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Publisher 220 Productions, Inc. Editor-in-Chief Isis Elle Editorial Assistant Jesse Burrell Graphic Designer Reno Dillard Writers Isis Elle Angela Moss Event Photographer Keith Blades David Smith Music Editor Dj Big Pat Dj Buddy Finch ISSN No. 1941-5729
PROSPECT CONTENTS AND PAGES 13 – The Best Underground 21 – The Meaning of Success 22 – Cover Story Sly Polaroid 28 – Cover Story Bo Deal 33 – Prospect Magazine interviews Chrisette Michele 35 – Isis Playlist 36 – The Break Down 40 – Healthy Eating with Chef Judson Todd Allen 42 – So You Think U Funny! (Comedian Major) 44 – Press Play 46 – Hitman (Mush Millions) 48 – On the 1’s & 2’s (Dj V-Dub shares his thoughts on Chicago Hip-Hop) 50 – Indie Label
EDITOR’S LETTER Bo-Deal touches base on his background and how he launched his career as a rapper and collaborations with Waka Flocka, Gucci Mane and many more. Comedian Major shows his spiritual side and expresses his feelings on his initial encounter with Tommy Davidson. Leoski D tells his story of what his life was like growing up in CHA housing and how he started his independent record label. Chef Judson stresses the importance of healthy eating and how he lost 75lbs by incorporating alternative food choices in his everyday lifestyle. Mush Millions gives an insight of his experience while living in California, his move back home and how he became one of Chicago’s super producers. Last but not least Dj V-Dub one of Chicago’s prominent Dj’s shares his thoughts on Chicago Hip-Hop and what it takes to be a good Dj. Once again, thank you for your support and we look forward to being your passport Chicago’s underground.
Isis Isis Editor-In-Chief
Chicago, thank you for your love and support the first issue was a huge success. I’m ecstatic to announce that this is the second issue of PROSPECT Magazine and I’m looking forward to providing you with the third issue as well as many more. As stated before we’re not your emblematic publication we will continue to go above and beyond when it comes to marketing and advertising. In this issue you will find exclusive interviews with Sly Polaroid as he speaks about being incarcerated, Bump J and his rap career.
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“Being an underground artist is not easy it’s hard work, I once read a book called How To Be A Millionaire and every page in the book had work, work, work, straight down the page” PROSPECT PROSPECTMAGAZINE MAGAZINE 13 13
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Diesel The Star
Chicago native Diesel The Star was born on the Southside in the Englewood community. At the age of 13 he noticed his talent and begin rapping. Pumping gas for random people at his neighborhood gas station is how he obtained his moniker and later came the addition “The Star”. After his release from the county jail Diesel The Star refused to be a product of his environment and became a barber. Shortly after his success of being an entrepreneur he made the decision to take his craft serious in the year 2000. Recruiting friends Tri, LV, Rio and Toine together they formed Live Wyrez (SGR). Being the star of Live Wyrez independent record label immediately Diesel started recording his songs and duplicating cd’s to help elevate his career. In the interim he produced his first mixtape titled “Pots & Stoves” followed by “The Re-Up”. With the accomplishments of the two mixtapes Diesel buzz has grown and captured Chicago’s attention with the increase of fans as well as supporters. “Being an underground artist is not easy it’s hard work, I once read a book called How To Be A Millionaire and every page in the book had work, work, work, straight down the page”. Diesel’s fortitude has really paid off he has worked with the likes of Shawnna, Moonie of L.E.P., Mike Cain and Disco just to name a few and he looks forward to working with many more. Diesel is currently working on two projects and is looking forward to hearing the city’s response after the release. When asked what he wants Prospect readers to know about him Diesel clearly states “I’m real a n*gga and I keep it one hundred all the time and you will hear it in my music and be on the lookout of my upcoming projects Boss”.
To support Diesel The Star or listen to his music log onto: www.facebook.com/dieselthestar www.twitter.com/dieselthestar
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LEOSKI D Leoski D tells his story of what his life was like growing up in CHA housing and how he started his independent record label Leoski D: What’s good you know who this is Chicago The Truth the one and only Leoski D Isis: Leoski D you’re representing Chicago the Southside and you’re from the building correct
gotta give these people something else. I wanted people to see the visual and hear the music. I think Bump J had just put out Live From Bedrock and he was buzzing crazy through the city and I’m like aight I know what I gotta do so I put the mixtape and the documentary out. A free Bump J too shouts out to my n*gga
Leoski D: 6217 Smashville they tore down the project building but we still project living (laughs)
Isis: Okay, so you pushed out 10,000 copies of your mixtape with the DVD and that’s what started your buzz how did you keep that buzz
Isis: Okay, so let the people know about Leoski D and who you are
Leoski D: Dre started putting me on bootleg mixtapes I was one of the main artists underground that stayed on bootleg mixtapes. After that the buzz kept going cause people started hearing me in the city and then I’m showing up to shows with like a 100 n*ggas so the buzz kept circulating and I kept doing songs with n*ggas in the street and I had Leoski D shirts. I ain’t gone lie that movement when you show up with a hundred people they wanna know who you are
Leoski D: A n*gga that grew up on the Southside in the projects, I grew up in the streets. My name came from T-Boy cause my real name wasn’t street you weren’t about to say my whole name because it was too long. So T-Boy actually came up with the name Leoski D the D came from me actually being a Black Disciple so that’s what the D stood for and then Leoski D was like yeah by me being a Black Disciple that was my street name so that’s where Leoski D come from it came from that era and then I had a love for music and started to get into it and was like yeah Leoski D that what it is Isis: When did you develop that love for music and when did you know that being a rapper is something that you wanted to pursue as a career Leoski D: I ain’t gone even lie it was Dre, I was doing something with Dre one day he had a studio and I told him that I was gonna come through there one day he thought I was bullsh**ting and he gave me a beat told me to write to it and I don’t know what happened. One day I was in the house I ended up writing to it and I recorded it, just one song. I played that song like a thousand times and ever since then I was like aight I’m on my sh*t Isis: Cool, so how long have you been rapping Leoski D: Man I feel like I’m a vet (laughs) since 99’ or 2000 Isis: When did you start getting serious with it Leoski D: When the Feds (laughs) came through and tore the project down. It was like people were facing life 25 years everybody getting locked up, Nawl B I had to get serious. I had put out a DVD Documentary I wanted to be the first n*gga let’s get this on the record Leoski D was the first n*gga in Chicago I’ll repeat it again the first to put out a mixtape and DVD documentary 10,000 copies through the whole city and that’s what started my buzz Isis: Wow, so were with you Outta Cash Records then Leoski D: I was with Outta Cash Records shouts out to Dre and how that project came along to be honest with you Dre was like you’ve been putting out these singles so what you gone do for the mixtape. Shouts out to Dj Disco he was first to host my mixtape. I was like we
Isis: What happened after Outta Cash Records Leoski D: Me and Outta Cash always gone be together Dre went in his direction and I went in mine, my direction was I was signed to an independent label for a minute Isis: I know what’s the name of if again Leoski D: Act 2 Records, Act Boo Records (laughs) I was signed to an independent label for a minute and they had me doing projects with Mike Don shouts out to Mike Don, Maurice and Joshua. It was a real good project I ain’t gone lie, but they didn’t know how to market me to the urban they was trying to market me outside the urban market to the suburbs and things like that. Now the deal was to have been them coming in the with the marketing dollars and we go from there it was like antifreeze a 50/50 deal it didn’t go that way. They stop listening to my creative control in which I had creative control when we originally started. That’s one thing you gotta do I mean anything you sign I don’t care don’t be in a rush to sign it cause that paper work is a muthaf*#ker . I didn’t know no nothing about mechanic arts and all that I didn’t know nothing. Yeah them trips to Miami was good to on them suckers, but you just have to have your business in tack. Isis: I know you started your own label tell me more about it Leoski D: Right I started my label “In Da Streets Records” with three business partners T-Boy, Big Will and C-Bo other business partners M.O and then Young Snake, Young Snake has always been around he was on my first DVD everything I put out Snake was on it and then I signed Melissa J she’s the R&B sensation on Pray For Me and that was one of my biggest joints she just got an incredible voice. Baby G just came home from the fed joint. To put icing on the cake my man Trax Surg the producer, I’ve been knowing Trax since Route 66. Trax been around for years and a lot of people don’t know all that music that was coming from Forilla Records all that that was Trax.
