L.x gets real deep in is hip hop track Love Affair produced by Grizzly Beats. Smoothest beat you can hear with the most addicting guitar riff. Real versatile artist, L.x switches between high and low energy tracks. He regularly releases free styles on his soundcloud. Recently made a free style of Holly Holm makin a mess of Ronda Rousey and the Champion liked the song herself. Also dabbles in cover art and music production himself and is currently heading to the top of the charts on ReverbNation; currently at a comfortable #6, he plans on topping it soon. Watch out for this young artist because he got some plans, some dope ideas to get his name out there and his music known. Check out Love Affair below and peep his other most recent, more bigger project, My Lyfe EP, as we interview the artist.
Hologram Kizzie aka Psalm One channeling her inner god complex gets up in your face with Taming The Goddess. All Chicago attitude and mad fluid flow. She still loves you though. It is all POLY because love lasts forever. At the same time acknowledge that beat; I know it is hard too with such a dope spitta on the mic but when MC can dance with the beat on the mic like that, complementing each other, It is wonderful!
Onto more recent, Kizzie was interviewed by City Pages, revealing a good amount about her and her music career, inspirations and aspirations. They also touched ground on Rhymesayers exclusion of her in an event. Speculating gender and sexual preferences. Kizzie making a point about the small numbers of female artists represented in the hip hop industry. Being one herself with magnificent skill on the mic, it effects her greatly and she has the voice to speak out about it. Much support from Ever Evolved of course, especially with the music she has been releasing!
Not only new music either, Kizzie just released a music video for Impatient (Just U And US) Premiering on Respect.Magazine. Shot and directed by with Angelenah on backing vocals, this video shows all kinds of fun night time activities, like pillow fights obviously. Coming straight from her recent project P.O.L.Y. it is one of the more chill songs to smoke to but still one of the greats as Kizzie seems to be getting better with every track.
Lets take it back to the old days, Al Capone is still running Chicago, speak easy’s are thriving off bootleg alcohol and the Jazz was as smooth as that cigar you are poofin on at the bar. The women dancing the Charleston, with their bold lipstick colors and their long dress and fancy head dresses. Then you got Probcause over here stealing the show with his orchestra, Donnie Trumpet, Cofresi on the drums and KSRA serenading the crowd. Coming from his 2014 Waves EP, Prob brings this song back from the past with the new video but he is also coming with new music too.
Fellow white rapper Lil Dicky caught the Chicago locals ear, probably after Dicky got the brilliant idea of making a music video using other peoples resources. Sort of a social experiment. The two jumped on a beat together and here we have The Woods. A real chill and catchy beat that will have you munchin out at the crib next to your bong all day.
So Prob is continuing with his collaborations, so much so that you would wonder where he even gets the time to eat and sleep. Right after releasing a hit with Branx, Exmag and Adrian Lau, and producing his own track with DRO, Prob went back to the homie Drew Mantia and released Same Thing, a track for the fifth compilation album installment by AC3, a highly reputable Hip Hop Festival partnered with iHip Hop Distribution. Prob take 5 man you deserve it.
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Premiering on Mass Appeals Probcause unleashes a creative art music video for his track Same Thing with Drew Mantia. While this is his first video animated video with the help of Elijah Alvarado Prob is no stranger to art and drawing. Having an Art Degree at the Art Institute of Chicago, it definitely helped with a skill explored in early ages. “I grew up drawing and was always attracted to graffiti” Colin explained to Mass Appeals. “I started painting pretty young but got arrested a few too many times… It basically got to a point where I was putting my college scholarship on the line if I got arrested again, so I decided to chill out a little bit in my 20s”.
Well we are glad Prob gets to release his creative angst through a professional medium combining it with his music career! You can bet that this will not be his last animated project. Follow Probcause’s Instagram located below for more of his creative art!
Zhu is a hit making machine and he is at it again with he latest releases on the Genesis Series. Releasing the songs in an untraditional manner to his fans. Zhu released each track individually on consecutive Fridays through mediums best fitting the track style. Really interesting artist to say the least, mysterious yet out of the box creative in every way.
Zhu has Come a long way since wooing the world with Faded and the NightDay EP. Since then he has remixed top artists to perfection. Now with Genesis he is collaborating with big names old and new. Really pushing the boundaries of electronic dance music and fusing a world of sound into it. Genesis is a melting pot of Funk, Jazz, Raggae, Hip Hop, Garage and House music to name a few! Zhu is staying true to the idea of making it about the music rather than his identity. Anybody got a picture of him yet?
The Genesis Series is packed with artist collabs from AlungaGeorge, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Skrillex, A-Trak, Gallant, to Keznamdi, Daniel Johns, They and few more. Each artist chosen came to the studio and made their music “from scratch, organically respecting the origins of how music was made”. The sounds of our generation in one collaborative effort.
By the looks of her facebook comments they would not now it But! This girl makes actual music and really good music too. They might be too distracted by her gracious look if they cannot find her soundcloud. Coming from Chicago Niykee Heaton is an artist that embraces body, mind and music. Whilst playing the guitar, she also produces and writes her own music! Not even a lot of mainstream artists can say that.
