Monte Booker, coming out of Chicago, celebrated recently over a million overall plays on Soundcloud with over 18K followers. Thanking his fans and supporters with New Chapter. A track with a beautiful synth and woodwind intro building into glitchy sound effects and beat patterns. A smooth track to vibe to, with a title that keeps you looking forward.
Monte is making a lot of noise with his style of future bass and hip hop production. Collaborating with popular artists from Chicago, gaining some notable attention. Most recently got a feature on Pitchfork, a highly reputable music medium, with a collaborative project with Ravyn Lenae called Baby. The track itself was part of a larger project on Soulection; the 16th installment of White Label, an EP influenced by jazz and flying lotus. The project includes 2 more original tracks and another collaborative effort with Smino. Monte Booker also had the opportunity to produce Smino’s five track EP BLK Juptr.
All that done within the last couple months only. Monte releases another collab project in that time span. Being busy recording with another Chi-town artist Jay2AintShit. Contrary to his name Jay has some energetic vocals that empower Monte’s intricate beat work. The two flow well together in their finished project Gina. By himself Monte is a force, keep an ear open for his music this year.
Drevm, with the help of Outlit and Cherry Eye, has released a first original for his Soundcloud account. The trap artist has mainly been focusing on collaborative remixes up until now thought he has a couple other remixes premiering on other blog networks. There is something about Spaced that gets you hooked. This dark and heavy percussive trap tune has a beat and pattern that is just addicting.
Ricky Remedy, producer coming out of Miami had a great year. Releasing one of his last track of 2015 through Elysian Records. Premiering on Run The Trap, Bound starts out strong topping off a solid 300k plays on Soundcloud in its first couples weeks out. Following closely is a couple of collabs. Colossal, a wild released on ETC!ETC!‘s debut DIM MAK LP and a project with Malcom Anthony. Released on BuygoreSo Far, So Close heavy hip hop track that will get you up and moving.
Needless to say that was 2015 was good for Ricky, and that was just how he closed it. He took no time to make the first move of 2016. Right off the countdown Ricky uploaded this massive tune to Soundcloud. Startup 3 is a good energetic song to start off the year and not only that, its presented as a free download. So far so good but he adds to say a new album to be released this year. So there is no direction but up for this producer.
Chicago artist Ashley “ACstyle” Coleman is no rookie when it comes to the music industry. Not only does she write, she’s a rapper and singer. Her music genres consist of Rap, Hip-Hop, Pop, Techno, Rock and many more. When she’s not doing homework, preparing for a show, working on her own business (web designer/ event planner/ party host) or recording, from Evanston to the city of Chicago, catch her in the streets painting the town red (Turn up).
AC has opened many shows on the same stage as Lil Wayne, performed with Trey Songz, met Nicki Minaj, Twista, Elle Varner, Rae Sremmurd and many more famous musicians. She also released a single with another Chicago artist Shawanna called “Ridin” which reached highly in the charts.
In the first week of this New year, AC is rolling with opportunities already. She released her video “Keep it on the Low” on New Years Day, which has already over 1,000 views.
“My single is really about a love story of how two people meet in a party or at the club, they eventually fall in love, but want to keep their relationship on the low to keep people out of their business to prevent problems”.
The XXL Magazine edition she is featured in will be released in February, She will be on a college tour this spring with Christina Milian and Chanel West Coast, getting ready to drop a song with Drake “Situationship”and graduating from college this year.
Follow ACstyle on her social media pages and let it go down in the DM for inquiries for collaborations while you still can!
A Lyricists main focus is to illustrate a message in their lyrics. Rap lyrics is a form of street poetry that focus on many different things, depending on who is speaking about the harsh realities of the streets. The good times in life or personal situations. Chicago rapper Tee Swain is in his prime, but he will also prove his point between these crossroads in his music.
One question I always like to ask artist is, Where are they from? I want to know where do they consider home is. Tee Swain was born on June 28, 1991 and raised on the West side of Chicago. “Out west is home so you know I’ve been out here my whole life”.
The meaning of motivation is the reason one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. It is a desire and energy that pushes people to move forward while succeeding. “The reason behind Motivation Music, it was just a time of my life where things got hectic and it just kept building and building, sitting heavy on my mind and my heart was just like you have to let some of this out”.
I asked Tee Swain what was his motivation in life and he stated, “My biggest motivation in life is my son, he keeps me going, he keeps me focused, while trying to keep myself up to make a better life for him”. Swain is so in tune with himself and believes that his music will go far into the masses because of his ambition for his son. Tee wants to bless his son with a lifestyle that he never had growing up. He would like to share experiences together with his son and steer him in the right direction in life, and raise him in better environment.
