Artist of the Week: Chore Boy

A few weeks ago many artists in the Chicago hip hop scene sent Chore Boy off in style onto new career horizons as he goes city hopping for the better half of a year. While we are sad to see him go, we are also quite excited to see what he will do with his time outside Chicago. Danny Rahrig aka Chore Boy is artist of the week due to his outstanding productivity and output of music. We recognize his drive, vision and consistency as staple qualities of the kind of artist we like to push!

Earlier this year In January, Chore Boy dropped the LP EXORDIUM, fully produced by Brad Kemp, featuring Fashawn, Vagabond Maurice, MoeCyrus formerly known as Unkle Slump, M.Whise The Shogun, OG Denzo and more. He then dropped a single in February, another Brad Kemp production featuring Elly Tier of White Ppl  and Beloved Gang’s Matthew Payne. In May he released a remix of one of his EXORDIUM tracks featuring Orlando Coolridge and MfnMelo. Then in June, Chore Boy he had released STORIES YOU CAN TELL YOURSELF, fully produced by Brad Kemp featuring CantBuyDeem, Femdot, Zombie Manana, TomCat Trumpet and other Chicago standouts!

Last week Chore Boy released STILL LOCAL featuring Kasean and OG Denzo. This week he dropped NERO an EP produced by Rice Master Yen, a german born boom bap producer, featuring Orlando Coolridge on two joints. We also have undisclosed word of another Chore Boy and Brad Kemp album as well as a second Rice Master Yen EP coming out before 2019 is over. Besides his own output he was featured on Super King Reza’s album MOSEY, Handsome Naked’s album “DOORS“, and CantBuyDeem’s single FAKE, featuring Cado San. That is an insanely high level of productivity, more than well deserving of an artist of the week slot on Ever Evolved. 

His most recent recorded project NERO is four track ep with two of the records toting verses from Orlando Coolridge on “TUCK EVERLASTING” and “PEPITAS“. “Thats just how it be sometimes” rings true on the second record over an eerie alien like instrumental having to do with seeing ghosts and battling demons. Possibly sleep paralysis too! “PEPITAS” is a sarcastic and witty boom bap rap track with a beautiful harp melody in the instrumental. Coolridge drops his second verse ending the whole song with “You come at me with the work well I’ll be laying you off, gone!” Chore Boy wraps up the extended playlist with “ACTRESS” where he plays with the word ‘act‘ in a string of rhymes having to do with a strained relationship. This leads into a short hook “Its far from over”…ending the ep with on an ere of wanting more raps, cuts, chops, and thick features from one of the hardest working and most productive emcees in the game, Chore Boy. 

Rest assured, this will not be the last you hear about Chore Boy in 2019, and 2020 is shaping up to look like another explosive year for him. 

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Big Week for Fluffy Gang with Double Release.

Eve and Queen Latifah. Two queens of hip hop that this week Ever Evolved’s own lovely queen and rap goddess remixed to her own liking. JaiTheArtist is doing a series of releases called Fluffy Fridaze, in preparation for her upcoming debut album FLUFF’S PLAYGROUND, where she remixes iconic hip hop songs with her own Fluffy flavor. Last night, she dropped her version of Queen Latifah’s U.N.I.T.Y., telling a lot of truth about the landscape of the neighborhood where she is from. The lack of community and togetherness that she observes in Chicago. Rocking lines like, “We rocking bulletproof vests for fucking fashion now?, Talking shit on the gram, but can’t cash it out?” She lets it known what aspects of the current culture she doesn’t appreciate or condone.

Earlier this week JaiTheArtist also dropped a remix to Eve’s famous “LET ME BLOW YA MIND” featuring the semi-masculine pop starlet Gwen Stefani. Jai’s version for Fluffy Fridaze takes a bit more of an aggressive approach, expressing her femininity while also reminding the listener that she also competes with the big names in the hip hop. Utilizing lines like, “I don’t need to be entertained, your mumble rap inhumane. I talk my shit go insane, I spit this shit off the brain like… This shit is building like a tumor, Ima have to spill it like a bitch with a ruger.” Line for line our Rap Queen JaiTheArtist bars out and proves how she is creating herself as a staple of Chicago hip hop.

