AzMattic and RhymSter Are Back with I’m A Natural

If you are familiar with the collaborations of AzMattic and RhymSter then you know THE JAZZ CIGARETTE. Well now they are back with the 1st single, I’M A NATURAL from THE JAZZ CIGARETTE 2! A fun lyrical bop by the duo explaining how easy the talent of rhyming comes to them. The 1st JAZZ CIGARETTE album came out in 2020 and this one is geared up for an early quarter 2022 release! 

This first single is a dope listen with a nice vocal mix that just sits right over the top of the beat. AzMattic and RhymSter trade short verses back and forth while sharing the hook, which is both catchy as it is hilarious; especially the line, “I never hold it in, cause I’m an asshole.” Thinking about some of the themes that are prevalent in the THE JAZZ CIGARETTE album(s), one being coffee, in which coffee lovers know it comes with the price of the shits. The other entendre is that assholes literally cannot hold it in.

To speak your mind even if it is offensive would be viewed by sensitive folks as conducting yourself as an asshole. The mixing of the hook is also dope, because you hear AzMattic rhyme it first with the lead vocal, and then RhymSter is on the hook the second time being the lead vocal, and AzMattic in the background ad-libbing. Other notable lines that spark analysis are “I’ve been captivating minds since the matrix was designed. I don’t mind, I just rhyme because it’s naturally defined,” from AzMattic. Anytime a rapper can utilize referencing the Matrix film in a unique light it is deserving of kudos by fans of the film, like some at Ever Evolved.

I’m more natural than George Gervin with the finger roll… I’m more natural than Randy Couture in octagons.” Both dope references by RhymSter, especially if you are the sports fanatic in basketball and MMA.  “Too many times have I ran into them Grant Hills. Potential high, but never reached it due to injury, went and formed a family with no ties to Sicily. AzMattic and RhymSter giving y’all that double header, powerful dynamic duo, point guard alley oop to my center!” Another sporty string of lines with basketball references weaved in from RhymSter. Grant Hill’s skill set could have made him have a MJ, KoBe, Lebron type legacy but was unfortunately cut short. Still marvelous player though, similar to Tracy McGrady.

I”m the Don, so stay in line like it’s comic con. A common misconception but you take the comments on.” This line from AzMattic might mean something about people being intimidated by hustlers who are their own bosses! A groovy lyrical listen, the track IM A NATRUAL leaves you thirsting and ready for the entire LP of THE JAZZ CIGARETTE 2. THE JAZZ CIGARETTE 2 is available on all DSPs this February 11th! 

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Pharroh Afternoon and KD Young Cocky Link for These Old Streets.

Pharroh Afternoon is a newer artist on the scene that got the attention of the Ever Evolved camp. The mid 20’s Chicago native has already built an impressive solo catalog, with many singles out on all platforms, and a handful of music videos to go along with it. In his single, THESE OLD STREETS featuring KD Young Cocky, Pharroh Afternoon delivers an emotionally powerful verse that seems to channel Meek Mill on DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES and LIL N***A SNUPE.

“Attack every challenge, with aggression, every fight a different lesson, to be alive is a counted blessingI know how it is coming up as an adolescent, the beast of the street, will kill you in a second.

Pharroh Afternoon raps more real rawness over an uplifting and hopeful hip hop instrumental. “These old streets, have taken control of me,” the hook rings out as it is bellowed with a megaphone distorted effect. KD Young Cocky provides the hook and a solid verse to coincide and compliment Pharroh Afternoon’s parts on the hit single, THESE OLD STREETS!

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Chris K Makes Stellar Debut in Summit: Artist of the Week

New Chicago hip hop recording artist Chris K breaks onto the scene with his debut album, SUMMIT. A short but impactful 7 track record, Chris K finds melodies and pockets he can belt with a slight contemporary glaze of vocal effects. Peppering in rap verses over hard hitting but uplifting, spritely, hip hop beats. Summit is a solid introduction to Chris K who we project being in the game for a long time to come! 

Starting off the record with a hit in SOUL FOOD, Chris K has a natural knack for crafting pop composition. “Sunday evening comes around I’m serving soul food,” Chris K sings in a run as he goes into the hook. He clearly has been singing for a while, and his skills already ahead of his peers. NEVER ENOUGH is a slightly darker track about being unsatisfied, and wanting more in the game of life. You can hear influences of Drake, Chris Brown, and Big Sean in this record, a solid follow up to the intro.

