Category Archives: Soul

More Than An LSD Video: Jamila Woods

The anticipation was high and the room was packed from wall to wall in House of Vans on the night of the LSD video premier. Jamila Woods had thrown a free show in the early evening hours for fans to experience some live music. We all had the privilege to be the first to see the new visuals. The event highlighted a CPS student and aspiring film maker award and achievement as well as benefit SocialWorks, an art nonprofit under Chance the Rapper.

Photo Credit to Bryan Allen Lamb

As the lights dimmed and the projector lights up the wall, the crowds chanted as Jamila appears angelic in Lake Michigan. Many women commending Jamilas confidence in her skin jeered louder. The setting brings us to the lake and more importantly, familiar neighborhoods, highlighting the deeper layers of our city. Chance the Rapper commands a grill surrounded by family and friends as children run and play around Jamila relaxing a kiddy pool in the front yard. A Chicago that is not linked to violence as too many assume. A side more reserved for the locals.

As the camera pans across Chance the crowd lets out another cheer as simultaneously, the video leaves a warm feeling of grace for our beautiful city. The purpose of the video fulfilled. The idea coming Ashley Huicochea, from Prosser Career Academy who had the opportunity to work, learn and gain skills pertaining to film and directing.  An effort by Vincent Martell and Sam Bailey from VAM Studio to include more students in the process of film making. The dedication Jamila Woods, Chance the Rapper and the rest of their hardworking crew have for the newer generations inspires and positively influences Chicago greatly. Their collective effort  shines in the results.

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Model of Music: Ridley Victoria

Coming across Ridley Victoria I find a multi creative women confident in her artful expression in modeling, singing and songwriting; a detail even most mainstream artists lack. Born in Chicago she started songwriting at the early age of eleven but it was not until she hit twenty that she took up singing professionally full time as she tells Fashionbugla Media in an interview. Mainly influenced by a fusion of hip hop, pop and R&B her recent work would blend into reggae, swing, dance and jazz. Just as a model takes up different looks and styles, Ridley can try on different genres and make it her own.

Since the release of her debut album only two months ago in June Ridley made time for more releases and collabs. Most recently, she brought out the soul and R&B on Slow Down produced by Eddie J. Showing off her vocal range across any genre and her consistency releasing quality songs. Her album itself is filled with catchy and dynamic tunes.

Pretty on Purpose or her POP album is a 10 piece energetic multi genre project and an impressive one for her 1st. Speaks volumes about her potential. Starting off with Vogue, a fitting intro for a singer and model, its upbeat and colorful and sexy. Dialing it back with Love Out a swing styled pop track with John Renaissance. You get to Give It To Me and you hear Ridley ride a raggae beat. Continuing into her album you continue to hear a range of styles with more local collaborations with Chai Tulani, Adam Ness and Me’Chelle. A powerful addition to a growing community of strong and creative women in Chicago.

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Sidewalk Chalk – An Orchid Is Born

Put together by a kickstarter, their fourth full length album, Sidewalk Chalk unleashes an awe defying project that defines their growth as a group. Self described as the album they have always been trying to make, The Orchid Is Born elucidates their position within themselves and their community in 2017. Blending in Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk and Soul the group together solidify their sound and style to an art perfected by a powerful conscious lyrics.

DIG Official Video

What if one of the many unarmed victims of police violence could tell their story? Watch the video for "Dig" from An Orchid Is Born, out on June 2nd on Ropeadope Records.Pre-order the album here:

Posted by Sidewalk Chalk on Thursday, April 13, 2017

Splitting the album into three parts, the band goes through the Hope, the Loss and the Birth. Kicking it off with energy and motivation with Infinite Growth and onto smooth love serenades with Take The Time. All the love and excitement give way to challenge and controversy. Wake Up, We Burn You Down highlights our abuse of Mother Earth; Will We shines light on the rising oppressive injustices of political elite. A Suite For Black Lives stresses ongoing police brutality towards the black community. How much will we take? Will we accept defeat or fight for peace?

