News Round Up • OJ Hays Featured in Juxtapoz, Pat Corcoran Featured in Billboard, Chance to Perform at Grammys & More


OJ Hays Gives Backstage Look into Chance The Rapper's Tour Production for Juxtapoz Magazine

Multi-talented Chicago-based artist OJ Hays will be featured in this month's issue of Juxtapoz magazine. The longtime running Art & Culture publication caught up with Hays on Chance the Rapper's Magnificent Coloring World Tour this past fall to get a behind the scenes at look at the tour's theatrical live show. For those who aren't familiar, Hays has been the man behind Chance's branding since 2013 handling everything from merchandise, art direction for each of his tours (including the puppets featured on MCWT), 


Chance The Rapper and Joe Freshgoods Collaborate on the "Thank You Obama" Lookbook

Following a very successful first release, Joe Freshgoods has paired up with Chance the Rapper to give his Thank You Obama line a second term in his online store. If you missed it the first time, the collection features a jersey, a hoodie, two t-shirts and two longsleeves all paying homage to our all time favorite First Family. In addition to the Freshgoods' garments, Chance fans may notice a few other pieces making their way into the lookbook. Chance's signature 3 Cap, which is now available in four variants in Chance's online store, appears in colors that we haven't yet seen it in yet. No word as to if / when those will become available, but what is for sure is this second run of the Thank You Obama line won't be around for long so get moving.


Recording Academy Announces Chance The Rapper to Perform At Grammys

The Recording Academy has announced that Chance The Rapper will perform at this year's 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Chance will join previously announced performers Beyonce, Adele, The Weeknd & Daft Punk, Anderson .Paak, Maren Morris & Alicia Keys, John Legend, Bruno Mars and more. 

Photo Courtesy of Billboard

Photo Courtesy of Billboard

Chance's manager Patrick Corcoran recently spoke to Billboard Magazine about the rapper's 7 Grammy Nominations and "steering clear" of major label deals. Patrick started off 2017 by being named to Forbes '30 Under 30' Music category. Regarding the nominations, Corcoran told Billboard " “I had no idea. I was so nervous that we were going to be overlooked. I just don’t know how those types of things work.”


New Episode of Sllime's Broke Ass Low Budget Show Features Dally Auston

With "Hennessy and Backwoods" - SLIIME welcomes Westside rapper Dally Auston to the latest edition of his "Broke Ass Low Budget Show." The two talk Pokemon Go, chug a beer and spit some raps. Dally is hot off the release of his EP 99¢ - we spoke to Dally about the project back in January.


Saba Joins Gallant During NPR Tiny Desk Concert Performance

Saba popped up and dropped a few bars during DC-crooner Gallant's Tiny Desk Concert series produced by NPR. The rhymes appear to be compeltely original new verses, spat over Gallant's track "Bourbon." No word on if the two are officially releasing a remix of the track or are collaborating. They have not released any music together at this point. Check out the lyrics from the freestyle below.