Illside Radio Podcast: Return of IllSide Radio & All Eyes on Ferguson

•November 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

demonstrators-defy-curfew-fergusonWeeeeee”rreeeeeeee Bacccckkkkkk!!

Odeisel & Gabe put down their Thanksgiving Day forks and knifes to deliver a holiday episode covering the latest developments in Ferguson. Rick Ross dropped his second album this year with Hood Billionaire, OD & Gabe weigh in on its value and if the duo care about the Wu-Tang Clan who drop A Better Tomorrow next week. This and more on the return of IllSide Radio!



[Interview] THHP’s Gabe Mendoza talks with Chicago Producer A-Villa

•November 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment

proxyThe Hip Hop Project’s Gabe Mendoza caught up with Chicago Producer, A-Villa who recently released his debut album, Carry On Tradition on Closed Sessions recordings. The new album was several years in the making and features some of hip hop’s best emcees from yesterday and today. A-Villa talks about starting out producing in Chicago and finding the courage to take his sound from the basement to the head phones and speakers of emcees from across the country. Gabe and A-Villa also get in to several songs off the album including the blockbuster Colosseum featuring Wu-Tang’s Inspectah Deck and fun story about receiving a call from Ghostface Killah. A lot to be found in this 30 minutes from Gabe’s Wrap Up Show on WLUW’s Radio One Chicago.

[Video] Debonair Harbor Commercial- Fall/Winter 2014

•October 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

First off Happy Birthday to one of the nicest dudes in person and on the mic, Jahir from the incredibly talented group, Embassy Music Group. EMG have ventured in the world of fashion and present a glimpse in their Fall/Winter catalog. Take a look at their latest venture, Debonair Habor. A note from the group is below on how you can save some dough and get fresh for the winter.


Visit our online shop today Enter promo code DEBBY for 15% off all purchases for a limited time, offer ends 10/21. Follow us on IG @DebonairHarbor & @WhoisJahir SUPPORT THIS BRAND BY A LIKE/SHARE/COMMENT. Hope you all enjoy, Stay sophisticated my friends.

[EP] Emil – Almost October

•October 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

EmilAlthough the Summer quickly came and went, for us Fall babies, the month of September through November are quite enjoyable as the pace of life seems to slow down a bit. Enter Chicago emcee Emil who drops off his Almost October EP to much delight and fanfare. The 6 track EP features the gold star track, Flight for which everyone should check out. The mood of this project fits right in to spirit of this time of the year when we look forward to longer nights and shorter days.


[Single] Young South – Turn UP

•September 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Young SouthMinneapolis is quickly growing its hip hop roots from Rhymesayers Entertainment to the incredible collection of emcees in the group, Doomtree. With a lot of pressure to live up to standards of those mentioned, Young South has entered in to the Minnesota hip hop scene this year with the release of his debut album, I’m a Problem. One of the singles featured from the album, Turn Up really caught my ear this past week, and shows a great potential for the young man who grew up in the south, and now is chasing his dreams up North. Give it a listen and check out his soundcloud page here.

[Inteview] Gabe Mendoza & YP bust moves & talk Backwood Jones

•August 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

YPVocalo Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza catches up with Chicago based emcee, YP (Your Problem) about his new mixtape, Backwood Jones. YP dishes on his current label situation with Universal Republic, the making of Backwood Jones and not being trendy. Gabe and YP also talk about YP’s personal and professional struggles and how he continues to produce quality records while under gray clouds.

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Follow YP on twitter at @YP27

[Interview] Rob Cressy ( @baconsports ) talks 2nd Annual Bacon, Sports & Beer Event

•August 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment


rob-cressy-ted-dibiase-championship-beltVocalo’s Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza attended last year’s first annual Bacon, Sports & Beer event at Union Station, so he links up with Bacon Sports founder, Rob Cressy to talk about the upgrades Rob & Co. have in store for year 2!


When: August 23, 2014 @ Union Station
Discount/Promo Code: BOOM


[Interview] The Making Of A Babyface Monster

•August 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

DownloadedFileVocalo’s Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza sits down with the Chicago based emcee, The Babyface Monster to talk about his new album, The Making of A Monster. It’s been 2 years since Gabe has spoken with BFM and they catch up on the making of TMOAM and what took so long to follow up 2012’s Cadillac Brougham Joints EP.

*See The Babyface Monster perform live Tuesday night (August  19, 2014) as part of the Row Cypher series.


