Category Archives: Chicago’s Finest

Phnm remixes Sage the Gemini

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Phnm comes out with a new remix, still fresh off his last track Detonate, his beatport debut track. Phnm this time focuses his attention on Sage the Gemini‘s Gas Pedal. Compared to Detonate this track takes on a more chill vibe. No doubt this track has a lot of remixes prior but now we can add a good one to the list and this track is free for you to download!

Check out & download the Gas Pedal remix below and follow Phnm on Soundcloud.

Chris.Ekoh – Slow Release

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Chris.Ekoh recently added a track to his soundcloud that adds a little flavor in the music world. With a nice slow beat, a catchy acapella rhythm and a little bit of philosophy Chris adds some deep lyrics that perfects this track. Although it is a short track it is definitely worth the listen. Download this track for free and follow Chris.Ekoh on soundcloud for future updates!

Isael X Livin the Sickest Dream

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Local Chicago MC Isael X comes out with a few new tracks in the last month. With a playlist full of singles and mixtapes with that straight Chicago attitude and lyrics with stories to tell Isael delivers bombshell tracks his fans can connect with, easily giving him thousands of plays on his soundcloud.

Isaels ability to change up styles from laidback to energetic between songs illustrates his artistic abilities while handling the mic. Complimenting his creative lyricism is the perfect set of instrumentals he has picked that has the right amount of energy to capture his flow giving his songs a presence that draws you in.

Having a knack for picking out talented artists and producers to work with, it is exciting to hear on social media that he is working on new music for his LSD volume series. Taking the LSD abbreviations from his home city’s Lake Shore Drive, Isael X makes them his own for his mixtapes starting out with Let’s Start a Dynasty, Livin the Sickest Dream and most recently Loud Smoking Drunks, which you can download for free on his soundcloud. So click the follow button to stay tuned for future Isael X tunes.

The Monkey Hermit – Abstrct EP

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The Monkey Hermit releases his first EP Abstrct. Part of the Artistic Brigade this Chicago local chooses to remain anonymous behind a monkey mask keeping it more focused on the music. If you are lucky enough to know the Monkey Hermit personally you can probably make out his voice as he does his own vocals.  The Abstrct EP contains 4 tracks with some hip hop and boom bap elements, making it the perfect ep to kick back and chill to. This is only his first EP of many so make sure to follow him on his soundcloud for future updates. You can also catch the Artistic Brigade throwing parties every weekend showcasing their music. More info on the Artistic Brigade facebook page.

Listen to the Abstrct EP below.

ProbCause drops new album “Waves”

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ProbCause comes out with the perfect summer album to listen to while you are out chillin with the homies. While ProbCause is busy on his nationwide tour in the states he managed to perfect his album Waves with some massive collaborations. Working with Exmag, Gibbz and Chicago locals Donnie TrumpetChance the Rapper and even Twista, Prob otherwise known as Colin Grimm spits the rawest lyrics over smooth beats. The diversity in music styles that Colin can work with shows what talent and creativity he is capable of. I cannot wait to hear what ProbCause has in store for the future. You can follow Prob on facebook and soundcloud to keep up with his updates as he continues on with his tour into the summer.

Check out Waves below. Download link in the soundcloud description.

Preview Detonate by PHNM – Out on May 26

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PHNM, this producer from Arlington, Texas, is going to turn up the crowds with this new banger he is set to release this May on the 26th. Debuting on Beatport with this track, under Rad Summer records, “Detonate” will blow up the dance floor at his resident DJ spots in Chicago.

Mad respect to this man, otherwise known as Colin, who randomly gives away his tracks for friends on his facebook, if you are lucky enough to catch his posts that is. Shows how genuine he can be to his fans. So follow him on facebook or soundcloud so you don’t miss out on any future updates from him!

You can catch PHNM hit the decks at Soundbar on Saturdays, The Underground Chicago on Sundays and just recently announced on his facebook, Roof on theWit on Thursdays! There’s really no excuse to be bored in this city when you have talent like this playing everywhere.

Don’t forget to preview his upcoming track “Detonate” below!

Trentino – Og Trentino Ft. Que [Free Download]

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Recently I got to experience a Trentino live performance as BOAT with Big Once at the Mid in Chicago and I was quite impressed. The Chicago locals rocked the set with mixing and scratching skills on the turntables with a song selection that’ll have any party bangin.

After the show I was definitely keepin a lookout for more of Trentino and low and behold, the man dropped this track earlier today. “Mr. OG Bobby Johnson himself, Que, sent me these vocals a few weeks ago so I made this to play out. It’s a free download, so enjoy!” He wrote in the description of the track. The vocals for this track is like something you would expect in a trap recording and the grinding bass synths and bouncy beats will have you jumping around the dancefloor. You can bring life to any party with this track and fortunately for you it is a free download!

Check out OG Trentino below

**UPDATE**
Trentino was forced to abandon his soundcloud page due to copyright infringement policy. But you can still check out his most recent work on his youtube channel here

The Bandit Crew drop “4 In The Mornin” as a Free Download

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These Chicago locals otherwise known as the B.A.N.D.I.T. Crew are aspiring lyricists and producers lookin for a spot in the chicago music scene, and from first listen it is not hard to conclude that these guys have some real potential. Accounting for only about a quarter of the Bandit crew, Rhymster, Safi MF G, and Chosen, spit some real lyrics over this smooth instrumental beat that will leave your head bobbin and your soul vibin. The crew bringing the original hip hop vibe back with their own style and energy that keeps their sound relevant to the changing times. Fresh lyrics like this makes you wonder why the mainstream “hip hop” artists and “rappers” are even relevant themselves.

Don’t snooze on the Bandit Crew! Listen and download “4 in the Mornin” below and follow their soundcloud

ProbCause drops some Chicago Style

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ProbCause, a Chicago native and dope Rap Artist, drops some heat for his city over on Noisey music by Vice. Startin off with some fresh beats and real cool riff, ending with some juke style, this will keep your head bobbin and your feet movin. ProbCause, who has already been makin tracks with artists like Chance the Rapper, is currently on a tour with Cherub and will definitely rock the crowds with this anthem. Prob is also scheduled to make a pit stop at School of the Art Institue of Chicago to participate at the MFA Show 2014 on the 25th of April. Make note of this busy man, real talent right here and he’s comin up quick!

Check out and download “Chicago Style” for free.

Savoy, LoBounce & Bright Lights release new single “S.C.R.E.A.M.” [Free Download]

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Savoy & LoBounce just released another track together alongside vocalist Bright Lights. These producers are proving to be a perfect match for each other. They have recently worked on 2 tracks “Cata” & “Nothing Stays The Same“, which featured on Savoy‘s previous album “Self Predator”, that produced some deep vibes and crunchy bass lines that put a fresh spin on electronic music.

It is good to see LoBounce, a Chicago native, experiment and evolv with different styles. It has been well noticed in his recent EP “Rave and other recent tracks like his collab with Dirty Monkey “Pull Up” (and in his live sets I have seen personally in Chicago). Combine him with Savoy, whom isn’t shy to experiment with more than one BPM styles as well, and Bright Lights mesmerizing vocals in the equation and you got yourself the perfect track to vibe to.

Listen to and download “S.C.R.E.A.M.” below