The Wheel Never Stops: An Evening with BACA Productions.

Walking into the auxiliary arts center off of Belmont and Sacramento, immediately introduced to Young Baca of BACA Productions along with his right hand colleague Sushi of 498TheFam. They introduced a trove of traveling recording artists, including LA up and comers Kasey Allen Yale, Rohblez The One, Slum The Resident, Young Kasper and more! These LA cats all surprised, being wildly different with each set. The hip hop they all delivered was not the hip hop that was anticipated, and was a blessing to hear.

Kasey Allen Yale genre fuses pop-emo rock, like Fallout Boy and Cute Is What We Aim For, with contemporary beats, solid rapping, and new wave production. An incredibly entertaining blend; he is himself, and for that his hip hop cuts and shines through. Rohblez The One is a super technical chopper, that seems to fit more words than one has heard before in a track. Extremely impressive and he pulls no punches about the laziness and lack of masculinity in younger generations. Slum The Resident probably has the most realistic and accurate gangster/drug selling bars you can ever heard. Reminiscent of Young Jeezy, Pusha T, Jay Z, Lil Bibby, YG; his lines were so splittingly true, and reminiscent of a harsh hustling lifestyle. Kasper was a hype, chop rapper, with a great grasp on crowd involving hooks and chants. His style is similar to rappers coming out of the Strange Music and T.D.E camp.

There were even more amazing performances by other artists being represented by BACA Productions, but these 4 gentlemen’s sets stood out. Kudos to every performer that night, because there is nothing easy or simple about traveling to different places, putting yourself out there, being vulnerable on the mic and sharing your story. Everyone in BACA Productions brought to Chicago did just that. They spread their narrative and did it through the mutual love of hip hop music. 

Getting to know the strategy behind BACA Productions was enlightening. They have shows and residencies nightly in LA and every 5 weeks they travel to a different city and host an event. After two days in Chicago; Baca and company were due to land in LAX again that Sunday May 30th, every move posted to IG, inferring that the wheel does not stop. And for the recording artists of BACA Productions, it really does not, they proved it that Friday night at a DIY spot in Chicago Illinois. The machine never stops for Young Baca and that is a key to success. Unparalleled consistency. 

If you are a recording artist and reading this right now, reach out to BACA Productions when you decide to perform in LA, it could be the best decision you make. 

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Novatore; An Explorer of Experience: Artist of the Week

Demons to some, Angels to others; Pinheads quote echos at the intro, setting the tone for EMBRACE THE DARKNESS II: EXPLORERS OF EXPERIENCE. Novatore, with his masked up, demonish aura, in comparison to the Hellraiser, maybe a source of attraction, or avoidence, to curious eyes and ears. Regarding the quote, those who understand, or embrace, the darkness in life, and within themselves, may find comfort in Novatore music, like an angel. While others may scowl at this nature, as if a demon. The LP, a follow up to the first original EMBRACE THE DARKNESS, can be summed up in another popular Pinhead quote, “I am the King of Suffering; and with a hellbound heart I shall thrive in darkness.” However, diving into the music, there is much more to the art that appearences!

What summoned the wrath of Novatore on the mic? The first track, ANTISOCIAL, may give you a clue, it may have been darkness itself! “Violence and I connected at the first glance… dancing with the devil, never in the stands;” the track highlights Novatore’s dissociative behavior, that may have contributed to his harsh lyricism. Appropriately following up on the demonish intro dialogue with Hellraiser. In the next track SMOKE & MIRRORS, Novatore takes the spotlight off himself and exposes a dark side to the music industry, giving new artists a silver lining.

Who gives a fuck about the next man, quite comparing and focus on what you got, its all smoke and mirrors anyway, what you thought it was, its often what it’s not.” The lyrics reference music artists fake popularity with paid streams and bot followers. Seemingly making them idolistic, while In reality it is a different story. It a twist of perspectives, that in itself is a darkness to embrace; your perseverance will result in stronger foundation. “Rather have a thousand views over a million fakes, cause real fans accumulate in to the bills you make.”

Inviting Nems onto the fourth track MYTH, the two rock the beat with some braggadocios lyrics. It is as if they are creating myths and legends, with their focus and raw creativity. As Nems would exclaim, “You can’t stop us when this is Gods plan.” The title track can serve as somewhat of a short life summary, an audio bio for Novatore, as he realizes and accepts the conditions of life, helping him carve his own path, outlined clearly in the chorus. “I lost faith watching life turn to carcass. I went insane seeing faces turning into targets, I disappeared and didn’t leave a trace. I turned about face and now I embrace the darkness.”

