ChicagoVerseUniteD: Chicago Scene Salvation

CVU Exclusive: Team Bayside High feat. Hollywood Holt x Show You Suck – “Get Buck” (Live @ North Coast Music Festival 2012)

Team Bayside High

(Photo via Mad Lab Photography)

Exclusive here at CVU is HQ video of Team Bayside High‘s recent live performance with Show You Suck and Hollywood Holt. The performance comes from TBH’s headlining set Friday, August 31st at North Coast Music Festival, and features the MCs joining the DJ team for “Get Buck,” Bayside’s recent collaboration with Holt. Watch that performance below, followed by a download of the track. And watch for more North Coast 2012 content to post this week at CVU.

(Video filmed and produced by Colleen Mares of The Axis World and Lewis & Clark.)

Hollywood Holt Releases New Party Jam “The Show”

Posted in Elephilms,Hollywood Holt,Million Dollar Mano by Jaime Black on May 28th, 2011

Hollywood Holt
(Photo via Everyone Is Famous)

Hollywood Holt has released a new song titled the “The Show” via MP3 and video, with the latter a product of Chicago’s Elephilms. The funky party jam is produced by longtime Holt collaborator and up-and-coming Chicago producer Million $ Mano, and can be downloaded by clicking through on the link below, or watched in the YouTube following the track.

Hollywood Holt – “The Show”

Ruby Hornet Posts Video From Its SXSW Event Featuring Mic Terror, Hollywood Holt, YP, & More

Ruby Hornet: CS: ATX

Chicago hip hop source Ruby Hornet has posted a video revisitng the site’s SXSW party from earlier this year. The event celebrated the release of Ruby Hornet’s Closed Sessions: ATX record, which was recorded at SXSW in 2010 and features a wealth of underground and emerging hip hop talent. Watch that clip below, featuring testimonials and performance footage from hometown acts including Mic Terror, Kids These Days, Hollywood Holt, Scheme, YP, and more, immediately following the CVU podcast featuring Ruby Hornet’s Virgil Solis and DJ RTC, recorded at SXSW 2011 in support of CS: ATX!

Fake Shore Drive SXSW Recap Video Hits The Web, Serves As Reminder Of Better Weather Elsewhere


Last month, Chicago hip hop site Fake Shore Drive took to Austin, TX’s Light Bar for its Taste of Chicago SXSW showcase event (see flyer above). Now, a Davy Greenberg for Elephilms directed video recap from that event has hit the web. Watch that clip below and look for appearances from Hollywood Holt, Million $ Mano, Rockie Fresh, and more.

A FSD posting promises more from the Taste of Chicago name, so watch that site for further updates!

Superfun Party Posts Video Of Super Fun LA Party You Probably Weren’t @

Posted in Hollywood Holt,Million Dollar Mano,Superfun by Jaime Black on February 25th, 2011


Chicago’s own Superfun party, which does it big every Wednesday night at J Bar, has posted video of its recent Grammy party with G.O.O.D. Music in LA. Check the clip, which features the music of Pusha T‘s “My God,” below, and look for appearances from Chicago’s own Hollywood Holt and Million Dollar Mano.

Initial Claychella 2011 Lineup Announced, Including The Hood Internet, Hollywood Holt, And More

Clayton Hauck

Following the announcement of The Hood Internet’s inclusion on the lineup, many more details have surfaced on this year’s Claychella festival, via Lincoln Hall’s March event listings. The yearly day-long event traditionally boasts a wealth of predominantly local and occasionally national talent curated by Chicago photographer Clayton Hauck (above) of EveryoneIsFamous. This year’s edition happens March 5th and features a number of acts regularly showcased here at CVU, including DJ sets from Willy JoyMoneypennyMatt RoanHollywood Holt. Kid ColorTeam Bayside HighOnly ChildrenMike Perry, Veronica Murtagh of CreamTeam, a live set from The Dirty Diamonds, and more. Check out Hauck on the CVU podcast from last March in advance of Claychella 2010, followed by Hollywood Holt’s new video for party banger “Get Up,” which also finds Stanton Warriors and Ruby Goe bringing heat on the track.

CVU22: The CVU Claychella Special
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Hollywood Holt Posts New “Welcomes to the World” Freestyle Video

Posted in Hollywood Holt by Jaime Black on January 22nd, 2011

Hollywood Holt

Hollywood Holt has posted a new freestyle video, which finds the Chicago MC going hard over the beat and around the chorus of T.I. and Kanye West‘s “Welcome To The World.” Watch Holt’s “Welcome to the World (Freestyle)” clip, directed by Davy Greenberg for Elephilms, below, and find Holt’s latest mixtape, These Are The Songs That Didn’t Make The Album But Are Still Cold As Hell So Shut The Fuck Up Vol. 1, as a free download at the rapper’s website.

Previously On the CVU Podcast: The First 48

Posted in BBU,DYNASTY,Hollywood Holt,Jump Smokers,Podcast,Rise Against by Jaime Black on November 12th, 2010

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: a look back at moments from the past 48 CVU podcasts, featuring interview segments with Tim McIlrath of Rise Against, BBU, Hollywood Holt, and Roman of Jump Smokers!


CVU49: The First 48
Right-click the link to download CVU49, or stream the show below
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Hollywood Holt Posts New Freestyle Video Featuring Him And M.I.A. On The Front Steps

Posted in Hollywood Holt by Jaime Black on October 9th, 2010

Hollywood Holt
Photo via talented nightlife photographer Clayton Hauck of

Chicago MC Hollywood Holt has posted a new laid back freestyle clip at his site, titled “La La La” and featuring M.I.A. as his front steps companion. The video, directed by Justin Oh, can be viewed below.

Towards the end of his flow, Holt promises a greatest hits release release “coming soon.” In the meantime, the rapper’s latest mixtape, the fantastically titled These Are The Songs That Didn’t Make The Album But Are Still Cold As Hell So Shut The Fuck Up Vol. 1, is available as a free download at For the MC’s thoughts on that release and much, much more, check out his recent appearance from August of this year on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast, available for streaming and download below.

CVU41: Hollywood Holt
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New CVU Podcast: Hollywood Holt!

Posted in DYNASTY,Hollywood Holt,Podcast by Jaime Black on August 25th, 2010

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Hollywood Holt!

Hollywood Holt

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Hollywood Holt discusses his forthcoming mixtape, These Are The Songs That Didn’t Make The Album But Are Still Cold As Hell So Shut The Fuck Up Vol. 1, dropping this Saturday, August 28th available now as a free download at Hollywood Holt dot com (album cover below), as well as his mixtape release party Sunday, August 29th at Beauty Bar (flier below album cover). The Chicago rapper also discusses his hip-hop influences growing up, why his album will be made up of all new material save for one song, drunken spelling bees, and why he’s not just a party MC.

CVU41: Hollywood Holt
Right-click the link to download CVU41, or stream the show below

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These Are The Songs So Shut The Fuck Up

Holt & Mano @ Beauty Bar