AYOO is hitting all the right spots with their latest remix! Following up on their Apashe and Mike Revenge remixes, the Chicago brothers decide to dig in their memory banks and rework the unexpected and somewhat forgotten; Owl City and their hit saong FIREFLIES! Young Millennials every where can rejoice as probably one of the most nostalgic songs of the generation gets new life, revived for the dance floor. Ayoo this time breaks away from their typical bass house style and figured, drum n bass is the way to go for this remix. With just the right balance between a sentimental sing along and some heavy bass and percussion, fans can bounce back and forth between crying hysterically like Beatle fan girls, reminiscing on their high school haircuts, and raging with the bass. Already reaching 20k+ on soundcloud, we’d like to make ourselves believe, this song makes planet earth turn slowly.
Started from the bottom and now she is starting back again, or so it is said! Back making some noise is the Chicagoland native J.Phlip with a new hour long mix with some tunes you will not hear anywhere else! RESTARTED FROM THE BOTTOM LEFT THE WHOLE TEAM THERE is filled with everything you need to explore new bass influenced tunes. Heavy on juke, jungle to hip hop, with a touch of acid trance, tech house and disco influence, J.Phlip will get you moving in ways to ever knew you could! Chicago footworking natives can use a playlist like this to express their energy as well as dip into deeper electronic sounds. Giving you an idea of what her sets will look like, as she is booked for a few festivals and other events as far as halloween! You can also find her producing originals and remixes, uploaded onto her Spotify and Soundcloud accounts. Recently J.phlip played an After Hours event in Vegas till day breaks, and Tree House in AZ, Sunsets Silent Disco, which her first event touring in over a year! She is set to spin at North Coast Music Festival in Chicago and Outside Lands in San Francisco if you would like to check out her unique sound. You can also find some original tracks on her spotify and soundcloud account
From face value you would see Vincent Sebastian as an innocent and upstanding character, and you may be right, but also his mind seems to tip toe the line of abstraction. His latest release FREE SKIN, with Dexter, and its music video illustrate this perfectly! The song starts out a bit cheeky, with an indie pop synth and some conceptual lyrics. You would think Vincent is going on about insecurities, and he is, but as a lizard! Music for Lizards, a shower idea, recorded at a home studio and mastered by Tony Baker of Broken Robots.
Suddenly switching gears to rock music, singing in unison with Dexter, and back to the retro vibes. Adding again to the abstract nature of the production; the two genres, indie synth pop and rock, sound like two different personalities, but it somehow works here, as if they actually belong together. The video itself has an abstract retro vibe, as Vincent sets himself and Dexter in an abandoned warehouse, with nothing but a chair and an old tiny TV; you get some kind of David Bowie energy with his aloofness, and suit. For the most part you get some aire of the 80’s coming to life again with this video and genre. From the beat, to the to the camera angles and visual edits, and even fashion and the whole minimal value that it holds, its a detailed creation not to be overlooked!
As the late great Martin Luther King Jr. would have explained at one point, “riots are the language of the unheard;” and it seems a growing number of Americans seem to connect with this message as leadership fails. Young artist Malo BRIGADE uses his voice to express his connection to that language. “NOTHING GOOD then we gon’ make it bad, make you crack. Make it worse, worse, than you every had,” the chorus itself communicates that frustration, that feeling that nothing else can be done, when power is increasingly being endowed to the greedy. In its accompanying video NOTHING GOOD, you even get the visual counterpart of these intense actions and emotions, represented by images of violence, riots, and rebellious action.
Malo BRIGADE splits his NOTHING GOOD music video like a 3 act play, either intentionally or not, it keeps you drawn in. At the intro you get civil rights commentary Chicago Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton during riots regarding civility, layered over imagery of the same and recent riots that spread across the US since 2020, setting the tone for the song and video. Then you get the main body of the track, “Fight for the basic human rights, but you know the deny it. Ironic how bodies is lying, while they ass is lying,” chants Malo, clad in black among his brigade. Then the beat takes takes a pause, slows it down for an outro, bringing a whole different much darker energy, emphasis on the lyrics. Altogether a dope project in response to the social issues being focused on today, with more music on the way as he announces on social media! Follow at the links below.