In order for this change to happen we Bloom Again. Being grateful helps find the inner peace to bring change to your world. The Orchid Is Born personifies hope, struggle, change and growth through sound, ideas and events. A monument to the Sidewalk Chalks growth as a band working together and perfecting a sound and idea. Pulling their resources together to make this project happen with the best in production, Grammy award winner Robert “Sput” Searight. Taking this album tour around North America, you can catch them in Chicago late September. Details on their website!

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Probcause Phenomenon

Following Probcause for a few years now, before the Drifers LP and even prior the Waves era.  From the local feature stage at North Coast with a few hand fulls of fans, watching him grow as an artist from there has been an inspiring journey to see. Having connected with so many different artists his fan base has grown tremendously; Lollapalooza confirms his reputation with an official 2017 recap video appropriately featuring Chicago Style.

2017 Lollapalooza – Day 4 Recap

‪Only 360 days 'til Lollapalooza 2018!Song 1: "Chicago Style" by ProbCause featuring TwistaSong 2: "Lucky Charms" by MDMC

Posted by Lollapalooza on Sunday, August 6, 2017

His unique flow, conscious hip hop lyrics and tireless energy drove fans to the stage by the hundreds then the thousands until finally he is standing in front of a packed venue at Red Rocks Ampitheater in Colorado. His hard work with a handful of talented artists cements his image into the minds of diverse audiences. Working with the likes of Griz, Gramatik, Exmag, Break Science, Raekwon & Gibbz. On the local spectrum he has Chance the Rapper, Manic Focus Hologram Kizzie, Twista, Cofresi, Palmer Squares, Drew Mantia & More holdin him down. Puttin on Chicago while it reciprocates.

All this artist collaboration brings new perspective and creative influence keeping his music diverse and his fans hopelessly addicted; Giving him the ability to bounce between genres like funk, jazz, bass and hip hop. This is evident in his playlist and in his latest collaborations.

While touring and doing his thing Probcause got to add a couple more artists to his list of collaborations. Performing with the Floozies and Cherub in between states the idea of a collaboration turned reality with Arithmetic. The Electro Funk band holds a style that we already know Colin gets down to time and time again as you know with his Big Gigantic remix and collab with Manic Focus. More recently feautured in Canadian Hip Hop artist Def3’s recent LP produced by Late Night Radio on the track Sing; Furthering his reach to a broader audience and simultaneously observing his growing reputation among more popular artists.

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Sunny Woods & Adamness – Come To Me

Sunny Woods from Harvey, Il releases Come With Me, a song to feature the Chicago local Adam Ness. When it comes to Adam he does it right on any beat it does not matter. Putting all his passion and energy into his vocals to compliment the track produced by ZenZanBeats. Adam has been all over the place after his own EP release last year, performing at shows and festivals like our very own EAT Fest. Get in the mood with this beat on repeat!

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Harmonic Sapien Releases Natural State LP

Harmonic Sapien uploads Self Obtained (I Got It), the first LP single off Natural State prior to the release date, to set the vibe and expectation of the incoming music. A jazzy dnb beat with bass distinguishable by his other work which also follows his 9 to 5 EP some months earlier. Starting the project in February the full album contains a ear opening 19 tracks, varying between uptempo and downtempo hip hop, dnb, pop funk and footwork beats.

Brittany Nacole, Joselyn Marie and Christian JaLon each get a track with Harmonic Sapien. All delivering soulful vocals over ambient and melodic beats. While Joselyn is a frequent collaborator Brittany and JaLon work with Sapien as a first time collaboration. Each song is said to have a story attached to it as for a music videos we will have to wait and see. You can probably expect some thing from his second single Black Boy Chakra keep your eyes peeled.

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Fafaa Delvale – Toxic Love

Fafaa Delvale has vocals that fills rooms with passion in her lyrics that will make the hairs on your body stand. Especially with this song in particular we can all relate to. We all have had our bouts with past relationships. Artists like Fafaa use their creativity to outlet their grievances safely and beautifully through song. Produced by Frekwenzy Toxic Love can provide you a silent escape once you hit that play button! Learn the lyrics, sing along and stay tuned for a music video soon to come.


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