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Fly EP: D-Win – ‘Kubrick’

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It’s been over a year since the Chicago based MC D-Win released new music, but that all changes this week. The concept album Kubrick EP is the latest project from D-Win and is by far one of his most abstract bodies of work. The project was executively produced by Chicago native Tek X and is ultimately a collaborative effort from both artist.

Given the most recent events that have taken place in America, the past year was enough motivation to release the project. ‘Kubrick’ is a concept album that explores current issues in America; racism, police brutality, and manipulation of the media.

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The EP is titled after legendary-and often labeled at times controversial-film director Stanley Kubrick. The album was inspired by Kubrick’s methods, which drew you in, but unexpectedly gave you a message from something you wouldn’t expect.

The current single “Walking On Water” was released last week along with a solid visual created by Nick Mecca of Visual Mecca. The single is a glimpse into the overall message of the ‘Kubrick’ EP. The project is provocative and offers listeners an honest point of view of what it’s like to be young and black in America in 2015. The release of the EP was created with the hopes to enlighten and inspire those who are seeking a shift in the right direction.

Check out the full EP below:

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Fly Visual: D-Win feat. Sciren – “Walking On Water”

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Chicago based MC D-Win is taking a different approach to his music this time around and has shown that in his first video from his latest project Kubrick EP. The song is titled “Walking On Water” and features vocals from Indianapolis singer/ songwriter Sciren and was produced by Tek X.

In the video, the fight between good and evil is depicted and the use of clips from the current news outlets shows just how much of an impact the media can have on people. The song speaks of the use of subtle symbolism, police brutality, and the importance of being aware of what’s going on around you, which was directed by Nick Visuals of Visual Mecca.

The forthcoming project ‘Kubrick EP’ was inspired by the work of legendary film director Stanley Kubrick and explores serious topics like politics, racism, and other current events taking place in the world. It was also entirely produced by Tek X and is set to drop on December 14th.

Check out the full video below:

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Fly Mixtape: ClarkAirlines ’11pm in Chicago’ with Tink & more

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Chicago’s ClarkAirlines presents his original mixtape 11pm In Chicago with an appearance from 2015 XXL Freshman Tink, and production from RicandThadeus, Lexibanks, Young N Fly, Kamo Beatz and more. This is a project you can chill with beginning to end!

Check it out below:

https://soundcloud.com/jarvis-airlines-clark/sets/11pm-in-chicago

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New Video: D-Win – “Chicago” feat. Dott Richey (Produced By Tek X)

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Rapper D-Win jumps back onto the music scene again with a new visual for his latest single titled “Chicago,” which was produced by Tek X and features singer-songwriter Dott Richey delivering a dope vocal hook, paired with horns and synthesizers filling in spaces — while telling a story of day to day life in the Metropolis and the lack of unity amongst its citizens.

In the video, depicted is the current state of Chicago from interactions with police, gang activity, and R.I.P. memorials from around the city. D-Win and Dott Richey give enthusiastic performances in their scenes at the studio and in the stairwell, shot and directed by Tek X himself.

Check out the FULL video below:

Listen to the song on Soundcloud HERE.

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D-Win is scheduled to release a joint concept album with Chicago based producer Tek X later on this year entitled Kubrick EP.

Cover art designed by Brandon Breaux.

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Vic Mensa Performs “No Chill” & “U Mad” at the Pitchfork Music Festival [Video]

 

Vic Mensa recently took his talents to the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago at Union Park. Gracing the stage, the young Roc Nation signee performed his hits “No Chill” and “U Mad.”

Also, there to showcase their music alongside Vic were the likes of; A$AP Ferg, ILOVEMAKONNEN, Vince Staples, Chance The Rapper and many more.

Check out VM’s performances and tour dates after the jump…

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Brandy Norwood on The Today Show: “I Thought My Singing On The Train Was Hilarious, I Wanted To Share It!”

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CHICAGO‘s own Brandy Norwood stops by the Today Show to speak about her Broadway experience as Roxie Hart and how it changed her life, landing a new BET sitcom, and her recent NYC train performance where she was totally ignored, while in disguise.

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Brandy Norwood Covers Uptown Magazine and She Indeed Looks FLY!

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20 years in the game and still going strong!

The funky soul diva and Chicago star, Brandy Norwood delivers some good brown skin and high fashion on the June/July 2015 cover issue of Uptown Magazine. The photoshoot was shot at The Skylark right in the heart of NYC.

Soon to be hitting the BET screen starring in her very own sitcom, B-Rocka glams it up for the esteemed Harlem, New York based mag, wearing; Pony skin corset by The Blonds; Skirt by Cheng; Sandals by Prada; Rings by Mike Nekta and Leon Diamond; Gold fingernails by Erica Diggs. 

