Chi-Native Keeps Up the Pace with Flex and Intro: Monday Majesty

The hard hitting trio is at it again with back to back Friday drops with FLEX and INTRO. Flex features Mic Logik, WRDS and I.DEAL, suited up in nice threads and dropping fast uptempo lyrical verses to compliment a catchy melodic hook sung by WRDS. In FLEX, I.Deal takes the first verse dropping lines such as, “Yeah baby got the balls to do it, I make baller music, while ya’ll are losing. Once you saw the movement, who you calling stupid? Took the team out the country, all inclusive.” That line must infer to the CHI-Native trip where they filmed PRINCESSA, it takes work to make music career moves out of state, let alone outside of the country. It is awesome seeing what CHI-Native is doing in the music industry!

WRDS takes the middle verse of the song where he ends his verse rhyming, “I’m a good guy, with a rough edge, little bit of hood ties, man I pray for my dawgs and the good vibes, man this ain’t so long this is good-bye!” Referring to his background, and how he wishes the best for his people still stuck in lifestyles he does not participate in. Another string of lines that stood out were, “If you know me you know, I’m keeping it loco, keeping it vocal, keep on being a beast with the beat in a chokehold!” Comparing his dexterity and skill in rap to a wrestling move meant to knock out your opponent. Always love to see creative gun fight, knife fight, fist fight, type action oriented metaphors.

Mic Logik takes the anchor verse with great lines like, “Chi-Native always coming with the dope raps, matter of fact, everything I ever wrote’s crack. Heard me rhyme then you know that I’m a throwback, they ain’t feeling you, beats got no slap.” Drug comparisons stay popular in hip hop because of obvious reasons, but again seeing new unique ways to say ingrained metaphors is very appealing to the hip hop head. “Say what I want and I never ever hold back, and that’s worth more to me than a gold plaque.” Mic Logik is describing how he would rather write songs and retain creative autonomy then to sell out and relinquish control, in order to obtain music industry awards. This is a feeling shared by many in hip hop and the music industry due to the personal nature and link between a rapper and the words they’re rhyming.

In Chi-Native’s latest drop, INTRO (NATIVE TONGUE), which hit YouTube on Friday the 13th, the 3 emcees spar with their most lyrically intense verses in front of a huge pile of speakers and vintage suitcases. They are also rapping on top of what looks like a parking garage with the car lights beaming. The video maintains a high level of energy throughout. I.Deal starts off the song with, “The name is I.Deal but don’t forget the dot, so we can skip the props I’d rather go and get some guap!” This is a dope line saying he does not even care if others respect him, he is securing the bag.

Mic Logik takes the second verse with memorable lines such as, “No we not the same type, most of y’all are lame or suspect like Kurt Cobain’s wife.” Comparing people in life that move snake-like, to the mystery behind the death of the late grunge rock music artist. WRDS takes the anchor verse with, “I’m loading my pioneer, I’m hoping to let it burst, W man no wonder that letters first, crumble up the paper I wrote up a better verse!” The way that line flows over the instrumental is definitely endorphin inducing. The whole song is a hit made by well pocketed verses from each of the three Chi-Native rappers.

Chi-Native has now released visuals to accompany their hit songs, GOOD ONE, PRINCESSA, TEN TOES, FLEX and INTRO (NATIVE TO
NGUE)
. These videos have been dropping every Friday in anticipation for their upcoming album PASSPORTS. We look forward to whats going to hit the airwaves next from Chi-Native!

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Novatore and MOECYRUS Release AZTHMATHIX ANTHEM.

Regular collaborators, Novatore and MOECYRUS, deliver a strong boom bap hit in their AZTHMATIX ANTHEM song and coinciding music video. The single is the lead song from their collaborative 5 track project, FATALITY EP. The video features the two heavy hitting Chicago emcees strolling through Chinatown, culminating in comedic dream sequences. Novatore begins the track with lines such as, “Dropping hits, we coalesce, though we was opposites. Cop a zip and flip it, tripping when the profit hits.” A line about teaming up with MOECYRUS to make history with dope underground hip hop, and comparing it the rush of making money off of selling an ounce. Later Novatore drops lines like, “Severing heads like in Seven and box the cranium, I’m mainly undefeated, depleting you like uranium.” This is a nice movie reference with Seven (Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman) being compared to that of material needed to make nuclear weapons, basically that Novatore’s rap skill is lethal and ultimately atomic!

