First introduced to Brittney Carter at one of Ever Evolved’s first networking events in 2017, she was attention capturing indeed. There standing in the space formerly known as BLSD Boutique in uptown Chicago, DJ Scend turns down the music forBrittney to express her truth acapella. No one expected the explosive lyricism that this short seemingly quiet, comfortably dressed girl has come to bring. Completely taking over the vibe of the room with what she had to say from her heart and mind.
Fast forward today Carter has grown as an artist, filling in her shoes, gaining respect from her peers and establishing a fan base. Racking up quite a number of releases and collaborations, she recently added to her playlist with a couple of new tracks! Over two laid back beats produced by Nascent, Brittney expressed her nostalgia over a significant other and the growth from the experience. What is most impressive is how smoothly & quickly she a can articulate and express herself through so many words, she is a very composed artist with a lot on her mind! Click on the cover art by Cookie Kwan to listen to and purchase BACK THEN and THE SIGNS.
When Säge The 64th Wonder aka Seji,aka Shintendo is seemingly quiet in the rap/hip hop scene in terms of music, in actuality he never stopped releasing, producing and creating content. Namely his commissions of his unique animated art style that the Chicago scene and beyond cannot quite get enough of. It feels as though when Säge gets bored or anxious, as all genius multi talented artists do, he jumps back into the rap arena and shows why he is been a staple of Chicago hip hop since 2012. But he was making waves even two years prior to that because of his skill and technicality off the jump and having a team of emcees and artists surrounding him, if you remember The Terra Godz.
You cannot cast Säge as just indie, hip hop, nerd core or anime rap. He is so much more than that considering he actually embodies a large part of the East Asian culture being a visual artist himself. He clearly studies and consumes the culture to a high degree. He is a fusion of a lot of things that really get fleshed out if you can actually go through his entire catalog. Säge has gone through numerous re-brandings and some classics that might not be available to listen to right now. Do not fret however since he is re-releasing some oldies quite soon as well as an album of brand new music in February.
Until then ponder, soak and absorb this. “Damn, will they ever play me for the masses?” Asks Säge to an alternate version of himself, something like a conscience which in turn responds (using a higher shifted pitched voice) “Even if they don’t, I still feel you make the classics, still think you’re greater than the greatest in this rap shit, is that a question you’re asking? We’re passed this, Just pass this blunt.” Säge the 64th Wonder, the flagship leader of SlumpGang777, will have some amazing pieces to look forward to in 2020.
The visual to this record has to be one of the most touching music video intros you have seen. Dat Bizness shows off his family, unafraid of presenting himself as a father, a proud black man who provides for and loves his family. He is even matching with his youngest son, AJ.
There is a lot of negativity perpetuated as a form of self expression from the experiences that young black men go through coming up in Chicago. Dat Bizness takes these experiences and flips a lyrically positive spin. He still makes it clear these are very real times to be alive and negative things are still obviously going on. With the main phrase and theme of the record being I AIN’T GOING, there is much about the surroundings and lifestyles of Chicago that Dat Bizness is rightfully against.
I AIN’T GOING presents lines that pierce the emotions and thoughts of the listener like, “Black girls going missing, times real!.. White man pulling me over while I’m behind the wheel, but I ain’t dying today, that’s what my mind wills!” Followed by “Grew up with the gods but the devils call us n***as, either or, even odds!.. Jo, this is top shelf from the basement though, this that smoking blunts in staircases flow, scarred faces, stressed thoughts, broke dreams, turn some to kings and queens, turn some to dope fiends!” Dat Bizness has been in the Chicago hip hop community for a while now but this new record and visual is elevating him quickly; reminding the rest of us to focus on the craft and the pen game first.
Chore Boy and Brad Kemp recently dropped the visual to the hit single NOSCE featuring CantBuyDeem, on their LP “STORIES YOU CAN TELL YOURSELF“. This music video, directed by Patric Coakley, is a simple but brilliant visual expression of the three rap verse song, including sound bites from what you can only postulate is Alan Watts since the timber of the voice in the audio is a popular archaic tone. Chore Boy and CantBuyDeem give so much wittiness throughout.
Chore Boy starts off with a fast tight flow and high technical skill “They just like me for the weed, they don’t like me for the rapping!” Later in the same first verse, “I leave my lid open like some stale chips and I skate by like a stale fish, you on stalemate while I nail shit, whats an earthling to an alien!” Chore Boy takes the first and last verse, giving CantBuyDeem the middle. That was only a taste of the wit Chore Boy co. has on this one record.
CantBuyDeem starts off with this line that will make you laugh everytime, “I put in 5 brought back 10, that shit felt like MAGIC!.. Hear a lot of boss talk, but they got no sauce, gotta put the packet in the ramen at the right time!” Followed up by, “Jumped off the porch like a skydive, I be smoking spliffs feeling like I’m in the ozone, standing round a room full of squares trying to phone home, trap phone, cell phone, main phone, same phone no ringtone but that bitch stay buzzin!” Can’tBuyDeem per usual, drops a verse thick and rich in humor, style and banter. His first line is significant because, think about the idea of being an entrepreneur that can flip a product and how it is like literal magic. In CantBuyDeem’s case, he puts that work in as a recording artist and gets more back. Basic simple math having to do with a sonic return on investment.