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BeatrixKiddo’s WTD Freestyle

Going over a classic Dre beat that once held Eminem and Xzibit, BeatrixKiddo‘s latest freestyle features her shocking smack talk over boom bap goodness. Besides emulating classic flows she puts her own sauce over the instrumental hitting these midwest chopper pockets at the end of certain bars. It has been incredible to see her growth as an artist over the past year and this latest cut is proof of her skills as an emcee holding it down in an industry largely dominated by men.

I’m the rock n roll loving, funny, sexy, little muffin. Flirty, touching, bitching, loving, take you back with the repercussions!” Kiddo has a couple of lyrics that stand out. “Every single hating bitch gonna see that I’m something. I’m a mother, I’m a sister, I’m a cousin. I’m the sick bitch doing the coughing all these little rappers bring the robotussin.” These string of rhymes aren’t even her fastest on the record. You have to listen to the whole freestyle to catch all her dope chops. But her flow rides the beat perfectly, BeatrixKiddo continues to impress!

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Throwback Thursday: Radcliff Music’s Drops Get Around

June 25th 2018, Anthony Radcliff aka Radcliff Music, dropped the visual to his single GET AROUND. This is a significant project from Radcliff because it’s good to see the veteran free styler spit bars in Central Park! The string of rhymes that stand out the most is, “You n***as phony, finesse the system looking like a fraud, and I’m just in there, we ain’t sipping tea like the frog, no kermit, you could play the bench like McDermott!” If you’re not familiar with Radcliff Music, start with this visual and then go through his catalog! He has quite a lot of work with over seven tapes of music fully distributed and much performance footage and music videos to be found on his YouTube channel.

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As The Sun Hits The Solstis

Solstis is back making noise as they prepare for the release of another project. Following a few drops of single and collab pieces, the Chicago duo is ready to drop their next EP. AS THE SUN HITS, officially releasing on Oct. 11, gets the hype dialed up with the release of ABOUT YOU and MISS YOU. Both very ambient down tempo synth pop tunes to really relax to, giving you an idea of the full EP to come! This follows their collabs with Emay Holmes and most recently HIGHER with Simona Shao. Stay tuned for the full EP!

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GreediPhresh Releases Yellow Version

A powerfully confident voice that sounds like a cross between Ludacris, E-40, and Killer Mike. GreediPhresh drops a braggadocio song called YELLOW VERSION which can sort of reminds you of the instrumental to YELLOW LAMBORGHINI by Busta Rhymes and Chris Brown. Phresh’s song utilizes swinging hooks and bars laced with clever lines about what sets GreediPhresh apart from the crowd. A favorite line that stands out is, “Me and bro headed to the slot, same goals, main goals to approach the thots, the difference is my self esteem is genuine and don’t come from dependency on dope pills or ciroc!” This line pokes fun at the idea of how people have different methodologies for attracting the opposite sex.

In the case of GreediPhresh, he does not need drugs or hard liquor to break the ice, being himself is the real confidence. He strikes me as the type of rapper that can stir up conversation with anyone at a party and isn not concerned with getting fucked up. Unlike a lot of rappers we all know, GreediPhresh is cool, calm, collected and primarily concerned with fostering a good time and delivering quality music. This is apparent in his latest single, YELLOW VERSION and his previous EP release 32 BIT: GANGLY MEDIUM.

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Kaskade With Redux 003 Deluxe Exclusives

Having released REDUX 003 early in the summer, Kaskade comes back with a little surprise. With the EP already being jam packed with 18 songs, Kaskade adds 5 more to the package of the already diverse playlist. REDUX 003 DELUXE adds on three more exclusive originals and two remixes, ranging from bass house, deep house, future bass and down-tempo influenced styles. With Diplo & LöKii jumping on the project these exclusive tracks are a do doubt must have in your playlist for a good dance party.

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Ayoo, A Couple of True G’s

TRUE G‘s stay true to their closest people and their city. They stay consistent with who they are and what they represent! Ayoo show their true colors with this their latest tune. Not only are they consistent with their excellent content but they rep Chicago hard, sticking to the local artist on this remix. Ayoo rocks the house music, rocks with the local artists and the city flag. Can you get more chi town than that?

If you love house music you would know Chicago is home to some of the best artists in the game like Saladin. Ayoo comes in and takes TRUE G‘s from his playlist, brings down the tempo a bit gives it a whole new attitude. Their sound gets more crisp as they go, they continue to improve with each release. Following their Lauryn Hill, Groove Delight remixes and having signed their single TIMELINE featuring RhymSter, another Chicago artist, to Artist Intellegence Agency; they have been riding that wave of momentum smoothly.

