Osa North Lets the Music Breath on Osa North and The Holy Spirit of God EP

Osa North is back with his new Osa North and The Holy Spirit of God EP and he is serving up a diverse array of sounds on this one. The project kicks off with the soulful trackFree You, which serves as a sensual ode to intimacy. North’s vocals on this track are layered in such a way that they carry a sense of divinity as if he is calling down from the heavens above. The instrumental here is rhythmic yet spacious and Osa North does a brilliant job of filling in that space with his vocal delivery.

The 2nd track Debbz is a logical continuation of where Free You left off. North once again is crooning about that special someone, asking the listener if they have ever been in love. The instrumental here sounds more epic with soaring string sections and a sense of rhythmic pulse that build momentum by the end of the track. Osa North is showing more and more musicality with each project he brings to the table.

There is a drastic switch up on the third track 1900. Instead of building on the soulful airiness of the first two tracks, North comes out of left field with a menacing trap banger. The instrumental here is bleak and unforgiving while North oozes with confidence on the mic. The closing track Adesuwa is a dance hall jam reminiscent of something off of his Ginjah EP. The instrumental possesses the contagious sense of rhythm that has become a hallmark of North’s music and his vocals here are vivacious and full of color.

Even though Osa North and The Holy Spirit of God clocks in at just four tracks and eight minutes in length, North is in no rush to get to the finish line. There is an endearing sense of patience on this EP. The instrumentals have an airy, almost ethereal quality to them, and North spaces out his vocals in such a way that he is content in letting the music speak for itself. The marriage between these two elements make for another fantastic project from Osa North.

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Musa Reems Turns Back the Clock with Dear Winter

Musa Reems is back with his new single entitled Dear Winter and he has taken initiative in turning back the clock on this one. Putting his own spin on the Jay-Z classic Dear Summer, Musa has added his name to the list of MC’s who have spat their game over this iconic Just Blaze produced beat. A list which includes names such as Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy and so many more. However instead of simply going in over the original cut of the instrumental Reems decided to breathe new life into this classic song, making it sound more current while maintaining its throwback vibe.

Producer Othellobeats took a fresh approach on here. He creates a lot of tension with how he slowly brings in the vocal sample in the beginning of the track and it really sets the stage for Musa when he comes in with his verse. Equally impressive is the way Othellobeats puts his own spin on the instrumental while simultaneously respecting what made it so great in the first place. Despite the clean, thematic feel of the intro, the beat still has the same soulful piano and vocal samples carrying the track. The only difference here is that this re-imagining of it sounds more lively. Like Othellobeats, Musa Reems does his thing on here as well.

Although the song clocks in at just 2 minutes and 18 seconds in length, Musa makes every second count on this one. His bars on here are nostalgic yet hopeful as Musa shows himself to be someone who can handle anything life throws their way. He approaches his lyrics with a staggering amount of transparency, showing that he is more than happy to own up to past mistakes. Reems’ delivery is also worthy of note here. He carries a sharp grittiness in his voice that shows the authenticity of a man truly marked by past experiences. Not phased by what anyone might think Musa Reems shows on this track that he is embracing his flaws as a human, wearing his war wounds on full display.

There is an interesting duality on Dear Winter. While the tasteful re-imagining of this song makes it sound like it could be on an upcoming project. Dear Winter still possesses enough vintage aesthetic at its core that it almost sounds like it could have been on a DJ Drama mixtape in the mid 2000’s. This duality really shows who Musa Reems is as an artist; a man who has a deep appreciation for the past while simultaneously keeping a close eye towards the future. Time will tell what Musa Reems will bring us next, but Dear Winter is surely a sign of good things to come.

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Bassmnt Boy Loves BBB And It Shows

Some like them more than others, some like them so much they make music about them. Bassmnt Boy likes em just enough to make a remix about them. Round2 already seems to have expressed it perfectly enough so Bassmnt Boy just took his Big Booty Bitches track and personalized it. With admiration to the original artists talent, he carefully turned a juke beat into a trap & bass anthem that does not dissapoint the original; Get any party wild and jukin’ with this beat.