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When you look back at where you grew up n*gga we was trapped in a zoo. So what you do as a kid you learn and live in your environment, but that aint sh*t that to grow up in.
want my kids
Leoski D once I position and I signed to
ence between got in
a label make my own decisions everybody on the team gotta be creative.
” it’s like an introduction to my first album. Yeah, I gotta new single out called Hamm don’t get it twisted it’s two Hamm’s out here it’s the other one and then you got Leoski D one. I was working on a mixtape this is how the hook came up. I was about to get on this freestyle and I was like “I’m about to go hamm on these n*ggas no tax cut Uncle Sam on you n*ggas run up if you want blam blam on you n*ggas one me two pistols Sammy Sam on you n*ggas” that is how I started my first four bars I got in the study with Trax he played a beat I recorded the hook and that it was Isis: What’s next for Leoski D, In Da Streets Records and The family
Isis: What’s the difference between In Da Streets Records and any other independent label here in Chicago what are guys doing different that will you set you apart from anybody else Leoski D: We family over here but being creative. Everybody wants to be something that they’re not like Leoski D is who I am there’s no secret where I come from ain’t no secret about what I done did, but that sh*t don’t pride me I grew up blind folded we wasn’t supposed to grow up in the projects . When you look back at where you grew up n*gga we was trapped in a zoo. So what you do as a kid you learn and live in your environment, but that aint sh*t that I want my kids to grow up in. So the difference between Leoski D once I got in position and I signed to a label make my own decisions everybody on the team gotta be creative. Snake sometime he’ll come and I’ll tell him no do that over, Baby-G do that over Trax might tell me sometimes do that over it’s about being creative and it’s really a family over here everybody play they position when push comes to shove it’s about staying consistent having a team that’s gone work and everybody on the same page. Isis: Your latest mixtape is circulating the streets and you have a new single “Hamm” lets talk about that Leoski D: Yeah, The last mixtape I just put out was Leoski D and The Family; Young Snake, Melissa Jae, and Baby-G. I’m currently working on another mixtape titled “I Run The Streets” hosted by V-Dub but
Leoski D: This mixtape “Run These Streets” then after me it’s Young Snake, then Melissa Jae, and Baby-G will be last Isis: What do you feel about Chicago hip-hop Leoski D: I love it I think we’re getting stronger right now I think we need to keep going. We at a point right now if we really take hold of it with everybody that’s grinding right now. If everybody just work on their circle of building we gone. You need another whole Leoski D In Da Streets, you need a whole Sly movement, you need a whole Bo movement, you need a whole LEP movement, Mikkey Halsted you need Tone and them to start their movement. If everybody work on their own thing and we all moving and going we’ll be just like Atlanta the mecca of music. Isis: That’s what’s up so what do you want Prospect readers to know about you Leoski D: I’m the truth, I want them to know that without magazines like Prospect it don’t give a lot of shine to artists that’s really working. It be magazines like this that when you make it you go back cause at the end of the day it’s all about grind. Like your whole process is a grind yours ain’t no different from ours its just about all of us being in that same circle and networking. Isis: Well said, I want to thank you for your time and I wish you continued success
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Singer/Song writer, Jay Waters grew up in Evanston, IL as a child he has always wanted to be in the spotlight and had the ambition to become an actor. Since then he has taken on every available outlet to showcase his talent by starring in school plays and musicals. “As a kid I’ve always had an interest in Performance Art and I remember my first play like it was yesterday, I was crazy nervous, but it was a rush and I had a passion for being on stage rather I was acting or singing.” At the age of thirteen, with a gentle nudge from his drama teacher, he auditioned for Northwestern University drama department for a role in “Children of Eden.” He was given the lead role. Through this experience he learned about music performance and theater. Since, then he has been featured in more than ten productions and two commercials. Jay Waters was starting to make a substantial name for himself in the entertainment world as well as his community. However, that was just the beginning; music has always been something that has drawn Jay’s passion and creativity. “I’m expecting to bring me I can’t be nobody else, but and really I’m not looking for an easy way ou cause, if I was I would have gotten on American Idol or something like that. It’s not about the money for me and it’s not about the ladies. I’ve found in me that I love music and that’s all I really like doing. I don’t want to do anything else and whem I’m doing something else I’m not going to be happy doing it. So it’s the perfect opportunity and it’s just waiting there for me to take it so I’m going to get mine.” Hip Hop and rap music soon grabbed Jay’s attention and he considered a career as a rap artist. Inspired by many, only one stood out and made a change for him the album “Get Rich or Die Trying” by 50 Cent. 50 Cents music pushed Jay to become the next greatest rapper. Jay Waters was in his freshman year at Evanston Township High School, where he met one of his best friends and favorite producer ZoBeats. Working with ZoBeats he was really impressed and made the decision to stay in the music field. The Duo’s first project was a song entitled “They Don’t Know Me” the first song Jay had ever sung and recorded in the studio. While his interest in rap fell, his desire to sing grew working on his first solo project he ran into many heavy weights in Chicago. After high school Jay took control of his future and met his promotion manager at one of Columbia’s College Big Mouths. Jay worked hard to find open mics to improve his skills and become a better artist. His promotion manager was working hard as well and booked him for shows locally. Eventually, that would stem into major shows and publicity. Later that year he ran into another major career opportunity working as the music editor for an online publication. There he learned valuable lessons and made some great connections in the music industry. Jay has seen a future for his music and he is taking what he wants from it. More focused than ever, Jay teamed up with a Music Group and together they plan to shock the globe.
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CHIEFOF CITY Chicago rapper Chief of City Savage Entertainment was intrigued by the element of putting words together and creating songs while he was an elementary school student. Chief remember the long walks to school with four of his classmates due to relocating on the Southeast side with his mother. To get their mind off the distance two of them would “beat box” while the other two would start “rapping”. He continued to practice this craft then in high school he began to write rhymes. Taking his craft serious Chief began recording in the studio. By this time he felt he was ready to participate in numerous of showcases.
Staying relevant in Chicago’s Hip-Hop scene Chief is constantly working and giving the city new music on a consistent basis. Collaborating with L-Dot and one of Chicago’s Elite Bo-Deal on his newly released music video titled “Chicago” which was produced and directed by Morocco Vaughn. Not waisting anytime Chief immediately followed up with his latest single titled “Let Me Find Out” that’s currently getting airplay on local radio stations. Understanding the mechanics of being a promoter as well as an artist. Chief has provided an avenue for Independent Artists to showcase their music and talent every Thursday night at the San Marcos.
In 2007 he won the Midwest Kings of the Mic Showcase in Chicago Heights at Cross Roads. The winning prize was $1,000.00 and this is when Chief decided to take his career to the next level. He started recording more and was introduced to an array of producers and promoters that wanted to put him in rap battles. MD from GRG was the first person to place him in a show. Now more determined than ever Chief continued to network and performed at shows in Evanston, IL.
Currently Chief is continuing to participate in different shows in and out of Chicago. Chief believes that doing shows out of Chicago is beneficial for national exposure. As he continues to showcase his talent he is also working on three mixtapes “Determined to Win”, “The City Savage” and the final mixtape is a collaboration with a female artist by the name of Critikal and it’s titled “Sex Sells”.
The opportunities for him heightened and by 2008 he released his first mixtape titled “Big Appetite for Cash” followed by another self-explanatory but powerful mixtape titled “Still Hungry”. With his most recent project circulating the city “The Hustler of All Time” hosted by Violator All Star Dj Trey, Chief feels advanced and more creative. He contributes the success of this mixtape to the usage of technology and working with new producers and studios.
