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It’s no secret that any Chicago artist who receives shine is likely to get on this blog as it is always a step forward or backward in my city’s talent. As you’re familiar with L.E.P. Bogus Boys, you know that their grind in getting on initiated years and years ago and is getting to full recognizance. The hardcore duo of Count and Mooney were recently in the news for being rejected from performing at Chicago’s House of Blues music club for their lyrical content. It sparked a great deal of controversy surrounding the guys as you wondered “Will this be the beginning of their end as their own city seems to shun them?” “Will other venues take a scary stance on their rhymes of honest street violence and storytelling as well? Obviously not as the guys will be accompanying Young Money labelmate Drake on tour the rest of the summer. The tour will be breezing through Chicago June 2nd at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre which happens to be waaaaaaaaaaaaaay bigger and more important than the flaky downtown House of Blues. I’m just saying. Acts who are invited to this place have really made it opening for a hot artist, or are the hot artists themselves.

L.E.P. Bogus Boys Don’t Know How to Give Up

The tour is huge for the guys who came from hustling their CD’s on the streets of the city’s Low End area to having artists featured on their mixtapes like Ray J, T.I., Jim Jones, and a plethora of other top-shelf industry figures. They’ve always kept things as 100 as possible because they’ve witnessed everything in the sentences spit on the microphone. It appears that the grind and hustle never stopped for them, but did intensify when they lost one of their original group members. It was then that you could see Count and Mooney were not going to be silenced by the House of Blues or anyone else who chose not to accept their musical style and words. They’re the Kid n’ Play of the hood as they stick together through thick and thin with bigger opportunities steady knocking at the door. If anyone deserves to make it after Kanye West and Jennifer Hudson’s big exit, it’s definitely them. Drake will also be accompanied by 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, J. Cole, Waka Flocka, and French Montana. The presence of J. Cole surprised me a bit as the over-hyped professor of features was predicted to be headlining his own shows by this time. However, the undeniable love shown to Young Money’s Drake has taken him to heights many cannot catch up to these days. Drake’s “Club Paradise” tour will be coming to a city near you with the next tour dates and cities as follows:

May 17 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
May 19 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
May 20 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
May 22 – Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
May 23 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
May 25 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
May 26 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
May 28 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
May 30 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 1- Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
June 2 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
June 5 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum
June 6 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
June 8 – Darien Lake, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Bank Center
June 11 – Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre
June 12 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
June 14 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 16 – New York, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
June 17 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center

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