Kidd Kenn Speaks On Being An Openly Gay Rapper From Chicago, His Influences & More On iLLANOiZE Radio
Kidd Kenn is bold, ambitious, and could care less about what someone has to say about him.
Chicago Southside native Kidd Kenn sat with us via iLLANOiZE Radio for an intriguing discussion, in which we chopped it up about people labeling him as the first openly gay Chicago rapper, as well as his viral remix to FBG Duck's "Slide," that caught the attention of many.
As we conversed, Kenn gave us the outs and ins of being a gay rapper, and he also expressed his love for Nicki Minaj, explaining how she influenced him to create the name Kidd Kenn.
Later during our chat we learned, who Kenn would like to work with, as well as the meaning behind his recent project "Childish."
Press play below, and get to know more about who Kidd Kenn is, as well as what he stands for. After watching leave feedback within our comment section, and don't forget to spread the NOiZE.
Fadah makes his way to station to chop it up about life music and more.
For our recent episode of iLLANOiZE radio, Chicago Southside native Fadah, stopped by to chat about how he balances music and college, his first time smoking marijuana, and how he’s managed to stay consistent without releasing new music.
Fadah also gave us the full break down on his latest single “Merch." You can check out the the official video directed by DGainz below.
As we gave our closing remarks. Fadah discussed what we could expect in the near future as well as the concept for his project entitled “Destiny.” After streaming, his latest project below, make sure to leave feedback within our comment section, and don’t forget to spread the NOiZE.
GroovNuke and $NOOP discuss the release of $NOOP's first official project 'Iron Man 400 Stark', the 'Stark Tower', feedback from his first release and so much more. â
If you haven't been in the loop with $noop and his first project 'Iron Man 400 Stark', what are you waiting for?
It's been almost month since the release of his debut project. $noop is still cooking up more heat in the meantime and still makes it his daily mission to continue to push his craft and improve. BBoy produced the full project with the exception of NEW Pesos (prod. Johnny Bangz) , and DC engineered the project.
$noop turned pain, loss, and many long nights into triumph. Thus the Iron Man 400 Stark era began. Sometimes you just got to throw on the armor and get ready for what's in front of you. He took pride in embracing the Tony Stark persona on this one, turned his greatest thoughts into the Stark Tower. What is that exactly? You're about to find out through our Q+A interview.
GroovNuke: So bro, let the people know WHAT EXACTLY is the Stark Tower?
$noop:â The Stark Tower is just my way of thinking, a way of life. You know, in Tony Stark's tower can oversee everything and that's just my view of life. That's when it was born. I AmIron MAN 400 Stark.
Groovnuke: Describe the process of making the intro. 'Stark Tower'. You said a lot on there that will leave people wondering about your life, but you also left room for people to turn back to reflect on theirs.
$NOOP: After I got into the project, I just had the beat and realized it was cold as hell. So I wrote to it a few times and it came together. I got good feedback and they all said I should make it my intro so I went with it.
GroovNuke: Did you plan for a project with no features, or did it just go down like that?
$noop: I had a few features lined up, but we was on two different pages when the time came. But it's all good. â
On the intro to 'Iron Man 400 Stark', $noop brings the people in with his tough story telling and vivid lines.
"You don't live how I live you don't know my position. So many days ain't have a pot to piss, nothing to sh*t in. Now every time I hit the stu I treat it like a way in. I swear I never want to leave, DC can I stay in?"
The process of making this project was no easy one for $noop, and he expressed it throughout the project. When you have low moments and you create something special such as a project, the grind speaks for itself. All the late nights in the stu, pushing for promotion, and everything is surely due to pay off for $noop. The grind to get known is becoming scarce. A lot of people are afraid to get 10 toes down for where they want to be in life. $noop on the other hand, he gone step.
âGroovnuke: Describe your Coast2Coast LIVE experience?
$noop: It was a good experience. Shoutout to Arizona y'all got some good people out there. It could've been a better show though. A lot of things I didn't like but I made the most of it from the time I was there until the time I left. I should've had show versions of my tracks, but it's cool I can take a 81/100. â
GroovNuke: Who were your biggest rap inspirations coming up? Who are some you model yourself after these days?
$noop: Man, Herb. You know I rock with Herb heavy it been like that since the jump.Boosie, Meek Mill, Bump J, Bankroll Fresh ârip StreetMoneyWorldwide, all my fallen soldiers everybody I do this for.
GroovNuke: How old were you exactly when you started rapping?
