Mick Jenkins is spreading that love and good music. Coming out of the studio with a positive message much needed for Chicago. Despite all the negativity being thrown your way you just have to keep your head up. The Universe does not throw anything your way that you cannot handle and everyone fighting a battle. If you are holding onto hate don’t. Live in the moment and Spread Love. Good to see a see a popular artist use his platform to spread a good message.
After all that positivity Mick Jenkins went for a trip to Toronto, Canada to record a song for Red Bull. Meeting up with BADBADNOTGOOD on the production they combine an indie jazzy beat with the hip hop heads lyrics and come up with more of a performance piece than a song. Starting out real slow like the morning and the then hits you with an energetic verse. Red Bull can certainly pick the artists to some up with something creative and unheard of.
Chicago is packed raw hip hop talent from the streets made and up and coming. When you combine two artists from here you get a beat packed with straight attitude expressing the city through rap and poetry. In comes Vic Mensa collaborating with Joey Purp from the underground to deliver a heavy verse with a beat by Papi Beatz. The 2 city rappers go back to back sharing their stories. Painting a intense picture of the life of Chicagoan livin the streets.
Taking Hits Constantly comes out of silence after releasing their last project about a year ago. Surprising the public last month with MHX, an 8 track album showcasing hip hop in its originality. Starting off with One Thing, a beat from Raekwons discography, to set the tone for the album they fire off with a flow that will bring you back to the old school. Out for a free download so you can appreciate what real hip hop is supposed to sound like.
Released mid August on Stank Face Records, Producer and Audio Engineer Drew Mantia comes loaded with the 11 track Beat Tape Vol. 1. Hopefully an endless volume will follow. Packed with original and raw hip hop instrumental beats and live instruments you will be bobbin your head till you hit replay. With a lot of experience producing beats for and with the best in Chicago likeProbcauseand RapperChicks, Drew Mantia’s name only promises the best quality in his sounds that combine jazz and urban influences with ambient atmosphere.
King Thelonious releases Static, a triple track EP simply labeled Act I-III. Packed with beats and samples and dialogue, you cannot get more of an old school underground vibe. An instrumental perfect to freestyle to and be apart of. Aside from his own release Thelonious does his thing producing beats for artists of Chicago and friends. Working with artists like Swade, Da$h, .K.eye.D, Slayter and Joey Purp; Whom of which he released an original with over the summer. Future legends of Chicago with the sound they are coming out with. Local Hip Hop is lookin real fresh.
Umbertron doing his thing and releasing trap and juke tracks. Reporting straight from Tokyo Umbertron releases his first music video for his latest release Ume. Filled with evening colors and trippy visuals alowing you to focus on dancing to the chill synths and fast paced juke beat. This follows a 4 track EP Its Still Hot this past month which includes his remix of All U Ho’z by Kevin Halstead. All of which is up for free download for you to turn a party upside down!
What So Not continues to experiment with different sounds across the electronic music spectrum. We heard his try with a hip hop collaboration with Tkay Maidza and trap and bass sounds in his Gemini EP. Now we see more of a combination of both in recent days; This summer releasing a fair share of genre bending tracks and a music video. Emoh seems to be having fun branching out solo, directing What So Not into newer sounds with creative artists like GANZ, Baauer, Dillon Francis, George Maple, GTA and Tunji Ige to name just a few.
One of the many songs that should be in your playlist this summer, Buried is a beautiful combination of hip hop, female vocals and beat production with George Maple and Rome Fortune. You will sing your soul away among the guitar and synth. A much more ambient song compared to Feel It with GTA and Tunji, yet just as vibrant. Feel It builds with more synths on the high end with vocals quickly leading into an atmospheric drop. Have you jumpin on a cloud.