What ever summoned Novatore onto the mic we can embrace, since it has gifted us with EMBRACE THE DARKNESS II: EXPLORERS OF EXPERIENCE. Featuring artists Nems, G-Mo Skee, Termanology, AM Early Morning, MOECYRUS & C-Lance, it is packing with talent. A dope project with deep message, blessing us with raw hip hop beats, unapologetic lyricism and talented artists to connect with. Can only expect more to come from the myth, the legend, the darkness, that is Novatore! Do not forget to catch the music video for MASK UP, follow him at links below!

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Novatore and G-Mo Skee Connect for Mask Up

Novatore recruits Californian-Bay Area rapper G-Mo Skee for MASK UP, a hard hitting boom bap track with piercing mandolins, or sitars, which gives it that Asian influenced, Wu Tang vibe. A 5/5 in terms of production, lyricism, theme and overall feeling. Novatore hits this wicked flow with, “I’ve been maneuvering, getting through to the root of them, who would knew I’d get through to them, who’s the brutalist hoodlums?!” Later in his verse he also drops lines such as “Been called a skinny fag, never been a lumberjack, but one punch convert a back packer into mumble rap!” Novatore is known for piercingly hardcore lyricism with a slight raspy tone, and an old school boom bap flow.

The overarching theme in this record is the idea of dawning the mask before it was socially acceptable, or shall we say, socially forced upon us by big brother at large. “Filth and dirt, dirt and filth, get your mask up. You don’t want no blood spilt so back up, covered our faces before the days of the virus, don’t try to fight us, there’s a rage up inside us.” The chip on the shoulder that mask wearing has now become normal and they were rocking masks prior is felt intensely through the vibe of the hook.

G-Mo comes in with an insane verse, starting out comparing his skill to the crack that hits ones lips when smoking from the pipe. He has a distinct voice that sounds harsh in a way but he compliments Novatore’s flows and lyrics perfectly, the track is equal footing for both emcees to show off their honed skills of many nights, blacksmithing the right words to lay over a boom bap piece. This track is a solid old school vibe, surely to have you bumping more than once. The replay value is high, and the emcees pairing makes for great music. Novatore’s catalog is quite immense as we have covered him before and do not hesitate to go check out his collaborator G-Mo Skee! Bravo!

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RhymSter’s Overly Dedicated; Chicago’s Premier Live Performance Platform.

You might have heard of or have even listened to OVERLY DEDICATED, the legendary mixtape by Kendrick Lamar. In slight homage and reference to a portion of the great K.Dot’s catalog, RhymSter, the co-founder of Ever Evolved, started the Overly Dedicated Concert Series in Chicago Illinois to push artists live acumen, keep them sharp and create a community of music industry networking. Already on their 5th installment of the virtual shows, Overly Dedicated is raising the bar for live performances in the Chicago music scene.

Co-hosted by Scotty Rocks at his Dog & Pony Show TV Studios, together they bring in both local and national talent to perform via Twitch and Facebook live stream, to a vast online audience. They have featured recording artist talents you may have seen before such as Orlando Coolridge, CantBuyDeem, Hayward, Charmaine Makeda, Ro$e, RapCrush, Ivan L, Keem Singing, and many more! Overly Dedicated 5 airs once a month, last show being Friday May 21st at 7PM, featuring Chicago artists Big Homie, Azmattic, Essse, OG Poe, Pharoah, Monsoon Staraw, and Frostee Cavanero with contributing sounds from DJ Curt Henny! Reach out to Ever Evolved and RhymSter if you’d like the opportunity to perform at a live limited audience (also exclusive) Overly Dedicated event!

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2 Can Throws It Down On The Beat!: Woman Crush Wednesday

Multi ambitious can be one way to describe 2 Can. The Chicago artist is nothing but energy when it comes to hosting events, creative directing projects she co-founded,like 6D Networktainment, Radio 6D & Windy Fest. That is aside from her video/photography and solo music work as well. Recently deciding to hop back on the mic, following up on her release of WIN WIN, 2 Can comes back with THROW IT. Though her energy is playful and you can hear it in her voice, her work ethic is anything but, by the demeaner of her lyricism! Bringing out WDotIll, the duo is nothin to take lightly! With WDotIll opening the verses and 2 Can rocking the chorus and finishing verses, you cant help but feeling ready to take on the world after this beat! You can expect more music coming up from 2 Can as she announces a 3rd Ep release, BREED LOVE, OR NO LOVE, on the anniversary of her first 2 EP releases. Stay tuned!

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Andreaus Haley Reminds Listeners What It’s Like, When Things Get Grizzly: Monday Majesty

Born and raised Chicago, Andreaus Haley formerly known as Dat Bizness is pushing new music and projects, now that he is been rebranded by the forges of the pandemic lock downs. One of his latest projects, GRIZZLY is a peer into some of the regular experiences of growing up in this concrete jungle.

