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TO THE PLAYGROUND
A Chris Vermillion Joint
Soulful Playground was created by veteran hip-hop music producer & artist, Chris Vermillion. Featuring music production, breakbeats & loops, videos, custom graphics & The Playground Shop.
Available everywhere on October 20th!!!
"He Who Walks Three Ways" by Soulful Playground
Limited Edition CD
This project was created to celebrate Duro Wicks, Lower Links, and the entire underground Hip Hop community in Chicago.
For me, the years between 1992 through 1996 were a golden era in Hip Hop. I was first exposed to the scene in Chicago by working with The Legendary Traxter on my first demo on 91st and Woodlawn in his Grandma's basement, which was converted into his early home studio. Equipped with an Ensoniq EPS-16+ and a Tascam 424, Trax put together a 5 song project for me which included a joint named "Roll Call." That song was my first to ever get played on the radio, thanks to WHPK, and featured myself, Trax, K-Tone, and Low Key.
I was living in North Dakota at the time, serving in the US Air Force. After several more visits to the city, I decided to make it my permanent home once my enlistment was up in 1993.
Once I arrived in Chicago and got settled, I attended my first party which I was quickly welcomed by Duro Wicks. He introduced me to everyone and helped me quickly get acclimated to the Chicago scene. He was not just a Catalyst for me but for the entire underground Hip Hop community to unify and grow together.
This project celebrates his work and the coming documentary on his efforts called "Catalyst." On October 25th we will be celebrating his birthday and giving everyone a chance to preview this well-deserved presentation.