$noop: I started out jotting down rhymes in the fifth grade. Came a long way from that. Seventh and Eighth grade I got back into it but in high school is when I really jumped in the booth. I wish I took it seriously back then because I could've been reached this point of progress.
GroovNuke: If you had to play one of your songs in front of people who've never listened to you to put them on, what would it be?
$noop: 'Fortnite'. That's the song everybody rocking with for the most part. It's a real attention grabber because Fortnite is a real trendy game right now. â
"One day my name gone fill arenas, doing encores"
GroovNuke: Recently, Shakey came through with the IG co-sign for one of your singles'Fortnite', tell me how that happened.
$NOOP: I really been reaching out to him trying to work but I hit him up about the project and he found 'Fortnite' on YouTube and rocked with it. I been f*cking with Shakey one of the funniest in the city and he from the land so he got to feel it. Shoutout Shakey one time.
GroovNuke: Hold on bro I got to ask this, why don't you play Fortnite? Lol
$noop: Lol it just ain't my speed bro, the concept valid but all that extra just ain't for me.
"Woke up to some money, I don't play Fortnite" â
Groovnuke: I see you have physical copies going out, what are your plans with them? I feel like that's a big deal and still a good way to get the word out you know..
$noop: You knew we grew up off music, so I'm just trying to stick with what I know. Got to get it out by any means. Plus, I put them together myself. The first physical album I ever bought was last year. Meek Mill 'Wins & Losses' got me through a lot. So just by hearing that I'm like "Yeah, I got to do this. Make it happen ya know."
If you want a physical copy of 'Iron Man 400 Stark', hit up the boy $noop! Support. â
GroovNuke: What's some future plans you got for the game? Like what kind of people can you see yourself working with?
$NOOP: I just hope to one day work with all the independent artists for we can find more ways to make money for ourselves rather than the low-balling labels. No matter if you're big and independent, or local. We can all get to it. Aw yeah, I'm working on a project with with my homie âFoekiss, I got something coming with âLito and Yung Ice too. It's been due.
GroovNuke: I see your IG is doing good numbers but you really don't use your Twitter like that. Why not?
$noop: Twitter really ain't my speed it's too internet you know. I may get around to it eventually lol but follow me on Instagram @400Snoop. I'm just trying to market my music I'm good on everything else but Twitter will be my last resort. â
"This here reality, can't run from all your problems n*ggaâ, eviction notes made my heart a lil' harder n*gga."
âGroovnuke: What track you feel told the real you on this one? Like the one that hit you the most..
$noop: To be honest, all of them. 'Stark Tower' was the setting message of the tape.'Eviction Notes' was a current situation I was facing, made me shed a few while I was making the track. 'Numbers' was about my past relationship that went left you know how it go, 'Fortnite' I knew was gone be the hit because everybody f*cking with the game.'Greatness',â sh*t we should all strive for it.
â'Factz' I was just on there giving out game, hear me out. 'Like That' it be like that, so you know I felt that. 'Brand New Gadgets' was just bars and it was inspired by the real Tony Stark you know. 'NEW Pesos' I was just having fun, Johnny Bangz produced that one. 'Support' I got the vibe from Herb sh*t. It came out of support for Herb and we was dropping our sh*t around the same time. 'Trap Spot' just one of my favorites on here, if I had a top 5 on my project, it'll definitely be on there. â
Groovnuke: What producers do you want to work with in the future?
$noop: DJ L, KidWonder, Zaytoven, Southside, whoever do MoneyMan beats lol shoutout Moneyman one time. Plus, I need a beat from âSosa.
âGroovnuke: If you had to give another up and coming artist advice, what would it be?
$noop: Just stay focused. If you're really about making it with this music you got to go and get it in every aspect. Get your money right, find a way to reach multiple platforms. Know how to market your music and get it registered. I'm still up and coming myself though, so I'm still learning new things too.
Groovnuke: What's next for your promo?
$noop: Keep showing consistency, it's a big thing got to stay on top of it. I'm working on getting some more visuals out. My project is still fairly new even though I'm working on other sh*t I'm going to continue to keep pushing the movement.
GroovNuke: Fasho but last question before we wrap it up, where do you see yourself with five more years of rap under your belt?
$noop: I should be a heavy in the game, doing things I always wanted to make happen. I shouldn't be in this same postion. I highly doubt I will be. â
Ladies and gentleman you just got a tour of the Stark Tower. That's what's going on with my boy $noopy. He has a promising future with an unmatched grind like his. It's no hype just real push. He's not stopping until he gets it. You will see more of him, but in the meantime catch up on 'Iron Man 400 Stark' if you haven't already. It's here for you below.
