the rapper in your prayers and let’s hope for the best. Alive and talking or not, a shot to the head is more than serious.
The wait is finally over as Chance The Rapper and The Social Experiment have released the highly anticipated album, Surf, for free on iTunes. The Donnie Trumpet led project comes in at 16-tracks and has an all-star cast (no exaggeration). As expected, Chance The Rapper is featured on most of the album’s tracks, however Surf also has appearances from Big Sean, J. Cole, Raury, B.O.B., BJ The Chicago Kid, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, Noname Gypsy, Jeremih, Quavo (Migos), Kyle, King Louie, Saba, Erykah Badu, Jesse Boykins III, Saba, D.R.A.M. and Joey Purp. Wow!
Last night G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean brought his 2015 tour to The Rave in Milwaukee, WI. Performing a number of tracks off his latest Dark Sky Paradise album (check out our review here) as well as a catalog of his best hits and verses, Big Sean instantly got the crowd hyped as he opened to his extended version of his ‘Paradise’ record.
“Was up in Florida, no Marlins, n*gga. I’m that Shawn, no Marlon, n*gga.”
And with an energetic opening performance from ‘Backflip’ rapper Casey Veggies, who will see the release of his debut album later this year, and a surprise performance by Chicago’s King Louie (and even an appearance by 1/2 of the production duo, Da Internz), Milwaukee fans definitely got their money’s worth last night.
Check out our photos below, as we sent our photographer Dan Garcia to capture some of the night’s best moments.
Yesterday Chicago’s Chance The Rapper continued to give back to his city, by hosting his first “Open Mike” event. From raising $100,000 for Chicago schools, to attending Big Sean and Donda’s House‘s “Behind the Mic” event for young Chicago artists, Chance always puts on for his city. Last night though, Chance and the Young Chicago Authorsgave local high school students a night that they would not forget, as the Chicago Cultural Center was packed with nearly 300 young artists. In addition to young musicians, poets, and comedians getting on the mic, some of the pros got to hit the stage too. Chicago comedian Hannibal Buress and rapper King Louie both performed for the young crowd, and SAVEMONEY‘s Vic Mensa was even in attendance.
Check out our photos below as we sent our photographer Andrew Baker to capture some of the best moments last night, and be sure to stay tuned as this is just one of many similar events that Chance will host in Chicago.