Laura Burke made some noise recently with some powerful words for herself and her female listeners. Exclusively on her Soundcloud around the month of March, for Womans History Month, Laura releases WOMAN. A proud declaration to her divine femininity, and she did not hesitate to put some edge to it. Not following the modest old school ideal of a woman, however the genre may cross the time spectrum itself. Right off the bat her energy and lyrics expresses intensity and power, “So you want to shoot me down cause I’m a woman, think you’re so special, how, cause you’re a man? Want to tell me how to live like a woman, you clearly don’t know what I am! To look this good, while kicking ass…” With a simple piano tune and a speakeasy aura about her voice, Laura illustrates just what her lyrics express, a fierce elegant woman! Follow her Spotify account and check out her singles and EP’s!
DILF; if one has to explain the acronym behind DILF then perhaps you should not even be reading an article about a prolific Chicago emcee by the name of CantBuyDeem. “Life’s too full I shouldn’t be hungry.” “Truth is, I was homeless the day I found out I’d have my shorty two years later had a Jag with the emblem.” These lyrics of the intro track POPS feat. Jae Haze stuck out the most. The idea of rags to riches, and how CantBuyDeem is flipping fatherhood into more of an attractive endeavor than most might think.
“Been a ‘pops’ for 14 years and still got that work!;” raps Jae Haze, reminding listeners of his crowning and longevity in being a father. Celebrating fatherhood is something clearly lacking in all musical forms, not just hip hop. CantBuyDeem taking this approach is swinging home runs far past left field. The next track on the collaboration LP by CantBuyDeem and DJ Skoli is ON BRO featuring Rank Jenson. A catchy, hype song about the respect and recognition, that goes along with building yourself up as a man and a business. CantBuyDeem references all of the different individuals and things he can promise his word, and that is on bro.
Track 3 is a skit, and features a voice over snippet from CantBuyDeem’s daughter talking about him being the smelliest dad in the whole wide world. Its quite the funny and poignant hip hop skit to go along with the theme of fatherhood. His skit placement fits perfectly and the structure of this record already is impeccable with its pacing. DJ Skoli’s production and engineering is on point; hearing CantBuyDeem’s voice and sound be so crispy on the record is really enjoyable!
Track 4 is Lil Goofy leading into another skit called Goofy. The song is a rolling bass filled beat with lil goofy repeated after every line referencing classic goofy behavior from certain shady and extra individuals. CantBuyDeem’s usage and wordplay with Chicago street language never ceases to amaze with his creativity and ability to inject layers of flavor into his song structures and hooks. A music video to LIL GOOFY by CantBuyDeem recently dropped on YouTube!
If you are a CantBuyDeem fan, then you are familiar that he is a native to the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In this track 6, he honors his roots and influences being an Englewood baby with a string of lines all referencing different situations of his upbringing and lifestyle. “Englewood baby I’m fucking gorgeous,” rings out to end the record before another soundbite of his daughter cuts in.
Track 7 is a crazy sounding computerized instrumental with CantBuyDeem absolutely assaulting the beat with his memorable punchlines.”That booty blush when daddy spank,” to “if I want it you know ima get it, if I say I want it, I already got it!” There is something about this record that reminds one of prime time Carter albums by Lil Wayne. DILF definitely is a notable heavy weight entry into the CantBuyDeem catalog.
The last two records on the DILF LP are JOYSTICK and PUFFY Remix, both of which feature André “Ohni” Duvall. These two ending tracks are a little different in sonic vibes and production than the previous 7 records and offer a more relaxed, surprising ending to the album by CantBuyDeem. The collaborative LP put out by CantBuyDeem and DJ Skoli is the latest of an ever growing super catalog by the Chicago artists. If you are into Chicago music, DILF needs to be high on your playlist of Chicago albums this summer.
A part of Curtis Foster’s catalog might have been removed due to Spotify’s bogus purge, but that has not stopped the talented Chicago emcee and recording artist from re-working his tracks to create an even better musical product! June 25th Curtis Foster drops his INNERTIA record on all streaming platforms. It makes for a great summer project including a heavy weight feature from Wrekonize of Strange Music. “Innertia EP” also features artists Nicolette Marasa and Konsept the Emcee.
