Category Archives: Hip Hop/Rap

Guarenteed Safe Travels with Glassic Music

Backed with an idea we can all agree on, producers and the local underground talent in Chicago do not get the appreciation they deserve. Working together with multiple popular up and coming locals Glassic creates an album highlighting some of the best in the city. Joining artists and collaborators Marko Stat$, Futura Bloom and Qari this year amongst other Chicago artists to release an LP or EP this year. Though it would not be his first big project this year Safe Travels follows the Motions EP along with a couple singles.

Glassic is marking his name every where working and collaborating for and with artists like Will Is Chillin, Futura, Brittany Carter, and Roosevelt the Titan. He brings some together and sets the atmosphere of his Safe Travels on a smooth ride with CJ Run on the Long Way Home. Marko Stat$ joins the trip and it gets Too Wild with his flow.  Glassic continues blissfully on the keys over his spacey beats with Futura, Qari.

We get Means and the vibes change. Will Is Chillin, Kahrion and Isaiah G pick it up with Mushu and Celebrate. Rothstein and Vader the Villain and Ali for the Go send you off respectfully and you know you wanna travel safely more often and hit replay. A good year, so far, for Glassic and he should be looking forward to more putting on his city as he makes his name. In our mutual push for local artist and producer exposure, may our paths cross!

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Artist Rising: Chai Tulani [Music Video]

It would be hard to say you have not heard of Chai Tulani if you frequent local music acts in Chicago. The man has been making moves left and right and making his music known. Born in Kenya and raised in Chicago, he started releasing mixtapes in 2013 with Visions of Zion, joining this burst of artists from the local areas. Tulani introduces his brand of Soul Hop music for Chicago to indulge in, creating more diversity in the music renaissance.

This year has been especially significant as he brings more audiences to his shows with newer music to perform! Between shows at Sub T, Emporium, the Metro and local festivals like Pilsen and TIP, fans flock to the stage to hear tracks like All The Way which is coupled with a music video feauture Ridley Victoriaand his most recent release Pulse. Locals Gifted Keys and John Renaissance join Tulani on the track for that added ambiance. If this music gets you excited enough Tulani is gearing up to release another project so sit put and catch some new ones at his next show while more music cooks up!

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Stefan Ponce Can Sway Super Stars

Stefan Ponce teams up with some reputable locals and fellow friends. Nothing like some Hip Hop and Soul with theMind, Julian Bell, Micah Freeman & Kyle. Few different vocal styles to make make the perfect jam for your favorite girl. This Hip Hop and Soul piece is fit with catchy hooks and verses, uplifting piano chords and lively percussion. Spread the love with this track on repeat!

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Manic Focus For The New Season

Bringing some love to his hometown fans with a couple of performances during North Coast Music Festival weekend in Chicagos Union Park JmaC treated them to some new music and surprise guest Pretty Lights. Recently releasing a full length album at the start of Summer 17′ Minds Rising contains a mixture of hip hop, funk and bass beats paired with some live instrumentation. Within the album you have Chicago locals Probcause, Psalm One and the Rapper Chicks alongside Russ Liquid, Exmag and Late Night Radio to name a few.

Furthurmore we also get new music for the end of summer madness. Manic Focus redesigns Liquid Strangers dubstep track Frankenskank adding trippy layers of free form bass as apart of a remix EP alongside Yheti, Shlump, LUSZID and Protohype. JmaC will also be joining Liquid on tour dates. Shifting his cross hairs to fellow musicians Big Gigantic Miss Primetime featuring word connoisseur Pell. He turns the seductive electronic jazz beat into his own blended style of electro funk and bass. Bringing the perfect energy to bring in the new season!

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Deem Is Better, Ceaselessly

With an already vast playlist Deem adds a new EP to the discography. Produced completely by Mulatto Beats, Better is a quick 3 track experimental hip hop set. From the South Side of Chicago Deem demonstrates creative diversity, not only working with different genres but also blending subject matter. Creating music that stands alone and stands out.

Originally it was a project called Girl Crazy, along the theme of heartbreak and growth. After some advice and and unfortunate loss Deem tells Myriad Magazine how Better came to be. In a creative burst, he fits as much words he can think of on the three tracks and calls it Better. Confidently telling Myriad he knows this is content most artists are not capable of pulling off. Can you fully disagree after indulging in that predictable mainstream content?

Not stopping for a minute though Deem already has multiple projects in line for the future. Stay tuned for another video this Halloween and an EP in the works called Lil Third Eye to follow. Planning ahead to 2018 you will see an 2 track project and an album to hit all your senses. Exciting to see what kind of creations he comes  up with in his music next.

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Joseph Chilliams – Henry Church

Joseph Chilliam pulls off an incredible album featuring a handful of local collaborators. Henry Church together Jamila Woods, Pivot Gang, NoName and Supa Bwe amongst others. The fellow Pivot-Gang co-founder shining light on West Side Chicago talent, didnt need much but his reputation to promote the LP. Coming out of a sold out show, his first ever to headline in Chicago to attest to that.

The message is clear he will not come to conform to society be real and true to yourself; and fuck Bow Bow. Henry Church is filled with wordplay, pop culture references, jabs at celebrities and some real talk. An LP than to define Chilliams character, he brings some loose comedy, west side attitude, and inspiring ambition to the mic. Of course it cannot go on without honoring the fallen, friends to family most notably John Walt Aka DinnerWithJohn and fellow Pivot Gang co-founder.

