Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dat King Cold (Leaks Single) - DEAF [Audio]

 GLM Records Artist "Dat King Cold" leaked "DEAF"  a song from his forthcoming album "Sunrise to Sunset."  Enjoy!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Dat King Cold - Keep 'Em Screamin' [Visuals]

Dat King Cold announces his new project "Sunrise to Sunset" set to drop Nov.30.2012. This is his first single and it dropped today with visuals shot by "Heart of the City TV."

Friday, October 26, 2012

[AUDIO/VIDEO] Visual - Hello Hip Hop

Been waiting on this project for a year now... Visual's been hosting a show at SubT every third Wednesday of the month for a year which also went by the name Hello Hip Hop. He's definitely a veteran in Chicago, known throughout the city. Visual's music is always full of soul with that old school hip hop feel of the 90s. Checkout his latest project below [HelloHipHop] and checkout the skit "SWAG". Seriously though.. that video below.. too funny

[Editorial] Is This Chicago Hip Hop? - by Alexander Fruchter

 “Man, killing’s some whack shit. Oh, I forgot, except when n***as is rapping.” -Kanye West

I don’t know exactly how to start this article, so I’ll just start it.  I’ve had an idea for this article for a few weeks.  Maybe months. But I didn’t want to add to the mess of articles trying to hypothesize and pontificate on Chicago rap music 2012, all the ills, who is to blame, scapegoats, yada, yada, yada.  I definitely don’t want to this article to be looked as me coming down on Chief Keef, Lil’ Reese, Lil Mouse, Lil’ Durk or any other rapper for the problems of Chicago, the problems that have existed since way before their birth and have severely impacted them as well.  But the other thing I don’t want to do, and refuse to do is act like what’s happening is cool, and that I am a true fan of all this music.  I am a fan of the youth speaking for themselves and being empowered though. And I’m not just fan, but someone who has dedicated part of my life to help make that happen.  I became a teacher right after college, teaching 5th grade in a terribly funded CPS school in a terribly underfunded, impoverished, and sometimes seemingly hopeless neighborhood in Chicago.  It was a place that would beat the hope out of its residents, where optimism came to die, where opportunities seldom knocked.  It was there that I met some of the most amazing young people and were fortunate enough to call them my students, my co-workers, and countless parents who had my back, no matter what.  I say that to make it clear that this article is not a condemnation of the current teenage rappers that have come to define Chicago Hip Hop to those outside of its culture, as well as outside of this city.

Getting to the point though… While at times I’ve posted music and/or videos on the site that I didn’t necessarily like, I try very hard to not post any content that goes against some of my core values, and the reasons that this site was even started in the first place.  I understand that my taste in music is not everyone’s taste, and our readers may want to see/hear stuff that is not made for me.  But I can’t keep posting and promoting music that I feel exploits, promotes, and glamorizes the youth violence, poverty, drug use… you get the idea. This is something I’ve struggled with for a minute.

This struggle hit me like a ton of bricks last Saturday night while I was at the Metro for Rockie Fresh’s release party.  I was in the balcony talking to people and taking in the good vibes during Phil Ade’s set when all of the sudden, the person I was talking to abruptly stopped the conversation to say, “Lil’ Mouse is here.”  I turned my attention towards the stage, where I saw Lil’ Mouse and posse performing his record “Get Smoked”.  For a second, everything kind of froze and the idea that a full Metro, which holds roughly 1,100 people, were all going nuts to a 13 year-old performing a record which basically states, “don’t fuck with me, I will kill you,” really hit me.  That was as much as I could take. And I simply can’t support it. I can’t pretend like it’s cool, or that the song sounds so dope that we can ignore all the other issues in the name of entertainment. There is nothing good about it, and I can’t encourage it.

The article and ideas were still bouncing around in my head yesterday morning when another friend of mine emailed me with the subject line “deplorable behavior” and a message, “This is exactly what you and I were talking about the other day. ” I clicked the link to find an article showing cell-phone footage of Hip Hop artist Lil’ Reese seriously beating the shit out of a teenage girl with one especially biting commentary from the post’s author, “Lil Reese’s behavior is deplorable, and it seems as though these young kids in Chicago have no respect for life.”  Wow.

