08 / 18 / 14
Vocalo On WBEZ Ep. 112 - Jamie Masada talks Richard Pryor, Atmosphere, DJ Charlie

In this episode: Jamie Masada, the founder of The Laugh Factory in Chicago and Los Angeles, joined The Morning AMp hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to discuss how he started his famous comedy club when he was only 16 years old. Masada also shared some of his fondest memories of the late Richard Pryor.

On their new album Southsiders, Atmosphere find themselves in familiar waters. The album has Slug rapping candidly about his relationships, maturity, mortality and more. Slug joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox to talk about the new album, how he got into the Hip Hop culture, and what informs his lyricism these days.

Lastly, DJ Charlie, concludes the show with an awesome mix!. Tune in!

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08 / 15 / 14
What's in my Headphones? Gabe Mendoza talks Dilated Peoples

morningamp:

Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza came off firing on all cylinders today, starting with a critique of the media coverage of what’s going on in Ferguson and moving on to talk about west-coast, 90s hip hop group Dilated People’s first album in 8 years. Take a Listen!

“It’s one of those things where, when you pick it, it feels like you didn’t really miss anything in between those 8 years because they pick up right where they left off… that’s a good thing, but also on the flipside there’s really no expansion of the sound and they aren’t challenging their listenership.”

-Gabe Mendoza

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08 / 08 / 14
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Derrick Clifton is an editorial fellow in the Identities section of Mic and a Master’s candidate at the Medill School of the Journalism at Northwestern University. He joins Jesse Menendez of the MusicVox to discuss his recent article “Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ in the Fiercest Take on Female Sexuality of the Year”.

The MusicVox airs weekdays 4-6 PM on 90.7 FM (CHI) / 89.5 (NWI) /www.vocalo.org

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08 / 08 / 14
What's in my Headphones? Gabe Mendoza reviews Cromega

morningamp:

This week, The Morning AMp’s Sr. Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza reviewed Cormega’s newest album Mega Philosophy, the veteran Chicago rapper’s 8th album and his follow up to Raw Forever. He also talked with hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon about Lil’ Kim’s Nicki Minaj diss track and whether or not the music industry sets an “expiration date” for women in hip hop.

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08 / 01 / 14
Visual is Doing Much Better than You: An Interview with Chicago's Logan Square MC
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On his new EP Supreme Science, Chicago MC Visual addresses his critics, talks about the struggles between good and evil, and stresses the importance of hard work and positivity. Visual and the EP’s producer, Loose Cannon, sit down with Jesse Menendez of the MusicVox to talk about the new release, Visual’s journey to Hip Hop, and “spiritual science”.

The MusicVox airs weekdays 4-6 PM on 90.7 FM (CHI) / 89.5 (NWI) /www.vocalo.org

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07 / 31 / 14
"In essence, what I write is doomed to always evolve" - Slug talks Atmosphere's Southsiders
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On their new album Southsiders, Atmosphere find themselves in familiar waters. The album has Slug rapping candidly about his relationships, maturity, mortality and more. Slug joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox to talk about the new album, how he got into the Hip Hop culture, and what informs his lyricism these days.

The MusicVox airs weekdays 4-6 PM on 90.7 FM (CHI) / 89.5 (NWI) /www.vocalo.org

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07 / 25 / 14
Who Is Fluffy?
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Up until recently, she’s been known as Psalm One’s hype woman. But now she stepped upfront as a solo artist with the release of her debut EP “Who Is Fluffy.” She joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox to talk about the project and its themes.

The MusicVox airs weekdays 4-6 PM on 90.7 FM (CHI) / 89.5 (NWI) /www.vocalo.org

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07 / 18 / 14
What's in my Headphones? The Latest from Marsha Ambrosius

morningamp:

Marsha Ambrosius, formerly of the Soul Group, Floetry is out of Philadelphia has since gone solo and released 2011’s Late Night & Early Mornings. Friends & Lovers (2014) is her 2nd solo album featuring Dr. Dre & Charlie Wilson. She was signed to Aftermath during the Mid 2000’s and worked on music from Dr. Dre, The Game, 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes. This explains the random Dr. Dre feature.

This week, our Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza shared his thoughts on her latest album and discussed how he doesn’t believe in the R & B genre. He also touched base on how the merger of hip hop and soul music has created dope artists like Marsha Ambrosius but also created weak singers rocking over rap beats.

Gabe also shared his Critic for a Minute on his excitement for this year’s Chicago Bulls following a week of trades and decisions in the NBA.

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07 / 07 / 14
Alex Wiley talks "immersive production" on new album Village Party

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Since the release of Club Wiley, Chicago rapper Alex Wiley has been mentioned as one of the city’s best kept secrets. With his new album Village Party, the cat is out of the bag! Alex joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox to talk about the new project.

The MusicVox airs weekdays 4-6 PM on 90.7 FM (CHI) / 89.5 (NWI) /www.vocalo.org

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06 / 27 / 14
What's in my Headphones? A Look at the Latest from Ab Soul

morningamp:

Our Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza joined us by phone to give his live review on Ab-Soul’s third album. It is currently the second hip-hop release this year from Top Dawg Entertainment. Take a listen to what he has to say about it, and this week’s critic for a minute!

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06 / 20 / 14
Asher Roth discusses new album RetroHash and the freedom of being an indie artist

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Asher Roth’s current album RetroHash is the artist’s most laid back to date. It’s an album Asher says was motivated by the freedom of being an independent artist. He joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox to talk about the project and some of the themes we hear on it.

The MusicVox airs weekdays 4-6 PM on 90.7 FM (CHI) / 89.5 (NWI) /www.vocalo.org

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06 / 13 / 14
What's in my Headphones? Gabe Mendoza reviews Local Artist Alex Wiley

morningamp:

This week, our Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza reviews Chicago’s own, Alex Wiley’s new mixtape, Village Party. This is the follow up to his critically acclaimed 2013 mixtape Club Wiley. Alex Wiley is signed to the Chicago based Closed Session label and has a very eccentric style. If you want to listen to Village Party, click here.

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06 / 09 / 14
Sidewalk Chalk deliver a "raw" fusion of hip hop, soul and jazz on new album Leaves

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On the new album Leaves, Chicago’s Sidewalk Chalk further their interpretation of Hip Hop, Soul and Jazz. The album is a collection of groove-heavy arrangements and contemplative subject matter. Frontman, MC Rico Sisney and producer of the album Zak Jablow joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox to talk about the album’s sound and production.

The MusicVox airs weekdays 4-6 PM on 90.7 FM (CHI) / 89.5 (NWI) /www.vocalo.org

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06 / 06 / 14
#MaleFiftyCent : Gabe Mendoza Reviews 50 Cent's Latest 'Animal Ambition'

morningamp:

Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza shared his review of 50 cent’s first album in 6 years, and first album off Interscope, Animal Ambition. The album features production from Dr. Dre, Jake one, and a ton of new producers. Guest spots include spots from Prodigy, The Lox, YO Gotti and Trey Songs. Let’s see what his verdict is!

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