MOECYRUS pops off with the 2nd verse in the anthem with, “When I see that ugly smirk, I’m like woooo! I wanna hit that shit, mop the stupid out of idiot I’m on that shit!” Referring to all the ignorance that MOECYRUS has to deal with in life. “Me and Novatore we’re like pistol whips and robberies, hit you with the metal piece, infiltrate your salaries, siphon all your energy and snatching up your fans, if you’re inconsistent than you probably shouldn’t rap.” This is a great string of lines comparing the skills of the dynamic duo to that of armed robbery, grand theft and how they are so good that they will take other rapper’s fan bases from them, for lacking and not releasing music consistently. If you are familiar at all with MOECRYUS or NOVATORE then you know how accurate those statements are! The full 5 track ep is available on bandcamp by MOECYRUS and NOVATORE, the Fatality EP by AZTHMATIX.

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ChanSe NFO Drops GROSS

ChanSe NFO latest track, GROSS, is a heavy song with fast low bass flows from your favorite Never Fall Off emcee. “I might have fun on the track, think ima feel it and spazz, I might go dumb on the track, give em the drama that nah mofo relax!” ChanSe follows that rhyme scheme for the first part of the song until he gets to his more uptempo structure, “I don’t really think you wanna talk a bunch, reach inside your pocket thats an option but a funny one, when I get offended I pretend and then I sucker punch!” This an awesome sequence of lines, don not try pulling a gun on ChanSe, he will be ready with his fist before you have time to shoot.

Real men have solved their problems for eons with bare knuckle boxing, ChanSe would not need to use a tool. “The loudest one be the weakest one in the room, if he talking shit, that’s probably nothing else he can do, kinda feel bad cuz you ain’t feel comfortable in your shoes.” What a brutally honest and truthful line, usually the one that barks the loudest has the weakest bite and its mostly bluffing or over compensating for a lack of something. ChanSe points this aspect out brilliantly in that sense of toxic masculinity. GROSS by ChanSe NFO is a dope and meaty track for your hip hop consumption and we highly recommend you stream it now!

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SaruS Drops Heartfelt Single and Music Video to Young: Artist of the Week

Chicago recording artist and emcee SaruS releases YOUNG, a single from his upcoming EP, ON MY OWN TIME. The visual features Sarus in different parts of the city, downtown, on a swing-set, in Millennium park and in a high rise apartment. The hook is catchy, and Sarus has a strong unique voice whose specific sound reminds one of a mixture of Minneapolis rap, and west coast pop records. “We too young, we too young now, we too grown, we too grown wow. And I’m just trying to find my place now, but I’m still chilling in my playground.” A great line that philosophizes the idea of remaining true to one’s original self a in relationship before the world changes you.

Lines from SaruS that also stood out are, “Blessed for everyday, but steady counting my sins, I swear if Heaven got cover, I don’t think I’ll get in.” This line is great for comparing heaven’s pearly gates to that of having to pay an expensive cover charge in order to get into a fancy club. Thinking deeper into the line it also evokes such thoughts as not having enough good karma in this lifetime to afford an afterlife. As catchy as the record is, it is also quite esoteric in meaning. A great song to sing along too, but also a fantastic record for sparking self reflection. On My Own Time is arriving soon but until then get familiar with YOUNG.

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Here For a Good One, CHI-NATIVE Debuts New Single

I’ve been up, I’ve been down, feeling upside down-” WRDS begins the song with that catchy melody going into an uber lyrical verse. GOOD ONE from the upcoming collaborative album, PASSPORTS features WRDS, I.DEAL and Mic Logik, all trading off full verses, while adding richly sung vocals over the instrumental. The music video was directed and edited by Ron Guloy. GOOD ONE is produced by Ed Talenti, and the record was recorded, mixed and mastered by A.Quality. The CHI-NATIVE team consists of WRDS, I.DEAL, Mic Logik, and ThrowEmc.

It is refreshing to see three recording artists share the record so equitably, both in their lyrics but also in how their sounds all compliment each other quite well. Shot at what looks like a summer villa or home, showcasing the emcees living it up, drinking good liquor and playing chess. The CHI-NATIVE team has undeniable chemistry both on screen and in their sonic and lyrical content. Chicago has seen many groups come and go over the years in hip-hop, and CHI-NATIVE being so fresh, it is exciting to see how good they are already. The song has much replay value and will guaranteed have you bumping it over and over again. It is full of feel good moments, yet also a tad bittersweet, a classic in the making.

I’ve been moving these verses out like some Pirus up in the kitchen, I’m flying to get auditions, I’m squashing the competiton.” WRDS drops a line about his work ethic being comparable to that of hustlers in a gang, as well as him being on the go a lot. “I must have gotten my heart broke and never got it fixed, and so now they looking like targets that I just gotta hit.” I.DEALs verse is an emotionally charged one, as he describes the trials and tribulations of relationship experiences, and why he is the way he is now. I.DEAL also carries the main part of the chorus on, an amazingly high voice that you would not think was possible when hearing him rap.

