Without hesitation, StankNasty releases yet another track this year, as we await the impending release date of his LP EPIC-EP. Withholding any more singles from the aforementioned project, StankNasty still has some loosies to give away before the big release! Just dropping a new one, THE LORD KNOWS, with AMK and producer Johnny Innuendo, the collaboration comes forward with a divine presence! With somber, operatic synths to mimic the energy of a temple of prayer, AMK hits the flow on the intro, and StankNasty follows up with the zeal of a rap prophet. “Even tho I got all the muscle, ya’ll want to keep on flexin’. When it comes time to hustle, I embody the perfection. I giveth and I taketh, though shall never disrespect him.” After experiencing his divinity, THE LORD KNOWS we will be blessed to hear some more!
Part Action Bronson, part Mac Miller; A raspy voice and tight rhyme schemes, with classic braggadocio lines, is part of what makes Nova The King a unique, and also new artist, to the scene of Chicago. LAKE SHORE DREAMS, his debut ep, just dropped on all platforms on the anniversary of our nations most fateful day – 9/11. Which is actually just a popular day to do or drop anything given the impact of that date. Lake Shore Dreams is the first stab by Nova The King to cement himself into the music and hip hop industry of Chicago.
Track 1 is DREAMS, which utilizes that signature Nova The King, slow, raspy flow with his in-the-pocket rhyme patterns. Notable lines are, “I remember nights spent up in the basement, cooking up that crack. I don’t know about you, but I believe you have everything I lack.” Track 2 is SLYTHERIN, an obvious Harry Potter reference. Nova The King seems to be influenced by a lot of anime and pop culture that we all grew up with, for example DREAMS has a Dragon Ball Z sample. In SLYTHERIN, Nova The King details snake like behavior, and the often occurrences of swindlers you will run into, pursuing hip hop in Chicago.
Track 3 is WOAH, this track details how Nova The King is focused on success and not becoming distracted by the many women he has come across. Track 4, ALL THAT, where Nova mentions how things used to be, and how he is not reverting back to that lifestyle. He likes doing his own thing and sticking to the music business. In the fifth song, COST ALOT, there is a medieval sounding flute, and the bass line and drums come in perfectly along with his flow. Notable line is his Rick and Morty Scary Terry reference, “I know you sweet like Ben & Jerry, I be in your dreams like Scary Terry.”
The final track on the EP is produced by Yondo, who is a favorite YouTube producer among the rap game. “Believe the paranoia, you know that I’ll destroy, I’ll Oscar Delahoya, you better phone your lawyer.” Is the hook which is the best on the project and makes you vibe and head rock. Props to Nova The King for entering the Chicago hip hop scene and releasing his first EP, LAKE SHORE DREAMS!
Back with a new release following a brief hiatus, Inca is coming BACK TO LIFE, like the title of one of his earlier releases. Hitting us with a chill, downtempo hip hop beat for his newest tune, FUCK U DOIN’? It is the hook that reels you in, Inca’s simple chorus creates all the energy, like a chant you can shout along with. “I’m the truth, they need proof. That shit boof, I make moves, fuck you doin, fuck you doin?..” This masterpiece is to be featured on his upcoming album ENTER THE VOID, which will follow a collab LP called FUSION TECHNIQUE, with another Chicago artist Larcin. Not lying with BACK TO LIFE, Inca really took advantage of the down time to make some real work in numbers, and he is ready to show it all off!
Chicago recording artist Travie Austin links with Brad Kemp to drop an eight track record, in collaboration with a number of other artists and musicians. COME-BACK by Travie Austin and Brad Kemp, out September 18th, is an upbeat neo-gospel-soul pop record. Every track features complex melodies and harmonies laid down by Travie himself. Each song is produced and engineered by Brad Kemp, with five of the tracks featuring TomCat Trumpet, Davyd Reddyk, Anthony M. Rodriguez and Tim Burke.
The themes of empowerment, self confidence, moving on and getting through heartbreak are prevalent throughout the album. Travie Austin seems to channel Sisqo as well as soulful singers of decades further, archaic in its sound and tonality, but contemporary in his flows and melodies; his style is unique and refreshing! Track 3, MAKE A MOVE featuring Anthony M. Rodriguez, is a feel good, jazzy club record you can easily dance to, about making that first sensually strong move, falling in love, living in the moment and letting go. “If you don’t want me to leave you better make your move,” Travie sings, reminding his love interest not to waste any time. In LET GO Travie belts, “I know that it’s right for me, I’m not gonna call you back, cause you got a plane to catch,” further illustrating the theme of moving past a relationship and hoping for a better dynamic in a future partner. The feelings portrayed in each song are quite universal in their appeal.
