Khid Nando Is Ready & Prepared For 2020

There is another rising artist is coming up in Chicago making moves to fulfull his vision. Khid Nando is ready to take on some spotlights, showing out more and more with new music. From quietly achieving open mic platforms to confidently grabbing the mic in the studio, this Khid is starting to take big steps to becoming a great artist. He got some more up his sleeve too, to follow up on his current releases, he is just getting started!

One good point about Nando is his ability to be serious yet have fun with his music. Earlier in year being the known as just Nando simply, he released AGAINST THE GRAIN, a more introspective project you can listen to, to get to know the artist personally. His most recent release A DAY AT THE KHARNIVAL is just that, a metaphor to be playful! Take a listen to the lyrics and you will be joining in on the fun.

With a beat like KHARNIVAL it is easy to jump around to and have fun with lyrically. His earlier release I AIN’T GONNA LIE takes on a more calmer beat, a more deeper tone as Nando goes on about romance and a fantasy! Really experimenting as an artist with the content of his lyrics and energy of his music, he looks to be on a good path. A path leading to the release of his EP KILLING TIME early in 2020, he continues to grow and you should follow!

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Artist Of The Week: K3NSWAY

At first glance, just as anyone, you may not know what it is to K3nsway aside from the fact that he dresses well. Far from just well dressed he is a talented Hip Hop artist, not just any ordinary either. More of a conceptual artist as his songs take you through the motions. Many of the ideas sit in the titles of his track like TORTURED MAN and HERE COMES THE TRUTH and NIGHTMARE. Recently he released two more tracks follow more of his personal story through music.

As stated, his titles play on the song idea and these two are no different! His most recent X FILES is most definitely not about some ghosts. Equally as scary though, he runs through his thoughts of ex lovers. DEEP MASON may be more metaphorical as a Mason is either a about stone or Freemasonry. Maybe he just goes as hard as both? Either way its a track packed with raw bravado that will get your head boppin.

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Feelin’ Free With Louis the Child at Aragon Ballroom

It was quite unexpected. Ending up in the middle of the dance floor at Aragon Ballroom bouncing to Louis the Child‘s endless anthems. Without even realizing they were back in Chicago for another Friendsgiving event, fate has brought us to the Sold Out Saturday night show. With the help of who can only be referred to as Alex, an eccentric looking character with a patched up pink leather long coat and tattoos on his shaved head, at this point in time with the amount of information there is.

The Aragon Ballroom marquee is lit as well as their big title light that can be seen from blocks away. The fans are making their way off the train and packing up next to the taco vendors under the train at the end of the line. We make our way to the alley where Alex makes his appearance with a big smile to the two familiar girls in the group. Guiding us back and forth to grab tickets for us, all the while security is hassling and giving orders, like a great host Alex readies our group for grand entrance in no time.

Making way to the dancefloor and Louis the Child has their openers rocking the nearly packed (at this point) ballroom. As one act ends we see a familiar pink character make his way onto stage. It is none other than Alex, getting behind the DJ booth as KAMI flashes on the LCD monitors. Turns out he is the DJ for the SAVEMONEY Chicago artist out and as a music reporter for Ever Evolved, the only one to realize the significance of the experience. KAMI in natural fashion, takes over and hypes everyone up. Spitting bar after bar over raw beats, getting everyone jumping.

Louis the Child always has these Friendsgiving events it seems and every time they brings out deserving talented Chicago locals to perform with them. With a massive following of their own, it is like a show of thanks to the city to put everyone on. Well deserving fan base as well as Louis the Child have a talent in creating such an euphoric atmosphere with their music! KAMI may have hyped up the crowd, but the show belongs to the hit makers and they lit up the crowd as soon as they walked out!

A great part of their success is their ability to read and connect with their crowds and their fan base in general. Their music is trendsetting to put it plain and simply. They switch up the vibe with the crowd accordingly from their energetic tracks like LOVE ft Elohim, SPACE JAM, OHHH BABY and of course BETTER NOT with Wafia. They then bring in down in between like a roller coaster with more laid back tracks like their Death Cab remix, Slow Down Love and even throwbacks from releases way back. Unfortunately unable to finish their full set, surely they played strongly into closing off Saturday night Thanksgiving weekend in great fashion. Having everyone feeling FREE for the night, like their latest single with Drew Love

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Autograf Goes Deeper With Jared Lee

Getting deep into the cold months for Chicago but Autograf turns up the heat with a new release! AINT DEEP ENOUGH lights that fire, that passion, in your body to make you want to dance like it is the middle of summer. The chorus repeats, “You got me going deeper, deeper, deeper, but it ain’t deep enough,” as if you must reach further into your soul than ever for that pure love, that energy. Jared Lee perfectly compliments the piano chord progressions and melody, leaving Autograf with another addictive track.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Jocelyn Garrett with Rebuilding

Music is the great motivator, many pick it up along the way and to others it comes naturally. For Jocelyn Garrett it seems to have been embedded within her from birth! With tales of being vocal during her own baptism and singing off the top of the head during her fathers jam band practices, music becomes more and more abundant in her life naturally. She then got into singing at church choirs for a while before sports and basketball became a priority, putting singing on hiatus. But a move into Chicago puts her focus back into music and this time she is all in!

