Geno Pacino Gets Animated On Rudy Ray

Familiar to Chicago’s Englewood area, Geno Pacino grows up to offer a unique perspective through his music! He has been putting in work getting his word out with a 14 track mixtape on DatPiff, LP & EP’s, countless music videos, remix’s, singles, and collaborations. No rookie in the slightest, he can even freestyle bars, off the top is not a skill many so called rappers can even claim. Turning moves to get his name known, he was featured on Hip Hop Rebel, interviewed on BootCamp Radio, performed live a Sofar Sounds Chicago among other venues, and most recently released a new music video.

Pacino Season continues with Geno’s latest music video for RUDY RAY, a single off his LP PACINO SEASON. He has many music video, but this time he gets animated with his character as he roasts old school rappers with big ego’s. An energetic beat to get hyped up with, stunting lyrics like “Tried to tell me he was gone for a minute, I said n*gga you was never back, top 5 mother f*cka you was never that… On the grind mother f*cker you was never that”. Should keep you motivated and on your grind because you can expect Geno Pacino is going to call you out! Catch him on Fab 5 Radio Show April 5th to see what he has planned next.

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Marko Stat$ Gets Retrospective to Face It

A message lost on too many people, living life fast paced, just trying to survive can get you lost in the ebb n flow of society. Artists like Marko Stat$ come back around every now and again to remind us to stand still for a moment and be grateful! Because some times life does not go your way but you got to FACE IT. Coming around to to a realization from his last release ME AGAINST THE WORLD, Marko Stat$ continues to grow as an artist and even, more recently, challenges his vocal range and performance.

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Kyral x Banko Get Problematic with Kromuh

The Chicago native bass duo Kyral x Banko team up with Kromuh on their latest release. Late February introduced us to MR. PROBLEMATIC, and sure enough things got seriously problematic. While Kyral x Banko and Kromuh did not foreshadow our lock down situations, at least they prepared us with great music for the quarantine playlist. Great follow up to their track COME CORRECT with chonk, another release on a 40oz Collective, always coming in with fresh sounds for your dubstep and bass cravings.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Franchika With New Music And A Video

Up and coming artist Franchika making extra moves this month, while everybody is in a frenzy. Getting her name out there with the two releases; a music video and a single! Coming out of Chicago and currently with 323 Music Group, shared with artists like Ravyn Lenae, Adam Ness and other Chicago artists. She has real talent with her voice, being able to control it with ease and hitting high and low notes, switching between singing and rapping without a problem.

WHAT THEY DO was released last year, but it is still jammin’. Franchika pulls off a really cool music video, puttin her acting skills to the test, over lyrics and scenes of infidelity! Really showing off her vocal skill with that song, of course you got to be A1 when you kick someone to the curb. Her most recent release BONNIE is much more sensual and seductive, getting deep into the R&B vibes. The forbidden fruit is the most sweet, but sometimes toxic, and BONNIE might have you itchin’ for that treat you know you should not have! Franchika easily controls the mood of a room with her music and we are ready for more!

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Handsome Naked With The Heat Check

A group with their own unique brand of Hip Hop, Chicago trio Handsome Naked is coming in with a HEAT CHECK, because they have been on fire. As shown at the start of the video accompanying the song, HEAT CHECK is a term in basketball while you play, to determine your consistency. These 3 basketball fans have been running game in their own respect as well, making big moves as artists. Appearing on Billboard, NBC and the Chicago Tribune, as well as performing at known venues in Chicago; Zanies, Lincoln Hall and the Laugh Factory. Choosing those venues because they like to express what they would call Comedic Hip Hop.

You can get a hint of their humour in the video itself as well as their lyricism as they fumble and goof around all while a maintaining a serious demeanor. Yet despite their antics they are actually pretty impressive on the mic. Some of their more savory lyrics by Eric Oren, “no regrets, I’m working up some butt sweat, I need to destress,” and by Chucho Perez, “Better check on your diet, you lookin’ unfit, gotta check on that climate, we don’t ever cool it. Can you check why they quiet, when they see we legit?” With their beats produced by Brad Kemp, they really are already lit, maintaining multiple videos and and songs, their playlist should be fun to dive into, give them a follow.

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Khid Nando Diversifies His Playlist With New Releases

Khid Nando continues to release tracks that builds a different picture with every release. Getting creative with his lyrical content and energy between KHAOTIC MIND and his most recent release OVERSEAS. Where OVERSEAS presents more confidence and manifesting messages, KHAOTIC is more impassioned and genuine with its purpose. Even following up on A DAY AT THE KHARNIVAL, where the energy is turnt up, Khid Nando is keeping it fresh with the different ideas behind every song, and real dope beats back him up.