Now if you want heavy What So Not has heavy. After playing with light synths, WSN hits the studio to work on a new EP project Divide and Conquer. Just as GTA gets ready for an album release this October. Divide and Conquer the single is released following the aforementioned tracks. Not long after releasing the Gemini EP either and this guy is ready to showoff some new sounds. Getting creative on the heavy bassline on this one. A dark trap anthem is born to get a night life crowd pumped. Along with Buried, these songs set the tone for the upcoming EP, this sounds exciting.
Anticipating her album release of Earf Gurl this upcoming 6th of September, Brittany Nacole drops bits and pieces of her project to satisfy ears. Nearly Twenty thousand heads to tune into her album titled track released about 4 months ago. In Earf Gurl Brittany is expressing her grace and piece of mind. Being a down to earth girl, living in the moment with carefree attitude. With soulful lyrics and the beat by DJ Earn Money the track sets the tone for the rest of the pending album.
Continuing with that, Saturdaze is a another good vibe track written and performed by Brittany Nacole herself. A talent not expressed by much mainstream artists so the authenticity is refreshing. It makes an artist more relatable to young girls especially in her more recent track Her. Not to exact on if that song will be on the new album but it does follow the flower and nature theme on the cover art. Saturdaze however is the 2nd preview for the upcoming project and is such a catchy beat that, over ambient synths and drumming, Brittany’s vocals and lyrics can leave you in a trance. Catch the rhythm and feel those good vibes.
Monte Booker has gifted his fans with a package of new tracks jumping between chill and soulful to abstract and future bass heavy and mostly instrumental. Following the 3 singles Monte joins Smino with other Chicago artists Jean Deux and Phoelix on a hip hop track about love and kajun wings, “because we can all use some good ass wings in times like these…”. Another track for the love and support from the fans! As Monte hits stages in London and Festivals like Mamby on the Beach in Chicago he has gained about 15k more followers since we last updated on him, the anticipation grows for what he comes up with in his upcoming EP.
Releasing her Debut album earlier this month HEAVN is jam packed with some of the more notable artists rising out of Chicago. From Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment to Saba, Noname and Odd Couple to Kweku Collins; Jamila Woods really knows how to bring it back to her city, as she has set forth to do. Being the associate director at Wordplay Youth Chicago Artists, which helped manifest talents and careers for artists like Chance the Rapper, Mick Jenkins and Saba, she gets to hear and experience the stories and struggles of the youth on the south side empathically, being raised in Beverly Hills, Chicago herself. She is working on a strong platform making her voice heard not for herself but for the voices unheard in his beautifully diverse city that fills her with complicated love.
HEAVN is Jamila’s debut album joining the ranks of the many independent Chicago artists after first making herself known through collaborations with Chance on Sunday Candy and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’White Privilege II. HEAVN holds powerful messages of love, awareness and resilience for the masses to hear as well. Songs like VRY BLK with NoName echoes the struggle of police brutality taking on the rhythm of the nursery rhyme Miss Mary Mack metaphorically singing serving and protecting is stealing babies lives. Then you have Blk Girl Soldier a strong vocally passionate song that brings to light the silent struggle of young black women.”Look at what they did to my sisters, last century last week, put her in a jar and forget her, they love how it repeats” Jamila sings as her video focuses on protesters holding signs saying Say Her Name, an organization bringing awareness to black women who have been murdered, beaten or go missing and never get reported on. The combination of the lyrics and video message highlights the strength of black women then and now who endure so much more and still rise to the top because they have to.
Jamila in the end carries the torch of love and empowerment among many strong female artists that hold the same message. When it gets down to it though she is an artist, with a heavy soul. A mere human as humbly reminded in Lonely Lonely, filled with doubts and concerns with the real issues internal and external. Here to remind you that even the strongest minds have their dark days and in the end you are all that you got and need. Just love and appreciate your blessings as she sings “My cup is full, what I got is enough, nobody completes me, don’t mess with my love” in her song Holy. Just wake up in the morning with your mind set on loving yourself, that in itself is a revolutionary act. Get inspired and download this album for free.