Throughout the day, pretty much the whole country went in on Lil’ Reese and his actions.  Many calling for the end of his music career, and the death of this new wave of Chicago music.  I think few, if any, mentioned that the person shown in that video footage, which was over a year old, was not yet old enough to vote, drink, and could barely drive.  That doesn’t make any of it right, and I was amongst those denouncing this behavior on Twitter as well.  But, we must remember that Lil’ Reese is a teenager, and teenagers do things like that when they don’t have the proper guidance, when they grow up in a culture of violence, and when a phrase like, “they didn’t stop making guns when they made yours,” rolls off the tongue like it’s nothing.  Wow.

My question is, is this really how we are seen to the rest of the country? This is how we want our Hip Hop community and culture to be defined?  When I was in New York a couple weeks ago I had meetings at most of the major labels, PR firms, and even some very influential magazines.  Each person that I met with asked about Chicago, and the artists that I thought were the best.  For some, names like Kids These Days, Chance The Rapper, Alex Wiley, ShowYouSuck, Kembe X, Treated Crew, GLC, Project Mayhem etc… sounded like a foreign language.  If the artist wasn’t from the drill scene, they’d never heard of him. If I wasn’t mentioning music not made by Chief Keef, or Lil’ Reese, or Lil’ Durk they hadn’t listened to it. And for many, there was also no interest in checking it out.

The thing is, many people seemed to believe the music was something like a joke, or a cool/trendy thing.  The latest wave.  They are easily able to turn off the fact that the artists making this music grow up in extreme poverty, are in trouble with the law, and in Lil’ Mouse’s case, haven’t even fully gone through puberty.  To them, the music exists in a far off place. They don’t live here, they don’t come here often, and they sure as hell are not visiting the locations popularized through these songs.  Chicago might as well be called Chiraq to them, because they have the same familiarity with both places.

There’s another side of Chicago Hip Hop that many people feel passionate about, myself included.  While the majority of the country thinks Chicago Hip Hop’s been silent until Young Chop picked a fight with Kanye West via Twitter, the truth is that Chicago Hip Hop has been a thriving community for years, and the last 4 have been exceptionally dope.  There have been weekly parties, shows, studio sessions and a slew of talented artists, photographers, directors, writers, radio personalities, boutique owners etc. working hard everyday to make sure our city is represented.  Let’s not turn our back on the richness of our music and let it be defined by negativity.  Let’s show these people that young kids in Chicagodohave respect for human life.  And again, let’s call out the media that prop these kids up to be bigger than the Beatles, only to move out of the way when they slip, or fall, and in some cases, crash and burn.

We define Chicago Hip Hop. It’s more than just cell-phone footage, gun range interviews, and twitter beef.  It’s the interplanetary exploration of Crucial Conflict, the intelligent street music of Mikkey Halsted, the pioneering style of Twista, the youthfulness of SaveMoney, the expensive hood shit of Hollywood Holt and Gzus Piece, the true school aesthetic of the Molemen and All Natural, and yes, the realness of GBE.  It’s all those things.  We define Chicago Hip Hop.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

BdBusiness - Let Me Know ft. JoLin Rosario [NEW VIDEO]

New Single off the forthcoming EP #MrBusinessWhereYaBeen

Chicago, IL  BdBusiness slated to deliver his latest, Let Me Know single, to stateside audiences October 20th on GLM Records his most polished effort to date, Let Me Know is an ambitious attempt to navigate the tidal swells of love and life, abjectly melancholic and passionate, celebratory of it’s outstanding potential to evoke polarizing feelings simultaneously. Helmed by multi-instrumentalist Alberto Ben Garcia of Spain, BdBusiness’s 2012 sophomore effort will be anxiously received in late December early January (#MrBusinessWhereYaBeenEP).

