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YP Drops Long-Awaited ‘No Doz’ Mixtape

Posted in YP by Jaime Black on August 14th, 2012


New from Universal Republic artist YP comes the MC’s long-awaited No Doz mixtape. The 19 track effort can be found below, followed by the artist’s CVU podcast interview from this year’s SXSW, and the new video for No Doz cut “To The Moon.”

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YP Posts ‘Sleepwalking’ Mixtape

Posted in YP by Jaime Black on May 23rd, 2012


New from YP is the rapper’s anticipated Sleepwalking mixtape. Stream or download that release through the link or player below, via Live Mixtapes. And look for the artist’s No Doz release to post soon.

YP – Sleepwalking

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YP Shows Off Sneaker Collection In “Kick Game”

Posted in YP by Jaime Black on May 8th, 2012


Universal Republic artist YP displays his passion for footwear in the new treatment for his track ”Kick Game.” The cut is produced by Chuck Inglish and can be streamed or downloaded from the player below, following the artist’s recent CVU podcast interview from SXSW and followed by the track’s video. And watch for YP’s upcoming mixtape, No Doz, coming soon.

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YP SXSW Recap Video Captures Austin, TX Performances, Interviews, And More

Posted in SXSW,YP by Jaime Black on April 2nd, 2012


Chicago rapper YP arrived to a warm reception and plenty of shows at this year’s SXSW, and now the artist’s official video recap (featuring a brief cameo of this author interviewing the MC) has hit the web. Find YP’s SXSW recap video immediately following his CVU podcast interview recorded at the Austin music festival, and watch for material from the rapper’s No Doz as it posts online.

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New Dynasty Podcasts Album: SXSW 2012!

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Dynasty Podcasts: The SXSW 2011 Album, featuring interviews recorded or broadcast live on location at this year’s SXSW. Host Jaime Black checks in with YPMartin Atkins, Show You Suck, Archie Powell of Archie Powell & The Exports, Scattered Trees, and Jessica Galliart and  Lenny Gilmore of! The album also features the podcast of a live Dynasty broadcast featuring Shaun Barrett of The Sound Scene and Amy Dittmeier of Heave Media, recorded at the end of SXSW! Stream or download that podcast album above.

Dynasty Podcasts: The SXSW 2012 Album
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The Chicago MC discusses his deal with Universal Republic and why he’s working harder than ever these days. YP also teases details on his forthcoming project, No Doz.

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The music industry veteran looks back on SXSW’s growth over his time coming to the festival, and discusses his teaching ventures and other projects.

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Show You Suck discusses his performances at SXSW and getting press on MTV.

CVU159 - Archie Powell & The Exports
Archie Powell checks in at SXSW to discuss his group’s forthcoming Great Ideas in Action effort.

CVU160 - Scattered Trees
The group returns to the CVU podcast to tease details about their next forthcoming full length, including a general release period, their new material’s more upbeat sound, and whether they have a title for the record yet.

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Jessica Galliart and Lenny Gilmore of discuss their coverage of SXSW.

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Shaun Barrett (The Sound Scene) and Amy Dittmeier (Heave Media) reflect on their SXSW experience in the podcast of a Dynasty live broadcast which streamed at the conclusion of the festival.

ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black and  recorded out of The Music Garage in Chicago. CVU features interviews with the premier talent and tastemakers in the Chicago music and nightlife communities, and is published through the Dynasty Podcasts network. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Posterous.

Chicago Rapper YP Signs Deal With Universal Republic

Posted in YP by Jaime Black on February 9th, 2012


As reported overnight by Fake Shore Drive, Chicago MC YP has signed with Universal Republic. Watch this space for more on all things YP. And check out the rapper’s CVU podcast interview from this past September below, available as audio and video, followed by the artist’s new video for his track “The Come Up,” off his Still Awake mixtape.

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New CVU Podcast Cover Story Series: YP!

Posted in ChicagoVerseUniteD,CVU Cover Story Series,DYNASTY,Podcast,YP by Jaime Black on September 28th, 2011

YP Still Awake (Front)

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Cover Story Series audio podcast: YP! The Chicago MC visits the CVU podcast at The Music Garage to discuss the creation of his recently released mixtape Still Awake, working with DJ Timbuck2, and how the mixtape is modeled after The Notorious B.I.G.‘s classic Ready to Die record. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by a CVU video feature produced by Colleen Mares of The Axis World, as well a brief Elephilms feature on the rapper and the official treatment for “Who I Be.” And hear material from Still Awake live when YP opens for Mobb Deep on Friday, October 21st at Metro.

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ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, recorded at The Music Garage and hosted by Jaime Black, with video by Colleen Mares of The Axis World. CVU features interviews with the premier talent and tastemakers in the Chicago music and nightlife communities, and is published through the Dynasty Podcasts network. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Posterous.

Across The Chicagoverse 02/13/11: Lupe Fiasco, Mat Devine, The Felix Culpa, & More!

Because no one outlet can cover the entire Chicago music landscape, here’s what the premier tastemakers across the Chicagoverse and beyond have been up to lately.

Lupe Fiasco

-Heave Media has posted the new single from Lupe Fiasco (above), entitled “Words I Never Said.” Find that here.

-Tonight’s Local 101 features show host Chris Payne interviewing My Gold Mask, Secret Colours, and Fashion Bomb. Catch that tonight at 9PM on Q101.

Tonight at 9PM on Q101′s @Local101: interviews with @mygoldmask, @SecretColours, & @xFashionxBombx!
Local 101

-A new episode has gone up at the JBTV site, featuring a live performance from Chicago’s own Urbanites. Watch that now.

-Long running scene staple Alternative Press has premiered the haunting new video for The Felix Culpa‘s “Our Holy Ghosts.” Catch that clip at their site.

-Chicago event calender site Do312 has posted an interview with Kill Hannah frontman Mat Devine about the much ballyhooed Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark musical. Read the singer’s thoughts here.

-On a related note, Buzznet has posted an interview between Mat Devine and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. Find out what the two Chicago artists talked about here.

-Local hip hop source Fake Shore Drive has posted Hey You Guys!, the new mixtape from The Electric, a young grouping that features Chicago MC Pugs Atomz. Get on the new sound here.

-Loud Loop Press recently reported on the new album from White Mystery, and posted an interview with Disappears.

-Speaking of Loud Loop Press, site editor Richard Giraldi was recently a guest on local DJ and Chicago music enthusiast Jesse Menendez‘s Music Vox program on Vocalo, as seen below. The Music Vox has lift off. @rgiraldi of @loudlooppress joins me a lil later.
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-Chicago Mixtape is looking for music submissions from local artists. Get familiar with the site today in advance of its big Valentine’s Day launch tomorrow.

-Ruby Hornet has released a Closed Sessions video for “Something New,” featuring Freddie Gibbs and Chicago’s own YP. Watch that now, and download the session here.

-Local live music video haven Secret Note Shows has posted a new set of live clips from The Lifeline‘s recent record release event at Metro. Those are up for viewing here.

-And finally, Columbia College Chicago label Aemmp Records has a new web home. Follow along with them on Tumblr, and look for more on Aemmp this week, right here at CVU!