When you think of Haywyre you can already expect some abstract sounds with his creative style of dubstep and future bass. Then to have Cofresi come in to remix one of his tracks from his PANORAMA LP is a whole ‘nother level of greatness. What is interesting is Haywyre rocks the keyboards while Cofresi kicks it with percussive instruments and now, with Cofresi’s live performance video of Haywyres STORYTELLER, they both have live videos to compare! To see the two work it in their own style is something else and Cofresi brings in so much energy with his percussive rendition.
Many of us already know about the first man to permanently settle in Chicago at the mouth of the river. Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable is credited to be first non-native settler and founder of this great city, but there were a couple of previous European settlers to come to be the first to explore it. About a hundred years before Jean Baptiste would reside on the river, Jacques Marquette from France and Louis Jolliet from Quebec traveled through the territory and recognized its significance.
Jolliet left Quebec after coming back from studying in France to trade with Native. Following a year he meets Marquette, a Jesuit missionary and the two begin work together. In 1673 they both gather a group of men and head to explore the Mississippi towards the Golf of Mexico. At Arkansas, they turned back toward the Great Lakes fearing a run in with Spaniard Colonists after finding many Natives with European trinkets.
On their way back they found their way to the Illinois River where they learned of a shorter route to the Great Lakes. They reached the Great Lakes at what today is Chicago, by way of the Chicago Portage. Later the Jolliet and Marquette would split and Marquette would head back to Illinois with his men. In 1674 they would be the first to spend a winter in what would be Chicago today. Marquette would die a year later near Starved Rock at the age of 37 from dysentery acquired by illness from the Mississippi travel.
Radcliff Music has really outdone himself with this latest visual release in collaboration with Canon Montana. BLACK SCORPION is quickly approaching ten thousand in views after only being out a couple of weeks! Hats off to one of the pillars of Ever Evolved and Chicago hip hop, Radcliff Music! With a simple yet structurally perfect flow, a hard beat by Frekwenzy and a high quality visual, Radcliff Music is executing on all angles! Hard work really pays off and after 8 projects deep of releases it is looking like this video is jump starting a long deserved buzz.
“I drop this music, fuck the check, I’m grinding for a purpose, I’m beating every odd and that’s how I know I deserve it!” Radcliff Music puts it plainly in front of your face; he stays low key, puts his energy into the music, nothing else and it shows. He raps like himself, in his own voice, he does not imitate gimmicks or pick up and flip trends. Every single song, Radcliff Music is purely flowing the literature over instrumentals that he has acquired throughout his life. “Better not pass your time with bullshit, I hope you working!” Hip hop is about the long game now and the artist that blows up over time leaving a paper trail of a dense catalog full of consistent quality music; that artist perseveres and cements a legacy.
Congratulations Radcliff Music, Black Scorpion is in permanent rotation.
An up and coming artist in Chicago on more than just one side of creativity. Jada Lott is a music artist and model making herself known in grand fashion. Combining the two arts that can make a live performance entertaining both visually and through audio. With a performance at Innjoy in Wicker Park it was evident, she has a lot up her sleeve!
Local Chicago music tycoon Moe Cyrus set up a Toy Drive consisting of a full lineup of talented female artists at Innjoy, Miller Lite even had to get in on it. Just around midnight on a Monday night Jada still has a room filled to see her perform. Creating a spectacle on stage with a backup choreographed dancer, turning a short performance into a memorable one! Filling the room with vocals of exclusive songs, her debut single PLUG featuring Syl Messi is set to be released shortly after the New Year, starting off 2020 on a high note!
Preview the track and follow links below.
There is another rising artist is coming up in Chicago making moves to fulfull his vision. Khid Nando is ready to take on some spotlights, showing out more and more with new music. From quietly achieving open mic platforms to confidently grabbing the mic in the studio, this Khid is starting to take big steps to becoming a great artist. He got some more up his sleeve too, to follow up on his current releases, he is just getting started!
One good point about Nando is his ability to be serious yet have fun with his music. Earlier in year being the known as just Nando simply, he released AGAINST THE GRAIN, a more introspective project you can listen to, to get to know the artist personally. His most recent release A DAY AT THE KHARNIVAL is just that, a metaphor to be playful! Take a listen to the lyrics and you will be joining in on the fun.
With a beat like KHARNIVAL it is easy to jump around to and have fun with lyrically. His earlier release I AIN’T GONNA LIE takes on a more calmer beat, a more deeper tone as Nando goes on about romance and a fantasy! Really experimenting as an artist with the content of his lyrics and energy of his music, he looks to be on a good path. A path leading to the release of his EP KILLING TIME early in 2020, he continues to grow and you should follow!
At first glance, just as anyone, you may not know what it is to K3nsway aside from the fact that he dresses well. Far from just well dressed he is a talented Hip Hop artist, not just any ordinary either. More of a conceptual artist as his songs take you through the motions. Many of the ideas sit in the titles of his track like TORTURED MAN and HERE COMES THE TRUTH and NIGHTMARE. Recently he released two more tracks follow more of his personal story through music.
