Essse Guey pops out to reinforce a previously released track from his Over the Daze LP picking out a popular track to add some visuals too. Neorevivalist on duty giving V.I.M.M. life with some animated visuals matching the atmosphere of the slow and ominous beat. With a style so smooth he is not afraid to get dark with hooks like “You get left behind, F*** up out my eye, ready to die, Don’t really have a choice, voices in my mind” and “Over mad or under oath only real ones slit they throat, …cross-face, swan dive, head first, there’s a million ways to make another suicide note” and make it work. A timeless track produced by Dead_Air worth giving a double take and a surreal music video following his last for Constellations.
Through the door by the end of the bar in a small eatery located on Clark and Grace in Chicago you enter Uncommon Ground, a seemingly private music room fit for a few dozen people. A intimate setting that can get an artist really connected with the crowd. One of two Uncommon food and music bar locations in the city. Tonight’s event brings Chicago’s first snowfall of the year and Vic Spencer to host a release party for his recent project STUPID with Na$im & Co Presents. Midday hours and the sun is still up, everyone has plenty energy for live new music.
Spencer brings a faction of talented underground Chicago Hip Hop DJ’s & lyricists to throw down & warm up the crowd. The one and only Slot-A does his thing on the decks to kick it off and then Unkle Slump brings in some of his signature grimy lyricism over raw beats, always bringing a bit of shock value with him. After Slump brings out a special guest Mura Reems then takes control of the mic and lays down some quick and heavy bars, leaving the audience in awe. Musa himself just released a 13 track project and really tells it how it is on the mic. As the host Ash Wednesday prepares the crowd for Spencer, music breathes and people rush to grab and drink and network.
Finally Vic walks his way to the front of the room to some claps and chants. He just released STUPID and he shares some of the singles for the eager crowd. Still fresh from some collaborations with Cutta, Chris Crack & Hus Kingpin but he keeps it exclusive and straight STUPID. With true stage presence he delivers it strong, short and sweet for the close crowd and at the last moment performs a free-style. Freestyle before Na$ims set and once he takes over on the ones and twos the people mingle with Spencer and the other artists; always keeping it real. If you want to catch any vibe similar to that set hear his full project with a purchase from his band-camp linked below with Dirty Porridge and Red 40 available to preview.
New Ezy Era sets himself up for a good year releasing an EP and a fresh single in time for New Year and late winter playlists, preparing him for live performances in January. Just on stage at Subterranean in Wicker Park, Chicago for Cold Front, going off with the crowd and his latest releases. Laced with dark beats and aggressive attitude New Ezy Era got the audience pumped with adrenaline and jumpin. Starting the night off with some good energy.
Loaded with an arsenal of new music Ezy Era released his Heavy Harvest EP late in the Autumn season. It may just be 4 tracks but these beats will get you moving, trying to catch his quick flow. Letting you know he is not that ordinary “vodka drinking, no lean sippin’… no backwoods no swishers” rapper. He is raw, like the papers he smokes. His most recent track Forgive Me Father, hits the speakers just as hard it sounds like Ezy Era wants to start some mosh pits. A different attitude from his previous George Lopez and Genesis Bars hits but just as versatile.
Many if not all artists have two sides to them and Whethan bounces between the two effortlessly. You can get either the romantic, or the savage. Through some of his recent releases you can hear amorous music expressed through euphoric synths and harmonious melodies and vocals. Then like Sicko Mode he can flip it on a beat. Coming from Chicago though it is not surprise, we are sweet or sour depending on our surroundings.
To start off the cold seasons Whethan warms you up with some sensual electronic audio. By next summer you will be blasting each song to match those sunny vibes. His EP Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1 is flawless piece by piece from the production to the featured talent to the atmosphere. With acts like HONNE, Bipolar Sunshine, Mascolo, Oh Wonder and Broods you are getting Top Shelf music that will make some Good Nights. Then suddenly out of nowhere Whethan goes Sicko Mode and takes Skrillex‘s remix, that helped put Travis Scott‘s track on the map of Billboards top 100, and gives it a bit more attitude. But its no surprise what he can handle working with artists like Opia, Oliver Tree, Flux Pavilion and Louis the Child.
Power metal and Hip Hop cross over? What?! Who would of thought a Chicago based Thrash/Power metal band would be influenced by hip hop? Well let me tell you! Love Lost, a new south side band formed by Bryan Anthony, Alex Corral, Kevin Gecan, Ed Messina, and Damen Lewis. They have a sound specifically targeted for Hip Hop, Hardcore, and Thrash listeners. The Hip Hop and Metal sound has been relatively outcasted due to its sub genre flex but been part of the best for three decades now, even if the resulting collision between the genres have not always been spectacular.
