Kat Baker, Tony Baker and Lonnie Phillips are the members of rising Chicago based rock band, Broken Robots. Harnessing an eclectic sound: whispery, melancholic vocals, with bass lines that sound like a cross between Seinfeld and The Faint‘s bassist, Dapose. Broken Robots have a style that cannot easily be compared.
The music video features the three band mates performing DIMES AND QUARTERS in various locations, showcasing their chemistry and tenderness. “I’ve been feeling like a fish, out of water. I’ve been trying to pay the rent with dimes and quarters.” The chorus is deeply felt throughout the song (especially if you’ve ever been broke) and it never feels repetitive. Their compositional style along with their build ups, crescendoing runs, late bridge, and even a guitar solo from Tony Baker, all feel in good taste. This song contains a well thought out and complex structure; which is appreciated in the day and age of formulaic pop rock and pop bands.
Dimes and Quarters is the 4th song from the upcoming EP THE ESCAPE ARTIST. Written and produced by Kat Baker, Tony Baker, and Lonnie Phillips, mastered by Blaise Barton working out of Joyride Studios. The music video was produced, directed, shot and edited by Joel Lopez of Lumbra Records. Broken Robots offer something different in the current saturated world of music and their single, DIMES AND QUARTERS, is in our permanent rotation.
What a surprise to see Yung Joc on a song with Chicago native and recording artist, Gee Get Money. Gee Get Money has been in the game for a few years now and has quite the growing catalog of music! The song starts off with a lot of bling, blue tones, and confident successful rappers turning up to the hook by Gee Get Money. “I’m so icy, I’m so icy, look at this ice,” the editing is fast paced, with many shots of Yung Joc and Gee Get Money showing off their shining diamond watches, chains and accessories.
The music video cuts around a few different staple locals in the city of Chicago, with many scenes cutting back to them turning up inside a luxury vehicle. This must have been a big budget production! Requiring the services of Yung Joc alone would be a pretty penny. This was a well produced work to say the least and will absolutely boost the career of Gee Get Money.
The greatest part about this single is the slight 2 Chainz diss that Yung Joc snuck in towards the end where he raps, “Rush 2 Chainz to ICU, when he saw me, he got frost bitten!” When that line came up it is bound to cause laughter and a double take, definitely a second listen is needed! This music video will also evoke a sense of nostalgia because Yung Joc has not aged at all! And the song itself reminds us of peak auto-tune South Side drill music from the 2012-2015 era. Congratulations to Gee Get Money on the successful music video release and collaboration with Yung Joc, we are excited to see more!
RhymSter, the flagship artist and co-leader of Ever Evolved, has released his third project and second dual emcee-producer collaboration with Edmur Quinn, following up RhymSter’s previous record, PURE NOON. RhymSter employs smooth uptempo flows with clever lines, sprinkling storytelling over soulful sampled, heavy bass, new school beats. Each record has a distinct yet similar vibe which make the tracks fresh and cohesive. He recruits fellow Ever Evolved members Radcliff Music and Mike Booth,who together along with RhymSter make Triangle Offense, on the song ALL WEEK LONG. The other three songs are entirely composed of vocals from RhymSter making this a short but sweet four record EP.
The intro track, I FEEL IT, starts with a high pitched vocal sample, leading into the hook rapped by RhymSter. “I feel it in my bones, its about that time, blisters all up on my hands from this mountain climb, escaping death up in my nightmares yelling I gotta live, me while I’m ready for it all to see what it gonna give.” This song centers around the theme of not quitting or giving up. To stay the the course while on the road to achieving your goals and living out your dreams. RhymSter ends this record with a hopeful repeated bridge.
ALL WEEK LONG is the second record with Triangle Offense. RhymSter starts the record off rapping about a typical weekend schedule of his, including a Friday night party, Saturday night show and a Sunday afternoon studio session. This song deals with some youthful weekend hacking done by the crew while moves have to get made. “All week long, Ive been grinding handling business, try’na to take care of all these children, putting myself in this position, grinding hard so say lets get it get it.” Radcliff Music comes in with that classic rhythmical smack talk, mentioning how Triangle Offense is a group with respect and a name, yet no album. Radcliff Music ends his verse saying he is not letting any weak people take him out.
