Being All In and About That Action: I’m All In from I.Deal’s GAINZ

Chi Native Entertainment‘s own IdealRaps, Mic Logik and ThrowEmc come together on this hook heavy and verse rich song I’m All In, produced by the Windy City veteran producer Custom Made. This high production value track, which will be going on Idealraps’ upcoming album GAINZ, has a little bit of everything; two voices layered singing the hook, two verses, one slightly more uptempo than the other offering the song texture and vocal juxtaposition. Mic Logik and ThrowEmc are singing the refrain together. Idealraps is on the first verse and Mic Logik took the second with a clean midwest chopping flow.

I know who I am and I know what I’m doing” is repeated before the main hook and bass drop comes in, building up to “I’m about that action…I ain’t for the talking”. This is the type of song to give one motivation in the gym, to bump in your car on a night out, or in your earbuds on the daily grind of traveling in Chicago. They capture that windy city sound authentically. Lines from the verses that stood out to me were “My hair long, my blunt loud, keep a spicy chicken like Kung Pao!” from Idealraps and “No division within my coalition, I go and get it while you hoping and wishing!” from Mic Logik.

Mic Logik and Idealraps will be performing at Rap Caviar III on February 16th in Renaldi’s Throne Room venue. Rap Caviar is Chicago’s cutting edge hip hop showcase series presented by Ever Evolved and Bombay Boyz. They will be performing this and more! Check out I’m All In and browse through Chi Native Entertainment and Idealraps records below. 

IDealRaps | BandcampMic Logik | Bandcamp
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Living Up To the Name Blacking Out: Savant is a True Pupil of Hip Hop.

SXVXNT, pronounced Savant, was interesting right away with his articulate expression and knowledge of instrumental production. He is quite a learned trumpet player as well as a pianist. His composing style is lush and bright melodies with harmonies that are flushed out, giving him a sound that resembles Pharrell or Dr. Dre‘s piano beats from the golden age. SXVXNT grew up in Chicago but has been based out of Los Angeles the last few years so his sound is definitely west coast influenced to a degree. This is especially true of his latest stand alone single Blackout.

Blackout is a fast paced uptempo anthem of getting back into music making and for lack of a better term, blacking out or going crazy. SXVXNT raps quite fast you will have to replay this record multiple times just to try and fully comprehend every bar. The replay value of the record is high because it sounds good, flows well and then by the end you wonder, what the hell did just he say? Lines to point out are “Overgrown jesters, who hope to be only known by the droves of decrepits, so who selected this road of less trekkers?” to “Signing off with texts beyond measure with the picture perfect elicit versatile I let proceed“.  “Light is the flight of the highest in Peregrine” and lastly “I end up bleeding through the speakers, the speed shows 90, which means the beats gone try me so let me creep slow lightly“.

Self produced with production help from Bobby Midas, Blackout is but a glance at the genius level potential for SXVXNT as a recording artist. SXVXNT currently has an EP in the works slated to be released in the early to mid part of 2019. Now that SXVXNT is back in his home city he is prepping for a big push in his career. As a master of his craft, it’s time for him to Blackout.

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Chicago Creative Spotlight: Serenity Marie and Her Brand Nitty’s Knocker

Every artist in the Chicago music scene should be familiar with Serenity Marie if they have not already had the pleasure of working with her and experiencing her business acumen. Her connections can get artists into countless events, showcases, open mics, fashion shows, music festivals. She can secure placements for music, get records spun on the radio and offer counsel time. In every sense of the word she is a curator; one who believes in the artist as well as the art and does everything they can to see successful presentation and representation.

Serenity has a weekly radio show, Nitty’s Knocker, Tuesday nights from 6pm to 8pm on Que4.org which is also AM 1680. There she hosts guest artists and discusses everything from the latest pop culture to politics, artists’ brand and projects to philosophy and the always hilarious mentioning of unicorns. She has hosted industry names such as Quentin Miller, Matthew Knowles, Hott Headzz, Van and Dani Jay of Black Ink Chicago, Milk N Cooks and she has even interviewed Angela Yee of the Breakfast Club. Over the last two years Serenity has grown Nitty’s Knocker into a platform that every artist in the city wants to hop on for an in depth interview and solid media content. Serenity has also produced many events with proceeds going to a charity of choice, highlighting a glance at her selflessness. She hosts and curates a lot of women-centric events as well because she supports and empowers her contemporaries.

