Louis The Child is arguably the champion of good and positive times, and anthemic tunes. Their debut LP release HERE FOR NOW earlier last year is the epitome of all the may represent to their fans followers. Each tune is uplifting in sound, and positive in message, fun and playful enough to dance to, and heavy in bass enough to jump around; a perfect radio formula thats not dull or repetitive. Spanning multiple genres from drum n’ bass, future bass, hip hop, pop music, and more, Louis The Child decides to add 4 more tunes to the package. What is more is they decided to say SO WHAT, and released another tune 2 weeks following, but the message is too powerful to just brush off! SO WHAT of little problems, there is a life to live, cannot control anything, you are powerful regardless, so dance!
Sherrell the Artist is definitely one that lives through passion. Her expression is fulfilled through music, and it can be quite relatable to listeners. She recently releases a single called DROWNING and opens up very blunt on the first verse, making it known she is deeper than her looks and style. “Misunderstood so I might lose you when I say this but, you looking for some pretty music. Got the wrong bitch cause, this is passion, rage and pain, baby all of it so. It’s not gonna sound pretty, I’m not sorry. Besides the music i don’t open up hardly.” Nearly every line is deeper than words, even Sherrell’s chorus to the song opens up with some heavy thoughts, connecting her confusion to a feeling of drowning, and numbing herself with drugs, leading the blind with her songs. Or perhaps in another perspective, comforting the blind, as she sings knowing most people tend to keep their troubles private, and her words may help guide them through the motions. “I got the music that can speak through all your heartaches, i’m touching souls with my words.” Music or therapy, you decide!
One golden rule of success is not to publicize your every move, sometimes you just have to keep people wondering before you come out with something big! K.E.N, Aka The God Level Goat, Killin’ Every Note, has this philosophy laced in his movements, as he comes up on new opportunities it seems from out of no where, popping in and out with new music here and there, or ending up in festivals like YAS! Most recent actions to observe is his recent single release of ON SIGHT, after being relatively silent, however not inactive, landing himself an acting position on The Chi as he would announce on his social medias. Perhaps his energy on stage and in his music like ON SIGHT, gets him this kind of attention from key players with ease, maybe he works hard every night. Even his lyrics can leave you guessing, “I’m working hard every night, it’s the liquor with sprite, got me feeling so right, might just go pick up a mic. Feel I’ll go bust it on sight.” Either way his talent is undeniable, and the production by the Ambi/\nce is not just complimentary, its hype!
Adding an air of mystery to his already peculiar persona, Säge, The 64th Wonder interprets the sacred and esoteric with his latest LP release. As if his mask does not do the job, HIEROPHANT gives the 64th Wonder another layer of mystic energy. The album contains 8 tracks of boom bap type beats with lyric heavy verses and features from Kyd Wahlee, Sleep Sinatra and SHINTENTO64. Fans have had early previews of HIEROPHANT with early releases of its singles like SPOON BENDER, TALKING SHOES and EASY BAKE, with an accompanying music video. The project in all is a whole ‘nother level of hip hop that is refreshing, lyrically and sonically, to the Chicago pot of artists.
Casually strolling onto the mic acknowledging some time passing, with the confidence of a living legend, and the knowledge that he is about to rock the mic, as if he had to remind the Chi who is king! BASURA features Kyd Wahlee spittin over a steady, simple and dark beat, that emphasizes the boths artists lyrics and energy. Though the LP was teased with earlier releases, BASURA sets the tone for the tracks to follow. ENTER THE 64TH WONDER sets the bar lyrically, his flow so smooth through a cool, calm and collected attitude, but sharp with his words. HIEROPHANT thus far carries an aloofness, almost comical atmosphere, with background chatter on the beat as if in the middle of a broadcasted variety show into SPOON BENDER.
The remainder of HIEROPHANT takes it back down to earth with EASY BAKE and onward, the music video for the track takes on a raw urban vibe, while Säge humbly brags about his lyrical skill compared to the childish easy bake talent of others. TALKING SHOES takes it deep into Säge’s thoughts and actions, it seems Säge can turn any thought into poetry, and every thought seems to bear significance. However he raps, “I’m not here to preach I’m just speaking with my hood…” All together this LP takes you back to classic hip hop vibe, production focused on the beat, emphasizing the lyrics that are raw and laced with natural wisdom. So much wisdom an instrumental track in ALLIUM had to be introduced to give your mind a breather. A sick followup to THE GODS HERE ARE STUPID LP, you are going to catch yourself putting HIEROPHANT on repeat!