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By: Jimmie Sykes
GM Ryan Pace made a big decision to bring back the Monsters of The Midway, welcome to Chicago Khalil Mack.
The Monsters of the Midway are calling back home again!
The Chicago Bears had a nice offseason. With the eighth pick, the drafted Roquan Smithout of the University of Georgia (paid him), acquired former Jacksonville wide receiver Allen Robinson, Superbowl winning TE Trey Burton, and speedy receiver from the Falcons Taylor Gabriel. On top of that, the Bears took what may be one of the biggest threats at WR in the draft, which is Anthony Miller.
Now, Chicago went full out to bring in the Oakland Raiders star Khalil Mack. Welcome to the Bears Khalil Mack.
If Bears fans are doing cartwheels down the street, just let them. It's been a very tough decade of football in the Midway. Coaching and injury woes, the Jay Cutler era, coming up short in the NFC Championship game, retirement, and the list just goes on. Chicago is looking legitimacy right in the face. Ryan Pace, what an bold move. The next step is to pay Mack and hope the move pays off.
When you add a player like Khalil Mack, it just changes everything for a team like the Chicago Bears. First things first, this guy is a future HOF no doubt. Too big, too fast, and just too strong for opposing lineman. Adding him to an already solid front seven is just calling for an overkill. This secondary just got a lot more comfortable as well. More pressure on opposing QBs is coming. The Bears finished top 10 in sacks with no super standout pass rusher last season. That is changing with Mack coming into town. Chicago just made the move that narrowed the gap between their defense and Minnesota's defense.
Mack is the 2016 AP Defensive Player of the Year, a 3-time Pro Bowler, 2-time 1st-team All-Pro, 40.5 career sacks in 4 seasons. Plus you know availability is the best ability. He started all 64 games in 4 seasons with Oakland.
This team still has to bank on Trubisky tremendously this season, but he seems ready to take the role. It's more than enough weapons around him to connect with. You will never catch Mitch shying away from his young leadership role. Plus, the thunder and lightning strike, Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, will take a load off of Mitch in the backfield. Just watch out for this Chicago team. As for the Raiders, all I can say is good luck for now without your best player.
The Bears open up the season Sept. 9 on NBC's Sunday Night Football against their division rivals, the Green Bay Packers.
By: Everyday Jay
Check out this week's Hidden Gem from Kiana Ledé "Show Love"
Everything not hardcore, you have to keep showing love word to Kiana Ledé. I vow to keep presenting the dopest music that comes across my ears and this week I have "Show Love"
Check out the Gem of The Week below
By: Dj First Class
Kehlani assists Cardi B for the video for their collab on Invasion Of Privacy.
In the video, the two artists float above the clouds in telephone booths and Cardi B finds herself tangled up in phone chords, as they attempt to get a call from an old love interest. This is Cardi’s first release since giving birth to her daughter Kulture back in June.
It was confirmed that Cardi will be present at the VMA's tonight, but she will not be performing unfortunately. Rather than performing, she is expected to do some sort of monologue or skit. Either way, it'll be exciting to see the New York artist in action.
Check out Cardi & Kehlani's R&B-infused record below and spread the NOiZE!
By: Pretty Riot
Get to know hood princess, Lil Moody, in this exclusive Q & A.
Don't be fooled by her squeaky voice, Lil Moody is a little person with a whole lot of personality. I recently got to chop it up with Lil Moody and pick her brain about a few different things and even got her to give me the inside scoop on her new video, WOP.
Pretty Riot: You’re fairly new to the music scene, what made you get your start as a rapper?
Moody: I used to always play around and freestyle and before my fav passed he told me that I should stop playing take music seriously so when he actually passed I put my pain in my music as therapy because I went through a lot from 2013-2017 that really shaped me as a person.
Pretty Riot: Wow, I’m sorry to hear about your loss, so what would you say is your motivation to keep rapping?
Moody: Thank you. Prayer, my production and creative team, my family and seeing my mom struggle honestly keeps me motivated and wanting better for myself.
Pretty Riot: How did you feel after you completely your first song?
Moody: After my first song Hot Girl? I can’t even lie, I was super nervous, second guessing myself for doing something that everybody else is doing. Until I dropped my song on my birthday, February 6th and it went up! That's when I knew it was on and poppin bitches! I was made for this.
Pretty Riot: Yes, Hot Girl was definitely a hit. You’ve grown since then and It seems as though you’re very comfortable with making music at this point, what do you think sets you apart from other female artists?
