Category Archives: Hip Hop/Rap

Kid Med – Blind Side

Straight outta Chicago Kid Med pops out with a bumpin hip hop track. Working with Frekwenzy & Rhymster from Ever Evolved studio. Kid has been working day and night on new music in the studio. This is just the first of many tracks to hear from this artist. Catch more of his work at open mics in places like SubT in Wicker Park from the man himself. You will be hearing more from this aspiring Kid Med in the coming months Chicago!

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Angels of Chicago Hip Hop

Angel(ee-nuh) and Angel Katz have that Chicago attitude and they project it. How else can you describe a Chicago angel; strong. You can hear it from the beginning of the track, in their fearless flow, to the end. Bitch Boo Boo is a chill beat with a nice bass-line produced by Netherfriends while Angel(ee-nuh) & Katz just gave it energy and spit something you can get wild to. Just tearing down whoever their describing, Angel Katz thought up of this song from a bullying experience which, from her words on facebook, is a safer form of expression than using her pretty weapons on people. We agree. Music saves lives and in this case, enemies!

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Bitch Boo Boo was released about a week ago, so it looks like Angel(ee-nuh) still had some heat to spill from her last months release as well with the Rapper Chicks. Consisting of Ill-Esha, Hologram Kizzie & of course the aforementioned. The trio released the 3 track Shitty Punk Album with collaborations featuring Probcause and Gangsta Boo on two. All three of these girls flow so good together and with all the production being done by Drew Mantia you know its gonna powerful, alot of energy & talent packed into three tracks.

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Gridlock Andy, Is He Real?

Well the answer to that question is obvious. But what about his music? We have heard his production before. Gridlock Andy is very active in the studio, especially here at Ever Evolved where he works with artists like RhymsterFrekwenzy and AuX ARHe is an established artist and beat smith continuously growing and getting better. So when he comes out with this beat tape Is Andy Real? You know you are gonna hear something with life from start to finish. Smooth instrumental hip hop beats to plug your headphones into and drift away.

 

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Frekwenzy -Badself Ft. RhymSter, GridLock Andy, Cameron & Mike Booth

Out of Ever Evolved studios, Frekwenzy invites Rhymster, Gridlock Andy and Mike Booth to produce some quality instrumental beats. He then brings along Cameron to work the saxophone, putting the finishing touch on this beat that makes it ever so chill and soulful. Frekwenzy has been apart of many productions coming out of the studio from music to art and events. You might even get to work with him after coming to one of our monthly events in Chicago. Or applying for studio services. Type in his name in our search bar and you will see, or check out his soundcloud. Time well spent puttin on some headphones to this artists playlist.

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Its Strange Its Creative Its Probcause

One should take note from Colin Grimm, or Probcause as most refer him to. Seemingly working round the clock on different projects day to day he was just featured on Gramatik‘s latest album release Epigram. He was included in Back To The Future, which was also released in earlier months on Prob’s Drifters project through Lowtemp. Satoshi Nakamoto, named after the bitcoin creator is the second track on Epigram to be added to Colins music library.

While stacking bitcoins as an independent creative artist, Prob joined the list of talented artists to remix Louis the Child‘s track It’s Strange featuring K.Flay. Probcause of course has been perfecting music production and worked on this remix with Drew Mantia adding a hip hop beat and some verses. They then invite Kat V to top it off with her violin. K.Flay having been raised outside of Chicago and Louis the Child, Prob and Drew being from the city; this song is got some heavy mid-west influence!

Aside from his music projects Colin, if you have followed him long enough, you will come to notice has an amazing talent in visual arts. Dabbling in surreal art and videos Colin creates some real interesting pieces. Even publishing coloring book in which can fill in the colors of the creatures in Colins head and which you should totally buy. Colin also released this animation he created with Elijah Alvarado recently, getting to politics but with at twist. If you are familiar with WWE this will be even more funnier.

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It’s All Good – Manic Focus

Put this track on repeat and get one with this beat. Premiering on ThisSongIsSick, Manic Focus unleashes a heavy electro soul remix It’s All Good. Originally composed by Griz about year ago. Manic Focus from Chicago relayers the track resulting in a new funky glitchy heavy bass hitting remake. Fans in Chicago had the opportunity to hear this new beat and others like his recents Sowing My Zone and Funky Style during their recent gig at Concord Music Hall March 18th with Probcause, Manic Science’s Boraham Lee, and Artifakts. It’s All Good is available for free download on the artists soundcloud page.

