Editorials

D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah (HHYW album review)

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Where to begin? Should I address the 14 year sabbatical he took in between albums? What about his run ins with the law during that downtime? How about the fact that this album has been talked about on and off for the past six to eight years with little to no evidence that anything would materialize other than blind faith and ?uestlove reassurances? I could go on and on, but honestly, none of that really matters anymore. A little over a month ago, Michael Eugene “D’Angelo” Archer finally put out his new album Black Messiah…and it’s good. Damn good. Read More »

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2014 Year End Review by @LeaseHHYW

2014 banner This year has been filled with incredible projects. If you are one of those people who say “nothing good came out in 2014,” then you simply weren’t listening. To round out the year, our key contributor Lease (@LeaseHHYW) compiled a list of his favorite projects. The only requirement was that they were released in between January 1st of 2014, and December 31st, 2014. That leaves albums like Childish Gambino’s incredible because the internet off the list, amongst many other fourth quarter 2013 albums. Below you will find his honorable mention picks that were great (and just barely made the cut,) as well as his top 15 albums/mixtapes of the year (in his opinion.) It’s been a wild year, and we thank you for taking this ride with us. Enjoy! Read More »

The Mick Jenkins & Saba Report : Portage Theater, Chicago

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It’s rare when an evening comes together perfectly like it did on October 11th. As I got to The Portage Theater on the northwest side of Chicago, two things immediately popped into my head: I’ve never been to this venue, and this show was going to be awesome. Why? Because I got to see Saba and Mick Jenkins perform live for the first time (in my life, not in general.) Read More »

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The AAHH! Fest Report : Union Park, Chicago

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The city of Chicago has been in a state of turmoil for quite some time now. On a national scale, the only headlines you generally see involve our failing education systems, staggering unemployment rates, price increases for damn near everything, and all of the crime going on in all parts of the city. Almost expectedly, what you don’t get to see often are all of the positive things that are going on in the city. Resident Chicagoan and prominent rapper Common has decided to change all of that by doing what he does best: put on the show of a lifetime. When it was announced that he would be organizing his own music festival (one dedicated primarily to hip hop music,) there was a feeling of elation for all of the fans. It went down on September 21st, and it will be a day that will go down in infamy. This was AAHH! Fest Live from Chicago.

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The OutKast Report: Lollapalooza, Chicago

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When legendary rap duo OutKast announced that they would be going on a festival reunion tour earlier this year, hip hop fans everywhere rejoiced. It has been quite some time since the group that brought us numerous classic albums have graced the stage together, so this was a must see event. Sadly, preliminary reports of the show lead me to believe that it would not be very good; the chemistry was non existant, the set list was lack luster, etc. Regardless of these reports, the OutKast fan in me had to see it for myself, and I’m pleased to announce that all of those reports were completely wrong. What we got at Lollapalooza was a masterful performance by two living legends in the game. This was OutKast, live from Chicago.

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