Gq The Fool is back with new music, and a racy video to accompany it. When you think of a RED ROOM, what do you think of? Some may reference a room for photography, others may have more promiscuous ideas. In this music video, the camera follows the adventures of a group of curious women, looking for a night of satisfaction. With the help of a couple Chicago R&B vocalists, the song and video adds up to be the perfect seductive song for the bedroom.
Even with a sensual song as this, GQ the Fool does not hold back on his lyricism. In fact in seems to come more naturally in provocative scenarios, in tune with his inner casanova. “This vibe is so amazing, want you to know that Im really feeling your conversation, I love the fact that you require trust and reciprocation.” His lyrics enter confidently following the sensuous beat, laying down the atmosphere for the rest of the track.
As GQ makes his moves in the video, on the chorus, the talented vocalist Nxt Ext chimes in. “Snuck into my bedroom, about to make this bed room boom, i hope you aint got no plans, baby take my hand, I got some things I want to do to ya.” As the chorus echoes and repeats in your head, Keem Singing adds his verse, to perfect the energy of seduction within the video. Filmed by Hayward of BBE Visuals, he leaves out enough of the action to leave the rest for imagination, making a memorable R&B track, expected to be released on GQ The Fools upcoming EP SPOKEN.
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.
East Side Chicago native Danny Twelvetree recently released WHAT A LIFE, a 12 track record full of clever witty punchlines detailing the freedom, hustle and slightly hedonistic star like lifestyle of Danny Twelvetree (hip hop and hedonism have always been crossed lovers). Structurally this record is extremely well put together, cohesive in its feeling, production and subject matter. This is a record for the fans of Nipsey Hussle, Wiz Khalifa, Schoolboy Q. If you like any of those artists, you are bound enjoy Danny Twelvetree.
One of the leading singles from the record is BACK IN MY BAG. The song has a sleek visual to coincide; Twelvetree raps in a few different locations, riding a BMX bike, and he performs inside a convenient store in a light blue jersey. Twelvetree mentions situations of women trying to hassle him for his time, being robbed at a young age and how he has had to cut down his circle from snakes. LIGHTSPEED is another song that stood out. The song might take one back to Wiz Khalifa’s STAR POWER mix tape in its positive vibe, melody and rhymes about the high life. The song has much replay value, highly recommend re-spinning that track a couple times as you listen chronologically.
Notable favorite from the record is BAD IDEA, which starts out with a sample about a kid describing what it is like to be flying; then Twelvetree comes in with a hard flow. The hook is still ringing, “I can’t take another blunt, that’s a bad idea, I can’t take another shot, that’s a bad idea.” That hook ties together all these impulses, deadly sins of sorts, that Danny wants to do, but does not know if he should. The song seems to be a struggle with pleasure through women and substances, but also a song that possibly rejects the over indulgence of both of these things.
The song contains an unaccredited feature who sounds like a mixture of E-40 and Anderson Paak. The track is a solid combination of quasi-lyrical mood rap mixed with a turn up anthem. The whole LP fits that description however and that is why it is so enjoyable, and has a lot of replay value. Listeners of this song could bump and dance, while indulging in substances they know they should not consume more of, because its BAD IDEA. Twelvetree perfectly reflects the culture and generation he is apart of. Casual drug use at least in terms of cannabis, alcohol and possibly pills have found themselves a quite prevalent presence in hip hop. The song channels that Kendrick LamarSWIMMING POOLS song energy quite perfectly.
Danny Twelvetree rounds out the LP with HIT ME UP, this track starts out with another sample; a woman leaving a voice message on Danny’s phone. He then comes in with a cool and powerful singing voice, auto-tuned in a unique way, different from most modern rap sing-songs. The song surrounds this theme of how Danny is progressing, making money, traveling, making waves and his ex girlfriend seems to try to crawl back in his life.
For being relatively underground, Danny Twelvetree has a remarkably marketable and commercial sound and image. He is bound to make waves in an industry that is intense, cut throat and full of sharks. Twelvetree should be well off given his product, his style and sound gives a sense of grit, resilience and a will to not give up. We are excited about the roll out of this album, streaming everywhere now!
Chicago legend in the making, MOECYRUS, recently dropped his 5th full length studio album, I ALREADY COINED THAT. A record full of punch lines for all the haters and fans alike, to absorb with grit and a complex array of emotions. MOECYRUS says what he feels and does not hold back his perspective when explaining what he goes through, navigating in this music business. When it comes to lyrical structure, MOECYRUS channels the classic greats of hip hop; think Big Pun, Ghostface, Biggie type of rhyme organization.
Being from Chicago born and raised, MOECYRUS hones his unique style and puts on for his city. The intro track to the record is titled CHICAGO THE MECCA, where MOECYRUS sings and raps about how Chicago is the epicenter of culture. “Old heads think they’re too good to teach the youngings, because they’re stubborn, then wonder why we ain’t MOVING!” MOECYRUS creates a mellow but lyrically impressive intro track to his 5th LP.