JIMI VIBES is a song about being unique and standing out. “’Cause I’m a modern day Hendrix, I don’t blend in, you know I don’t mess with you motha fu**as. Because you only made tension, my nights long, make ‘em never wanna end it, Jimi Vibe…” Chris K definitely separates himself with this record hitting fast sing rap flows in and out of his hook. 

STUNT LIKE THIS is a hard track that will have you head bobbing to the beat, and his rap flows. Chris K really channels Ty Dolla $ign on this song with the hook. “She like me better when I stunt like that, how long it’s been like where the sunlight at? She said why you roll a blunt like that? Wonder how I make you cum so fast?” WHAT IM SAYIN. is a personal favorite of the record, without giving away anything about this song, just go bump this hit! Best melodies and flows on this particular track. 

SUMMIT is the title track on the 7 piece record. Hitting high pitched flows, and keeping the melody hopeful and light, Chris K paints a bright future for his career and life. “I could climb a mountain if I wanted, now I’m the one that’s looking down from summit.” LETTERS TO HOMETOWN wraps the project up with a positive vibe about chasing your dreams, leaving your home behind to achieve greatness, but not forgetting where you came from. 

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Too Urban, and How Gentrification Pushes Hip Hop From Its Roots.

It is no secret to lovers of any genre of music, that black culture is the roots and foundation for majority of the most popular and most listened to sounds in the mainstream, especially for the USA. From Hip Hop in New York, to House in Chicago, Techno in Detroit, Disco in Philadelphia, Jazz in Louisiana, Dubstep in the UK, even Rock music with Little Richard. What makes these genres so popular is relative to its particular fan base, and how they connect & express themselves personally through these sounds; there is no music culture without the fans! So it would be fair to say, to separate the two is un-cultural, and appropriating.

The most successful genre past its first decade, and continues to dominate the mainstream, is Hip Hop, without a doubt. Promoters make top dollar hiring DJ’s that play top charting artists, that majority of the time lean towards hip hop creatives like Drake, Travis Scott and Jay-Z, to Kanye West; the latter of which themselves contributed to the hip hop culture in its early years. From its creation in the urban jungle of the Bronx DJ Cool Herc originated a sound, from looping breaks in disco records, that has forever changed the lives of many struggling in the taxed environment of the inner cities in the late 80’s and 90’s. It still changes lives today in many ways, but for some promoters and venue owners, they want the change all for themself. Many times venues have rejected not the music, that will still play on their radios, but the fans that make up the culture.

If you are a Chicago hip hop head you have probably seen many venues come and go that used to primarily service hip hop. Places like Subterranean in Wicker Park have been safe havens for the genre. A lot of the experiences that the hip hop community share are finding venues in the city that do not shy away from hip hop based events and crowds. It has become common place to silently acknowledge that some venues or locations reject Hip Hop performances and their audiences. The excuses venues and promoters use to turn away these crowds are quite vague, ranging from lack of money to the common favorite, being Too Urban.

Too Urban is a phrase rappers endured back in the infancy stages of hip hop, and today we still run into this subtle prejudice to discriminate against black or latin patronage. Racism in nightlife runs so deeply that establishments in 2021 would rather have empty bars than be packed with POC, even if a night results with no complaints, some creative networking and a fulfilled cash quota mid week. A certain stigma has become associated with the Hip Hop community that big money likes to pretend they do not avoid on purpose, but it is too profitable to ignore, so venues and promoters try to pick away at the culture to serve their own purpose and preferred customers. No baggie pants, no jerseys, no shorts, sneakers, ripped jeans, or hats, are some of the subtle ways to avert a certain demographic of people. Others will be straight up and say no live Hip Hop, the crowd is Too Urban, but we will like your art work and style to display and sell to our people, thanks. Not even if you tastefully balance live cabaret and jazz with contemporary hip hop for your rooftop poolside guests, is the culture tolerated; But they never return the money either.

This can very well be a symptom of gentrification, coupled with a thug culture stigma that has been associated with Hip Hop, (popularly emphasized in Bone Thug N Harmonys intro dialogue in THUGGISH RUGGISH BONE). Big money over time moves into cheap neighborhoods, purchases and redevelops property, and once that happens the local music venues follow suit. So what is a city full of expressive people and artists to do when the neighborhoods they grew up in now have yuppy venues that no longer want to promote the music of their cultural upbringing? This is a question that the artistic community needs to reflect upon, as well as the hip hop heads that make up that culture. This old attitude is past its time.

