Artist of the Week: Remey Le Flow Offers Street Wisdom in Life Hack/Bible Belt.

Easily the most impressive visual and sonic from Remey Le Flow to date. This five minute and fifty second long music video is bound to entertain and leave a listener pleased about the current state of hip hop. Remey takes a hard flow with bars about coming up in an uneasy atmosphere with competitive players. He raps the first half of the record with one of his more signature low rap voices. “My squad, we set traps, we came prepared, set up for all racks. Money hid in the safe house, gotta ask if its safe out.

The visual features Remey performing at night in a snowy back alley, and inside a garage with a flame torch. The second half of the music video features Remey in a white hoodie sing rapping in a completely different voice, almost Kendrick Lamar-esque. “Family raised me by the bible belt, first gen but yet I’m still a baby.” The melody and lyrics he weaves with the instrumental are complex and enthralling. Remey Le Flow’s gravelly, oddly high pitched voice from that second half of the record is still ringing.

This Remey Le Flow is only vaguely familiar, but here is to hoping he continues with this style as well as his others. It is refreshing and unique considering much of Chicago hip hop is dominated by low bass fast rhythmical rapping. This visual was a hit, bravo to Remey Le Flow on the project, and the growth he has made in an insanely short amount of time. We should be anticipating much more!

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Artist of the Week: From Barber to Beat Maker, ADotmixedit and Sound Minded Recordings.

In a modest gated community in West Chicagoland, somewhere past the gentrified and still developing neighborhoods, resides a self made businessman and entrepreneur by the name Aki Johnson aka ADotmixedit. You might be familiar with him if you have ever heard music from CantBuyDeem. ADot has engineered a lot his projects, most notably the NOT 4 SALE mix tapes. He runs a professional recording studio out of his own home in Galewood, IL. His business is called Sound Minded Recordings.

He also owns and runs a barbershop called Barber By Nature located in Hanover Park, IL. He drew inspiration from a famous record cover art by Naughty By Nature themselves, eventually getting shouted out by Vin Rock of the legendary hip hop trio. Now ADotmixedit is gearing up to make his own waves in the music industry. Starting with his work with CantBuyDeem, as well as a versatile catalog of artists including Eyeball, Gitta Thompson, Kasean, Pop Pizzle, Monster Clique, and more!

ADotmixedit is a certified engineer from the RRFC; which stands for Recording Radio Film Connection, under the tutelage of Miller Street Studios. It was here that he was able to hone his craft and learn about the theory behind audio engineering. His own studio is high tech, including a lot of the industry standard hardware and even his own custom modifications.

Sound Minded Recordings utilizes dual Raven MTI screens, an Avantone mono for mixing, Yamaha NS10s, 2030 3 Way EVENTS, Universal Audio Interface with the Avalon software. Slate Digital MS1, MPCX with the 16 beat pad, AKAI 61 Advance, and lastly a custom analog mixer he is building to attach under his Universal Audio interface. Safe to say that ADotmixedit has put quite a lot of time and money into his set up! But now that he has a fully functional studio, it is time for him to not only maintain it, but continue to grow and expand his small business acumen of recording and music clients.

ADotmixedit believes in engineering music that he can actively get behind, support, or feel. If he does not think the music is good, or has enough energy he will not touch it regardless of the paycheck. He is not in the music industry as an engineer solely to make money, he wants to create amazing works with artists that he truly can promote and be proud of. And that deserves respect because it is about taking the craft of music seriously and giving time and attention to those creatives that deserve it.

From mixing music using tape decks, which no one even knows how to do anymore, to mixing music digitally using Logic and ProTools; ADotmixedit has seen things come and go in the recording industry through out his life. From being in an analog studio with 100 track mixers to using mixers only in the DAWs; ADotmixedit understands how music technology has changed over time, couple that with his experience, ear, and musical training; and Sound Minded Recordings will soon be a blossoming recording house.

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Artist of the Week: Chicago Native Gee Get Money and Yung Joc Drop ICY Visual

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!

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Artist of the Week: CantBuyDeem

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.

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Artist Of The Week: Safi G Flexes On ‘Em!

Safi G popping out with the new beat and music video to FLEX on ’em in every single way. In the intro draped in chains and red fitted suit, with an attitude like he knows he is made. “What It Do!” Safi gets right in your face off the bat and he tells you off, “I’m the streets doing dirt, with my wolves puttin work.” Not only flexing in chains in a nice crib, with his wolf pack behind him and fellow Goodfellaz family GQ The Fool, Safi G will FLEX on you to get that food! With A309Vision working the camera this video came out as hype as the song did.

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Artist of the Week: Defcee’s Lacuna

An unfilled space, a gap. A missing portion in a book; Lacuna. Like Eternal Sunshine of A Spotless Mind, erased memories creates a gap in the mind. Defcee bases this LP off that idea, a collection of songs lost to memory intentionally, but they were not ready to be put to rest. Defcee confronts his past in this 4th collaboration with KnowsTheTime. Telling his story as he expresses his growth, perspectives and environment.

