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.
Being honored as one of the many Chicago artists to be presented in Red Bulls 30 days in Chicago Ravyn Lenae is definitely a voice you have to recognize. So talented Chicago is still hooked on her latest album Moonlight Moonlight released early in the year. With production handled by Monte Booker the two combined created a masterpiece.
Recently releasing a video for the single Unknown from her aforementioned album, directed by the talented Weird Life crew. A more somber video compared reminding you art varies across all spectrums of human emotion. This follows her Spice video which is more lively, literally, performing the album single for Kinda Neat publishing. As she flirts with the camera naturally she makes singing seem effortless.
Following up on with an interview Kinda Neat reveals Ravyns lyrical abilities starting at an early age. From outperforming at church choirs and high school she started touring at the age of fifteen. Realizing her potential early. Now apart of Zero Fatigue with Smino, and Monte Booker respectively she has performed with other notable artists like Mick Jenkins and No Name and other popular locals. Be on the lookout for her next project and follow her before she takes off!
Over the period of 3 years Jovan has been growing, evolving and adapting to changes in her life. Growth is the collective experience of those years expressed through music and sound. It is built together by the hard work of strong woman such as herself, Fury, Ell Virtuoso, Belladonna Devereux. Others joining her album are talented locals her band the Land, G.O. Owens, Noble Warrior, Mykele Deville and more. Topping off the project Jovan showcases her own production skills showing taking that Note To Myself seriously, pushing the limits of her purpose.
Jovan grips the mic with purpose to release her message of self identification, self love, growth through perseverance as she takes the stage. The Tonic Room filled with exuberance as the crowd bounces to her beats and mouth the lyrics. You would think they would have been tired out after energetic performances by Me’Chelle and Fury but Jovans energy is reciprocated throughout the crowd. An amazing live experience to live through you should definitely catch her live.
You can add Philanthropist to Monte Bookers’ list of accomplishments with his most recent release Silver. Alongside Soulection they are donating proceeds to hurricane and earthquake relief in Central America through Global Giving. It is a very smooth track as most of his are but his style is dynamic and continues to evolve. Cannot go wrong with Monte music. Alway making good beats and now when you bump his tracks you can trust that you support a good artist.
Making the world a better place one beat at a time, Monte has been consistently releasing quality sound nonstop. Working with Smino, Jay2AintShit, Ravyn Lenae and Phoelix has been getting him huge support from artists like T-Pain who joined the Smino-Booker beat Anita. Recent collaborations like Chinchilla and Lui Kang with Jay2 and single releases like Drunk and Yellow + sprinkled all over his soundcloud has gained nearly 75k followers on soundcloud. While most producers go fly under the radar people continue to recognize Monte Bookers sound more and more and with good reason, he gives back real sound and action.
Saba is back with some original singles. After his music video release of World In My Hands Saba followed through and took on the world. Following his Instagram account into Europe you see sold out venues for the Chicago local with support from Joseph Chilliams, Jamila Woods and Loona Dae. Bringing city influence overseas literally and they did it right.
Awaiting his return in Chicago as John Walt Day approaches for performances at Lincoln Hall; the newly founded John Walt Foundation on the back end of the operation. We will be expecting these recent hitters to be performed as well. Produced by Zack Villere, Saba releases 360 for the Adult Swim Singles program that been getting good reaction. MfnMelo joins the beat for How To Live produced by Saba himself bringing back Daoud.
Following his last couple of releases Towkio stays on a hot streak of creativity. Drift and Hot Shit get music videos so he keeps the trend goin with his latest, Swim. Alot of stuff is goin on in this video with the simplist ingredients. As the prelude melodically glides over these visuals Towkio plays with reflections and colors in water as dancers pop in and out of frame. Not only experimenting with visuals but genres as well as the last few releases completely differ from one another. You are hit with a refreshing sound everytime.
Metropolis Blac (middle) and Rhymster (right) are pictured leaving Fort Knox Studio, onto the next location to film. The two Chi town artists begin their collaboration on an EP project forthcoming. Expect a series of releases leading up to Summer Sessionz. Starting with Dum Drunk (I’m Influenced), a laxed hip-hop beat paired with visuals filmed and edited by Brandon Holmes (left). Ginger-Ale and Jameson sets the mood for this party.
The video in itself was a big project and team effort with Monaco Cocktail contributing some of the festivities with their exclusive Vodka bottle just released to the public. Dancers take up the floor as Rhymster and Metro mingle amongst party goers and beautiful woman as the Chicago skyline gleams in the background. Following the shoot on the 55th floor of the Trump Hotel, Artist and Performer Natalia puts on a fire show in a spot off Museum Campus. An epic display to kick off the countdown to the full Summer Sessions project on 2/28/18. Get ready!
Thelonious Martin always keepin it real when it comes to his production. Deep bass and hypnotizing beat work built under a flow of piano keys and synth. Sounds like spirit of these city streets. Recently adding a couple more to his playlist these pay homage to some legends. Most Def with Beef and Sean Price Snow remix get a makeover and does them some real justice.
Aside from his raw and authentic remixes the King has been workin on some collabs with some locals and out of state artists respectively. Swade from the city of Chi threw down some cold verses on a Thelonious beat, one of my favorites, and called that Woman and Liquor. From the Bronx Kemba spits a smooth flow over a beat matches that urban vibe from his home city and crowned that Delivert. Thelonious King stays providing artists and the rest with quality beats so stay with it on his links below.
They two are instantly recognizable, Smino voice and style is one of a kind. Monte Booker unique production style is fresh and original. The two artists working together, that is an untouchable force! Their history go back before BLKSWN, Soulection. Before Kajun was on Menu. From the start these two did not miss a beat to completely take control of and influence Chicago Hip Hop.
Monte Booker himself has a an army of local artists like Jay2, Saba and others to credit him; not that he needs it tho. His music speaks for itself. So much so the best kind of unexpected manifested; a collaboration arose over a Smino-Booker collab track from BLKSWN. Following an invite to share the stage with none other than T-Pain, the two drop a remix. Anita gets a new flow from Smino and with T-Pain on the beat it add a new layer of energy.
Sorbet on the other hand is a produced by Sango, preluding with a Happy Birthday recording by friend Akenya and that rides into a smooth jam. Smino hops on the beat doin his thing with Birthday confidence as he instructs to enjoy, dance and smile to it! Raw track to be heard . Meanwhile while we wait for new music you can follow Smino on IG closely as hes traveling between shows and podcasts radio shows and the likes.