Track three, DISCONNECT & UNPLUG, is a thoughtful exploration into the lifestyle of a musician born and bred out of Chicago. RhymSter writes lines such as “disconnect and unplug, this lifestyle is a heavy drug, tip toe on the borderline, tell you that I’m more than fine,” and “they want us to look through the glass, but not open the door… thank the internet for showing us the worlds colors, increasing single mothers, and decreasing eachother.” The track fades at the end leaving you barely to hear the last few lines of RhymSter’s lyrics, adding to the emotional effect of the record and leaving you wondering what was said. The weight of the beat and his lyrics leave the listener to ponder their own feelings.
C’MON SON, the finale track has a wonderful gospel sample. Paired with complex bars by RhymSter, making references and puns such as, “Breaking bread with my all brothers, Jesus in the last supper…” and “PURE NOONya know I will, MAINTAININ while I wait for it, so watch out man!” RhymSter ends the track with a hilarious sample of a monologue from a famous film. Tying up this dense yet short project that leaves you wanting more!
CantBuyDeem dropped a mix tape over old school famous industry instrumentals called NOT 4 SALE Vol. 2. On the 21st of January he released the visual to a classic Mase song called WANT ME. It features Super King Reza on the vocal hook, a hot verse from Ever Evolved’s JaiTheArtist, and visual production from the video alchemist himself, Mikal Bae aka Father Darko.
CantBuyDeem really knocked it out of the park with organizing this collaboration! Super King Reza’s voice on the hook almost sounds feminine, it is so smooth and catchy, had to check the feature credits. JaiTheArtist’s verse compliments CantBuyDeem’s perfectly, they were both hitting all the relevant points of the song theme in their respective 16 bar verses. The attitude of this visual just screams 90’s classic hip hop; extremely nostalgic, but also new and quite fresh! We have the entire collaboration to thank for that, everyone involved in the project executed to a high caliber.
Visually, if this does not remind you of a Hype Williams music video from the Busta Rhymes days, or maybe even a current Hype Williams video from Griselda Records well, we’re not sure what will! Mikal Bae shooting in front of a green screen, editing in certain hilarious set pieces like a car for Super King Reza to stand on while its driving, a futuristic metallic background with a fish eye lens perspective, or just the three artists lounging on a couch. While its floating in front of one of Mikal Bae’s signature vapor wave designs. This visual has all of that and then more!
Lyrically, every line is set to make you laugh, especially since there is so much charisma behind the performances. Lines from CantBuyDeem, “The reason I treat you royal cause you loyal,” and “You know I put the d*** in your life but I wanna do more like licking you right!” Or lines from JaiTheArtist referencing Pretty Ricky and pornographic videos, “Get down with the licky licky, while you rolling sticky, blasting Pretty Ricky, tryna find a porn to do!” Then one of my poignantly favorite lines from the hook, “We can go to space, that ain’t ship to me!” I feel like that line is as old as time, yet It is an original Super King Reza line.
Bravo to all hands involved on this song and music video. It looked like an absolute blast to film. It is something that Chicago should back, put on its back and be proud of. Has Mase or anyone relevant seen this? Well they should.
Tweak’G is a South Side Chicago rapper and she has been putting in an insane amount of work lately, within this last year alone! Tweak was a part of Jovan Landry‘s Synergy Chi performance on Windy City Live! She recently won the Chicago Buzz competition on January 9th, earning 1st place and the grand cash prize. She was also featured at the all women’s showcase event, Intuition, put on by Art After Dark in collaboration with Woman Made Gallery, this was held in mid December.
