March Madness Battles @ Rap Karaoke: Round One [Photo / Video]

As we prepare for the final stages of this weekend’s March Madness battles at Rap Karaoke, let’s take a quick look back at Round 1. Eight of Chicago’s finest amateur MCs and karaoke regulars took the stage to vie for the crown and all #THEGLORY. ‘A’ games were most definitely in full effect and each battle was a close call. But judge for yourself with the video / pic sets below. The champ will be crowned this Saturday 3/21 at Jerry’s so come by on the early side and support! More info here.

A Moment With: Add-2 [Interview]

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Add2 has been a steady presence on the Chicago Hip Hop scene since the mid-00’s, and has begun to make noticeable waves nationally after catching the eye of renowned producer 9th Wonder. We sat down with him to talk about some of his favorite things that have happened to him in his career, what it’s like to work with 9th Wonder and what 2015 may hold.

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DRE DAY 2015 Aftermath [Event Wrap-up]

Another year has come and gone and Dre Day was once again the place to be! Thanks to all the homies that showed up and showed out to help make this our best year ever! Check out the footage courtesy of DJ Intel, Glitter Guts, and Adle Photo.. and if you really want to relive the moment, we have the whole event streaming on Gigity.tv

Share, like, and tag til your fingers fall off and remember, when you diss Dre Day, you diss yourself.

ps. #DREDAY2016. February 19th, 2016 at Double Door. Save the Date!!

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A Moment with: Saba PIVOT [Interview]

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Tahj Chandler, better known as Saba, has been has been making waves since his critically acclaimed release Comfort Zone and has no intention of stopping anytime soon. We sat down with the Pivot Gang representative to find out what makes the man tick before he lives the dream on tour with NoName Gypsy and Mick Jenkins.  Continue reading “A Moment with: Saba PIVOT [Interview]” »

4th Annual Soul Train Celebration on Milwaukee Recap [Pics]

Despite tundra conditions in Chicago, we had a great turnout for the 4th Annual Soul Train Celebration last week. Thanks to everyone who came out, Double Door/Door No. 3 for having us out, and to deejay’s Kwest-On, E. Brown, Dr. Mario, Larry Miller and Trew for holding down the floor. We have some stuff in the works so stay tuned, until then peep the footage..

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Fresh Roasted: Live Beat-Making & Battle 12/4 @ The Whistler

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Bringing to the forefront what’s typically a behind-the-scenes endeavor, the upcoming Fresh Roasted Beatmaking event is the aural equivalent of watching your favorite painter find inspiration, joining them on a supply run, and then patiently watching them work until the big reveal. 3 local record collectors — Tone B. Nimble (All Natural, Al-Tone Edits), Supreme Court (Sheer Magic), and King Hippo (Cuerators / WHPK) — provide the sample sources from their vinyl collections and a group of local beatmakers (including friend of GLM Sev Seveer) go to work, right on the spot, producing songs from those samples. And keeping in tune with the personal experience, the performance then morphs into a beat battle where audience members determine the winner. Let’s call it ‘high-minded Hip Hop.’

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A Moment with: Netherfriends [Interview]

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Also known as Shawn Rosenblatt, Netherfriends‘ career began in the mid-00’s composing layered Indie Pop music. After nearly a decade of touring, playing thousands of shows, and releasing dozens of musical projects, in 2012 he shifted musically to more Hip-Hop inspired rhythms utilizing original and sampled sounds. His debut LP P3ACE (pronounced three-peace) showcased his honed fundamentals while also letting him find more depth and dimension in the studio environment. Refusing to be pigeon-holed as a specific type of artist Netherfriends manages to toe the line between being honest and overbearing, and his cult following wouldn’t have it any other way. As his upcoming “TOUR4EVER” tour begins this week at Emporium, GLM sat with Rosenblatt for an interview & photoshoot…

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CTA (Chicago Turntablist Authority) Goes To London: The Prequel

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On a European trip in a true Griswolds fashion (at least that’s how’s we’re imagining it), The Chicago Turntablist Authority (aka CTA) are on the verge of their City / Country repping performance at the DMC 2014 World Championships in London. Comprised of DJ Ambideckstriks, DJ Toltech, and RTST,  as individuals they’ve won numerous turntablist/ DJ battles and this year finally assembled, or as we say at GLM, ‘voltroned’ into a super group.
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A Moment with: The O’Mys [Interview]

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Since forming in 2008, the 7-man Soul / Hip-Hop wrecking crew The O’My’s have quietly put together an unusually long streak of quality releases, features and performances, most prominently with rising star Chance the Rapper and his group the Social Experiment. Calling themselves the ‘new sound of Chicago Soul,’ the band set a high bar for themselves, one which they consistently meet and raise with their tireless work ethic, sold-out shows, and high profile collaborations.

Drawing from Chicago’s rich musical traditions of Blues, Jazz and Rock, what one notices almost immediately upon listening to their music is that voice. At all times otherworldly and mesmerizing, this set of pipes that moves between sweet falsettos and carnal howls belongs to lead singer, guitarist, and co-founder of The O’My’s, Maceo Haymes.

In preparation for the release of their next project Keeping the Faith, a Psychedelic Soul record slated for release late Fall of 2014, GLM sat down with Haymes and keyboardist / co-founder Nick Hennessey to discuss who they are, where they’ve been and where they’re heading.

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Rap Karaoke – 8/17 Highlights (Photos)

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Last night was the monthly Rap Karaoke where millions a lot of people perform their favorite song in pursuit of “The Glory.” Hosted by the Rapper Chicks and with a guest appearance by Sulaiman, you should have been there. Here’s footage from August to emphasize this point.

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