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Recap: Ruby Hornet & MTV2 Present Digital Freshness – Chicago

posted by Alberto May 22, 2012

Ruby Hornet‘s latest installment of their monthly Digital Freshness series was all about Chicago hip hop and all the talent the local scene has to offer. MTV2 made it out to Beauty Bar in Chicago to document the event, having also gotten some interviews with many of the artists beforehand.  ShowYouSuck and Hustle Simmons served as hosts for the night whose lineup featured many up-and-coming artists, some established artists and we even saw some legends thrown in the mix.  DJ Scend opened up the show with an unsurprisingly dope set that got the fast-growing crowd pumped while setting the mood for the performances that were to come.

Save Money’s Chance The Rapper opened up the show with a very energetic performance of “Brain Cells” and “Fuck You Tahm Bout” off of 10 Day.  G-Zus Piece followed that performance with a few dope tracks of his own.  Chance’s fellow Save Money member Vic Mensa followed G-Zus Piece’s set with a very good performance of his recently-released song, “Blazin,” along with Kids These Days staple “Don’t Harsh My Mellow.”  The bar was set high by these openers and so the following performers were set to prove why the have higher billing. Scheme didn’t think twice to see how to go about that and effortlessly turned it up a notch when he was given the mic.  The crowd responded to that performance with a loud applause to show their admiration for the young MC after finishing his set and then it was Naledge’s turn to hit the stage.  For his set, Naledge performed “Pour It Up” off of Kidz In The Hall’s latest album Occasion.

After Naledge’s performance, host Hustle Simmons now had the privilege of introducing his co -host ShowYouSuck to the stage to perform a few of his songs.  ShowYouSuck, along with Auggie The 9th, successfully brought to the stage the type of energetic performance they are known and admired for. The next rappers up to entertain the lively crowd were The Cool Kids’ Mikey Rocks and The Toothpick Clique and had no problem doing so.  YP followed Mikey Rocks’ performance with a rendition of his dope track “Who I Be.” For his second track to perform for the night, YP then brought out special guest Rockie Fresh to perform their track “Insane.”  Rockie then stayed on stage and gave the crowd what they came for and performed “You A Lie” off of Driving 88.

It was then finally time for another fan favorite, Hollywood Holt, to rock the mic. Accompanied by his fellow Treated Crew members, Hollywood Holt started his set off with a freestyle, followed “Two Tones” and “Buckwild,” two new tracks which we’ll be able to find on his upcoming debut album set to drop in August.  MC Juice and GLC were the last artists to hit the stage to perform a couple of tracks of their own bring an end to what will surely be remembered in Chicago as one of the best Hip Hop shows of the year.

For all those who missed the event, and for those looking to relive that great night, we have some footage of all of the performances listed below.

Be sure to check out and support next month’s Digital Freshness event, brought to you by Ruby Hornet.


G-Zus Piece

Vic Mensa



ShowYouSuck & Auggie The 9th

Mikey Rocks


Rockie Fresh

Hollywood Holt




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