Chief stated that he loves Chicago and it may be the next face of hip-hop. He believes the networking potentials are increasing and Chicago artists are beginning to emerge. When Chief was asked what he wants Prospect readers to know about him he responded “I’m Determined to Win”. To support Chief or listen to his music log onto: www.myspace.com/chiefsince1999 www.twitter.com/darealchief
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THE MEANING OF SUCCESS
Entrepreneur Kevin Howard knew as a kid that one day he would own his own business. Growing up in a two parent household Kevin saw first-hand of what manual labor entailed. His father held a position at the steel mill for over thirty years and after a long day at work Kevin remembers how exhausted his father was and decided early on that manual labor is something he did not want to pursue as a career. “I just thought that there had to be a better way that I could make a living other than manual labor especially if I had the brains and the will to do it”. Kevin realized the need for education and knew there was no way he’ll be able to provide the type of lifestyle he wanted without a college education. He enrolled in college and began to receive the knowledge and quickly understood that if he learned what he needed to that he could apply this information for himself and use those tools as a guide to start his own business. Taking the necessary courses that will assist him in the near future Kevin graduated with a degree of Associates in Finance and subsequently, received his undergrad in Accounting that lead him to the world of Finance and Accounting. After graduation Kevin worked several jobs for number of years until one day he had an epiphany, immediately, he resigned from
his then current employer and started POS Optics “I started working and that really gave me the reason of wanting to work for myself. One of the things of being employed not that I knock it, is that you really are hired help and that means that you’re charting your course by someone else’s map and sometimes that can lead you into territory that you may not want to be. So after a number of jobs in various industries I realized that I wanted to be able to have more control in my future”. POS (Point of Sell) Optics is a glass company that primarily serves the grocery and retail industry. One of his premier products is barcode scanner glass, glass and plastic of all types and kinds to the retail and grocery market as well as the construction industry. In the beginning things were difficult, but Kevin’s willpower kept him inspired to keep moving forward, understanding that with every journey there is a first step and the key to success is maintaining those steps. Once those steps were maintained Kevin no longer looked at it as work it became his passion something he truly loved it became a part of him and he’d proven to himself that he made the right decision and within three weeks of the opening of POS Optics Kevin received his very first check and reinvested
in his company to purchase more supplies to sell to his customers. “As a small business you have to reinvest in yourself if you take your profits and you simply squander them into recipe for disaster you will not be around long. You have to take what you make and you have to reinvest it into your business into yourself. You can have a great vision, you can have great service to your customers and you can have a great product, but if you don’t get paid for your work if there’s no value in what you do you can quickly become demotivated. So getting my first check was great motivation it was confirmation that I made the right choice. Because the check was more than I would have made at my job for the 3 months so that was a great feeling”. Since then POS Optics has been in business for five years and has expanded its chain as a small business. With the headquarters office based in the Chicagoland area of Matteson, IL Kevin has distribution points throughout the states of Minnesota and Texas with an alliance partner in China which is where he receives import products for the Domestic American market. Kevin is currently looking to position POS Optics as a global company to serve the market that he does.
Sly Polaroid speaks about being incarcerated, Bump J, and his rap career
the reason why I really think it’s so hard to get told is because real dudes know that rapping is very touchy, because you explain things that’s sacred in the streets. So it has not been nobody yet that’s good enough that can tell the story without telling people business or what’s going on...
Sly Polaroid: What up this Sly Polaroid you know what I mean tuning in talking to you about the things that go on down here in Chicago hip-hop! Representing for Prospect Magazine and letting you know that we do, do business out here Isis: Aight, that’s what it is so tell me how you feel about Chicago hip-hop right now Sly Polaroid: You know a lot of people discredit it, no-one here has yet exploded that tell the street vision of what’s going on in Chicago, but the way I see it right now is it’s getting it’s opportunity it’s more rappers from when I seen me and Bump use to do it. It’s more rappers out here now, but the reason why I really think it’s so hard to get told is because real dudes know that rapping is very touchy, because you explain things that’s sacred in the streets. So it has not been nobody yet that’s good enough that can tell the story without telling people business or what’s going on so it’s hard and it’s even harder for artists here because we believe so firm in the things that go on in the streets and the laws of you gotta be better than the average dude. I don’t know what they do anywhere else, they talk they do it and don’t nothing happen, but down here you basically die for sh*t like that you know what I mean. Isis: Right, so tell us about the “Inauguration” and how did you come up with the title Sly Polaroid: That was basically, I felt like to be honest like people say “Why did we call Bump J Chief” and things like that. People got offended that’s why I tell you about the game thing if anything go down there’s a lot of dudes that’s important in the city that was offended about us doing that, but if you paid attention to what was
going on, it really had nothing to do with any gang’s and I think a lot of people got mad because it was more than one gang dealing with us. We was basically every gang so it went against everything, the structure that was built as far as gang things but at the same time we brought unity amongst each other. So it was hard to understand why it just gave people something to feel good about following. So I called him “Chief” for that reason and when that happened I haven’t seen nobody on the underground without an album do what he did that represent the type of music that we represent so until you do that I felt like he had the right to be called that and along with him generating that kind of money, I definitely ate off it, so when he leave I was elected you know what I mean so basically that’s what it is. Isis: Okay, so what was the difference between the “Clarification” and the “Inauguration” Sly Polaroid: Now see the Clarification was basically written without no music it was just an understanding of things that I was going through at that time I wrote that in jail. The Inauguration has little bit more movement behind it, it was more today it wasn’t so lyrical it was just a lot of feeling music with a little flash to it. It was just really, I wrote it to the music so you know the way that I spoke on the music the delivery was a lot different it was more far as what’s going on now than far as lyrics Isis: Understood, so what projects are you working on now Sly Polaroid: To be honest, for real-for real, I don’t really feel like its no rapper that out works me. Okay, I know people do what they do
and they move around and do what they do I don’t close my door of the studio to no rapper’s from the city. I have dealt with everybody I don’t look at it like who’s the coldest cause to me it’s just a hustle. I mean I see a lot of things I don’t like but I don’t pass no judgment on it because I look at it like it’s a hustle so at the end of the day to me it’s just music. A lot of people say that they do it because they love it, but I don’t this is what I do. I know how to do it, but basically I don’t do it because I love it, I want the money you feel me. Isis: Oh okay, well damn it cut the check (laughs) when did you know that you had that gift Sly Polaroid: I mean I never really looked at it like that, I think that it’s just a lot of people rapping now because I think we all did it. As growing up as kids it was just part of the culture and what was going on in the hood, but if you weren’t good at it when you seen it you mimicked it. At 17 years old I was involved on touching on keys of cocaine and all that type of stuff. I never was like the man, but I was the muscle for it, so I was right next to the dude that was making everything happen. So I seen a lot and I was more able to talk more in depth about what was going on in the area at the point-in-time we were like 40 deep and I’m talking about as kids the oldest dude was 17 if you go on the internet and look up “The Titanic Stones” my whole block is in the federal penitentiary and they caught their cases when they were 16 or 17 they gone. They don’t have no 10 years none of that so I’m a product of where I come from dudes out here know where I come from no matter what they say behind my back, but when I see them everything is all gravy. One thing for certain, Two things for certain I don’t start no trouble but I don’t duck nothing. I think people misunderstand me as a person. I’m not a person that goes out and start stuff it became like that because I stayed into something. I’m a firm believer of I love my homies you know what I mean. Now it can become a time like we’re here right now and somebody can get real disrespectful while you’re here with me it ain’t gotta be about me, but while you’re here with me I’m going to feel like they shouldn’t do that and you might feel like leave it alone I might feel like shooting. I said that to say this if I can’t tell a person to be cool because I know he might be wrong but I love this n*gga and I can’t tell you to stop and let’s talk about it. I can’t let you hurt nobody that I’m with at the end of the day we got to get home safe and that’s it that’s all. Whatever else we deal with it when it happens with the police or whatever and them my keys of life acceptance. Some people they grow up living hoop dreams and when it don’t happen they don’t understand what went wrong and they can’t accept that it just wasn’t going to happen.
done it’s art. They just need to wake up and everybody wants to be the king (laughs) just because though, ain’t nobody putting in the work but they just want to be the man just because you know, but that’s cool that’s what makes people different (laughs) Isis: Speaking on that what makes you different Sly Polaroid: Sometimes you’ll hear me and I’ll be explaining the things that I’ve experienced and then you might hear me on a song where I’m just having fun and making lyrics. I’m really apart of hiphop I don’t just breathe off what happened in the streets. I can really rap and a lot of things like I think I’m the only guy that really has the truth of two sides shouts out to my homie Twone Gabbs and Mikkey Halsted and guys like that. Mikkey along with Bump J had a lot to do with me wanting to be a rapper. I was there around Mikkey when he was signing with Cash Money he brought me around things that I never seen before. So he had a lot to do with inspiring me to try and get that money. I got the hip-hop skill in me and I got the true streets skill in me because this is what I am. A lot of dudes will be able to do that lane but can’t do this lane because it’s really not them and a lot of dudes can do this lane cause it’s just natural this is what we live this is what we see. Some dudes are just more clever than others, but that’s just natural it’s really no lyrical skills behind it, but I hold weight in every category. I got so much to say that I got something that’s about to happen real serious, but I don’t wanna just talk about it but dudes better tie their shoes up you know what I mean. When I say that I feel like I’m so cocky and I’m confident in what I do and I know I can do whatever with the big guys. When I speak meaning when I write my music I size myself up to them. I don’t size myself up to dudes in Chicago and just because they do what I do they feel like “Oh, he’s talking about me and he do that” you know what I mean. I know about life like for real-for real, I’m with Chicago dudes don’t know how many fights and things that happened in jail because of Kanye.