Tee Swain is influenced by himself (not to be cocky) and also music artist J. Cole. “It’s like listening to yourself , then listening to yourself… I listen to myself then apply it to the world it’s just like I don’t know myself but I’m picking up who Tee Swain really is and he’s really spitting some true stuff about life”. He respects that Cole touches on subjects that relate to himself in life. It inspires Swain to want to do the same thing as being a rapper who is a deep thinker.
What’s up Next for Tee Swain
Tee is currently organizing his moves for 2016. This past summer has been successful for him as he performed at events, networked and let people know in these streets who Tee Swain really is. Swain Session III will be released some time next year. Tee is taking time and effort by locking himself in studio, writing and coming up with new ideas for his career. Tee really appreciates his fans that he has gained thus far so stay tuned. Tee said we all will be more shocked and surprised at whats coming, I can’t wait to hear it!
(Left to Right) Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Adam “MCA” Yauch formed this iconic Hip-Hop/Punk Rock group in 1981 at Yauch’s 17th birthday party. Ad-Rock was actually added to the group later on in 1983 replacing an old member of the group. New York is their home, New York is the city where it all started for these 3 guys.
When their first EP, Cooky Puss, was released it quickly became a hit in New York underground dance clubs and night clubs upon its delivery. It was first their first piece of work that fused together the underground rap phenomenon and the use of samples of prank calls.
Due to their success with Cooky Puss they hired a college student as their DJ (Rick Rubin) and started performing at venues all over the New York scene. Rubin produced their next records under Def Jam and Capitol Records, the rest was history in the making as they continued to record and tour around the world. Their success led to 3 Grammy awards, MTV video music awards, and also features in films. Not only did they inspire the hip-hop community with their music they also were activist by added their voice to the growing protest against the U.S. war on Iraq in 2003.
In April 2012, the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The following month, MCA died of cancer at the age of 47. In Brooklyn there is a children’s playground renamed for Adam Yauch in his memory.In June 2014, Mike D stated that the Beastie Boys would not continue their careers as a group, as a promise to Adam Yauch. Look out for their autobiography that has been postponed for a 2017 release. Purchase memorabilia on their social media pages below and continue to “Fight…. for your right…to partyyyy!” Rest in peace MCA.
EverEvolved artist MachoBeatz dropped a new album earlier this week called DOVGH NUTZ. Featured in this album are 12 tracks, 2 songs of which feature 1 by CEO Beatz and the other featuring Xander.
Getting Macho’s insite on his album, he just wanted to show that he can make more than just “chill smoking music”, showing all sides of his creativity rather than just the trippy music he usually comes up with. Inspiring him were many known artists such as Hucci, Great Dane, Diplo, and Calvin Harris.
In fact, many people inspired him, including his two best friends Eric and Joe:
“Shit, these dudes were spitting freestyles to YouTube instrumentals before I even started making beats for real. The firsts ones I ever made were for them. Going back to my college days at NIU with CEO Beatz, we grew up together; making music together, he’s very talented. We’re both on very different paths leading to the same end results. Eventually, we’re going to change the music industry by inspiring more and more people to stay true to their own individual creative channel. Everyone at Ever Evolved inspires me. We bounce ideas off one another and it proves to have made ridiculous amounts of progress since.”
Challenging himself to make this album, he wants to eventually lock down every type of music there is. He says, “Making heavy tracks is kind of natural for me, I vibe off the shit crazy … I want to hit the ‘mainstream’ aspects of electronic music while adding my own twist the things you know?”
All the tracks are meant to be a surprise for fans. Every track on the tape is something new. Macho just went along with it. He was waiting for his skills to get better, and now that they are he was finally ready to make this trap album.
In spirit of the holiday season, a few artists at Ever Evolved decided to release singles to their fans, keeping them on edge with their albums/mixtapes/projects coming out in the near future.
To start with Triangle Offense members Rhymster and AR, they released a short teaser called New Year. The full Triangle album is planning to be released in mid 2016.
Triangle Offense member Rhymster, also released a single featuring Jimmy Capeesh. Jimmy Capeesh is also planning to start a project through Ever Evolved, being released some time in 2016.
Finally, we have A.B.S, with his mixtape Road to Fame being released this Thursday. He posted a single called Everybody Else on his SoundCloud to give fans a little taste of what is to come for the album this week.
