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Probcause Phenomenon

Following Probcause for a few years now, before the Drifers LP and even prior the Waves era.  From the local feature stage at North Coast with a few hand fulls of fans, watching him grow as an artist from there has been an inspiring journey to see. Having connected with so many different artists his fan base has grown tremendously; Lollapalooza confirms his reputation with an official 2017 recap video appropriately featuring Chicago Style.

2017 Lollapalooza – Day 4 Recap

‪Only 360 days 'til Lollapalooza 2018!Song 1: "Chicago Style" by ProbCause featuring TwistaSong 2: "Lucky Charms" by MDMC

Posted by Lollapalooza on Sunday, August 6, 2017

His unique flow, conscious hip hop lyrics and tireless energy drove fans to the stage by the hundreds then the thousands until finally he is standing in front of a packed venue at Red Rocks Ampitheater in Colorado. His hard work with a handful of talented artists cements his image into the minds of diverse audiences. Working with the likes of Griz, Gramatik, Exmag, Break Science, Raekwon & Gibbz. On the local spectrum he has Chance the Rapper, Manic Focus Hologram Kizzie, Twista, Cofresi, Palmer Squares, Drew Mantia & More holdin him down. Puttin on Chicago while it reciprocates.

All this artist collaboration brings new perspective and creative influence keeping his music diverse and his fans hopelessly addicted; Giving him the ability to bounce between genres like funk, jazz, bass and hip hop. This is evident in his playlist and in his latest collaborations.

While touring and doing his thing Probcause got to add a couple more artists to his list of collaborations. Performing with the Floozies and Cherub in between states the idea of a collaboration turned reality with Arithmetic. The Electro Funk band holds a style that we already know Colin gets down to time and time again as you know with his Big Gigantic remix and collab with Manic Focus. More recently feautured in Canadian Hip Hop artist Def3’s recent LP produced by Late Night Radio on the track Sing; Furthering his reach to a broader audience and simultaneously observing his growing reputation among more popular artists.

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Only Cool Kids Act and Rap

The Cool Kids have been building up much anticipation since releasing their first couple of singles off of their upcoming re-union album. Since Connect Four and Running Man, the duo released two more singles Check Out and TV Dinner accompanied with music videos to raise the excitement. Chuck Inglish and Sir Michael Rocks have been busy working and promoting their projects. Their forth coming album Special Edition Grand Master Deluxe recently saw a  pop up shop at Congruent Space closing in on the release date soon to come.

How ever that is not all the Cool Kids have been working on. Amongst touring around the states and appearing on publications like The Price Is Aight and radio show with Hannibal Buress promoting themselves they got one more idea that makes this reunion one of the greatest. These two not only have talent in production and lyricism but this Labor Day weekend they will be adding acting and comedy to their resume. The Shit Show a Sketch Comedy show created by Jimmy Regular that will star the duo will take things to the next level in their career in entertainment.

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Vic Mensa the Autobiography

You got to listen to the Autobiography as it is. From beginning to end Vic Mensa tells the story about his life up to this point. Blood, Sweat and Tears have been poured into the making of this album; his debut LP, as he explains throughout his interviews prior the release date. From cheating death to experiencing. From heartaches, headaches and addictions to politically charged words he bears all.

Mensa has a prominent history preceding him. Leading up to this point Vic Co-Founded SAVEMONEY in the early twenty teens with successful local Chicago artists, TOWKIO, Kami, Joey Purp, Nico Segal and Chance amongsts others; influencing the direction of Chicago Hip Hop among many talented MC’s Producers and Instrumentalists. Releasing solo projects with visionaries in hip hop production like Cam O’bi, Phoelix and oddCouple. Needless to say his debut album release was a long time coming.

A long time worth waiting though once you see the names collaborating on the album. Fellow Chicago artists Chief Kief and Joey Purp get the invite on Down For Some Ignorance. Other collaborators will include Weezer, Pharrell & Saul Williams, Ty Dolla Sign, Pusha T, Syd tha Kid and the Dream. Even Carl from Chicago’s favorite show Shameless brings his talents to the table in a music video for OMG with Pusha T. If that is not enough we even have the Chicago Hip Hop icon in production No I.D.

If that is not enough for putting love back into your city, Vic visits NPR to stream his whole album for his fans to hear before the release. Just getting his story, his human side out there though music. A sobering reminder that an artist like Vic Mensa goes through every day struggles and metal and physically as anyone else. But also at full potential, capable of achieving great success and greatness in whatever it is that makes you happy.

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yello EP Refreshes Lloyd DotDot’ Sound

Releasing his second full length project, Lloyd DotDot of theWHOevers continues a flawless discography with the yello EP. From the Intro track to All Day this ep is filled with mellow energetic beats that will leave you faded at the spot. Since his first body of work nearly a decade ago Lloyd creatively puts an effort into creating something new with every song. Packing the project with R&B, Hip Hop and Foot-work beats, each track leaves a taste of Chicago style buzzing in your head. Doing all this without diminishing the quality of his lyricism.

theWHOevers partner Je$$e joins the EP on the track Faded to create a catchy anthem at the center of the project as well as production side on a few tracks. The duo from Chicago maintain a sound that balances contemporary styles with old school influences. Onwardly pushing the boundaries of what traditional Hip Hop from Chicago sounds like amongst other rising artists. Additional contributions on the project come from Slot-A the BackPackers and Justin Graves. This project comes following the 2016 EP R U Down and multiple singles.