it’s a form of art that i know how to do, but it ain’t really what i depend on. i wake up everyday and i know i gotta do what i gotta do to survive you feel me”
Isis: So what’s important to you right now Sly Polaroid: Music, it’s a form of art that I know how to do, but it ain’t really what I depend on I wake up every day and I know I gotta do what I gotta do to survive you feel me. Isis: How do you feel about the city Sly Polaroid: I feel that there’s only a few dudes in the city that really work together like everybody fighting for something that ain’t there. They wanna be called the best, but it’s really a hustle. I respect my homie and them L.E.P., Bo-Deal, and Co-Still and it’s a lot of shorties that I do feel that got the talent to do what needs to be done but they ain’t looking at it right so it takes away from the music. When you always talking about you cold and how nice you are, but you ain’t describing what goes on where we from and it needs to be
Isis: Fights because of Kanye what you mean Sly Polaroid: I have done time in more than one state in the penitentiary so when you get there you’re around dudes that’s like you and a lot times in these other cities and states they don’t represent like we represent because the gang scene is not heavy there they move as one, one mind, one body, one soul as a city. So when dudes say that “N*gga is a b*tch” it’s pass that rap sh*t. I know you really saying like us as a whole. So with that being said I don’t try to tear down dudes from the city and what I was trying to tell the dude in Indiana after we did whatever we did over that situation. We sat down and talked like men do and I was letting him know like okay now you take that to heart with you about what some dudes in Chicago had did to you in the past and you just really wanted to get that off your chest when it was deeper than that. I’m letting him know just because you banging in your backyard against us you don’t know serious we together because when you hit them federal systems now you gotta ride with the Midwest now you gotta move with me. Because dudes from other states so deep like Washington, DC everything is federal. Isis: Okay, what advice would give to any underground artist that’s trying to make it in the industry and that respect the movement of Sly Polaroid Sly Polaroid: The only thing that I think that dudes lack is trying to do what someone else does. You can’t do everything what somebody else does it’s already been seen before. A lie will prevail until the
truth come around. So since the music is so bullsh*t it’s always a window open for someone to come and expose that. There’s nothing I think an artist can do other than just be real. You have to be one hunnit you know you want to people to judge you off you doing what you do for real and knowing what you know not what you trying to mimic because you can’t get it first-hand you already seen it done so you copying that and it takes away from the phony sh*t that he did and it’s more funnier because you can’t do it like that. Instead of developing something to show and a lot of things gone look alike obviously, because it’s the same story, but then again that’s why I said that’s what make me different because I got another vision to show other than that. I can’t sit here and tell you that I’ve been rich all the time I have touched a lot of money and as we all know nothing stays on top it goes up and down like a seesaw everything that goes up gotta come down so I’ve seen both sides of life. Isis: What are your plans are you seeking to get signed to a major label Sly Polaroid: (Smiles) I got something cooking you know what I mean (laughs) that’s all I’m going to say, but right now I know I’m going to get closer to y’all in the future because something about happen but you know I just don’t talk, everything has been premeditated it’s been going on for a couple of months, but we’re here now, we’re real close to finishing what we gotta do. It’s a lot of music that’s being recorded so when you think I’m sleep I’m really woke you know what I mean. Isis: Right, at one point you were in talks with Def Jam Sly Polaroid: Yeah, I’ve been everywhere with Def Jam I’ve talked to LA Reid, I’ve talked to Jimmy Ivine but you know the way things going with the music now it’s a whole lot different from when it was when Bump J did what he did. Sometimes you have to get this paperwork thing straight or you’ll be in a bad situation and my thing always been you have to do for self first, so we got something going on where a lot of our own money is going into this so we’ll see what it is. Isis: So what can we expect from you in the near future Sly Polaroid: Just a whole of music I’m about to saturate the market , so like I said work show itself like everybody or the guys that feel it’s a competition thing right here if you in competition then you gotta work. If you ain’t see me you ain’t see what I was becoming you gotta know it was hard for me to stay out of jail for two years with somebody telling me that if they catch me I’m going back. Isis: I understand that you re cently dropped a mixtape titled “Honor Me” Let’s talk about that for a minute. Sly Polaroid: “Honor Me” is my latest project I got some features on there with LEP, Bo-Deal, Mikkey Halsted, Twista and of course Bump J. Some of the tracks produced by Emmaculate and No I.D. and I shot a video for “The Bad Guy” and that was directed by Da Visionaryz. Isis: Wow, Sly that’s what’s up sound like you got some heat on there Congrats on that I gotta get my copy like now. So what do you want Prospect readers to know about you Sly Polaroid: That I’m with y’all 100% and you know I am 100 and whatever y’all need from me I’m up with it you know what I mean let’s go put us out here like y’all doing we appreciate it Isis: No Doubt I want to thank you for your time and I wish you continued success.
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Bo-Deal touches base on his background and how he launched his career as a rapper and collaborations with Waka Flocka, Gucci Mane and many more on his latest mixtape Good Side Bad Side
Isis: What’s up Chi-City, my city, your city it’s Isis, EditorIn-Chief of Prospect Magazine Chicago’s new face in media and I’m on the phone with Chicago’s very own Bo-Deal, Bo Deal are you there Bo-Deal: Yeah, I’m here I’m right here Isis: How’s it going, I know you have a busy night tonight right Bo-Deal: Everythings good just grinding, yeah we gone get it in at Reggies tonight Isis: That’s what’s up I know you’re performing and want to know if you’re going to perform your latest single “Outta Them Clothes” and the reason I asked cause we were at the Rappers Ball and you said something that made me question. Is it hard for you to perform this song I know you’re so gangsta and all (laughs) Bo-Deal: Right, you know I’m not gone lie it’s hard for me to perform that song, but the women want it, it’s a high demand so I gotta give the ladies what they want. I did the street stuff for awhile cause that’s what I live and that’s what a lot of people know me from. But now I’m trying to venture out I wanna get them females get them on the team and I’m happy with the success of it Isis: I wanna say congratulations to you on the single as well as the video. I checked it out and liked it, it was professionally done it was clean and crisp Bo-Deal: Yeah, we went out on that one my man Morocco Vaughn shot the video. He shot a gang of videos for Twista, Kanye West, Ying Yang Twins, Yo Gotti and a gang of different people. We brought Bruce in to actually shoot the video he shot “Batman” and we shot it with the red camera and Dan Doby did the editing we brought in a real team for this so it’s a top notch video Isis: So how did you team up Andre McCray Bo-Deal: Andre you know that’s my mans we’ve been doing music together for a minute he’s outta Indianapolis he do a lot of ghost writing for major acts and what not. So in the meantime while he was writing for them we’ll get in the lab and just start wrtiting and vibing and he came up with that we put it together and there you go Isis: Okay, let’s talk about your latest mixtape you have circulating the streets titled “Good Side Bad Side” Bo-Deal: I got like some of the most major features and I ain’t paid a dollar for a feature my leg work and my grind is heavy. Like people respect it you know what I’m saying, I got everybody on there from Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka, Alley Boy, Yo Gotti uh French Montana, Cartier I gotta a gang of features and it’s hot it’s one of the hottest mixtapes in the streets right now I’m getting excellent feedback from the streets right now the streets love it Isis: How are you feeling right now you’re mixtape is getting excellent feedback, you have single on the airwaves, and you did not pay a dollar for not one feature Bo-Deal: I feel good it make me see that people finally respecting the grind like it’s easy to go out and spend money, but to just get love like that it’s hard, it’s hard for a lot of people to get it and I
mastered it. People love how I get down, they love my crew and how we move. We really move and we got one of the strongest units in the city Isis: Okay, so what’s the difference between Good Side Bad Side and Sweeper 1.5 Bo-Deal: Sweeper we dropped it awhile ago, but the streets was anxious they eat the music up and they was steady asking for more music so I’m like you know what I’m going to put “Good Side Bade Side” out here and see how the streets respond to that one. With this one it’s hosted by Dj Holiday and Dj Moondawg its something just keep the streets fed it’s enough feed on there for it to last until the summer and now I’m now about to get ready for the album Isis: Let’s talk about the album do you have a title for it yet Bo-Deal: takeover