The intro track is a pretty soulful sampled record with a lady’s voice explaining the definition of the term “Innertia”, a wonderful beginning to the project. Track 2 begins Curtis Foster’s reign of showmanship, melody writing, wordplay, and technical skill. His skill and songwriting throughout is incredibly impressive, channeling the greatest of emcees when it comes to speed, rhythm, poetics. Tech N9ne, Eminem, NF come to mind, mainly when thinking of Curtis Foster, and that is of the highest regard for the work put into his craft.
In track 2, WHERE YOU BEEN, Curtis Foster details his slight MIA from the industry and dropping music, now he is back and rolling on all cylinders. “Is you still making music? or that shit come to an end, guess I got some gaps to fill, let me get my pen!” The memorability of the hook will absolutely have you chanting along by its second refrain. Curtis Foster recruits heavy hitter Strange Music signee Wrekonize for his track 3 of Innertia, SO HIGH. This song is a groove for fans of the technical styles and spitters. The overall theme of the track has to do with hitting lows in your life, that stay as motivation, to keep one on a continued path towards success. No one wants to go back to feeling like they did at some of the lowest points in their lives, Curtis Foster and Wrekonize paint that picture perfectly with their speeds and lyricism.
MISS ME (WITH THAT) is a unique tune featuring an uptempo sing-rap verse to start the song into the refrain, which is shared by Nicolette Marasa and Curtis Foster. This song is another great example of having music that can be easily gravitated to by new crowds and audiences. This record includes amazing guitar playing which is also featured on some of the other tracks on INNERTIA, presumably being strummed by Curtis himself. The electric rock guitar sound really adds a sonic thickness to the project that is enjoyable.
IDK is a dope lyrical song including a Jimmy Eat World or Smashing Pumpkins style hook and pre chorus. Throughout the project Curtis Foster seamlessly combines rock hooks with uptempo midwest chopping verses. The combination seems to touch on my favorite aspects of fast rappers records and the rock music from the late 80s and early 90s. In INNERTIA you will hear the Tech N9ne influences as well as the grunge/industrial rock of those eras.
The next notable track that stood out to me was the feature with prolific Chicago rapper, Konsept the Emcee. Curtis Foster and Konsept the Emcee lend this instrumental sizzling bars that will stick with any hip hop head. “How come everybody thinks they know me like an ICON, my GOD, y’all stuck in the past like an iPOD, you missing the picture you better go get the NIKON!” The chopping of the consonants with that line along with its implications gets you; an impeccable rhythm and timing with Curtis Foster’s verse on that song. “Cropped out the picture, since n***as trying to frame shit, i pulled you out the jam and you jumped back into the same pit, the devils in the details, that’s why I go insane, its murder in all degrees, I show you how hot the flame gets!” Konsept the Emcee’s verse will rupture your mind with its lyrical acumen and layered meanings, Konsept the Emcee doesn’t cease to impress on other rappers’ records when recruited for features!
Curtis Foster ends his Innertia project with NARCOLEPTICS‘ an anthem for haters and sleepers on his music. This song should definitely resonate with the underrated, hungry, hard working recording artists and rappers. “Who am I, you don’t know?! Quit sleeping on me like NARCOLEPTICS!” Curtis can also scream, yell and sing quite well on the record, which was reminiscent of Kurt Cobain, Fuel, and Hollywood Undead. This whole project is teeming with influences spanning many different eras and styles of rock and rap. If you are a fan of either hip hop or rock strictly for its musicality, it is really hard to not appreciate, like and smile when bumping some Curtis Foster. There is a little bit of everything on this record.
With release after release, GAWTBASS is seemingly unstoppable. Just within a months time, the Chicagoland electronic bass artist dropped about 2 dozen beats if not more! One being a remix of TINCUP‘s COOKIES, with subtle differences in pitch and beat patterns and more bass! Most recently dropping an original mix with DOMINATING at an impressive 7 minutes, the bass tune can be a battle song; really energizing! More than just a couple loosies however, GAWTBASS got busy with a few package projects!
