Rich Jones is The Should You Lean On

Radiating a vibe through his music that is so disarming The Should You Lean On is a fitting title for Rich Jones latest project. “No coin to toss won’t chance my love to game“, he repeats in his first track and I know I can trust this man and his playlist, he has been around. Dipping back into a hip hop flow with the next couple of tracks, bouncing between Soul, R&B & Hip Hop these 7 tracks Jones really shows his colors off. A refreshing LP following Light Work EP and Dangerous Rainy Days releases.

Always working with prominent names in the local scene he brings on some really talented individuals once again to help with the project. J. Kelr from Rellek Studio did work on recording and Joel Gutman at Fat Tongue Studios, Kenny Keys doing some production as well. On vocals joins Kiara Lanier and the super duper secret Nnamdi Ogbonnayya. All put in good work on the LP and Rich Jones talks more in-depth in an interview with These Days to really putting it in a broader perspective. Adding the cherry on top Jones puts up a release party at the Sleeping Village, but if you want to catch him before 2018 ends check out his calendar or start replaying his music!

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CantBuyDeem – Tony Stark (prod by. Lord Haiti)

It was bound to happen, Deem has too much drip to not relate his stylistic cool to that of Tony Stark; but no iron suit, just straight sauce. Think Robert Downey Jr. right after rehab on the red carpet, triple beam dreaming. Deem always comes with creative and colorfully lush visuals helping to craft his narrative and for this project he collaborated with fellow Drip Gang member Seydina Diop, who’s visual graphics are impeccable. What I love about this video to Tony Stark is how much Deem looks like he is in an archaic style comic book from the original Stan Lee’s Iron Man.

In the adage of age old comics, pursuing a rap career is quite heroic and  everyone loves to be a doubter along the way. Rocking his signature $CantBuyU gear Deem lets you know it is mind over money and spirit over matter. My favorite line of the song, “Tony Stark no armor dog just really hard, couple screws loose how I put this shit together promise it will fall apart.”. Lots of meaning to pull from this line; I think of not needing armor since its only a physical protection and how things fall apart in your mind when breaking certain things down. Think of how humans are heroic without the super powers, ridiculous wealth, or genius science skills.

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You Can’t Imitate Smino

Chicagos favorite hip hop and R&B emcee from St. Louis is back with a flawless project. His modus operandi is undeniably one of a kind. Smino is a true connoisseur in the art of seduction. Listening to NOIR will make you invoke your inner suavemente like no Drake song ever could. Starting off strong it took myself a few hours to get past the first half of this LP.

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When I say flawless I mean there is not a single second of music you would want to skip out on. From the beats, the lyricism and quick witted wordplay to the commentary, NOIR emits the perfect vibes for a weekend away with your main chick smokin’ trees or whippin’ around the town with the boys pickin’ up some honeys; an audio vacation. With the homies Jay2, Bari, Dreezy and Valee on a few tracks and production by the one and only Monte Booker you will not need any other wing men. And course what Zero Fatigue project would be complete without a Ravyn Lenae feature with a voice so sensual. Set the vibe right with NOIR.

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Stay Right Here with Saba

Saba Pivot is back with a  single and he brought some friends to contribute to the beat. Lookin’ at all the love around him, Saba puts together a feel good song that blends R&B with positive Hip Hop lyricism. Who better to match lyrical ability than Mick Jenkins with Xaviar Omar to lock in the vibes with a smooth hook.

Stay Right Here is similar in energy to Care For Me, Sabas most recent full length project release that came out earlier in the year. That album would include notable Chicago creatives such as theMind, Kaina and Chance the Rapper. It seems to follow the idea of self care, expression, the ebb n flow of life and Stay Right Here is the appreciation of it all. He sings “Coming up from nothin but drugs and the crime.. Oh yes I came out of alive”. Saba’s momentum and energy continues to stay strong like he has Heaven All Around him!  

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Different Day For An Educated Low-life Radcliff Music

Radcliff builds off the release of his Album Educated Low Life but the flow never ceases from this man so more music is inevitable. You had to have caught ‘Low Lives being hyped up with this spoken word interlude visual with thought provoking lyrics. Releasing the set on Spinrilla making it exclusive to hip hop fanatics off of soundcloud. Not that he is against the platform he has several uploads to his account from remixes to originals and freestyles.  His latest release comes as a music video  for Different Day filmed by OTKST Society. 

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Pieces of Mick Jenkins

Not your typical hip hop emcee by a longshot. Not up all night drinking, flashing cars, money & subjugating women. Not that he is above all that mainstream hype Mick Jenkins just travels in another direction. Having already tasted commercial success with his debut album the Waters followed by Waves Jenkins asks, while talking to Billboard, “When the hype dies down, what is there?”. A question for the deep thinker, what makes you when you are not defined by society or a group or class of people?