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Rhymster Stays Maintainin’ (Music Video)

RhymSter can go on and on hosting and coordinating shows, recording and producing music for himself and others and performing amongst many things taking up his schedules with Ever Evolved. Amongst that he is preparing to release his EP Pure Noon with producer Edmur Quinn but not without a few teasers first. Helping out with that is Neorevivalist with a music video for Rhymsters’ single Maintainin’ from the upcoming project. One of a few collaborations from Pure Noon to keep an eye on.

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Better Safe Than Safi

Every once in a while an artist emcee comes out with words faster than you can comprehend. Lyricism as quick as Twista, Bizzy Bone or Busta Rhymes will make you wonder when these artists have time to breathe or even remember all these words! Safi G from Palestine, reppin’ Chicago, recently releases a piston of a track produced by Al Grand with deadly words back to back to back and a flow so exclusive. Better Safe Than Safi comes with visuals credited to MikeMakesMovies, with anime scenes from Dragon Ball Z representing his lyrical power metaphorically. If you think this track is hype you should see him live in the act, or you can check out his more relaxed tracks if you cannot handle this heat!

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Better Know Ayoo

Time reveals all that is true and great, and this duo from Chicago demonstrate their significance with fresh new music. Ayoo has been energizing dance floors from local clubs to festival stages with heavy hitting house & bass beats joining a growing number of electronic music artists from Chicago takin over the scene. Apart of the Be Nice collective brothers James and Eric Estrada have been growing together, planning and making music based around their love for Chicago house. From Spring Awakening stages, to hosting events by the lakefront and in local venues to original music content, Ayoo have only just begun unraveling their potential and in just a short period of time.

Recently the two have debuted their sound with Orijinal featuring Jei earlier in the year and they come to follow up with a new track for the summer. Taking their brand of electro house music and inviting hip hop emcee and long time friend Rhymster from Ever Evolved on the mic to add some flavor to the track. Reviving an older idea with Rhymster, Timeline stands the test of time to represent a period of growth and emergence for Ayoo and their music. With great reactions from crowds at the festival stages all there was left to do was to slap on some cover art from Tim Emini to make an official track. With talent flowing like a dam, you better know, they plan to take over so dont get left out in the stands. Grab this beat and dance and support our Chicago fam.

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THC – This Is For Me (Music Video)

 THC is back with This Is For Me following their LP release MHX about over a year ago. You would think they would be rusty but they maintained with live shows and of course taking hits constantly. Accompanied with the release is a music video directed by Kenzo showing off how the boys were living while in hiding. A pair of skilled lyricists in Chicago quickly gained a good following and some groupies by the looks of it.  But looks like they are back at work lets see what they got next.

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Marko Stat$ Freestyles

Chicagos’ Marko Stat$ gets on the mic and spits off the top. Hopping on an old school boom bap styled beat Stat$ reminds us of his skills on the mic. We get a little hint of his politics in the tracks cover art. Following his Power music video release Marko has been having a good month to start off 2018. Ending and starting a year on stage at Subterranean in Wicker Park at the Cold Front presented by Ever Evolved, we will be also be seeing a cypher upcoming with Outta Sight Clothing and more music in the works. Just to start out , this is one artist to keep an eye out for this year!

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Celine Neon – Keys

Celine Neon are a couple of bad-ass chicks running around Chicagos rock underground. Mid Summer they dropped a tune dubbed Keys. The lyrics play on an reversal in gender roles where as these women take over take over the alpha roles and vice versa, noting obvious social inequalities. These artists have a voice to be heard and it is as loud as anyone elses. They will be heard clearly as they prepare a full length project with Keys as their first single. Catch them hitting local venues, like the empty bottle the 2nd of October playing this tune and more!

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Dagō & Zooey Glass

Apart of an EP release on Manifest alongside Zooey Glass, Dagō & Zooey Glass are apart of a collective promoting conscious collective through artistic expression. Others Over Self, the first track introduces the EP in a trance with sustained synths making a zen deep house beat adding some bass beat and piano work.  Altruism (75 Degrees) captures the underground deep house sound of Chicago. Both evoking a hypnotic peaceful vibes, this chicago collective is very in tune with our own mission. Own this EP for free or donate.

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