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July 17, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Raekwon & Ghostface Killah

The curtains were opened, revealing a larger-than-life sized backdrop of the album cover as the introductory track, "Striving for Perfection" played in its entirety. Fans eagerly began to put their hands together to form the Wu-Tang symbol and soon thereafter Raekwon would emerge. Wearing a two-piece black and neon green outfit, the emcee went into "Knuckleheadz" and "Knowledge God" before "Criminology," which paved the way for a New York Yankees jacket-sporting Ghostface Killah to take to the stage.

The immensely popular "Ice Cream" and "Glaciers of Ice" followed, with patrons reciting the lyrics line for line as if they'd written the songs themselves. Tunes like "Ice Water" and "Guillotine" weren't as familiar to some, but the die-hard fans didn't seem to miss a beat. Raekwon requested for the lights to be all blue for the Blue Raspberry-assisted "Rainy Dayz" and Ghostface quipped that the two emcees will still be performing 20 years from now with dentures in their mouths in addition to giving a shoutout to the Cavaliers and asking if they'll be back in The Finals next season.

Other songs from OB4CL included "Wisdom Body," "Verbal Intercourse," "Can It Be All So Simple (Remix)" and "Incarcerated Scarfaces" among others. The Wu-Tang canon of material is exceptionally deep and as is such, songs like "Protect Ya Neck," "Wu-Tang Ain't Nothin' to F*ck Wit," "C.R.E.A.M." and "Da Mystery of Chessboxin" all found a way into the show. [Clevescene.com]

Raekwon and Ghostface Killah brought their tour supporting the 20th anniversary of Rae's classic album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx to Chicago on Tuesday (7/14) for a show at House of Blues. The above review is of the Cleveland show they played two days later.

More pictures, including shots of opener Dillon Cooper, below...

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July 1, 2015

Death Grips at Metro - 6/30/15
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Death Grips, who notoriously cancel shows and were supposedly broken up anyway, are actually touring for real. The tour hit Chicago's Metro last night (6/30). More pictures at BrooklynVegan.

May 15, 2015

Mos Def

Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, came to Chicago earlier this month for a show at the Metro on May 1. Opening was Malik Yusef, Abel Black and Ty Money. Check out more pictures like the one above, at BrooklynVegan.

February 27, 2015

photos by Kevin Osterhout

Aesop Rock & Rob Sonic @ Metro, 2/6/2015

Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic are still on tour in support of their Hail Mary Mallon album, Bestiary. They made a stop at Metro earlier this month (2/6) and pictures from that show are in this post.

For the remaining tour dates check out BV. More pictures and setlist of Metro show below.

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December 18, 2014

by Zack Baker

Tha Tour Part 1

It's only been a few months since Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug and Birdman dropped their stellar mixtape Tha Tour Part 1 as Rich Gang, and Quan told HotNewHipHop that fans could expect the follow up to the trio's debut as early as Christmas Eve. The prospect of a part two hitting before Part 1 is finished topping year-end lists perfectly follows Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan's prolific output in the mixtape and remix scene since scoring attention off their 2013 tapes/singles.

Rich Gang spent November touring the south and the eastern seaboard, and their tour is hitting Chicago this month on December 26 at The Chicago Theatre. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Young Thug also appears in Noisey's new 36-rapper, 42-minute posse cut "The Rap Monument." The Hudson Mohawke-produced track features rappers from all over, including Pusha T, Danny Brown, Killer Mike, YG, Action Bronson, Raekwon and more. Stream the behemoth of a song, along with Tha Tour Part 1 in its entirety, below...

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November 3, 2014

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El-P and Killer Mike project Run the Jewels are having the best week ever, and just announced that a 2nd Metro show has been added to their tour. The new show is an early one, with 5:15pm doors on 11/22, the same day as their now-late show at the Chicago venue. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of "Early", that's the name of the song Run the Jewels performed on Letterman the other day. Watch below...

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September 22, 2014

Kanye West @ AAHH! Fest (photo via Roger Tino Morales)
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Common's inaugural AAHH! Fest, a collaboration between his Common Ground Foundation and Kanye West and Che "Rhymefest" Smith's Donda's House, Inc., took place in Chicago's Union Park on Sunday (9/21). After scheduled performances from Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, Jay Electronica, MC Lyte, Lil Herb, and more, with host Dave Chappelle, Common brought out heavily teased special guest Kanye West during his headlining set. The pair delivered their The College Dropout collaboration "Get Em High," and then Kanye ran through some hits including "Jesus Walks," "Touch The Sky," "Can't Tell Me Nothing," "All Of The Lights," "Power," and more. You can check out some videos at the bottom of this post (via All Hip Hop). Common also brought out Jay Electronica and late festival addition Vince Staples to perform the forthcoming remix of "Kingdom," which was originally released by Common/Staples. Video footage of that is also available below (via Rap Radar).

Long Beach, CA's Vince Staples is still in town and will be playing a FREE in-store TONIGHT (9/22) at Logan Square streetwear shop Fat Tiger Workshop (2131 N Rockwell St). It'll go from 5 to 7PM, with complimentary cocktails from Twenty Grand Vodka. No RSVP is necessary.

Video footage of both Kanye West and Vince Staples at AAHH! Fest, and a flyer for the in-store lie after the jump...

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September 4, 2014

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Common has announced AAHH! Fest, a collaboration between the rapper/actor/author's Common Ground Foundation and Kanye West and Che "Rhymefest" Smith's Donda's House, Inc. The one-day festival is slated to take place in Chicago's Union Park on Sunday, September 21. The fest will be split into two parts-- an all ages community showcase, hosted by Rhymefest, spotlighting local talent (lineup TBA) from 10AM-1PM and a festival main stage featuring Common himself, Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, Jay Electronica, MC Lyte, Lil Herb, and host Dave Chappelle, plus "a very special surprise guest." Tickets (full festival passes, main stage only, or community showcase only) are on sale now.

September 3, 2014

Run the Jewels -- RTJ2 LP cover art
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Run the Jewels (aka the badass hip hop duo of Killer Mike and El-P) are slated to release their second album, which is simply titled RTJ2, on October 28 via Mass Appeal. That's its cover art above, and you can take a listen to the LP single "Blockbuster Night Part 1" at the bottom of this post. A complete tracklisting for RTJ2 can also be found below. The album is set to feature appearances by Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine), Travis Barker (blink-182), mysterious producer Boots (who did most of the new Beyonce LP), and Foxygen side project Diane Coffee. They'll also be releasing a RTJ2 remix LP in 2015 via Fool's Gold.

Mike and Jamie will be embarking on a fall North American tour in support of their forthcoming LP. It'll feature main support from Ratking and Despot, and you can look for the three acts to tag Chicago for a show at Metro on November 22. Tickets go on sale this Friday (9/5) at noon CST.

All RTJ dates, that song stream, and LP info. for RTJ2 lie after the jump...

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August 21, 2014

Ab-Soul @ Williamsburg Park in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Ab-Soul has announced that he'll be embarking on a fall North American tour in support of his recently released LP These Days. That tour begins in mid-September and includes a show at the Bottom Lounge on September 28. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.

All Ab-Soul dates and a stream of the These Days cut "Gods Reign" lie after the jump...

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