You have to sacrifice a lot to get to where you want to go. You dont wanna start the habit of quitting. Dont start the habit of making excuses. I am here in Chicago checkin in with yall, nd just got off the phone with my 3 yr old. She wants to go to Disney, so its time to go hard and make being away from home worth it.
With that being said, our Chicago trip is off to a great start.
On the plane up here, i met a white dude that does screwed up mixtapes, but his full time job is scouting talent for the Texas Rangers. He was like where’s the tamales? And i was like “man what you know bout that?”
"IM FROM HTOWN FOO!" - Texas Rangers scout.
I was tired as hell cus of missed standby flights, not sleeping the night before etc. I was in the lab workin on a track im producing for PANCHO V of the legendary group Lifestyl (Salty Water Records). An artist from the Chi named Joey Rockz helped line up most of the activities on this trip but when i landed he wouldnt answer! WTF, i was thinkin but it turns out homie had a long studio night and fell asleep at the wheel. At a red light, foot on the brake, htown dranked out style. Of course the friendly police dept offered him a free ride downtown to do cool shit like make print with ink on your fingers etc.
Luckily his cousins scooped up me and @ThatBoyMeta. Well meta landed at the airport on other side of town. Long story. its always a long story/adventure when it involves Meta. SMH.
Victor scooped me and hes a cool cat, he said man you look exhausted lets get you sum food. Yup, Road life. So i say “oh Shit! Harolds!” I heard Wale talkin down on that place on the song with the guy from Chicago on the hook (Jerimih.) That shit was off the chain. Chicago has a ton of history from Blues Artists that came up from the Mississippi delta, House music being created here etc. Michael Jackson grew up not to far from here in Gary Indiana. We’re gonna see his house a lil later today. You wouldnt believe the impact Michael Jordan has on this town. Jordan baby, move around with that Kobe lebron talk ese. So of course, take me to the mall so i can go get sum new Jays. When in Rome you gota rock the kicks the Romans wear. Stealth black on black Jordan 10s. Swag.
Chicago has the best food Hands down. dont get me wrong i love Cuban food in Miami, i Love the taco trucks in Htown etc, but damn chi town has Harolds Fried Chicken with mild hot sauce…. Birria from Birrieria Ocotlan on the SouthEast side…. the polish spots, italian beef spots etc…. Giordano’s Pizza. CHICAGO STYLE PIZZA. If a tourist says “Giordano’s is ok, im just used to PIzza Hut” then slap your taste buds, pinche idiota. Thats like goin to a taco truck on Edgebrook and saying “they were allright but im just used to Taco Bell” THAT SHIT IS SAD, B.
We lined up an impromptu meet n greet which i called an Eat n Greet, because i love food and the old school method of going to a record store to meet fans is played out. Like Kwame and those pinche polka dots. Im a lifestyle artist anyway, i wanna fit into your lifestyle and experience what you experience, and hell, EAT some good ass food, drink a beer and meet the gold people of Chicago. Crazy thing is fans see me ass an alcoholic Mexican apparently cus its like “oh shit Chingo’s here, go bring 5 cases of Modelo and 20 bottles of tequila, his choice.” Yea, some in store huh? Shoutouts to Birrieria Ocotlan… we will be doing more Eat n Greets in other cities, stay tuned to my FB and Twitter. Start thinking of places.
We hit up hella clubs, a couple malls and barber shops (B.R.E.A.D.), and everywhere we go its all love. People heard we were gonna be at the Eat n Greet last minute but still showed up with Cds n posters to get signed. Walked outside and a car full of girls yelled, almost wrecked and pulled over for pics. We hit up a few spots before ending up at Green Olive. Its like a lil bar/club. A cat showed up with a mixtape to get signed. The DJ showed love and played Aye Wey Wey and then hit em with the new Joint CLAP…. played dat hoe like 4 times! Had the whole club clappin. The coolest shit tho was when the quiet kid that brought the cd to get signed busts out some CHENTE! Yo we got footage and this kid sings badass, i think Chente was on tour thru the Chi back in the day and well…. ju know. Fareal wait till yall see this.
Man, this shit is crazy, i apologize to Chicago for not comin around more in the past few years but im in charge of my career now and i call my shots and im gonna hitup the people that wanna see me and wanna kick it in the club, or have a bowl of Birria. Day two gon be cray tho. PEACE.