You Can’t Imitate Smino

Chicagos favorite hip hop and R&B emcee from St. Louis is back with a flawless project. His modus operandi is undeniably one of a kind. Smino is a true connoisseur in the art of seduction. Listening to NOIR will make you invoke your inner suavemente like no Drake song ever could. Starting off strong it took myself a few hours to get past the first half of this LP.

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Posted by Smino on Monday, October 29, 2018

When I say flawless I mean there is not a single second of music you would want to skip out on. From the beats, the lyricism and quick witted wordplay to the commentary, NOIR emits the perfect vibes for a weekend away with your main chick smokin’ trees or whippin’ around the town with the boys pickin’ up some honeys; an audio vacation. With the homies Jay2, Bari, Dreezy and Valee¬†on a few tracks and production by the one and only Monte Booker you will not need any other wing men. And course what Zero Fatigue project would be complete without a Ravyn Lenae feature with a voice so sensual. Set the vibe right with NOIR.

Smino | Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Ever Evolved | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram

Stay Right Here with Saba

Saba Pivot is back with a¬† single and he brought some friends to contribute to the beat. Lookin’ at all the love around him, Saba puts together a feel good song that blends R&B with positive Hip Hop lyricism. Who better to match lyrical ability than Mick Jenkins¬†with Xaviar Omar¬†to lock in the vibes with a smooth hook.

Stay Right Here¬†is similar in energy to¬†Care For Me,¬†Sabas most recent full length project release that came out earlier in the year. That album would include notable Chicago creatives such as theMind, Kaina and Chance the Rapper. It seems to follow the idea of self care, expression, the ebb n flow of life and Stay Right Here is the appreciation of it all. He sings¬†“Coming up from nothin but drugs and the crime..¬†Oh yes I came out of alive”.¬†Saba’s momentum and energy continues to stay strong like he has Heaven All Around him!¬†¬†

Saba | Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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Different Day For An Educated Low-life Radcliff Music

Radcliff builds off the release of his Album¬†Educated Low Life but the flow never ceases from this man so more music is inevitable. You had to have caught ‘Low Lives being hyped up with this spoken word interlude visual with thought provoking lyrics.¬†Releasing the set on Spinrilla making it exclusive to hip hop fanatics off of soundcloud. Not that he is against the platform he has several uploads to his account from remixes to originals and freestyles.¬† His latest release comes as a music video¬† for Different Day filmed by OTKST Society.¬†

Radcliff | Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter 

Ever Evolved | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram

Pieces of Mick Jenkins

Not your typical hip hop emcee by a longshot. Not up all night drinking, flashing cars, money & subjugating women. Not that he is above all that mainstream hype Mick Jenkins just travels in another direction. Having already tasted commercial success with his debut album the Waters followed by¬†Waves Jenkins asks, while talking to Billboard, “When the hype dies down, what is there?”. A question for the deep thinker, what makes you when you are not defined by society or a group or class of people?

“‚ÄúYah, I be up early… If you bring me to a night session I will fall asleep. I will. I might fuck with you, and we might get something done,¬†but I will fall asleep.‚ÄĚ

Mick Jenkins has been focusing on a balance between his health and writing career. In regards to people or himself sacrificing their health for his work, “Those kinds of things plagued me. I was always looking back like, ‚ÄėNaw. I won‚Äôt accept that.“, he noted to Billboard. Now waking up early at 5am and works on his penmanship and his relationships and being Ghost. A great ideal following¬†or¬†more: the anxious,¬†&or more: the frustrations;¬†he conducted himself into one of our generations more lyrically proficient Hip Hop artists representing¬†Chicago.

Now releasing his 2nd full album with a name reminiscing¬†Gil Scott Heron‘s¬†album Pieces of a Man, Jenkins re-imagined Herons work, imitating his deliverance by “oscillating between rapping rhyming and poetry”, as he noted to QuestTV. And he nails it for the most he has followed this flow and ideology since the anxious¬†using a speech sample in C is for Cash Money. Presenting himself like¬†he knows where he is at and you can tell with Soft Porn.¬†With a lot of talent put into this from Ghostface Killah, Julian Bell, Corinne Bailey Raym, BadBadNotGood and KAYTRANADA¬†and more,¬†this is a low-key masterpiece you cannot overlook.

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Ever Evolved | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram

Elevatd Treats

What an Elevatd year thus far for the Chicago duo. After rebranding and releasing a Curse there has been more blessings than anything.  From picking up shows in and out of state to playing festivals like Lost Lands, 515 Alive Fest, and Spring Awakening and even going viral getting style points from Bassnectar, the momentum continues to build for this heavy bass duo. Not only has their fan-base, connections and rapport been growing, so has their playlist with new originals and remixes.

Elevatd seems to have an exclusive track on deck for any event whether it is playing with their favorite artists or just special occasions. Playing with Boombox Cartel recently they remixed their ID track that features Flosstradamus, another idol for the duo as well. Alongside RL Grime at a North Coast After Party they got a beat for that. Flashback to a Zeds Dead and Jauz remix ealier in the year you see them now playing with the Canadian dubstep icons at theMID as well for a Dead Beats after party. And if you did not get candy this Halloween you get treated with Trick or Yeet, a dark n heavy tune for your goodie bag.

