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The Promoter

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Sang Yi. Korean American. Chicagoan. Hip hop promoter. The man is all of those things, but he is most definitely the last one. The term “promoter” may not strike quite a serious tone, at least to some. But a man that can list among his accomplishments the assembly of all living members of the Wu Tang Clan, Company Flow’s only non-Coachella performance of last year (and only show in Chicago ever), and the deliverance of the 100% bonified real MF Doom, is definitely serious with his.

He tries to play it off. We’re in my kitchen and I’m telling him it’s hard to be able to set up and deliver something of quality on a regular basis, especially in a business as riddled with complexities as live performance. During this particular week, Sang is in LA for a wedding. He speaks of his past events in a very matter-of-fact tone.

“For Company Flow, I thought well, how about we get them to stop in Chicago before they head out to California? That’s how the idea came about. Only three specific businesses were able to get them to do a reunion show – ATP, which is based out of London, Coachella, and me. So that’s definitely one of the things I’m proud of.”

I first met Sang outside of Gramaphone Records, at its original location just South of where it is now on Clark Street. It was the early part of the 2000’s and Pugslee introduced us, unsurprisingly. I had already heard of Sang through his promotion company Hip Hop 2000. He was throwing a lot of shows around the city and I would see the name “Hip Hop 2000” on flyers everywhere. His promotion company is now billed as Sang Presents. I ask him how he was first exposed to Chicago hip hop.

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Cross-street

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

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The story for this entry begins here, at an inconspicuous grey building on West Lake Street in Chicago, just outside the Loop. Back when our Art Director JASH and I were students at UIC, we lived here in a loft with 7 other people – mostly graf writers and emcees, including G4 recording artists Serf400 and Dr. Spliffen. It was an eccentric crowd, and we definitely had some great times at 657B.

That was ’96, before anything related to Galapagos4 had even begun to happen. Or had it? In my opinion, it was a time when the independent hip hop scene in Chicago was becoming more defined. When thinking back to what Chicago records were in rotation for me at that time, E.C. Illa’s second album and the Talent Fest compilation are two that come to mind. I remember listening to Rhymefest’s “How We Chill Part 2” for the first time just inside those second story windows. Those times, and the events that filled them, would personally influence my own music, and ideology of music, for years to come.

Fast-forward to the present day.. and I guess fate would have it that this small stretch of Lake Street remain significant to our crew. Across the street from the old loft, at 650 W Lake, is Crosstalk International, one of Galapagos4’s largest distributors.

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Crosstalk is both a distributor and a label, and their latest vinyl release is definitely noteworthy – Tokimonsta‘s debut album, Midnight Menu. Crosstalk is the exclusive distributor of this record, so act fast if you want to own a copy.

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Chicago Hip Hop Roll Call

Monday, March 30th, 2009

-MCS, DJS & Crews:

101 Crew (Presyce, Seize, Sage)

3 Stones From The Sun

40 Thievz

Abstract Mindstate

Ajax

Akbar

Akey

Al Master

All Natural

Alterboysterous

Andy C (Producer)

Ang 13 (a.k.a Sista Ang)

Apocalypse

Awesome L

Bamski

Black AG

Blazae Blahzae

Born Naked

Brother El

Cap One

Casper The Groovy Ghost

Cayex

Chauncie Gardiner

Chicago Outfit

Chicagoutfitt

Children Of Reality

Chromozone

CMB

Common Sense

Cosmo Galactus

Costume

Criminal Law

Crucial Conflict

Crunch

Cyphernauts

D2ThaS

Da Brat

D.A. Smart

Daily Plannet

Deejay Bird

Def Intelligence

Definite Vacation 4 Suckas

Delle Del

Dirty MF

Discover

Diverse

DJ 3rd Rail

DJ Boogie Boy

DJ Cooley Mack

Dj Devious

Dj Intel

DJ Jackboy

DJ Jesse De La Pena

DJ Maryjane

DJ Massacre

DJ Monky

DJ P Lee Fresh

DJ pns

DJ Presyce

DJ Pumpin Pete

DJ Ram

DJ Spin

DJ Spyrte

DJ Stizo

DJ Ternaround

DJ The Boy

DJ White Lightning

Do Or Die

Draama (Rhymefest & Memoriza)

Dug Infinite

Earatik Statik

East Of The Rock

E.C. Illa

Elements Of Nature

Empire Of Destruction

Epicentral

Eulorhytmics

Euphonics

F.A.T.E

Family Tree

Full Deck

Fully G

Fuse

G.Q

Grass Is…

Gravity

He Who Walks 3 Ways

Highruallaz

His Majesti

Hourglass

I Spi

IFO

Ill State Assassins

Immortal Griffen

Incredible Kollagreens

Indigenous Theory

Infamous Syndicate

Infinito

Iomos Marad

J.G.

Jihad Malik

JP Schmedrick

Judas Breed

Judgmental

Juice

Jus Us

Kanye West

Kinetic Order

Kingdom Rock

Knomadaz

Konquestedors

Krazy Krew

Late Show (Ynot)

Longshot

Lord 360

Lupe Fiasco

Mack-A-Damien Thorne

Madface

Maker

Manifest Destiny

Mars X

Mass By The Lb

Mass Hysteria

Matlock

MC Sammy D

Me Myself & Rhyme

Meaty Orge

Mental Giants

Mestizo

MF Boyz

Mind Space

Mob Axshin

Modill

Molemen

Monastic Cipher

Monkeywrench Factory

Mr Greenweedz

Nacrobats

Ndivisual

Nemisis

Newsense

Nightmare

No Id

No Pity Committe

Novacain

Nuti Pack

O Type Star

O.C.U

O.Z.

Off The White

Offwhyte

Organic Mind Unit

Outer Limits

OX

Pacifics

Paul Ray

Peanut Gallery

Platter Pirates

Presence

Primeridian

Prince Akeem

Profound

Psalm One

Pseudo Prophets

Pyschodrama

Pugslee Atomz

Purple Mansion

Qualoheem

Qwazaar

Qwel

Rappin Duke

Raw Material

Rec Center

Record Playas

Rhyme

Rhymefest

Rhyme Poets

Risky Bizness

Robust

Rubberoom

Sauce Crew

Seel Fresh

Sharing Needles

Shock The World

Sidewalk Skolaz

Single Minded Pros

Slaughterhouse V

Synpaz

Somewhere Outside Consciousness

Spelany’s

S.P.O

Stedy Serv

Stony Island

Sudden Def

Sugar Ray Dinki

Swam

Sylabyss Illabyss

Ten Tray

Tha Chamba

Thaione

Thawfor

The Opus

Them Bad Apples

Thigamajig

Thoughts For Good

Together A Posse (T.A.P)

Trax N Feel

Triple Darkness

T.S.P

Twista

Undaground Soulution

Unison Crew (Discover & Stedy Serv)

Universe

Unorthodox Rhyme Pattern

Vakill

Venom Hemlock

Verb

Verbal

Villian

Vyle

Wayne Live

Whatnoxic

White Boy Mike

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