The next notable track to highlight is, “PUT IT UP”, with a catchy hook that every emcee listening will be beating themselves for not thinking of it, because it is that clever and sonically pleasing. When things open back up, rest assured that anyone in the crowd hearing this will be rapping and chanting along! MOECYRUS put together 8 songs with 4 features to complete his 5th album. Talents that offered their sound are Orlando Coolridge, Novatore, Cruz Ocho, and Billie Dee Boodah. As usual, MOECYRUS recruits an all star lineup for I ALREADY COINED THAT.
On God is another well crafted and highly impactful song on the record, with over 4 minutes of MOECYRUS rapping about the in’s and out’s of coat tail hangers and clout chasers in the music business. A pattern of people thinking they need and want things from him, without offering any value in return; for lack of a better word: leeches. “Don’t put that on me, thats on god,” he chants, and after listening through, he is definitely right. This song is also impressive for including a little Midwest chopping, Twista style, at the end of the hook; “burning your bridges and thinking its sweet, I’m up in the top, I came from the ground!”
I ALREADY COINED THAT, the title track, is number seven on the LP, and it starts out with a falsetto, raspy sung tune before the drums, and MOECYRUS’ signature flow comes in. It reminds one of something playing in a diner when getting the morning coffee. The tune goes, “I wanna talk my shit sometimes, I wanna get outside my mind, everybody’s got their eyes on me!” MOECYRUS gives two verses on this record surrounding the theme of too many people trying to get something out of him, or trying to pick his brain for all the secrets.
Being a rapper in this business can come with a lot of people wanting things from you, simply because of your platform and name, something that he avoids at all costs. MOECYRUS values genuine interaction, he swerves the energy vampires. I ALREADY COINED THAT is an amazingly cohesive and authentic record coming from the Chicago emcee. Any fan of hip hop, or anyone considering themselves a hip hop head, needs to go support this artist and buy his LP on BandCamp. And make sure to stream each of his 4 previous records, UNTITLED, ICEBERG, YOU GOTTA BE FKN KIDDING ME, and LIFE EXPOSED.
When you got a lot of energy the best way to use it as an artist is through creation. TheWorldInKaos sits on a newly released single, HOW I FEEL, laying out his mind with no filter, “Ya’ll lames can’t f**k with me, not even on my worst day.” You cannot even say he is lying, with a beat produced by Excuse My French, TheWorldInKaos dominates the track lyrically. As well as recently being featured on Shade45Sirius XM with a number of elite Chicago hip hop artists like GHerbo, Vic Spencer, MOECYRUS, RhymSterand Radcliff Music to name a few. In his words, he is “Bout to have the whole city shakin off the richter scale, like an earthquake, getting money in different ways, think I care what you make?” HOW I FEEL is a raw summer track to turn up to when you know the words!
Scoochie Boochie buys a luxury submarine to search for the LOST CITY OF ATLANTITS. A legendary paradise that sank into the sea when its women got too thick. The synopsis given by Boochie himself, and whilst that is accurate, this album is so in depth with the concept of lude, sexual humor, through the guise of a nautical focused setting and character, that the previous description might not due it justice. This album is the epitome of the word conceptual.
Scoochie Boochie is a new age hip hop influenced Pop-Eye the Sailor, mixed with the sexual satire and puns one would hear in Too $hort records. He is fluid and makes his style seem effortless, how he flows over instrumentals with sex jokes, after sex jokes. The record is mixed and mastered by RhymSter, with instrumentals provided by Vanilla Villa, Dee B, Guillermo, and Fartmaster J. The sound is crisp and clean, with the signature inflection from the main protagonist, Scoochie, cutting through in each track.
There are also a series of skits that paint a vivid picture, and drive a narrative of how Scoochie Boochie eventually winds up in Atlantits in his luxurious submarine. All the while detailing a sex-capade worthy of Austin Powers. The project is 18 total tracks, including skits, and lasts approximately 40 minutes. The sound, style, stories, skits and lyricism of Scoochie Boochie will bring a listener on a hilariously interesting time. The flow of the album feels like it could be scored into a musical and be a hit!
Notable lines from the record are throughout all of his songs, there is not a stale track on the project. “The beacon is lit, Gondor calls for aid, Rohan’s on the way, but it’s me with the dick, the trees and a zip;” that line can be found on the track I’M GOING TO HAVE SEX. That is just a taste of what you can expect to find on THE LOST CITY OF ATLANTITS.
StankNasty is back with another beat laced with endless lyrics and metaphors unveiling his mind. The Chicago artist does not hold back on what he thinks about inconsistent over hyped artists that fail to deliver lyrically, with his track, PREACHING TO THE CHOIR. Presenting the confidence of a growing artist, ready to take on the spotlight, StankNasty opens himself up to scrutiny as he contends for his own place in Chicago’s hip hop community. Coming in with a flow and a hunger to back it up.
