With a work ethic that can rival Curren$y, and a freestyle flow that is raw and endless, there is more than enough Radcliff Music to keep your speakers rockin’. With the Educated Low Life brand, as a scholar and street artist, Radcliff continues to promote individuality and resilience to adversity in himself and others through his verses. If you can keep up with his lyricism you can learn a couple new philosophies and ways to go about life. But the message is clear: be authentic, mind your own and put in some work!
Recently on a streak of releases on Youtube, during lockdown season, taking advantage of the free time to hit the studio. His latest comes as a collaboration and a single with a couple of different energies! Fresh with KEEP UP, features artists Tamica Renee and King Rozzie, this track has a more R&B vibe to it, with its beat and feminine vocals, balanced with Radcliffs lyricism. This will follow up on his track IN THE CLOUDS, with a more relaxed lo-fi beat produced by Nate Broski. These tracks, along with FOX FLOW, are his first releases on soundcloud after a hot minute, following his Youtube marathon.
Black culture is a dominating foundation to many aspects of social culture and style. If you are an avid lover of house music, especially in Chicago, it is important to know that it evolved from disco, in gay, black clubs and communities, inspiring techno in Detroit. In a day and age where tensions are high, between a growing authoritarian police state in America and the public, particularly taking advantage of minority communities, Louis The Child, in the best way they know they can, releases a mix exclusive to black artists, to the tens of thousands of fans that follow them. Continuing their motto of music that makes you happy.
This mix contains a variety of genres of original mixes and remixes from house to hip hop and R&B. Hearing music from artists like Chicago’s own Green Velvet, Mick Jenkins, Joey Purp, Kanye West and Vic Mensa, they also add in iconic names like the late Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, A Tribe Called Quest, B.I.G., Wu-Tang and more. Being electronic music artist from Chicago, it only makes sense to pay homage to Chicago locals especially to its history. Without this evolution of disco in black communities, EDM as we know it could be drastically different, if in existence at all, for all we know.
This mix follows up on their usual flow of ridiculously catchy anthemic tracks and party tunes; Louis the Child does not seem to have an off switch. In their most recent remix, they chose upon Rich the Kid with a Kendrick Lamar feature by the name of NEW FREEZER from 2017. Completely flipping the beat up into wild, bass bumping, house track, that switches up dramatically with that classic Louis the Child, chopped up synth and hip hop beat pattern. They did not have to get that crazy but they made it their business! This follows up an original beat, NOBODY LIKE YOU, another vocal, pop, dance tune perfected by the voice of Vera Blue. If there is an off switch to Louis the Child hiding anywhere, let it be hidden; after hearing collaborations with Foster the People, this Chicago duo is unstoppable!
Ivan L is a hip hop artist based in Pompano Beach, Florida (same area Kodak Black hails from) with an impeccable work ethic. Ever Evolved has booked him for Chicago gigs multiple times, and he always delivers an amazing performance. On June 9th he released ALL EYES ON VITO, a fifteen track album that Ivan L describes as a retro-futuristic mashup with West Coast influence. His style is also slightly reminiscent of A$AP Ferg and Big KRIT. He has a great blend of Southern and Western hip hop in his latest record, and it is perfect to bump for that night time driving.
The entire record is filled with strong lyrics and references to pop culture, both old and new. Take LE$STAT ON WASHINGTON AVE, a reference to INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, or MICHAEL BAY featuring Ant40oz, a reference to the infamous crashing glass and explosions of Michael Bay directed cinema. In CAN’T SLOW DOWN 2096, Ivan L drops unique and new Michael Jordan references one may not be privy to in other hip hop. In JULIETTE MICHELLE, a reference to an extremely busty and thick cosplay model, in this track Ivan L also references things like Norman Bates from AMERICAN PSYCHO, in regards to his rapping prowess. There is so much cultural history that Ivan L drops inside, ALL EYES ON VITO.
The production is a mixture of cutting edge newer sounds, as well as core hip hop, archaic drum breaks. There is also sampling of the classic film, BACK TO THE FUTURE with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. The concept and theme of new vs old are prevalent through out ALL EYES ON VITO. If you enjoy old school hip hop, new wave hip hop and music with many references that continue to tickle the nostalgia of 80’s and 90’s babies, then this record is absolutely for you.
