MFnMelo makin his rounds on the stages following a big release early Oct. Melodramatics makes its way around Chicago as he celebrates his brother John Walt with fellow Pivot Gang members. From start to finish the album is bonafide, you will be bobbin your head before you know. You can even see the vibes with Watcha Feel music video. With the help of Pivots Saba, DaeDae, Squeak and of course the aforementioned DinnerWithJohn – Phoelix, Corey Grindberg and others, an epic LP forged by ambitious minds manifested. Moving foward you will be craving more MuhFuckin music.
Rhymster carries out another single for your ears, produced by himself and Frekwenzy. Don’t follows his Dum Drunk music video release with Metropolis Blac and collaboration single Obsession with Sami Ciroc & Safi G. Rhymster also returns working together with Radcliff and Mike Booth as Triangle Offense releasing a track for an Ever Evolved soundcloud release. Adding photoshoots for brands like Millionaire Clothing and Live Well, headlining SubT within the last month and countless Radio show invites and cyphers, whatever you think he has not done he already did it!
If you’re looking for straight underground hip hop sound you got in in Moe Cyrus. A no apologies kind of rapper who uses his vast vocabulary to paint a picture with the darker corners of the mind. With EP and compilation out on Bandcamp Moe is read to let go of another project. IceBurg EP coming out Dec. 17 on his Birthday preceded by its first and second single releases No Fat Chicks and Integrity. The two varying in style and grace set the atmosphere for Iceburg,
In the middle of winter Rich Jones is ending the year hot with an EP release. He has been working hard making himself known in Chicago throughout the whole year in fact. Recently making the cover of Chicago Reader for his halloween release Mothman; He also hit other publications like WGN Radio and Fox32, putting himself out there. Doggone Music Arts Festival and North Coast Music Festival in Chicago got to see Rich Jones grace the stage too as he regulars Tonic Room on the side. For his EP release however Rich Jones chose Empty Bottle wisely for his Light Work showcase.
Packing the room out Jones controlled the crowd and the vibe with different artists performances and new music. Bringing to the stage ShowYouSuck to perform Dean Ween which is confirmed to be heard by the man himself. Mykele Deville hopes on the mic too as the crowd chants their collab summer hit No Clue. Vapor Eyes comfortable guides the show behind the turntables taking a major hand in the production of the EP. Rich Jones glided through the year like it really was light work cannot wait to see what he got next for Chicago.
Been a little over a year since OddCouple, Zach Henderson released his Liberation, To celebrate he curated a show in honor of the project filled with some of Chicago’s best creatives. Henderson has been enjoying a run of shows following the release from Summerfest 4cast to theMID AuxChord DJ‘s to p4k afters and Northerly Island. Back with more shows following the anniversary in Chicago and LA we can catch him in January in the City, enjoying that liberated life.
See The Sun sheds light on your playlist with some smooth quality instrumental and most recently Feels Like takes over with Jack Red flowin over the beat. A little different direction from the Sun as Henderson switches up styles naturally. Henderson also released a mix of songs after Goonin around on soundcloud that he calls IL!ke2dnc, because he likes to dance. Hopefully all this activity follows up more dope music cause that it Feels Like!
Marko Stat$ is quickly making moves after the release of his LP BEE-4 I Fly Away. He has Been moving around the city hitting random venues supporting random charities and making history as he performs. From performing a show donating money to St Marys Convent School in Nigeria to hitting Notre Dame to be the first rap artist to perform in a certain building and hitting his first cypher amongst local artists with Pink Room. Stat$ is making sure his year is going out strong.
From all this a music video dawned for the track Power from the aforementioned LP. Already having a hand full of music videos up his sleeve with a freestyle, Jubilation, Nobody and others you can see him getting used to this Power hanging around all over the city, Varisse getting all the quality shots. Cannot wait to see what the new year has in store for this artist still blooming.
AmbI from Chicago got together with theMind to create a fantastic single and visual collaboration. Setting is in the studio and you can isntantly recognize some locals like Phoelix and Squeak Pivot. Miss Me is a smooth production with some real lyrics delivered smoothly. It is to be featured on a an upcoming project Study Hall you can hear amongst the chatter in the background even.
This song can join the playlist next to the Woods from Probcause as one of those nonchalant beats. Nothing but good vibes with Cool, a song about cool things. It is actually refreshing to hear lyrics unrelated to the usual money, sex, drugs. I mean everyone can bump a good party song but if you can be entertaining with friendly lyrics that just spreads love and fun then you can do more than most. Get loose to this, no need to take life seriously always, no ones too cool for a good time!
Knox Fortune is ridin high in Paradise with his latest album release. Following up with a short tour around the states that sold out in Chicago in no time at all. Written and produced entirely by Knox with the help of a well known locals Joey Purp, Cam O’bi, Carter Lang, Nico Segal, theMind, and many other notable artists. KAMI and Joey Purp grab the mic for on Strange Days and Stun. Finally finishing off the 11 track epic with some quality production. Most producers dont get enough attention however this is a rare case and Knox has some real support behind him.
Just cause he can, Ric Wilson releases two tracks randomly. Might mean more new music on the way, might not. This creative soul from the South Side of Chicago just released Negrow Disco EP earlier in the year and he is just following up. Also coming up with a music video for Hangloose from the EP and a collab track with Hurley Mower. Droppin music almost discreetly you just need to keep your eyes and ears open for info like marking down January 4 on your calender.
Every song is different so far as he jumps genres and molds them together, mixing in Hip Hop and Soul, Dance and other elements. You can hear the difference between the two recent releases. What If I Was White, a poem wrote for Sofar Chicago pointing out obvious moral and social injustices in our society compared to We Don’t Know. You can expect his next project to have more hip hop lyrical influence. For now keep posted at the links below for new music and events.