Whether it be a case of manifestation or just straight up power moves like joining MnifestMGMT, Elevatd keeps raising the bar! You just know they have some unreleased beats hiding away waiting for the perfect moment to be heard. But for now you have to check them out at their events to hear that exclusive. Follow them on their social medias linked below to find out where you can see them next.


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Ever Evolved | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram

A CODA of Cofresi

Cofresi is back in the headlines and making some noise with a big release! Though he has not been all too quiet either! Following his Daft Punk remix and Led Zeppelin teaser Cofresh popped out a couple more tracks before hyping up an EP! Still coming off the vocal vibes from his Faces EP Jofred was invited onto Caution to make a jazzy future bass original. Unable to hold himself from adding another remix to his collection he follows up with a rework of Sable by Edamame as part of a remix album of BASK.

Bringing it back to the moment, we have five more new tracks to listen to collectively known as CODA. His last EP Faces focused around different styles of vocals in each track. CODA comes back to focus on ethereal synths, energetic drum patterns and dark basslines. But you will hear some vocal samples throughout the EP and a feature by Calid B on the outro track Crown;¬†so some Faces influence remains! Altogether this project is the complete set of Cofresi’s production and experience and experiments up to this point; A concluding section, a coda, to foreshadow a new? Catch him on his release tour dropping these new tunes in random cities and festivals!

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Better Know Ayoo

Time reveals all that is true and great, and this duo from Chicago demonstrate their significance with fresh new music. Ayoo has been energizing dance floors from local clubs to festival stages with heavy hitting house & bass beats joining a growing number of electronic music artists from Chicago takin over the scene. Apart of the Be Nice collective brothers James and Eric Estrada have been growing together, planning and making music based around their love for Chicago house. From Spring Awakening stages, to hosting events by the lakefront and in local venues to original music content, Ayoo have only just begun unraveling their potential and in just a short period of time.

Recently the two have debuted their sound with Orijinal featuring Jei earlier in the year and they come to follow up with a new track for the summer. Taking their brand of electro house music and inviting hip hop emcee and long time friend Rhymster from Ever Evolved on the mic to add some flavor to the track. Reviving an older idea with Rhymster, Timeline stands the test of time to represent a period of growth and emergence for Ayoo and their music. With great reactions from crowds at the festival stages all there was left to do was to slap on some cover art from Tim Emini to make an official track. With talent flowing like a dam, you better know, they plan to take over so dont get left out in the stands. Grab this beat and dance and support our Chicago fam.

Ayoo | Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Ever Evolved | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram

Kyral x Banko Pull Up With Heat

Kyral x Banko¬†Pull Up hot to the scene with a few collabs and remixes. Following the mind blowing EP Focus the duo took on tours, shows and festivals promoting new music. K&B then come back with a nasty remix of Bad Boy Sound, by Jantsen a favorite among the dub and bass community. They would then team up with a producer debuting as Holly on the track I Don’t Need You,¬†to premiere on¬† FUXWITHIT. Most recently the two link up with DJ Ride¬†to release Pull Up on MMXVAC.¬†Each one of these tracks made for you to get wild to so turn up those speakers!

Kyral x Banko | Soundcloud | Twitter 1 & 2 | Facebook | IG 1 & 2

Ever Evolved | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram

Solstis Beyond Creative in Youth

Milestones are something to look forward to for anyone out there setting goals as an artist or individual. Musically Solstis has been surpassing many feats within the last year alone! Every release they published not only sounds amazing but has some connotation to them. Following this duo for a couple years now it has been inspiring to seeing how they have been evolving through sound and technique.

Recently taking Luna Shadows music another go, already giving her track Cry Wolf a remix with SANDS, the two found a greater idea to incorporate into a remix. The plan is use more live music instrumentation into their sets and they nailed it. Exploring different styles they landed on indie rock marking their first time to include a guitar solo. This track in particular is meant to be played in a live format. Making their music exclusive to their live sets now this sets them apart from many EDM artists, thinking outside the box in terms of technique and range of sounds for their performances.

This remix follows yet another milestone in their career with the release of their debut album Nowhere. This project is a collection of the finest sounds and a wide range of emotion. Over a years worth of work and imagination put into this LP the opening track, inspired by Smashing Pumpings and 90’s Rock, sets the mood for the LP with a epic buildup. Acquiring the melody from ODDEEO¬†before the inception of the idea of an LP, who also collabed on Robot Daydream years back, Dreaming in Reverse is a climactic build leading to a Euphoric melody that gives a breath of fresh air before the next beat Open Your Eyes blows you away. This kind of production has been pivitol in their position with music and something to be excited about as far as newer music if you have not followed them it is about time!

Solstis | Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Ever Evolved | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram

Krewella Stuck In Your Head Like Bad Liars

Some can use it to their advantage, some people give it away, lying is not for everyone. Krewella plays on that idea with a vocal performance in Bad Liar, a smooth synth and bass beat that flows flawlessly between the lyrics. This follows Gold Wings a collaborative production with Shaun Frank, another future bass beat topped with a beautiful vocalization by Krewella. Steady releasing tunes this year we expect to hear some more from this Chicago Krew.

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