Category Archives: Hip Hop/Rap

FIRST LOOK: ABELMINDEAD

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Codi Laflure a.ka. AbelMindead, a young fellow from Michigan who has made a home in the heart of Chicago. He is an Rapper/Hip-Hop artist currently involved in various music movements around Chicago. AbelMindead is recent to the music scene with his local new recording family #SANDLOTCREW, upcoming group of artist who rap, sing, produce music and more. Want to see a freestyle of AbelMindead? Click This if you are logged in to your Facebook account.

AbelMindead music genre can be an intertwine of Hip-Hop, Trippy Hop and Rap. In his song titled “Rabbit Hole” it creates an emotion of an cool vibe psychedelicly tripping or unwinding with some friends on a warm summer night. With unbroken lyrics and flow, this is an opening approach for what is to come, collaborations and more.

What’s Coming up next for AbelMindead

On March 21st he has a show at The Store with the Sandlot Crew. On April 21st he has an radio interview and live performance on 88.3fm WZRD at 10 am Northeastern Illinois University Radio (Please tune in). On Other days when he’s not recording in the Lab, Catch AbelMindead at various Open Mics around the city of Chicago especially at Sub T (Subterranean) in Wicker Park every Tuesday.

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AbelMindead is currently working on a mixtape to be released on May 19th at Sub T in wicker park. Look out for more live interviews, music, events and post on AbelMindead also keep up with him (Below) with all his latest projects coming out soon!

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Probcause & Friends

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Local Chicagoan Colin Grimm otherwise known as Probcause is gettin known quite quickly from fans to artists and labels. It is his unique style of rapping and the energy he brings to a stage for an audience. It is his music itself that has alot of energy on its own so it is hard not to get known, only to feeding his ego!  Getting the attention by some real dope artists too.

Prob has turned the heads of the Lowtemp crew and other artists alike and the music they make together is pretty perfect. It is like perfect match in creative minds. Recently hookin up with another Chicago artist Manic Focus to make a sexy remix of Exmags track Tilt Mode with Gibbz. Prob is not unknown to Exmag either, having made a track together on his latest album Waves and working with Lowtemp creator Gramatik on a real cool super creative beat that will make you wanna grab a beer n party till you get loud!


Speaking of collabing with dope artists Colin has started another project aside from Probcause. Linking up with Hologram Kizzie, aka Psalm One, to give you Zro Fox. Get it? Pretty cool, and they announced the collab with a serisouly dope music video for their single Might Not, as a preamble to their album to be released later.

Hologram Kizzie and Prob have been workin together for a while since 2008 from live sets at the Bottom Lounge up to Lincoln Hall in Chicago, to working on a few songs here and there on records such as the Recipe Vol. 1 & 2 covering multiple genres. Recently playing here in our very own city of Chicago in Lincoln Hall, is where they first layed down Zro Fox’s single Might Not and it was magnificent.

Watching the two flow together on the mic so flawlessly was amazing. They work very well together, them and Kat V the beautuful violinist, Cofresi and other artists that Prob likes to collab with frequently and bring up on stage. Manic Focus is also known to work with a violinist, Colin n JmaC share some similar interests! Colin definitely knows how to spot and pick a good artist that would be compatible to collab with him. Having a show with Big Gigantic at the Aragon Ballroom this Saturday the 14th, I am excited to see what Probcause has next up his sleeve.

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Joker – The Mainframe LP

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Joker just recently released what could very well be the best album to come out in a while; The Mainframe on Kapsize records. This Lp includes his hit single Midnight, which was premired on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 broadcast about 3 months ago and released on the 8th of Dec. and his collaboration with Zak Abel, which has accumulated quite a lot of views with the official music video since its release on Joker Presents. These two songs alone are enough to turn heads.

Aside from the music video, Joker successfully teased the albums release in early January with a preview on youtube, confirming the speculations of how badass it was going to be. Did not disappoint. Containing 13 tracks, the Mainframe takes you on a journey of awesome sounds and emotion. Just do no skip a song on your first listen! Each song blends into the next. Connect to jokers soundcloud page, link below, to keep track of him and learn how you can own such awesome music.

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RhymSter Scratching The Surface

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Starting the new year off strong, RhymSter has been puttin in a lot of work at the Sandlot Studios. Well into January he has released a few songs and more work pending still. His most recent single You Dont Know which is produced by Henrik3000 a producer from Germany is a super chill track that gets you more in tune with his more relaxed side.

With no signs of stopping RhymSter has been not only working on his own singles but also collabs with numerous artist such as K3N, L.x, Abel Mindead, GNO, ManMan as well as many producers. Can’t Fuck With Us is a smooth production by GridLockAndy with Rhyms spittin over the track with K3N.

Recently releasing a music video, shot and edited by Victor Collaso, this track showcases RhymSters more uptempo and energetic anthems with a view into the life at Sandlot Studios. Clips from the video come from rehearsing, hitting up open mics and just all out putting in raw work at the studio. With so many different styles to his music, Rhymster is coming up with new ideas everyday. So you do not miss out on any, follow him on the links below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inrysusMmmU

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Salva switches over to Pop Music

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In a recent interview with Thump, the Chicago native Salva discusses plans to “graduate”, as he says, from the underground scene. “I did the club culture heavy” he says, “I’m not done [DJing], I still love it, but everybody goes through phases.” It seems Salva is wants to take next step in his music career and reach out to a broader spectrum of artists and audiences.

Over the past few years as trap music was gaining popularity Salva has made his mark known, producing and remixing his own style of the genre. Having made some very successful collabs with artists like the Crookers & RL grime, he has a solid history with his sound which not only stays in the realm of trap & bass music, but also incorporates house and hip hop elements. One of his more recognizable songs and collaborations is with RL Grime on a remix of Kanye West’s Mercy.

But even though Salva has mastered the trap genre he shows a growing distaste for it, and he makes it very apparent in the interview. “Trap isn’t even cool anymore” he continues, “if we look at music the way we do fashion, that shit’s been out of season.” So the next step for Salva is to make new music on a larger scale that attracts new artists to work with him and his sound and get his name out there.

“I’m looking for a little more substance” he explains, “I’m just looking for something deeper than sound effects and kick drums.” What he is more interested in now is “making timeless actual songs, making something of substance that can be covered.” Salva is already making the moves to put his idea in motion. At the end of April he made a new record label, Peacemaker, and released a track “Drop That Bitch” with familiar artists such as Kurupt, Bad Lucc and ScHoolboy Q.

Keeping this pattern going Salva teamed up with Nick Hook to produce a song Old English with verses by Young Thug, Freddie Gibbz and A$AP Ferg. Tracks like Drop That Bitch and Old Enlgish definitely break more into the mainstream as Salva hoped. Big names like Gibbz and Ferg working with Salva will definitely help him reach his goal to have a more recognizable name in the music industry. Looking forward to hearing more tracks by Salva and who he works with. Get more details on his interview with thump here and check out his latest track below.

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.

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.