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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Novatore and MOECYRUS Release AZTHMATHIX ANTHEM.

Regular collaborators, Novatore and MOECYRUS, deliver a strong boom bap hit in their AZTHMATIX ANTHEM song and coinciding music video. The single is the lead song from their collaborative 5 track project, FATALITY EP. The video features the two heavy hitting Chicago emcees strolling through Chinatown, culminating in comedic dream sequences. Novatore begins the track with lines such as, “Dropping hits, we coalesce, though we was opposites. Cop a zip and flip it, tripping when the profit hits.” A line about teaming up with MOECYRUS to make history with dope underground hip hop, and comparing it the rush of making money off of selling an ounce. Later Novatore drops lines like, “Severing heads like in Seven and box the cranium, I’m mainly undefeated, depleting you like uranium.” This is a nice movie reference with Seven (Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman) being compared to that of material needed to make nuclear weapons, basically that Novatore’s rap skill is lethal and ultimately atomic!

MOECYRUS pops off with the 2nd verse in the anthem with, “When I see that ugly smirk, I’m like woooo! I wanna hit that shit, mop the stupid out of idiot I’m on that shit!” Referring to all the ignorance that MOECYRUS has to deal with in life. “Me and Novatore we’re like pistol whips and robberies, hit you with the metal piece, infiltrate your salaries, siphon all your energy and snatching up your fans, if you’re inconsistent than you probably shouldn’t rap.” This is a great string of lines comparing the skills of the dynamic duo to that of armed robbery, grand theft and how they are so good that they will take other rapper’s fan bases from them, for lacking and not releasing music consistently. If you are familiar at all with MOECRYUS or NOVATORE then you know how accurate those statements are! The full 5 track ep is available on bandcamp by MOECYRUS and NOVATORE, the Fatality EP by AZTHMATIX.

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Get Movin With No Montana Hannahs New Reggaeton Single, Night Time: Woman Crush Wednesday

A new face to welcome into Chicago’s hip hop arena, No Montana Hannah first got our attention at an Ever Evolved Battle of the Sexes event at Auxiliary Aux Center. Winning crowd favor that night for a win for the ladies, No Montana Hannah quickly becomes a noteworthy artist with her hip hop lyricism. With a new release accompanied by a music video, No Montana Hannah turns heads once again with a reggaeton track, bringing out the dancers to back her up as she vocalizes on the chorus and raps a few verses. With the help of Scott Anderson AKA Scotty Rocks at the Dog and Pony Show Studio and Tunnel Vision Media team, NIGHT TIME is a big hit, both musically as well as visually. Exciting to see what else No Montana Hannah has up her sleeves.

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ChanSe NFO Drops GROSS

ChanSe NFO latest track, GROSS, is a heavy song with fast low bass flows from your favorite Never Fall Off emcee. “I might have fun on the track, think ima feel it and spazz, I might go dumb on the track, give em the drama that nah mofo relax!” ChanSe follows that rhyme scheme for the first part of the song until he gets to his more uptempo structure, “I don’t really think you wanna talk a bunch, reach inside your pocket thats an option but a funny one, when I get offended I pretend and then I sucker punch!” This an awesome sequence of lines, don not try pulling a gun on ChanSe, he will be ready with his fist before you have time to shoot.

Real men have solved their problems for eons with bare knuckle boxing, ChanSe would not need to use a tool. “The loudest one be the weakest one in the room, if he talking shit, that’s probably nothing else he can do, kinda feel bad cuz you ain’t feel comfortable in your shoes.” What a brutally honest and truthful line, usually the one that barks the loudest has the weakest bite and its mostly bluffing or over compensating for a lack of something. ChanSe points this aspect out brilliantly in that sense of toxic masculinity. GROSS by ChanSe NFO is a dope and meaty track for your hip hop consumption and we highly recommend you stream it now!

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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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StankNasty Goes Beast Mode

StankNasty is going BEAST MODE with a new single. Continuing his spree of tracks in anticipation of his EPIC-EP release. This track follows FOCUS ON THE PAIN and a Mikey B Collaboration HOLD IT DOWN. This song title is reflecting off of StankNasty’s effort this year in gaining recognition as an artist with multiple releases, consistently up until the last moments of the year. He really is on BEAST MODE, making moves happen. Always working with a fast word flow, “Big plans play the hand that I’m dealt I’ma run this shi* like Gambit. Gonna get no where by standing, Im the tree trunk ya’ll are the branches. I’m the type that you don’t want to clash with…” He puts in those raw braggadocios energy, showing no mercy on the beat, a true Nasty Anthem to get your playlist hype!

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Talking Footwork & Juke and New Music with Splash DR

Everyone has an idea of the music culture of their favorite genres and the artists that make them up. Talking to the artists that make it up highlights more of the details of the foundation of the culture! Having a few moments with Splash DR for an interview, Ever Evolved gets a little first hand perspective of an artist within hip hop, footwork and production. Having experienced a bit of a couple different cultures himself, Splash DR is a multi talented artist, hip hop writer, emcee, DJ and producer, with a bit of ambition, adventure and a whole lot of music. With his most recent debut LP THE KID LABOR, and his experiences with footwork and juke music in Chicago, LA and other places, he broadened our perspective on the genre itself.

