Familiar to Chicago’s Englewood area, Geno Pacino grows up to offer a unique perspective through his music! He has been putting in work getting his word out with a 14 track mixtape on DatPiff, LP & EP’s, countless music videos, remix’s, singles, and collaborations. No rookie in the slightest, he can even freestyle bars, off the top is not a skill many so called rappers can even claim. Turning moves to get his name known, he was featured on Hip Hop Rebel, interviewed on BootCamp Radio, performed live a Sofar Sounds Chicago among other venues, and most recently released a new music video.
Pacino Season continues with Geno’s latest music video for RUDY RAY, a single off his LP PACINO SEASON. He has many music video, but this time he gets animated with his character as he roasts old school rappers with big ego’s. An energetic beat to get hyped up with, stunting lyrics like “Tried to tell me he was gone for a minute, I said n*gga you was never back, top 5 mother f*cka you was never that… On the grind mother f*cker you was never that”. Should keep you motivated and on your grind because you can expect Geno Pacino is going to call you out! Catch him on Fab 5 Radio Show April 5th to see what he has planned next.
A message lost on too many people, living life fast paced, just trying to survive can get you lost in the ebb n flow of society. Artists like Marko Stat$ come back around every now and again to remind us to stand still for a moment and be grateful! Because some times life does not go your way but you got to FACE IT. Coming around to to a realization from his last release ME AGAINST THE WORLD, Marko Stat$ continues to grow as an artist and even, more recently, challenges his vocal range and performance.
The Chicago native bass duo Kyral x Banko team up with Kromuh on their latest release. Late February introduced us to MR. PROBLEMATIC, and sure enough things got seriously problematic. While Kyral x Banko and Kromuh did not foreshadow our lock down situations, at least they prepared us with great music for the quarantine playlist. Great follow up to their track COME CORRECT with chonk, another release on a 40oz Collective, always coming in with fresh sounds for your dubstep and bass cravings.
A couple of artist from New Jersey have some new music to share! Philip Marflak and Kayla DeRosa come together as Phavors, having met during instructive music lessons, the two found an advantage in working together. With Kayla on vocals, and the music & lyrics by Philip, they express themselves with PETALS, their debut single. Described as Dream-pop or Indie Folk, it is a beautiful balance of ethereal and acoustic sounds, with lyrics pondering and reminiscing love indulgence. A first of many to come as they work on the finishing touches of the PETALS EP.
Up and coming artist Franchika making extra moves this month, while everybody is in a frenzy. Getting her name out there with the two releases; a music video and a single! Coming out of Chicago and currently with 323 Music Group, shared with artists like Ravyn Lenae, Adam Ness and other Chicago artists. She has real talent with her voice, being able to control it with ease and hitting high and low notes, switching between singing and rapping without a problem.
WHAT THEY DO was released last year, but it is still jammin’. Franchika pulls off a really cool music video, puttin her acting skills to the test, over lyrics and scenes of infidelity! Really showing off her vocal skill with that song, of course you got to be A1 when you kick someone to the curb. Her most recent release BONNIE is much more sensual and seductive, getting deep into the R&B vibes. The forbidden fruit is the most sweet, but sometimes toxic, and BONNIE might have you itchin’ for that treat you know you should not have! Franchika easily controls the mood of a room with her music and we are ready for more!
A group with their own unique brand of Hip Hop, Chicago trio Handsome Naked is coming in with a HEAT CHECK, because they have been on fire. As shown at the start of the video accompanying the song, HEAT CHECK is a term in basketball while you play, to determine your consistency. These 3 basketball fans have been running game in their own respect as well, making big moves as artists. Appearing on Billboard, NBC and the Chicago Tribune, as well as performing at known venues in Chicago; Zanies, Lincoln Hall and the Laugh Factory. Choosing those venues because they like to express what they would call Comedic Hip Hop.
You can get a hint of their humour in the video itself as well as their lyricism as they fumble and goof around all while a maintaining a serious demeanor. Yet despite their antics they are actually pretty impressive on the mic. Some of their more savory lyrics by Eric Oren, “no regrets, I’m working up some butt sweat, I need to destress,” and by Chucho Perez, “Better check on your diet, you lookin’ unfit, gotta check on that climate, we don’t ever cool it. Can you check why they quiet, when they see we legit?” With their beats produced by Brad Kemp, they really are already lit, maintaining multiple videos and and songs, their playlist should be fun to dive into, give them a follow.