He has won fans over with his latest conceptual releases like CARNAGE, SCATTER BRAINED and I KNOW I’VE WON. Taking on a different attitude with PREACHING TO THE CHOIR, challenging his position amongst other artists in music. Already proving his lyrical tenacity, StankNasty solidifies his talents with confidence in the chorus, “I’m just preaching to the choir, only reason this beat is so complete, ’cause I set this bitch on fire.” He then takes aim, with his words as his weapons, “Too many mother f***ers are trying to duplicate a vibe, so I am attacking the clones, god damn my mentally handicapped aunt writes more intelligent notes.” The first few bars are already pack a punch, poking at beasts, and his words only dig deeper as he continues. But StankNasty proves he should be recognized, with the composure and artistry he preserves within his conceptual tracks.
They call him Renaissance for his ability to blend an eclectic mix of styles including R&B, pop, trap, and soul. A singer and songwriter, John Renaissance has placements on NBC, worked on Empire, the Steve Harvey Show and he is a member of the Chicago Federation of Musicians. A multi-talented phenom, his latest record MOSCATO, is a pop smash hit anticipating a long game break in the mainstream.
Eight months ago John Renaissance was featured on a song called, “BOTTLES IN THE AIR“, by an artist named DND. Upon viewing that, it was clear Renaissance could easily take that Usher, Donny Hathaway, Trey Songz, Jeremih and Chris Brown like sound, and push the craft even further. Now since dropping MOSCATO in late February, John Renaissance bodies the song and leaves listeners wanting a whole album of more!
To help break the record to a larger audience, John Renaissance started a “MOSCATOchallenge” on social medias. Type in hashtag #johnrenaissance or #moscatochallenge to find it. You can either do a dance routine, a freestyle, or find your own creative way of showing your support to John Renaissance, and his soon to be hit record to the industry.
To get on the phone with John Renaissance was a pleasure, he is a joy to talk to, and very knowledgeable about the music industry. He explained how the Chicago Federation of Musicians is essentially the Chicago union for working musicians and musical performers. Over the course of JR’s career, he has rejected seven record deals; One record deal he declined for the label taking too long to come up with the legal paperwork. Another deal he declined due to the A&R being unprofessional, and sexually harassing a singer he regularly collaborates with. These are certainly commendable decisions, and his intelligence and discernment is something to be applauded.
John Renaissance is a well traveled artist, from New York to LA to Atlanta and hanging out with Lil Boosie; he is full of great stories. He spent the better part of last year working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean as the nightly musical entertainment, performing covers and originals, getting paid to do what he loves to do and live while cruising the Earth’s seas. His perspective on the pandemic, the start of the racial tension, and the BLM protests was quite insightful and beautiful. He said that everyone on the ship was from every corner of the planet, and that there was nothing short of love and unity to experience in that cruise.
John is working on a single called NOAH’S ARK, about how the world is seemingly falling apart, and he is singing on a yacht. He is also working on two other singles, THOUGHTS FROM A PRIVATE JET and CATALINA, and a full project called LIFE IS A TRIP, a Drake influenced style of diary writing. JR will release a precursor EP to that project as well titled, WALK AWAY.
John Renaissance is inspired by Smokey Robinson. He wants to write the records, find the artists, build the empire. He is actually secured two SAG roles for artists of his, NDPNDNT and Aaron Mack, both with roles on EMPIRE. John Renaissance has a quote that will be used directly, it is a fantastic way to sum up his brand in one word when needed: “You can be a jack of all trades, master of none, but me? I’m a Renaissance Man.” JR is inferring that everything he does and touches, is at a masterful level. After listening to his music and hearing his stories, one would undoubtedly have to agree.
California born, Chicago based elite emcee, Orlando Coolridge took this latest single to his west coast roots with AK LIKE YOU KNO. A groovy bass rhythm and a clap on the one and the three. Coolridge croons a catchy hook with slight auto-tune to add some accent to the chorus. A member of SlumpGang777, and a regular contender on the No Coast rap battle circuit. When Coolridge is not lighting up his opposition in a battle, or touring with his collective, you can find him rocking some of the best shows in the Midwest, and dropping regular tunes with it.
AK LIKE U KNO brings out a funkier side of the rap battle extraordinaire, and the song still contains the classic Coolridge bar structure. Coolridge raps, “You can probably catch me on the I-5, chronic in the left hand, sliding by the skyline. It’s my time, to show off my divine mind, my style ages like fine wine, Malibus most wanted with the fine dine.” The exceptional way he strings together lines is definitely not void in his latest single, you get classic and contemporary Coolridge all in one record.
Notable Chicago duo, The Hood Internet, just finished their music time machine! The two have embarked on a journey throughout the 80’s, sampling the decades most favored songs and artists in a handful of songs representing each year of the 80’s. Why has this not been done before? – We just needed genius’s like the Hood Internet in Chicago to manifest this concept obviously. Together they mixed together artists like Kool and the Gang, Rick James, Men Without Hats, Daryll Hall & John Oats, Survivors, Michael Jackson, The Clash, Bonnie Tyler, Eurythmics, David Bowie, Corey Hart, Van Halen, Cyndi Lauper, Eazy E, Dr. Dre, RUN DMC and way more, in a seamless progression. A homage to a decade of that forever shaped the culture of music in countless ways, from disco to hip hop, rock n’ roll, synth pop and countless cultural references from hollywood movies to music icons, perfectly represented thanks to The Hood Internet!