With Fight Club vibes in this music video for OPEN THE GATES, the heaviest hitters of Chicago hip hop make their presence known. MOECYRUS and Novatore of Azthmatix, connect with A.M. Early Morning to create a lyrically raw and gritty hip hop beat. Challenging in their words as they open with their chorus, chanting, “We love to talk shit, this is what we do. Know there’s a big gap that’s in between us and you. We came with AM to slay and bring mayhem.” Each artist spits their lines of braggadocios bars, over an ominous slow beat with a piano progression, and the atmosphere is perfected under dark skies in a graffiti laced alley, on an urban corner in the streets of Chicago, with Yung City Slicka Films editing to emphasize energy. To step up to these fearless three on the mic would be menacing, to say the least!
If you love a good ol cup of joe in the morning, than COFFEE is the joint for you. Wilhelm Duke, hyperbolizes his love for the black bean of energy with a music video in dedication to it, a follow up to BOSS SHIT with RhymSter. Doing things only coffee lovers would approve of, like chilling at a coffee shop and having a coffee shower; admittedly that may be good for your scalp. Starting out with coffee on repeat on the intro, what would be assumed to be the first thought of a coffee addict as soon as they wake up, as the caffeine juice rolls down Wilhelm Dukes face. A surprisingly slow paced hip hop beat for the insanely fast heart beat you get from the bean, but either way a good song to stroll to on your way to you local coffee shop, on a morning vibe. If you can agree with and appreciate the knowledge of detail for the different brews in the Dukes lyrics, while you sip on that rocket fuel, then, you should be dancing like Wilhelm by the end of the song.
Christmas is typically full of traditions, and CantBuyDeem has one of his own. As he mentions on social media, it is a tradition to gift his fans every year during the holidays, after reigniting his holiday spirit following unfortunate events. This year CantBuyDeem gifts us all with an order of POPEYES, a two piece combo, a single with a side of music video. With a cool demeanor, and even cooler visuals, CantBuyDeem spits game over the smoothest, Curren$y type, hip hop beat, with real ambient lo-fi sounds that will get you in the clouds before the weed hits you like ah-ha.
There is nothing more that would make you want to be in CantBuyDeems shoes than a beautiful, sexy woman, dancing around your money, while eating popeyes, wearing so much drip. But “You can’t follow in nobody tracks exactly, look n***a keep movin.” CantBuyDeem leaves quite a few insights that entertains uniqueness, he does not “live his life by movie one liners, that sh*t corny,” as he would say. Filmed by TevDesh Productions, the tight angles, slow pace and evening colors, with a hint of lustful seduction, really puts a mystifying feel to the video. Following up on the NUMB EP, CantBuyDeem looks to have found a comfortable position with his sound and presentation.
“Still an addict even though I don’t sniff coke. In love with rap, I’m buying beats until I’m sick, broke.” Novatore hopelessly deep into his art, is literally turning into a portrait in his latest music video for I’M AN ADDICT. Confessing his love for music, specifically hip hop and rap, Novatore expresses his passion over a dramatic hip hop influenced violin progression. The violin adds dramatic effect and a classical renaissance atmosphere, emphasizing passion for the art of music, as strongly as classical artists once were as they studied deeply and transformed music in their time.
With modern and some what flagrant language, Novatore’s unadulterated words expresses in his lyrics what histories greatest musicians expressed with their sounds. “When it comes to this music I’m like a crackhead, I know I’ll rock whether or not I’m making back bread.” The music video itself perfectly illustrates the energy of the renaissance period as Novatore dresses in their historic fashion, in traditional settings like an old dark church and rooms, sitting around candle light, or even inside a portrait with traditional frames, giving the hip hop track a timeless energy. Following up on music video releases of BLOODSPORT, UNDERRATED and an AZTHATIX ANTHEM with MOECYRUS, Novatore is looking to be imbedded in music history!
Greediphresh is back with another music video for TENCHI MUYO, a song named after an anime of the same name! The track released earlier in May with an anime lyric video, gets an update with real life themes. Following up on his project SATURDAY NIGHTS ON ADULT SWIM, that featured the single, the video features talented artists Briana Kapone, Andrelenna Grant, and Juani Sama in the midst of a kidnapping, pending to face the wrath of a passionate and skillful lover. The video follows an anime theme in contemporary settings with introductions to each character using foreign letters on screen and dramatic encounters. Furthermore it emphasizes Greediphresh’s love for anime, by destroying comic books to torture him in a comedic twist.
If you are not familiar with the rules of engagement on the streets, then Safi G and Dolla Da Donn are here to remind you with their latest release and music video, STREET CODE. Especially to those living in cities like Chicago, people are at least some what familiar to “Never Snitch, Never Fall… Keep your eyes on your gold, thats the street code,” chanted by Safi G in the chorus. The interpretation is simple, do not turn your back on your family, do no back down, you hold your ground and keep your eyes on your wealth! Safi G is all too familiar with this sentiment, as he leads his Wolf Mob through the city, their loyalty to each other bringing them great recognition and prosperity.
“I rather die on my feet than to live on my knees, I’ve seen n***as switch when they get a little cheese. Not me I make money and eat with my team, that’s the difference between a wolf and a sheep in the streets.” Raw words from the Wolf Mob General, but true and on point to the T; that simple attitude in itself can rule more than streets, but nations! Dolla Da Donn rocks the mic with, “I been in it since I was a kid, lost my uncle, all that I got, ever since then I’ve been off the porch… been around moving through the streets, hard to move pounds for a n***a to eat, runnin out my racks tryin to get the cheese.” Explaining a tougher than life side of the streets that motivated him to make ends meet and never fall back. Filmed by Beat Box Entertainment‘s HAYWARD, the music video gives a cinematic nuance to the song. Watching Safi G and Dolla Da Donn perform transactions in parking lots, while Wilhelm Duke and another play the part of officers arresting the artists, illustrating a betrayal in the ranks and the resulting consequence, creates a movie like scene as the song plays in the background.
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!
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!
Back in the middle of summer, Queen Mars had gone through some creative angst brought upon early lockdown orders, that was only cured through song and visual expression. She freed herself with the release of B!TCH, and its accompanying music video that she created with just a phone and strobe light. An artistically racy video that drew attention from censures and challenges, but was ultimately won over with support and admiration of a large audience at 11k views! That first B!TCH was a riot, but this second B!TCH is a boss!
With a new music video to top and remake the summer hit, Queen Mars turns on that boss B!TCH energy in this hyper artistic visual. With abstract visual symbolism at ever turn, Queen Mars goes from a confident, empowered woman to Picasso in just two videos. Starting at admiring herself in the mirror, to stoically sitting at a table like a center piece, laying next to a goldfish tied to floating balloons, to a favorite: fashionably posing like a Queen glowing in the sun, on a small platform fit just for her. All pointing to the fact that she is the one in control, she is that B!TCH. Whether she is creating her own music video, making abstract symbolic visual art, or just singing with that flawless and powerful voice. Join the 16k viewers in this experiencing this masterpiece!
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.