Chi-Native Keeps Up the Pace with Flex and Intro: Monday Majesty

The hard hitting trio is at it again with back to back Friday drops with FLEX and INTRO. Flex features Mic Logik, WRDS and I.DEAL, suited up in nice threads and dropping fast uptempo lyrical verses to compliment a catchy melodic hook sung by WRDS. In FLEX, I.Deal takes the first verse dropping lines such as, “Yeah baby got the balls to do it, I make baller music, while ya’ll are losing. Once you saw the movement, who you calling stupid? Took the team out the country, all inclusive.” That line must infer to the CHI-Native trip where they filmed PRINCESSA, it takes work to make music career moves out of state, let alone outside of the country. It is awesome seeing what CHI-Native is doing in the music industry!

WRDS takes the middle verse of the song where he ends his verse rhyming, “I’m a good guy, with a rough edge, little bit of hood ties, man I pray for my dawgs and the good vibes, man this ain’t so long this is good-bye!” Referring to his background, and how he wishes the best for his people still stuck in lifestyles he does not participate in. Another string of lines that stood out were, “If you know me you know, I’m keeping it loco, keeping it vocal, keep on being a beast with the beat in a chokehold!” Comparing his dexterity and skill in rap to a wrestling move meant to knock out your opponent. Always love to see creative gun fight, knife fight, fist fight, type action oriented metaphors.

Mic Logik takes the anchor verse with great lines like, “Chi-Native always coming with the dope raps, matter of fact, everything I ever wrote’s crack. Heard me rhyme then you know that I’m a throwback, they ain’t feeling you, beats got no slap.” Drug comparisons stay popular in hip hop because of obvious reasons, but again seeing new unique ways to say ingrained metaphors is very appealing to the hip hop head. “Say what I want and I never ever hold back, and that’s worth more to me than a gold plaque.” Mic Logik is describing how he would rather write songs and retain creative autonomy then to sell out and relinquish control, in order to obtain music industry awards. This is a feeling shared by many in hip hop and the music industry due to the personal nature and link between a rapper and the words they’re rhyming.

In Chi-Native’s latest drop, INTRO (NATIVE TONGUE), which hit YouTube on Friday the 13th, the 3 emcees spar with their most lyrically intense verses in front of a huge pile of speakers and vintage suitcases. They are also rapping on top of what looks like a parking garage with the car lights beaming. The video maintains a high level of energy throughout. I.Deal starts off the song with, “The name is I.Deal but don’t forget the dot, so we can skip the props I’d rather go and get some guap!” This is a dope line saying he does not even care if others respect him, he is securing the bag.

Mic Logik takes the second verse with memorable lines such as, “No we not the same type, most of y’all are lame or suspect like Kurt Cobain’s wife.” Comparing people in life that move snake-like, to the mystery behind the death of the late grunge rock music artist. WRDS takes the anchor verse with, “I’m loading my pioneer, I’m hoping to let it burst, W man no wonder that letters first, crumble up the paper I wrote up a better verse!” The way that line flows over the instrumental is definitely endorphin inducing. The whole song is a hit made by well pocketed verses from each of the three Chi-Native rappers.

Chi-Native has now released visuals to accompany their hit songs, GOOD ONE, PRINCESSA, TEN TOES, FLEX and INTRO (NATIVE TO
NGUE)
. These videos have been dropping every Friday in anticipation for their upcoming album PASSPORTS. We look forward to whats going to hit the airwaves next from Chi-Native!

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Mic Fort’s Penumbra Eclipses The Game

In astronomy PENUMBRA is the outer shadow surrounding the edge of the dark inner shadow. Upon first listen, it is a fitting title for Mic Fort‘s latest album PENUMBRA. With dark hip hop beats and even darker lyrics, it sounds like Mic Fort is walking on the edge of his dark side, sinning, lusting, and chasing game without a care. But what is also partially hidden is a sensual side too, serenading over a series of R&B tracks, Packed with an earful 17 tracks, with collaborations from Ben Solo, Dolla Sign IME, Lashawn Cobi, Henry Arts, Young Dave, Chris Hasty, Doty G Mac, Dee-Jay and A I R. Putting in a great amount of talent and effort into the project Mic Fort created an entertaining LP fit with an intro, outro, interlude and even skits.

