Originally from the Twin Cities but is currently reppin the set in Chi town, we know him as homies. Manic Focus, the young producer known for his dope live music sets and funky beats released yet another one. This time hooking up with Brooklyn’s finest Break Science and Lettuce on Funky Style to make a song that is just that. There is no time you cannot vibe with this. Its undisputed, it is rhythmically smooth and beautiful. Try not to move to this, its pretty hard.
Premiering on Nest HQ, hub known for free releases and soul inspiring music started by Skrillex in 2014. Time makes its way to Daktyl and Madeaux to release a collab on the Nest HQ platform. Originally starting as a “post R&B Ballad” by Madeaux, it went through a metamorphosis as vocalist Anais Aida would put it. Adding hip hop beats and synth breaks the end result was nothing short of a masterpiece.
Reworking an old track with Madeaux, can show you that Daktyl can take any track and transform it with new live. He did so with Metaphysical by Chicago based house producers Autograf. Taking the uptempo dance tune and transforming into a vibrant future classic beat. No different effort with Shanay‘s piece Time. He took the soulful R&B hit and added some hip hop energy and rhythm with sould vibrant synths over Shanay’s chopped up vocals. Embarking on tours for November after hitting up gigs at nightclubs, Daktyl is staying busy, keep up and do not miss out; this artist is going to be making some real noise, be the first to hear it.
Hip Hop mic handler Omar Linx hooked up with Hunter Siegel and Pro Logic for production on his lastest release. Back To You, released via Buygore, has an intense yet ambient feel to it. Omar Linx always hits the mic with such passion and energy combined with melody and synths brings you a song you can really dig into.
Linx can Keep It Mellow too on the other hand with a free one released late last month by Marshmello. True to its name it stay real vibrant with a bassline synth and piano dancing with some vocals that bring the track down to earth. Gotta give it to Linx for not being a one styled one genre artists. Always pushing the boundaries as he grow.
Earlier this month Machobeats released The Mid onto his soundcloud. A real heavy and gritty trap instrumental. Get some good speakers and feel this bass in your chest it is ridiculous. Machobeatz is a genius with trap and hip hop music production and is also open to selling his beats to aspiring individual artists or even collaborating over at Ever Evolved Studio.
Wednesday, November 25th Machobeats had the opportunity to open for Curren$y the Spitta. On the beat pads, Macho controlled the sound and while fellow Ever Evolved studio members Rhymster, Mike Booth and AR of Triangle Offense hit the mic and controlled the energy. Macho entered and without uttering a word let his music speak, hittin the crowd with heavy bass and beat work. Absolute best crowd control of the night. Aside from the $pitta Curren$y of course, it was a great night for local artists too.
L.x gets real deep in is hip hop track Love Affair produced by Grizzly Beats. Smoothest beat you can hear with the most addicting guitar riff. Real versatile artist, L.x switches between high and low energy tracks. He regularly releases free styles on his soundcloud. Recently made a free style of Holly Holm makin a mess of Ronda Rousey and the Champion liked the song herself. Also dabbles in cover art and music production himself and is currently heading to the top of the charts on ReverbNation; currently at a comfortable #6, he plans on topping it soon. Watch out for this young artist because he got some plans, some dope ideas to get his name out there and his music known. Check out Love Affair below and peep his other most recent, more bigger project, My Lyfe EP, as we interview the artist.
Hologram Kizzie aka Psalm One channeling her inner god complex gets up in your face with Taming The Goddess. All Chicago attitude and mad fluid flow. She still loves you though. It is all POLY because love lasts forever. At the same time acknowledge that beat; I know it is hard too with such a dope spitta on the mic but when MC can dance with the beat on the mic like that, complementing each other, It is wonderful!
Onto more recent, Kizzie was interviewed by City Pages, revealing a good amount about her and her music career, inspirations and aspirations. They also touched ground on Rhymesayers exclusion of her in an event. Speculating gender and sexual preferences. Kizzie making a point about the small numbers of female artists represented in the hip hop industry. Being one herself with magnificent skill on the mic, it effects her greatly and she has the voice to speak out about it. Much support from Ever Evolved of course, especially with the music she has been releasing!
Not only new music either, Kizzie just released a music video for Impatient (Just U And US) Premiering on Respect.Magazine. Shot and directed by with Angelenah on backing vocals, this video shows all kinds of fun night time activities, like pillow fights obviously. Coming straight from her recent project P.O.L.Y. it is one of the more chill songs to smoke to but still one of the greats as Kizzie seems to be getting better with every track.