Video Stills

Monday, October 8, 2012

REAP - Judge Me [New Audio]

Check out REAP's latest single... He's been really busy working on an album (I Watch Others Change My World) so its always dope to get these single joints from him. #GoodLife
"I enjoy my work, I'm making great music and I've grown as a person!" - REAP

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Tris J - Tristal [Mixtape]

Tris J releases his latest mixtape with Tristal. This project holds a collection of tracks with features and production from Sir Michael RocksJ. HillShorty KPapi Beatz, and more. Tracklist and download after the jump.

GoodLife's very own Papi Beatz produced 3 out of the 8 tracks!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

[UPDATE] BdBusiness ft. Jolin Rosario - Let Me Know

Just a quick update for the fans out there.. This weekend Jay Caves of Heart of the City TV ( just wrapped up the video shoot for BdBusiness for the single off his forthcoming EP "Where You Been?". The name of the single is "Let Me Know", and you can catch a snippet below. Enjoy!! #GoodLife

Thursday, August 23, 2012

[VIDEO] JDott Trife - Wake Me Up (Produced by. O-Zone)

JDott Trife - Wake me up (Produced by DJ O-ZoNe) off the album "The Trife Effect". Video Directed, Shot and Edited by Du Wayne (R.Raven) Padilla.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

[VIDEO] HipHopStarz: “Hi As I” feat Big Homie D.O.E.

Courtesy of :: RubyHornet

Voyce G.I. Go and Chris Ill are the HipHopStarz.  The two are working on a new album (Bobby Fisher Chess Move) as we speak and offer up the LP’s first video in the form of “Hi As I”.  The song features a guest verse from Big Homie D.O.E. and is a funky new joint with a dope video from Davy Greenberg.  Check it out below.    - Alexander Fruchter

Saturday, July 21, 2012

[VIDEO] REAP ft. GABRIEL : Never Told Me

Goodmorning beautiful people! I haven't posted on this thing in awhile but I'm glad to make a return and present you with this motherfucking video. The homey REAP doin' it the way it should be done with his video for single "Never Told Me" feat. Gabriel. Directed by one of the hottest visual talents in the Chi, the one and only, Sense Hernandez of Beast Factory Films. Check it out here and follow them on Twitter, FB, and wherever else.




Thursday, July 12, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

[BREAKING NEWS] Sir Michael Rocks enlists Papi Beatz of GLM Records

Sir Michael Rocks has announced the release of his upcoming street album Lap of Lux, releasing August 2ndvia One Off Entertainment.
For the project, the Cool Kids member enlists guests including Casey VeggiesRockie FreshMac Miller, Mano, Shorty K and Tris J. Production comes courtesy of Papi Beatz, Flosstradamus, Hit-Boy, Cardo, The Freshman and more.

Papi Beatz

To celebrate the release of the physical and digital project, Mikey will perform on July 21st in Chicago, Illinois at Reggie’s Rock Club.
Check the tracklist below.
1. “Now You Do” (produced by Flosstradamus)
2. “GED” f/ Tris J (produced by J. Hill)
3. “They Hate It” (produced by Papi Beatz)
4. “Take It To The Floor” (produced by Papi Beatz)
5. “Reservations” (produced by Cardo)
6. “NWO” (produced by Flosstradamus)
7. “Great” f Casey Veggies & Mac Miller (produced by Cardo)
8. “Good Sushi” (produced by Chuck Inglish)
9. “In The Loop” (produced by Polyester)
10. “The Best” f/ Tris J & Shorty K (produced by Mano)
11. “Connect”f/ Mano (produced by Cardo)
12. “Can’t Hide It” f/ Rockie Fresh (produced by J. Hill & iamLpeezy)
13. “If It Ain’t Foreign” (produced by Tye Hill)
14. “You Know What” (produced by Hitboy)
15. “The Clique” f/ Casey Veggies & Tris J (produced by The Freshman)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

[AUDIO] JDott Trife: “Paid” feat L.E.P. Bogus Boys (prod. by DJ O-Zone)


