Marko Stat$ is quickly making moves after the release of his LP BEE-4 I Fly Away. He has Been moving around the city hitting random venues supporting random charities and making history as he performs. From performing a show donating money to St Marys Convent School in Nigeria to hitting Notre Dame to be the first rap artist to perform in a certain building and hitting his first cypher amongst local artists with Pink Room. Stat$ is making sure his year is going out strong.
From all this a music video dawned for the track Power from the aforementioned LP. Already having a hand full of music videos up his sleeve with a freestyle, Jubilation,Nobodyand others you can see him getting used to this Power hanging around all over the city, Varisse getting all the quality shots. Cannot wait to see what the new year has in store for this artist still blooming.
AmbI from Chicago got together with theMind to create a fantastic single and visual collaboration. Setting is in the studio and you can isntantly recognize some locals likePhoelixand Squeak Pivot. Miss Me is a smooth production with some real lyrics delivered smoothly. It is to be featured on a an upcoming project Study Hall you can hear amongst the chatter in the background even.
Just cause he can, Ric Wilson releases two tracks randomly. Might mean more new music on the way, might not. This creative soul from the South Side of Chicago just released Negrow Disco EP earlier in the year and he is just following up. Also coming up with a music video for Hangloose from the EP and a collab track with Hurley Mower. Droppin music almost discreetly you just need to keep your eyes and ears open for info like marking down January 4 on your calender.
Every song is different so far as he jumps genres and molds them together, mixing in Hip Hop and Soul, Dance and other elements. You can hear the difference between the two recent releases. What If I Was White, a poem wrote for Sofar Chicago pointing out obvious moral and social injustices in our society compared to We Don’t Know. You can expect his next project to have more hip hop lyrical influence. For now keep posted at the links below for new music and events.
Being honored as one of the many Chicago artists to be presented in Red Bulls 30 days in ChicagoRavyn Lenae is definitely a voice you have to recognize. So talented Chicago is still hooked on her latest album Midnight Moonlight released early in the year. With production handled by Monte Booker the two combined created a masterpiece.
Recently releasing a video for the single Unknown from her aforementioned album, directed by the talented Weird Life crew. A more somber video compared reminding you art varies across all spectrums of human emotion. This follows her Spice video which is more lively, literally, performing the album single for Kinda Neat publishing. As she flirts with the camera naturally she makes singing seem effortless.
Following up on with an interview Kinda Neat reveals Ravyns lyrical abilities starting at an early age. From outperforming at church choirs and high school she started touring at the age of fifteen. Realizing her potential early. Now apart of Zero Fatigue with Smino, and Monte Booker respectively she has performed with other notable artists like Mick Jenkins and No Name and other popular locals. Be on the lookout for her next project and follow her before she takes off!
Following his last couple of releases Towkio stays on a hot streak of creativity. Drift and Hot Shit get music videos so he keeps the trend goin with his latest, Swim. Alot of stuff is goin on in this video with the simplist ingredients. As the prelude melodically glides over these visuals Towkio plays with reflections and colors in water as dancers pop in and out of frame. Not only experimenting with visuals but genres as well as the last few releases completely differ from one another. You are hit with a refreshing sound everytime.
Metropolis Blac (middle) and Rhymster (right) are pictured leaving Fort Knox Studio, onto the next location to film. The two Chi town artists begin their collaboration on an EP project forthcoming. Expect a series of releases leading up to Summer Sessionz. Starting with Dum Drunk (I’m Influenced), a laxed hip-hop beat paired with visuals filmed and edited by Brandon Holmes (left). Ginger-Ale and Jameson sets the mood for this party.
The video in itself was a big project and team effort with Monaco Cocktail contributing some of the festivities with their exclusive Vodka bottle just released to the public. Dancers take up the floor as Rhymster and Metro mingle amongst party goers and beautiful woman as the Chicago skyline gleams in the background. Following the shoot on the 55th floor of the Trump Hotel, Artist and Performer Natalia puts on a fire show in a spot off Museum Campus. An epic display to kick off the countdown to the full Summer Sessions project on 2/28/18. Get ready!
Stumbling upon Loona Dae I find another wonderful and passionate voice of music. A singer songwriter and producer from St. Louis, reppin Chicago, comes with mellow tunes with strong yet innocent quality in her music. Her lyrics are a breath of fresh air as they harbor real emotion relatable as her words sooths your ears! Breathe in this tune and let the playlist bleed into Phases, her EP project released earlier this year that is a daydream.
It would be hard to say you have not heard of Chai Tulani if you frequent local music acts in Chicago. The man has been making moves left and right and making his music known. Born in Kenya and raised in Chicago, he started releasing mixtapes in 2013 with Visions of Zion, joining this burst of artists from the local areas. Tulani introduces his brand of Soul Hop music for Chicago to indulge in, creating more diversity in the music renaissance.
This year has been especially significant as he brings more audiences to his shows with newer music to perform! Between shows at Sub T, Emporium, the Metro and local festivals like Pilsen and TIP, fans flock to the stage to hear tracks like All The Way which is coupled with a music video feauture Ridley Victoria, and his most recent release Pulse. Locals Gifted Keys and John Renaissance join Tulani on the track for that added ambiance. If this music gets you excited enough Tulani is gearing up to release another project so sit put and catch some new ones at his next show while more music cooks up!
Saba Pivot coming through heavy with a couple new pieces of work for the fans. After a successful Bucket List Project album release and tour to follow Saba is feeling unstoppable. To put that in perspective his Bucket List track World In My Hands with Smino and LEGIT gets visuals to feature the world literally in his hands. Directed by Tom Vin, the video keeps in line with the album project theme, including footage from photo shoot for the LP.
This of course follows a single release produced by himself and Daoud, There You Go another beat with a smooth vibe. Keeping busy after his LP between releases and touring he even fit in some collabs. Recently featured on Joseph Chilliams album that seen a fresh release this week. Saba is also said to be putting together a charity foundation in honor of his cousin and fellow hip hop artist John Walt which will give easier access to arts and supplies the youth. He will also take part in a European tour upcoming so match your vacation spots and catch this busy artist!
The anticipation was high and the room was packed from wall to wall in House of Vans on the night of the LSD video premier. Jamila Woods had thrown a free show in the early evening hours for fans to experience some live music. We all had the privilege to be the first to see the new visuals. The event highlighted a CPS student and aspiring film maker award and achievement as well as benefit SocialWorks, an art nonprofit under Chance the Rapper.
As the lights dimmed and the projector lights up the wall, the crowds chanted as Jamila appears angelic in Lake Michigan. Many women commending Jamilas confidence in her skin jeered louder. The setting brings us to the lake and more importantly, familiar neighborhoods, highlighting the deeper layers of our city. Chance the Rapper commands a grill surrounded by family and friends as children run and play around Jamila relaxing a kiddy pool in the front yard. A Chicago that is not linked to violence as too many assume. A side more reserved for the locals.
As the camera pans across Chance the crowd lets out another cheer as simultaneously, the video leaves a warm feeling of grace for our beautiful city. The purpose of the video fulfilled. The idea coming Ashley Huicochea, from Prosser Career Academy who had the opportunity to work, learn and gain skills pertaining to film and directing. An effort by Vincent Martell and Sam Bailey from VAM Studio to include more students in the process of film making. The dedication Jamila Woods, Chance the Rapper and the rest of their hardworking crew have for the newer generations inspires and positively influences Chicago greatly. Their collective effort shines in the results.