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.
GET IT THERE, YELLA, THE LICK, and FLEX are all songs released in the last seven months by Safi-G. Safi-G is a Palestinian rapper who makes up one half of the Chicago hip hop duo, GoodFellaz. All four of the songs are accompanied by amazing music videos, and every single one has crossed ten thousand in views, making his total count at eighty-one thousand. Across four videos in only seven months, and for being an independent underground rapper in 2020, these stats and milestones are recognizable and considerable.
If the other blogs are not paying attention to the hype, we feel bad for them. Safi-G has been consistently releasing quality music and visuals for a long time, and the hard work is paying off. He has an incredibly dedicated fanbase, any show you go to and see him perform, you will witness a crowd of Palestinian-Americans rapping and singing every single word along with him. His stage presence, performances, and cult like following precede him certainly. When you are a recording artist that already has the respect and love from your community, there is a lot of ways you can get to where you envision with out help from a label, and that is part of the beauty of hip hop.
The best artists are also the most culturally influential, but Safi-G also makes sure to be technically and musically skillful as well. This is why he is a triple threat package, he is talented, with good music, can perform live and already has a following backing his product. As a professional, Safi-G contains what a lot of artists would require from A&R and development, and he definitely does not need a cosign either. As long time backers and supporters of Safi-G, we are excited for his future in music, and it seems as if right now he is closing in on big breaks.
In another authentic Chicago sound and visual from Dat Bizness, he brings an upbeat and positive perspective on his background, and how he has persevered through it. “Mama gave me $10 bills, told me go and grab Sandra tacos. First he was there and then he was gone, so I’m asking mom where my pops go.” FROM THE STREETS is only two minutes long with two verses and two hooks. Dat Bizness is surprisingly able to fit a large amount of story telling in this short song. It must be listened through multiple times over again in order to catch everything because of the pacing, its replay value, and the hook is one you can dance and vibe out to.
“I am from the streets, brothers carry heat. Watch out for police, hustle hard gotta eat. We just trying to live take care of our kids, born in the system it is what it is,” the hook rapped by Dat Bizness would have an audience up off of their feat and having fun. This song is appealing for its sophistication, with the lines detailing Dat Bizness’ background and lifestyle, coupled with the jazzy, saxophone melody, boom bap instrumental. The song is fast paced and makes a listener think, while also moving them to the rhythm. It is not easy to combine those aspects (fun and complexity) in music, and successfully doing so is absolutely worthy of praise.
Dat Bizness ends the song reminding listeners where he is from. “8806 South Burley street I grew up in the new buildings damn!” He is no stranger to the neighborhoods that shaped the talent and phenom known as Dat Bizness.
Bringing some soul to Chicago, Adam Houston, all the way from Houston, TX, joins other Chicago jazz inspired artists like Lili K and Livia Gazzolo, as he debuts his solo work. Formerly lead singer of Hot Planet, Adam Houston continues strong with his first solo single, LOW. Accompanied with a music video directed & edited by Kaden Acosta, giving off a very 90’s urban vibe, showing off Chicago’s skyline, street corners and art, while horns, bass guitar and guitar riff away smoothly in the back. Adam really catches you in a groove right off the bat with this song, flawlessly diving into the next chapter of his career.
Visual artistry has many different genres, just like music, and has been becoming more and more relevent in music itself as well. Fashion and style always been a part of music culture, and that is where you will see the photographer. As music videos become more frequent, more creative, you will find your video-graphers putting in work; on camera and in the editing process. Here is where you will find creatives like Candice Alise, who does a bit of it all and then some. She is a force to be connected with!
Currently stationed in Chicago, she did a lot of work overseas, significantly in Austria. Aside from painting, photography and videography, Candice is also an arts and event curator. Founder of Art After Dark with teams in Tunisia in North Africa and Vienna predominantly. With over 50 events curated between the two, she has began to expand her operation into the states, with Art After Dark Chicago and LA, connecting American and European local artists. Dragged to the states by opportunity and romance, she works close with Ever Evolved and other artists around the city.
Within regard to Ever Evolved, Candice offers her talents with marketing events, to taking photos of the artists in our studio and shooting video recaps for events as well. Offering similar services to other artists and creatives in the city, she will take it a step further (as soon as lockdowns are lifted), and take artists overseas to Europe, to a larger audience and vice versa. In the meantime she will be giving hip hop artists a platform online with Cyphers After Dark, a new cypher series collaboration, with artist and romantic partner Wilhelm Duke, showcasing lyrical ability of Chicago’s finest local hip hop talent. Episode 1, Directed and edited by Candice, out now on Youtube with RhymSter, WRDS, Radcliff Music, Wilhelm Duke, RapCrush and Azmattic.
Scotty Rocks with The Dog and Pony Show has partnered with RhymSter, of Ever Evolved, to create a platform for artists to talk about their career, craft, life and even perform their latest release! The first episode is presented to viewers as a three part series. Each part runs about 25 minutes long, offering consumers much content to absorb. RhymSter interviews IIIMPULSIVEEE, Mic Logik, and Keem and offers a deeper look into the crafts, styles, influences, and history of each artist.