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Throwback Thursday: Great Chicago Fire Destroys Emancipation Proclamation & 4 Square Miles

It was a pivotal event in Chicago’s history. One of our more destructive events bearing a silver lining. A fire that burned down nearly a whole city, paving the way to produce one of Americas greatest modern day metropolises. This month on October in 1871, the Great Chicago Fire burns through 4 square miles for 3 days straight, marking the beginning of a city reborn.

More than two thirds of the structures in Chicago were made entirely of wood. Even the side walks and roads were made of wood. To top it off Chicago only received 1 inch of rain that summer, causing a severe drought beforehand. Southwest winds help carry burning embers throughout. The Chicago Fire Department only had 185 firefighters and 17 horse drawn steam engines to protect the city. In the aftermath after the fires were extinguished on Oct. 10, 120 bodies were recovered, 300 total estimated fatalities and $222 million in property was destroyed: a third of the cities worth in that year. One in 3 residents were left homeless. Even the original manuscript of President Lincolns Emancipation Proclamation was destroyed.

There are many theories speculating the start of the great fire however no official suspect or arrest to a conclusion was made. Four of the most popular theories would be that one: pieces of Biela’s comet broke up over the Midwest, sparking fires not only in Chicago but in Michigan and Wisconsin, marking the nations most deadly fire in the same week of Chicago’s. People reported seeing blue flames and other fire from the sky, however unlikely as comets do not start fires normally.

A second and most plausible theory would come through a confession. Businessman and gambler Louis M. Cohn, 18 at the time of the blaze, admitted to accidentally starting the fire after playing craps in Mrs. O’Leary’s barn with her son and friends. When Mrs. O’Leary finds and chases them all out, they knockover the lantern which started the blaze. Cohn states to have paused long enough during their flight to grab money he dropped on the floor.

Of course the most popular theory suggests the fire started in Mrs. O’Leary’s barn as she milked her cow and it knocked over a lantern igniting the blaze. This story spread faster than the flames it seemed as it circulated around the city before the fire ever even burnt out. Mrs. O’Leary denies the allegation, stating she was sleeping before the fire started. But the story was too popular that even when Michael Ahern, the reporter that published the theory in Chicago Tribune, confessed to fabricating the story. Mrs. O’Leary still faced scrutiny.

Another theory claims Daniel “Pegleg” Sullivan, who first reported the fire, may have ignited the flames while he was trying to steal some milk. In his report he claimed to have seen fire coming from the side of the barn and he ran across Dekoven street, where the fire first started, to free the animals inside. Despite inconsistencies in the claim, Mrs. O’Leary was exonerated of the allegations in 1997 and the actions of Sullivan now take the scrutiny instead.

Following the fire monetary donations were flowing into Chicago from the rest of the country and abroad. New York, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Buffalo, Scotland and even the Common Council of London donated funds along with surrounding cities with basic needs and essentials. With the city under need for new development, industrialization flourishes and the city expands rapidly. New expansion efforts gives opportunity for Chicago to be home to the worlds first skyscrapers, the nations first non-exhibition rapid transit system powered by electric traction motors and the Worlds Columbian Exposition and Worlds Fair. Today the only surviving buildings from the fire includes St. Michaels Church in Old Town, Chicago’s Water Tower, Chicago Avenue Pumping Station, Police Constable Bellinger’s cottage at 2121 N. Hudson and a house on Fullerton and Cleveland.

Chicago Water Tower and Pumping Station

Panorama View of Chicago Fire Aftermath

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WCW: Amare Symoné Bares Her Soul With Insecure

This is the first time that Amare Symoné’s music has come through submissions and her new single INSECURE certainly does not disappoint. The instrumental is absolutely heavenly. The synths are stunningly melodic and are ethereal to the point where they had you in a daze upon first listen. The percussion and harmonies floating in the background give the beat a kaleidoscopic feel and it is very easy to get lost in everything that is going on.

Symoné’s vocals float over the top of the instrumentation perfectly. She croons about love and trust issues with the passion of someone experiencing true heartache. The melancholy tone of her voice really drives that home. With INSECURE, Amare Symoné has pulled together a track that is dreamy in tone and emotive in poetics. She bares her soul in every lyric she sings and for her, connecting to the listener takes minimal effort.

INSECURE is now available on all platforms.

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