The Rain Before The Reign like the storm before the
Isis: That’s self explanatory and what can we expect from that Bo-Deal: A lot of features, and heat I only know how to give y’all heat, but it’s going to be something on there for everybody for the women, for the older crowd, I’m putting together a diverse album you know what I’m saying that’s touching on all types of situations but they all me, it’s like everything that I’m going through and everything that I’m living right now so it’s definitely going to be a personal album Isis: when it is due to drop Bo-Deal: With management and everything we’re looking for that to drop real soon Isis: Are there any producers you worked with in particular on this project Bo-Deal: I got some Fatboy Tracks, I got DJ Speedy Tracks, I got Zaytoven, Awol, Pluke Beats, Sound Master T and gang of tracks from out-of-town producers to in-house and everything so you know we getting it in Isis: Let’s take it back to when you first started being a rapper when did you realize that you had the talent to take it to the next level Bo-Deal: While I was locked up I ended up doing sometime for a drug conspiracy and while I was in there I was watching Free Style Friday and I’m like if they doing all this it don’t seem that hard. So I started doing it and the people started messing and I use to go out and battle in the yard and ended up doing shows and the whole jail started f*@king with me from the gods to everybody they noticed it. I was like if I can get these n*ggas in here like n*ggas that don’t f*@k with nothing to f*@k with me it gotta be something and everything been good since then. I got out and ended up going on 106 & Park Free Style Friday and it’s been good since then Isis: How was that experience for you cause I know you were The Champ for six weeks straight Bo-Deal: Yeah, I was the champ for like a month and a half on there since then I’ve been on BET, MTV Sucker Free Sundays hosting it, I’ve been featured in numerous magazines Hip Hop Weekly, XXL, As Is you name it I’m working, I’m out here Isis: Okay, when did Killa Khlan come into play Bo-Deal: Killa Khlan come into play about 2005 we all was together anyway so since everybody was with me we while we went to go and do shows and everything so we said we might as well give ourselves a name so we came up with the name and rolled with it Isis: So Bo-Deal and Killa Khlan is the movement, what projects are you working on that we don’t know about
“While I was locked up I use to go out and battle in the yard and ended up doing shows and the whole jail started f*@king with me”
Bo-Deal: I’m just working on my album right now steady recording for that I’m just working on the album features and all that so that’s pretty much it Isis: I know this year has been kind of busy for you you’ve won 2 or 3 awards already Bo-Deal: I won two at the Chicago Independent Awards and then I won one at the Midwest Rappers Ball and I’m nominated for some more awards I think the Truth Awards coming up. You know everybody respect what I do I’m trying to get it in and I ain’t asking for no handouts I’m going out and getting it Isis: I guess it’s safe to say that Chicago is standing behind or shall I say standing with you Bo-Deal: Most definitely, the streets love me right now Isis: Alright, how do you feel about Chicago Hip- Hop Bo-Deal: You know what I’m messing with Chicago hip-hop now more than I ever had because in the past I really didn’t support Chicago hip-hop because Chicago was like one the cities that’s full of hate. I’m messing with everybody that’s doing something positive especially the streets like L.E.P. Bogus Boys, 89 music Co-Still, Leoski D you know what I’m saying. Everybody that’s moving and pushing I’m supporting them from Marvo to Mikkey Halsted I’m supporting just all real n*ggas and everybody that’s really trying to do this for real and not looking for a handout. Like the people that’s out there grinding putting in the leg work they all support my grind and respect my grind and respect theirs at the same time, but my movement and L.E.P. Bogus Boys movement are by far the biggest movements in the city and that’s just the truth and I’m not saying it cause it’s me I mean it’s what it is. If you do your background check and everything as with the independent level my movement and they movement the two biggest. We got the most features, we do the most shows, we on the road the most and we got the most videos you know we putting it in. You know you got some more people that’s grinding and putting it in but they ain’t f*@king with us and I said it QUOTE me. Isis: (laughs) Okay, what difference did you see in Chicago hip-hop now verses a year or so ago Bo-Deal: It wasn’t no unity it wasn’t no support you had the backpackers hating on the gangsta rappers you had the gangsta rappers not feeling the backpackers. With that being said I didn’t f*@k with the conscious rappers and the backpackers. I still really don’t f*@k with them but I respect what they do. We in two different lanes they ain’t no threat to me and I ain’t no threat to them Isis: That’s what’s up so what’s next for Bo-Deal what can we expect from you in the near future Bo-Deal: Man that album “The Rain Before The Reign” f*@k with it respect it video will be on BET, MTV, Music Choice and all of that and that’s pretty much it the single is on iTunes and Amazon go download it “Outta Them Clothes” support me I do this for Chicago Isis: What do you want Prospect readers to know about Bo-Deal Bo-Deal: I’m not out here looking for no handouts I’m actually out here putting in work and trying to get it in. I’m doing it for Chicago so that people everywhere else can see the real Chicago. The Chicago they ain’t seen since Bump J he really didn’t get a chance to tell a story so we gone tell that story. Isis: Alright, I don’t want to take up anymore of your time I want to thank you and I wish you continued success
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PROSPECT MAGAZINE CATCHES UP WITH CHRISETTE MICHELE AT KRISTOL BLAKE SALON & SPA Isis: How’s it going and Welcome Chicago Chrisette Michele: I’m good thank you Isis: Let’s talk about your latest album “Let Freedom Reign” how did you come up with the title Chrisette Michele: I was in church at a youth service and one of the kids started singing and the words that came out of his mouth were let freedom reign and I felt like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders when he said it and I took that back to the studio with me and everything that came out of me was free Isis: Wow, that’s interesting what’s the difference between “Let Freedom Reign and Epiphany” Chrisette Michele: With Ephiphany we were broken hearted and we just gotten through something that was real tough for us and we were getting through it. This time we’re through it we’ve been emanciapted and we’re ready to move on to bigger and better things
Isis: Ok, getting back to your latest album “Let Freedom Reign” what’s your favorite on song on there and why Chrisette Michele: My favorite song is “If Nobody Sings Along” it’s me telling people whose listening or not listening that even if they didn’t like what I had to say even if what I had to say wasn’t popular I’d say it anyway because I got a song to sing and that’s what I’m here for Isis: Ok, I know you were on a mixtape titled “Love Thy Brother” with an artist by the name of Lem Payne how did that come about Chrisette Michele: It was an introduction to my brother Lem Payne and it was the way I wanted to say that’s it’s okay to open your arms and love the person next to you so it was a metaphorical idea that I had Isis: Perfect, thank you for time and I wish you continued success
* THE BREAKDOWN
Rapper 2-Tone breaks down the concept of his latest mixtape
Isis: I know Fast Food 2 A.K.A Bank Music is the sequel to Fast Food 1 tell me what’s the difference between the two 2-Tone: The difference between the two is basically, the concept of the songs and the lyrics it’s a much mature 2-Tone Isis: Okay, let’s talk about some of the tracks on your mixtape and give the people a little insight. I wanna touch base on the first track which is the intro “Bank Life” 2-Tone: Bank Life is really self-explanatory it’s the life I kind of live and kind of use to live, but now I live it in a more productive way. Bank Life came about living the bank life always going to the ATM so much like you living in a bank and that’s why I named my mixtape Bank Music Isis: So tell me about “Shoes by Prada” 2-Tone: Yeah, “Shoes by Prada” is an up tempo song to get the crowd into it and I like a lot of up tempo beats and Shoes by Prada is like on my bad day you might catch in a Polo and some Prada’s Isis: That’s what’s up, when I listened to your mixtape I noticed you didn’t go with a Dj as far as hosting 2-Tone: I just wanted to switch things up a little Isis: Understood, so let’s get back to the tracks on “Fast Food 2” my personal favorite “This is How I Live” 2-Tone: “This Is How I Live” is telling you how I live for real from me not liking Cadillac shoes to where you see me on some fly sh*t. I mean it really lets you know how I live from the clothes to the swag, however, you see me that’s how I live Isis: Okay, tell me about “Cash On Deck “ 2-Tone: Shouts out to King Samson we collaborated on this one and “Cash On Deck” definitely hood music I encourage everybody to check it out if don’t listen any other song you gotta check out “Cash On Deck” Isis: The next track is titled “I feel like” what can we expect from that 2-Tone: “I feel like” is just saying how I’m hopping in the booth with a pair of True Religions on and I’m feeling myself Isis: I’m looking at each title of your songs and they all are pretty much self-explanatory and it’s no wonder why your mixtape is titled “Fast Food 2” 2-Tone: “Fast Food 2” is basically about me living my life the way I Ilike to stay fly and get money and that’s the whole concept Isis: Understood, is there anything else you’ll like to let us know about “Fast Food 2” 2-Tone: Most definitely, check out “Fast Food 2” on datpiff.com Fast Food 1 is also available on datpiff.com if you check them both out you’ll see the growth
