Category Archives: Chicago’s Finest

Trentino & Kid Cut Up Revise Antidote

Chi-town homie Trentino and LA producer Kid Cut Up team up together on a revision of Travis Scott’s Antidote. These guys took the heavy bass track and turned the trap anthem into a heavy future garage house track. Still reserving some of the flavor of the original tune making a nice track for the dance floor thats raw enough to throw some elbows, bang your head around a bit.

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Cofresi – Lykedat

The local Chi-town drummer and independent artist Ben Cofresi has some fun in the studio. Seems he is always in there or out doing live shows so why not. Recently releasing his Nuveau EP & a few singles including a feauture on Probcause‘s Drifters LP and joining LIDO on tour, making a stop in hometown Chicago of course, Cofresi is making himself known. Keeping the fans occupied, he just released a beautiful future bass tune, Lykedat, a real good vibe tune as free download as well. Cofresi’s wavy synths and amazing drum work really hits a sweet spot.

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MachoBeatz – The Mid [New Music]

Earlier this month Machobeats released The Mid onto his soundcloud. A real heavy and gritty trap instrumental. Get some good speakers and feel this bass in your chest it is ridiculous. Machobeatz is a genius with trap and hip hop music production and is also open to selling his beats to aspiring individual artists or even collaborating over at Ever Evolved Studio.

Wednesday, November 25th Machobeats had the opportunity to open for Curren$y the Spitta. On the beat pads, Macho controlled the sound and while fellow Ever Evolved studio members Rhymster, Mike Booth and AR of Triangle Offense hit the mic and controlled the energy. Macho entered and without uttering a word let his music speak, hittin the crowd with heavy bass and beat work. Absolute best crowd control of the night. Aside from the $pitta Curren$y of course, it was a great night for local artists too.

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L.x Addicted To Progression

L.x gets real deep in is hip hop track Love Affair produced by Grizzly Beats. Smoothest beat you can hear with the most addicting guitar riff. Real versatile artist, L.x switches between high and low energy tracks. He regularly releases free styles on his soundcloud. Recently made a free style of Holly Holm makin a mess of Ronda Rousey and the Champion liked the song herself. Also dabbles in cover art and music production himself and is currently heading to the top of the charts on ReverbNation; currently at a comfortable #6, he plans on topping it soon. Watch out for this young artist because he got some plans, some dope ideas to get his name out there and his music known. Check out Love Affair below and peep his other most recent, more bigger project, My Lyfe EP, as we interview the artist.

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Holagram Kizzie Tames Goddesses [Music Video]

Hologram Kizzie aka Psalm One channeling her inner god complex gets up in your face with Taming The Goddess. All Chicago attitude and mad fluid flow. She still loves you though. It is all POLY because love lasts forever. At the same time acknowledge that beat; I know it is hard too with such a dope spitta on the mic but when MC can dance with the beat on the mic like that, complementing each other, It is wonderful!

Onto more recent, Kizzie was interviewed by City Pages, revealing a good amount about her and her music career, inspirations and aspirations. They also touched ground on Rhymesayers exclusion of her in an event. Speculating gender and sexual preferences. Kizzie making a point about the small numbers of female artists represented in the hip hop industry. Being one herself with magnificent skill on the mic, it effects her greatly and she has the voice to speak out about it. Much support from Ever Evolved of course, especially with the music she has been releasing!

Not only new music either, Kizzie just released a music video for Impatient (Just U And US) Premiering on Respect.Magazine. Shot and directed by with Angelenah on backing vocals, this video shows all kinds of fun night time activities, like pillow fights obviously. Coming straight from her recent project P.O.L.Y. it is one of the more chill songs to smoke to but still one of the greats as Kizzie seems to be getting better with every track.

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The Best Thing Ever – Niykee Heaton

By the looks of her facebook comments they would not now it But! This girl makes actual music and really good music too. They might be too distracted by her gracious look if they cannot find her soundcloud. Coming from Chicago Niykee Heaton is an artist that embraces body, mind and music. Whilst playing the guitar, she also produces and writes her own music! Not even a lot of mainstream artists can say that.

Best Thing Ever is a pretty catchy pop tune, released during her ongoing Bedroom Tour, which btw will be making a stop in Chicago on the 3rd of December at Concord Music Hall. Making a real cool diversity with this next song, KING, leans more on bass. Live shows must be a party. With excellent flow and vocal harmonics on the mic, it is written and produced yet again by the artist herself.

Niykee Heaton is making an excellent name for herself with her music and modeling, showing she is multi-talented. Gaining about a million facebook followers and 100K+ on soundcloud with millions of plays. Niykee is going wherever she is setting her mind to cause like KING, her track, she is KING in her mind. Despite the internet being a horrible place, Niykee the real fans will be at the show!

