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!
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.
Chicago is well known for the notoriously infamous Al Capone and his bootlegging syndicate during the Prohibition Era of the United States. Formerly working under crime boss Johnny Torrio who steps down after a fight with the North Side Gang in 1925 to give power to Capone, he expands the bootlegging business, adding onto the many gang wars and battles with police. It was before Al Capone’s rise and fall that Charles Dean O’Banion, popularly known as Dion (in the media), met his fate in which Johnny Torrio may or may not have had some part in.
With the arrival of alcohol prohibition in the 1920’s, O’Banion saw opportunity and organized a bootlegging operation. He started with arranging shipments of Canadian beer and acquiring whiskey and gin distributors. He gained notoriety in the crime underworld after he schemed Chicago’s first liquor hijacking in 1921. Eliminating all his opposition, O’Banion took control of the North Side and Gold Coast, becoming known as the North Side Gang. In his height he would be raking in 1 million a year, famously stealing 100k worth of Canadian Whiskey and 1,750 barrels of whiskey from Sibly Distillery. He would open up a flower shop where as to manage his criminal operations thereafter.
Johnny Torrio, heading the much larger Chicago Outfit with Al Capone at his side, divided up Chicago bootlegging territories among the gangs, leaving O’Banion satisfied with his side of the city, but not for long. O’Banion wanted cut of South Side action and was given some of Cicero’s beer rights and a casino called the Ship, but it was not enough for Dean. He aggravates a potential bootlegging war when he convinces South Side speakeasies to work on his strip. Tensions grew as the Genna Brothers of Little Italy in Chicago cross North Side boundaries and O’Banion steals from them, as Torrio does nothing about the problem. The Genna’s attempted to gain approval to place a hit on O’Banion but their crime boss Mike Merlo denied the request.
More so, O’Banion does more to create hostility towards himself leading up to his assassination. In 1924 after learning of a police raid on Sieben Brewery, where he and Torrio held investments in, O’Banion convinced Torrio to buy his share in the brewery. On the night of the raid, the two were arrested and Dean refused to return Torrio’s money, who learned he had been double crossed. Later that year O’Banion took a visit to Colorado, where he purchased a shipment of weapons, including some Thompson submachine guns. He would come back to Chicago but not long enough live and use his new toys on his enemies. However the first recorded use of the Tommy Gun in Chicago is credited to O’Banion’s purchases.
In November of 1924, Dean got into a heated argument with one of the Genna’s over the phone. He threatened Angelo Genna over a debt at the Ship, demanding he pay it within the week. However it was Al Capone that raised to waive the debt in professional courtesy before the phone call even happened. Genna held no more restraint after the insult and with Mike Merlo, who denied the hit earlier, out of the picture due to illness, the Genna’s were free to move on O’Banion. On November 10, Frankie Yale caught Dean clipping chrysanthemums in the back room of Schofield (O’Banions flower shop). As Frankie shook his hand, he held his grip firm and gunmen John Scalise and Albert Anselmi fired two bullets into O’Bannion’s chest and throat. One of them firing a final shot in the back of his head as he lay on the floor. He Is buried in Mount Carmel Cementary in Hillside, Illinois.
Music is the great motivator, many pick it up along the way and to others it comes naturally. For Jocelyn Garrett it seems to have been embedded within her from birth! With tales of being vocal during her own baptism and singing off the top of the head during her fathers jam band practices, music becomes more and more abundant in her life naturally. She then got into singing at church choirs for a while before sports and basketball became a priority, putting singing on hiatus. But a move into Chicago puts her focus back into music and this time she is all in!
Deciding to be proactive, Jocelyn takes her voice to the streets of Chicago, where she meets producer Justin James, who is inspired by her talent. This becomes a pivitol moment, as the two started working together. To follow up on her debut EP GOLD, Jocelyn and Justin complete an 11 track LP titled REBUILDING, which saw its release on the 18th of November this year. Combining Soul, R&B and Dance Music, Jocelyn does a good job delivering a mutual connection through emotion and energy with the listener. With a powerful and composed voice of a veteran vocalist, her message of self love and motivation will move and connect with you to your core!
Consistenly bouncing back and forth between his old and new style of dance music, Kaskade has the ear to satisfy just about anyone. Following his REDUX 003 DELUXE release, the Chicago native is back with a deep house beat. Teaming up with Lipless, MY LIGHT starts dark in tone with feminine vocals, brandishing “You are my light” into your head, up the the climax. The main body of the track is a gentle but dark bassline humming under melodic synth work, giving off a very sensual and mysterious energy!