Only time can tell though the quick response Love Lost has been getting is crazy. Lead vocalist Bryan Anthony says “I feel like the when you cross Hip-Hop over to any music it makes it more interesting. Its something that you have to really dig into the culture to understand and feel apart from the music. You could always tell when someone knows their roots and been around it all their life. When it’s genuine it is one of the most powerful styles of music if not the most“. Anthony has also stated that his huge influences stem from Triple 6 Mafia, Method Man, Onyx, Dr. Dre and a lot of other heavy hitting rappers and emcees from back in the day.
Love Lost is a band about a heartbreak for the listeners to relate and connect to and stand for being yourself yet having a passion for the music. Respectively they generate a new wave of fans from all over because some of the members have had the privilege to tour all the US and other countries including Belgium, Germany, Austria, Denmark through former bands. Anthony says,”One of the most rewarding parts of touring the world have been seeing the culture of music in general. My favorite places were New York, Puerto Rico, California, London, and Germany. It was very influential and definitely key moments in my life as these places have such rooted hardcore and hip hop history”. Love Lost currently has no upcoming shows but they did release a music video that can be found on the HARDCORE WORLD WIDE on youtube and have an album titled Sleep Well set to release the first quarter of 2019.
Thursday 12pm Eastern time Unlovable(Sleep Well) ft Alex Of MALEVOLENCE on Worldwide Underground“Looking back you covered tracks I should have known better by nowYou held me back there’s nowhere to turn but downLove is deceit so please just let me be I hope you sleep wellWhile I’m coping and burning in hellBrain is straight anguish my feelings relentlessAlone by myself and god damn it’s depressingI never felt so disposable When I look at you I FEEL LIKE IM UNLOVEABLE”
Posted by Love Lost on Tuesday, November 27, 2018
We may not all have felt it but when you do, you will know! Your heart drops at the sight of their name, your mood shifts in their presence, and the sound of their voice sends a rush down your spine that is enough to keep you Satisfied. A different vibe from their last original, Beam Me Up, that had a more care free reggae atmosphere but equally as joyful. And in their recent remixes for Favorite Color Is Blue and Better Me Better You, you can hear it too. Win & Woo have a talent for capturing a moment or a feeling fluently with their music whether it is of friendship, relaxation, joy and with this new beat, love.
The Chicago duo translates that feeling of ecstasy in their recent single Satisfied through an up beat house track with an energetic bass line that flows with the lyrics describing what it means to be in love. “Better than I was cause you give me that, that kind of affection… I crave the attention, I do, I do I do. I’m feelin’ the tension“. Sounds all too familiar when you think about the first time you mingled with the perfect energy. Get in the right mood with this one or remind someone you appreciate them with this song!
Ayoo did you hear that new beat? The Chicago brothers come back strong with a new remix following the release of Timeline featuring RhymSter back in the summer. Taking aim at Low Life by Future ft the Weeknd hitting the low end of that bass; a deeper sound than their latest singles and it sounds like they are headed in the right direction. Chicago took notice as they opened for Malaa with locals Birthdayy Partyy in the city’s Concord Music Hall following a string of events from festivals to boat parties in the summer. So knowing that you can trust this beat will set off a dance floor.
Leader of the pack mentality Jean Deaux keeps a team, “a manaj, and she calls them all Nicki”. Sitting at the edge of a desk in flashy shades, acrylic nails, draped in diamonds directing people working back and forth for her is the perfect image. I would feel bad for who ever is lacking on the other end of that line in this Work 4 Me music video. It is clear she does not need you, “Think twice before you ask a verse from me” but you can work for her, she has got moves to make.
Working on her own writing and adding filmography to her resume she directed the video herself with Stripmall, really working the brand she presents. The video itself is apart of a bigger EP project containing many of the familiar crew from Pivot, Zero Fatigue and independent artists like Phoelix,THEMpeople and AMAC. Packed with wavy & heavy beats and dramatic dialogue in between songs KRASH shows a real sign of maturity in her music and presentation. A real artists flourishing and making moves is rare to see yet Chicago is bustling with artists like Jean Deaux putting in a good name for her city and her work ethic.
Radiating a vibe through his music that is so disarming The Should You Lean On is a fitting title for Rich Jones latest project. “No coin to toss won’t chance my love to game“, he repeats in his first track and I know I can trust this man and his playlist, he has been around. Dipping back into a hip hop flow with the next couple of tracks, bouncing between Soul, R&B & Hip Hop these 7 tracks Jones really shows his colors off. A refreshing LP following Light Work EP and Dangerous Rainy Days releases.
Always working with prominent names in the local scene he brings on some really talented individuals once again to help with the project. J. Kelr from Rellek Studio did work on recording and Joel Gutman at Fat Tongue Studios, Kenny Keys doing some production as well. On vocals joins Kiara Lanier and the super duper secret Nnamdi Ogbonnayya. All put in good work on the LP and Rich Jones talks more in-depth in an interview with These Days to really putting it in a broader perspective. Adding the cherry on top Jones puts up a release party at the Sleeping Village, but if you want to catch him before 2018 ends check out his calendar or start replaying his music!