Starting out with his hometown growing up, PLEASEANTVILLE II paints a surreal picture of his neighborhood, “aint hell but it aint heaven…” Coming out with a raw and seasoned flow and unlike people who like to claim Chicago, Defcee knows where he is from. “I was born in the life of that luxury, average house, 400 G’s…” takes a 180 turn however to drug hustling and parties, ending it off with “I seen a man die, running through the street on his last high” Strong opening to revisiting your lost memories, Lacuna.

SIMP as you should know is a man who reveres women, pedestals them. Def starts off that he does not like talking about love so might as well get it over at number 2. He referred to it as more of an addiction, “aint addiction crazy, aint she a hell of a drug.” A concept he knows much about as he touches base with addiction to drugs through his own perspectives and a friend. THE POOR LITTLE RICH / DEVIL N ME contains, I believe, the most inventive lyrics through the whole project.

Defcee continues keeping it real through the rest of the LP. Interesting to see what one can find in the Lacuna of the mind. Must have been a reason never stayed completely forgotten! Either way it is a great project lyrically and goes deep personally, which is always a challenging effort; emphasized by knowsthetime production, the quality will get you in a hell of a vibe. His articulation and flow of his perspectives and woes may be catalyst to fans to face their own!

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Artist Of The Week: Elevatd

The end of the year is always a time for celebration and what better way to do that than with new music! Elevatd and feeling festive, the two Chicago bass artists steady releasing quality beats for the holidays for the free. Even throwing down at a show in the hometown with the man 12th Planet. These two continue to grow every year making their mark bigger and bigger.

Following their original release U NO EYE the two decided it was not enough! So they bust out DIAMOND CHAIN, another nasty original piece that will just whip your neck back. Their next track is just as heavy, flippin’ Space Laces D.A.W. when, they then follow up with something really cool! Their latest and last of the year (possibly?) goes to rework local Chicago dance music icons Louis The Child, keepin’ it real. The cool thing about Elevatd is how they grew to embrace different genres as they grew and so they tastefully remake the popular track, BETTER NOT, to perfection.

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Artist of the Week: Jai the Artist Debut LP

There is a first for everything and for any artist it is always a big milestone. Coming out of Ever Evolved Studio, Jai the Artist has been hard at work to hit a very important milestone! Jai has been on such a journey to make it up to this milestone you would be surprised to find that her most recent release, Fluffy’s Playground, is the debut project. From her singles to events and travels, Jai put in real effort into making this project quality.

Upon hearing Jai skillful lyricism and composure on the mic you instantly recognize this woman is as seasoned as a veteran emcee. Although her debut project, she is no stranger to the mic. She may have done more in the making of this project than many people do in their dreams! Releasing singles to tease the project, only a couple actually making it onto the Playground. Jai also been hitting up venues left and right to get recognized from the West Coast Los Angeles to the East Coast, Florida.

All that experience can really put you in the right mindset to execute a debut project of this quality. Getting every detail right to the production value and collaborators. In Ever Evolved studios with RhymSter on production the whole way through, making every beat crisp and hard hitting. Also featuring artists like Bunny Liiu, Italo, Essse Guey, and Radcliff Music to add some raw lyrical credibility for those doubters! Fluffy’s Playground takes you onto a ride through hype, raw street bravado to beats to chill and smoke too. A trophy of a debut project, available to stream everywhere.

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Artist Of The Week: K3NSWAY

At first glance, just as anyone, you may not know what it is to K3nsway aside from the fact that he dresses well. Far from just well dressed he is a talented Hip Hop artist, not just any ordinary either. More of a conceptual artist as his songs take you through the motions. Many of the ideas sit in the titles of his track like TORTURED MAN and HERE COMES THE TRUTH and NIGHTMARE. Recently he released two more tracks follow more of his personal story through music.

As stated, his titles play on the song idea and these two are no different! His most recent X FILES is most definitely not about some ghosts. Equally as scary though, he runs through his thoughts of ex lovers. DEEP MASON may be more metaphorical as a Mason is either a about stone or Freemasonry. Maybe he just goes as hard as both? Either way its a track packed with raw bravado that will get your head boppin.

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Artist of the Week: DJ Heily B Debuts His EDM EP

There are not much milestones like the first and for an artist they can be significant. This month DJ Heily B hits a big one as he debuts his first ep. Not out of no where however, Heily B has been working on single releases for the longer end of the year, practicing, getting better and more creative each time. More known as an electronic dance music DJ, spinning for events and venues around Chicago and event a couple of times for Ever Evolved events as well, Heily B has picked up producing along the way.

From his first release BREAD BOWL to ELECTRONIC DANCING MUSIC EP, there is quite a difference that can represent his growth as a producer, but the quality was present from the start. The EP itself is a quick 4 song package packed with energy reaching into diverse genres. Heily never seemed to stick with a single genre from the start and from beginning to end the EDM EP takes you on a audio trip. From the future bass track FORGET A DAY bearing feminine vocals, the hispanic lingo over a dubstep beat in DIVIDE, to the bass and riddim style ending out the EP. Heily B really puts Respect on his name with this release. If you missed his ep release party at The Auxillary Art Center, press play and live through it vicariously.

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