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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

If you would have told me 15 years ago that I’d ever be in the position to hang out with the brain trust of Public Enemy, the members of A Tribe Called Quest and B Real from Cypress Hill — all in the span of a couple of days — I’m not sure I would have believed you. But such is the nature of summer in Chicago that I was able to do all of that — not to mention, experiencing two days of some incredible live hip hop.

As I blogged about last week, Public Enemy kicked it off on Friday night, performing “It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold us Back” at the Pitchfork Music Festival. Needless to say, they didn’t disappoint. The full crew was there — except for the DJ, Terminator X — and the crowd, many perhaps too young to have known P.E. when they first burst on the scene, was energetic and appreciative.

Slideshow: Rock The Bells

Let me just say this. Flavor Flav is laughing all the way to the bank. Before he played the clown for a worldwide TV audience, this is a dude with a world of talent, which he displayed with his dexterious rhymes and a full drum solo. I was a bit apprehensive about their new DJ (Lloyd), but he also won me over with a dope solo.

On Saturday it was off to Tinley Park for the Rock The Bells tour. I was disappointed with the sound system at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater, but the acts were for the most part on point. De La Soul was a bit underwhelming, however I’ll blame that on the sound system. Method Man and Redman probably whipped the crowd into the greatest frenzy, with Meth even crowd surfing. The Pharcyde performed for the first time in 11 years, and brought a full live band to back them up. Mos Def — one of my favorite MCs of all time — left something to be desired. It’s tough for a solo artist in that atmosphere to get the crowd moving, but I thought his song selectin could have been better. Nas and a Tribe Called Quest were fitting ends to a fabulous day of music.

Long live hip hop!

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

Is there a better place to be in Chicago during the summer? Chicagoans know how to pack a party into a few short months, and despite my increasing annoyance with the cops, parking attendants and meter maids who are constantly hassling your boy over parking my Vespa, I’m managing to get out and enjoy.

Is there another major city in the country where you can be on the beach, and a couple of minutes later expose yourself to a completely different downtown experience on the Magnificent Mile? That’s what was going through my head as Saturday when I left Volleywood, the huge North Avenue Beach party thrown by Chicago Sport and Social. Mix Master Mike, the Beastie Boys’ DJ, didn’t disappoint. Click here to check out some of the pics.

Are you familiar with Daily Candy? It’s a female-centric daily email that covers everything from beauty tips to shopping advice. Now there’s a guys’ version, called Thrillist.com, “delivering a fresh take on the best in food, drinks, services, gadgets, gear, sports and travel.” They’re throwing a Chicago launch party at Fifty/50 on Wednesday. RSVP by July 21 at Thrillist.com/chicago.

Have you been following the flap over the New Yorker magazine cover featuring a turban-wearing Barack Obama and his gun-toting wife Michelle. The unfortunate thing is, it’s overshadowed what is actually a pretty fascinating article on Obama’s rise through the rough-and-tumble world of Chicago politics. Click here to read it for yourself.

Every summer I’ve been meaning to check out the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival, and I finally got around to it on Tuesday. What a blast! And free to boot. Check out Megan’s blog earlier this week for info.

If you haven’t bought your tickets for this week’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park you may be too late. Saturday and Sunday tickets have sold out. Tickets remain for Friday, which is when I wanted to attend anyway. Public Enemy is performing their seminal album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, from start to finish at 8:30 p.m. Folks, Rolling Stone ranked this the No. 48 on the list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, the highest ranking hip-hop album on the list.

Oh, and don’t forget about the
Rock The Bells Tour
Saturday in Tinley Park. A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def and De La Soul are just some of the acts scheduled to perform.

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