Monthly Archives: November 2013

Weekend Classics #8 – The Gap Band


– This weekend, MADE’s feature artist for the Weekend Classics is, The Gap Band. We figured it is appropriate to put our grown man on and pay homage to a great band.

The Gap Band, which featured brothers Robert, Charlie and Ronnie Wilson, didn’t come into fruition until about 1973.  As their first two albums had a core funk sound, they never had true success until singing with Lonnie Simmons at Total Experience Records. With the help of some additional staffing and a 12 person band, The Gap Band gained a lot of ground with the releases of The Gap Band, II and III. These are the records where more of their recognizable songs were released, such as : “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” “Yearning for Your Love,” and “Early in the Morning”.

The Gap Band made a huge impact in the music industry during the 70s-80s which is why we felt it was a good group for week #8 of the Weekend Classics.  Aside from their awesomely cheesy videos, the group did link up with other key artist from their decade including: Stevie Wonder and Zapp. Unfortunately, the fun did stop, as the band quit playing with one another after a solid 40 years. Press play and enjoy some creativity to its fullest from The Gap Band.

Don’t forget to stay tuned every weekend for your Weekend Classics.

Nike “Play Russian”

With this years winter campaign, sporting giant Nike has taken a different approach. Their newest commercial features the grit of Russia’s winter sports scene. With cameos from world class athletes like Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Kokorin, Darya Klishina & Egor Kaldikov among others; the commercial shows that winter is no excuse to stay indoors. Minnesota much?

Fabian Oefner “Disintegration & Hatch”

Crazy video from Swiss artist Fabian Oefner, the project is entitled “Hatch & Disintegration”. In the video Fabian blows up some of the world’s most iconic sports cars including: a Jaguar E-Type, Ferrari 330 P4 and a Mercedes Benz 300SL. Check out the video and keep an eye out for more from the Swiss artist.

Metasota Releases BlackFriday

 #BlackFriday cover art

Metasota – #BlackFriday

We have been following Meta for a while now and lets just say this is a highly anticipated album by the Minnesota emcee. In Meta’s third installment, he offers a brand new vibe on the record than what he did on HIP2 (Still Happy I’m Present) . 

BlackFriday,  Meta seems to be coming into his own with a nice laidback feel throughout the album. As usual, Meta continues to spit real shit, developing a solid message/story throughout each song. A strong point in this record is that it is not repetitive and can easily be played front to back; the longest track is just over 3mn.

Press Play, Replay, or whatever it is, just make sure to peep it here and let us know what you think.


Palace Skateboards Presents: “Definitely Brady”

Palace skateboards recently signed Danny Brady to their skate team. To celebrate they’ve compiled a 4 minute video featuring their newest addition. Check out the clip above and stay tuned for more Danny Brady as he makes himself home on the British skate team.

Calvin & Johnson: Richard Sherman Confrontation

Nike Football has been all over Calvin Johnson this year and for good reason, the guy is an absolute beast. In their newest commercial Calvin gets an unexpected visit from Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks pro bowl corner. Apparently Sherm knows Calvin’s secret, peep the video above and keep an eye out for these two in the playoffs later this year.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic LIVE @ Concord Music Hall


Location: 2047 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
When: Friday, November 29th @ 8PM

The man, the myth George Clinton & the Parliament Funkadelic will be playing live at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall this Friday. The event will also feature the likes of The Heard and Whysowhite so you already know it’s going to be a good night. Tickets are $26 and are still available so if you’re looking for some funk you’ve definitely got the right place. A lot of good acts are rolling through both Chicago & Minneapolis before the end of the year so stay tuned.

George Clinton & Parliament Funk Tickets