Deciding to be proactive, Jocelyn takes her voice to the streets of Chicago, where she meets producer Justin James, who is inspired by her talent. This becomes a pivitol moment, as the two started working together. To follow up on her debut EP GOLD, Jocelyn and Justin complete an 11 track LP titled REBUILDING, which saw its release on the 18th of November this year. Combining Soul, R&B and Dance Music, Jocelyn does a good job delivering a mutual connection through emotion and energy with the listener. With a powerful and composed voice of a veteran vocalist, her message of self love and motivation will move and connect with you to your core!

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Kaskade & Lipless Team Up To Create My Light

Consistenly bouncing back and forth between his old and new style of dance music, Kaskade has the ear to satisfy just about anyone. Following his REDUX 003 DELUXE release, the Chicago native is back with a deep house beat. Teaming up with Lipless, MY LIGHT starts dark in tone with feminine vocals, brandishing “You are my light” into your head, up the the climax. The main body of the track is a gentle but dark bassline humming under melodic synth work, giving off a very sensual and mysterious energy!

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WRDS Takes ‘Secret Sessions II’ To Chicago Streets with Native (Music Video)

True to his name, this artist deals WRDS heavily. From conscious lyricism to radio personalities, WRDS has great influence. What makes a dope artist is not only his talent but his role in supporting his fellow colleagues. But having so much accolades like winning first in Protect Your Essence in 2013 and placing top 20 out of 500 in No Sucka MC contest in New York does not hurt either. As a member of Chi-Native with Mik Logic, I.Deal and ThrowEmc provides a radio show every Tuesday (on their webiste linked below) for local Chicago artists to present their music. On his own time he is a lyrically ambitious MC and he just recently release an extension to his SECRET SESSIONS II project.

From his SECRET SESSIONS II LP, WRDS picks out the track NATIVE to add visuals to. Posted up among Chicago’s streets and graffiti murals, with visuals of the city’s skyline, he sends message of wisdom and wit to young artists. “Whats wrong little rapper friend, you angry and don’t want to rap again? Did no one show up to your show again?” He comes back with “Been there before you just need to vent” teasing at young artists the rough nature of the hip hop culture. His experience, Investing in himself and being his own man got him so lyrically inclined, he is able to fill another volume of SECRET SESSIONS with 8 tracks of knowledge that he recently released.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Freddie Old Soul on Soul Work

Her status reads, “As I prepare for the release of this dope ass content, I hope all my friends and fans understand my distance. I’ve been working non stop on making my dreams come true.” Following Freddie Old Soul can inspire, given her unapologetic freedom of self and her spiritual perspectives. Too imperfect to be called a conscious rapper however her ideologies seep into her rhymes driven by street smart bravado. Simply put, she is as real as they come!

Old Soul been on hiatus but don’t you worry because she got everything that you need in this mother f**ker. She comes back strong after leaving everyone with a taste of HONEY with a music video. In her silence she has been putting together her SOUL WORK, while managing her life and motherhood. She is easily a strong figure and influence for women in hip hop and music in general, just by being herself. Old Soul has put together a listening party for her upcoming project SOUL WORK, along with a documentary of her writing and experiences as an artist in Chicago with SurrealChi at 3101 N Sheffield this November 24th at 8pm.

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Artist of the Week: DJ Heily B Debuts His EDM EP

There are not much milestones like the first and for an artist they can be significant. This month DJ Heily B hits a big one as he debuts his first ep. Not out of no where however, Heily B has been working on single releases for the longer end of the year, practicing, getting better and more creative each time. More known as an electronic dance music DJ, spinning for events and venues around Chicago and event a couple of times for Ever Evolved events as well, Heily B has picked up producing along the way.

From his first release BREAD BOWL to ELECTRONIC DANCING MUSIC EP, there is quite a difference that can represent his growth as a producer, but the quality was present from the start. The EP itself is a quick 4 song package packed with energy reaching into diverse genres. Heily never seemed to stick with a single genre from the start and from beginning to end the EDM EP takes you on a audio trip. From the future bass track FORGET A DAY bearing feminine vocals, the hispanic lingo over a dubstep beat in DIVIDE, to the bass and riddim style ending out the EP. Heily B really puts Respect on his name with this release. If you missed his ep release party at The Auxillary Art Center, press play and live through it vicariously.

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I Ain’t Going: Dat Bizness Is Back With Authentic Hip Hop Style

The visual to this record has to be one of the most touching music video intros you have seen. Dat Bizness shows off his family, unafraid of presenting himself as a father, a proud black man who provides for and loves his family. He is even matching with his youngest son, AJ.

There is a lot of negativity perpetuated as a form of self expression from the experiences that young black men go through coming up in Chicago. Dat Bizness takes these experiences and flips a lyrically positive spin. He still makes it clear these are very real times to be alive and negative things are still obviously going on. With the main phrase and theme of the record being I AIN’T GOING, there is much about the surroundings and lifestyles of Chicago that Dat Bizness is rightfully against.

I AIN’T GOING presents lines that pierce the emotions and thoughts of the listener like, “Black girls going missing, times real!.. White man pulling me over while I’m behind the wheel, but I ain’t dying today, that’s what my mind wills!” Followed by “Grew up with the gods but the devils call us n***as, either or, even odds!.. Jo, this is top shelf from the basement though, this that smoking blunts in staircases flow, scarred faces, stressed thoughts, broke dreams, turn some to kings and queens, turn some to dope fiends!” Dat Bizness has been in the Chicago hip hop community for a while now but this new record and visual is elevating him quickly; reminding the rest of us to focus on the craft and the pen game first.

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