The new decade has everyone feeling fresh, breaking the bank and Jyroscope comes into the new year ready to make sure they break bank by any means necessary! Revisiting a release from their MUTE LP with Jason Gatz, the track QUASI gets a narrative music video to accompany their lightning fast wordplay. Not only is the song extremely catchy, but the video is as entertaining as a heist movie with an unexpected and hilarious turn at the end. These artists can double as actors to add onto their skillful lyricism. Make sure to watch it to the last second!
Just outside West Side Chicago, Maywood brings up a talented singer, writer and producer. Justin Famous, may sound like a hopeful name but his talent on the mic will prove he has more skill if anything. Just about 4 years into releasing music, his skillful lyricism was evident from the start! Performing and releasing EP projects and singles now, he comes with messages to deliver!
Recently releasing GRACE, a 4 track EP that rocks some funk & soul vibes to start, cannot help but to catch a similarity to Anderson Paak. The EP’s title GRACE sounds pure and the meaning behind it is refreshing. Many artists like to be their best critics, stressing themselves over deadlines and creativity and the uncertainty of making a name and a profit for doing what you love. This EP reminds you to allow yourself a GRACE period for growth and learning, so then you can emerge gracefully, prepared and ready.
“A wise man said, turn all your L’s into lessons, and use that to build don’t, dont give up just to ease your stress, it is best for you to let it go.” Famous realizes in his chorus to GRACE, and his mind battles “But it’s hard when I’m so invested, every loss hurts but I guess that’s how you let it grow.” Then his next track GOOD NEWS is that itch for influence and inspiration after that realization to GRACE. He would switch it up with his final two tracks in energy and demeanor too.
Justin Famous must have gotten the GOOD NEWS he was looking for because his next tune he is ready with some big GOALS, spittin’ game over a hip hop beat this time. “Might just end homelessness and hunger in my city, might just give these youngins hope enough to stop the killings” he notes, if that is the PLOT he is discussing in his next tune, continuing with the hip hop energy, then he got my vote. Justin Famous is taking over the world and with Yana Renea and Dro $tylez on his side, this piece of work should go far!
Enjoying a busy year, Chicago’s R&B and Hip Hop Queen Tink had one more move up her sleeve before the New Year to complete her 2019 playlist. Already coming off of a successful LP VOICEMAILS, her 5th full length album, Tink decides to release one more single she calls F*CK AROUND. That is one thing she does not do when it comes to her vibe and her playlist as well, leading up to VOICEMAILS and her latest release! Experimenting with R&B, Soul, Hip Hop and Dance music, she always brings something unique to the table.
Of course it would not be complete without a dramatic and exciting music video. Directed by Damien Sandoval, Tink not only lyrically claims her loyalty and why, but she shows it in her own creative way. “You a street n*gga but I never cared about and image” as she pulls out a clip for a come up next to her man, she celebrates singing, “I know I’m a lot some time but you keep me on my grind.” Always playing out some interesting concept on the camera to back up her lyrical versatility, she once more shows why she sits on a throne among some of Chicagos greatest!
Safi G popping out with the new beat and music video to FLEX on ’em in every single way. In the intro draped in chains and red fitted suit, with an attitude like he knows he is made. “What It Do!” Safi gets right in your face off the bat and he tells you off, “I’m the streets doing dirt, with my wolves puttin work.” Not only flexing in chains in a nice crib, with his wolf pack behind him and fellow Goodfellaz family GQ The Fool, Safi G will FLEX on you to get that food! With A309Vision working the camera this video came out as hype as the song did.
Howie Stackz showing out in a new video he released about DRIFTING away from some one who used to be. Sporting a Cadillac cruisin’ shouting “if you want to leave me girl I help you hold the door, probably need you but I’d rather be alone.” Stackz knows he is all he needs in this his lyrics stating “I just keep it moving cause it’s all a n*gga know.” With help from Danny Siavichay, pulling out the guitar for a solo, he is also responsible for directing and editing the video as well! Each other looking fresh in this latest release, good transition into the new year, what Howie Stackz has next we will have to wait and see.
A legend somehow not so well known to fans of music, but guitarists and rock artists revere him as one of the greatest. Even the man we all idolize as the greatest guitar player of all time, Jimi Hendrix, is known to have uttered that Terry Kath is better than him. Born in Chicago and one of the original founding members of the band Chicago, he is in deserving of some more recognition and we are here for it.
Terry Kath was born in Chicago January 31st, 1946 and was inspired to music by his mother and father who ran a lodge and enjoyed entertaining people, according to Michelle Sinclair, daughter of Terry Kath. He learned how to play the keyboard, accordian and banjo, it was the Ventures and George Bensen that inspired Kath to pick up guitar. Getting older he would play in local band Jimmy Ford and the Executives, where he would begin to meet his future Chicago band mates.
It seemed to be natural for him to get people together as his parents did. Connecting with sax player Walt Parazaider and drummer Danny Seraphine, they would the join the Missing Links. That is when they would meet Lee Loughnane, who would be noted saying that he never saw Kath withouth his guitar. The four would finally link up with trombonist, Jimmy Pankow vocalist, Robert Lamm and bassist, Peter Cetera by 1967 and call themselves the Big Thing. The would play an amazing fusion of Rock N Roll and Jazz and Blues.
Coming to the attention of James Guercio, he signs them to a production company and changed their name to Chicago Transit Authority. CTA would later start recording for Columbia Records to produce their first LP. Their first release was actually a double LP, a rare and bold move by most musicians. It included Kath’s FREE FORM GUITAR, where you can hear where Jimi Hendrix could possibly have gotten his influence. Kath Told Guitar Player magazine one time in an 1971 interview that Jimi was playing all the stuff he had in his head, when he first heard him!