The intro is jazzy lounge beat with some verses, and some motivational speech sampled as if waiting in a lobby. Then the energy changes with a dark low humming bass-line on the 2nd track, FIRE, and quick witty lyrics playing on lust, and a touch of that ego we like to call independent attitude. The following track, MY TIME, gets even more rude with, “Don’t waste my time, if you ain’t ready… if you ain’t bout it,” not being shy about taking every moment serious from the start! 6:28 Remix doubles down on that idea and even foreshadows new music, “I’m so hot yea I’m so right now… I ain’t Chris Weber I don’t need no timeouts, only time I need is right now. 6:28, 6:28… I ain’t playing with ya’ll n***as, 3rd album on the way.” But even this harshness gives way to a diverse array of serenading vocals and R&B beats following a skit to bridge into it. With such an excellent eclectic release, you would be pleased to know another music video EVIDENT, second to RAIN, is on its way, along with a follow up to PENUMBRA in 2021.

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SaruS Drops Heartfelt Single and Music Video to Young: Artist of the Week

Chicago recording artist and emcee SaruS releases YOUNG, a single from his upcoming EP, ON MY OWN TIME. The visual features Sarus in different parts of the city, downtown, on a swing-set, in Millennium park and in a high rise apartment. The hook is catchy, and Sarus has a strong unique voice whose specific sound reminds one of a mixture of Minneapolis rap, and west coast pop records. “We too young, we too young now, we too grown, we too grown wow. And I’m just trying to find my place now, but I’m still chilling in my playground.” A great line that philosophizes the idea of remaining true to one’s original self a in relationship before the world changes you.

Lines from SaruS that also stood out are, “Blessed for everyday, but steady counting my sins, I swear if Heaven got cover, I don’t think I’ll get in.” This line is great for comparing heaven’s pearly gates to that of having to pay an expensive cover charge in order to get into a fancy club. Thinking deeper into the line it also evokes such thoughts as not having enough good karma in this lifetime to afford an afterlife. As catchy as the record is, it is also quite esoteric in meaning. A great song to sing along too, but also a fantastic record for sparking self reflection. On My Own Time is arriving soon but until then get familiar with YOUNG.

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Handsome Naked Loving A Hanfullachips: Monday Majesty

Handsome Naked had been putting a great amount of focus on their visual presentation with their recent releases to a high degree! Following up on their HAT/NO HAT music video, the trio releases HANFULLACHIPS, an entertaining piece lyrically, sonically and visually. The music video is impressive in its presentation for just the simple idea, riffing off of the song title. With a camera placed in a chip bag, you get the perspective of a bag of chips as someone would be looking and reaching inside, while the background is a comfortable house setting, like cupboards, kitchen and bedroom or living room where you would usually feel comfortable ripping open a bag of chips. Lyrically it is comedic, with not too much to think about other than celebrating a bit of comfort food where ever you would. “Let a hanfullachips take the wheel, two hanfulls, can’t cop a feel hanfullachips on the baseball field, hanfullachips when I’m in my feels.” A feel good song to jump around to, perfect for any playlist!

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Here For a Good One, CHI-NATIVE Debuts New Single

I’ve been up, I’ve been down, feeling upside down-” WRDS begins the song with that catchy melody going into an uber lyrical verse. GOOD ONE from the upcoming collaborative album, PASSPORTS features WRDS, I.DEAL and Mic Logik, all trading off full verses, while adding richly sung vocals over the instrumental. The music video was directed and edited by Ron Guloy. GOOD ONE is produced by Ed Talenti, and the record was recorded, mixed and mastered by A.Quality. The CHI-NATIVE team consists of WRDS, I.DEAL, Mic Logik, and ThrowEmc.

It is refreshing to see three recording artists share the record so equitably, both in their lyrics but also in how their sounds all compliment each other quite well. Shot at what looks like a summer villa or home, showcasing the emcees living it up, drinking good liquor and playing chess. The CHI-NATIVE team has undeniable chemistry both on screen and in their sonic and lyrical content. Chicago has seen many groups come and go over the years in hip-hop, and CHI-NATIVE being so fresh, it is exciting to see how good they are already. The song has much replay value and will guaranteed have you bumping it over and over again. It is full of feel good moments, yet also a tad bittersweet, a classic in the making.

I’ve been moving these verses out like some Pirus up in the kitchen, I’m flying to get auditions, I’m squashing the competiton.” WRDS drops a line about his work ethic being comparable to that of hustlers in a gang, as well as him being on the go a lot. “I must have gotten my heart broke and never got it fixed, and so now they looking like targets that I just gotta hit.” I.DEALs verse is an emotionally charged one, as he describes the trials and tribulations of relationship experiences, and why he is the way he is now. I.DEAL also carries the main part of the chorus on, an amazingly high voice that you would not think was possible when hearing him rap.

Cause I feel like the time will come again when we will maybe speak, forgiveness is a strength of mine, and I don’t think that makes me weak, I think you need some introspection…” Mic Logik adds his third verse explaining his capacity for empathy and understanding is something a lot of other men lack. He also sings the “good one” hook adding another layer of vocal texture and surprising listeners while doing so. This single definitely has commercial appeal! GOOD ONE pulls deep reflections from each of the rappers on the lives they have lived so far, why they are hopeful for the future, and their presence in the current moment. “I’m not here for a long time, but I’m here for a good one, a good one,” the hook echoes in your head as you cherish being alive.