Best Thing Ever is a pretty catchy pop tune, released during her ongoing Bedroom Tour, which btw will be making a stop in Chicago on the 3rd of December at Concord Music Hall. Making a real cool diversity with this next song, KING, leans more on bass. Live shows must be a party. With excellent flow and vocal harmonics on the mic, it is written and produced yet again by the artist herself.
Niykee Heaton is making an excellent name for herself with her music and modeling, showing she is multi-talented. Gaining about a million facebook followers and 100K+ on soundcloud with millions of plays. Niykee is going wherever she is setting her mind to cause like KING, her track, she is KING in her mind. Despite the internet being a horrible place, Niykee the real fans will be at the show!
Safi G from BANDIT crew is a quick witted Hip Hop MC from Chicago that is pumpin the ears of his listeners with some real soulful and positive music. Music Video credited to Mahmood Darayyad aka Mac and recorded in Ever Evolved studio, I Am Only Human, is a story about heart ache as told by Safi over a smooth beat n rhythm with a vocal edit from Chicago’s own Krewella from their track Human. One of his more human sides, but you have to hear Safi G really get down, you have give his recent mixtape release a listen.
Pure Genesis, first release for BANDIT, is packed with heart pumping beats and flawless lyricism and flow. Safi has a message in every song that you have to listen to, read between the lines or better yet listen! Back and forth between smooth rhythm and heavy beats, it also comes with a dope image of baby Safi being super serious. Ten tracks of some serious Chi town attitude, grab this EP!
Miss Chiff has a powerful message for women and the music industry in this one. This Hip Hop MC is straight from Chicago so you know she is not afraid to say what is on her mind. Aided by fellow female MC Fury, the two artists take on misogyny and objectification of women in the music industry. Some female artists appear to take part of the whole scheme for money and fame at the cost of their image and the youth, these artists take the problem head on. This has been a problem in Hip Hop especially for years and battled by powerful women like Lauren Hill, and fury mentioned Lisa Left Eye Lopez from TLC in the music video. Grab the free download on the artists soundcloud.
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This week I thought I would broadcast the attention on one of my favorite songs from the early 2000’s; Suga Suga by Baby Bash. One thing that I noticed was that this song is actually making a comeback in a unique way. Local and mainstream DJs are remixing and making the song their own. From the ones I have heard, each artist is adding something a little different, from funk, to wispy synths, to deep bass. Although it has changed, it still carries the heart and character of the original. Check them out! I left a few of my favorites from SoundCloud below.
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If you cannot get enough of Hermitude you are in luck. Right here is a music video for the duo’s most recent track Searchlight. With Yeo on the vocals and Hermitudes raw production talent they have together created a track to light up the dance floors yet again. Synths blaring and trumpets sample pumping over manipulated vocals and snares; this song gives a feeling of enlightenment when the beat drops.
If that is not enough you are in luck if you live on planet Earth. Hermitudes 5th studio album Dark Night Sweet Light has been released worldwide since Aug 28th. Complete with our favorite tracks Ukiyo, Through The Roof and The Buzz. The Buzz as well as Through The Roof both went through some tearing down and rebuilding by a bunch of talented artists in Hermitude remix EP’s since their Australian release. Both those songs respectively got their own music videos with them as well. If you want to hear the full album go and download it on iTunes.
The album also comes in with a Dark Night Sweet Light Origin Series project. The video series has is covering Hermitudes origins over the years leading up to their 5th studio album and the making of. Quickly explaining how the duo met and what music inspired them and what their plans are for the future. These guys sound ready to show the world what they got and with the music they have been releasing we can vouch for their serious talent. Stay tuned on their youtube channel to follow Origin.
If you are unfamiliar with this rapper chick here is a little introduction. Grew up in the south side of Chicago, made education a priority and graduated at UIC with a chemistry degree. Then she decided she was gonna blow your minds with inspiring hip hop music and soulful lyrics. Since then she has worked hard releasing music and has shared the stage with the likes of 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Rakim, Atmostphere, A-Trak, Gym Class Heroes and also fellow Chicagoans Flosstradamus and Probcause who is the probably the reason I myself jam to this rapper chicks music.
You may know her as Psalm One. Others may know her as Hologram Kizzie; and others, the first lady of Rhymesayers Ent. One thing for sure is that she is super dedicated to the music; she has kept her self busy. From creating Rhymeschool a youth program to creating her hip hop group RapperChicks to collabing with artists like her Zro Fox project with Probcause, this cat is more than inspiring if there is a word for it, gotta admire her character and work ethic. One top of that she has just released her 3rd studio Album P.O.L.Y. and is in the middle of her DIY tour.
P.O.L.Y. is a 10 track masterpiece with smooth instrumentals and quality production and lyricism. It is also her most collaborative effort as well, there are a lot of artists on this album; Drew Mantia, The Omy’s, My Gold Mask, Kyle Miller, Wes. P and the Rapperchicks who were there with here from the start of the album she told Complex. The whole album seems to be an outlet of emotion and creation of this point in her life, experimenting with relationships from monogamy to polyamory. You can hear the passion and soul in the music and lyrics, it hits heavy and but leaves a smooth vibe, and excellent production on the beats. This artist is one of a kind if you have not noticed already! Do not be snoozin on Kizzie! Follow her and make sure to listen to P.O.L.Y.!