Chicago Rappers Of The New Age That Deserve More Appreciation

As times have changed and the genre of Hip-hop that continue to evolve, Chicago holds home to a variety of creatives that are very talented to each in their own right. With rappers like Chance The Rapper representing the city in such a great way, there are also many other artists making really great music right now that deserve more light.  Continue reading “Chicago Rappers Of The New Age That Deserve More Appreciation”

A Millionaire On Campus

Today there was a millionaire on UIC’s campus. Now if you try to think of who it might be, you would probably think of someone who made their money academically. Someone like a big scientist, inventor, computer innovator, business man, etc., but that isn’t the case.

Today on campus was the Chicago rapper known as Saba. If you don’t know who Saba is, I’ll educate you. Saba, like I said before, is a Chicago Rapper. He is a part of Pivot Gang along with rappers Mfn Melo, Joseph Chilliams, and the late John Walt. He has collabed with other artists which include Vic Mensa, Joey Purp, Taylor Bennett, and Chance the Rapper. Earlier this year he dropped his debut album Bucket List Project and has grown in fame because of it. So with all these accolades, why would he come to UIC??

On November 25th there is a concert called John Walt Day. It is a concert featuring all the members of Pivot Gang + special guests–Chance is a possibility according to Saba–in memory of John Walt. Walt was one of the founders of Pivot Gang but was stabbed to death last year, sadly. In his memory the John Walt Foundation was started to help the youth of today. All of the proceeds of John Walt Day are going to the foundation.

In these weeks leading up to John Walt Day, Saba and Mfn Melo have been going around Chicago hand delivering tickets to fans wherever the fans are. There were about 20 people who wanted tickets or just wanted to meet Saba; I was one of those 20 people of course. I had to miss part of my anatomy lab but it was worth it to meet Saba, get my hat signed–Mamby on the Beach is where I first saw Saba in concert–and get my hand delivered ticket. Oh and I got a retweet from Saba and there’s a video of him signing my hat on his Instagram story.

If you’re jealous of me getting to meet Saba then you can be mad, be more active on Twitter so you can know about these things orrrr just check out my pictures of today.

 

Review: The Surround Me Tour

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Sweden has produced an abundance of talented individuals ranging from Tove Lo to Lykke Li to Avicii, and so on.

Considering my family originates from Sweden, I always take great pride in artists who share the same origins. The sense of connectedness makes me root for them that much more.

On October 21, I had the pleasure to see the indie-pop artist from Sweden, Léon, perform live at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall.

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Sea Stories I – Mail Call turns to Bro’s Scrawls

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(2130) SR Cuartero has assumed the watch, GRLKS. Division disseminating letters for mail call. We are moored port side, and currently receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. No new government defacement in sight.

“CUARTERO!” My Recruit Division Commander screamed out. My eyes turned into silver dollars as I ran as fast as I could to the center of the room. I took the letter from Senior Chief’s hand, returning to my spot by my bunk. My fellow shipmates were called to the center of the compartment just the same as I. The looks on their faces mimicked my own; wide eyed, and their pupils were silver dollars.

Senior Chief gave a perimeter sweep with his eyes, commanding the 73 recruits to do jumping jacks when he said jump, perform pushups when he said push, and shoot when he said shoot. And he didn’t even say anything yet.

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It’s A Gudak Thing

If you’re a millennial like me, you might remember the fleeting memories of disposable cameras that were all the rage in the 90s and early 2000s. Nowadays, disposable cameras are still accessible and able to be purchased, but not for anything less than around 20 bucks – for just the camera alone.

Not to mention, when trying to post an image on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you’re met with almost too many filters to make the picture look as perfect as you can possibly alter it to be. Back in the day, you had one shot at taking a picture, and the way it came out was the way it came out – but it was nearly perfect as it was anyway.

But if you’re still looking for something to fulfill the nostalgia of the previous millennium, you can look no further than your own smartphone!

Earlier this year, a Korean startup company Screw Bar created Gudak Cam as a way to relive the days where capturing the moment was essential, and snapping hundreds of the same picture was unthinkable. In the era of the smartphone, we are so used to redoing the same photo a million times to make sure it is absolutely perfect before posting it online.

