African Festival Performers Weather the Storm

On September 7, 2018, in Red Hot Radio, by Wide View Publishing

BY YAKIRA LEVI |   While other parts of the Chicagoland area suffered tornado watches, thunderstorms, and flash flood problems – Africa International House USA, Inc. and die-hard African Festival of the Arts, fans occupied Washington Park on Chicago’s South Side. Despite heavy rains this past Labor Day weekend, most festival goers, vendors, and musicians […]

Knowledge of Self

On May 1, 2018, in Red Hot Radio, by Wide View Publishing

By Yakira Levi | Knowledge of self is to know yourself. To know who you are, what you are, and to be conscious of your capabilities. Being aware allows for creatively achieving your full potential. Knowledge starts with the mind. What you put into your mind is important, because what you receive mentally is what […]

The Difference Between an MC and a Rapper

On April 1, 2018, in Red Hot Radio, by Wide View Publishing

By Yakira Levi | Hip-Hop is music and artistic expression built upon the elements of a DJ, the MC, B-Boys, and Graffiti Art. DJ Kool Herc created hip-hop music in 1973, and his presence contributes to the Jamaican-African-American style of the musical toasting of today. DJ Kool Herc’s music created a culture that includes a […]

What Is Hip-Hop?

On March 1, 2018, in Red Hot Radio, by Wide View Publishing

By Yakira Levi | Hip-hop is a culture of creative expression built upon rhythmic break beats, scratches, and loops presented by the DJ, poetic storytelling chanted by the MC, intricate break dance moves of B-Boys defying gravity, the beauty of aerosol created Graffiti Art painted with visual appeal and the cultural influence or self-awareness exhibited […]

The Great Chicago Fire Remastered Definite Vacation For Suckas

On March 18, 2016, in Red Hot Radio, by Wide View Publishing

Record Review By Yakira Levi | They hail from Chicago’s South Side, the D.V.S. Boys, aka Definite Vacation For Suckas Include RaBiez, and Sire Sinsai (deceased). The duo has been known to collaborate with other Chicago hip-hop champions including T.S.P. aka the Three Stripe Posse, the Chicago Outfitters and more. The D.V.S. musical influences include […]

Sprite Mix Tape and C.O.R.E. Compilation

On February 18, 2016, in Red Hot Radio, by Wide View Publishing

The first ever Sprite mix tape was designed by Yakira Levi, as a means of promoting Chicago’s hip-hop artist, and providing a promotional vessel for showcasing Midwest talent. In 1999, Yakira Levi Conceptualized and developed the 1st ever, Sprite Mix Tape, a cause related marketing campaign featuring Grammy winning musical artist Common, and sponsored by […]