Want to hear more from Ever Evolved?
Come out to Midnight Marauders tomorrow at 10pm. Combining with an open mic and jam Session, it will also feature artists A.B.S, AR and Machobeatz for their album/mixtape release party. (AR releases tomorrow and Macho releases in early 2016) Come out for a night of music and good vibes!
“I do Everything, I edit my own pics, Make my own beats, Mix and master my own songs, I’m my own manager”. – Rio Scoob
Independent artist are musicians that have total control over everything they want to display, we all know that nothing great was built in a day. When you listen to an artist’s music what is it that draws a person in? The Engagement, The Experience, The Lyrics, The Movement. Meet Rio Scoob.
Scoob was born June 28, 1992 and raised on the southside of Chicago. In his early Teens he moved in with his sister “second mom” and lived the suburban life in Plano,IL. He went to Yorkville High School, lived in Oak Park, graduated from Oak Park River Forest High School, chilled on the West Side, downtown, he’s been everywhere, Chicago is his city.
“My life was crazy, so I’m quite sure everybody else’s life is crazy, we all go through things”
Something we all can relate to with Scoob is that he has had a life that is crazy and sweet at the same time. In the midst of it all he was an average kid who really liked to play games. While having a conversation with him I believe I’ve heard him mention Pokemon, so he may be devotee.
“I didn’t really listen to music like that when I was growing up as a kid, growing up and shit I was into games and just being a weird child (laughs)”.
Around the age of 11 years old, Scoob was introduced to hip hop after he was questioned one day by a guy, if he ever heard of 50 cent? Scoob mistakenly thought the guy was asking for money but he was talking about the rapper. From that day forward Scoob got curious, he started listening to the radio more, researching artist, while starting to rap and make beats of his own at the same time. He is grown man now, doing major things as his career progresses. Have a look-see at his Elevator freestyle above which dropped a couple a weeks ago. It has 3,000 views.
Having relationship issues? Rio Scoob just released a song last week “Ain’t Love” which also has 3,000 plays. His motivation behind the song was from his real life feelings and bad vibes that he and his present girlfriend go through, just as all of us do when in a relationship. “This is about people feeling single in a relationship in a way, it’s always someone getting their heart broke, everybody has a breakup story”.
What’s up Next for Rio Scoob
2016 is approaching fast, Rio Scoob is just getting started. He’s been performing many places such as the Music Garage and SubT. He is currently gearing up for the releases of his LP The Scoobert Brenaman project and The RioGrandDay project. He calls his music (projects) instead of mixtapes. He will be delivering real life stories and events about his own life. When it is released he is open for honest critique, whether it’s good or bad pull him to the side if you meet him or DM him, he wants the feedback. Follow him on social media below and Stay Tuned!
“You know what? Last time you said that, I was kinda trippin’, right? But now, you’re right. I am crazy. And you know what else? I don’t give a fuck”. – Bishop
This is a quote from Tupac’s character Bishop from the 1992 movie “Juice” which starred this legendary Rap/Hip-Hop Artist. It has currently been slated that music video and film director Benny Boom will be the new director of the biopic “TUPAC” that is said to be released in Theaters in 2016. Before we all see the movie next year, here’s some facts on 2Pac before and after his death.
Recording Artist 2Pac was born on June 16, 1971 in New York City. Shakur’s parents were both members of the Black Panther Party. His parents militant style and influential beliefs for civil rights eventually stuck within Pac which also nursed his inspiring music. At the age of 13 and Tupac enrolled in the Baltimore School of the Arts before dropping out at 17. Shakur broke into the music business with rap group Digital Underground as a back-up dancer, rapper and roadie. At the 2:20 mark, 2Pac shares his verse in the “Same Song” tune. Eventually Shakur released his first solo album in ’91, 2pacalypse Now,which faced social issues in America such as, racism, police brutality, poverty, black on black crime, and teenage pregnancy.
While he was most famous for his rap career, 2Pac was also a gifted actor, poet and a thoughtful outspoken advocate for the poor and the overlooked people in America. 2Pac’s unapologetic lyrics were relevant, important, and reflective of the hard lives led by many. His music earned attention and respect through a poetic style that embraced street vocabulary while being innovative. Tupac leaves a legacy of honest passion in his songs despite his run in’s with the law, East-Coast West- coast beef with another famed Rapper Notorious B.I.G. and his untimely death on September 13, 1996. He is respected by many and has become an inspiration for artists and a standard in rap music history.