Bringing it back to TINCUP, GAWTBASS this time collaborates rather than remixes! The two bring you an 8 track SPOTLIGHT. The first track, FLOURISH, will instantly get you hooked, with its heavy bass laced sirens, lettin the low end lead the way; STRANGER easily makes top favorites as well, featuring King Tutt. GAWTBASS also had it in him to release a monster LP as well, shortly prior. EMBRACE CONTROL takes the cake at 23 tracks, giving your bass playlist all the tunes you need for a dope set list. With all this, he still tossed in PROSPER and an Imagine Dragons remix, cause he can, and this is just 1 month in 2021. Check out his soundcloud linked below to check out his massive discography, because it just keeps on growing!
A new face enters the game with confidence and stride, already planning big moves from the jump! Certainly not her first rodeo, Ka$h has collabed on a few tunes with her colleagues like SWITCH SIDES with Nino, WHO DAT and KNOW ABOUT ME with Lil C, and ORIENTATION DAY with Nick Eston, Mac Dude, Mari Noon & Nino B. Already playing with a couple genres, Ka$h easily rocks the mic with R&B and Hip Hop vibes. Her latest, LIKE THIS, Ka$h confidently spits hip hop lyricism unapologetically, “Sleep on me shorty if you want to… How many hearts do a bitch gotta run through, for you to see I’m not the one, not your typical. Ka$h money baby I’m bout that coin. Menage a Trois, bad bitch come join.” Coupled with a music video, Ka$h already looks like a music veteran with choreographed dance moves & a crew of talented dancers. Mentioning on her social medias a project dubbed RIDE OR DIE, sounds like Ka$h is diving into the game head first, making big moves and more to come, this first single shows promising sound too forward too!
Sports and music are heavily intertwined mediums that permeate the fabric of our modern world. Specifically, basketball and hip hop appear to have a more intimate connection than most. In Chicago, we at Ever Evolved have put together a compilation record for your summer listening pleasure called, LEAGUE CHAMPS. A lot of us hit road blocks in our athletic endeavors but now when it comes to Chicago music and beyond, we are the championship team. Ever Evolved and its affiliates have been pushing the forefront of the independent music market for years now. And it is all led up to moments like these, becoming the League Champs.
Fully produced, recorded, engineered and mastered completely in house; much done by the co-founder head engineer RhymSter himself, LEAGUE CHAMPS is a 26 track LP, including a documentary, skits and more special content soon to come, that will surely pique your interest in one facet or another. LEAGUE CHAMPS includes appearances from RhymSter, Keem Singing, Hayward, Ivan L, BeatrixKiddo, CantBuyDeem, C-Mac, Ben Rose, Nate Broskii, Kidd of OTKST Society, Essse, Orlando Coolridge, DJ Hunt, DJ Curt Henny, JaiTheArtist, J-Bose, and William Bolanos.
Track 1 is an introductory record with a sports-like announcer voice over done by William Bolanos promoting the album of LEAGUE CHAMPS. A well done rendition of that vocal style for announcements. Track 2 is HANG UP, which features a voice over from DJ Curt Henny about a situation where someone is getting sent off at the studio. A typical Chicago type of scenario. “Why’d you hang up on me?” And “You didn’t text me back!” are said repeatedly over a dope instrumental containing a sample of a female singer.
BABY LEG is track 3 on the LP, it is a collaboration between CantBuyDeem and Rhymster, with CantBuyDeem on the hook, and then they split two verses. BABY LEG is a vibey track with strong lyrics from the two Chicago rappers. Essse and Keem Singing composed a surprisingly beautiful melody in GO CRAZY track 4 with the refrain lyrics reading, “Baby, can you fly away with me? Maybe, cause we not the same, we go crazy, every night and day my head crazy, but I’ll be OK!!” Track 5 is a Ben Rose production, INCOMPLETE, another surprise on LEAGUE CHAMPS is that you will hear sophisticated, and banging, heavy metal music!