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A.R. – Educated Low Lives

The long awaited album has arrived. Dropping gems here and there building the anticipation for the release. AuX A.R. has worked side by side Marskiss to make every song as good as the last on this album. With tracks like Chicago Chicago, Peace Love and So Deep you can hear A.R. evolving throughout the LP lyrically as his story unravels. Then you got Cotton Mouth and of course the Outro, tracks to kick back to with a vibin hip hop beat, finishing off the LP smoothly.

Aside from Educated Low Lives A.R. has been busy with many projects within Ever Evolved. Jack Of All Trades, a track on the LP, is part of a collab project, The Triangle Offence, a hip hop trio of high energy conscious MC’s within Ever Evolved. The group consisting of Rhymster, Mike Booth & A.R., released their first track together, Don’t Stop with ABs, right before the New Years to cap off 2015. You can also catch A.R. performing at Ever Evolved events and open mics around the city. Follow him to keep track of where to catch him live!

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LYRICAL LIZZO

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Lizzo is here to take off where older female musicians have left off in music. Not only is she a rapper she is a singer too. Her genres consist of hip-hop and alternative but she mostly delivers Feel Good music with bare beats. Lizzo just dropped her latest album Big GRRRL Small World in December 2015. She is here to teach us all about loving yourself, chilling with your friends and engaging daily life moods. She can definitely spit with the best of them in the rap game, then turn around and make you get all in your feelings.

Lizzo not only talks about self confidence in her music, she also expresses her concerns about being stereotyped and racism. “My blackness is my largest assumed ‘accessory.’ Not my gender, religion or wealth. Because of it, I’ve experienced countless misconceptions from people— neck rolls and gratuitous gestures, overt southern dialects superimposed onto my own voice, perceived “ghetto-ness.” I laugh it off because it’s seemingly harmless, but when we think about where this originates it’s actually poisonous”. All black women are not ghetto, mean and uneducated.

To humanize is to make something friendlier to humans. Humanizing makes things more cultured, delicate, and acceptable. This video is translation of making women with robotic features (guard up) when it comes to themselves and love. Then this guy comes along, who seems to has good intentions, helps this women he is interested in become free (guard down). Listen closely as she also states the words human eyes which sounds close to humanize as well.

Lizzo is fearless, confident, strong, a beautiful BBW and independent. Young girls are being taught to change themselves to look a certain way for validation. Lizzo is inspiring women to be true to who they are. Slap them thighs and smile at those stretch marks! You will be loved as long as you love yourself first!

Lizzo will be at our very own Chicago’s Subterranean in Wicker Park on February 18, 2016 at 8:00pm. Definitely check her out and ask to take a picture.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: QUEEN LATIFAH

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All hail to the Queen! Welcome into her Queendom! Dana Elaine Owens has graced the world with her rapping style, elegance and courageous character. She wears many hats in the industry as a musician, television, film actress and producer, activist, president of a music label and entrepreneur. Might I add she is an CoverGirl brand spokesperson. Her personality alone turned her into an enterprise and a legendary female rapper.

“I was always taught to walk with my head up, to be a Queen”

Queen Latifah came in the rap game raising eyebrows from day one. Why are women not seen as equal to men? Why are women being disrespected in society by being called negative names and seen only as sex symbols? Was this our fault? NO! The Queen not only talked about the discrimination and lack of respect towards women she also rapped about how women need to also get together on their own while continuing to be strong.

In the 80’s and 90’s decade women weren’t to fond to be a companion in rap culture. Queen Latifah image was about strength, she never wore clothes to show off her body, only comfortable African culture apparel, casual clothing and sneakers. As her career evolved she still kept it classy and sensual. Her topics were about sexism, power and independence. This theme led to her hit song (above) “Ladies First” and “U.N.I.T.Y” (below)


Queen Latifah is still diligent in her current career pursuit of excellence. She has received awards for her work in film music plus she donates to worthwhile charitable organizations. Every year, Queen Latifah serves as co-chairman for the Lancelot H. Owens Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (In honor of her late brother who was killed in a motorcycle accident) to provide scholarships to students who excel scholastically, but are limited in financial resources. Queen Latifah has also written a book on self-esteem entitled Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman. In honor of this Queen, let’s all inspire to make a positive difference in this world. #BlackHistoryMonth

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The World of Mojek

Introducing Mojek from Chicago. This versatile artist bring you into his world through sound design with this EP. A mixture of Hip Hop, Future Classic and house beats perfectly designed to get you moving. Premiering on 119 Production the World of Mojek includes many local artists like Dally Austin, Jean Deaux, Ric Wilson and much more talent packed into this project. With a unique style, Mojek is just starting and his music career is looking promising.

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