Lets take it back to the old days, Al Capone is still running Chicago, speak easy’s are thriving off bootleg alcohol and the Jazz was as smooth as that cigar you are poofin on at the bar. The women dancing the Charleston, with their bold lipstick colors and their long dress and fancy head dresses. Then you got Probcause over here stealing the show with his orchestra, Donnie Trumpet, Cofresi on the drums and KSRA serenading the crowd. Coming from his 2014 Waves EP, Prob brings this song back from the past with the new video but he is also coming with new music too.
Fellow white rapper Lil Dicky caught the Chicago locals ear, probably after Dicky got the brilliant idea of making a music video using other peoples resources. Sort of a social experiment. The two jumped on a beat together and here we have The Woods. A real chill and catchy beat that will have you munchin out at the crib next to your bong all day.
So Prob is continuing with his collaborations, so much so that you would wonder where he even gets the time to eat and sleep. Right after releasing a hit with Branx, Exmag and Adrian Lau, and producing his own track with DRO, Prob went back to the homie Drew Mantia and released Same Thing, a track for the fifth compilation album installment by AC3, a highly reputable Hip Hop Festival partnered with iHip Hop Distribution. Prob take 5 man you deserve it.
UPDATE: 11/23/15 4:45pm:
Premiering on Mass Appeals Probcause unleashes a creative art music video for his track Same Thing with Drew Mantia. While this is his first video animated video with the help of Elijah Alvarado Prob is no stranger to art and drawing. Having an Art Degree at the Art Institute of Chicago, it definitely helped with a skill explored in early ages. “I grew up drawing and was always attracted to graffiti” Colin explained to Mass Appeals. “I started painting pretty young but got arrested a few too many times… It basically got to a point where I was putting my college scholarship on the line if I got arrested again, so I decided to chill out a little bit in my 20s”.
Well we are glad Prob gets to release his creative angst through a professional medium combining it with his music career! You can bet that this will not be his last animated project. Follow Probcause’s Instagram located below for more of his creative art!
Zhu is a hit making machine and he is at it again with he latest releases on the Genesis Series. Releasing the songs in an untraditional manner to his fans. Zhu released each track individually on consecutive Fridays through mediums best fitting the track style. Really interesting artist to say the least, mysterious yet out of the box creative in every way.
Zhu has Come a long way since wooing the world with Faded and the NightDay EP. Since then he has remixed top artists to perfection. Now with Genesis he is collaborating with big names old and new. Really pushing the boundaries of electronic dance music and fusing a world of sound into it. Genesis is a melting pot of Funk, Jazz, Raggae, Hip Hop, Garage and House music to name a few! Zhu is staying true to the idea of making it about the music rather than his identity. Anybody got a picture of him yet?
The Genesis Series is packed with artist collabs from AlungaGeorge, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Skrillex, A-Trak, Gallant, to Keznamdi, Daniel Johns, They and few more. Each artist chosen came to the studio and made their music “from scratch, organically respecting the origins of how music was made”. The sounds of our generation in one collaborative effort.
By the looks of her facebook comments they would not now it But! This girl makes actual music and really good music too. They might be too distracted by her gracious look if they cannot find her soundcloud. Coming from Chicago Niykee Heaton is an artist that embraces body, mind and music. Whilst playing the guitar, she also produces and writes her own music! Not even a lot of mainstream artists can say that.
Best Thing Ever is a pretty catchy pop tune, released during her ongoing Bedroom Tour, which btw will be making a stop in Chicago on the 3rd of December at Concord Music Hall. Making a real cool diversity with this next song, KING, leans more on bass. Live shows must be a party. With excellent flow and vocal harmonics on the mic, it is written and produced yet again by the artist herself.
Niykee Heaton is making an excellent name for herself with her music and modeling, showing she is multi-talented. Gaining about a million facebook followers and 100K+ on soundcloud with millions of plays. Niykee is going wherever she is setting her mind to cause like KING, her track, she is KING in her mind. Despite the internet being a horrible place, Niykee the real fans will be at the show!
Safi G from BANDIT crew is a quick witted Hip Hop MC from Chicago that is pumpin the ears of his listeners with some real soulful and positive music. Music Video credited to Mahmood Darayyad aka Mac and recorded in Ever Evolved studio, I Am Only Human, is a story about heart ache as told by Safi over a smooth beat n rhythm with a vocal edit from Chicago’s own Krewella from their track Human. One of his more human sides, but you have to hear Safi G really get down, you have give his recent mixtape release a listen.
Pure Genesis, first release for BANDIT, is packed with heart pumping beats and flawless lyricism and flow. Safi has a message in every song that you have to listen to, read between the lines or better yet listen! Back and forth between smooth rhythm and heavy beats, it also comes with a dope image of baby Safi being super serious. Ten tracks of some serious Chi town attitude, grab this EP!