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Back To The Future: Dress by Augustin Teboul; Lace bra by Victoria’s Secret; Earrings by Alexis Bittar; Gold fingernails by Erica Diggs

In the cover story, Brandy speaks about her long-lived career, finding her purpose, what makes her happy, starring in the Broadway show CHICAGO, Whitney Houston and more.

Quotes from Brandy:

I don’t view myself as a celebrity. It’s all about the intention. It’s not about me. I thought that it was before. But, now I know that it is about other people. Who else could it be about?

I stepped into something that I was born to do and I didn’t know it. I walked on the stage and my entire life reawakened. It’s about making people feel good about themselves and helping people dream. The vain stuff, like the pictures I took for this magazine and being in shows, I love! But it is all just the polish. I’m not a celebrity. A star guides. There is a difference.

 

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About Whitney Houston:

I think about her every day,” she admits. “She is everywhere. She is with me all the time. She’s always there. Whitney was the possibility of dreams coming true. I loved her. I loved her personality. I loved the way she danced. I loved her smile and her voice.

 

Pony skin corset by The Blonds; Skirt by Cheng; Sandals by Prada; Rings by Mike Nekta and Leon Diamond; Gold fingernails by Erica Diggs.
Pony skin corset by The Blonds; Skirt by Cheng; Sandals by Prada; Rings by Mike Nekta and Leon Diamond; Gold fingernails by Erica Diggs.

READ MORE OF BRANDY’S COVER STORY HERE

-@GabrielofSFPL

 

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Last Night In NYC: Surprise #PYNKPowerDinner In Honor of Brandy Norwood

 

 

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Last Night In NYC…PYNK Magazine hosted a surprise #PYNKPowerDinner honoring legendary singer/songwriter and actress, Brandy Norwood presented by Creme Of Nature with curation by Gabriel Williams and Mecca Moore.

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The evening was filled with good music, good food from Omar’s Kitchen and good vibes from the VIP guests in attendance.

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The dinner was held at Harlem Haberdashery, decorated with rustic accents of antique tables to old-fashioned sewing machines.

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Before diving into the delicious appetizers and entrees, memories and kind remarks were shared amongst the guests about the celebrated Chicago star. PYNK‘s own Mecca Moore and Meeka Claxton reminisced on their first cover shoot with Brandy, emphasizing on how gracious and humble then she was then and continues to be now, along with SFPL‘s own Gabriel Williams and Rae Holliday who also expressed their appreciation for the humble star.

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Sweet treats from BCakeNYSelfie Cookie and gift bags filled with beauty products from Creme of Natures’ newest line were given away, while guests took photos with the photo booth from Shake And Share Media.

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The surprise was indeed a success! Got ya B!!! 🙂

Special thanks to Creme of Nature, First and Last PR, Celfie Cosmetics, Style Your Party, Paper Paint Lipstick, Selfie Cookie, BCakeNY, Harlem Haberdashery, MBK Entertainment, Omar’s Kitchen, Savvy Davis Jr, Shake and Share Media and all the wonderful people who made this night possible.

Photo Credit(s): Shake And Share Media & Bernard Smalls

Get a quick glimpse of the dinner festivities below in this cool video by Shake And Share Media:

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Watch: Brandy Stops by Wendy Williams For An Interview & Fly Performance of “Roxie”

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The elated broadway star, Brandy Norwood stops by daytime hit show Wendy Williams to discuss her current lead role in Chicago, her transition to New York, fitness journey, past engagement, daughter Sy’rai and much more.

Check out the full interview below:

Also, check out B-Rocka’s outstanding performance of her “Roxie” musical number:

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Congrats to Brandy!

-Stay Fly!

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#TBT: Taking It Back To The 90’s With Brandy

 

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Brandy, “Moesha”, “Cinderella” and most recently “Roxie Hart”, the talented singer is making some serious moves!

Brandy’s Broadway debut is at the end of this month, where we get to see her in Chicago at the Ambassador Theater in New York City. Set back in the 1920’s Chicago carries a storyline that still holds so much truth and relevance today. Brandy is playing a criminal where show business and the media have made her a celebrity.

 

Watch: Brandy Brings Her Inner Roxie of ‘Chicago’ To ‘The Today Show’

 

Anyway, with all of this Brandy talk and in honor of #TBT, we decided to take a walk down memory lane and pay our respects to one of the best vocalists today. Here are our absolute favorite Brandy songs and videos!

Check them out after the jump…