RhymSter and IIIMPULSIVEEE delve into the backstory of how he got his stage name. IIIMPULSIVEEE used to go by Mystic, Mystify, Baja, Smirk, Johnny MC and then finally IIIMPULSIVEEE; with three I’s at the beginning and three E’s at the end. He chose this spelling due to his relation to the number and numerology of 33. That seems to be the number that follows and symbolizes more of who IIIIMPULSIVEEE is. They continue to talk about the ins and outs of the music industry, aspects of selling merchandise and live performance. IIIMPULSIVEEE then performs his song, “METHOD TO MY MADNESS” live in Scotty Rocks Studio 28 of the Dog and Pony Show.
RhymSter and Mic Logik discuss Mic’s background growing up in Chicago and his memories of the Chicago Bulls and Allen Iverson‘s rookie game against Michael Jordan in 1996. They go on to talk about Mic Logik’s introduction to hip hop with Snoop Dogg, No Limit influences, his respect for the Warren G sound, and his love for Bone Thugs N’ Harmony. Mic Logik is a student of the game hip hop and music. His catalog goes back to as far as 2007. Mic Logik talks about the start of Chi-Native Entertainment and the radio segment he co-hosts, Chi-Native Radio. Mic Logik also has a podcast focused on basketball called All Net.
RhymSter and Keem discuss Keem’s background with classical music training, and going to college for vocal performance on which he received scholarship for. Keem believes you should never let anyone put you in a box, and to not ever give up; continue to strive and work. RhymSter compares Keem’s latest record, IT’S GOING DOWN to a powerful and funky Marvin Gaye record. IT’S GOING DOWN was produced by RhymSter and Keem and features Radcliff Music; There is a music video out to it now done by Hayward of B.B.E. They talk about how that hot political single was created in the studio. Keem then gives a performance of IT’S GOING DOWN to end part 3 of episode 1.
Highly recommend following RhymSter, Ever Evolved, Scotty Rocks, The Dog + Pony Show, and Friday Nite Lites to stay up to date on all of the amazing talent they will be featuring! Interviews, performances, and great conversation to compliment the brands of each artist!
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.
As an artist, there can be many forms of self expression; from instruments, to painting, photography, video, modeling, dancing and even nudity! Masters of self expression, or artists, can combine some of these ideas, and with lock downs in place everywhere, the free time puts creatives at an advantage. Queen Mars is one of many taking control of this free time, working on new music, an accompanying video and the promotion for it all. Running into an obstacle at first, the B!TCH music video is celebrated by a welcoming audience.
Using just her phone and a flashlight in the comfort of her home, Queen Mars got creative with some visual effects. With slow motion, shutter and reverse effects, Queen Mars dances confidently in her skin to her own music! Causing some form of censorship from advertising, she took to the media to speak her mind about hypocrisy and double standards in media between men and women. Even more pressing as the song, aside from the visual, highlights strong divine femininity.
The emerging woman will be strong-minded, strong-hearted, strong-souled and strong bodied. Strength and beauty must go together. One of many quotes Queen Mars places in her music video as subliminal reminders of inner power and confidence. Over a simple guitar riff, piano chords and vocal harmonics, she sings, “I’m that B!TCH, say my name, where’s my crown, call me queen. I’m the one in control!” The video noting a B!TCH as an equivalent to a Boss, and ironically, a word used by emasculated men towards women they find themselves intimidated by. Sitting on her own thrown, B!TCH accumulated close to 2k views in just a week.
AKA Fátima Valle, currently residing in United Arab Emirates (UAE), and close friend to Chicago artists, released another tune carrying a personal message. TELL THE ONES YOU LOVE YOU LOVE THEM, nothing to be misconstrued there, Fafa dedicated the song to a friend in passing. In her artistic fashion, she reminds us all express more positive affirmations towards your companions in life!
Never one to shy away to express her mind, it is important to do so! This release follows a music video, THE SKY CRIES WITH ME, a track about battling through mental bouts. Fearlessly, lovingly and creativly taking lifes challenges, helping listeners on their own journeys as well. To really get connected to Fafa’s journey, her social medias are full of activity where she covers numerous songs & unreleased previews, continuously expanding her vocal abilities on the daily!
From the East Side of Chicago, and currently residing in Los Angeles, Hannah Got Raps releases music with raw hip hop flow! Since moving to LA, her music has been welcomed to stages shared by Bone Thugs, Vince Staples, Common, Odd Future, Action Bronson and more. Spreading positive messages to her new found audiences, Hannah raps about life and transcendence as she uplifts the soul with her music! Evident in her last EP BLOSSOM and recent music video BLACK, inspired by current turbulent times.
Set 48 hours before Juneteenth, Hannah Got Raps celebrates black lives with an inspiring and powerful visual. Filled Black Power symbolism, like traditional black cultural family values, black entrepreneurship and black leather clad get ups, representing the legendary Black Panthers! The video ends with a poem about fear, from the perspective of the oppressed. The song leaves you more aware of the power and magic of black love, and a reminder, “All black love is the mission, everybody talk about peace, while the blood shed, hear the cries of the streets.” Will You Rise?