Track 6 is a BeatrixKiddo song called ITS A VIBE, you never heard energy from her like this before on previous kiddo beats, and it is a favoritefrom her so far! Track 7 Interlude 2 is the 1st intermission of the LP featuring another VO from William Bolanos, and the artists who were on the first few records screaming shouts of joy in the background. Track 8 is a trifecta collabos between RhymSter, JaiTheArtist, C-Mac, and Keem Singing. “It’s the way your body moves when the songs on,” sings Jai, with Keem coming in with a complimentary “Shake it for me, shake it for me” and a guest verse in the latter half of the track by RhymSter, referencing Phoenix Suns, Devin Booker, Santana, Dusk Till Dawn, Salma Hayek, Desperados, and Missy Elliot all in one verse.
The next track cuts in immediately with lyrics from RhymSter saying “I made a milli by lunch, life can be great when you live how you want.” A nice lyrical chop by Rhymster on track 8, LUNCH BREAK, with JaiTheArtist bringing in a solid verse as well. SMELLING LIKE THE UNIVERSE, is another strong collab, featuring C-Mac, Cockykidd, Rhymster, and company. The C-Mac line, “You cant have a life if you not really living,” stands out as the main theme from this record. ESTRELLA is definitely a favorite from League Champs, a house record produced by Orlando Coolridge, featuring lovely ambient vocals from Keem Singing. J-Bose comes in on track 11 GET THE DUCK OUT, a superfluous record with amazing chopping and vocal inflection from the Busta Rhymes, Busdriver-like rapper singer. This track has insane energy and flow, highly recommended.
APOLLO is a powerhouse, 2 rapper collabos between Hayward of B.B.E. and RhymSter of Ever Evolved. You will want to bump this track for the hard lyrics, paired with the flow and the beat. A hype song live as well! Next on the super LP is another Ben Rose production, SABRETOOTH TIGER, which reminds a lot of Dragonforce’s, THROUGH THE FIRE AND FLAMES, speed and instrumentation. CantBuyDeem featuring Essse show up with another record in KEEP A WHISTLE. A really fun, incredibly catchy tune with memorable lyrics from the Chicago heavyweights. CantBuyDeem references queso, pesos, cucumber in the water, no Faygo, in the beginning of the record, and that string of lines hits so hard.
BESOS is the next track on League Champs which is a progressive house record with a high pitched vocal sample that only a few might recognize. MY ENTOURAGE flips the famous Eminem and D12 MY BAND melody brilliantly, with Keem Singing at the helm of that record. LAY UP is a strong collab between CantBuyDeem and BeatrixKiddo, who make multiple appearances on League Champs! A major part of League Champs is the Chicago to South Florida connection, thanks to Ivan L Rhymes Well. This record DIS MY SONG features impeccable verses from Rhymster and Ivan L with a flawless hook from Keem Singing. A video is out to this now on YouTube shot by Hayward of B.B.E.
SKIP A BEAT is another super collab on League Champs between CantBuyDeem and Keem Singing. Hayward shot the video to this joint as well, while the Ever Evolved family traveled to South Florida for shows earlier this year. PAIN OR PLEASURE is a Ben Rose production featuring vocals for Essse, who also doubles as a versatile rock and heavy metal vocalist, incredible song. REPEAT begins hilariously as you can hear Hayward continually tell CantBuyDeem to do the hook on the record. A bumping track that will surely have you giggling from hilarity. The theme of REPEAT has to do with the repetition of the rapper lifestyle, to keep it from becoming monotonous we must make dope tracks about it.
BOOTY CALL ends the LP with a low bass voice over on a house record that will have you dancing and vibing out wherever you are listening to it. DJ Hunt has a special extra exclusive mix attached to League Champs Vol. 1 as well, look out for that during the related content campaigns surrounding League Champs. In the last interlude, William Bolanos explains that there will be a billboard on Cermak and Racine, with all the colorful bobble head characters part of the Leauge Champs compilation record. This was done by graphic designer and artist Amanda MacMillan.
Are there any other independent recording artists that put themselves on a billboard in their own city? It is a special one, and it is encouraged everyone reading this to go see it when it is up and completed. Ever Evolved continues to push the envelope in the indie music market based in Chicago Illinois. Chicago is notorious for negativity and hatred in the hip hop scene and culture, but that is disproven over and over again by the collective of Ever Evolved and all its affiliates. Independent people, creating a true civilian based entertainment industry.