Da Chi Guy In Splash DR: Artist of the Week

The doctor is in with another heavy dose of music. Footwork and juke artist emcee and producter, Splash DR comes through with an EP to follow up on his debut LP, THE KID LABOR. One big leap after another, the DR follows through with a whole 5 track footwork and juke instrumental. Bringing you DA CHI GUY, a cheeky spinoff to Super Marios Shy Guys antagonists, to reference the city of Chicago. Even more so is Splash DR’s move up to Zona Music for this release, these bigs steps are anything but shy, my guy! Talking with Splash DR for his debut LP release, he noted an inspiration into footwork culture to be in part to artists like Traxman. With the move to Zona Music, the DR now shares recognition under the same label.

Keeping similar qualities from his LP, Splash DR sticks to his jazz and soul inspired juke style on tracks like FASHO. A whole different energy from the introductory track, ironically named LAST PLACE, a personal favorite with its dark bassline and hip hop style. Giving off a fast paced urban, concrete jungle energy, mixed with some synth pop, juke style is ANOTHER DAY, which is coupled with a visualizer music video. CHILD holds title for most creative track with its vocal samples and cross genre inspired beat. The Splash DR Finishes off DA CHI GUY on a high note with HOLE, another jazzy, hip hop influenced footwork track. The whole EP keeps your mind and legs occupied at every hi hat, beat, snare and bassline, laced in classic and hip hop sounds. Check the full CHI GUY release on Zona Music Bandcamp and the visualizer below!

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Media Leeks with Jerell Anthoni: Artist of the Week

With a strong belief in manifestation, one can work hard through determination to make their dreams come true! Everyone needs a helping hand or guidance once in a while however, whether they are new or experienced. This is especially true when it comes to artistic creativity, an avenue Media Leeks shines bright in. Media Leeks is a growing media organization that aims to help startup artists and brands gain recognition and branch out their creativity. Through interviews and promotion, artist management & networking, creatives have the tools within their reach for optimal growth.

Jerell (Left) interviewing A.M. Early Morning

Media Leeks was founded by artist turned manager and A&R Rep Jerell Anthoni, to connect with upcoming brands, artists and and influential personalities. Growing up on the East Side of Chicago in Chatham neighborhood, Jerell was introduced to, influenced by and collaborated with many creatives that pushed him toward the direction he is in. Being an artist himself, many looked to him for advice, connections or some simple help in their ideas and projects, and that resonated with him. After a radio opportunity, Jerell finds a highschool friend, Raw, founder of Ruler Images, a visuals and photography brand, and started to create a vision to work and grow with the most talented independent creatives the world has to offer, and Media Leeks was born. Since its conception, its created a path for Jerell to connect to different cities and locations and iconic artists like Chanelle Tru, Prince DreDoodie Lo, Kidd Kenn and more from Chicago, and from New York, Tek & Fla$h and countless others.

Coming up through grassroots efforts, Platforms like Media Leeks is especially important for creatives looking to build an organic following. Coming up as an artist, Jerell is in the perfect position, with his knowledge and platform, to help with artists grow, creatively and expand; whether it is marketing, or improving upon a sound or idea, or connecting one with the right opportunities, ideas or networks. Through video interviews, artists have a chance to let their voices be heard and ideas come to light, as Jerell uses his platform to gather followers and fans. This not only opens doors for new artists for legitimate followers and experienced associates, but it opens up a community of artists that work with each other rather than compete with each other, whether you are a music artist, a writer, photographer, model, etc; and that is a growing ideal that Chicago is yearning for.

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SAESOH Remixes Yung Bleu & Drake: Woman Crush Wednesday

Like a rubber band, you can be pulled past your breaking point till you snap! Luckily SAESOH can keep her composure, singing about toxic relations. Almost a rebuttal to Yung Bleu and Drake‘s collab single YOU’RE STILL MINE, SAESOH’s music video remix scribes “NOT YOURS” across the screen. Craft-fully working around versus from the original song, SAESOH sings from the opposite perspective of the male counterpart. Where Bleu would say “You’re mine still I don’t wanna go unless you make me“, SAESOH rebuts “You don’t wanna go until you break me.” A very eye opening and passionate contrast between the mind of a stubborn selfish man and that of an impassioned woman. Even more so, SAESOH’s vocals compliments the beat flawlessly, fitting well with the original harmonies, almost as if it was waiting to be rediscovered by her!