Cause I feel like the time will come again when we will maybe speak, forgiveness is a strength of mine, and I don’t think that makes me weak, I think you need some introspection…” Mic Logik adds his third verse explaining his capacity for empathy and understanding is something a lot of other men lack. He also sings the “good one” hook adding another layer of vocal texture and surprising listeners while doing so. This single definitely has commercial appeal! GOOD ONE pulls deep reflections from each of the rappers on the lives they have lived so far, why they are hopeful for the future, and their presence in the current moment. “I’m not here for a long time, but I’m here for a good one, a good one,” the hook echoes in your head as you cherish being alive.

Each of the three CHI-NATIVE emcees evoke much thought and reminiscence in their lyricism while moving listeners to the good vibes of the hook and bridges. It is impressive they all sang and rapped on this instrumental. This trio has a strong sound together and Ever Evolved looks forward to their future drops every Friday. Get in tune with CHI-NATIVE! Be on the look out for their album PASSPORTS!

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The Jazz Cigarette: A Chicago Classic

Azmattic and RhymSter come together as a lyrically monstrous and formidable songwriting duo. THE JAZZ CIGARETTE, which features various producers from around the world as well as local Chicago recording artists, is a breeze through listen, and instant underground hip hop classic. Authentic jazz samples, breaks, beats and flavorful singing hooks make the LP something that brings you back, while also reminding you just how fresh the duo’s cuts are.

The first single off the record is HOP SKIP & JUMP 2.0, featuring Mike Booth aka TrueDeal, and production by Trog’Low; A truly nostalgic sound in this track, bringing the listener back to that early 90’s, heavy sampled vibe with succinct rhyme structure. “I need some time baby, we only time baby, but maybe we can get some time, cause it’s our time baby, and no I haven’t been around. I’m on my grind lately, and I’m not good at many things but I can rhyme greatly.” Azmattic raps over the beat, a unique way of saying he is been working hard and philosophizing about the passage of time. Mike Booth adds his deep bass vocals to the hook of this track, and RhymSter raps “Hit the blunt with an ice coffee, an AM meal, life wanna break down my walls, but I’m the man of steel.” Relating his morning ritual and the idea of never giving up. The track is a solid bang right off the bat and a great intro for the LP.

RHYMIN DUDES is the next song off the record featuring Jai The Artist, J-Bose and the 2nd tune also produced by Trog’Low. J-Bose’s voice is the strongest on the hook, but you can also hear Jai and Azmattic. A super fast and upbeat track, with an upright bass sample and speedy raps, crafts this song into a jazz-hop banger. Azmattic and RhymSter both add their respective verses, and really challenge each other in terms of lyrical dexterity and speed. “Do you, understand my persistence, while I ran into the distance, you can plan your superstition like its voo-doo,” and RhymSter comes in immediately after AzMattic with a chopped tempo eventually slowing down with, “Things fall apart but check your head, keep yourself on ice, its do or die and I’m the main ingredient for life!

The next notable song off the record is ICED COFFE AND BLUNTS, another track featuring Mike Booth. RhymSter and AzMattic trade short bar verses back and forth while describing their musician lifestyle in the form of coffee consumption and heavy cannabis. This song is a great listen, amazing lyrics being volleyed back and forth, like a tennis match between RhymSter and AzMattic, ending with the soulful vocals of the freestyle monster, Mike Booth. “Iced coffee and blunts!You put the ice in the coffee.

The interlude track is a hilarious banter by the Illadvised and Unprepared Podcast, ending with a the strength of the amazing voice of FAFA. WHAT YOU GONNA DO, featuring Jai The Artist and U’Nique Music, is a change up being a much more slow bop jam. RhymSter starts off the song with many cultural references, leading into a short verse from Azmattic. Jai The Artist and Azmattic take the hook which is a soulful chant, “What You Gonna Do?” RhymSter comes back in with, “Don’t be major in minor things, how you do anything is how you do everything,” a line that smacks you back to the drawing board and makes you realize, one may need to get their shit together! Later RhymSter shouts out the Robber Baron for getting the capital to invest. This track evoked a lot of introspective thought, because many of the lines by both RhymSter and Azmattic pose deeply interesting questions.