The people and hip hop cannot be stopped from persevering, that is in very essence of Hip Hop, to persist. But some kind of fear or prejudice that still exists in corners of our world, still holds some of us back from our potential. Hip Hop was, and still is, an outlet for creatives, outcasts and individuals to free their mind, express themselves and connect with a community of motivated and ambitious minds. To refuse to let that potential find a home and grow, would be to send our brothers and sisters back to the streets, the very urban environment the wealthy fear, creating the very stigma they run away from. Whether it is a taproom in Lakeview, a rooftop poolside bar in Wicker Park, or an after hours club, the nightlife industry needs to recognize all facets of the artistic community work and thrive together.

Is it not ironic after all for a whole demographic of people be considered Too Urban when the growing cities themselves, considering the aesthetically pleasing upgrades, new developments and business, are adding to the increasing urban environment? Is it not perhaps that maybe it is the corporate white collar prejudice that are too urban, and the culture is too human? In response to this discriminate rejection fueled by prejudice and negative stigma, Ever Evolved introduces Too Urban Open Mic at Magoos, November 18th, December 9th and 23rd at 8pm for everyone 21+. Presented with the S.H.I.T.T.S. Podcast and sponsored by My Radio Chicago. No waiting for permission to fit a certain box to find a home for hip hop culture, be the outlet for the culture, take it back! All creatives welcome, let us grow together! Much love to venues like Subterranean and Innjoy, Magoos for welcoming every and all.

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Boom Bada Bam Bing, The New Collab With Broken Robots Introducing Trevor Pilz

Broken Robots (Kat Baker, Tony Baker, Lonnie Phillips) are back with a new single introducing Chicago rap artist Trevor Pilz. The track titled BOOM BADA BAM BING, is a rebellious anthem channeling the likes of Cypress Hill’s B-REAL and the great Eminem. Kat Baker and Trevor Pilz share the infectious half rapped, half sung chorus, with Tony Baker on the guitar leads and rhythm production. The whole song feels throwback in its influences yet contemporary in its execution.

Bottom with the rocks in handcuffs, put them in a box with padlocks,” Kat Baker sings with her signature pianissimo style. “Singing boom bada bam bing, still do the damn thing, whatcha gonna do about it, bitch not a damn thing,” Trevor Pilz responds in the two part hook that evokes the idea of the sovereign citizen freedom fighter. Trevor Pilz being relatively new to the scene, but having such a strong sonic start thanks in part to Broken Robots, is quite commendable. A lot of artists in the scene do not get the privilege to have quality production, even less have the skill and talent to back it up like Trevor Pilz clearly possesses.

The track, BOOM BADA BAM BING, is two verses with two hooks, beginning and culminating in sound bites of various interactions with the police. The single infers this disharmonious relationship with those who are meant to protect and serve, but most of us know that is not really why they are here in our communities. BOOM BADA BAM BING, the new single by Trevor Pilz in collaboration with Broken Robots is available on YouTube and SoundCloud today with a lyric visual to accompany it on YouTube!

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G.T.I.M. and MOECYRUS Take the Boom Bap Throne with TOMA

First discovered G.T.I.M. with his fast flowing, Midwest chopping skills on FIYAH produced by Cuzzin Vinny. Now he is back with a collaborative EP with MOECYRUS on TOMA. A back and forth boom bap sparring record, where both emcees lay their skills down and leave everything they can on the track. A truly impressive record reminiscent of solo Wu Tang cuts. 

G.T.I.M. is an acronym for GTEK THE ILL META4, and he absolutely brings meta bars throughout all 5 tracks with heavyweight emcee MOECYRUS right alongside in their boom bap duo. G.T.I.M. raps the first verse of TOMA, produced once again by Cuzzin Vinny, in Spanish, before switching into English, “Let me switch the language I’m the number 1 contender, one that’s for sure is that Wu Tang is forever!…” MOECYRUS and G.T.I.M. share the hook chanting TOMA back n forth. 