Just in time for summer weather, Eli Liberty comes out with a fun and sultry pop R&B song! DRIPPY is released to mark what Eli is calling a new era for himself, foreshadowing a new project. The song itself is enthusiastic, energetic, flirty and would no doubt get the dance floor drippy! Eli even has a lyric video created to help you keep up with every catchy line, so you can sing along at a show or steal a line or two for your significant other! Eli Liberty has been taking the extra mile to promote his track as well, with his dancing talent, he has created a social media challenge called #DrippyMoonChallenge, where you dance along to the song, to a specific choreography, like TIK TOK. Altogether a fun and catchy song to dance and sing along too, it is not too explicit, not too cartoonish, just playfully suggestive and perfect for the upcoming summer months!
Blue Kubricks is back around generating enough noise to rumble your speakers! The band from Leeds in the UK release their new track LATIN, that hits on notes of Indie Pop Punk, a heavier direction from their previous releases like HEROIN. Aggressive but playful from the start, heavy on the drums and thrashing guitar with mischievous lyrics, giving you enough energy to mosh around. The solo mid song gives it that extra cherry on top, just when you think it could not get wilder. The melodic guitar riff cleans up the garage rock band sound, but not too much as to take away from the authenticity of is rugged edge. Blue Kubricks debuts on Monomyth Records with LATIN, and they made sure they stood out!
Starting out the year early & strong with the release of his debut EP EPIC, StankNasty is continuing the momentum. Poppin’ back out for a fresh hip hop beat, Stank releases BANGER with a few notable heads to contribute, to truly make it suitable to its title. Bringing in some serious players on production and engineering with Johnny Innuendo and Gerald The Genius L, delivering a piano and string heavy melody, trapped out with hi hats and beat work. Joining StankNasty on the mic is AMK with the chorus, an artist that really adds the perfect touch to make a banger, as he did with StankNasty once before with THE LORD KNOWS. Really growing into his shoes with this beat, StankNasty sounds more polished on the mic the more we hear from him, packing a mouthful of lyrics in a verse with ease, “we stay out howling, only getting louder, we drawing the crowds, we coming for the crown. So you ain’t gonna hear no mother fuckin hush from us.” It looks like he is still just getting started and you can hear it when he says “I’m hungry as f*ck“.
Never be afraid to learn something, because the moment you stop learning is the moment you start dying, as spoken by the incredible Albert Einstein. This can go for as far as education to personal knowledge and comforts, and those best at expressing these efforts are artists like Mic Fort. Just releasing a new hip hop single called TRUST MYSELF, Mic Fort goes through mental challenges, a discovery of self and preferred environments. On this lyrically heavy track, Mic effortlessly illustrates his thought process through it all. Of course life can really only be enjoyed once you learn to trust yourself, your environment and the people you keep around you.
To learn to trust yourself so you can trust who you intend bring around you is an incredibly profound discipline; to learn your own behavior, from the good to the self destructive, before you can examine anyone else’s hidden intentions. Mic jumps into his lyrics without hesitation “I cant trust myself, I gotta find myself, so I hide and seek me, I can’t be nobody else. The road goes cold when you take back control, but as long as I got music I can never be alone.” The track itself, produced by KYLO, is such a groove, reeling you into a mood on the intro; a soulection type of vibe, but heavy on the beat work, meant to compliment Mic Forts lyricism and flow. Speaking nothing but truths, “the phone goes silent when you not the first to call, text messages be dry, you surround by the walls. As you start poppin’ they start wanna give you a call…” Mic points out fake people that just intend to leach, but he finds peace from them as well, “But lately I been meditating. Music, work I’m dedicated. Strategies has been created, I’m on a role, you can’t replace me…” Yoo can tell with the confidence on the mic, Mr. Fort has the utmost trust in his own craft.
TRUST MYSELF breaks Mic into this year, following up on a powerful 2020 stretch. Mic Fort is still glowing off the work from his last project and 2nd LP PENUMBRA. Just on the starting path this year Mic plans on multiple releases. As early as May 21st you can catch Mic collaborating with his brother Dee-Jay, most likely being a multiple track project. He is also planning on a few visual releases for his recently released tracks as well. Mic Fort has been on a roll since his first LP, DREAMS TO GOALS, dropped in 2019 and he has not stopped since, so check out his links below and give Mic a follow!
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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