“I don’t want to be that man anymore!” Travie croons in track eight, SAY GOODBYE, and the song sounds like he has a chorus backing him when the hook comes in. “Say goodbye to the ones who ain’t on your side, trying to tear your heart in two. And say goodbye to the ones trying to dim your light, they don’t shine as bright as you, cause you are so worthy, you are so special. Don’t let them see you fall, just keep your head up high, and say good bye!” This hook was quite powerful and exemplifies that theme of self confidence and moving on! A really inspiring song that will make you want to sing along as if you were in a huge choir.
Gq The Fool is back with new music, and a racy video to accompany it. When you think of a RED ROOM, what do you think of? Some may reference a room for photography, others may have more promiscuous ideas. In this music video, the camera follows the adventures of a group of curious women, looking for a night of satisfaction. With the help of a couple Chicago R&B vocalists, the song and video adds up to be the perfect seductive song for the bedroom.
Even with a sensual song as this, GQ the Fool does not hold back on his lyricism. In fact in seems to come more naturally in provocative scenarios, in tune with his inner casanova. “This vibe is so amazing, want you to know that Im really feeling your conversation, I love the fact that you require trust and reciprocation.” His lyrics enter confidently following the sensuous beat, laying down the atmosphere for the rest of the track.
As GQ makes his moves in the video, on the chorus, the talented vocalist Nxt Ext chimes in. “Snuck into my bedroom, about to make this bed room boom, i hope you aint got no plans, baby take my hand, I got some things I want to do to ya.” As the chorus echoes and repeats in your head, Keem Singing adds his verse, to perfect the energy of seduction within the video. Filmed by Hayward of BBE Visuals, he leaves out enough of the action to leave the rest for imagination, making a memorable R&B track, expected to be released on GQ The Fools upcoming EP SPOKEN.
Covering many concepts like fantasy, anger, confusion and confidence in his releases this year like SCATTER BRAINED, CARNAGE, ABOUT THAT TIME and PREACHING TO THE CHOIR and others, there is another to place awareness on! A tough and sensitive subject to traverse, but StankNasty dives into it with ease, as it is subject of growing importance among men and people in general! TRAUMA, the title of the his lastest release, is a feeling and experience all too familiar where it may concern Mental Health Awareness. StankNasty brings to life a story of trauma, a suicide, to which all parties familiar suffer a great deal emotionally. Opening up to how it affected close friends, and the warning signs leading up to the event.
Many artists tip toe around the subject to feign relatability, but lyrically, StankNasty does not shy away from the bitter truth of the pains of mental health. “Why the hell would someone choose to have such an affliction, and this includes anyone whos copes with addiction. These are real fucking conditions, since I was 10 years old this is the shit that I’ve lived with.” Placing awareness on how common the consequences of unspoken mental issues, it may help others feel more inclined to reach out for help. As StankNasty puts it so well in his lyrics. “Don’t ever be ashamed to go out and get some help… it’s important that we care for our mental health.” The depth in the music composition, and the harmony of the chorus, dials up the passion and tonality of the subject.
South Florida underground sensation Ivan L has recently released, HOW TO BE A PLAYA in collaboration with Brizzle Worrell. The 7 track LP features RhymSter of Ever Evolved on the song, SPACE FUNK. Ivan L’s output this year has been outstanding and unmatched, with 6 LPs put out and 2020 still has one quarter left. This album rounds out 18 total full length records that Ivan L has released since 2012. This amount of productivity is on some Curren$y or Future level type hip-hop, the work ethic is highly commendable.
The album channels that nostalgic Bun B and Pimp C sound of the South. Track 1 of the record is UGK, Ivan L and Brizzle Worrell trade verses back and forth on each song like seasoned veterans of the game. “I’m a Kakarot, in a platinum watch,” Ivan L raps as he references DBZ, and being blinged out. “Like who I be kidding, that paper I stack, I’m really so different, this fell in my lap,” Ivan L raps in track 2, ALL I KNOW a song with 3 verses and an auto-tune crooning hook.
Track 5 of HOW TO BE A PLAYA features Ever Evolved co-founder RhymSter. “Met a bad bitch, who’s so thick, probably going kiss her on both lips.” Ivan L raps on the track SPACE FUNK, a bumpy jam to vibe out to and smoke, while keeping a shorty close. The title track starts with Ivan L going straight in with bars using a unique structure and flow. “Money the motive, I need mine too, records promoted, the fees I blew.” Every song on this short 7 track record has dope punchlines and bars, layered references, along with street knowledge and business advice.