A real lover of hip hop music in Chicago, Rizzi Konway has been very active in the music community as early as 2009! He has created a vast network of seriously talented underground Chicago artists, due to the fact that his style and flow is authentic and unexaggerated. Being multi talented as well, he originally got his start in music producing with ProTools. Rizzi has been getting recognized in front of audiences at handful of venues, performing at spots like Refuge, Olympic Theater, the Abbey, Subterranean, Beat Kitchen, even Daley Plaza for Chicago Sizzle Radio, and frequenting open mics at venues like Uncommon Ground and Innjoy. His efforts thus far has even gotten him an interview for Artist PR.
Since joining Tiny Chain Gang, he has seen more releases, like his projects BLKDMN & DIGITAL, and Rizzi is back with another one called MORNING/MOURNING. This release will feature many popular and underground artists, giving you the scope of his reach within the hip hop music community in Chicago. Names you should be familiar with like BaSkaveli, MOE CYRUS, Will Is Chillin’, Vantablac SOL, EELSIRCC, Rebel Legato and DJ Hool. The first lines of this whole project can summarize his mentality and effort with his music and life, “Workin, workin, workin, never sleepin’. A paper chase is wearing out my feet, can’t take a break cause rest is for the weak. If you cut my pay, decapitate a thief.”
Straight off the bat, MORNING/MOURNING hits you with awe, but to get more of an idea of his complete style and energy keep listening. The very next track, IT’S US, shines light on his more suave side, with an R&B beat, a catchy chorus, and 4+ artist on one song, you can catch a vibe easily, but wait till you hear BET IT ALL. From raw to smooth, he jumps into playfulness, positivity and motivation with enlightening lyricism on the following track, ELEVATE with EELSIRCC and Rebel Legato. “My n*gga we risin up, im living the life I love, so I’m reaching the skies above, we can get high enough.” The first half of MORNING/MOURNING sets you up nicely for the latter half, as he juggles retrospection, raw lyricism and lo-fi tracks that can soothe your soul.
Chicago basshead Stratus is back to HOLLER. His new track has a very cynical edge to it, with low end bass reverberating or growling throughout. HOLLER follows up on another original, named SHIVER, that balances its heavy bass with light synth breaks, and also his EP EVERYTHING GOES BLACK. HOLLER may even sound like an extenstion to the EP. With its dark quality and heavy basslines to motivate anyone to throw body around, Stratus adds a synth break in between wild drops that sounds as cinematic as a NERO track for a nice balance.
The Chicago duo is back with another original mix and vocal collaboration. They follow up on their series realeases of originals and collaborations, WIGGLE, FIGHT and HOUSE PARTY VIP. This release features vocal artist Libby Dietrix, singing from the intro with confidence and what is no doubt good club etiquette. “Dance so free like a movie scence, and I go all out cause I’m the Trash Queen. Look at me bumpin’ in the club with the system, won’t take a drink from a random mista’, no suga’ daddy if you know what I mean and I go all out…” This track starts out with that abstract Deadmau5 vibe, and onward with a techno beat to just dance and groove too. A great balancing track between their typical bass heavy house beats, with more exaggerated climaxes and drops.
Electronic bass artists are no strangers to hip hop as many would think, but most bass tracks have hip hop inspired beat work, and many use the genres lyricism in buildups and breaks. Plenty electronic music artists crossed these thresholds like Flume, Zeds Dead, Skrillex and even Daft Punk. Kyral x Banko, having worked with SoDown and Def3 on a hip hop inspired track, have the ear to work diverse sounds. They do it again on a recent collaboration with Nat Nat called ELEVATE, this time focusing more on the lyrical aspect of the track. Nat Nat rhymes smoothly over a lo-fi beat, and creates the right atmosphere to just sit back and vibe out.
When it comes to abstract art and artists, most would think of visual art, but ESSSE Guey takes the idea and places it into his music. From his image, to his spelling, to his lyrics and wild behavior. Essse really does not follow the rules, and it works out for him musically and even visually, with his collection of music videos. As a Hip Hop artists he puts his whole mind on display, and he does not shy away from those explicit thoughts either!