Towards the end of 2019 she put out two amazing music videos to her singles, GOLD and PROLL’EMS. The G in Tweak’G’s brand stands for many things and GOLD is only one of them. This theme is elaborated on her visual while chilling with her friends and family at her neighborhood spots! Her song PROLL’EMS speaks reflectively on struggles her and her community face daily. Taking a faster uptempo flow, she delivers heartfelt messages and stories related to personal experiences. Tweak’G has been recognized in mainstream publications, like USA Today and Chicago Reader, for her civil rights activism through public speaking and street demonstrations. Both in and outside of the music industry!
Tweak’G had a productive year in 2019. Here’s to recognizing her hard work, catalog building, live performance resume, and activism!
Radcliff Music has really outdone himself with this latest visual release in collaboration with Canon Montana. BLACK SCORPION is quickly approaching ten thousand in views after only being out a couple of weeks! Hats off to one of the pillars of Ever Evolved and Chicago hip hop, Radcliff Music! With a simple yet structurally perfect flow, a hard beat by Frekwenzy and a high quality visual, Radcliff Music is executing on all angles! Hard work really pays off and after 8 projects deep of releases it is looking like this video is jump starting a long deserved buzz.
“I drop this music, fuck the check, I’m grinding for a purpose, I’m beating every odd and that’s how I know I deserve it!” Radcliff Music puts it plainly in front of your face; he stays low key, puts his energy into the music, nothing else and it shows. He raps like himself, in his own voice, he does not imitate gimmicks or pick up and flip trends. Every single song, Radcliff Music is purely flowing the literature over instrumentals that he has acquired throughout his life. “Better not pass your time with bullshit, I hope you working!” Hip hop is about the long game now and the artist that blows up over time leaving a paper trail of a dense catalog full of consistent quality music; that artist perseveres and cements a legacy.
Congratulations Radcliff Music, Black Scorpion is in permanent rotation.
BeatrixKiddo and TechStyles released a quite personal song over one of the most famous Mac Miller records ever put out, BEST DAY EVER. That was a gutsy but ultimately good decision. If you are going to pay homage as well as speak about personal memories and tribulations that you have overcome, why not trying your hands at an instrumental from one of the late greats? The name of the track is EMILY, which is BeatrixKiddo’s real first name.
TechStyles starts out a with a verse focusing on BeatrixKiddo and her struggle with depression and how he views her strength amidst her tribulations. “I made a lot friends, families, and enemies, but I never met someone, quite like Emily!” The ending to his verse leads into BeatrixKiddo’s 32 bars about her battle with loneliness, her ex partner and wanting to give her daughter the best life she can. “Never thought I would end up, holding my bags, at the front door, reminiscing every day, having all these flashbacks.”
The loss of someone via breakup is always a painfully ripping emotion that will tear anyone apart. The will to then creatively express yourself about that experience can even be harder. BeatrixKiddo does not hold anything back about the relationship that gave her a daughter and also influenced her to rap and pursue her craft and career. Even through all the hate she receives and the people that do not think she should be rapping, she does it anyway. For herself first and if it spites others, so be it. This is her life to live and lead, no one else’s. Personal and painful music can be the most difficult to put out into the world, for this we recognize and respect!
When Säge The 64th Wonder aka Seji,aka Shintendo is seemingly quiet in the rap/hip hop scene in terms of music, in actuality he never stopped releasing, producing and creating content. Namely his commissions of his unique animated art style that the Chicago scene and beyond cannot quite get enough of. It feels as though when Säge gets bored or anxious, as all genius multi talented artists do, he jumps back into the rap arena and shows why he is been a staple of Chicago hip hop since 2012. But he was making waves even two years prior to that because of his skill and technicality off the jump and having a team of emcees and artists surrounding him, if you remember The Terra Godz.
You cannot cast Säge as just indie, hip hop, nerd core or anime rap. He is so much more than that considering he actually embodies a large part of the East Asian culture being a visual artist himself. He clearly studies and consumes the culture to a high degree. He is a fusion of a lot of things that really get fleshed out if you can actually go through his entire catalog. Säge has gone through numerous re-brandings and some classics that might not be available to listen to right now. Do not fret however since he is re-releasing some oldies quite soon as well as an album of brand new music in February.
