Can We Talk?: Interviews w/ Lil Mouse, Joe-Ski & Mr. G’s Supper Club

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So I’ve been in contact with a few sources. One is Lil Mouse, the 13-year-old rapper who performed at Mr. G’s Supper Club in March before their gang related shoot out that same evening. Since the shooting, aside from his recent videos, the young star has been receiving quite a lot of backlash from Chicago parents. I spoke with one of his representatives and while he cannot talk about the shootings in particular, he may be able to shed some light on how is experiences as a young, south side rapper are different from ones up north (Wicker Park).

I’ve also reached out to another south side rapper Joe-Ski, the cousin of another good friend of mine in the industry, who seems very eager to talk about his experiences as a rapper as well. I’m sure his own experiences as a self-managed hip-hop artist from the south-side will be interesting, to say the least.

Next, there is the possibility of getting in contact with TheGrio‘s Taleah Griffin who’s done a few stories about hip-hop in Chicago. One in particular was about Chief Keef’s portrayal of the violence in Chicago.

Finally, I’m working on speaking with the owner of Mr. G’s Supper Club, Gene Linton (or someone from their staff) to speak on changes that have taken place since the shooting to tie in with the Congress theatre case. Basically, what are they doing, or not doing, to make sure things like this don’t happen again? Does this mean no more hip-hop shows?

Welp, looks like I have a lot of work to do. Let’s get to it!

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Hip-Hop Wake Up Call: North vs South

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Chicago tends to split views once you take into question how certain issues affect specific areas. As it relates to Chicago crime, there is a huge gap in perspectives between the North Side and the South Side.

Where I live in Uptown, there are always police officers, very little instances of crime, and when there are incidents, there is usually a quick response from the police department. A similar perspective can be felt in the Wicker Park area–at least before you walk into Humboldt Park territory. A lot of my friends argue this is due to the amount of white people who live in the area. No matter the reasoning though, the crime rate is still noticeably better.

Then there are areas like the Wild 100s and Washington Park, where police officers are scarce, resources are few and far between, and the death tolls are increasing daily–most of which are Black and Latino. It’s only Wednesday and the area has already reported five homicides according to the Redeye Homicide Tracker. All were African American males.

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The Fuel, Not The Fire: Aerias & The Clyde Project on Chicago Hip-Hop & Crime

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Local hip-hop band Aerias & The Clyde Project address Chicago crime and how their musical maturity transcends it’s negative influence on hip-hop music.

“I don’t think hip-hop music causes violence, it may be a consequence of it though,” says Josh Luis, lead guitarist and composer for the Chicago-based hip-hop band Aerias & The Clyde Project regarding concerns of Chicago hip-hop having an affect on the city’s crime and venue interests.

This is due to  reports of Congress Theatre being shut down due to drug-related and other alleged violations at the popular venue, which may, or may not, pose a negative threat to Chicago’s hip-hop industry and how other venues tighten up to avoid potential suit.

But when asked if there were any noticeable changes in the Logan Square’s concert/venue community, the band was soft-spoken. As a matter of fact, the band considers the area their best venue and credits their success to fans in the area.

“The shows that we’ve done so far are shows that I’ve only dreamed of doing..[and the] wicker/Logan Square has always been a bit of a ‘hot spot’” says trumpet player, Tyree Williams, the band’s newest member.

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Violence & Crime w/ Aerias & The Clyde Project

Hello All. Today I took the liberty of catching up with some cool dudes of mine–A hip-hop band called Aerias & The Clyde Project.

These Chi natives have opened up for some of the greatest old-school, New York hip-hop artists of all time: RZA, Ghostface Killah, and Method Man.On Thursday, May 9th, they will be opening for Mobb Deep at the Double Door in Wicker Park. 

My intention was to gather their thoughts about violence in Chicago and how it may affect the city’s hip-hop community. I also wanted to see if it has affected (or facilitated) interest with regard to their business & and if popularity is more important than social responsibility. 

But unfortunately, time got the best of us, and I had to reschedule the interview for another date. Sorry guys. 

But, what I did manage to get is a quick sample of their upcoming set. The song is untitled for now (it doesn’t even have lyrics yet), but I’m sure it will turn into a classic chill tune. 

If you hurry, you might be able to still get tickets

Aight, it’s back to rehearsal. 

I hope y’all didn’t think I was gonna give up a free show? lol. 

 

Wicker Park Gangs & Hip-Hop

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While working on my assignment about Chicago hip-hop shows reflecting the city’s rise in violence, the topic of gang violence and affiliation came up.

It’s obvious that the Wicker Park area is no stranger to gang violence– the area’s Alderman, Scott Waguespack, recently announced his plans to combat gang violence in the community, in spite of Rahm Emmanuel’s “business as usual” plan.

While I don’t want to sound stereotypical, it is true that a lot of hard-core rappers from Chicago have some affiliation with gangs. Maybe they have a friend that’s a gang member, they were former gang members, or they themselves are still gang members. The two that I’ve come in contact with the most are Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords.

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Rap Shows at the Double Door

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As a blogger/reviewer for Gowhere Hip Hop, I’ve been too a lot of concerts in the Chicago area ranging from Ellie Golding to Method Man.

While the Shrine may be cool for contemporary hip-hop and neo-soul artists,  for old-school hip-hop heads like myself, aritsts usually perform at the Double Door in Wicker Park. They’ve had acts like RZA, Ghostface Killah, and Method Man (Wu-Tang!!!) and are currently preppin’ for Mobb Deep. Despite the venues small space, these rappers have become Double Door regulars and generate very sizable audiences every time.

What I want to know is, what does this say about the Wicker Park area in terms of a market and   what makes this venue the go to spot for hardcore old school hip-hop artists.

I’m also interested in analyzing how this represents the violence that has erupted throughout the Greater Chicagoland area over the past few years. I mean, we do like our hardcore rap, it’s obvious with our concerts and with the artists we produce (Chief Keef & JoJo ring any bells?)

I’m gonna be working on this for the next 3 weeks so any commentary would be appreciated regarding the Double Door as a venue!

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