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Chicago, IL. 60618
(773) 478-4408


M-Fri 4pm - 2am 
Sat 11am - 3am
Sun 11am - 2am

Box Office Hours:
Open - 6pm

Kitchen Hours:
Open - 11pm

Abbey Pub



Young General, Second City Citizens

Fri, January 11, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Abbey Pub

Chicago, IL

$10.00 - $12.00

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

DJ SOLO is a Chicago based dj/producer/emcee, multi-media artist, and mad scientist! Currently making big waves in the dubstep/drumstep and bass music scene, SOLO continually raises the bar with turntablism and trick mixing techniques, high energy live performances, original bootlegs and remixes, and emcee skills both as a rapper and hype man for his fellow djs.

As a rapper since the age of 7, and a musician/producer since the age of 13, SOLO has gone from of making bedroom boombox recordings, to producing original music for acts such as GZA, B-Real, Maroon 5, Matt & Kim, and Planet Asia, touring the world as an opening dj for DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill, Everlast from House of Pain, and GZA & Killah Priest from Wu-Tang Clan, and releasing an ongoing series of themed and eclectic mixtapes.

Relocating to Los Angeles from Chicago in 2003, DJ SOLO became part of the LA based artist crew, Soul Assassins (Cypress Hill, House of Pain, Mr. Cartoon, Estevan Oriol). Along with touring, DJing, and producing music for their roster of artists, he was also the head graphic designer, helping the company launch a new look in print and on the web, as well as creating original graphics for their t-shirt line, hats, cd covers, and collaborative pieces with brands such as Diamond Supply, Circa, and La Coka Nostra. While there, he hosted a weekly two-hour live internet TV show called "40s & Blunts" that broadcast every week from DJ Muggs' studio, featuring live mixes of brand new music, with guest rappers and DJs ranging from local talent to LA hip-hop legends.

During his time in LA, SOLO was turned on to the emerging genre of dubstep coming mainly from the UK and select pockets of the US. Noticing quickly that this genre would allow him to express the full range of his musical palette and eclectic tastes, he shifted gears away from hip-hop and into bass music. In a short amount of time, he had adapted his hip-hop/party rocking style of djing to dubstep and electronic music, and continues to explore and create within those genres. Since returning to Chicago in late 2009, he has released several dubstep mixes, original productions, remixes and videos, performs regularly all over Chicago and the Midwest, helped create and launch the Chicago Bass Culture crew "Fresh Kid", was featured on radio's "The Dented Sessions" as well as their monthly bass music night, and as a new member of the Champaign/Urbana based crew Chalice Dubs, DJ SOLO continues to bring you the finest quality music, videos, no-holds-barred live sets, and technical innovations to take djing to the next level!!
Young General
Young General
The day begins at 7:30. An alarm pops, playing T.I.'s Motivation. After breakfast and a shower, work begins at 9 a.m. Follow-ups with DJs and radio stations, getting the day's business in line, staying connected with fans. A quick lunch launches him into his daily workout and right into the afternoon's tasks: a meeting with manager Jason Garcia, laying down tracks at The Attic, doing overdubs and mixing with band FiveSTAR, and always time spent with the pen and the pad, the writer's favorite tools.

What more do you need to know about Young General? We could talk lyrical ingenuity ("I'm so real, I could never spit a fake line/Ain't nobody from the Chi got this much face time/Not since John Starks went baseline") and freestyle chops, and I could direct you to the tracks, (including standouts White Sox Fitted and Never Love You) the video clips, the websites, tell you to play this-or-that and look out for such-and-such concert or project coming down the pipe. But that's the payoff, the net, the long-earned result. If you want to know what the General is really about, know this: the talent is God-given, but the schedule is man-made. It's a workaday life for this Minnesota-transplant, and he is only too happy to profess his love for the daily grind.

"I would sound sill-ay/rappin' about puss-ay/jewels and ice/homey that's not my life." So spit the Minnesota Monster during the premier FiveSTAR recording session in March 2010. It was one of many reminders that hip-hop can be commercial without being commercialized, that MCs can keep it real by actually being real, that for Young General, the game is about combining the flow and the fun with the business and the branding. His talent for writing a strong hook? For riding the beat? For having the sack to jump in any cipher in any town and leave onlookers repeating his lines? That's why he's good. His commitment to the craft, the business, the day-in day-out of it all? That's why he'll be here for the long haul. Get up early, people. Young General's doing work.

--- Jack M Silverstein,
Second City Citizens
Second City Citizens
Venue Information:
The Abbey Pub
3420 W. Grace St
Chicago, IL, 60618