Each of the three CHI-NATIVE emcees evoke much thought and reminiscence in their lyricism while moving listeners to the good vibes of the hook and bridges. It is impressive they all sang and rapped on this instrumental. This trio has a strong sound together and Ever Evolved looks forward to their future drops every Friday. Get in tune with CHI-NATIVE! Be on the look out for their album PASSPORTS!

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StankNasty Official EPIC-EP Trailer Builds Suspense For New Music!

StankNasty is proving more and more that he is unlike no other. With concept tracks released this year like CARNAGE and SCATTER BRAINED, music videos and singles like PREACHING TO THE CHOIR and THE LORD KNOWS, and collaborations like I KNOW I’VE WON and LIBRA SCALE, he is showing unparalleled work ethic and creativity! Even with the way he markets his music, building suspense with his upcoming project EPIC-EP by first dropping a song, and then a video trailer. KNOW THE NAME was teased at the end of summer as the first single to his upcoming LP, and now StankNasty just released his official teaser trailer for the full EPIC-EP project. You do not see much concept commercials for albums, let alone a trailer building up to the release, but StankNasty is proving to be an unconventional artist, creating a cinematic presence around his music.

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The Jazz Cigarette: A Chicago Classic

Azmattic and RhymSter come together as a lyrically monstrous and formidable songwriting duo. THE JAZZ CIGARETTE, which features various producers from around the world as well as local Chicago recording artists, is a breeze through listen, and instant underground hip hop classic. Authentic jazz samples, breaks, beats and flavorful singing hooks make the LP something that brings you back, while also reminding you just how fresh the duo’s cuts are.

The first single off the record is HOP SKIP & JUMP 2.0, featuring Mike Booth aka TrueDeal, and production by Trog’Low; A truly nostalgic sound in this track, bringing the listener back to that early 90’s, heavy sampled vibe with succinct rhyme structure. “I need some time baby, we only time baby, but maybe we can get some time, cause it’s our time baby, and no I haven’t been around. I’m on my grind lately, and I’m not good at many things but I can rhyme greatly.” Azmattic raps over the beat, a unique way of saying he is been working hard and philosophizing about the passage of time. Mike Booth adds his deep bass vocals to the hook of this track, and RhymSter raps “Hit the blunt with an ice coffee, an AM meal, life wanna break down my walls, but I’m the man of steel.” Relating his morning ritual and the idea of never giving up. The track is a solid bang right off the bat and a great intro for the LP.

RHYMIN DUDES is the next song off the record featuring Jai The Artist, J-Bose and the 2nd tune also produced by Trog’Low. J-Bose’s voice is the strongest on the hook, but you can also hear Jai and Azmattic. A super fast and upbeat track, with an upright bass sample and speedy raps, crafts this song into a jazz-hop banger. Azmattic and RhymSter both add their respective verses, and really challenge each other in terms of lyrical dexterity and speed. “Do you, understand my persistence, while I ran into the distance, you can plan your superstition like its voo-doo,” and RhymSter comes in immediately after AzMattic with a chopped tempo eventually slowing down with, “Things fall apart but check your head, keep yourself on ice, its do or die and I’m the main ingredient for life!

The next notable song off the record is ICED COFFE AND BLUNTS, another track featuring Mike Booth. RhymSter and AzMattic trade short bar verses back and forth while describing their musician lifestyle in the form of coffee consumption and heavy cannabis. This song is a great listen, amazing lyrics being volleyed back and forth, like a tennis match between RhymSter and AzMattic, ending with the soulful vocals of the freestyle monster, Mike Booth. “Iced coffee and blunts!You put the ice in the coffee.

The interlude track is a hilarious banter by the Illadvised and Unprepared Podcast, ending with a the strength of the amazing voice of FAFA. WHAT YOU GONNA DO, featuring Jai The Artist and U’Nique Music, is a change up being a much more slow bop jam. RhymSter starts off the song with many cultural references, leading into a short verse from Azmattic. Jai The Artist and Azmattic take the hook which is a soulful chant, “What You Gonna Do?” RhymSter comes back in with, “Don’t be major in minor things, how you do anything is how you do everything,” a line that smacks you back to the drawing board and makes you realize, one may need to get their shit together! Later RhymSter shouts out the Robber Baron for getting the capital to invest. This track evoked a lot of introspective thought, because many of the lines by both RhymSter and Azmattic pose deeply interesting questions.

