Category Archives: Hip Hop/Rap

RhymSter Scratching The Surface

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Starting the new year off strong, RhymSter has been puttin in a lot of work at the Sandlot Studios. Well into January he has released a few songs and more work pending still. His most recent single You Dont Know which is produced by Henrik3000 a producer from Germany is a super chill track that gets you more in tune with his more relaxed side.

With no signs of stopping RhymSter has been not only working on his own singles but also collabs with numerous artist such as K3N, L.x, Abel Mindead, GNO, ManMan as well as many producers. Can’t Fuck With Us is a smooth production by GridLockAndy with Rhyms spittin over the track with K3N.

Recently releasing a music video, shot and edited by Victor Collaso, this track showcases RhymSters more uptempo and energetic anthems with a view into the life at Sandlot Studios. Clips from the video come from rehearsing, hitting up open mics and just all out putting in raw work at the studio. With so many different styles to his music, Rhymster is coming up with new ideas everyday. So you do not miss out on any, follow him on the links below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inrysusMmmU

Rhymster Soundcloud and Facebook

Ever Evolved Facebook and Twitter

Salva switches over to Pop Music

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In a recent interview with Thump, the Chicago native Salva discusses plans to “graduate”, as he says, from the underground scene. “I did the club culture heavy” he says, “I’m not done [DJing], I still love it, but everybody goes through phases.” It seems Salva is wants to take next step in his music career and reach out to a broader spectrum of artists and audiences.

Over the past few years as trap music was gaining popularity Salva has made his mark known, producing and remixing his own style of the genre. Having made some very successful collabs with artists like the Crookers & RL grime, he has a solid history with his sound which not only stays in the realm of trap & bass music, but also incorporates house and hip hop elements. One of his more recognizable songs and collaborations is with RL Grime on a remix of Kanye West’s Mercy.

But even though Salva has mastered the trap genre he shows a growing distaste for it, and he makes it very apparent in the interview. “Trap isn’t even cool anymore” he continues, “if we look at music the way we do fashion, that shit’s been out of season.” So the next step for Salva is to make new music on a larger scale that attracts new artists to work with him and his sound and get his name out there.

“I’m looking for a little more substance” he explains, “I’m just looking for something deeper than sound effects and kick drums.” What he is more interested in now is “making timeless actual songs, making something of substance that can be covered.” Salva is already making the moves to put his idea in motion. At the end of April he made a new record label, Peacemaker, and released a track “Drop That Bitch” with familiar artists such as Kurupt, Bad Lucc and ScHoolboy Q.

Keeping this pattern going Salva teamed up with Nick Hook to produce a song Old English with verses by Young Thug, Freddie Gibbz and A$AP Ferg. Tracks like Drop That Bitch and Old Enlgish definitely break more into the mainstream as Salva hoped. Big names like Gibbz and Ferg working with Salva will definitely help him reach his goal to have a more recognizable name in the music industry. Looking forward to hearing more tracks by Salva and who he works with. Get more details on his interview with thump here and check out his latest track below.

Isael X Livin the Sickest Dream

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Local Chicago MC Isael X comes out with a few new tracks in the last month. With a playlist full of singles and mixtapes with that straight Chicago attitude and lyrics with stories to tell Isael delivers bombshell tracks his fans can connect with, easily giving him thousands of plays on his soundcloud.

Isaels ability to change up styles from laidback to energetic between songs illustrates his artistic abilities while handling the mic. Complimenting his creative lyricism is the perfect set of instrumentals he has picked that has the right amount of energy to capture his flow giving his songs a presence that draws you in.

Having a knack for picking out talented artists and producers to work with, it is exciting to hear on social media that he is working on new music for his LSD volume series. Taking the LSD abbreviations from his home city’s Lake Shore Drive, Isael X makes them his own for his mixtapes starting out with Let’s Start a Dynasty, Livin the Sickest Dream and most recently Loud Smoking Drunks, which you can download for free on his soundcloud. So click the follow button to stay tuned for future Isael X tunes.

The Monkey Hermit – Abstrct EP

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The Monkey Hermit releases his first EP Abstrct. Part of the Artistic Brigade this Chicago local chooses to remain anonymous behind a monkey mask keeping it more focused on the music. If you are lucky enough to know the Monkey Hermit personally you can probably make out his voice as he does his own vocals.  The Abstrct EP contains 4 tracks with some hip hop and boom bap elements, making it the perfect ep to kick back and chill to. This is only his first EP of many so make sure to follow him on his soundcloud for future updates. You can also catch the Artistic Brigade throwing parties every weekend showcasing their music. More info on the Artistic Brigade facebook page.

Listen to the Abstrct EP below.

ProbCause drops new album “Waves”

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ProbCause comes out with the perfect summer album to listen to while you are out chillin with the homies. While ProbCause is busy on his nationwide tour in the states he managed to perfect his album Waves with some massive collaborations. Working with Exmag, Gibbz and Chicago locals Donnie TrumpetChance the Rapper and even Twista, Prob otherwise known as Colin Grimm spits the rawest lyrics over smooth beats. The diversity in music styles that Colin can work with shows what talent and creativity he is capable of. I cannot wait to hear what ProbCause has in store for the future. You can follow Prob on facebook and soundcloud to keep up with his updates as he continues on with his tour into the summer.

Check out Waves below. Download link in the soundcloud description.

The Bandit Crew drop “4 In The Mornin” as a Free Download

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These Chicago locals otherwise known as the B.A.N.D.I.T. Crew are aspiring lyricists and producers lookin for a spot in the chicago music scene, and from first listen it is not hard to conclude that these guys have some real potential. Accounting for only about a quarter of the Bandit crew, Rhymster, Safi MF G, and Chosen, spit some real lyrics over this smooth instrumental beat that will leave your head bobbin and your soul vibin. The crew bringing the original hip hop vibe back with their own style and energy that keeps their sound relevant to the changing times. Fresh lyrics like this makes you wonder why the mainstream “hip hop” artists and “rappers” are even relevant themselves.

Don’t snooze on the Bandit Crew! Listen and download “4 in the Mornin” below and follow their soundcloud

ProbCause drops some Chicago Style

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ProbCause, a Chicago native and dope Rap Artist, drops some heat for his city over on Noisey music by Vice. Startin off with some fresh beats and real cool riff, ending with some juke style, this will keep your head bobbin and your feet movin. ProbCause, who has already been makin tracks with artists like Chance the Rapper, is currently on a tour with Cherub and will definitely rock the crowds with this anthem. Prob is also scheduled to make a pit stop at School of the Art Institue of Chicago to participate at the MFA Show 2014 on the 25th of April. Make note of this busy man, real talent right here and he’s comin up quick!

Check out and download “Chicago Style” for free.