Rising Artist: L.x.

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Young MC from Chi-town is putting in some hard work. With that and a good attitude L.x is on his way to every artists dream. Also known as Alexander Hoffman, this MC has been making major moves to get his music and name known; Collaborating with artists, performing locally, networking. Recently L.x has released a 12 track mixtape and I got to steal some time from him to talk about it and what he has planned.

What can you tell us about your new mixtape?
L.x:  My Lyfe mixtape is a variation of genres but aslo keeping my life portrayed in melodic fashion.  Everything from mixing to the artwork cover was all crafted 100% from my hands & ideas with instrumentals from around the world including Poland & Moscow With features from friends to hooks accompanied by artists from Uk & America.

Any specific instruments or style you are using?
L.x: 
A lot of old school classic piano & some new school synthesizers. Keeping the boom bap.

Right off the bat L.x knocks it out. You know, tells us whats its all about, all you gotta do is listen.  You can see he is getting very creative and going all out with this project and when you listen to it you can hear it. But wait, here this; Me n L.x keep sharing words and he fills me in on another project in the works that he says he cannot wait to bring to Chicago called VibeMusic.

What significance does this project hold to you?
L.x: Almost Everything holds significant meaning but vibemusic is definitely my food for constant thought cause the tracks made were in the moment and very heart felt. I also started it with a best friend who used to be in my band and since we where young we made music that held such vibe and when me and him get together it’s definitely a clash of cultures but so well mixed I would love to say the vibe music vol 1 collection changed and grew both of us in to better people& artists.

Are you and your friend continuing on with the VibeMusic collection?
L.x: Yes and soon the next vibe music vol. 2 will have more artists but the first one is me and him. We have shirts comming out too.

What does Vibe Music represent?
L.x: Chill hop anything thing that can that has soul, in the rap hip-hop category.

So L.x is trying to highlight some of the fresh, more creative talent of Hip Hop. As we continue chatting he reveals more details about his project with his friend. L.x really likes planning for the future it seems he is already looking forward to releasing vibe music and going on to vol. 2 to connect with more artists. He also plans to host monthly cyphers and filming videos to connect artist and really bring vibe music to a global medium.

Taking over the world does not come over night as most successful people surely know and cannot stress enough. Its all about the effort in between and taking golden opportunities at the right time. Speaking of opportunities L.x has had an invite to perform live in front of an audience at a hip hop music award show you are more familiar with; BET. When you work hard have a good attitude and take opportunities when doors open will get you far and L.x got his foot in the door! Listen out for the name and check out his mixtape My Lyfe.

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5heriff X CEO Beatz

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Chicago hip hop producers 5HERiFF and CEO Beatz came out of the wood work to make a track D I S N E Y together. The two individually have quite the impressive collection of music. 5HERiFF starting to play with sounds and music at a relatively young age and has become very skilled at intricate beat work and harmonizing over time. CEO also a long time producer gets more in depth with every track he makes. Both great credits to the hip hop and trap music genres making real vibin tunes like this one here.

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Lowtemp and Probcause

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Lowtemp artists and Probcause are making quite the buzz since linking up with each other to make singles like Tilt Mode and Monster Stomp. Their vibe and taste in music is quite similar so they are making the most out of this connection pumping out plenty of music. Branx recently took a liking to the Chicago rapper and collaborated. That unification formed the single Roman Columns featuring Adrian Lau with some help on production from Exmag, another great Lowtemp artist that has collabed with Probcause on more than one occasion.

Exmag has produced at least one track as well on Probcause’s recent album Drifters. That album alone has a few Lowtemp Artists sprinkled all over; which would make sense knowing it was released off the very same label. The Geek & VRV, Gibbz and of course Gramatik make their sound known in the project. In between you will see credit to a few go to Chicago producers of Prob; Cofresi and Drew Mantia. Both excellent and talented beat makers who work using live midi controllers or drum pads. Talent and creativity altogether this album is one addicting collection.

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HEY HEY… TKAY MAIDZA

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Looking for something new and edgy to listen too? 18 year old Tkay Maidza is an female emcee born in Zimbabwe, Africa. At the age of 5 her family moved to her current hometown Adelaide, Australia. This little lady is pint sized, bursting full speed into the scene in 2013 with her hit Brontosaurus feat. Badcop.

She enjoys daring lap dances during her radio show interviews and please do not compare her to Azaelia Banks or her fellow home mate Iggy Azalea. She’s in her own lane. Tkay spits her flow over any genre from Electronic, Pop, Alternative and she does it very well.

Tkay starts off singing her chorus lyrics over this electronic pop beat song “MOB” Money over B%$#!es. Wait until the base drops, she then starts to rap. If it’s too fast to comprehend, look up the lyrics. The meaning behind this song is an ethos “hard work over stupid shit.

What’s up Next for Tkay Maidza

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Tkay is currently on a national tour with recording artist Rita Ora as well as performing in Festivals such as Beyond the Valley, THIS THAT, SPLENDOUR and more. She is collaborating with other music artist like Charli XCX, Mark Ronson as well as A$AP Ferg. Keep up with Tkay, follow her on all her social media pages, in which you can find on her Website link below. 

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Mr. Misfit – Drop Dead Gorgeous [Music Video]

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You may or may not have heard of Mr. Misfit, but like most talented artists they are hard to come by. With a great track record of released singles and eps on his soundcloud you can say he has great experience in hip hop. Despite having a trendy and catchy sound he manages to maintain originality and his own identity. Recently releasing his EP No Skip Zone, Misfit continues to add to his résumé with his most recent single Drop Dead Gorgeous paired with a music video, available to your for free on his soundcloud!