I GOT feat. Jah-Dee begins with a scratch sample of the aforementioned, older hip hop artist saying, “Welcome to the next level!” Azmattic begins this song rapping, “Yeah this boy is more hip than what’s attached to your femur,” with every subsequent line explaining how hip hop and rapping keeps him alive as a sort of therapy. RhymSter later rhymes, “I rolled up another cigarette and put the Jazz in it, ain’t it clear I came here to win it… I’m a doctor in practice, playing like the point guard on the mavericks.” This song gets you in your motivational feels, and makes you want to pick up a pen to get to the next level.

Out of the entire project, “IF I LEFT THE GAME” is the most contemporary sounding song. Azmattic begins the track comparing himself to Barry Sanders, and saying that just because he lacks the riches one can earn from rap, does not mean he is going to stop making music anytime soon. RhymSter comes in with the second verse comparing himself to MJ, when he came back to the Bulls in 1995. RhymSter hits some fast chopping flows on this verse, and then slows down, very dynamic.

As a whole package, this project has everything a hip hop head could want and more! If you are looking for lyrics, breaks, boom bap beats, dynamic flows, soulful hooks, fast rap, introspective lyricism, chant along tracks, etc, THE JAZZ CIGARETTE by Azmattic and RhymSter will definitely quench the hip hop thirst. And do not forget to check out their latest visual for THE JAZZ CIGARETTE which is “ICED COFFEE AND BLUNTS” featuring Mike Booth, shot, directed and edited by Hayward of Beat Box Ent.

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RhymSter & Wilhelm Duke On That Boss Sh*t: Monday Majesty

A music video can really make a song, and Wilhelm Duke, teaming up with RhymSter, create what seems like a movie. Now, this hip hop single can stand out on its own with ease, but with the help of Hayward at Beat Box Entertainment, these artists have a cinematic release on their hands. Sounding off with a sinister repeating sound, the beat comes in with some heavy bass, giving off an acid rap vibe with a hint of boss energy. The video itself is a satirical play on RhymSter’s introductory lines, “Never Disrespect, not Between Two Ferns…” referencing the show Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis as a begrudging host and interviewer.

BOSS SHIT has one message, “Roll with the punch… Roll up the blunt… Roll up them cuffs, like a Boss,” repeating in the chorus; give it a listen and it will repeat in your head. Emulating that boss attitude, Wilhelm duke gets suited up in a blue blazer, psyching himself up with confidence, causing trouble and confusion to those in his path, laughing it up with no consequence. RhymSter, who cameo’s as a producer, videographer, blind composer and a clumsy student, takes the position of the artist in interview. The two eventually box in out, back to back spitting verses, taking turns throwing shots. The entertainment value does not stop there, as the video, following the music, features some behind the scenes footage (similarly to RhymSters Music Video with Essse), and an interview snippet as well. All put together, between the cinematic video, the beat and the verses, to creating a whole skit, this is some BOSS SHIT.

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Fafa With A Cinematic Music Video: Monday Majesty

To introduce Monday Majesty, this recent music video release seems to be a perfect first. GIVE ME A MIRACLE, a dance tune by Fafa, is a powerful follow up to RUNNIN, and multilayered in its significance. Her vocal performance is astounding, the visuals are wild and creative, and its meaning and point in time it was conceived creates a mutual connection between us all. The combination of it all makes for a very entertaining and captivating work of art!

Fafa, a Chi-town raised artist from Abu Dhabi currently residing in the UAE, teams up with The BarCoe Studio for a cinematic visual performance. From the choregraphy, to the wardrobe, the visual effects, with the glitching transitions and different mirror reflections, and creativity like filming underwater, to running in the desert; the music video really grabs your attention. The dance beat guides the energy and her vocals perfect it; her lyrics were born of the confusion and uncertainty in the midst of pandemic lockdowns. As if we were waiting on something, as if we cannot take control, GIVE ME A MIRACLE is that reminder we have it within ourselves to move forward and to feel lucky we have the people who will show the light, expressed in a catchy dance beat!

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Lassai’s Got ‘It’ Within (Music Video)

Lassai has got IT goin on in his latest music video, and as a reminder, so do you. Whatever IT may be; energy, attitude, message, perspective or hustle, this music video is a reminder to feel IT within yourself, and to be proud of IT. From the South Side of Chicago, Lassai aims to invoke confidence in your authenticity as a human being, directing your awareness inward through his verses, “Are you feeling it, Take control of it… If you want it come get it, Do you want it?” Doubling up with the visuals, dancers passionately moving to and fro, with urban settings as their stage, it paints a metaphor that you can flourish in any environment, any circumstance. A calming song to reflect upon personally, on top of being moved by the rhythm physically.

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