The League Champs are at it again with another music video for the fans. CantBuyDeem & ESSSE get together for a beat for LEAGUE CHAMPS VOL I, the two also got busy making a video, shot by Hayward, obviously. Performed live plenty of times in front of fans already, Cantbuydeem always introduces this song subtly, “if you know you know, what keep a whistle means…” which basically is to flex your 2nd amendment. Coming from Chicago, you would know that is an important piece of advice, and Cantbuydeem gives you all the reasons why in his verse; which all adds up to, good cautious living and self care attracts predators! “I’m smokin lemon haze and sippin lemonade and jamo. Slice of cucumber in my water I don’t fuck with Faygo. I won’t get boogie on you baby, I just cut the fake off...” Finishing off with “…you see me comin’ thru the exits, its about perspective. Treating the clown for disrespectin’, make that shit look sexy, if i got dead presidents in my wallet, slave masters in my pockets.” Essse finishes off the track in style, lyrically representing the hispanic community, his raw energy always keeping the track hype.
Mic Fort is keeping up momentum with another new release that features a few Chicago artists. Mic has been keeping his fans occupied with a few hit singles this year following his sophomore LP PENUMBRA. Sittin on singles like WIFI DOWN, TRUST MYSELF & LIVING LIFE ft Dee-Jay, Mic Fort now gives us DANGER. Bringing back Dee-Jay, Deen Akbar and StankNasty who is hot off a debut EP release titled EPIC and a hit single with AMK and Johnny Innuendo, Gerald The Genius L. Mic Fort and StankNasty are not unfamiliar either, having worked together on a track before called LIBRA SCALE, a tribute to the respective astrological sign.
DANGER comes with a music video directed by AIR BORN FILMZ that looks like a session to brainstorm a new song, each artists going one by one showing off their bars. Starting out with a low transposed voice reporting for the chorus, “Danger Hip Hop Is Back.” Deen Akbar starts out the circle ominously positive and confident, “…Motivate, celebrate, the key to this whole function. Got my foot on they necks, and plenty verses ready, they nervous, might as well get the hearses ready.” Dee-Jay takes over next with a laid back flow, simultaneously quick with his words and syllables, showing off his lyrical talent!
StankNasty takes aim at mumble rappers and clout chasers, “I’m not one to be kind to mumbling prima donnas, thats on my momma. Clout chasin don’t get you commas, these pants saggin, braggin rappers ain’t shit but caca. Dropped on they heads when they was babies, goo-goo ga-ga.” Finally Mic Fort ends out the track and enters the scene with power, declaring, “Hips hops grim reaper. Had to steal their soldiers to turn em into believers. Ice cold from the freezer.” He takes aim at unoriginal, cookie-cutter artists that saturate the genre. “They givin up the game for fame, its strange they blame, they claim, T-pain said it best, ya’ll all sound the same, lack of originality…” Mic Fort’s closing line, “this is hip hop so beware the new era” can only be met with humble satisfaction, the future of hip hop is in good hands!
Mic Fort has been gaining a network of artists to work with, with his releases. DANGER in itself is packed with talent, just as his LP PENUMBRA was, getting his name known in different circles. He has been making the effort to get his name known in between his releases as well. Recently talking as a guest on Pillow Talk Podcast, he has also been making noise on stages at open mics and even Arizona’s Hip Hop Festival in mid September. Mic also plans to make an appearance at The Forge in Joliet, Il on the 30th to perform, so you can catch his era of hip hop live or just bump this on repeat here!
Nova The King’s NOVA & FRIENDS EP is a 6 track power punch of banging tracks, with braggadocio one liners and smooth hit lines. For the record Nova The King secured features from Weegi Wizers, Jerm X, Relic The Bully, East Venti, Mikey Rose, and BillDollarSign. FOCUSED is a track about becoming a bigger, more successful rapper. The hook is “I’m focused, ain’t no debatin homie, I swear that I’m owed this. Hottest one in my city, put the whole game on notice. Once you getting bread, start shining, become the locust. But they can never stop me, because too focused.” Jerm X comes in for a 2nd smooth cool verse where he references James Bond and the golden gun.
The song GEORGE references when George W. Bush said Shame on you, Nova comes in with a hook about getting W’s like George, “Call me George cause I get a lot of W’s.” A direct funny joke, especially if you grew up during the Bush years. Nova hits a faster flow on this record when saying, “Step in the booth and I’m causing alarm…” Relic the Bully delivers a powerful high technical verse on this track, big ups! Track 5 is titled TIMMY even though the ending of each phrase of the hook is verbatim “to me” but slurred together it could be spelled out timmy; hip-hop is full of rappers playing with spellings, acronyms, homonyms, etc.
“Fuck the competition cause I’m past that,” Nova The King ends the EP with a catchy strings of hooks and lines with PAST THAT. BillDollarSign comes in a new-wave type verse, with fun lifestyle lines. He eventually starts crooning, and he seems to have a mixture of an ATL and Chitown sing rap craft. Nova The King has been consistently working and releasing music, make sure to follow him to stay up to date on all of his content!
Jiggy Da Rebel lets you know in words what makes a real rebellious soul. Expressing himself on camera in a secluded and abandoned building, filled with colorful graffiti. Possibly a metaphor to being self aware and standing out on his own, his mind is a strong foundation with inner peace and creative thinking. “I can’t stand bad vibes man that shit is dumb, I’m a lion I can’t be around no f**kin cubs, keep grindin, stay focused is my motive,” Jiggy declares, “…I’m original, this is no subliminal zone, bitch I’m authentic, got my shades on and the lens tinted. Third eye open, so I’m not slippin on my pimpin baby, it was written baby, flow water like a river baby.” A chill beat and uplifting and lyrics full of wisdom, MA LIGHT can remind you of and give you the confidence to shine your own light, on your own path, with positive energy; like a real rebel! The outro chorus and verses can even stand out as a postive daily affirmation. Coming up from his latest project GOLD LEAVES, Jiggy Da Rebel got plenty more where this came from, follow him at the links below!