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Chef Judson Todd Allen
Chicago native Chef Judson Todd Allen realized at a very young easy. Because weight loss is not quick and easy if you want to mainage his passion for preparing exquisite cuisine. This love for food, led tain it now you can easily do something that would give you instant him to major in Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University gratification, but most times you would gain that weight back, but if of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a Bachelor of you totally want to change your lifestyle you have to commit to that. Science Degree. Having struggled with weight issues for a large part The next thing to do is to go outside the box go outside the norm of his life, Chef Judson Todd Allen experienced a significant 70 plus of what you think fresh fruits and vegetables are. So it’s going outpound weight gain during his undergraduate years in college. After side the box and opening your mind and opening your palate and graduation, he decided it was time to apply his advanced knowlbroaden your horizon in terms of fresh fruits, vegetables and meat edge in food science and nutrition and thus began his personal jourproducts. That is bringing in different and creative ways to prepare ney towards adopting a healthy lifestyle change. Dispelling the myth those things. I would tell people to go to Fresh Farmers Markets if that healthy food is unpalatable, Chef Judson Todd Allen was able there’s any in your area because a lot times in the African American to bring life, creativity and flavor to healthy cuisine and introduced communities there are food deserts so there’s a little if any access to this concept to others. Let’s hear what Chef Judson Todd Allen has fresh fruits and vegetables in the communities. So do your research to say for himself. on Different types of tomatos, produce and fruits and incorporate Isis: I know that food has always been them into your mix od cuisine that you make. your passion please tell me about your Isis: Cool, let’s talk about the dish you prepared in journey of becoming a Chef the picture Chef Judson: How did I get started of “a lot times in the African Chef Judson Todd Allen: Yeah, that’s my Parmebeing a chef, well my background is a Encrusted Crab Stuffed Shrimp Scampi dish and American communities san little different I didn’t go to your tradithat’s one of my signature dishes that people love tional culinary school. I first go back as there are food deserts so and I love. a child I always loved food, food was Isis: I’m going to have to try it one day, so what’s next for the it thing from the flavors of food, there’s little if any access to for you I know you auditioned for the Fox News Food from how it smelled, to how it was pre- fresh fruits and vegetables Network and something Oprah sented everything about food enticed Chef Judson Todd Allen: I’ve been on a couple difme even as being a child. So, it wasn’t in the communities” ferent of auditions I auditioned for the Food Network a surprise to me that throughout high “The Next Food Network Star Season 6” which is curschool and college that food was inrently on air and I was a finalist for that show but I corporated into my career pathway until I majored in it. I went to didn’t make it on the actual show, but it was an amazing experience Chicago High School for Agricultural Science which is one of the only getting to New York auditioning and meeting a lot of the producers Agricultural schools predominantly minority and in high school I maand a lot of the people that you typically see on set. I auditioned jored in food science and that led me to go to University of Illinois for Fox TV “Master Chef” which was an amazing experience. I have Urbana Champaign where I also majored in Food Science human done interviewing with Essence Magazine; I’ve done some cooking nutrition. So I got more of the technical aspect for food I understood engagements for Doug Banks and DeDe McGuire along with Chithe food chemistry, food engineering, the microbiology behind food. cago Glory Ministries I did their live recording which was an amazing I understood or learned how to make different products, product deexperience. I did Donovan McNabb and his family event for their velopment incorporate that into my cooking style into my food. So family which was an awesome experience and I also auditioned for that is my background in terms of food, again, never went to a tradia cooking show with Oprah in Atlanta tional culinary school, but I chose to go about it a different way and Isis: Perfect, tell me more about your company that was to get the technical aspect of food, which I thought would Chef Judson Todd Allen: I started my own company Healthy Infused kind of make me a little bit more unique in the food industry. As a Cuisine so I’m doing that full-time serving as personal chef and ofchild I kind of seeing my grandmother and grandfather cooking they fering cuisine services and meal delivery services. I’m working on a were awesome cooks back in the day now you never know what couple of opportunities in terms of food and food product/marketing you’re getting so you better just stay away from it both them are 91 and also trying to continue to get my name and face out there in years old so you just bring your lunch terms of television Isis: (laughs) So now that we know how you started as a Chef when Isis: After all the auditions you’ve had or been through I understand did the healthy eating aspect come into play now that you are hosting your own cooking show with Kenmore Live Chef Judson Todd Allen: Well of course growing up as child I loved Studio’s tell me more about that food and I ate all of the wrong foods. I mean it was nothing for me Chef Judson Todd Allen: This summer I’ve been blessed and given to go up the street and get a greasy bag of fries and a burger and the opportunity to showcase my culinary skills with Kenmore Live Stuthat is what taste good to me all the foods that are not healthy for dio’s. You can get information on foods that put you in the mood my you. So my palate was trained to enjoy the greasy foods those things show is all about food culture and my experiences. that a lot of Americans eat today. I’ve always struggled with my Isis: What advice would you give to an upcoming Chef weight and in college I gained like 50 or 60 pounds and I wasn’t the Chef Juson Todd Allen: I would advise up and coming culinary artists exercise guru so that caught up with me. I think at my highest I was to dream beyond the stars and never be afraid to take risks. If food is at 330 pounds and it was at a point in my life after I graduated and your passion then commit to the craft, remain humble and execute I looked at my graduation photo and I was like this is a hot mess this beautifully crafted works of art and never settle for mediocracy be is horrible. I knew that I wanted to go into Corporate America and extraordinary wanted to get experience in television and a lot of different things Isis: Sounds good, so what do you want Prospect readers to know and I knew that having that weight I felt that would kind of hold me about you back from me really selling myself. I was like I gotta do something Chef Judson Todd Allen: I am somebody who is very passionate about this. I spent the first year after I graduated really pushing myabout food; I’m passionate about how people relate to food and self and I exercised I ate right and over a 2 year period I lost over 100 how food affects other people. I tell people all the time that everypounds. I did it by incorporating the education I got and by designthing I do my successes, my trial and tribulations are something that is ing ways and methods of cooking foods that I like. I had to design not of me but it is something, but its certainly of god and I always put methods of cooking that allowed me to please myself cause I love that out that I give credit and glory to god for everything that comes flavorful food. my way, because it is not me it’s him and you always have to give Isis: Okay, for someone that does not know the healthy food plan credit when credit is due and it’s not me it’s my Lord and Savior. what kind of tips can you can give them rather they’re looking to lose Isis: Well said, I don’t have any more questions for you thank you for weight or just for healthy eating coming out and I wish you continued success. Chef Judson Todd Allen: The first thing I would say is you first want to adopt a healthy lifestyle for yourself. You want to make up in your Interested in Chef Judson Todd Allen mind that this is something that I want to do for myself. I would immebecoming your personal chef diately tell people to throw out the idea the mindset that it’s all about please log onto: a diet it’s all about a fad diet it’s all about doing things quick and www.facebook.com/chefjudsontoddallen
