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!
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.
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.
It is exciting to hear some new music from Jamila Woods. A powerful and wisdomatic voice and advocate for black communities, women in music and in general. With numerous songs highlighting the power of Black Girl Magic, she is an inspiring voice for youth artists, who she helps support through charities like Chance the Rappers SocialWorks, and teaching them herself as an art director at Wordplay Youth Chicago Artists. Advocating for justice from police brutality, and missing black women, highlighting #SayHerName movement in her videos, is it always a delight to hear her speak her mind through her music.
Wisdomatic is no exaggeration when it comes to her lyricism. With her recent live release of ZORA on soundcloud (Which can be best experience with the live video) from her most recent LP LEGACY! LEGACY!, you can hear it in her chorus simply put, “I will never know everything, everything. You will never know everything, everything, and you don’t know me, couldn’t possibly.” From individual wisdom to self love, her most recent release SULA expresses personal independence. “I’m not sorry that I cut you out, I’m not sorry. What’s done is done,” her closing chorus emboldened by her earlier verse, “Promiscuous holiness, slope is slippery I got all this time to kill, Somethin’ like a prayer to kneel to.” Jamila always speaks to the power within you with her music, and the ambiance of it is something else entirely to get lost into.
More than a musician, Ill-ēsha is an inspiring artist! She is multi-talented in music, from vocals to midi-controllers and other instruments, live painting, visual designer, to even being a voice actor. While using her voice for music, it gets extra powerful when she speaks on equality between genders in music, and supporting local artists in general, working with groups like Nap Girls, GRL Gang, Rapper Chicks and Grassroots Collective. Her latest project partnership, We Out Here on Youtube, parodies different scenarios in the music industry with skits. Spreading the good word from Chicago to her current hometown Denver, Colorado since that late 90’s, Ill-ēsha continues to experiment, break norms and collaborate with talented artists, with her music!
From key-tars, to turntables and DAW’s, Ill-ēsha does not shy away from her electronic equipment! Her production in music has changed up from drum & bass, to perfecting glitch hop in her earlier career, to future bass and dubstep. Her releases this year are a great example of the diversity in her music and her talents! Most recently, SIDEWAYS with 90five displays her more gentle, lo-fi, synth pop, future bass style, as she sings over the melodies and bassline. Contrary to her UNLEASHED EP, released earlier in the year, which hits on her more heavier glitch-hop and dubstep production; dig deeper in her playlist, she has something for everyone!
A young hip hop artist from Chicago with a persistent dedication to sharpen his lyrical talent. Going by Bobby Sagget, his oldest release on soundcloud is about a year old, called 773 after Chicago area codes, but with clear experience in his flow. Since that drop, he has been relentless, with over a couple dozen tracks in his playlist. His most notable recent project goes by the name CHICITY ALLEYCAT PIMPSTORY. Inspired by the very picture for the cover art, the swag of urban retro Chicago, Bobby re-envisions himself as an old soul, rapping verses over 80’s sampled beats. A nice mix of contemporary lyricism and classic sound, old school styles translates well in 40 years later, with a skilled emcee on the mic.
Bringing some soul to Chicago, Adam Houston, all the way from Houston, TX, joins other Chicago jazz inspired artists like Lili K and Livia Gazzolo, as he debuts his solo work. Formerly lead singer of Hot Planet, Adam Houston continues strong with his first solo single, LOW. Accompanied with a music video directed & edited by Kaden Acosta, giving off a very 90’s urban vibe, showing off Chicago’s skyline, street corners and art, while horns, bass guitar and guitar riff away smoothly in the back. Adam really catches you in a groove right off the bat with this song, flawlessly diving into the next chapter of his career.
Visual artistry has many different genres, just like music, and has been becoming more and more relevent in music itself as well. Fashion and style always been a part of music culture, and that is where you will see the photographer. As music videos become more frequent, more creative, you will find your video-graphers putting in work; on camera and in the editing process. Here is where you will find creatives like Candice Alise, who does a bit of it all and then some. She is a force to be connected with!
Currently stationed in Chicago, she did a lot of work overseas, significantly in Austria. Aside from painting, photography and videography, Candice is also an arts and event curator. Founder of Art After Dark with teams in Tunisia in North Africa and Vienna predominantly. With over 50 events curated between the two, she has began to expand her operation into the states, with Art After Dark Chicago and LA, connecting American and European local artists. Dragged to the states by opportunity and romance, she works close with Ever Evolved and other artists around the city.
Within regard to Ever Evolved, Candice offers her talents with marketing events, to taking photos of the artists in our studio and shooting video recaps for events as well. Offering similar services to other artists and creatives in the city, she will take it a step further (as soon as lockdowns are lifted), and take artists overseas to Europe, to a larger audience and vice versa. In the meantime she will be giving hip hop artists a platform online with Cyphers After Dark, a new cypher series collaboration, with artist and romantic partner Wilhelm Duke, showcasing lyrical ability of Chicago’s finest local hip hop talent. Episode 1, Directed and edited by Candice, out now on Youtube with RhymSter, WRDS, Radcliff Music, Wilhelm Duke, RapCrush and Azmattic.
Khid Nando is back again with some new music, making a lot of noise in 2020. Starting off the year with KHAOTIC MIND and OVERSEAS, he followed up with his KHILLING TIME EP. He is back with a couple more tracks within the last month preparing for another big release! Carrying a different, more composed energy since his EP, really improving lyrically in tandem with his flow in SNAKES IN THE GRASS and MOON ROCKS. Getting us ready for some more, Khid Nando plans to release another EP called TOXIC next season!