From the start its relaxed and playful; Setting the tone with Fergie, pulling his own spin off of a Fergalicious sample and demonstrating versatility in his flow. Then inviting MfnMelo on mic to get Buck. West Side meets the South as the mic is passed to Jamila Woods on Shake My Ass, with a seemingly reversal in roles between the two artist to make a statement about sexual consensual perspectives. Chilliams gets real with NoName and Supa Bwe on Kale standing tall against music labels, who really makes the culture? And kicking it back with FN – 2187 for a laid-back tribute track with SKYLR and Sen Morimoto.

Such is the attitude of the full LP and that only the one third of the LP. Layered with diverse lyricism and live instruments between raw production. The project appropriately concludes with a DinnerWithJohn outro. Hannah Vernier on cover art perfects the image of the Henry Church. Find you favorite track and put it on repeat.

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Saba Has The World In His Hands [Music Video]

Saba Pivot coming through heavy with a couple new pieces of work for the fans. After a successful Bucket List Project album release and tour to follow Saba is feeling unstoppable. To put that in perspective his Bucket List track World In My Hands with Smino and LEGIT gets visuals to feature the world literally in his hands. Directed by Tom Vin, the video keeps in line with the album project theme, including footage from photo shoot for the LP.

This of course follows a single release produced by himself and Daoud, There You Go another beat with a smooth vibe. Keeping busy after his LP between releases and touring he even fit in some collabs. Recently featured on Joseph Chilliams album that seen a fresh release this week. Saba is also said to be putting together a charity foundation in honor of his cousin and fellow hip hop artist John Walt which will give easier access to arts and supplies the youth. He will also take part in a European tour upcoming so match your vacation spots and catch this busy artist!

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More Than An LSD Video: Jamila Woods

The anticipation was high and the room was packed from wall to wall in House of Vans on the night of the LSD video premier. Jamila Woods had thrown a free show in the early evening hours for fans to experience some live music. We all had the privilege to be the first to see the new visuals. The event highlighted a CPS student and aspiring film maker award and achievement as well as benefit SocialWorks, an art nonprofit under Chance the Rapper.

Photo Credit to Bryan Allen Lamb

As the lights dimmed and the projector lights up the wall, the crowds chanted as Jamila appears angelic in Lake Michigan. Many women commending Jamilas confidence in her skin jeered louder. The setting brings us to the lake and more importantly, familiar neighborhoods, highlighting the deeper layers of our city. Chance the Rapper commands a grill surrounded by family and friends as children run and play around Jamila relaxing a kiddy pool in the front yard. A Chicago that is not linked to violence as too many assume. A side more reserved for the locals.

As the camera pans across Chance the crowd lets out another cheer as simultaneously, the video leaves a warm feeling of grace for our beautiful city. The purpose of the video fulfilled. The idea coming Ashley Huicochea, from Prosser Career Academy who had the opportunity to work, learn and gain skills pertaining to film and directing.  An effort by Vincent Martell and Sam Bailey from VAM Studio to include more students in the process of film making. The dedication Jamila Woods, Chance the Rapper and the rest of their hardworking crew have for the newer generations inspires and positively influences Chicago greatly. Their collective effort  shines in the results.

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August Belongs To Ethos

Ethos is the characteristic spirit of a culture, era or community. Is he a single representation of a growing community of creative geniuses coming out of Chicago? Or an activist and a voice echoing the resistance of ideologies and labels society places upon groups of individuals? Maybe a poet with deep perspectives on love and life?

In the beginning of the month, from Chicago, Ethos releases his debut album appropriately titled August. More than a musical measure it is filled with poetry defining creativity, beauty, power and change. A love note to Chicago in his own words. On the album are a series of collabs including Smoko Ono, Ashe Om, Tasha, Morimoto, Chul, Happie and Cosmo. Loaded with local talent this LP’s unique presentation challenges traditional album projects.

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Model of Music: Ridley Victoria

Coming across Ridley Victoria I find a multi creative women confident in her artful expression in modeling, singing and songwriting; a detail even most mainstream artists lack. Born in Chicago she started songwriting at the early age of eleven but it was not until she hit twenty that she took up singing professionally full time as she tells Fashionbugla Media in an interview. Mainly influenced by a fusion of hip hop, pop and R&B her recent work would blend into reggae, swing, dance and jazz. Just as a model takes up different looks and styles, Ridley can try on different genres and make it her own.

Since the release of her debut album only two months ago in June Ridley made time for more releases and collabs. Most recently, she brought out the soul and R&B on Slow Down produced by Eddie J. Showing off her vocal range across any genre and her consistency releasing quality songs. Her album itself is filled with catchy and dynamic tunes.

Pretty on Purpose or her POP album is a 10 piece energetic multi genre project and an impressive one for her 1st. Speaks volumes about her potential. Starting off with Vogue, a fitting intro for a singer and model, its upbeat and colorful and sexy. Dialing it back with Love Out a swing styled pop track with John Renaissance. You get to Give It To Me and you hear Ridley ride a raggae beat. Continuing into her album you continue to hear a range of styles with more local collaborations with Chai Tulani, Adam Ness and Me’Chelle. A powerful addition to a growing community of strong and creative women in Chicago.

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