Until then ponder, soak and absorb this. “Damn, will they ever play me for the masses?” Asks Säge to an alternate version of himself, something like a conscience which in turn responds (using a higher shifted pitched voice) “Even if they don’t, I still feel you make the classics, still think you’re greater than the greatest in this rap shit, is that a question you’re asking? We’re passed this, Just pass this blunt.” Säge the 64th Wonder, the flagship leader of SlumpGang777, will have some amazing pieces to look forward to in 2020.
The visual to this record has to be one of the most touching music video intros you have seen. Dat Bizness shows off his family, unafraid of presenting himself as a father, a proud black man who provides for and loves his family. He is even matching with his youngest son, AJ.
There is a lot of negativity perpetuated as a form of self expression from the experiences that young black men go through coming up in Chicago. Dat Bizness takes these experiences and flips a lyrically positive spin. He still makes it clear these are very real times to be alive and negative things are still obviously going on. With the main phrase and theme of the record being I AIN’T GOING, there is much about the surroundings and lifestyles of Chicago that Dat Bizness is rightfully against.
I AIN’T GOING presents lines that pierce the emotions and thoughts of the listener like, “Black girls going missing, times real!.. White man pulling me over while I’m behind the wheel, but I ain’t dying today, that’s what my mind wills!” Followed by “Grew up with the gods but the devils call us n***as, either or, even odds!.. Jo, this is top shelf from the basement though, this that smoking blunts in staircases flow, scarred faces, stressed thoughts, broke dreams, turn some to kings and queens, turn some to dope fiends!” Dat Bizness has been in the Chicago hip hop community for a while now but this new record and visual is elevating him quickly; reminding the rest of us to focus on the craft and the pen game first.
Chore Boy and Brad Kemp recently dropped the visual to the hit single NOSCE featuring CantBuyDeem, on their LP “STORIES YOU CAN TELL YOURSELF“. This music video, directed by Patric Coakley, is a simple but brilliant visual expression of the three rap verse song, including sound bites from what you can only postulate is Alan Watts since the timber of the voice in the audio is a popular archaic tone. Chore Boy and CantBuyDeem give so much wittiness throughout.
Chore Boy starts off with a fast tight flow and high technical skill “They just like me for the weed, they don’t like me for the rapping!” Later in the same first verse, “I leave my lid open like some stale chips and I skate by like a stale fish, you on stalemate while I nail shit, whats an earthling to an alien!” Chore Boy takes the first and last verse, giving CantBuyDeem the middle. That was only a taste of the wit Chore Boy co. has on this one record.
CantBuyDeem starts off with this line that will make you laugh everytime, “I put in 5 brought back 10, that shit felt like MAGIC!.. Hear a lot of boss talk, but they got no sauce, gotta put the packet in the ramen at the right time!” Followed up by, “Jumped off the porch like a skydive, I be smoking spliffs feeling like I’m in the ozone, standing round a room full of squares trying to phone home, trap phone, cell phone, main phone, same phone no ringtone but that bitch stay buzzin!” Can’tBuyDeem per usual, drops a verse thick and rich in humor, style and banter. His first line is significant because, think about the idea of being an entrepreneur that can flip a product and how it is like literal magic. In CantBuyDeem’s case, he puts that work in as a recording artist and gets more back. Basic simple math having to do with a sonic return on investment.
Chore Boy’s third and final verse has more density packed into it! “Took a D.A.R.E. class, but my dawg double dared me, talk isn’t scary, everyone who’s watching went from awestruck to wary. And they be taping everything like caution so carefully, I’m lost in the sauce but I’m found at the scene!” His little play on drugs and crime is interesting, it seems to be an ode to the 90s public school war on drug culture, as well as metaphors for his mind and acumen when it comes to rapping.
Brad Kemp’s production and engineering is top notch as always and really helps brush out the flavor of the recording artists he works with. We are all for more Chore Boy x CantBuyDeem records! Hip hop such as this record and visual are vital to the life line of the culture. If you can get anyone to bump, dance and think. Well then you have done your part.