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Towkio Drifts Across Mexico Streets & Raw Beats [Music Video]

The inevitable has happened, Towkio titles a song Drift, matching the Fast and Furious.  But the setting subject in the music video is not even close to. Towkio takes his cameras to the sands of Mexico at the location of the Pyramid of the Sun, drifting the winding roads of the desert and scaling the high canyons.  Instantly and happily acknowledging he did not sample the movie tune, much to our satisfaction on the contrary Towkio raps over a heavy bass beat with fast percussive instrumentation filling your veins with adrenaline.

Amassing over five hundred thousand hits on youtube since its release is just a testament to the quality of this track. As part of the SAVEMONEY collective that kind of quality would be expected by now. Towkios career pretty much cemented associated with much of the music community changing the face of Chicagos hip hop scene in early twenty teens. Making similarly big moves to this day Towkio is scheduled to tour with Amine across the US. Catch the man to hear massive tune live.

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No Lil Thing About Knox Fortune Music

Knox Fortune releases a Lil Thing for the fans. A real mellow electronic beat that will keep you in the clouds. Accompanied with the song, a music video setting the atmosphere visually.  The song includes additional assistance from Nico Segal and Carter Lang on production and Joey Purp with writing. Long time friends and collaborators.

The Producer from Chicago has a playlist filled with hip hop, pop and alternative beats with notable artists. In the early Twenty-Teens Knox was influential in the rise of successful Chicago artists. Vic Mensa, Chance, Leather Corduroys amongst others entrusted Knox with providing quality production. Producers like Knox and oddCouple found themselves in the middle of a music movement in Chicago that boosted their careers exponentially.

When you put your friends on and work passionately it comes back to you in measures! Knox is another good example coming out of Chicago. Now releasing solo work to top 100k+ plays. Success works best with a team of like minded people.  Keep on the lookout for Knox Fortune, his story is only beginning.

Lil Thing – Knox Fortune

My new song/video Lil Thing is out now. I hope you guys like it 🙂 – KnoxFortune.com

Posted by Knox Fortune on Friday, July 21, 2017

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Marko Stat$ – Bee 4 I Fly Away

Marko Stat$ from Uptown Chicago is continuing on his rise to the top with the release of his Latest EP. Bee-4 I Fly Away is a 13 track project packed with conscious lyrics, smooth beats by Aced Spade, Noize and Madbliss. Collaborations include other talented locals, Ajana Jones and Bimi. Following the release the artist showcased the EP at a release party at Iridium in Wicker Park.

The show itself was full of energy and I quickly realize there is more to Marko Stat$ and Aced Spade then just beats and lyrics! Markos character being the ambitious entrepreneur and his main producer Aced come to find out is quite the talented singer and dancer as well. Together they carry an energy that can control a crowd. With a unique flow and lyrics embodying his drive you can see the potential to control larger audiences. Purchase the EP, bump these beats, watch this young talent fly away. Be on the lookout.

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Win & Woo Remixes

Win and Woo catches the attention of PRMD label. Releasing their remix track for Violet Days who gained popularity with Hotel Garuda on their collab Fixed On You. Your Girl originally was an independent release until massive success brought them to PRMD. The Chicago duo did justice for the original with their rework.

November saw the release of another remix. LA duo Cosmos and Creature get the remix treatment, another couple of rising artist in the mainstream pop music spotlight. Getting a lot of attention from their hit single Young, Win and Woo swoop in and add the final touch. Perfectly maintaining the youthful exuberance of the original track, and creating a dance music anthem that can match the energy of Louis the Child & Icona Pops Weekend track. A combination of talents made timeless.

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The Saba Bucket List Project

Saba did it big late October with release of the 13 track Bucket List Project. Co Produced by Phoelix the Bucket List consist of many Chicago collaborators from Idol to upcoming. Phoelix gets a few verses, NoName also makes some noise along with Jean Deaux, Ravyn Lanae and Smino. Monte Booker hops on te MPCs for one track. The Project even gets the blessing from the Legend Twista. A dope playlist to chill to, most beats are mellow and vibrant and the many artists add soul and character to the project. The artists also shared their own short bucket lists between every track and it can be inspiring or just plain funny or agreeable. Take a listen.

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Artist Rising: Marko Stat$

Marko Stat$ and Aced Spade are quite the pair. An MC needs a good beat smith and whenever these two get together it is dynamic. Among tracks like Locomotive and Free (Moving Forward) from Aced LP Positive Vibes Only, the two prove it again with Nobody and Back To The Basics that their creativity is limitless. Stat$ with the old school free style hip hop flow, this rising artist from Uptown, Chicago is gonna show these supposed Hip Hop and Rap artists in the mainstream how its done real soon. With lyrics of passion and action.

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