I GOT feat. Jah-Dee begins with a scratch sample of the aforementioned, older hip hop artist saying, “Welcome to the next level!” Azmattic begins this song rapping, “Yeah this boy is more hip than what’s attached to your femur,” with every subsequent line explaining how hip hop and rapping keeps him alive as a sort of therapy. RhymSter later rhymes, “I rolled up another cigarette and put the Jazz in it, ain’t it clear I came here to win it… I’m a doctor in practice, playing like the point guard on the mavericks.” This song gets you in your motivational feels, and makes you want to pick up a pen to get to the next level.

Out of the entire project, “IF I LEFT THE GAME” is the most contemporary sounding song. Azmattic begins the track comparing himself to Barry Sanders, and saying that just because he lacks the riches one can earn from rap, does not mean he is going to stop making music anytime soon. RhymSter comes in with the second verse comparing himself to MJ, when he came back to the Bulls in 1995. RhymSter hits some fast chopping flows on this verse, and then slows down, very dynamic.

As a whole package, this project has everything a hip hop head could want and more! If you are looking for lyrics, breaks, boom bap beats, dynamic flows, soulful hooks, fast rap, introspective lyricism, chant along tracks, etc, THE JAZZ CIGARETTE by Azmattic and RhymSter will definitely quench the hip hop thirst. And do not forget to check out their latest visual for THE JAZZ CIGARETTE which is “ICED COFFEE AND BLUNTS” featuring Mike Booth, shot, directed and edited by Hayward of Beat Box Ent.

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Nova The King Debuts with Lake Shore Dreams: Artist of the Week

Part Action Bronson, part Mac Miller; A raspy voice and tight rhyme schemes, with classic braggadocio lines, is part of what makes Nova The King a unique, and also new artist, to the scene of Chicago. LAKE SHORE DREAMS, his debut ep, just dropped on all platforms on the anniversary of our nations most fateful day – 9/11. Which is actually just a popular day to do or drop anything given the impact of that date. Lake Shore Dreams is the first stab by Nova The King to cement himself into the music and hip hop industry of Chicago.

Track 1 is DREAMS, which utilizes that signature Nova The King, slow, raspy flow with his in-the-pocket rhyme patterns. Notable lines are, “I remember nights spent up in the basement, cooking up that crack. I don’t know about you, but I believe you have everything I lack.” Track 2 is SLYTHERIN, an obvious Harry Potter reference. Nova The King seems to be influenced by a lot of anime and pop culture that we all grew up with, for example DREAMS has a Dragon Ball Z sample. In SLYTHERIN, Nova The King details snake like behavior, and the often occurrences of swindlers you will run into, pursuing hip hop in Chicago.

Track 3 is WOAH, this track details how Nova The King is focused on success and not becoming distracted by the many women he has come across. Track 4, ALL THAT, where Nova mentions how things used to be, and how he is not reverting back to that lifestyle. He likes doing his own thing and sticking to the music business. In the fifth song, COST ALOT, there is a medieval sounding flute, and the bass line and drums come in perfectly along with his flow. Notable line is his Rick and Morty Scary Terry reference, “I know you sweet like Ben & Jerry, I be in your dreams like Scary Terry.

The final track on the EP is produced by Yondo, who is a favorite YouTube producer among the rap game. “Believe the paranoia, you know that I’ll destroy, I’ll Oscar Delahoya, you better phone your lawyer.” Is the hook which is the best on the project and makes you vibe and head rock. Props to Nova The King for entering the Chicago hip hop scene and releasing his first EP, LAKE SHORE DREAMS!

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Come-Back: Travie Austin and Brad Kemp

Chicago recording artist Travie Austin links with Brad Kemp to drop an eight track record, in collaboration with a number of other artists and musicians. COME-BACK by Travie Austin and Brad Kemp, out September 18th, is an upbeat neo-gospel-soul pop record. Every track features complex melodies and harmonies laid down by Travie himself. Each song is produced and engineered by Brad Kemp, with five of the tracks featuring TomCat Trumpet, Davyd Reddyk, Anthony M. Rodriguez and Tim Burke.

The themes of empowerment, self confidence, moving on and getting through heartbreak are prevalent throughout the album. Travie Austin seems to channel Sisqo as well as soulful singers of decades further, archaic in its sound and tonality, but contemporary in his flows and melodies; his style is unique and refreshing! Track 3, MAKE A MOVE featuring Anthony M. Rodriguez, is a feel good, jazzy club record you can easily dance to, about making that first sensually strong move, falling in love, living in the moment and letting go. “If you don’t want me to leave you better make your move,” Travie sings, reminding his love interest not to waste any time. In LET GO Travie belts, “I know that it’s right for me, I’m not gonna call you back, cause you got a plane to catch,” further illustrating the theme of moving past a relationship and hoping for a better dynamic in a future partner. The feelings portrayed in each song are quite universal in their appeal.

