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‘A People’s History of Chicago’ Gallery – Closing Reception

posted by Rosario Edwards May 24, 2017

Kevin Coval has written a book of poems about the history of the City of Chicago and the influence that hip hop has had on it throughout the centuries of its existence. He’s also put together an excellent gallery featuring work from artists that contributed to his book.

Tomorrow is the last night of that gallery, and your last chance to buy an exclusive piece of work from artists like Hebru Brantley, Paul Branton, Runsy, Bianca Pastel, and Troy Scat. As well as a chance to hear a reading from Kevin, Matt Muse, Lyriq the Mi$fit, and Patricia Frazier.

This book has received the blessings of Chance The Rapper, who has been greatly inspired by Kevin, and even wrote the Foreword to the book!

It’s a free event, and an awesome opportunity to see what this city really has to offer.

Chicago Truborn (1741 W Chicago Ave).

Thursday May 25 – Readings begin at 7:30

And be on the lookout for our PoD interview with Kevin, coming soon! The man is incredibly inspiring, and just breathes positivity.

 

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Album Stream: Jimi Tents – ‘I Can’t Go Home’

posted by Alberto May 24, 2017

Jimi Tents released his much anticipated sophomore LP yesterday and we can’t be more excited to share it with y’all. The new album, I Can’t Go Home, has features from the likes of Saba, Ro James and saidbysed. Get acquainted with the Brooklyn emcee’s new project below via soundcloud.

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Listen to Episode 27 Of 93′ Til: T-Pain Appreciation Week & an Interview w/Luke Almighty

posted by Miguelini May 24, 2017

This week Miguel and Luis discuss:

00:00-08:50 – Chicago Spotlight: We Talk about new songs by Rockie Fresh, Monster Mike, Ran$ah, & Oddcouple. We also review Memorial day weekend events by Phero, Femdot, Smokepurpp & Navarro.

08:30 – Vince Staples new single

09:18 XXXtentacion new songs and official project

12:13 Travis Scott’s New Songs

14:59 Matt Ox taking the rap world by storm

16:55 Thoughts on Filthy x Lil Yachty collab

17:50 T-wayne Mixtape Review

24:03 Buddy x Kaytranada EP Review

25:35 Producers have always been a staple part of rap music and it is important to recognize the ones who are putting in work and allowing rap artists to make some of the best songs in their career. This week I had the opportunity to interview up and coming producer Luke Almighty who has been making hits for tons of local artists including Supa Bwe, Roo$ki, Monster Mike, Freako, and Adot. We talked about Luke’s background, his creative process, some of his influences and favorite artists, as well as how he feels producers are valued in this day and age of music. You can read some excerpts from the interview below!

Name: Luke Almighty

Hometown: Aurora,Illinois

Genre Influences on Production: Soul, Oldies, Rock

Artist Influences: Nirvana, The Doors, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye

What inspires your creative process? “I personally have ADHD so I feel like I deal with this on a daily basis. Listening to all types of music, especially artists like Lucki who are young and doing it. That inspires me other people on the same level as me doing it, it keeps me going.”

Local Collabs you would love to be apart of in the future: Lucki, BigbodyFiji, Qari and Mulatto, Plu20 Nash, Ran$ah, Femdot

Dream Collabs? Chance, Kanye, Migos, Frank Ocean, Smino, Wifisfuneral

Future goals/ambitions: “Have my own label, have my own studio in Chicago, build on that. Not so much a label where I take a percentage of the artists money, more so a collective of artists. I just feel like a team is so powerful in music. Moving to the city would definitely be helpful. I would love to eventually branch out to LA and New York, I don’t want to stay in one place, I don’t want to stay stagnant. I want to be everywhere and always be improving. Always seeking out new talent, staying true and passionate to music. That’s always been my first passion before producing, music. (Essentially) to really make history, make shit that lasts and to never be forgotten.”

How do you feel that producers are treated in this day and age of music? “There’s always room for improvement. Definitely an improvement from the past, back when I became a Hip-Hop head in 4th and 5th grade I personally never knew who the producer was unless they really had a loud tag which was pretty rare back then.  Now producers are more appreciated because you do get that credit. Financially and monetarily they still aren’t respected as much. It goes both ways, I think it’s important to show love, whether it be financially or just show love and support each other. I just think it needs to be mutual… if you don’t appreciate the beat or producer do you really appreciate your own music? It’s all about having integrity in what you do.”

Upcoming music? “I don’t want to speak too much on the big stuff but there is always new music coming. New music coming with Supa, lotta new shit with Freako, Adot, and Roo$ki, got some shit with Nina Tech, me and Monster Mike got some new stuff too. Me and DuffleBagBuru are going to have a song coming out really soon.”

Be sure to stay on the look out for more from Luke Almighty, his name will be popping out a lot more often so get in tune now. You can listen to the full interview below!

 

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Top 10 Artists To See at Soundset 2017

posted by Alberto May 24, 2017

The premier Hip Hop festival in Minnesota and in our opinion, the best in the country, is only days away and we are really excited to be making our 4th trip to officially cover Soundset. As always, the festival provides a great combination of legends, current stars and stars of the future all in one lineup. Below are our top 10 acts we are looking forward to seeing rock a Soundset stage.

Thinking of making the trip to Soundset’s 10th Anniversary and don’t have tickets yet? You still have time to cop some HERE. Don’t tweak. Continue Reading

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POD Giveaway: Win Two 3-Day Passes to Spring Awakening 2017

posted by Alberto May 23, 2017

Festival season 2017 is upon us and what does that mean? Well if you’re a loyal POD reader, it means we have our first  festival giveaway of the season! The good folks at React Presents are hooking up one lucky person with two 3 day passes to this years SAMF. So if you’re trying to see Diplo, Alesso, Afrojack, Galantis and many more, check out how to enter the giveaway below. The contest ends next Tuesday (5/30). Good luck!

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Once you follow both accounts, send editor@pursuitofdopeness.com an email with and let us know which DJ sets you’re most excited to see at SAMF.

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See The Aces Talk About Being More Than A Girl Band, Ruling the World in Our Exclusive Interview

posted by Oscar May 22, 2017

Utah band The Aces gave us some of their time while we were all down in Austin and we had a nice little chat. Sisters Cristal and Alisa Ramirez, Katie Henderson, and McKenna Petty talked to us about coming up in their local scene, how their influences helped them pave their own way, and how they’re letting their music do the talking for them. See that above.

Below you’ll find them participation in our “Speed Round,” in which we find out the first album they each bought, their favorite music video, and more. Continue Reading

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Video: Lana Del Rey feat. The Weeknd – “Lust For Life”

posted by Oscar May 22, 2017

Lana Del Rey has released her new music video for “Lust For Life,” her collaboration with The Weeknd. At the first, the focus is completely on Del Rey, who’s shown performing the track in a set that’s fit for a local TV station program. That leads to the pair climbing up the “H” on the Hollywood sign, dancing together and embracing each other lovingly until Lana slides off the last letter and they both wind up in a field.

The release date for new album Lust For Life is still TBA.

Check out the new video above.