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Fazer Points Out The Phonies: Monday Majesty

Takes intuition to spot a fake, but it takes a real one to POINT EM OUT! You can find them anywhere, even in your own circles! Keepin’ it real, Fazer comes through to clean house and alert us to the snakes. In his latest release POINT EM OUT, he lets it be known, “No strangers aloud in my domain, me and you, eye to eye thats always… There’s a op in the room so you better point em out, there’s a snake in the crowd, so you better point em out, what you about?” Posing the rhetorical question, what you about?, testing your own character to stand up alongside him. POINT EM OUT is doubled with a music video, recorded at Ever Evolved Studios by Yo_PierreFilms, following his last release CATER 2 U.

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Larcin The Hated: Artist of the Week

If you are not hated in some way, you probably never stood for something in life! The consistency Larcin has with his music can possibly create some envy to those around him. Coming out of a busy year in 2020, with multiple singles and a 15 track LP. that featured Wilhelm Duke, Lil Moe and Inca, Larcin has not shown a sign of stopping either! Recently he released HATED, following up on his singles ANALYST and ESCAPE from this year. The track itself is slow paced, but full of energy as larcin shows off his bravado in bars. “I got the vision, know its defining, no do not lie to me, tell me the truth. I been abusing, I pick and choose, the fight I don’t lose...” Sounds like he is only getting started with that energy and we are here for it!

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It’s 8am Somewhere, So Young Vet Is Making Moves : Monday Majesty

The early bird gets the worm, a motto and golden rule for the hustlers, shot callers, money makers and game changers. Artists like Young Vet understand and execute this rule gracefully through habit, creating opportunities and setting up wealth and connections as illustrated in his latest release! Out last year, 8AM SOMEWHERE is revisited to emphasize that grind, with a music video laying out a typical day and strategy for Young Vet. From freshening up at 8am, being interviewed by noon, working in the studio by evening and performing at shows by late night followed by after party, it is quite the life to manifest, and only through consistency, hard work and connecting with like minded people. His lyric would add value to his constituents as well, rapping in the chorus, “It’s gonna be a late one, great one, every night with my day ones, A-1. Ever night a celebration…” 8AM SOMEWHERE also comes with the announcement of Young Vets sophomore album #BETVET2: THE DECISION, so stay tuned for more leading up to the release!

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Ivan L’s Big 1400 Pack Stimmy

Doing it for the people of the nation, Ivan L grants us THE BIG 1400 PACK to stimulate the playlist. Already having sent 2 big ones prior, Vito has been out performing the POTUS Joe Biden it seems. Also noteworthy that IV is outpacing his favorite artist Curren$y for releases for 2021, however not outmatching his total output, with all due respect to the great Spitta. With his single BADD GUY, and his LP’s THIS AINT NO DELUXE, STAND ALONE COMPLEX and now THE BIG 1400 PACK, we need to Ivan L on the bill for 2024.

Bringing back Brizzle Worrell, one more time following OLIVER STONE, HOW TO BE A PLAYA and PLAYERS OF THE YEAR, and a few other names including DirtyDouble D, Lil Perm, F Thurgood, for a dope stimmy playlist package for your party and bullshit. Naturally, once you get that direct deposit, you instantly brush that dirt off your shoulder and the intro and title track sonically evokes that energy within you itself. You will also realize, once you get that paper, the honey’s will be shooting their shots like a KALISHNIKOV as IV boasts in track 2. DONATELLA stands out with the most energy, revealing how Ivan L can maintain these BIG 1400 PACK stimmies for us all, comparing himself to Donatella Versace with the riches and being dubbed Mr. Stimmy, “The money bag too smart, I think I need it bigger, everytime I turn around I think Im getting richer.” RATHER BE A YA PLAYA gives you west coast ocean vibes on the beat, as IV gives us another lesson in being a playa! Each track gets you feeling fly like you just got paid and you are about to wyle out for the night, every day is a payday when you bump THE BIG 1400 PACK.

