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Eric Smith, NBC Chicago Street Team

On location at the Millennium Hotel, Thursday August 6.

So what brings you to the Windy City?
What brings me to the city is that I’m promoting my new album called “Imperial Blaze”…comes out August 18th.

I see you’ve sold over 10 millions records. Let’s talk about that journey and how you got started from there to Imperial Blaze.

In Stores August 18th.

In Stores August 18th.

For sure…my career started with me just lovin’ music. A friend of mine got into music at the end of high school and it came to pass that I got introduced to studios and people started to like the voice and like the flow. Like the first thing was being on a big stage in Jamaica called “Sting” back in 1998, it featured people like Busta Rhymes from the hip hop world. After that I was able to do a song with DMX who was one of the biggest artists in Jamaica at that time. Then there was a song called “Here Comes The Boom” from the movie “Belly” that Hype Williams produced and what not. And then the song “Deport Dem” really got big in New York City and got a lot of play.

And then about a year after that in 2001 my second album was coming out “Dutty Rock” was comin’ out. The song called “Gimme the Light” got a very big spread. Since I’ve had a couple of songs rank as high as #1 on the Billboard Charts such as “Get Busy”, “Temperature”, a song featuring myself and Beyonce which is a song called “Baby Boy”. A song with Keyshia Cole went to #3 on the BillBoard charts, a song called “Like Glue” went to #7…”I’m still in Love” featuring Sasha went to number 12. So we have a lot of repertoire coming up to this day, man. And those are all different steps, help me to pave the way to be sittin’ here in front of you, ya know what I mean…tellin’ my story of what’s up next in Imperial Blaze.

Now I got started producing festivals with Super Cat. The first time I heard you I was like, “That’s Super Cat!” And they were like…no, no that’s Sean Paul.
The Superdor, Superdor he’s still the Super. Cause you know, he’s my pops in the business! He helped pave the way…I got to give respect to him.

Let’s talk about “So Fine” which is the rockin’ new single out now. Talk about that single and when you know a song is hot and going to blow up.

Well I mean…I try and put feeling into my songs, to my artwork. Feeling is what artwork is about…I think it is about that feeling deep down in your and soul channeling it and bringing it to the rest of world. In “So Fine”, I loved the melody, I loved the chords that was being played in the riddim, so it just took off from there… it’s a club banger cause da riddim is so hot.

So you got any upcoming shows in Chicago?
I’m gonna be here tonight and tomorrow night, so I’m probably just going to go into to clubs and sing and DJ a couple verses, couple line to let people know what’s up. However you can stay in touch with me on allseanpaul.com. It got blogs about reggae and dancehall. It’s got what I been doing lately on it, shows. It’s got a tour schedule dat should be printed up, probably by November this year. People can order my album out August 18th or pre-order it to. Also, like every now and then there’s competitions that run on the site. Like I had an “Ultimate Fan” competition running for about 3 to 4 weeks now, which just ended like this week. So I designed two chains…white gold and diamonds then I gave it to two of my favorite fans who won. Things like that gone happening every now and then on the site.

And one last thing…Sean Paul is it Henriques…? You have a Latin back ground…?
So I got a lot of different blood in me from Black, Portuguese, White from England and Chinese. My father’s family has Portuguese and Black blood. My Chinese and England bloodline comes from my mother’s family.

Well you know, me and my peeps are considering putting together another festival “Metropolatino” and you know we are interested in having you headline to get that moving.

For sure I got that blood there so let’s do it…you can’t keep me out!

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

All ye faithful early Christmas adopters — the ones who have been playing holiday songs for the past 30 days — can now open the seasonal floodgates. It’s officially December, so feel free to hark the heralds to your heart’s content.

With the ailing economy, ’tis might be a season where you choose to spend silent (cheaper) nights with that special someone away in a manger, but I suggest you jingle bell rock your way out the door and partake in some of the many festive holiday events going on this week. Otherwise, it might not begin to feel like Christmas.

Log on to nbcchicago.com to see the events for this week.

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

Watch the weekly “Word On The Street” segment on 24/7 Chicago: Secrets of the City,” at 12:05 a.m., immediately following Saturday Night Live on NBC5.

For this week’s Word On the Street segment, we headed to Lumen nightclub in the West Loop. If you haven’t been out to Lumen yet, it’s definitely worth a look. The contemporary spot employs clean designs, and is known for it’s state-of-the-art lighting system. The organizers for Fashion Focus Chicago held a kickoff party there last week. Fashion Focus continues until Oct. 8, with several events still on tap. Log on to Chicagofashionresource.com for more information.

Next weekend, head over the the Chicago Country Music Festival, which will be held at Soldier Field Parkland October 11 – 12. Gretchen Wilson and Taylor Swift are the headliners. Expect three performance stages in all, a Kids’ Corral tent and a dance tent. Admission is free. Log on to www.chicagocountrymusicfestival.us for more information.

With one more month left until the election, more and more attention is being paid to the issues surrounding the campaign — if it’s even possible to give it more coverage than we’ve already seen. If your interest lies more toward the satiral side of things, check out “No Experience Necessary,” a sketch comedy at the Greenhouse Theater. The theater troupe, MPAACT, is known for its cutting-edge material, and this latest effort is written by up-and-coming Chicago comedian and actor Kevin Douglas.