As stated, his titles play on the song idea and these two are no different! His most recent X FILES is most definitely not about some ghosts. Equally as scary though, he runs through his thoughts of ex lovers. DEEP MASON may be more metaphorical as a Mason is either a about stone or Freemasonry. Maybe he just goes as hard as both? Either way its a track packed with raw bravado that will get your head boppin.
It was quite unexpected. Ending up in the middle of the dance floor at Aragon Ballroom bouncing to Louis the Child‘s endless anthems. Without even realizing they were back in Chicago for another Friendsgiving event, fate has brought us to the Sold Out Saturday night show. With the help of who can only be referred to as Alex, an eccentric looking character with a patched up pink leather long coat and tattoos on his shaved head, at this point in time with the amount of information there is.
The Aragon Ballroom marquee is lit as well as their big title light that can be seen from blocks away. The fans are making their way off the train and packing up next to the taco vendors under the train at the end of the line. We make our way to the alley where Alex makes his appearance with a big smile to the two familiar girls in the group. Guiding us back and forth to grab tickets for us, all the while security is hassling and giving orders, like a great host Alex readies our group for grand entrance in no time.
Making way to the dancefloor and Louis the Child has their openers rocking the nearly packed (at this point) ballroom. As one act ends we see a familiar pink character make his way onto stage. It is none other than Alex, getting behind the DJ booth as KAMI flashes on the LCD monitors. Turns out he is the DJ for the SAVEMONEY Chicago artist out and as a music reporter for Ever Evolved, the only one to realize the significance of the experience. KAMI in natural fashion, takes over and hypes everyone up. Spitting bar after bar over raw beats, getting everyone jumping.
Louis the Child always has these Friendsgiving events it seems and every time they brings out deserving talented Chicago locals to perform with them. With a massive following of their own, it is like a show of thanks to the city to put everyone on. Well deserving fan base as well as Louis the Child have a talent in creating such an euphoric atmosphere with their music! KAMI may have hyped up the crowd, but the show belongs to the hit makers and they lit up the crowd as soon as they walked out!
A great part of their success is their ability to read and connect with their crowds and their fan base in general. Their music is trendsetting to put it plain and simply. They switch up the vibe with the crowd accordingly from their energetic tracks like LOVE ft Elohim, SPACE JAM, OHHH BABY and of course BETTER NOT with Wafia. They then bring in down in between like a roller coaster with more laid back tracks like their Death Cab remix, Slow Down Love and even throwbacks from releases way back. Unfortunately unable to finish their full set, surely they played strongly into closing off Saturday night Thanksgiving weekend in great fashion. Having everyone feeling FREE for the night, like their latest single with Drew Love
BeatrixKiddo and TechStyles released a quite personal song over one of the most famous Mac Miller records ever put out, BEST DAY EVER. That was a gutsy but ultimately good decision. If you are going to pay homage as well as speak about personal memories and tribulations that you have overcome, why not trying your hands at an instrumental from one of the late greats? The name of the track is EMILY, which is BeatrixKiddo’s real first name.
TechStyles starts out a with a verse focusing on BeatrixKiddo and her struggle with depression and how he views her strength amidst her tribulations. “I made a lot friends, families, and enemies, but I never met someone, quite like Emily!” The ending to his verse leads into BeatrixKiddo’s 32 bars about her battle with loneliness, her ex partner and wanting to give her daughter the best life she can. “Never thought I would end up, holding my bags, at the front door, reminiscing every day, having all these flashbacks.”
The loss of someone via breakup is always a painfully ripping emotion that will tear anyone apart. The will to then creatively express yourself about that experience can even be harder. BeatrixKiddo does not hold anything back about the relationship that gave her a daughter and also influenced her to rap and pursue her craft and career. Even through all the hate she receives and the people that do not think she should be rapping, she does it anyway. For herself first and if it spites others, so be it. This is her life to live and lead, no one else’s. Personal and painful music can be the most difficult to put out into the world, for this we recognize and respect!
Just coming across this talented artist, Audrey Valentine can quickly catch your ear with her vocal talent. Even more so, her ambition as an artist can intrigue! Following up with vocal training at UIUC after studying at a Gallery 37 music training program from a young age, she seems to intuitively gravitate towards her musical inclinations. She built herself an impressive resumé of singles, mixtapes and events to set a foundation for herself. Most impressive is a charity event she curated where fans came together in the name of music to donate clothing and other items to South Side homeless youth, showing unity through generosity.
It is no surprise such compassion can come from such a deliciate yet powerful voice. Recently covering the track GET YOU by Daniel Caesar, following a collaboration with Kid Breeze, Audrey brings chills to your spine with her acoustic performance. Since 2015 she has released a couple of EP’s, FORBIDDEN FRUIT & LOVE HANGOVER, and a handful of singles. It is easy to say she is only scratching the surface at her potential and influence in Chicago.
Getting deep into the cold months for Chicago but Autograf turns up the heat with a new release! AINT DEEP ENOUGH lights that fire, that passion, in your body to make you want to dance like it is the middle of summer. The chorus repeats, “You got me going deeper, deeper, deeper, but it ain’t deep enough,” as if you must reach further into your soul than ever for that pure love, that energy. Jared Lee perfectly compliments the piano chord progressions and melody, leaving Autograf with another addictive track.