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Isis: Comedian Major how’s it going so is Major your first name Comedian Major: Yes, Major is my first name and since I’m a Comedian I added the comedic part to it cause I wanted to let people know right away what I do without having them to guess or having to always explain things I just give it to them up front and that’s I how I do things Isis: And there you have it, alright tell me how did you get off into being a comedian Comedian Major: I honestly got into being a stand up comedian when I went to my first comedic comedy show in Minnesota and there were two events that made me want to really get into it. The first event when I first went to the Minnesota State Theater and I seen Rickey Smiley and I was kicking it with Rickey Smiley and he was telling me how great it is to be a comedian and all that other stuff. He told me that it wasn’t something that you can just jump into you gotta really do your thing and if it’s something that you really wanna do then pursue and it’ll happen. The second event that took place that really made me really wanna do it is when (laughs) and I really don’t tell this story that much but it’s funny. What was that dude off “In Living Color” that was real funny like the real funny one everybody knows who this dude I can’t remember his name off the top of my head right now but he was in Minnesota doing his thing Isis: (laugs) are you talking about Tommy Davidson Comedian Major: Yeah, Tommy Davidson man he made me so mad that day. I walked up on Tommy Davidson and I was like “A Mr. Tommy I wanna open up for you can I do some comedy on your stage blah blah” he said “What” I’m like seriously I wanna do it I’m like I think I’m funny, I’ve been practicing, I’ve been all over the clubs in Minnesota I wanna do this. And then he was like “Dude if I put you on stage and you stink up the place then what would that do for me” and then he was like “A man get outta here” and he told me to get out. He was getting out a limosine him and a white girl Isis: Seriously, not Tommy Davidson oh wow Comedian Major: Yes he dissed the hell out of me and I was like n*gga I hope you fall down scrape them skinny a** knees and I hope (laughs) you fall out in traffic . This n*gga made me mad, so I said when I get my weight up n*gga you gone be opening up for me. So from there I started doing all the stage time I can just to try and get good for when I run into guys like that who think I can’t do it I give them the business and then they be like Ooooh who is that guy Isis: (laughs) okay so how have you been getting your name out there other than doing shows Comedian Major: Well, one of things is like doing magazine like this, this helps getting my name out there I do a lot of colleges, I do a lot of television appearances and as long as I’m doing movies and things like that, that keeps my name hot and this is my fourth movie I’m in right now and I’m working on my fifth one called “Dark Hallways” Isis: Cool I didn’t know you were in movies let’s talk about it Comedian Major: Oh my god it’s hot the first one I was in was “Prison Break” on Fox, then my second movie was “Intentions Beyond Appeal” on HBO, and my third movie was “If You Love Me” starring myself and Mona Lisa from The Flavor of Love and I got a movie called “Dedicated” it’s about the way to make movies and what goes on behind the scenes and then I got “Dark Hallways” which is a scary movie. How many brothers you know that’s in a scary movie Isis: (laughs) wait there’s some brothers that’s in a scary movie but you only see them for five minutes Comedian Major: No I’m that dude in this movie I mean all through that piece so I got a nice prominent role in this movie so it’s pretty cool Isis: How did you get off into the acting aspect
Comedian Major: People don’t understand acting ain’t really acting. Acting is just some sh*t that you’ve been through in life and you can just relate to it. So you know when they give me a script and they say read these lines I’m like dude this don’t really sound like the kind of sh*t I really go through in life let me put my mustard on it and make thing hot and I kind of say the lines the way I really have experienced this life and they only difference is I got this camera rolling and I’m waiting on the other actor to say something to stimulate me to make me respond in the way I normally would . Isis: So it’s safe to say that comedy is your first love and then acting Comedian Major: Oh yeah, cause comedy opens up the door for me to do everything I wanna do. Being a comedian gives me the platform and the notoriey to say and do whatever it is I wanna do in a comedic tone. So if I done been through some bullsh*t in my life I got a stage I got an audience and I got a microphone and I go ham all day and they don’t know rather I’m telling the truth or rather I’m lieing they just don’t know Isis: (laughs) All they know is that it’s funny and it’s relateable so what does it takes to be a successful comedian Comedian Major: To be a successful comedian I think is not to try and be funny. That’s where we make our mistakes as comedians because you don’t have to try to be or you don’t have to try and live the experience cause you’ve already lived the experience so just tell it and add your personality when you’re telling it. Comedy is like the truth exaggrated to the fifteenth power Isis: Sounds good, what advice will you give to any up and coming comedian Comedian Major: Don’t ask another comedian if you were funny cause he gone always say no and he gone steal your jokes so the best thing to do is to always focus on you do you, don’t do him, don’t do them, do you and if people turn you down they’re not really turning you down all they doing is observing where some weak areas that you have and you strengthen those areas and you will become successful in all the areas that you seek don’t just get hung up on them turning you down because you have to be turned down in order to be successful Isis: I know you’ve been putting work you’ve hosted a lot shows around the city Comedian Major: Yeah, they love me man everywhere I go I’m getting all the shows you was at another show I was at Isis: Yeah, I know we just keep running into each other Comedian Major: Once you’re in alignment with god you don’t have to work hard all you gotta do is show up at the party Isis: Exactly, so where are you now with your career Comedian Major: Right now I’m in the learning process I’m in the learning developmental stages you got to always constantly be in the learning I can’t settle Isis: What’s next for you Comedian Major: More movies right now I’m in negotations with Barber Shop 3 Isis: That’s what’s up so what do you want Prospect readers to know about Comedian Major Comedian Major: I want them to know that Comedian Major is wealthy I am wealthy in spirit in mind and in body so as long as I’m wealthy in spirit, mind and body my physicalness, my tangiability and my material is wealthy too so I have everything Isis: Thank you for you coming out and I wish you continued success
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* hitman Mush Millions: What’s up Chicago I go by the name of Mush Millions
Isis: Is it true that you were signed to Terror Squad
Isis: Alright, so how did you come up with the name Mush Millions
Mush Millions: Not really signed I was managed by Terror Squad cause my past manager name Petho and he’s Terror Squad so that made me an affiliate and it was nice, it was wonderful actually, I still talk to them so we still got a relationship in all that like it felt like family wasn’t nothing forced
Mush Millions: It’s weird cause my momma really gave me the name Mush when I was little cause I was real soft and mushy she say don’t tell nobody this really (laughs) so I grew up with that name. In the hood I started rapping when I was younger so they was like “Man you gone be a millionaire” so they put Millions on the back of it Isis: When did you say hey this is what I want to do for the rest of my life Mush Millions: Uh, basically when I got a record deal when I was about 13 or 14 years old with Warner Brothers Isis: Tell me about that Mush Millions: Olive Harvey College had a talent show and I won and it was some scouts or whatever there so when I won you was supposed to have got a spot on the radio for two weeks and you was supposed to have got some limo rides to school or whatever so I won that and they started talking to my momma and my momma and the people discussed a little contract so I was signed to them for 4 or 5 years and they flew me to California and all that and then after my contract was up I came back to Chicago Isis: How was that experience Mush Millions: It was cool I liked it, it was a good experience it groomed me it made me grow up faster than what I was supposed to really Isis: Did you put any albums out while you were on the label at that time Mush Millions: A bunch of mixtapes, I didn’t really get to drop a album Isis: How was it when you came back to Chicago Mush Millions: When I came back to Chicago I met Dex Millions and he formed a group it was me and four other people and we had formed this group called Renegade Coalition and he started managing us, getting us shows and all that stuff so that’s how I met him Isis: Okay, I know you were with Connected Records and you and Ben One had a group called Dynamic Duo do you want to talk about that how was that experience and what happened to the group Mush Millions: I was signed to Connect Records first before Ben One came so I was a solo artist on there first and Ben came probably around 2 years after I been with them and then he signed with us and the CEO of Connected Records made me and him a group Isis: Was that forced Mush Millions: Yeah, it definitely was forced cause I wanted to be a gangsta rapper in sh*t and I had to be like Plies I had to talk about girls and all that sh*t. That really wasn’t my thing at the time and we was in a group for probably about 2 or 3 years and it just didn’t work out.