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RhymSter x Mike Booth – HopSkipNaJump [Free Download]

With more and more time out in the scene RhymSter keeps harvesting more talent and networking with some prime underground hip hop MCs. Back on the sound waves since his last release Raw, RhymSter this time comes out with a collab release with the very talented Hip Hop Mc Mike Booth, straight outta Chicago. Going back to back on the vocals, Booth and RhymS create some excellent vibes with their smooth flow over a beat produced by our german friend Henrik3000. Both MCs with some high energy rhymes are an excellent pair and they are just getting started. You can catch them spreadin the good word the the conscious MC around Chicago open mics at Lilly’s, Sub T and more, even hosting a few events themselves. Very busy individuals destined for greatness, do not miss out!

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Probcause – I Feel U & A Probmatik Surprise

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ProbCause, one of the more busier artists coming out of Chicago just gets busier adding more and more projects to his resumee. ZRO FOX, a collab project with Hologram Kizzie has been one of his latest acts to work on, and performed flawlessly. This next project comes as a surprise to fans of Prob. I Feel U, a track with an excellent producer Dro, is not only an original but a collaboration with the mic handler himself as Probcause adds producer to his repertoire.

But that is not the only great news coming from the Chi Town local. Probcause made a special visit and a special announcement at a very popular event. During Electric Forest weekend Probcause has had the opportunity to perform a live song on stage with Gramatik. Not even with his track Probmatik Monster Stomp, but with a brand new track he has been working on with the New York artist. A preview of a bigger collab project. Not much info on a release date yet but keep an eye out for Probcause’s collab album with Gramatik. Without a doubt, that will be a super smooth and addictive project that we cannot wait to hit the replay button on.

Meet Marco Ché

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If you are looking for some real, dope hip-hop music then look no further than Chicago’s underground artists. Jumping around open mics in the city, Marco Ché showcases his talent and most recent body of work with dynamic stage presence. His latest mixtape, Black Soap Theory alone has enough material, with catchy hooks, verses and some fun samples over quality beats to rival your highest paid mainstream “rapper” today. He can probably pull a better show than most as well, equipped with just a mic in hand.

From boom bap to jazzy hip hop vibes, Marco can spit over any beat flawlessly. Black Soap Theory itself goes back n forth with energies high and low, hijacking your mind and taking you on an epic musical journey. Manipulating your moods and elevating you to a hip hop state of mind. Marco knows how to take control of a beat, you can tell when you hear him on the mic. In which case you can see for yourself when he performs for open mics at Lily’s and Sub T in Chicago. There you can see Marco collab and network with other artists, scheming future work. Right now Marco is already working on his next project Black Soap Theory 2 and a collab piece with Rhymster to add to his list of collabs. But while we wait, make sure to follow Marco Che on his soundcloud and bump this mixtape loud and throw some support his way on his bandcamp profile.

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Rhymster – Raw [Free Download]

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Back with a preview of his upcoming Hip Hop project Linguistic Rhetoric, Rhymster showcases his hip-hop talent over a smooth and chopped up beat mixed by Frekwenzy thats just Raw.  Just a little teaser of what is coming from him and it is so chill and addicting, makes you crave his next project! Ya heard last from RhymS when he dropped Ya Playin with SAK crew member and hip hop MC SamIAm and his single Ill Be… produced by Henrik3000. It will not be long though before RhymSter is a complete solo project, if he so chooses, working on his own beats in the studio. There is always something new to be learned in the world of music. Stay tuned for RhymS to drop Linguistic Rhetoric and other material, his work is only getting better! Do not forget to grab Raw for a free download either and catch him at open Mics at Lily’s and Sub T in Chicago!

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AMERICAN BEAUTY: KELELA

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Let’s see, this beauty Kelela Mizanekristos is a singer based in Los Angeles; Her heritage is Ethiopian, and as a teenager she was voted Most Likely to Be a Pop Star, Alternative R&B vocalist and songwriter. Kelela was born in Washington D.C., grew up in suburban Maryland and didn’t have aspirations as a singer until she started studying jazz. She moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and Kelela’s mixtape CUT 4 ME was released on October 1st, 2013. Her sound consist of R&B, Electronic, Experimental, and Trip-hop! In April, Paper Mag listed Kelela as one of the Most Beautiful people Class of 2015,

This music video “A Message” will be intriguing for all Anime lovers at the end. Kelela’s video is totally mesmerizing. It focuses hard on Kelela’s face, as she cuts off her waist-length dreads and turns into an anime hallucination.“A Message” speaks to the misery that Kelela was experiencing at the time. The song represents the “rejection and amputation” period of a relationship, in which the entire EP represents the turbulent lifespan of a relationship.

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What’s Next for Kelela

Kelela is an artist who explores different elements of genres and Loves hard. Her upcoming EP should be different from her mixtape which definitely revealed post-heartache and post-breakup songs, songs that were surrounding a relationship, and then a few songs that point to the actual cusp of change. To fall in and out of Love and start all over again.

Kelela is currently touring and performing at festivals overseas in Europe and  in France. She is still working on her first EP debut, which was supposed to drop early May but it was delayed until further notice. She only wants to release the best and really felt bad about the delay of it to her fans that she apologized via twitter. Kelela has a gang of other songs she has recorded, especially this one with recording artist Tink Kelela x Tink “Want it” .

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