If you want to learn how to be a player, then you might want to take notes when bumping the collaboration between Ivan L and Brizzle Worrell. A new duo of righteous, up and coming Southern hip hop kings. Ivan L’s preceding 5 projects all released in 2020 alone include ALL EYES ON VITO, QUARANTINE THIS! KUSH & HAND SOAP, QUARANTINE THIS! A SICK TAPE, YOUR GIRLFRIENDS SECRET PLAYLIST 3, LAST TIME I CHECKED I WAS STILL BREATHING.
CantBuyDeem just hit an awesome milestone by crossing ten thousand views in 2 weeks with NUMB, the second single and title track from his NUMB EP. In collaboration with French producer DJ Rabat, Numb is produced entirely by Deem’s French connection. Considering how his second single is sonically and lyrically, this EP will be a bonkers output from the Chicago indie powerhouse known as CantBuyDeem.
The visual is done by another regularly featured artist on here, Father Darko aka Mikal Bae. The visual features CantBuyDeem on a couch and getting into some BDSM with two women, with signature blunt smoking of course. The video has lush whites, purples, and vibrant darks throughout, a very refined color palette for the video. A YouTube commenter described CantBuyDeem’s style as what happens when gangsta rap meets Andre 3000. After watching and hearing Numb, you will know why.
The rhythm and melody CantBuyDeem puts on the record is smooth in its sound, but gritty in its lyrical references, giving the listener a totally unique experience. If you miss the lyrics, you might miss the message of the song entirely. “I done lost Alice, lost Trisha, lost Tammie, lost Granny, keep my ice real cold, and my heart so callous.” These lines stood out because of their direct references to CantBuyDeem’s personal life, and the loss of the women closest to him. The melody is bright, upbeat, positive and uplifting, but Deem is talking about how stoic he feels to things due to the intensity of his life experiences; he has been through a lot, so he is numb to a lot as well.
“Everything better, but something still missing, got a lot of past pain, I can’t undo it.” This line is said shortly after he mentions how he is blessed for being able to make money off his music, especially when traveling out of town. This line goes to show that success in what you do, is not a cure all for the human emotional experience. A really powerful project and message jam packed into only a two point five minute song, music is cosmic in its ability to portray such human emotion in so little time. Kudos to CantBuyDeem for channeling such visceral reality to an audience. We are excited for the entire NUMB EP.
GET IT THERE, YELLA, THE LICK, and FLEX are all songs released in the last seven months by Safi-G. Safi-G is a Palestinian rapper who makes up one half of the Chicago hip hop duo, GoodFellaz. All four of the songs are accompanied by amazing music videos, and every single one has crossed ten thousand in views, making his total count at eighty-one thousand. Across four videos in only seven months, and for being an independent underground rapper in 2020, these stats and milestones are recognizable and considerable.
If the other blogs are not paying attention to the hype, we feel bad for them. Safi-G has been consistently releasing quality music and visuals for a long time, and the hard work is paying off. He has an incredibly dedicated fanbase, any show you go to and see him perform, you will witness a crowd of Palestinian-Americans rapping and singing every single word along with him. His stage presence, performances, and cult like following precede him certainly. When you are a recording artist that already has the respect and love from your community, there is a lot of ways you can get to where you envision with out help from a label, and that is part of the beauty of hip hop.
The best artists are also the most culturally influential, but Safi-G also makes sure to be technically and musically skillful as well. This is why he is a triple threat package, he is talented, with good music, can perform live and already has a following backing his product. As a professional, Safi-G contains what a lot of artists would require from A&R and development, and he definitely does not need a cosign either. As long time backers and supporters of Safi-G, we are excited for his future in music, and it seems as if right now he is closing in on big breaks.
StankNasty gifts us another tune, following up on his last release and upcoming LP teaser track, KNOW THE NAME. Taking a step back and kickin’ it with this latest release MOVE, StankNasty brings out those cross faded, late night vibes with this trippy lo-fi beat. “Grab your girl, grab your guy, get your crew, lace those shoes. Sip your juice, we lettin loose, slide through, okay…” He sets the atmosphere for a night of memories, “keepin it Big Boi, Andre 3, Yea this jams so fresh, so clean” and he knows it, with how smooth he sliding in that reference to a couple great hip hop emcees . If this track makes its way to their ears, they would commend the balance of a smooth flow so packed with words and rhythm.