Started out producing in the first hand, Splash DR grew up around musically inclined parents who toted all sorts of genres; jazz, rock, hip hop. At school he would be influenced by house and hip hop, as well as his brother, who was was an emcee in a hip hop group as well. A perfect recipe to inspire his own group he called Big Splashes, where he would rap over his own production. As well as his current name, all is a reference to, and a brand spinoff of, Sharkula and one of his songs lyrics. Splash DR then notes to us that is was also one of his brothers songs that got him hooked on footwork and juke music, eventually transitioning into production exclusively once more.

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While all this is happening the junior Splash DR would be witness to the culture, making his way to specific events around the states. If you thought footwork was exclusive to Chicago, you would be pleased to know it has made its way to Americas coasts, and even abroad over seas. During his stays in LA, Splash DR would frequent Cafe Mustache for juke & footwork events, as well as events like Rock Steady and Low End Theory; New York will be hosting events for juke & footwork as well. Fast forward to today, and Splash DR can find fans of his music, footwork and juke in Oakland and even as far as Paraguay, England and Poland.

When it comes to his music, it clearly has some pull. Splash DR was recently signed to label Icy Palms, where he released his first full length LP THE KID LABOR. Splash Dr noted to us some of his influences which include TEKLIFE, GhettoHouse Bangaz, Beatdown House Productions, Juke Bounce Werk, Traxman and Polish Juke. You can have an idea from the list of what Splash DR would produce, however upon pressing play you get a whole different world for footwork and juke. It has a diverse array of melodies and beats where he blends jazz, R&B, hip hop breaks, and hype footwork beats and rhythms. It gives almost a lounge or future classic vibe to juke music but maintaining the energy for a dance floor or party.

Starting with EDGE OUT, we are introduced to THE KID LABOR with some violin thats operatic and vocal loops, right before it dives into beat work. BUSY sounds more contemporary and energetic, with a higher tempo, emphasizing the mellow synth work that follows the beat patterns, similar to Soulection style. YOU CONTROL dives into future classic style under its beat work and BRO BRO brings you into classic deep R&B energy balanced nicely with some bass. Then you get the jazz infused footwork with SNOW WAVE and CHILL YO, a couple of personal favorites, the rest of THE KID LABOR followers this sort of playthrough.

It is interesting to hear where footwork has traveled, talking with Splash DR. From where its influences land, to his own spin on it with his enigmatic style, bouncing between jazz and hip hop and contemporary bass styles. Following on his bandcamp you can see his transformation through music from a hip hop emcee, with WEAPONS, MEDICINES & TEXTILES to his first footwork and juke produtions, like his self titled ep, and TIME REALEASE VOL 1. He noted to Ever Evolved his intent with his music is inspire and challenge the listeners while creating a good atmosphere, and pushing what he thinks is an interesting sound to the fore front of Chicago’s music scene; he does just that with this new record.

Now Splash DR deals with the new adventure of being signed with ICY PALMS, where you can hear THE KID LABOR LP on bandcamp, or you can also get it on cassette! He has already a compilation collaboration scheduled in Paraguay as his sales hit with IP Recores and another project in the works. Already looking to make connections in Englad, Poland and getting back into LA, NY and Oakland, it should be interesting keeping up with this Splash DR! Click THE KID LABOR LP Cover photo below to listen on bandcamp!

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Stank Nasty Back With Mikey B To Hold It Down

Back with another track, StankNasty is keeping his fire strong with a collaboration with Mikey B. Taking a familiar tune from the Verve, A BITTER SWEET SYMPHONY, turning it into a hip hop influenced tune with a new beat battern. Rather than the somber feeling the original tune is known for, the two artists turn it into a feel good track with their lyrics, on HOLD IT DOWN. Mikey B coming in speaking, “I ain’t trying to ride a first class flight, or live a first class life. Just tryin to reach new heights. Seein’ angels in the sky, leadin’ me on the path to greatness, as I overcome every challenge on the fly.” StankNasty ends off with a good note “Nothing but love in the game raise you glass now cheers, stay motivated, rise to the occasion and have no fear.” Another uplifting song to add to your playlist to keep your day goin smooth, in anticipation for Stank Nasty’s EPIC-EP.

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AMK Is Invincible With Ducks In A Row

Chicago area artist AMK comes out with a hype and ambitious track, DUCKS IN A ROW, hip hop and trap fans can rock with. AMK gives off that confidence in his lyrics thats infectious right from the start with his chorus. “I’m too legit I give bout zero f*cks, way high up in the sky, I can’t be touched,” over some heavy bass beat patterns, and some anthemic melody, credit to Johnnyinnuendo and Geralrd Leibnitz‘s mix and mastering. An attitude to emulate, “Im headin for the door, so greedy wanting more, I reap what I sow, ten toes to the floor“, like he got his game tight and his goals right! Add this to your playlist to hype up any crowd with a dope beat, or on the regular to motivate the hustle in you!

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