Gudak Cam takes that away completely. One of its quirks is that it takes away your ability to be able to fully see what you are capturing by limiting your focus to a tiny viewfinder at the top of the screen. And selfie view? Forget about it. The app makes you work to snap a selfie by using the front camera. This may be off-putting to some, but these features are what make Gudak Cam so appealing.

Here’s how it works: you open up the Gudak app and are brought to the camera, but instead of a fullscreen view of what you’re trying to photograph, you see mostly an image of the old-school disposable cameras from back in the day, with the exception of a tiny viewfinder to give you a glimpse of the scene in front of you.

Source: Gudak Cam

A new “roll” gives you 24 shots, and the pre-made lightleak filters randomize once every hour, so every image is different so long as you don’t use all 24 shots in one hour.

Once you’re finished, the roll goes to the processing lab, where it will take 72 hours to develop. Once that’s finished, the images download straight to your phone’s camera roll and you have two dozen new images with a variety of different filters and lightleaks to give each photo its own charm.

The app is available for 99 cents only for iPhone for now, but the increase in the app’s popularity would suggest it will be making its way onto Android devices in no time. So, get snapping! In the meantime, here are some of the Gudak Cam photos I’ve taken recently to give you some inspiration. Click through to view full size:

Thinking about giving Gudak Cam a try? What do you think about this concept for an app? Comment and let me know!

-Sonia

Is The Semester Over Yet?

Ahh the last month of the semester filled with either, pulling your hair out or the nice claiming feeling that it’s almost over. In just a few long dragged out weeks our summer will be here, and personally I’m excited.

I won’t be spending the summer travelling or on a real vacation in Paris or something. Besides going to work, the summer days I get off or request off are going to be hopefully spent at concerts or downtown Chicago. My favorite things about summer have always been the music festivals, events at Millennium park, etc.

Although I will sadly not be going to some of these festivals they’re still going to be awesome:

This summer, Warped Tour comes to Tinley Park on July 22nd. The line up consists of over 50 bands, some awesome bands that will be at the Chicago date are: Dance Gavin Dance, Hawthorne Heights, I Prevail, Memphis May Fire, and Silverstein.

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Last summer to celebrate 25 years, Lollapalooza extended the festival to four days instead of three. This summer they’re keeping the four day set up, headliners include: Blink 182, The Killers, Cage The Elephant, Muse (basically my Playlist when I was 13). Some other headliners I’m excited about are, Chance the Rapper (personally I think Chance should do Lollapalooza every year) and Big Sean.

If you’re going to Lollapalooza and have some hours to kill until the real reason you’re there plays some awesome bands (besides the ones headlining) to checkout are:

The Frights, (playing Friday) awesome band very energetic their lyrics are awesome, I was hooked the first time I heard their album.

Vance Joy (playing Saturday)

Grouplove (playing Sunday)

As always the festival offers artist for every music taste like: Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 savage, Madeintyo, Rae Sremmurd, Lil Yachty, and Joey Badass.

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Spring Awakening will be June 9 – June 11

I have yet to attend spring awakening but it’s on my bucket list, from what I’ve heard it’s a must go to festival.

This year the line up consists of…

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Chicago Open Air

In Bridgeview, IL from July 14 -16

Legendary bands like Kiss, Korn, Godsmack, Slayer, Megadeth will be playing this year.

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I’m also very excited for the film series at Millennium park. They always screen great movies and always some of my favorites. Last year, they screened The Breakfast Club AND Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Can it get any better than that?! Although the movies that they will be screening have not been released yet I’m excited to find out what movies they will be. Last summer they also let fans choose the last movie that would be screened, some options were movies like home alone, the movie that ended up being the most popular was the Dark Knight. Awesome choice.