Look in the eyes of the people, I see real fear, my mom passed away I still cry real tears… They trying to kill us all off, but we still here. Trying to make us hate eachother but the love is still there. Jo, the streets turning grizzly like a real bear. My whole style was developed on the steel stairs. Fuck your mean mug, ice grill, and steel stares. Peace to the K-Town homies posted on Kildare. RIP to the homies that got killed there. Murder on the beat, choke the bass line, kill snares.

— Andreaus Haley

That has to be one of the best strings of lines you have heard from a Chicago hip hop artists in a while. Every line references something about the harsh realities of Chicago life. Andreaus Haley brings all of that together from a place of experience, knowledge, real pain and passion for the craft which shines through in his music and poetics. Haley has always been a lyricist, whether he tows the line between simplicity, or not, is up for debate. He willl tell you he is not trying to be sophisticated, so as to make his music reach a wider audience. That being said, It can be assured that he is incredibly lyrically gifted.You could definitely bump an Andreaus Haley track, forget about the lyrics, and just vibe out to the dope voice, and flows he lays over instrumentals.

You could also pay attention, and open your mind up to all sorts of true life stories. Andreaus reminds us all, do not f**k with the veterans of Chicago hip hop, they really have the best tampered steel. “Shorties holding 30 shot blickys, just know you against me if you not with me, in the studio blowing big pot sticky, we grew up in the zoo, that’s how we got GRIZZLY“. The hook references young kids in Chicago, toting guns and automatics. Obviously something most of our readers are aware of is the gun and gang violence happening in Chicago, the city is also referenced as a zo or jungle, due its violent nature and danger. The hook is Tupac like with its dark inferences yet such a cool tight flow over the beat.

Andreaus Haley is rolling on all cylinders with GRIZZLY available for streaming everywhere!

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Calm Down With CassInova!: Woman Crush Wednesday

CassInova is turning up the heat with her latest release, CALM DOWN, taking the R&B sound to a whole nother level. The beat is slow, dark and moody, and CassInova enters to give an aire of elegance, that is almost operatic with the vocal harmonies! “I feel your heat, but daddy calm down. I know you want me. Want to please me. I can see your temptation, rising from a urging flame… I’m the one who’s all to blame.” Her seductive lyrics remind you that love and lust is a mysterious and subtle engagement, not to act obvious or too forward. “I like to play some games right now” she hints later on, letting you know who is in control! An amazing tune to set the mood for a night, or heat up a dancefloor

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Mic Fort Is Livin’ Life On This New Beat: Artist of the Week

Mic Fort is back again and LIVIN’ LIFE, the name of his single reflects the sentiment of the song and Mic’s attitude! “Heavy on my fears so my heart on ice. Double shots of love make me feel it twice. Demons in my head thinkin… but i can never quit!” The main message hits you instantly and deeply, over another smooth but energetic beat, laced with horns and hi-hats, following a theme of perseverance. Bringing one more time his brother Dee-Jay following their last single collab TRUST MYSELF. Mic Fort still plans to release music videos for his latest releases as well, possibly creating a full collab project with Dee-Jay from the looks of their latest work, however we are just as satisfied with these hit singles too. Still releasing solo jams like a visual to TRACK STAR REMIX, follow Mic Fort at the links below so you do not miss any updates!

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Alise Da Boss Runs The Night!: Woman Crush Wednesday

Really showing off her boss status, Alise Da Boss shows you why it is in her name! Recently releasing ALL NIGHT, accompanied with a music video, not only as a reference to celebrations, but to the hustle! “I keep going going going, all mother f**kin night. I only sleep when I’m dead, I gotta get this money right. I stay balling, got that mother fucker drip, they stay callin…” Alise sings on the chorus. Confidence in her lyrics as she counts her bands in her lair, which include a hot tub and massive luxury bed, commanding groupies and acrew of hydraulic trucks in her music video. Draped in jewelry and high fashion, Alise Da Boss looks like she is at the top of her game! Exciting to hear what she has coming next!

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CantBuyDeem & Keem Singing Don’t Skip Beat: Monday Majesty

Keep Singing & CantBuyDeem never SKIP A BEAT when it comes to making dope tunes. It only makes sense they combine their talents onto a single track, and they went a little further with a music video for their collab SKIP A BEAT. The R&B singer and hip hop aficionado compliment each others style sharing the chorus, with Keem rocking the final verse following Deems opener verses, over a menacing yet melodic beat. “You don’t know the half of it” Deem preaches while Keem doubles up with, “cant walk a mile in these shoes, I don’t skip a beat“. They two acknowledge their individual history and their convictions as they grow to insure sustainability in their life for them selves, their craft and loved ones. SKIP A BEAT debuts as the first single off a collab compilation project, called the LEAGUE CHAMPS, between Chicago artists and Ever Evolved Studios, ranging multiple genres from hip hop, house and metal. The two have a handful of features and drop this taster to tease and foreshadow the LEAGUE CHAMPS LP out June 15.

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