I don’t want to be that man anymore!” Travie croons in track eight, SAY GOODBYE, and the song sounds like he has a chorus backing him when the hook comes in. “Say goodbye to the ones who ain’t on your side, trying to tear your heart in two. And say goodbye to the ones trying to dim your light, they don’t shine as bright as you, cause you are so worthy, you are so special. Don’t let them see you fall, just keep your head up high, and say good bye!” This hook was quite powerful and exemplifies that theme of self confidence and moving on! A really inspiring song that will make you want to sing along as if you were in a huge choir.

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Ivan L Has Dropped 6 Albums Already In 2020: Artist of the Week

South Florida underground sensation Ivan L has recently released, HOW TO BE A PLAYA in collaboration with Brizzle Worrell. The 7 track LP features RhymSter of Ever Evolved on the song, SPACE FUNK. Ivan L’s output this year has been outstanding and unmatched, with 6 LPs put out and 2020 still has one quarter left. This album rounds out 18 total full length records that Ivan L has released since 2012. This amount of productivity is on some Curren$y or Future level type hip-hop, the work ethic is highly commendable.

The album channels that nostalgic Bun B and Pimp C sound of the South. Track 1 of the record is UGK, Ivan L and Brizzle Worrell trade verses back and forth on each song like seasoned veterans of the game. “I’m a Kakarot, in a platinum watch,” Ivan L raps as he references DBZ, and being blinged out. “Like who I be kidding, that paper I stack, I’m really so different, this fell in my lap,” Ivan L raps in track 2, ALL I KNOW a song with 3 verses and an auto-tune crooning hook.

Track 5 of HOW TO BE A PLAYA features Ever Evolved co-founder RhymSter. “Met a bad bitch, who’s so thick, probably going kiss her on both lips.” Ivan L raps on the track SPACE FUNK, a bumpy jam to vibe out to and smoke, while keeping a shorty close. The title track starts with Ivan L going straight in with bars using a unique structure and flow. “Money the motive, I need mine too, records promoted, the fees I blew.” Every song on this short 7 track record has dope punchlines and bars, layered references, along with street knowledge and business advice.

If you want to learn how to be a player, then you might want to take notes when bumping the collaboration between Ivan L and Brizzle Worrell. A new duo of righteous, up and coming Southern hip hop kings. Ivan L’s preceding 5 projects all released in 2020 alone include ALL EYES ON VITO, QUARANTINE THIS! KUSH & HAND SOAP, QUARANTINE THIS! A SICK TAPE, YOUR GIRLFRIENDS SECRET PLAYLIST 3, LAST TIME I CHECKED I WAS STILL BREATHING.

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Numbers On Numb: CantBuyDeem Drops Title Track With DJ Rabat.

CantBuyDeem just hit an awesome milestone by crossing ten thousand views in 2 weeks with NUMB, the second single and title track from his NUMB EP. In collaboration with French producer DJ Rabat, Numb is produced entirely by Deem’s French connection. Considering how his second single is sonically and lyrically, this EP will be a bonkers output from the Chicago indie powerhouse known as CantBuyDeem.

The visual is done by another regularly featured artist on here, Father Darko aka Mikal Bae. The visual features CantBuyDeem on a couch and getting into some BDSM with two women, with signature blunt smoking of course. The video has lush whites, purples, and vibrant darks throughout, a very refined color palette for the video. A YouTube commenter described CantBuyDeem’s style as what happens when gangsta rap meets Andre 3000. After watching and hearing Numb, you will know why.

The rhythm and melody CantBuyDeem puts on the record is smooth in its sound, but gritty in its lyrical references, giving the listener a totally unique experience. If you miss the lyrics, you might miss the message of the song entirely. “I done lost Alice, lost Trisha, lost Tammie, lost Granny, keep my ice real cold, and my heart so callous.” These lines stood out because of their direct references to CantBuyDeem’s personal life, and the loss of the women closest to him. The melody is bright, upbeat, positive and uplifting, but Deem is talking about how stoic he feels to things due to the intensity of his life experiences; he has been through a lot, so he is numb to a lot as well.

Everything better, but something still missing, got a lot of past pain, I can’t undo it.” This line is said shortly after he mentions how he is blessed for being able to make money off his music, especially when traveling out of town. This line goes to show that success in what you do, is not a cure all for the human emotional experience. A really powerful project and message jam packed into only a two point five minute song, music is cosmic in its ability to portray such human emotion in so little time. Kudos to CantBuyDeem for channeling such visceral reality to an audience. We are excited for the entire NUMB EP.

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