Khid Nando continues to release tracks that builds a different picture with every release. Getting creative with his lyrical content and energy between KHAOTIC MIND and his most recent release OVERSEAS. Where OVERSEAS presents more confidence and manifesting messages, KHAOTIC is more impassioned and genuine with its purpose. Even following up on A DAY AT THE KHARNIVAL, where the energy is turnt up, Khid Nando is keeping it fresh with the different ideas behind every song, and real dope beats back him up.
Watching London Lo grow since her debut EP has been a pleasure and an inspiration; She moves with ease! Does not do too much, or too little, as she pops back in from a hiatus to release a new single. GONE OFF YOU has already hit the radio in Chicago as well, another achievement to follow her debut single CLEAR MY MIND, which hit the radio off its release as well. She did however stay busy in silence!
She may have had her first release since last year after that one TUESDAY IN LA, but she did plenty to occupy her time. Curating her own open mic events and working to get her music on mainstream radio, she also performed live on multiple occasions, including one at SXSW, and her first sold out event at Sofar Chicago. Let us not forget to mention that she made her way into Netflix Original Special SOUNDTRACK. Since the debut of her wildly creative debut EP PDA (Public Display of Artistry). London Lo has been making some serious boss moves and it is exciting to see where she is headed in this new decade.
Also known as Josh Young, the Chicago producer went and gave us a combo of new music to add to our playlist! Flexin’ his taste of old school classics, he reworks GYPSY WOMAN by Crystal Waters and LOVE IN THIS CLUB by Usher. And he tops it all off with FEELIN’ MYSELF with Masayoshi Iimori and Blumbros on a wild trap anthem. If you do not recognize YehMe2 from his days as half of Flosstradamus, helping catapult EDM to where it is today, these beats here can remind you.
Though many have traveled through these lands known today as Chicago, there is one regarded as the first permanent settler. Europeans have been exploring North America’s since the 17th century, and one of the first to be on record to explore the land, rivers and portages go by the name of Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette. Others have since visited or posted up for a time including Renee Lasalle, Henri Tonti and Father Francois Pinet for the Mission of the Guardian Angel. It was Jean Baptiste Point du Sable that held permanent residence here and laid a foundation to expand upon.
There is not much documented history on the early life of Jean Baptiste, however there are many accounts and theories that lead to a general idea believed to be accurate. Baptiste Point Du Sable is known to be born in Haiti, and later studied in France, before returning to Haiti to sell coffee, and then travel up to New Orleans, Louisiana, by the account of Joseph Jeremie; who claims to be his great grandson. Historian Milo Milton Quafe found a French immigrant in Canada with the title Sieur de Sable, with descendants titled Du Sable living around the Great Lakes. Quafe speculates Jean Baptiste father is from this family, while his mother was most likely an enslaved woman.
Land acquisitions would place Baptiste to own land in Peoria in from March 13th, 1773 to 1783, prior to his settlement at the Chicago River, while other records placed him in Michigan. In 1779, British officers arrested Baptiste on suspicion of being an American sympathizer. He then worked for British lieutenant-governor Michilimackinac in a pinery in what is now St. Clair, Michigan. Jean Baptiste was married to a Native Pottawatomie woman, Kitihawa AKA Catherine, and had two children, Jr. and Suzanne. The marriage was recognized by a Catholic priest in Cahokia, Illinois in 1788.
Jean Baptiste Point du Sable was not recognized as the founder of Chicago at first however. Many believed the first settler to be Scots-Irish trader John Kinzie, who bought Du Sables property in 1803. During construction of the Century of Progress Internation Exposition or Chicago’s World Fair, the fair recognized the construction of Fort Dearborn as the historical beginning of Chicago. Several African American groups campaigned for Baptiste to be recognized at the fair, and succeeded. Today we recognize the founder of Chicago in many different ways, with marking is home-site in 1976 as a National Historic Landmark, a memorial at Pioneer court and a renaming Michigan Bridge to Du Sable to name a few.
Jean Baptiste spoke Spanish, French, English, and several Native Dialects. He had established his home and trading post at the mouth of the Chicago River in early 1779 or early 1780’s. It included huts for employees, bake, poultry, dairy and smoke houses, two barns, an orchard and plenty of space. He served Natives, French and British as frontier trader and settler during the American Revolution and thereafter. He sold his farm in 1800 to John Kinzie‘s front man Jean La Lime. He died on August 28, 1818 in St. Charles Missouri, formerly French Louisiana, buried in an unmarked grave in St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery, where Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission erected a granite marker. His entry in the parish burial register does not mention his origins, parents, or relatives; it simply describes him as nègre, French for negro. He was often regarded as a big, handsome, wealthy and well educated!