Duro Wicks is a name you may have never heard of. However, when it comes to the history of Chicago Hip Hop, particularly it's productive and flourishing 90s era, the story can't be told without his inclusion and contributions...on multiple levels.
Thru his Big Lips Productions showcases, he not only created some of the most memorable Hip Hop events in the 90s Chicago Hip Hop scene, he also laid the foundation to some the most prominent networking locations at those same parties. As Shame Love Tempo, he rocked many mics and stages with his group, He Who Walks Three Ways. He helped document Chicago's history thru his journalistic contributions in the short-lived, but influential and seminal Hip Hop Publication, The Fly Paper. In those pages, his column "No Problemo, Play Your Demo" gave readers a opportunity to read about some of the key and/or most underground figures of the rising scene. By the time the late 90s rolled around he had become equipped and skilled with a sampler; first with his "1000" Concept Project (featuring Juice, Larry Milla, Nemesis, Grav, etc...). Then continuing on, even up to to date, with his DeeAreYouOh and "What's His Name?" production projects.
In this interview he humbly, honestly, and even reluctantly discusses his amazing journey and contributions to this Culture.
Part One- He discusses discovering Hip Hop, Big Lip Productions, The Fly Paper, He Who Walks Three Ways, and the legendary parties at Lower Links:
Part Two breaks down the many faces of Duro, his move to New York, Fighting health problems, his extensive Chicago archives (demos, flyers, etc...), working with Kanye and Dug Infinite. Plus how his "Static" demo may have been jacked by DJ Premiere:
-Duro Wicks: Glimpse at his musical history, including some recent beats he sent me in Oct 2010. He has beats for sale too! Interested MCs reply here fro more info!!
He Who Walks Three Ways-Cannibalism [Produced by The Opus]:
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1000 featuring Juice-Pressure:
1000 featuring Larry Milla-A Man, My Brother, & Me (This is CLASSIC!!):
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Common-I Used To Love H.E.R [DeeYourAreOh Reheated Leftovers Remix]:
WHAT'S HIS NAME Beat Projects October 2010 [BEATS FOR SALE: Ask For Details!]:
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