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Artist of the Week: DJ Curt Henny Rolls Out Sonic Rawness With S.U.S.H.I.

SONGS U SHOULD HEAR INTOXICATED or S.U.S.H.I. is a fantastic mix series to listen to during any state of mind, because it offers much variety in the music being spun. It would not hurt to be under the influence of a little cognac, and well, who doesn’t love cognac? Artists you might be familiar with include Conway The Machine, Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, Casey Veggies, Kid Cudi, Quentin Miller (Drake ghostwriter), The Underachievers, Stormzy, Ibeyi, Lil Wayne and Chicago local rising talent SoloSam, and more. DJ Curt Henny offers an eclectic mix of sounds and styles with his S.U.S.H.I. volumes 1 and 2.

Before the quarantine virtually shut down the live entertainment industry; one could find DJ Curt Henny spinning all over Chicagoland. Working showcases, open mics, weddings, or even big opener sets spinning for SoloSam and various Ever Evolved artists. Now that most of the industry has resorted to bedroom antics, we are excited to hear more SONGS U SHOULD HEAR INTOXICATED. We are sure a lot of you will be frequently under the influence, so turn on some DJ Curt Henny.

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Shay Budda Delo: The Chicago Top Boy

Shay Budda Delo aka Deloney is a mysteriously talented Chicago rapper. Staying low key and popping out once in a while to rock a dope song at an open mic. His sound and style is a mesh of influences depending on the song. This record he has with a visual called QUALIFY, shows him doing street activities such as riding BMX’s, shooting hoops, and being posted up, while rapping in London with his homies. Every shot looks straight out of a scene from the popular Netflix street gangster show, Top Boy.

Deloney raps “If you not speaking Gaupanese leave me alone mane, if you’s a broke ***** I don’t even know ya name...” Ending the verse with “I can’t afford to let you play me for these tokens.” Right off the bat, (as he’s holding a bat or piece of wood in later scenes and shots) you feel the dark but very real and visceral energy emanating from Shay Budda Delo. After the visual you are left scratching your head and wondering how he has London connections being a Chicago rapper, definitely impressive. The song kicks, go stream it now!

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The Surge Satirizes Modern Hip Hop Habits with Rap Rap Rap.

The Surge, member of the Mic Commanders, and known for his intensely witty, sharp lines, and distinctive voice, recently dropped a hilarious animated video to the lead single from his 2020 LP SURGE IN GENERAL WARNING. The LP runs 17 tracks long at almost a full hour, and featuring only one Mic Commanders comrade, SamIam the MC. The lead record from the album, RAP RAP RAP, produced by Dreamtek, has a visual out now, done by Big Herc.

The visual is incredibly impressive for animating different characters and scenarios involving phones and social media, notably that of Surge in a library. Done in a comical animation style, it is bound to have you laughing while pondering the harsh words from beginning to end. The Surge basically calls out how rappers self promote on social media platforms, namely Facebook. He strings multi-syllabic rhyme schemes in an explanatory manner regarding the different habitual tendencies of rappers.

Some of the specific things he calls rappers out for are: tagging 99+ Facebook users in a music promotion post, going live on Facebook with nothing worthwhile to say, or artists having meaningless discussions in an endless thread of comments. Every line hits home in terms of the daily activities seen from local rappers. The Surge is highlighting symptoms of some the twisted normalcies we find in the music business.

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Artist of the Week: Remey Le Flow Offers Street Wisdom in Life Hack/Bible Belt.

Easily the most impressive visual and sonic from Remey Le Flow to date. This five minute and fifty second long music video is bound to entertain and leave a listener pleased about the current state of hip hop. Remey takes a hard flow with bars about coming up in an uneasy atmosphere with competitive players. He raps the first half of the record with one of his more signature low rap voices. “My squad, we set traps, we came prepared, set up for all racks. Money hid in the safe house, gotta ask if its safe out.

The visual features Remey performing at night in a snowy back alley, and inside a garage with a flame torch. The second half of the music video features Remey in a white hoodie sing rapping in a completely different voice, almost Kendrick Lamar-esque. “Family raised me by the bible belt, first gen but yet I’m still a baby.” The melody and lyrics he weaves with the instrumental are complex and enthralling. Remey Le Flow’s gravelly, oddly high pitched voice from that second half of the record is still ringing.

This Remey Le Flow is only vaguely familiar, but here is to hoping he continues with this style as well as his others. It is refreshing and unique considering much of Chicago hip hop is dominated by low bass fast rhythmical rapping. This visual was a hit, bravo to Remey Le Flow on the project, and the growth he has made in an insanely short amount of time. We should be anticipating much more!

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