Gay Pride Parade

I’ve been going to pride parade for at least 4 years in a row and a couple times before that. Some people might hate the crowds, the hot sun following you, while you’re exhausted from walking and probably dehydrated I LIVE FOR THIS STUFF, IT’S FUN. No, being dehydrated isn’t fun, but screaming to support those on floats, dancing to the music coming from the various bars around the area and having fun and laughing with total strangers is pretty awesome. I’ve met some of the coolest people at shows or parades.

Although, summer for UIC students begins early May, our summer ends right around the time some of the coolest music festivals will begin. However, don’t let the first few weeks of school bring you down, say goodbye to summer the right way — at North Coast and Riot Fest.

North Coast: September 1st to September 3rd in Union Park.

Past performers have been: Logic, Mac Miller, Kid Cudi, Wu Tang, David Guetta, Steve Aoki.

Riot Fest: September 15th – September 17th

These lineups have yet to be announced.

Some other concerts I’m personally excited for is All Time Low in July. I have to admit I’m more excited about the bands who are opening for them: SWMRS, Waterparks and The Wrecks.

And, my birthday present to myself: a Green Day concert at Wrigley Field on August 24th.

I Traced Chance The Rapper’s Musical Lineage To Scott Joplin

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Chance the Rapper has been the focus of many different conversations, whether it is about his music to funding public education. One thing that I like to do with popular mainstream artists, is research their musical lineage. I decided to do that with Chance and was quite intrigued with the results.

I began my research by reading an article from Complex Magazine where Chance was asked about some of his favorite artists and he provided the magazine with a list of 25 of his favorite albums that influenced his career. Out of those 25 albums, I picked three artists that he mentioned:

Michael Jackson

 

Michael Jackson – Bad  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd4SJVsTulc

 

 

 

Jay_Z

Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFCwp0pqRj8

 

 

 

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Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
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From there, I begin to trace their influential roots using the All Music Guide. It can be such an eye-opening experiencing listening to the different artists via one’s musical lineage. If you are an open-minded music fan, then you may discover some hidden treasures.

For Lauryn Hill and Michael Jackson, they shared some similar musical influences, one of those influences being the lovely:

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Diana Ross

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For Jay-Z, one of his cited influences is:LL Cool J

LL Cool J – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEUX-HYRtUA

Diana Ross and Jay-Z do not share any musical influences (to no one’s surprise).

 

 

 

 

 

One of Diana Ross’ cited musical influences is:

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Billie Holiday

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The Sugarhill GangAs for LL Cool J, it is:

The Sugarhill Gang https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcCK99wHrk0

As we continue to trace their musical influences, The Sugarhill Gang cites Curtis Mayfield as a musical influence:

 

 

 

Curtis Mayfield

Curtis Mayfield https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cmo6MRYf5g

 

 

 

 

 

For Billie Holiday, one of her cited influences was the Godmother of Rock & Roll:

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR2gR6SZC2M

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nat King Cole

Next, we look at one of Curtis Mayfield’s musical influences, Mr. Unforgettable himself:

Nat King Cole – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fy_JRGjc1To

 

 

 

 

 

As for the Godmother of Rock and Roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, one of her cited influences was the Queen of Gospel Music:

mahalia-jacksonMahalia Jackson – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uzd4Xu_cwTo

 

 

 

 

 

Fats Waller

 

For Nat King Cole, one of his major musical influences was legendary pianist:

Fats Waller – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSNPpssruFY

 

 

 

 

 

As for the Original Queen of Gospel, Mahalia Jackson, one of her cited musical influences is:

Bessie SmithBessie Smith – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MzU8xM99Uo

 

 

 

 

Fats Waller was influenced by a man who may be best known for a melody used by many ice cream trucks across the country, Famous Ragtime Pianist:

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Scott Joplin

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It should be noted that if I had chosen some of Chance’s other musical influences, the results would have been a bit different. For instance, if I had chosen James Brown as one of Michael Jackson’s influences, we may have ended up with Robert Johnson being one of the roots of Chance’s musical lineage.  Trace the musical lineage of your favorite artist and share the results with us!

 

Best,

Brother Jacob

“Host of Blues and News with Brother Jacob” every Sunday, from 6 pm – 8 pm on UIC Radio.

