The Leaders of the New Cool


Thanks for the footage, Andrew!! Click the links below to check out clips from the show at the Funky Buddha Lounge. Mic Terror, GLC, Really Doe, ADaD, Mikkey Halsted, YP and LEP Bogus Boys all brought the house down!!!

Mic Terror Live @ Leaders of the New Cool from Andrew Barber on Vimeo.

Really Doe @ Leaders of the New Cool from Brandon "N2ition" Riley on Vimeo.

GLC @ Leaders of the New School 12.2.9 from Brandon "N2ition" Riley on Vimeo.

Mikkey Halsted @ Leaders of the New Cool 12.2.9 from Brandon "N2ition" Riley on Vimeo.

LEP Bogus Boys @ Leaders of the New Cool 12.2.9 from Brandon "N2ition" Riley on Vimeo.

ADaD @ Leaders of the New Cool 12.2.9 from Brandon "N2ition" Riley on Vimeo.

YP @ Leaders of the New Cool 12.2.9 from Brandon "N2ition" Riley on Vimeo.



Etching out the blueprint for the future of emceeing, ADaD is the next breakout artist to enter into the rap game. Championed by the likes of Exile and Madlib, he is the nexus between hip-hop’s Golden Era and the new movements derived from today’s hip-hop.

Defying lyrical gravity, beats serve as ADaD’s playground, rocking verses with a distinct musical prowess that has got the music industry on lock. Transforming his flow into his own instrument, the rising artist’s acumen behind the mic resonates an on-time swagger and compelling rhyme schemes that take unexpected direction–proving ADaD’s inexplicable gift and raw talent. Read the rest of this entry »

The Uncrowned King

In a congested rap landscape a militant MC with respect for the art of wordplay, musical integrity and a respect for the sacred power of music has emerged from Chicago, hip hop’s latest hot bed for talent. Up steps Mikkey Halsted a product of the Southside of Chicago’s notorious Wild 100’s section. If the master’s degree in education does not hint at the extraordinary aptitude of this master of ceremony then certainly the first entrée into the music of Mikkey will leave a listener refreshed with the idea that the revolution just might be closer than previously contemplated. Read the rest of this entry »

Born and raised on the eastside of Chicago, Greg “Y.P” Cherry, is the city’s newest young artist to burst onto the hip-hop scene. With a growing reputation, Y.P’s debut has proved his array of distinguished style and lyricism. Read the rest of this entry »


“Hiooooooo!!” When you hear this signature call, you know it means a good time. You know it means juking, drinking and good music. You know it means debauchery, insanity and all around fun. You know it means Mic Terror. Mic Terror, the self-proclaimed “Black Bart Simpson”, is the next big thing to come out of Chicago rap. He’s a rapper who rhymes with rapid-fire punch lines, astonishing precision and big enough balls to say whatever is on his mind. Mic Terror aka The Pipeman aka King of the New School is a Chicago-based emcee who rhymes strictly about his own reality, straying far from fabrication and over-exaggeration. “I represent the average Joe…I only rap about things that actually happen in my life,” he says. Read the rest of this entry »


In 1998 “E” and “Law” established Infared Music Group. This partnership birthed LEP short for Low End Professionals and The Bogus Boys who got their name from a infamous street mob. Read the rest of this entry »


In his world there are sounds: blues, hip-hop housed on harmonic bliss, Lennon, Hendrix’s flaming guitar sprouting revolutions in his soul. Growing up he felt strange. And like most outcasts, he ran to the only savior he knew: music. “I was an only child,” Spree Wilson says.  “So I kind of built this fantasy world around myself. I would just get lost in the music I loved.” And the music seemed to have gotten lost in Spree Wilson – the 26-year-old writer, producer, rapper, and musician – whose been heralded by fans, stars and critics as one of the most important up-and-coming artists of this decade. It was his unique fusion of soul, rock, and hip-hop with a 60s pop feel clustered in modern funk that caught the ears of everyone from music sensation Jay Electronica, to musical visionary Dallas Austin and legendary beat-maker and mentor to Kanye West, No I.D. Read the rest of this entry »