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POD Photos: Whitney’s Valentines Special at Thalia Hall

posted by Oscar February 16, 2018

My 2018 plans for Valentine’s Day will definitely be remembered for a long time because I got to celebrate it with one of my favorite bands these days: Whitney.

This past 14th of February, the Chicago band was playing the second of their 3-night takeover of Thalia Hall for their Valentines Special. Fans were given commemorative candy hearts that read “Whitney” and “Thalia Hall,” making sure attendees could have a sweet experience the second they walked through the doors. Continue Reading

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7 Hip-Hop Tracks To Play for Bae on Valentine’s Day

posted by Alejandro Hernandez February 14, 2018

It’s February 14th, which only means one thing: love is in the air. People all over the country are gonna snuggle up with their boo and put on their Valentine’s Day playlists to help set the mood. When it comes to love and romance though, hip-hop for the most part tends gets a bad rap (pun absolutely intended).  So before pressing play, check out these 7 classic hip-hop love joints that should be seriously considered as last minute additions on everyone’s playlists:

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Album Review: Our 5 Favorite Songs On Justin Timberlake’s ‘Man Of The Woods’

posted by Alberto February 7, 2018

Justin Timberlake followed up his 2013 album, The 20/20 Experience, with a brand new album that is almost entirely produced by The Neptunes. Rob Knox and Timbaland produced 6 of the songs, while The Neptunes and JT handled the rest. This is by far JT’s most personal, and most experimental album. The title was inspired by the meaning behind Silas, his Grandfather and son’s name, so it made sense he choose Man Of The Woods as he attempts to put his Southern roots on display like never before. Timberlake’s ability to make bops has not left, so choosing my five favorite songs was harder than I thought it would be. Continue Reading

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Catch These Vibez Vol. 2: A Pursuit Of Dopeness Playlist

posted by Alberto February 6, 2018

The second installment of our Catch These Vibez playlist series is here. The new playlist features new songs from some well known artists like Justin Timberlake and Migos, but also features some vibes from some newer artists like RYEN and Noah Kahan. Stream the playlist via Spotify and Apple Music below.

Spotify: http://ow.ly/GhKr30ifbs7

Apple Music: http://ow.ly/Cu0S30ifaux

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Pursuit Of Dopeness Takes Over Radio DePaul on 1/27

posted by Oscar January 24, 2018

Pursuit Of Dopeness is once more taking over The 5th Element show on Radio DePaul! This weekend, Charro and myself will be repping POD as we play dope tunes and discuss everything from favorite recent releases and concerts, along with news from around the music world.

The POD Radio takeover will be streaming from 12pm-3pm on Saturday, January 27th.

Find the quick info below, and tune in:

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Recap: Joseph Chilliams @ Lincoln Hall

posted by Rosario Edwards January 13, 2018

Lincoln Hall was full of good vibes last night as Joseph Chilliams and company took the stage.

 

First of the female rap duo Mother Nature took the stage and brought the crowds energy way up. Their style is unique in that they are both socially conscious as well as in your face and the vibe was downright fun. Not that those things are mutually exclusive but to see two MC’s on stage talking about society’s problems while making the crowd bounce and groove is a rare site. Continue Reading

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10 Things From 2017 That Need to GTFOH

posted by Alejandro Hernandez December 30, 2017

As we get to close the final chapter of 2017,  we look back on the year that was, and can see that the last 365 days were… wild to say the least. There were possibly just as many lows as there were highs, as well as just as many advances and barriers broken within the culture as well as blemishes and setbacks.

The good thing about starting a new year means starting it right with a clean slate. 2018 offers a fresh start, so while we get ready for some more glo’ing up to do in the new calendar year, let’s reflect back and look at all the things that we should leave behind in 2017 so that we can truly live our best lives (cue “Shoulda Left You” in the background). Continue Reading

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The 13 Best Rap Songs For The Holiday SZN

posted by Alejandro Hernandez December 24, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which means three things: it’s the time for giving, the time for overeating, and the time for overplayed holiday-themed music. Regardless of whether you love Christmas songs or you love to hate them, escaping them completely during the time between the moment Halloween ends and Christmas is impossible. Radio stations devote their entire music selection to holiday music, Christmas jingles play at every store, and- depending on your neighborhood- random strangers show up to your doorstep singing carols (I’ve never lived in a neighborhood that does but the concept that some do is just weird and square as hell, but that’s a conversation for another day).

Personally speaking, Christmas music is cool and all but it soooo overplayed. There are some songs that will never not be lit,  Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas” for example, or anything by Michael Bublé. Others though, just keeping it 100 here, should be left in past where they belong. Continue Reading

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POD Giveaway: Reaction NYE 2017

posted by Alberto December 1, 2017

It’s the 1st of December, so you know what that means, Reaction NYE is only 3o days away! The yearly event will return to Chicago for night only on December 31st at the legendary Aragon Ballroom. Tickets still available HERE. Adventure Club, Bear Grillz and Ookay will be rocking the stage to lead in the new year.

Check out a video to get you hype for the show below. Under that, you’ll find instructions on how to win a pair of passes courtesy of React. Good luck!

To enter the official POD x Reaction NYE giveaway, follow instructions below:

Follow Reaction NYE on Instagram

Follow POD on Instagram

Once you follow both accounts, send events@pursuitofdopeness.com an email with a screenshot of both accounts being  followed to officially be entered.

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POD Photos: Khalid at Aragon Ballroom (#30DaysInChicago)

posted by Alberto November 30, 2017

On the heels of being nominated for 5 Grammys, including the coveted Best New Artist award, Khalid stepped out in front of a sold-out crowd at Aragon Ballroom last night to celebrate the occasion. The concert was a part of Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in Chicago, a month-long concert series, that comes to a close today. We were on hand for a handful of shows this past month and every show was a great time. Last nights show featuring Marteen Estevez, Amber Mark and Khalid was no exception. Check out some of jpegkai’s photos from the night below. Continue Reading

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POD Photos: Aminé at the Metro (#30DaysInChicago)

posted by Oscar November 24, 2017

Our latest venture into the world of Red Bull Sound Select’s  concert series, we headed back to the Metro for Day 18, featuring Aminé, Pell, and A2. In the building along with me was my very dope POD comrade, Ellie, who was helping capture the vibes that night.

The night was ripe for headliner Aminé to demonstrate why he’s widely considered one of the best new names in the game, and the Portland man delivered. The Good For You cover art inspired a photo op  in the balcony, with fans able to sit on a blue toilet as an all-yellow background completed the scene.

Aminé showed off his charm right from the start, which included a mashup cover of TLC’s “No Scrubs” and Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” at the beginning of his set. For banter in between songs, he asked people to raise their hands and use their fingers to show the number of times they’ve pronounced his name wrong only to laugh at what he saw in the crowd.

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