The band actually promoted their album by opening up for Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin in 1969. Walt Paradaizer would recall Jimi Hendrix quoting “Your guitarist is better than me” upon their first encounter with each other. Kath would inspire many artists like Eddie Van Halen who used a style heard in FREE FORM GUITAR. He was a great leader musically and his originality and innovative work on the guitar may be more recognized than we think, but not enough yet!
Chicago Transit Authority would change their name to Chicago after the actual CTA threatened lawsuit. The band then split off with James Guercio as manager. After six albums with Chicago, Kath began taking heavy use of drugs, parties and developed a liking for guns as well. One night while cleaning his guns with at his friend Don Johnson‘s apartment, Kath did not realize a bullet in the chamber. Johnson noted to be careful and Kath said ro him without the clip it’s harmless. He would wave his pistol around, his last words as told by Johnson being “What do you think I’m going to do, blow my brains out?” Accidentally releasing the trigger by his head, he died instantly January 23th, 1978, just shy of his birthday.
An unfilled space, a gap. A missing portion in a book; Lacuna. Like Eternal Sunshine of A Spotless Mind, erased memories creates a gap in the mind. Defcee bases this LP off that idea, a collection of songs lost to memory intentionally, but they were not ready to be put to rest. Defcee confronts his past in this 4th collaboration with KnowsTheTime. Telling his story as he expresses his growth, perspectives and environment.
Starting out with his hometown growing up, PLEASEANTVILLE II paints a surreal picture of his neighborhood, “aint hell but it aint heaven…” Coming out with a raw and seasoned flow and unlike people who like to claim Chicago, Defcee knows where he is from. “I was born in the life of that luxury, average house, 400 G’s…” takes a 180 turn however to drug hustling and parties, ending it off with “I seen a man die, running through the street on his last high” Strong opening to revisiting your lost memories, Lacuna.
SIMP as you should know is a man who reveres women, pedestals them. Def starts off that he does not like talking about love so might as well get it over at number 2. He referred to it as more of an addiction, “aint addiction crazy, aint she a hell of a drug.” A concept he knows much about as he touches base with addiction to drugs through his own perspectives and a friend. THE POOR LITTLE RICH / DEVIL N ME contains, I believe, the most inventive lyrics through the whole project.
Defcee continues keeping it real through the rest of the LP. Interesting to see what one can find in the Lacuna of the mind. Must have been a reason never stayed completely forgotten! Either way it is a great project lyrically and goes deep personally, which is always a challenging effort; emphasized by knowsthetime production, the quality will get you in a hell of a vibe. His articulation and flow of his perspectives and woes may be catalyst to fans to face their own!
The end of the year is always a time for celebration and what better way to do that than with new music! Elevatd and feeling festive, the two Chicago bass artists steady releasing quality beats for the holidays for the free. Even throwing down at a show in the hometown with the man 12th Planet. These two continue to grow every year making their mark bigger and bigger.
Following their original release U NO EYE the two decided it was not enough! So they bust out DIAMOND CHAIN, another nasty original piece that will just whip your neck back. Their next track is just as heavy, flippin’ Space Laces D.A.W. when, they then follow up with something really cool! Their latest and last of the year (possibly?) goes to rework local Chicago dance music icons Louis The Child, keepin’ it real. The cool thing about Elevatd is how they grew to embrace different genres as they grew and so they tastefully remake the popular track, BETTER NOT, to perfection.
A beloved character at Ever Evolved studio who is currently residing in Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates. Mostly known as Fafa, she graced us in Chicago with her presence and talent for a good few years before returning to the homeland, creating a good relationship with producers and other music artists at Ever Evolved and else where. Releasing a few tracks during her time here as well, she is still moving strong artistically outside of the states and in the Emirates! Getting interviewed, performing live on different stages and releasing new music, Fafa is really developing as an artist and she is only getting started!
Her voice is as strong as it is magic, it can envelope a room and penetrate your soul if you have had the chance to hear her in person. You would have to fly all the way across the ocean for that, or you can check out her Youtube channel (linked below) where she has been releasing covers of her favorite tracks, recently uploading a live on stage performance video. Taking her artistic expression to the next level with a music video for her single THE SKY CRIES WITH ME mid November, she sings about her bout with depression. Creating the song a few years back in ’16, it can be a reminder that even a playful character such as Fafa, who was inspired to music through Disney movie playlists, can have their low moments. Check on this video and your people!
There is a first for everything and for any artist it is always a big milestone. Coming out of Ever Evolved Studio, Jai the Artist has been hard at work to hit a very important milestone! Jai has been on such a journey to make it up to this milestone you would be surprised to find that her most recent release, Fluffy’s Playground, is the debut project. From her singles to events and travels, Jai put in real effort into making this project quality.
Upon hearing Jai skillful lyricism and composure on the mic you instantly recognize this woman is as seasoned as a veteran emcee. Although her debut project, she is no stranger to the mic. She may have done more in the making of this project than many people do in their dreams! Releasing singles to tease the project, only a couple actually making it onto the Playground. Jai also been hitting up venues left and right to get recognized from the West Coast Los Angeles to the East Coast, Florida.
All that experience can really put you in the right mindset to execute a debut project of this quality. Getting every detail right to the production value and collaborators. In Ever Evolved studios with RhymSter on production the whole way through, making every beat crisp and hard hitting. Also featuring artists like Bunny Liiu, Italo, Essse Guey, and Radcliff Music to add some raw lyrical credibility for those doubters! Fluffy’s Playground takes you onto a ride through hype, raw street bravado to beats to chill and smoke too. A trophy of a debut project, available to stream everywhere.