The second record on TOMA is actually produced by G.T.I.M. himself; hearing rappers rap over their own beats is always inspiring. “I swear that I’m not a villain, living for lords bidding, something like heavens hitman, killing like hells janitor,” this dope line of metaphors stands out in track 2, MACHETE. “Fuck you need me for? I don’t ask for nothing, all you really want is to get your sound bussin,” MOECYRUS raps, inferring scene artists trying to waste his time or only use him for clout. 

Track 3 SPECTRUM, is actually produced by MOEYCRUS! Highly recommend this song for its piercing lyricism from both of the Chicago emcees. “I said I never folded unless I am aluminum…!” raps MOECYRUS. G.T.I.M. hits a nice string of lines with “Like when you’re making them nervous because you’re a genuine person, and I’ve been putting that work in, and becoming the version I’ve been dreaming and merging” 

MILITIA is another Cuzzin Vinny production evoking two solid verses from the fencing emcees on TOMA! The hook is a series of samples referencing militant raps of times past. MOECYRUS starts the record before passing it off to G.T.I.M. “I’m putting in my time like military service,” that line can sum up the skill needed to pull off a track like this. 

The final record begins with a sound bite mentioning martial law. G.T.I.M. comes in with highly charged anti-political bars. “Most the medias a lie, now they call it fake news, but it’s been that way. Let me tell you it ain’t new, always been propaganda, omitting out any truth. Then they hijacked rap, spitting bullshit in the booth.FML the acronym for “fuck martial law” the hook comes in tight and clean by MOECYRUS.This record is a must save and listen for any hip hop head of the Midwest and beyond. Any fan of music, boom bap, poetry, lyricism, political references, Latin music, should find something lovely, familiar, unique, and charged with the passion of true hip hop in TOMA

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It’s A Vibe Hosted by JaiTheArtist

On Monday September 27th, 2021 Chicagoans had the chance to see an Ever Evolved special curation at the InnJoy bar in Wicker Park. Named after the LEAGUE CHAMPS song by Beatrix Kiddo, It’s A Vibe was host by JaiTheArtist, who also performed and introduced each act. With DJ Curt Henny on the decks, RhymSter rocking some tracks, the night was set with a stellar lineup. The lineup features veteran emcee Franco Diazzy, lyrical spitter East Venti, pop star Sherell The Artist, future wave rapper Fazer, OddFella, Juju From The Norf, and South Side vet Tweak G.

Each artist had a notably strong performance, with special mentions for East Venti and Franco Diazzy! Ever Evolved gave these artists a platform for them to showcase their latest music, on top of raffling off a total of 12 hours of free studio time. They gave 3 artists, participating in the raffle from the audience, a free 4 hours each! It’s A Vibe was also a completely packed house on a Monday night in Wicker Park at InnJoy! Big shout to Mims Salgado of Lucrative Records for permitting the event, always a blessing.

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Pharroh Afternoon Delves Deep In Heartfelt Single, Love Letters: Artist of the Week

Once again channeling the great auto tune crooners of the new wave era, Pharroh Afternoon details a string of interactions, heart aches, and heart breaks in his latest single, LOVE LETTERS. The melodies and runs he hits in this song make for an emotional ballad something reminiscent of Speakerknockerz, Drake, Future, Young Thug, Chris Brown, and Isaiah Rashad. Pharroh Afternoon uniquely blends his influences into a fresh sound and style, be on the lookout for the next big thing coming out of Chicago Illinois!

She would let it go by the end of the night, some of these decisions that I’m making ain’t right. She was trying to cut me off like a light, but I can’t let her walk out of my life… Cause girl I need you by my side,” sings Pharroh Afternoon before leading back into the 2nd refrain. The song alludes to toxicity within the relationship yet still wanting each other regardless of past infractions. The song describes a type of relationship many of us can relate to, especially being young, ambitious men, and most certainly that of bachelors. Pharroh Afternoon opens up a more intimate side of his music and lyricism with “Love Letters”.

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Nova The King Recruits Heavy Hitting Features for Nova & Friends

Nova The King’s NOVA & FRIENDS EP is a 6 track power punch of banging tracks, with braggadocio one liners and smooth hit lines. For the record Nova The King secured features from Weegi Wizers, Jerm X, Relic The Bully, East Venti, Mikey Rose, and BillDollarSign. FOCUSED is a track about becoming a bigger, more successful rapper. The hook is “I’m focused, ain’t no debatin homie, I swear that I’m owed this. Hottest one in my city, put the whole game on notice. Once you getting bread, start shining, become the locust. But they can never stop me, because too focused.” Jerm X comes in for a 2nd smooth cool verse where he references James Bond and the golden gun.