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A Love Sick Misfit in Sherrell The Artist: Woman Crush Wednesday

To say romance makes us think up wild ideas is an understatement! Thankfully we have creatives like Sherrell The Artist that help us process those emotions through music. An R&B artist from Chicago, giving her that edge in her attitude, with a slight hip hop and rap influence, lets her mind go and her passion to guide her on her debut LP, I THOUGHT ABOUT KILLING YOU. Followed up with a concept music video release and a performance on Ever Evolved x The Dog + Pony Show live stream event O.verly D.edicated 3, Sherrell is making big steps in 2021 already.

I THOUGHT ABOUT KILLING YOU, though intense in its title, it contains 7 tracks that are sensual and introspective. Alone her voice is amazing, and in a live setting as she was performing on OD3, it is captivating, as if she was a natural born entertainer. It is even more evident through he performance in her music video for NIGHTS ALONE, as she shows an unlucky number that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. A hit single setting the tone of the LP. Her range does not stop there, really shining in the details of I THOUGHT ABOUT KILLER YOU.

Starting off gentle with AIKO FLOW, Sherrell’s singing quickly joins with the beat, giving life to the LP with her sultry chorus, “Don’t want to go outside, let’s hotbox the covers.” Confessing and wondering in her next track WHY DO WE, singing on the chorus, “We stay fucked up, we like the drugs more than each other… So Why do we do this,” getting deeper lyrically, as well as with the bassline. Getting ever more energy towards the middle of the track with NIGHTS ALONE and DON’T WANT IT, setting her own personal standards for love in the latter track, and reproclaiming her strength in SCARED OF THE DARK. RUNAWAY, a personal favorite off the LP, goes even further to spotlight her range vocally, singing melodically on chorus. Closing off introspectively with INSANE, the LP leaves you wanting more off the energy of the bassline and her flow. A instant masterpiece for her debut LP, Sherrell the Artist has earned herself an endless amount replays, and she still has momentum.

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Wilhelm Duke Channels The Calm: Monday Majesty

Wilhelm Duke is hitting strides with his creative outlet as of late. Hot off his RESISTANCE EP release with RhymSter, the Duke is back again with a music video release to promote his next album ELIXER, a followup to his debut THE ROBBER BARON. THE CALM goes by its title in its entirety, from its jazzy hip hop beat, courtesy of Brad Kemp, to Wilhelm Dukes intense lyrical flow while maintaining a stoic composure. Visual production goes to Swirl Productions, settings the Duke on Chicago’s Lasalle St in the middle of traffic, with the Board of Trade building towering over the street. A very urban energy, balanced with the settling, music and Dukes flow, paints a rather calm scene of such a busy city.

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Indoorsmen Debut EP Cleaning House Pt 1 Unloads The Mind!

Indoorsmen coming at you heavy with not only sound, but a collection of tunes! Fresh off the release of their debut EP CLEANING HOUSE, Pt. 1, the Chicago indie rock band comes packing with 6 amazing songs. The crew promoted the project with the release of their hit singles PANIC ATTACK and BE LIKE THIS prior to the full release, laying out the general theme for the EP. Lyrically the band glosses over themes of introspection, struggle and perseverance, as well as feeling suspect towards societal constructs, and the title CLEANING HOUSE hints to sorting out the mind. Sonically hitting on punk rock and grunge sounds you can associate with bands like the Offspring, contributing to the growing diversity among Chicago artists and their sound.

Starting out heavy and full of energy off the bat with their single PANIC ATTACK, they have a catchy riff and chant to join with on the chorus. Concise lyrics connects to their perspective on anxiety, “Alarm clock pulls me out of bed, another day trying to get ahead, but I only fall further behind, another day of losing my mind. Been grinding my teeth to dust…” You can almost feel it creeping up on you in the details! Their next track GET THROUGH gets deeper, as a tribute song to a loss of a friend, and how it is to go through the motions of such tragedy.

Leading into the next single BE LIKE THIS, the energy is lightened up a bit, bringing the internal thoughts outwards, yelling out in their chorus “I don’t wanna be like this, be like this, be like this!” Sometimes all you need is a burst of hysterical realizations to inspire winds of change! CLEANING HOUSE, Pt 1 continues on these ideas in different forms, with the 2nd half of the EP diving intricately deeper into sounds that make up Indoorsmen talent and style. A powerful and thoughtful project, connecting you with the bands artists and even yourself, through conscious lyrics or even the intense sounds of their genre.

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