His most recent music video, OD Featuring RhymSter, is a perfect visual representation of abstract antics. In the video, you will see ESSSE climbing gates, jumping around a ware house, running around dark rooms fitted with a betelgeuse (Beetlejuice) getup and masks. “Open minded odyssey, anarchy to gravity, higher than a remedy, OD off of-” ESSSE pops in with the chorus. Even the whole format of the video is abstract, with skits in the middle and the end, and even bloopers and behind the scenes footage to really reel you in.
From his image and antics, you can see the Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso esque quality ESSSE brings to hip hop. But more than only his style and attitude, his lyricism brings him a long way as well. Recently releasing a 6 track EP, dubbed TIMES LIKE THESSSE, featuring many local artists like Baggz, Black Joe, BeatrixKiddo, RhymSterand Mike Booth. Pay attention to how expresses himself in his songs, ad-libbing with grunts, growls and barks, bouncing between Spanish and English language. His lyrics can cover anything from being carefree, ominous thoughts and activities, mischievousness, sexuality, hustle and motivation, as evident through just the song titles in TIMES LIKE THESSSE, like NO CHASIN, NO Z’S, DO NOT GIVE A DAMN and SKULLS.
Still hot off his LISTEN IN HEADPHONES solo project, and his collaborative single, HAT/NO HAT, with Handsome Naked that premiered on NBC‘s Talent Show Livestream. The efforts lands him and proves his worth as an Artist of the Week in April. As a producer, Brad Kemp meets with a variety of artists, and on this occasion, Brad found vocal artist Eshé to work on a collaboration. They two worked together before on tracks produced for Chore Boy, now they got their own single flowin’, as apart of an album called LETTERS, filled with diverse artists.
Releasing a music video with each track individually and consecutively, until the album drops, the two the artists came up with a clever video for their latest track, WISH YOU WERE HERE. Eshé, who is currently residing in New York where she finished up a Masters Degree from NYU, worked on the writing and vocalizing while Brad, obviously, produced the music. The video illustrates the lyrics as they go with the song, highlighting each different line of a verse, with different colors. A very relaxing and upbeat track, using acoustic sounds over a hip hop beat. Very motivating from start to finish with lyrics like, “Hard work pays off, never thought I’d get days off, I remember being exhausted, workin 12 hour days days, stayin up makin demos on Halsted” and that is just to start!
LETTERS release date is scheduled for June 5th, with each track involving a different performing artist. Stay tuned for the live album premiere through their social medias linked below!
A favorite when it comes to R&B, especially if we are talking Chicago, Jean Deaux is a must have for your playlist. She is a mystifying figure, always making big moves, with big names. She has both, the cities attitude and a sense of seduction. With her hip hop influence, she balances between being intimate and powerful. Her ear for a good beat, and her lyrical talent and original flows makes her an unstoppable artist!
Recently Jean Deaux released her EP, WATCH THIS!, with the help of some talented artists. On production she would would have artists like Ambi Lyric, Prodxvzn, daedaePIVOT, Letmode, 1Mind, Grant Strumwasser, ROMderful, and she even has her own work on production, with Renzell on the track FLICK! Always working closely with big names in Chicago like Ravyn Lenae, Phoelix, PIVOT with DaeDae and Saba, THEMpeople, and Nico Segal associated with SAVEMONEY and more; she leaves quite the imprint in Chicago hip hop and R&B. Taking a look at her lyrics and style, it is apparent as to why such notable artists with Jean Deaux and vice versa!
“Might break a tradition. You ain’t gotta like my opinions or who my friends is, tell me where the benji’s? – You see, bae, don’t, play,” Jean Deaux switches up style between her verse and chorus flawlessly, OK! is an easy favorite. Her confidence and attitude shines in FLICK (STACEY), featuring Yung Baby Tate, singing: “You can’t hit it if you call me talking crazy baby, I am not your lady ’cause you bought me a mercedes, ‘cedes, no you cannot fuck me if you lay up in that lazy, safety. First thing you gon’ strap up before you jump into this hesitatin;” straight off the bat, with a hot flow! Then she follows up with MOODY!, featuring Saba PIVOT, and a personal favorite, VALID! with its chorus, and you realize how hot this EP is. The whole project and Jean Deaux’s talent really speaks for itself, hear for yourself!