Familiar to Chicago’s Englewood area, Geno Pacino grows up to offer a unique perspective through his music! He has been putting in work getting his word out with a 14 track mixtape on DatPiff, LP & EP’s, countless music videos, remix’s, singles, and collaborations. No rookie in the slightest, he can even freestyle bars, off the top is not a skill many so called rappers can even claim. Turning moves to get his name known, he was featured on Hip Hop Rebel, interviewed on BootCamp Radio, performed live a Sofar Sounds Chicago among other venues, and most recently released a new music video.
Pacino Season continues with Geno’s latest music video for RUDY RAY, a single off his LP PACINO SEASON. He has many music video, but this time he gets animated with his character as he roasts old school rappers with big ego’s. An energetic beat to get hyped up with, stunting lyrics like “Tried to tell me he was gone for a minute, I said n*gga you was never back, top 5 mother f*cka you was never that… On the grind mother f*cker you was never that”. Should keep you motivated and on your grind because you can expect Geno Pacino is going to call you out! Catch him on Fab 5 Radio Show April 5th to see what he has planned next.
Up and coming artist Franchika making extra moves this month, while everybody is in a frenzy. Getting her name out there with the two releases; a music video and a single! Coming out of Chicago and currently with 323 Music Group, shared with artists like Ravyn Lenae, Adam Ness and other Chicago artists. She has real talent with her voice, being able to control it with ease and hitting high and low notes, switching between singing and rapping without a problem.
WHAT THEY DO was released last year, but it is still jammin’. Franchika pulls off a really cool music video, puttin her acting skills to the test, over lyrics and scenes of infidelity! Really showing off her vocal skill with that song, of course you got to be A1 when you kick someone to the curb. Her most recent release BONNIE is much more sensual and seductive, getting deep into the R&B vibes. The forbidden fruit is the most sweet, but sometimes toxic, and BONNIE might have you itchin’ for that treat you know you should not have! Franchika easily controls the mood of a room with her music and we are ready for more!
Shay Budda Delo aka Deloney is a mysteriously talented Chicago rapper. Staying low key and popping out once in a while to rock a dope song at an open mic. His sound and style is a mesh of influences depending on the song. This record he has with a visual called QUALIFY, shows him doing street activities such as riding BMX’s, shooting hoops, and being posted up, while rapping in London with his homies. Every shot looks straight out of a scene from the popular Netflix street gangster show, Top Boy.
Deloney raps “If you not speaking Gaupanese leave me alone mane, if you’s a broke ***** I don’t even know ya name...” Ending the verse with “I can’t afford to let you play me for these tokens.” Right off the bat, (as he’s holding a bat or piece of wood in later scenes and shots) you feel the dark but very real and visceral energy emanating from Shay Budda Delo. After the visual you are left scratching your head and wondering how he has London connections being a Chicago rapper, definitely impressive. The song kicks, go stream it now!
The Surge, member of the Mic Commanders, and known for his intensely witty, sharp lines, and distinctive voice, recently dropped a hilarious animated video to the lead single from his 2020 LP SURGE IN GENERAL WARNING. The LP runs 17 tracks long at almost a full hour, and featuring only one Mic Commanders comrade, SamIam the MC. The lead record from the album, RAP RAP RAP, produced by Dreamtek, has a visual out now, done by Big Herc.
The visual is incredibly impressive for animating different characters and scenarios involving phones and social media, notably that of Surge in a library. Done in a comical animation style, it is bound to have you laughing while pondering the harsh words from beginning to end. The Surge basically calls out how rappers self promote on social media platforms, namely Facebook. He strings multi-syllabic rhyme schemes in an explanatory manner regarding the different habitual tendencies of rappers.
Some of the specific things he calls rappers out for are: tagging 99+ Facebook users in a music promotion post, going live on Facebook with nothing worthwhile to say, or artists having meaningless discussions in an endless thread of comments. Every line hits home in terms of the daily activities seen from local rappers. The Surge is highlighting symptoms of some the twisted normalcies we find in the music business.
Though many have traveled through these lands known today as Chicago, there is one regarded as the first permanent settler. Europeans have been exploring North America’s since the 17th century, and one of the first to be on record to explore the land, rivers and portages go by the name of Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette. Others have since visited or posted up for a time including Renee Lasalle, Henri Tonti and Father Francois Pinet for the Mission of the Guardian Angel. It was Jean Baptiste Point du Sable that held permanent residence here and laid a foundation to expand upon.
There is not much documented history on the early life of Jean Baptiste, however there are many accounts and theories that lead to a general idea believed to be accurate. Baptiste Point Du Sable is known to be born in Haiti, and later studied in France, before returning to Haiti to sell coffee, and then travel up to New Orleans, Louisiana, by the account of Joseph Jeremie; who claims to be his great grandson. Historian Milo Milton Quafe found a French immigrant in Canada with the title Sieur de Sable, with descendants titled Du Sable living around the Great Lakes. Quafe speculates Jean Baptiste father is from this family, while his mother was most likely an enslaved woman.