Moody: What sets me apart from other female rappers is my squeaky voice and my crazy personality. What you see is what you get and I never cared about what anybody had to say about it! I’m true to myself. Everybody gets the same Moody, no fake shit, no celebrity shit, just me.
Pretty Riot: I had a feeling you would say that your voice makes you stand apart from other artists. That’s the first thing I noticed about you! Did you ever feel like your voice would be a setback? How do you work around that?
Moody: I always thought my squeaky voice would be a setback for me because cause I got teased for it all my life, so I already knew that it would be something that rubbed some people differently than others. I work around it by just having confidence in myself and in my voice, I take pride in sounding like Alvin and the chipmunks!
Pretty Riot: Talk to me about how being a Chicagoan influences your style? Who are some of your major influences?
Moody: Being from Chicago influences me because it shows who I really am and why I am the way I am! love that I’m from the city of Chicago. I’m a hood princess, I love that I been in the hood, despite the gun violence and many friends and family I lost to it! Chicago gave me my no nonsense attitude, made me who I am, this is a city where you have to have thick skin to live here and it really helped build my character for rapping. Some of my major influences are My momma, Trina, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, Brandy, Gucci Mane, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill and, Cardi B because her story was real.
Pretty Riot: So, I’m dying to know, what is “Wop” and where did it come from?
Moody: “WOP” is a dance Chicago bitches do. Some say it’s irritating, some hate it, some say it’s for the ratchet bitches! Either way we still be doing our shit WOP! It goes with every song honestly. It’s something to just have fun with though. Me and the gang will hop out anywhere, hop out at redlights, gas stations, parking lots, on anybody block wop wop!
Pretty Riot: How did your single for WOP come about?
Moody: WOP came about with my big bro and producer DJ L shout out to him on bro! We were chilling trying to figure out what the the next beat or song would be. I ended up telling him I wanted to make a WOP song, there was no leaving the studio until I made that song so we got to work, he made the beat from scratch on the spot and I wrote to it as he was making it, we recorded the same day and bailed out> I was determined to get that song made.
Pretty Riot: What was your main goal for the WOP video? How did the idea for the video come about?
Moody: The main goal was to throw a big ass block party, but the weekend prior to the WOP video shoot there were over 75 shootings in Chicago and I knew what came with that, I knew that the need for retaliation from all the blood shed would be real. I decided it would be too hot for block party so I resorted to plan B, having something fun in a closed, secure place, and that's what we did. Would you believe me if I told you that the shoot for WOP was a super hectic day? Things ended up working out thanks to my support system, my momma, my Uncle James, Solo, DJ Keon, GS2, Ron Louis, and my friends and brothers it all came together and we had a LIT ASS TIME!
Pretty Riot: I’m so excited for everyone to see the Wop video, so what’s next from Moody? A project maybe?
Moody: Expect a couple more songs and videos from me before summer is over. I’ll also be dropping my very first EP as well as having a listening party. I would also like to collaborate with other artists as well.
Check out this new lit visual for Lil Moody's new single, WOP.
Og Stevo explains the meaning behind OG and more in our recent sit down.
Chicago native OG Stevo drop by iLLANOiZE Radio to chat about his recent experience at our Sold Out event "Let's Get Social," as well as his catchy dance we like to call the OG Shuffle.
We also chopped it up about his banging record titled "Lemonade," and how he and producer Mic Will make the perfect duo. Get to know more about Og Stevo below, leave feedback within our comment section and don't forget to spread the NOiZE.
By: Dj First Class
At last, Nicki Minaj delivers her highly anticipated album Queen.
Happy Nicki Day ladies and gentlemen! Since the release of her project The Pinkprint in 2014, fans worldwide have been itching for Nicki Minaj to release another album. Today, the Young Money first lady feeds the world with her fourth studio album Queen.
Laced with 19 tracks in total, Nicki taps some prominent features that include Eminem, Lil Wayne, Ariana Grande, Swae Lee, Future & the legendary Foxy Brown. Upon the album's release, she told Beats 1 host Zane Lowe "I think my role is putting out music that makes women feel like they can go from a poor neighborhood to doing records with the greats and being hailed as someone that shifted the culture."
The Queen has some heavy hitting records accompanied by some stellar production that makes this project one of her best yet, if not the best. Check it out for yourself below and spread the NOiZE!
Dreezy and director Chad Tennis set things off in their new visual.
Chicago rap queen Dreezy take things to the strip club, and almost pulls off a heist of the century. Watch below to see how she and her accomplice's set things off. After watching leave feedback within our comment section, and don't forget to spread the NOiZE.