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I Am Only Human – Safi G

Safi G from BANDIT crew is a quick witted Hip Hop MC from Chicago that is pumpin the ears of his listeners with some real soulful and positive music.  Music Video credited to Mahmood Darayyad aka Mac and recorded in Ever Evolved studio, I Am Only Human, is a story about heart ache as told by Safi over a smooth beat n rhythm with a vocal edit from Chicago’s own Krewella from their track Human. One of his more human sides, but you have to hear Safi G really get down, you have give his recent mixtape release a listen.

Pure Genesis, first release for BANDIT, is packed with heart pumping beats and flawless lyricism and flow. Safi has a message in every song that you have to listen to, read between the lines or better yet listen! Back and forth between smooth rhythm and heavy beats, it also comes with a dope image of baby Safi being super serious. Ten tracks of some serious Chi town attitude, grab this EP!

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Miss Chiff & Fury – In Control (Official Music Video)

Miss Chiff has a powerful message for women and the music industry in this one. This Hip Hop MC is straight from Chicago so you know she is not afraid to say what is on her mind. Aided by fellow female MC Fury, the two artists take on misogyny and objectification of women in the music industry. Some female artists appear to take part of the whole scheme for money and fame at the cost of their image and the youth, these artists take the problem head on. This has been a problem in Hip Hop especially for years and battled by powerful women like Lauren Hill, and fury mentioned Lisa Left Eye Lopez from TLC in the music video. Grab the free download on the artists soundcloud.

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Psalm One Loves You

Photo/Art credit to Psalm One/Hologram Kizzle
Photo/Art credit to Psalm One/Hologram Kizzie

If you are unfamiliar with this rapper chick here is a little introduction. Grew up in the south side of Chicago, made education a priority and graduated at UIC with a chemistry degree. Then she decided she was gonna blow your minds with inspiring hip hop music and soulful lyrics. Since then she has worked hard releasing music and has shared the stage with the likes of 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Rakim, Atmostphere, A-Trak, Gym Class Heroes and also fellow Chicagoans Flosstradamus and Probcause who is the probably the reason I myself jam to this rapper chicks music.

You may know her as Psalm One. Others may know her as Hologram Kizzie; and others, the first lady of Rhymesayers Ent. One thing for sure is that she is super dedicated to the music; she has kept her self busy. From creating Rhymeschool a youth program to creating her hip hop group RapperChicks to collabing with artists like her Zro Fox project with Probcause, this cat is more than inspiring if there is a word for it, gotta admire her character and work ethic. One top of that she has just released her 3rd studio Album P.O.L.Y. and is in the middle of her DIY tour.

P.O.L.Y. is a 10 track masterpiece with smooth instrumentals and quality production and lyricism. It is also her most collaborative effort as well, there are a lot of artists on this album; Drew Mantia, The Omy’s, My Gold Mask, Kyle Miller, Wes. P and the Rapperchicks who were there with here from the start of the album she told Complex. The whole album seems to be an outlet of emotion and creation of this point in her life, experimenting with relationships from monogamy to polyamory. You can hear the passion and soul in the music and lyrics, it hits heavy and but leaves a smooth vibe, and excellent production on the beats. This artist is one of a kind if you have not noticed already! Do not be snoozin on Kizzie! Follow her and make sure to listen to P.O.L.Y.!

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Cofresi

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Coming out of Chicago, Cofresi brings a whole new sound to the the streets with mellow synths progressions and fresh beat work to put you in the zone. With an original take on music comes a unique musical outlet and when Cofresi performs live he brings to the table live drumming back to back with with live midi controller where he controls samples, melodies basslines and the works. A live show that can really control the energy of the room. Since experiencing Cofresi live during a show on a tour with Probcause I myself have been an avid follower keeping up with his new tunes.

The talent coming out of this man comes from some many years of dedication to his craft. At the age of just 4 years he grew a love for drumming and later after he took to learn and practice piano. Eventually learning to produce electronically to combine his live drumming, piano work and knowledge of music till then to create future bass style music with his own creative edge. Now he is performing live and working alongside artists like Cherub, Gramatik, Earphunk and fellow Chicagoan Probcause who collabs with Cofresi frequently; as recently as featuring him on his lastest album Drifters. Working with artist like these is helping him take off with his music and all the experience is helping his sound get even better as he continues to produce newer work.

Bellenova and Fuk’M are recent tracks, however not the point of emphasis of this post. I just want you to get a feel of the artist, really feel where he is coming from. His most recent body of work is as fresh as is gets. Starting with a track called Flute, Nuveau this 5 track ep takes off into a whirlwind of mellow synth patterns and basslines with flawless beatwork. Flute is the base of the ep right off the bat starting with unique sounds and patterns with the woodwind and leading into future bass break down and the energy continues into Smoke’N. Mode has to be the body of the ep, the backbone, the heavy hittin track ringin through your head. Idigo breaths calmness into you after that boost of energy with melodic tones. Finally Kodo with high energy with bass synths and unique instruments blaring throughout to not bring an end to the EP but a beginning to a continuation to Cofresi’s future work that will surely be breathtaking while listening to! Connect with him on soundcloud to find out how you can get this work for free and make sure to follow our local homie.

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