The song GEORGE references when George W. Bush said Shame on you, Nova comes in with a hook about getting W’s like George, Call me George cause I get a lot of W’s.” A direct funny joke, especially if you grew up during the Bush years. Nova hits a faster flow on this record when saying, “Step in the booth and I’m causing alarm…” Relic the Bully delivers a powerful high technical verse on this track, big ups! Track 5 is titled TIMMY even though the ending of each phrase of the hook is verbatim “to me” but slurred together it could be spelled out timmy; hip-hop is full of rappers playing with spellings, acronyms, homonyms, etc.

Fuck the competition cause I’m past that,” Nova The King ends the EP with a catchy strings of hooks and lines with PAST THAT. BillDollarSign comes in a new-wave type verse, with fun lifestyle lines. He eventually starts crooning, and he seems to have a mixture of an ATL and Chitown sing rap craft. Nova The King has been consistently working and releasing music, make sure to follow him to stay up to date on all of his content!

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CantBuyDeem and DJ Skoli Link Up for Collaboration Album, DILF.

DILF; if one has to explain the acronym behind DILF then perhaps you should not even be reading an article about a prolific Chicago emcee by the name of CantBuyDeem. “Life’s too full I shouldn’t be hungry.” “Truth is, I was homeless the day I found out I’d have my shorty two years later had a Jag with the emblem.” These lyrics of the intro track POPS feat. Jae Haze stuck out the most. The idea of rags to riches, and how CantBuyDeem is flipping fatherhood into more of an attractive endeavor than most might think.

Been a ‘pops’ for 14 years and still got that work!;” raps Jae Haze, reminding listeners of his crowning and longevity in being a father. Celebrating fatherhood is something clearly lacking in all musical forms, not just hip hop. CantBuyDeem taking this approach is swinging home runs far past left field. The next track on the collaboration LP by CantBuyDeem and DJ Skoli is ON BRO featuring Rank Jenson. A catchy, hype song about the respect and recognition, that goes along with building yourself up as a man and a business. CantBuyDeem references all of the different individuals and things he can promise his word, and that is on bro. 

Track 3 is a skit, and features a voice over snippet from CantBuyDeem’s daughter talking about him being the smelliest dad in the whole wide world. Its quite the funny and poignant hip hop skit to go along with the theme of fatherhood. His skit placement fits perfectly and the structure of this record already is impeccable with its pacing. DJ Skoli’s production and engineering is on point; hearing CantBuyDeem’s voice and sound be so crispy on the record is really enjoyable! 

Track 4 is Lil Goofy leading into another skit called Goofy. The song is a rolling bass filled beat with lil goofy repeated after every line referencing classic goofy behavior from certain shady and extra individuals. CantBuyDeem’s usage and wordplay with Chicago street language never ceases to amaze with his creativity and ability to inject layers of flavor into his song structures and hooks. A music video to LIL GOOFY by CantBuyDeem recently dropped on YouTube!

If you are a CantBuyDeem fan, then you are familiar that he is a native to the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In this track 6, he honors his roots and influences being an Englewood baby with a string of lines all referencing different situations of his upbringing and lifestyle. “Englewood baby I’m fucking gorgeous,” rings out to end the record before another soundbite of his daughter cuts in.

Track 7 is a crazy sounding computerized instrumental with CantBuyDeem absolutely assaulting the beat with his memorable punchlines.”That booty blush when daddy spank,” to “if I want it you know ima get it, if I say I want it, I already got it!” There is something about this record that reminds one of prime time Carter albums by Lil Wayne. DILF definitely is a notable heavy weight entry into the CantBuyDeem catalog.

The last two records on the DILF LP are JOYSTICK and PUFFY Remix, both of which feature André “Ohni” Duvall. These two ending tracks are a little different in sonic vibes and production than the previous 7 records and offer a more relaxed, surprising ending to the album by CantBuyDeem. The collaborative LP put out by CantBuyDeem and DJ Skoli is the latest of an ever growing super catalog by the Chicago artists. If you are into Chicago music, DILF needs to be high on your playlist of Chicago albums this summer.

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