““Yah, I be up early… If you bring me to a night session I will fall asleep. I will. I might fuck with you, and we might get something done, but I will fall asleep.”

Mick Jenkins has been focusing on a balance between his health and writing career. In regards to people or himself sacrificing their health for his work, “Those kinds of things plagued me. I was always looking back like, ‘Naw. I won’t accept that.“, he noted to Billboard. Now waking up early at 5am and works on his penmanship and his relationships and being Ghost. A great ideal following or more: the anxious, &or more: the frustrations; he conducted himself into one of our generations more lyrically proficient Hip Hop artists representing Chicago.

Now releasing his 2nd full album with a name reminiscing Gil Scott Heron‘s album Pieces of a Man, Jenkins re-imagined Herons work, imitating his deliverance by “oscillating between rapping rhyming and poetry”, as he noted to QuestTV. And he nails it for the most he has followed this flow and ideology since the anxious using a speech sample in C is for Cash Money. Presenting himself like he knows where he is at and you can tell with Soft Porn. With a lot of talent put into this from Ghostface Killah, Julian Bell, Corinne Bailey Raym, BadBadNotGood and KAYTRANADA and more, this is a low-key masterpiece you cannot overlook.

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Give Roy French Your Energy

Roy French also known as MFNyeah uploads a couple of fresh tracks onto the cloud. One of Chicago’s talents never at rest Roy French does more than a thing for the cities music community while forging his own path! Recently recognized on StreetNoise as artist of the month going over points like opening for Lil Uzi Vert, releasing albums Legend of Lil Lit and Vroom, starting a clothing line(Vroom Sports) and a talk show! Teamed with Deem the two host a youtube series dubbed 106&Clark to spotlight talented artists and individuals in Chicago through interviewing and live performances. If Roys’ outrageous personality does not win you over his music will!

His talents does not stop at hosting a talk show with a comedic appeal the man is hot with beats and vocal lyricism. Releasing two tracks on his soundcloud recently, one of which is produced by himself. Mainly about his rap game you can catch him performing in the city at random venues, recently performing at Subterranean with Ever Evolved for a sold out show. Get a feel of MFNyeah with his latest releases 3D Explosion and Energy ft Warhol.ss then catch him live cause he is a spectacle.

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New Deem Music To Quench Your Thirst

Since his Third Eye opened Deem has been staying busy with a few projects. Having followed up with a music video for I’m Lownt from the Third Eye EP, he has topped that with another new beat and music video. Aside from working on new music Deem has also been working hard on 106&Clark with Roy French. Together they have been doing a great job spotlighting talented local artists making waves in Chicago. Well into their 2nd season they have interviewed artists like Rich Jones, DJ Skoli, Mani Jurdan, Gxxdstress, Ace Da Vinci and even us here at Ever Evolved.

If you seen Deem live you would know he is quite the interesting dude, not a dull figure at all! Thirsty would be familiar with those loyal fans who have seen the live performance which is equally as entertaining as the recently released video one would say. Music produced by Skeezus the video shot and edited by Gian Frias also featuring artist manager and model at Ever Evolved Ashley George. These cats can probably pull off acting on the big screen, but for now this is what you got and more if you follow the man and catch him live!

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Candy Irene – 6 FT Under (Music Video)

Candy Irene is back this year and making moves in Chicago. Never hibernating she kept the grind going at the studio at Ever Evolved with recording sessions and and on the stages perfecting the art. Candy released 6 Ft Under earlier in the year and started working on visuals for the single following a brief hiatus. Retaking the spotlight with attitude and determination, you can feel the energy through her raw lyricism. Expect some more music coming from Candy following this, you will not want to miss this.

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CJ Run Is In A League of Their Own


Coming from the UK,  we are graced by the mind of a queer non binary artist with a style coming from multiple genre influences. Expressing them self through the perspective experiences of a black human of their chosen identity in mainstream society through a manifold of styles; UK RnB, Grime, Brit-Pop, Indie rock and more. CJ Run poses a unique brand of hip hop that is unmatched by mainstream culture and even challenges any alternative narrative. Going on a spree this month releasing a few singles, each a different breed of character.

Representing U of I in Urbana – Champaign, IL CJ got connected with a few artists for the journey. Producer yourbeautifulruin works on the two of the three tracks released recently; Indigo and 747. Going over a heart ache in one track while the other boasts future success, not letting their emotions hold them back! You can hear and feel the confidence and energy CJ is emitting in League Of My Own with Glassic. At it for quite a while and giving people hell before they had a CD on the shelf, you can expect more from CJ Run following these releases! Excited to see what is next for this artist.

editors note: CJ Run is not a “chosen idenity” but rather who they are in blood from birth, aside from extremely talented.

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