The League Champs Orlando Coolridge and Keem Singing are keeping the games going with a music video for the recently released hit single ESTRELLA, off of LEAGUE CHAMPS VOL. 1. More fun than games, the champs got together a talented group of individuals, like Lani Anderson aka Jiig_Siix, to dance for the Chicago house beat. In the middle of OTKST painting live at Empirical Brewery in Chicago, artists like CantBuyDeem & Keem Singing himself performed for a crowd. One proactive way to celebrate artistic creativity and the LP Release! League Chaps got more tricks up their sleeves for weeks to come until and beyond the 2nd festival in October.
Chai Tulani is making his rounds on the web with a new song and music video to accompany. The Kenyan born Chicago artist is on the move this year with much more projects in the works. Starting out releasing music in 2013, Chai Tulani has been gracing our ears and stages in Chicago with his brand of soul hop! Entering the 2021 year with SPEAK featuring Liv Roskos, Chai Tulani continues dropping singles here and there, including tracks like MINE featuring Ember Nicolle and GTA MANIFEST.
Back again with MCHUZI, a music video and word on more music incoming! Ready to release another single with King Limitless and The Law of Huey, we can also expect the release of Chai Tulani’s 5th studio album. He did not get recognized by Whats The Word as an Artist to Watch for in 2021 for no reason! With all the progress he has been making, Chicago fans got to see early previews of his work during the exclusive live shows he has thrown throughout the year, so keep an ear open for Chai Tulani because new music is just around the corner!
CantBuyDeem breaks it down with a new tune and music video. Linking up with Wolf Mob General Safi G and RhymSter on the beat, with HAYWARD behind the camera! The two lay out what it takes to be a hustler, “Stop pocket watching, get yo bread up” Safi quips in his chorus verse. CantBuyDeem demands respect chanting “I got gas I’m rollin up, don’t insult me im the plug I don’t sell no dubs!” Letting you know these two are not about that small time waste of time. All while living their best life, dancing around beautiful women, getting crowds wild from the stage. The chorus itself is undoubtedly catchy in its energy. The song title BRADY refers to the trust fund, white collar, squares that just use their parents money just to be taken advantage of by hustlers like CantBuyDeem. Making a bag off BRADY lookin kids that do not know better, and they better not insult the plug either!
Milly Mango quietly releases a couple of projects, fitting to her style. Her aura is one of mystery, being known around underground circles in Chicago, yet reclusive; Milly is everywhere and no where at the same time, an enigma! She will appear on stage to perform, or take supporting role for other artist, like backup dancing for CantBuyDeem at an Overly Dedicated event by Ever Evolved and the Dog and Pony show, then go into hiding. Recently releasing a music video that can only add to her mysterious composure, through her lyricism and acting! LISTEN CAREFULLY is apartbof a bigger 8 track project, self titled MILLY, be sure to check it out in full to capture some her essence while you can!
Ivan L knows the benefits of consistency and it shows! Releasing a music every month, and aiming for a full year of content, already on top of his constant flow of singles, eps and LP’s. The Broward County, Florida artist, featured on Ever Evolved LEAGUE CHAMPS LP and Festival, just recently collaborated with XxTina on a video for EastSide / WestSide a single from his latest IN MY VIBE LP. A laid back hip hop tune, with XxTina providing subtle backing vocals for some harmony on the chorus. Talking about his connections from the East Coast, Mid West and West Coast, a chill counterpart to his track EASTSIDE performed on Prolific Profiles
Alexander Pi’erre makes a big move with his latest release! Dropping his debut LP, BIRDS DON’T SING IN THE WINTER, with 12 tracks. Sprinkling singles here and there for the past few years, working with Tresside in Chicago, it seems he reserves his best work for the public! This LP is sure to catch some attention from new listeners.
The title of the LP, BIRDS DON’T SING IN THE WINTER, may connotate deep feelings in dark times, as colder months typically correlate with persevering and trying times, and can foreshadow the theme of the project. Looking at the title of the tracks can even narrow down the idea even more. The lyricism illustrates in artistic detail, with metaphors and experiences in the urban environment, the mentality of a young artist filled with passion, trauma and ambition. The production carries a mellow energy throughout the project, you can almost get lost on a cloud listening to the stories and feelings being shared by Alexander Pi’erre!
Starting out REMEMBER ME featuring AKOO, adding a dope balance between singing in the chorus and Pi’erre’s lyricism, letting it known regardless of love or hate, he will make his mark here! Noting that it is a dog eat dog world, and dedicating a few lines to fallen friends as well, its a strong start to the LP! An instant favorite in track two, NO SAVING ME, with a catchy chorus, combined with a slow beat pattern that just makes you bounce your shoulders. Alexander’s flow in clean, paced and raw, underlying reckless behavior due to loses in life, which gives him unconventional methods deal with life, and get rich or dye trying. Picking up energy on UNBALANCED, another strong chorus entry, with quick lyricism and clean flow, letting you now he is not impressed with all these GOATS, and follows up like a champ. The first few tracks should sell you on BIRDS DON’T SING IN THE WINTER, setting the tone for the LP, all 12 tracks will easily blow you away!