Chicago adventures. Hip-Hop.

"Never have a job, but always work harder than anyone you know. And you will find that the work that you do is just a lens through which to view and experience the world, and only for a time. The goal is to make living itself and the act of being alive one’s vocation, knowing full well that nothing ultimately can be planned or anticipated, no blueprint found to predict the outcome of something as complex as a human life. If one can remain open to the potential of the new, the promise of the unimagined, then magic happens, and a life takes form."

-Wade Davis

Monster Mike closed out Jerry’s alongside Kolby Woods (they are in a group together called I Was Drunk as Fuck Yesterday), Frank Leone, The Guys, and Young Fiji. 197.

Hurt Everybody played eight songs in 15 minutes at Jerry’s the other night. Producer ZenZan came on stage during “Thot Goddess” and it all felt like a dream. 

One man band Netherfriends slayed his set in Wicker Park the other night. Embrace the paisley. 

Monday at Chicago’s Emporium was very cool. Thelonious Martin and BoatHouse both delivered top notch DJ sets and plenty of homies came through. Be sure to check out our next event in September!

I interviewed Chicago trio OnGaud and we talked about Mick Jenkins’ new project The Water[s], as well as Breaking Bad, and why Chicago music isn’t being played on Chicago radios. 


I love and miss Ecuador and I don’t need to wait for a Thursday in order to express that. 

About a month ago, I interviewed Lucki Eck$ in a south side Chicago apartment. It was my third attempt at interviewing Lucki and the first one that was actually successful. Listen to BodyHigh while you read. It doesn’t sound like anything else out right now.

Top photo is edited and beautifully colored by MikeSoulAngelo




W2NDCH2LL (HeatWave x BeachSeason) [Double Instrumental Mixtape]

W2NDCH2LL: BeachSeason gave birth today at 12:00 EST, weighing in at 17 producers and 32 minutes. Isn’t she a beaut, fellas?

W2NDCH2LL: HeatWave gave birth today at 12:00 EST, weighing in at 17 producers and 32 minutes.

Isn’t she a beaut, fellas?

W2NDCH2LL got pushed back to 8/11, but instead of leaving everyone hanging, I released an hour-long mix that features all 33 producers that you will hear on Monday. One song per artist. All Chicago. Enjoy.

In May, I released WindChill, a Chicago instrumental project featuring 18 producers from all over the city. On Tuesday, I am releasing W2NDCH2LL, a double instrumental project/sequel featuring 32 new Chicago producers, splitting them up between BeachSeason and HeatWave. 16 songs per project. 16 producers per project. All Chicago everything, even down to the beautiful artwork done by Via Rosa. Look for it on 8/5 through Mishka Records.

Last night was Stephen Marley at Chicago’s Double Door. His son, Jo Mersa, opened the evening, and returned on stage for Stephen’s final song. Two generations of Marleys. It was a glorious occasion. 

A few favorites from my trip to City Museum in St. Louis last week. 

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