Isis: I know that you’re a man of many talents you’re a rapper and producer, how did you get off into producing beats Mush Millions: The same time I started rapping. I was rapping first and I got tired of rapping on everybody else beats so I said I’m about to make my own beats I got tired of taking industry beats and coming up with stuff on other people stuff. So my momma bought me a rhythm synthesizer it’s like an old ass beat machine well it wasn’t old back then but it’s old to me now. So I started making my own beats they was wack as hell by the way I just started getting good a couple years ago for real Isis: Tell me about Caliago Mush Millions: Yeah, that’s my sh*t that’s my formula I came up with it’s some California type rapping like a certain way you ride the beat with Chicago accent so I take our accent and mix it with their rhythm I don’t if you heard my song “Damn” it’s when I be doing the stutter thing I came up with that so if you hear anybody doing that it came from me Isis: What drives Mush Millions Mush Millions: I just have a genuine love for music I wasn’t force to like music it’s like music is in my veins anyway being who my grandfather is and my grandmamma and everybody singing we grew up in church so I was around people singing all my life. So basically, it’s in me it’s instilled in me anyway. I have a kid he’s 2 years old his name is Taylen like he know what he wants to do already. When he see me or hear music the first thing he do is put his hand to his mouth like he got a microphone and he’s only 2 and he knows what he wants to do I think that’s how I was when I was a shorty Isis: Sounds like you need to start teaching him on how to make beats (laughs) Isis: Did you find it hard to get your name out there as far as being a producer Mush Millions: Yeah, it’s definitely hard in Chicago it is I got a lot of n*ggas stealing my beats and a lot of n*ggas going on sound click getting my beats in which I gotta fix it’s just f*@ked for my business cause I’ll sell a beat to somebody and dude will come back to me and be like he heard somebody on that beat and it’s because n*ggas be stealing but that’s the most f*@ked part about getting my name out here positive, but I get more positive feedback than negative so it over ways it Isis: What do you want Prospect readers to know about you Mush Millions: Respect my talent they know I’m the best stop denying and stop being a hater and just accept that I’m best that’s what I want them to know Isis: Thank you for coming out and I wish you continued success
* On the 1’s and 2’s
shares his thoughts on chicago hip hop
DJ V-Dub: What up Chi-Town it’s Dj V-Dub in the streets on the radio everyday at 8 o’clock representing the Southside 87th street King, Cottage all day Isis: How did you start off as being a Dj V-Dub: When I started off it was ol’skool it was house everybody in my day my era it was all house. I started out at the clubs kicking it and I just started watching actually Ron Hardy (Rest In Peace) and from then I was like I think I wanna try this so I played around with it when I was 15, 16 and I took it real serious around 17 or 18 and I was like this could possibly be something that I want to do for the rest of my life around 20 or 21 Isis: So you started off into house music V-Dub: Yeah, we were playing house music back in the day Isis: House music was real big back in the 80’s
* On the 1’s and 2’s
Dj V-Dub: No absolutely not and that’s what most artist are getting misconstrued. The Dj job is to be a great Dj. The problem is or the situation is the artist which is so hungry to be on they put that on the Dj saying that I’m supposed to be breaking their records no I’m not. I’m suppose to be a great Dj I’m trying to get paid in my career in Djing. What it takes is for Dj’s at my level and a few levels up under I realize that Chicago made me what I am so in my mind I have put in so much work it’s ridiculous I have years under my belt I feel like I owe it to artist to try and help them cause you know I have so many connects. The radio respects me and I obviously know a hit when I hear one I got a good track record of that. So I think at my level and I wish other Dj’s at my level would take it to that level. It’s like when you have kids you want them to be better than you or don’t have to work as hard as you. So I think with Chicago artists myself it’s like Chicago put me on you all made me the way it is now and by the grace of god of course he’s the one that blessed me with it, but now it’s my time to bless other people. I just work with as many as Chicago artists as I can cause now its my time to bless other people it’s my way of giving back.
V-Dub: Yeah, House music was like hip-hop in the 80’s early 90’s, a lot of artists don’t realize cause there’s so many 80’s babies don’t realize that really hip-hop wasn’t even a mainstream consistent thing here until 93’ almost cause radio reflected it. Even though, we were listening I was personally listening to WHPK I grew up on A Tribe Called Quest and Brand Nubian and all that kind of stuff, but none of the those records were even being played on radio in Chicago at all. So even groups that made it like Twista, Do or Die and Common they didn’t even get radio play. It was definitely something bigger outside of Chicago and it took off around 93’ and 94’ and it started steadily going
Isis: Okay, so tell me about The Associates
Isis: Now I know you’re familiar with Hip-House
Isis: Cool, so what are your thoughts on Chicago hip-hop
V-Dub: Yeah, Hip-House was the thing for a hot second you know Sundance and Fast Eddy they tried to combine the two they were rapping fast and everything. That phenomenon wasn’t as big as house or of course hip-hop it was a short couple of years era
Dj V-Dub: I think it’s on its way you know I’m one the dudes that can watch grass grow. I can’t be mad at all the artists cause there’s definitely an impatience because of TV because of the internet, because of what you think success is suppose to be everybody wants to be on. I tell people that honestly not up til now with L.E.P. who has actually worked hard enough to get a buzz after Bump J nobody you know a lot people think it’s because of me that Bump J had that buzz. People gotta understand something it wasn’t about me Bump kept feeding me with music and this was without internet. Bump was coming by my house dropping cd’s off on the back porch here go another joint, and another joint. Then I tell them all cause everybody wants to get on the radio do you all realize that Bump even back then had a record deal with no record on the radio those were all freestyles. Bump first record came after the deal “Move Around” that was the first record with Kanye that came after the deal so I’m trying to artist to see that they have to work on their buzz like a 100 x 100. So for instance if you put out a mixtape in Chicago and you not putting at least 5,000 copies you are playing games with you’re a** and all artists always say down south they show support. Atlanta can probably fit in Englewood and people don’t realize that, Atlanta can fit on parts of the Westside. So we have so many more people up here you gotta do so much more work and you gotta spend some money. When artists come to me and I stare at them from head to toe and rather it’s real or not technically they got on about $1,200.00 worth of clothes and I tell them I charge a stack to host a mixtape instantly they say “Man Jo come on” then they get in a car on some 24’s they took a Chevy and turned into a Rolls Royce what do you want me to do (laughs) what do you want me to do you hard headed not me. So it’s like your grind gotta be harder spend your money on you as an artist to make your craft better and stack and makes lots of music.
Isis: Given the fact you started being a Dj in the house music era was it hard for you to go with the flow of the transition from house to hip-hop V-Dub: No, see that’s one thing that younger Dj’s today don’t realize like they probably would never have that little nack or nitch that we have because of us coming from house music. Isis: What does it take to be a good Dj V-Dub: Being able to play different styles of music all in one night me personally I always labeled myself as wanting to be a good Dj. I always tell people if you want me to do your bar mitzvah I’ll run out and get some of that and I’ll be here. To me a good Dj is someone who can go to any place, anywhere, in town, out-of-town and any party from 8yrs – 80yrs and be able to read the crowd and you have something to play for them. You have your own records and you have to know your past. If you don’t know about your past you can’t sometimes deal with the future. Isis: Did it take you a long time and was it hard for you to get your name out there V-Dub: Definitely, these guys now have it real sweet like it’s a lot of I call them “Twitter Dj’s” “Facebook Dj’s” I don’t know what their problem is, but I’d say it was 2 or 3 years before my name was on a flyer. Probably another year before it was on flyer spelled right. Probably a total of 3 or 4 years before I was on a poster. People don’t know that Chicago we didn’t have e-mail we didn’t have all that back then. Posters was our way of promoting and my name was spelled wrong all the time. I was so excited I used to rip down the posters with my name spelled wrong and put up in the crib like I’m on this. Isis: Do you feel that it’s the Dj’s responsibility to break an artist
Dj V-Dub: The Associates is actually a Dj organization put together here for Chicago based Dj’s not just on the radio. Actually, in the next couple of months I just dropped a mixtape and it’s called “The Movie’s Over” and some of the things I wanted to talk about and I talked about a lot of Dj’s indirectly, directly and some of the stupid stuff their doing. In the next 6 months I’m going to start studying Dj’s who really want to come up the right way and I want to put them in The Associates, but one thing about it I do not want it to turn to an outside of Chicago organization.
Isis: Well said and I truly hope an artist if not all take heed to what you just said. So on that note what would like Prospect readers to know about you Dj V-Dub: I am not a Bully I just workout a lot I’m a dad with five kids (laughs) and I don’t tolerate bullsh*t when it comes to what I do. Isis: Perfect, well I don’t have any more questions for you thank youfor coming out and I wish you continued success
President and CEO of D&D Management as well as Millions Music Group (MMG) is known to the city of Chicago as the hardest working man in the entertainment industry. D&D Management is a company that hones on artist development, radio promotion, and marketing that will enhance the artist career. With the release of the first LP from his label Dex Millions was proud to present “Industry In Da Streets Vol. 1” which is a collaboration of Hip-Hop/Rap and R&B from artists Tenette, Ralphy, Billy Da Kid, Mush Millions, Wade Soul, Doe Billions, Po and Quest. This eighteen track album was highly anticipated and circulated throughout the Chicagoland area. Fused with lyrical content and top notch production this LP is definitely a winner. “Industry In Da Streets Vol. 1” has been distributed digitally by Island Def Jam and is available on iTunes, Napster, Amazon and Zune. Dex is currenlty working with a new artist that recently signed to his label by the name o f CityBoy. CityBoy has taken the city by storm with his latest single featuring one of Chicago’s prominent and mainstream artists R.Kelly.
Published on Jun 8, 2011