Next weekend, get ready for one of the most significant annual events in our fair city, the Chicago Marathon. It’s truly an amazing event to witness live as thousands of runners take to the streets. Whether you’re cheering on a particular runner or supporting the masses, there’s plenty of locations around the city to do so. Click here for spectator information.

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

Watch the weekly “Word On The Street” segment on 24/7 Chicago: Secrets of the City,” at 12:05 a.m., immediately following Saturday Night Live on NBC5.

This week we headed to the Crimson Lounge in the Sax Hotel, the House of Blues swanky hotel, for our Word on the Street segment. It was the preview party for the Chicago International Film Festival, which runs October 16 – 29. Each film at the festival will be a premiere, so every night is an opening night, according to festival organizers. This year’s festival is dedicated to Roger Ebert.

As for events going on in the city this week, there’s no question that Fashion Focus Chicago is the most anticipated event. It’s the fourth year for this showcase, an opportunity to feature Chicago’s up-and-coming fashion designers. Who would think of Mayor Daley as a proponent of keeping our fashion scene on the cutting edge, but give him props, he conceived of this idea and has made it happen. Check out my interview with the City of Chicago’s Melissa Gamble previewing the event.

Geek alert! Wired Nextfest kicked off today in Millenium Park. Don’t know what it’s about? Then you’re probably still rockin’ a Sony Walkman and predicting the Internet is still a fad. For the rest of you, get more info here.

It may not feel like Fall, but make no mistake — the calendar will soon say October, and you’ll be making your Halloween plans. Well, while the weather is still a bit less than frightful, check out Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America through November 2. Six Flags will transform from theme park to scream park! OK, that’s their words, but if you’re into this sort of thing, this is the place to be. Click here for more info.

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

Watch the weekly “Word On The Street” segment on 24/7 Chicago: Secrets of the City,” at 12:05 a.m., immediately following Saturday Night Live on NBC5.

We headed over to the Chicago New Media Summit‘s social hour for this week’s Word on the Street segment. The first upcoming event we showcased was “Common and Friends” Benefiting Chicago Youth. The Chicago native is bringing some some of his music celebrity friends for a concert next Saturday at the House of Blues. Common, Will i Am, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Bilal and Marsha of Floetry will all be performing. Click here for ticket information.

If hip hop isn’t your speed, check out the World Music Festival, which runs this week through Thursday. Performances will be held at a variety of venues throughout the city, showcasing a variety of traditional and contemporary music from various cultures. Many of the performances are free, so check out the Web site for more information.

Finally, there’s a lot of buzz about Chicago Gourmet. Think Taste of Chicago, only indoors — and less sweaty people. The organizers describe it as a celebration of food, wine and city’s rich culinary history. Chefs will be coming from all over the world to showcase their skills, so be sure to check it out. Log on to ChicagoGourmet.org for more information.

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

Watch the weekly “Word On The Street” segment on 24/7 Chicago: Secrets of the City,” at 12:05 a.m., immediately following Saturday Night Live on NBC5.

For this week’s segment we headed to the Windy City Wine Festival to talk about some of the events coming up this week. I’ve never personally been to the Universoul Circus, but I’m told it’s quite the spectacle. It kicks off Wednesday in Washington Park. Think about your traditional circus under the big top, but with an added international and urban edge. Log onto to http://www.universoulcircus.com for more information or call (773) 256-1248.

It may be September, but it’s never too early to get a jump on Oktoberfest. Berghoff Restaurant will help you in that respect, with an Oktoberfest celebration running Wednesday through Friday this week at Federal Plaza Square (219 S. Dearborn St.). The free event features live music, food, drinks and raffles. You may have to sneak out of work for this one, as the festivities kick off at 11:45 a.m. each day and the last band takes the stage at 5 p.m.

If you wanted to do something outside of the city limits next weekend, Wheaton is a good option for the DuPage County Fall Festival. This free festival features a 5k run and walk, food vendors, a craft fair, a car show, live music and much more. It will be held Saturday at the DuPage Convalescent Center (400 N. County Farm Road). Call (630) 784-4495 for more information.

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

Watch the weekly “Word On The Street” segment on 24/7 Chicago: Secrets of the City,” at 12:05 a.m., immediately following Saturday Night Live on NBC5.

Morton’s Steakhouse was good enough to let us use their Wacker Street location for our Word On The Street segment this week. Morton’s is without question one of the contenders in the “best Chicago steak” debate, but over time I’ve learned it’s also a great place for happy hour, with daily bar specials making it also easier on the wallet.

As for the events on tap, it looks like the Wine Crush in Old Town is a good bet next weekend. Wells Street will be transformed into a European-style market with food from local restaurants, tastings, fashions shows and a grape stomping competition.

You can also swing over to the Andersonville Music and BBQ Festival in the 5500 block of North Ashland. Or break out the kilts for the annual Celtic Fest in Grant Park, which promises more than 150 performances on nine stages.

Mexican Independence Day is coming up, and there’s three parades to help celebrate. Parades are scheduled for Pilsen, South Chicago and 26th Street.

Sure the weather is starting to feel a bit like fall, but there’s still a tad bit of summer left and plenty of ways to do it justice!

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