I’ve known DJ O-Zone for years. I remember seeing him as an under age kid DJing at Chicago Rocks and various events at The Bassment back in the day. He’s grown into one of the Chi’s best party rockers, and without many people knowing, has quietly been crafting bangers as a producer. Here he slows down a familiar James Brown sample, adds some dark and grungey sounds to it and ropes in Jdott Trife and L.E.P. Bogus Boys for “Paid”. This is the first single off O-Zone’s forthcoming album, FvckingUpDaGame. Listen and download via


[AUDIO] Dusty McFly – I’m Out Here (rmx) f. Big Sean, Dom Kennedy & Danny Brown


Dusty McFly preps the release of his upcoming project, Buffies&Benihanas II, with the Big Sean and Dom Kennedy-assisted “I’m Out Here” remix. SHAKE UPDATE: Dusty also released a Detroit mix of the song that features Big Sean, Danny Brown, Peezy & Boldy James. Check that out after the jump.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

[AUDIO] Alex Wiley & Scheme – Game Face (produced by Thelonious Martin | Cuts by Big Once)

Earlier this spring, Scheme and Alex Wiley connected with Thelonious Martin for a Closed Session at SoundScape.  I had a feeling that Scheme and Alex Wiley would make a good record together because they can both straight up spit.  Scheme is arguably the best pure-spitter in Chicago, and out of the new class, few are really touching Wiley in that same regard.  Thelonious supplied the perfect production for these guys, and Big Once handled the scratch hook.  We wanted to make an up and down Hip Hop record, the scrunch your face kind.  This is that joint.   Listen and download it below. This is also the first of many more Closed Sessions records with Alex Wiley. Stay tuned.
Closed Sessions Vol. 2 kicks off July 11th with MTV2 Sucker Free.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

DJ Damnage f/ Bo Deal, Lungz & Astonish - For My City (Official Video)

DJ Damnage is preparing a "Young Takeover" with his new digitally released single "For My City". Get it now on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify & more.

Directed, Filmed & Edited by: Jay Caves of Heart Of The City TV

Thursday, May 3, 2012

[VIDEO] FORCE ONE SEVEN "I Don't Like Remix" - Chief Keef Session

Na'el Shehade of ForceOneSeven recording the Chief Keef verse for the G.O.O.D. Music remix to "I Don't Like"... #ForceOneSeven

Monday, April 2, 2012

[VIDEO] DJ Damnage x Lungz (Behind the Scenes) - "For My City"

Take a look behind the scenes with Lungz as he introduces DJ Damnage's "For My City" Chicago record. Stay tuned for more Chicago!!


S.L.A.P Avenue / GoodLife's very own ItsQVC featured on DojaMan TV (SickMoneys Sick 16)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

[VIDEO] DJ Damnage X Bo Deal (Behind the Scenes) - For My City #GoodLife

For My City (Official Video) Coming Soon!

DJ Damnage of GoodLife Music Group is putting a dope song and video together with Bo Deal, Astonish and Lungz. Watch this funny behind the scenes footage with Bo and DJ Damnage! #GoodLife #GLMRecords 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

[VIDEO] LayLow & Fresh Valuez :: Shoot First Films (Debut)

BdBusiness [The Director]
Scott Gonzalez [The Shooter]

[Top Video]
Artist: LayLow
Song: Stop Sleeping On Me

Directed by Alberto "BdBusiness" Fernandez 
Shot and edited by Scott Gonzalez of Shoot First

Find LayLow on:

Shoot First

Alberto "BdBusiness" Fernandez

[Bottom Video]
Official Music Video for Game Over by Fresh Valuez. Look out for the self titled debut EP coming soon from GOODLIFE MUSIC GROUP!

Directed by Alberto "BdBusiness" Fernandez

Shot by Scott Gonzalez for Shoot First Photos

Edited by Alex "Papi Beatz" Baez

[VIDEO] The Force ft. E-Class Eppi (Prod. by ForceOneSeven)

(This video was shot and edited in 24 hours )
Force One Seven: DL FULL MIXTAPE

Video By: Champagne Jelly, Inc.
song engineer- rae nimeh (UnitedTechniqueRecordingChicago)
Director/Editor: Aaron Scharaga
Director of Photography: Greg Chmiel


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