Land acquisitions would place Baptiste to own land in Peoria in from March 13th, 1773 to 1783, prior to his settlement at the Chicago River, while other records placed him in Michigan. In 1779, British officers arrested Baptiste on suspicion of being an American sympathizer. He then worked for British lieutenant-governor Michilimackinac in a pinery in what is now St. Clair, Michigan. Jean Baptiste was married to a Native Pottawatomie woman, Kitihawa AKA Catherine, and had two children, Jr. and Suzanne. The marriage was recognized by a Catholic priest in Cahokia, Illinois in 1788.
Jean Baptiste Point du Sable was not recognized as the founder of Chicago at first however. Many believed the first settler to be Scots-Irish trader John Kinzie, who bought Du Sables property in 1803. During construction of the Century of Progress Internation Exposition or Chicago’s World Fair, the fair recognized the construction of Fort Dearborn as the historical beginning of Chicago. Several African American groups campaigned for Baptiste to be recognized at the fair, and succeeded. Today we recognize the founder of Chicago in many different ways, with marking is home-site in 1976 as a National Historic Landmark, a memorial at Pioneer court and a renaming Michigan Bridge to Du Sable to name a few.
Jean Baptiste spoke Spanish, French, English, and several Native Dialects. He had established his home and trading post at the mouth of the Chicago River in early 1779 or early 1780’s. It included huts for employees, bake, poultry, dairy and smoke houses, two barns, an orchard and plenty of space. He served Natives, French and British as frontier trader and settler during the American Revolution and thereafter. He sold his farm in 1800 to John Kinzie‘s front man Jean La Lime. He died on August 28, 1818 in St. Charles Missouri, formerly French Louisiana, buried in an unmarked grave in St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery, where Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission erected a granite marker. His entry in the parish burial register does not mention his origins, parents, or relatives; it simply describes him as nègre, French for negro. He was often regarded as a big, handsome, wealthy and well educated!
From the San Francisco Bay Area emerges Cardboard People, an up and coming dynamic trio with strong perspectives. Comprising of vocalist Yunoka Berry, producer and songwriter Jim Greer, and Hieroglyphics founder and producer Damien Siguenza, all with a common goal. To give voice to the voiceless, with strong lyricism outlining social and political barriers and differences in our culture, through a blend of hip hop and avante-garde pop music. Announcing their self titled project with their debut single BONDAGE; it sounds like it will turn some heads.
BONDAGE is a strong message of the effects of slavery on the Black experience in America. Not leaving anyone out, being told through the perspective of the captor; the white man, singing “I am your leader, your fearless leader… I will control you, seek out to own you.” Acknowledging, no matter how uncomfortable, the imperialistic mindset, that oppressed and violated the sovereignty of many people. “I traveled from sea to sea, I want whats owed to me. I’ll do whatever it takes, to snatch all your kingdoms away.” To accompany the release is a music video, taking place at the ocean, a metaphor to slave ships perhaps? A strong intro to the forthcoming project, exciting to see what else they have on their minds.
Another example of a powerful female figure in the music industry is in Bella Bahhs. Back with a new music video, following up from 2016, for her single BLACK POWER; she reps her heritage and her skin proudly. Calling herself a raptivist, you can hear her ideals in her lyrics, “Know where I come from, I’m proud of. All of my heroes are Panthers. Some say I’m biased, well kinda. We got the juice like Wakanda.” The song is full of references to Black power and growth.
Music is not the only thing on her mind as well, she does not call her self a raptivist just for her lyricism. Bella is active in resistance, attending and performing at rallies against police brutality, Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration events, and other civil rights efforts. She even takes part in photo, film and acting, having major credits in IVORY AND GOLD: A DANCE FOR FILM, and also in the THIRD STRIKE for In Justice For All Film Festival. Most recently she featured in a short film by Briana Clearly, there is a lot this woman is putting on her plate! Unafraid, It seems Bella Bahhs has real power within her to make waves in this world, and those Bahhs are no joke either.
Hip Hop has provided many artists the platform to air out their expressions or grievances. Hip Hop culture in itself is defiant by nature, starting up deep in the Bronx, pioneering emcees would introduce militant ideas and political defiance into their lyricism. If SOMETHINGS HAVE TO BE SAID, artists like Alexander Pi’erre are going to call it out to light! Unfortunately the United Sates constructs more than enough stories and situations to give artists reason to use their 1st Amendment right defiantly, and lyrically!
A strong entrance to 2020 with his track SOMETHINGS HAVE TO BE SAID, as well as a strong opening line. “First Off Fuck Trump,” plain and straight enough, he goes for every ones head too, to be fair, “Obama you aint innocent.” This is one bold song and follows up his first release of the year with Rio Mutasim. Pi’erre vibing with R&B, expressing his more gentle side, when politics is not threatening his cultural community. With Mutasim spittin game on the verses and Pi’erre riding the chorus, their combined talents makes for a smooth song. Only the start of the year, lets follow Alexander, linked below, to find out what else he has in for us this year!
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!
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.