When you bring artists together you can only imagine the boundaries to be pushed by their collaborations. Serenity Marie is probably vicariously responsible for a lot of art that gets created within Chicago-land area. Armed with an uncanny networking ability, Serenity and her creative brands will find longevity in the arts and entertainment industries because she possesses a sharp mind and a helping hand. In the end art seeks out the kindest of merchants. Follow her content linked below.

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Back Up, Watch Out, Leave Her Alone, Dont Bother!

I stumbled upon Ridley Victoria and her gorgeous alto voice due to her witty online presence where she frequently comments on the state of the modern dating world. I decided to sift through a lot of her music and was instantly attentive due to her unique and savory sound. Ill refrain from comparing her to other female recording artists to stop the disservice of placing women in music and hip hop all within the same monolithic framed box. The point being you should just bump her music because she is dope and you will relate to her and what she has to say. Long As You’re Here has a sultry vibe and down scaling melody at the end of every phrasing that is extremely catchy and makes a listener want to start chiming along. The engineering of the song is particularly exceptional because the tonality from the mixing of the frequencies added to her voice in post production is perfect for radio play, in my opinion. At the end of her second verse when she hits the top pitch perfectly off a falsetto run going up in the scale,”I don’t want for you to stay, ay, ayy!”. She hits it is when you think to yourself, yeah she can sing! The song has very soulful vocals yet powerful in its composition and feeling. If you are looking for some new music and something you can relax and catch a vibe to? Put on some Ridley Victoria records and you’ll feel better afterwards; it is therapy.

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Omg Really!? Its Unkle Slump & Orlando Coolridge

Bar for bar these two rappers embody the golden age spirit, but there’s never a dull moment with their punchlines. I say that for the new heads out there that think the simpler sounding but deeper lyrical hip hop is boring. Both emcees are a part of the Chicago powerhouse collective SlumpGang777 brandishing their swordsman like wordplay over a dusty laid back boom bap instrumental.

Unkle Slump and Orlando Coolridge team up to bring a track about their distaste for the attitudes and behaviors of new whack rappers and old heads that all sound the same now. Coined with the onomatopoeia by Unkle Slump “wah wah wah…, everything you say is trash, a bunch of gaga!” comparing these rappers and their lines to little babies and the outbursts that come with being a child. “Most these n****s is speaking in broken tongues, holding drums with the smoking gun” Exclaims Coolridge. “Professor X with the pen, that means my mind can move it!“. Unkle Slump then quips “Shout out to the white people taking over Pilsen!”.

Every line cuts like the searing truth in regards to the entitled whining of certain archetypes and embodiment within the music business. Namely what we know as the prima-donna or diva. My favorite rappers are far from such personalities. If you are not familiar with the Chicago collective SlumpGang777 then the dynamic duo that is Unkle Slump and Orlando Coolridge is not a bad place to start. Sink your teeth in, you will not regret doing so.

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CantBuyDeem – Tony Stark (prod by. Lord Haiti)

It was bound to happen, Deem has too much drip to not relate his stylistic cool to that of Tony Stark; but no iron suit, just straight sauce. Think Robert Downey Jr. right after rehab on the red carpet, triple beam dreaming. Deem always comes with creative and colorfully lush visuals helping to craft his narrative and for this project he collaborated with fellow Drip Gang member Seydina Diop, who’s visual graphics are impeccable. What I love about this video to Tony Stark is how much Deem looks like he is in an archaic style comic book from the original Stan Lee’s Iron Man.

In the adage of age old comics, pursuing a rap career is quite heroic and  everyone loves to be a doubter along the way. Rocking his signature $CantBuyU gear Deem lets you know it is mind over money and spirit over matter. My favorite line of the song, “Tony Stark no armor dog just really hard, couple screws loose how I put this shit together promise it will fall apart.”. Lots of meaning to pull from this line; I think of not needing armor since its only a physical protection and how things fall apart in your mind when breaking certain things down. Think of how humans are heroic without the super powers, ridiculous wealth, or genius science skills.

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