UIC Radio’s Fourth Annual Battle Of The Bands!

This past Friday, UIC Radio held its fourth annual Battle of the Bands at The Bar 10 Doors on Taylor Street. The lineup included UIC bands August Hotel, Lettucehead, Brian Sees Stars, The Red Flag Boys, Turbulence, and The Land Lines.

After an energetic set from all the bands, the top 3 winners included: 1. LETTUCEHEAD, 2. Turbulence, and 3. August Hotel.

UIC Radio sincerely thanks all the bands for their hard work and dedication to performing, and helping create a night full of music and fun for all who attended!

photos by Pearl Shin

UIC Radio – Intercollegiate Broadcasting Systems Awards 2017

This past weekend, UIC Radio attended the 2017 Intercollegiate Broadcasting Systems conference in New York City. UIC Radio was nominated for 7 awards. Categories included: Best Specialty Show, Best Show Promo, Best Station Promotional Poster, Best College Radio Streaming Station (More Than 10,000 Students), Best Website, Best Blog, and Best Use of Social Media.

After an educational weekend filled with informative ways to improve your radio station targeted at high school and college students, as well as hosting a panel on blogging, UIC Radio walked away with the trophy for Best Website in the nation and finalist trophies for the six other categories.

From all of us at UIC Radio, we would like to thank all of our readers and listeners for all the support!

Chicago Donut Fest 2017: A.K.A. Easier to Wake up for Than My 8am Class

Friends, I have a confession. Y’know how sports are the utmost reverenced and widely accepted pinnacle of American culture? Well, I have never cared for these competitive sportsball games, of any kind.

But this year I’ve learned there is one competition I can get behind, one where everyone ends up a winner (ish).

Donut Fest is an annual celebration—held in Chicago, New York, and Cleveland—which invites the best local restaurants and bakeries to bring their doughnut A-game in hopes of receiving the most votes to earn the title of “Best Donut.”

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The most rewarding part about being a fan of this sport is its simplicity: you show up, you receive tickets, you give the tickets to the booths, you get donuts and coffee, and then, finally, you eat the donuts, release several satisfying moans and wonder why you haven’t been starting every morning prior to this very moment with donuts.

The worst part was definitely having to wake up at 6am on a Sunday, but it was a small price to pay to have been granted early access to donut heaven before the general public and earning the official title of “Donut V.I.P.” which, for the record, better be engraved onto my future tombstone.

This year’s Donut Fest featured 11 donut vendors including Chicago donut staples like Stan’s Donuts, Glazed and Infused, and Doughnut Vault and suburban underdog shops like B’s Sweet Bites (Des Plaines), DeEtta’s Bakery (Naperville), and Gurnee Donuts (Gurnee).

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Left to Right: S’mores (Beavers Donuts), Chocolate Sour Cream Old Fashion (DeEtta’s Bakery), Mango Sriracha (Glazed and Infused), Pretzel Style Donut (B’s Sweet Bites), Dark Chocolate Butter Finger (Stan’s Donuts), Cinnamon Sugar (Beavers Donuts), Cookies ‘n’ Cream (Doughnut Vault), Mint Chocolate Chip (Glazed and Infused), Vanilla Glazed with Sprinkles (Cochon Volant)

I wish I could say that I didn’t eat 80 percent of what is pictured above in one sitting—in addition to the donuts from 4 other vendors that I ate immediately because I sadly only have two hands—but I did. #Healthy #CleanLiving

However, as justification, it was for the greater good.  As a Donut V.I.P., it was my duty to assess the flavors of each donut and cast my vote for the most deserving candidate.

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I did my best to leave my predisposition for Glazed and Infused’s donuts far from my decision-making, and ended up casting my vote for Gurnee Donuts’ Buko Pandan, a young green coconut glazed donut inspired by a popular Filipino dessert.

The official judges awarded DeEtta’s Bakery of Naperville with a trophy for their Chocolate Sour Cream Old Fashion, while the crowd deemed Doughnut Vault’s Cookies ‘n’ Cream best in show.

Until next week!

X,

Katerina