K. Sparks – Feminization Remix (featuring Loaded Lux & Charmingly Ghetto)

•August 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

K. SparksQueens is in the house once again, K. Sparks remixes his jam Feminzation with the help of Loaded Lux & Charmingly Ghetto. These three beasts body the track.. or so it seems.


J.Arthur (The Whoevers) – What’s It Gonna Be (featuring DotKom)

•August 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

J.Arthur - What's It Gonna Be (8.14.14)One half of the super dope Chicago based duo, The Whoevers, J. Arthur is striking out on his own with the new funky single, What’s It Gonna Be off his upcoming EP, Black & White.

[Album] Babyface Monster – The Making of A Monster

•August 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

BFMGRRRROOOOWWWWLLL! The Babyface Monster returns with a new album, The Making of a Monster with features from Kenlo Key, Sam Beckley, Xspo and more. Look for a forthcoming interview with The Babyface Monster and I soon!


September 6th – Next To It (Freestyle)

•August 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Sept 6th6th is back and back on his emcee game and rocks over the Ty Dolla beat, Next To It with a ill freestyle. Look out for the new album, Auto Pilot from September 6th coming out soon!

[Album] Thomas Mac – Love, Lust & Luxury

•August 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Thomas MacChicago based artist Thomas Mac is mixing and merging lanes of R&B and Reggae on his new album, Love, Lust and Luxury. Check this out!

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J. Nolan – Deluxe Edition

•August 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

J. NolanWhen Reese Jones and J. Nolan link up, the most wonderful things seem to happen, and again … it happens. Deluxe Edition is that the joint you kick your feet up, lean back and drink a cold drink out of a straw.. no really, with a straw! Check this limited edition ish out now.

IllSide Radio: Mega Philosphy & D-Rose and The USA Basketball Team

•August 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment

downloadBy Gabe Mendoza

This week’s show focuses on the incredible release from Cormega and Large Professor and how artists of caliber are still able to reinvent themselves late in their career. We talk about how this year’s USA basketball team is shaping up including the status and health of Paul George and Derrick Rose. This and more on a booming in your trunk episode of IllSide Radio.

[Video] Walter J. Liveharder – Riding Shotgun In A Clown Car

•July 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

By Gabe Mendoza

That dude Walter J. Liveharder hits back with some of the rawest ish I ever saw in my life. This is that ish.

Super Engineer Young Guru Talks Tech & Hip Hop with Gabe Mendoza

•July 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

This past week in Pilsen, UNetwork founder Alissa Constable hosted a Technology conference at the Blue 1647 innovation center. Vocalo Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza caught up with former Roc-A-Fella and Bad Boy engineer Young Guru to talk about his love for Technology and Google glasses. Along with talking about Tech, Young Guru talked about the preservation of Hip Hop and how we as a culture are failing as hip hop parents. The Super Engineer also discusses Kanye West’s early days at Roc-A-Fella and producing the best quality sound he can. Before closing the interview Gabe asks Guru to talk about the upcoming Common album, he helped mix and master with NO I.D.

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Gabe Mendoza talks Jordan Years Homemade Hustler Brew

•June 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment

This Saturday (June 14, 2014), Chicago’s own The Jordan Years and Gary, Indiana’s 18th Street Brewery are celebrating their collaborative effort, The Homemade Hustler beer. The Jordan Years Wes Restless and Mike Anderson along with 18th Street Brewery’s owner Drew Fox and Creative Director Joey Potts talk about how the partnership began and how the sells of the beer will support the Jordan Years band.

When: June 14, 2014
Time: 12 Noon
Cost: Free

When: June 14, 2014
Where: Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL
Time: 11pm
Cost: $8

Check out the video of the Making of the Homemade Hustler Beer!…;



IllSide Radio: Dame Dash & Chuck D Out To Save Hip Hop

•June 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Dame DashThis week’s show is a combination of several stories where Hip Hop icons Chuck D, MC Ren & Dame Dash have come out against today’s rap artist and the radio stations that play them. Has the game passed these gentleman by? Or are they truly out to serve the best interest of the hip hop culture and ensure it’s future by combating against corporate run radio stations and label executives who profit off hip hop without contributing to it. Take a listen to our most in depth show in IllSide Radio history.

Mc Ren & Ice Cube – Rebel Music (Remix)(Produced by EA-SKI)

•June 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment

MC RENThe Villain and Don Mega plant the NWA flag down to strike against weak ass rappers on the remix to Ren’s Rebel Music. Shit don’t get more G than this.

-Gabe Mendoza