Artist of the Week: CantBuyDeem

CantBuyDeem dropped a mix tape over old school famous industry instrumentals called NOT 4 SALE Vol. 2. On the 21st of January he released the visual to a classic Mase song called WANT ME. It features Super King Reza on the vocal hook, a hot verse from Ever Evolved’s JaiTheArtist, and visual production from the video alchemist himself, Mikal Bae aka Father Darko.

CantBuyDeem really knocked it out of the park with organizing this collaboration! Super King Reza’s voice on the hook almost sounds feminine, it is so smooth and catchy, had to check the feature credits. JaiTheArtist’s verse compliments CantBuyDeem’s perfectly, they were both hitting all the relevant points of the song theme in their respective 16 bar verses. The attitude of this visual just screams 90’s classic hip hop; extremely nostalgic, but also new and quite fresh! We have the entire collaboration to thank for that, everyone involved in the project executed to a high caliber.

Visually, if this does not remind you of a Hype Williams music video from the Busta Rhymes days, or maybe even a current Hype Williams video from Griselda Records well, we’re not sure what will! Mikal Bae shooting in front of a green screen, editing in certain hilarious set pieces like a car for Super King Reza to stand on while its driving, a futuristic metallic background with a fish eye lens perspective, or just the three artists lounging on a couch. While its floating in front of one of Mikal Bae’s signature vapor wave designs. This visual has all of that and then more!

Lyrically, every line is set to make you laugh, especially since there is so much charisma behind the performances. Lines from CantBuyDeem, “The reason I treat you royal cause you loyal,” and “You know I put the d*** in your life but I wanna do more like licking you right!” Or lines from JaiTheArtist referencing Pretty Ricky and pornographic videos, “Get down with the licky licky, while you rolling sticky, blasting Pretty Ricky, tryna find a porn to do!” Then one of my poignantly favorite lines from the hook, “We can go to space, that ain’t ship to me!” I feel like that line is as old as time, yet It is an original Super King Reza line.

Bravo to all hands involved on this song and music video. It looked like an absolute blast to film. It is something that Chicago should back, put on its back and be proud of. Has Mase or anyone relevant seen this? Well they should.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Tweak’G Got A Proll’em And She Makes It Known

Tweak’G is a South Side Chicago rapper and she has been putting in an insane amount of work lately, within this last year alone! Tweak was a part of Jovan Landry‘s Synergy Chi performance on Windy City Live! She recently won the Chicago Buzz competition on January 9th, earning 1st place and the grand cash prize. She was also featured at the all women’s showcase event, Intuition, put on by Art After Dark in collaboration with Woman Made Gallery, this was held in mid December.

Towards the end of 2019 she put out two amazing music videos to her singles, GOLD and PROLL’EMS. The G in Tweak’G’s brand stands for many things and GOLD is only one of them. This theme is elaborated on her visual while chilling with her friends and family at her neighborhood spots! Her song PROLL’EMS speaks reflectively on struggles her and her community face daily. Taking a faster uptempo flow, she delivers heartfelt messages and stories related to personal experiences. Tweak’G has been recognized in mainstream publications, like USA Today and Chicago Reader, for her civil rights activism through public speaking and street demonstrations. Both in and outside of the music industry! 

Tweak’G had a productive year in 2019. Here’s to recognizing her hard work, catalog building, live performance resume, and activism!

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Justin Famous Taking Over The World With Grace

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!

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Tink Does Not F*ck Around

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!

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Artist Of The Week: Safi G Flexes On ‘Em!

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.

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Howie Stackz Keeps It Moving with Danny Siavichay in Drifting (Music Video)

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.

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Artist of the Week: Defcee’s Lacuna

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!

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Artist of the Week: Jai the Artist Debut LP

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.

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Radcliff Music is the Black Scorpion.

Radcliff Music has really outdone himself with this latest visual release in collaboration with Canon Montana. BLACK SCORPION is quickly approaching ten thousand in views after only being out a couple of weeks! Hats off to one of the pillars of Ever Evolved and Chicago hip hop, Radcliff Music! With a simple yet structurally perfect flow, a hard beat by Frekwenzy and a high quality visual, Radcliff Music is executing on all angles! Hard work really pays off and after 8 projects deep of releases it is looking like this video is jump starting a long deserved buzz.

I drop this music, fuck the check, I’m grinding for a purpose, I’m beating every odd and that’s how I know I deserve it!” Radcliff Music puts it plainly in front of your face; he stays low key, puts his energy into the music, nothing else and it shows. He raps like himself, in his own voice, he does not imitate gimmicks or pick up and flip trends. Every single song, Radcliff Music is purely flowing the literature over instrumentals that he has acquired throughout his life. “Better not pass your time with bullshit, I hope you working!” Hip hop is about the long game now and the artist that blows up over time leaving a paper trail of a dense catalog full of consistent quality music; that artist perseveres and cements a legacy.

Congratulations Radcliff Music, Black Scorpion is in permanent rotation.

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Khid Nando Is Ready & Prepared For 2020

There is another rising artist is coming up in Chicago making moves to fulfull his vision. Khid Nando is ready to take on some spotlights, showing out more and more with new music. From quietly achieving open mic platforms to confidently grabbing the mic in the studio, this Khid is starting to take big steps to becoming a great artist. He got some more up his sleeve too, to follow up on his current releases, he is just getting started!

One good point about Nando is his ability to be serious yet have fun with his music. Earlier in year being the known as just Nando simply, he released AGAINST THE GRAIN, a more introspective project you can listen to, to get to know the artist personally. His most recent release A DAY AT THE KHARNIVAL is just that, a metaphor to be playful! Take a listen to the lyrics and you will be joining in on the fun.

With a beat like KHARNIVAL it is easy to jump around to and have fun with lyrically. His earlier release I AIN’T GONNA LIE takes on a more calmer beat, a more deeper tone as Nando goes on about romance and a fantasy! Really experimenting as an artist with the content of his lyrics and energy of his music, he looks to be on a good path. A path leading to the release of his EP KILLING TIME early in 2020, he continues to grow and you should follow!

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