Chore Boy’s third and final verse has more density packed into it! “Took a D.A.R.E. class, but my dawg double dared me, talk isn’t scary, everyone who’s watching went from awestruck to wary. And they be taping everything like caution so carefully, I’m lost in the sauce but I’m found at the scene!” His little play on drugs and crime is interesting, it seems to be an ode to the 90s public school war on drug culture, as well as metaphors for his mind and acumen when it comes to rapping.
Brad Kemp’s production and engineering is top notch as always and really helps brush out the flavor of the recording artists he works with. We are all for more Chore Boy x CantBuyDeem records! Hip hop such as this record and visual are vital to the life line of the culture. If you can get anyone to bump, dance and think. Well then you have done your part.
Today in 1940 on the 7th of November Igor Stravinsky had his famous SYMPHONY IN C premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall.
Igor Stravinsky, born June 18th 1882 in Oranienbaum, Russia and died on April 6th, 1971 New York City. Stravinsky’s recognition first arrived because of his ballet scores such as PETRUSHKA, THE FIREBIRD and RITE OF SPRING. But in 1920 he took up composing orchestras, namely “SYMPHONIES OF WIND INSTRUMENTS” and was later commissioned (reportedly $2,500) by Mr. and Mrs.Robert Woods Bliss and Mr. John Alden Carpenter to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during the 1940-41 season.
SYMPHONY IN C consists of three flutes and a piccolo, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones and tuba, timpani, and strings. Performance time is approximately twenty-eight minutes. During the time of its composition Stravinsky went through the most horrific times of his life. His daughter Ludmilla passed away from Tuberculosis, his wife Catherine and his mother also passed on from tuberculosis within three months that same year. To say that SYMPHONY IN C was the only thing keeping Igor Stravinsky alive and composing during that period, is no exaggeration.
As far as influential women go, there is one that deserves the most praise and recognition! The one third emcee, photographer and film maker, Jovan Landry, has had a seriously busy year connecting with different collectives, producing music and working the camera. Humbly yet passionately challenging male dominated roles and uplifting women in her industry. She has created quite a rank for herself, an international interdisciplinary artist.
Over the last year alone she has lead a workshop centered around female music producers at A3C Festival and Conference in ATL. She was also involved in a project for Green House Artist Showcase with Dorchester Housing and Art Collective, demonstrating the historical employment of the black female body as a tool for manual labor with Keyierra Collins. Also helped the film Red Clay Dance Company and even was apart of a strength challenge with TBFit. Just to point out a few achievements, because her list of skills go on for ever!
That is all just within the year, her discography and skill set goes much deeper. Recently Jovan has released an album with SynergyChi, a collective of her own creation, made up entirely of creative women with talents in vocals, engineering, graphic design, photography, the works. Supported by WeWork Creator Awards, they have also been featured in Chicago Tribune, Vocalo Radio, NPR and on ABC7 for a television debut. SynergyChi also was chosen to speak in St. Louis University for Women in Hip Hop Conference and in Berlin for WeWork Creator Awards.
Jovan is force of influence, not stopping at the camera, production and building collectives either. She also influences growing artists too, through her video blogging tutorials and guiding tools on her Youtube channel. Yet some of her best work comes from her soul and her music. You can see it when she performs live at events like Jeff Fest, Wicker Park Fest, Hoist Fest or at smaller venues like Emporium or Silver Room. Her music and her lyricism is of consciousness and quality after a short busy hiatus she has released her single Made It Thru following her Synergy LP release.
No two men are one in the same and that especially rings true for Radcliff Music! Where many would faulter, Radcfliff thrives. Could be his raw mindset etched in lyrics like, “I’m going to keep on dropping music bitch, I’m good on the fame“. This mentality allows him to rise above, no matter what the situation, because his dedication to his authenticity. Influenced by no man but himself, he spits his words in raw form in a spree of releases this month.
Relic The Bully is an artist who has been on our radar for a minute. An MC who has bars for days and a delivery full of conviction to go with it, it is long felt that it was only a matter of time before he starts getting the recognition that he deserves. With his new single FIEND, Relic is now one step closer to making that come to fruition.
The production on FIEND is incredibly moody. The synths are dark and nocturnal, the production forceful and bouncy. There is also an element of spaciness to this instrumental that allows Relic the room he needs to do his thing. Lyrically, Relic gets busy on this track, his rhyme patterns are absolutely insane as he exudes much confidence on the mic. His voice is sharp and his flow is a gun busting slugs at a rapid fire pace.
For Relic The Bully, the world is his oyster. On FIEND he proves his worthiness as one of the crown jewels of the Chicago underground. Few hip-hop artists possess the combination of raw lyricism, rapid-fire flow and the amount of confidence Relic has. For this reason, it would be wise to not stand in his way.
It would be 1906 when Chicago gets their first play in the World Series of baseball. It is Chicago’s game in every sense of the word since the teams versing each other are exclusive to the city. The Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox face off in what is a first championship series for both teams. What would end with the White Sox defeating the Cubs in game 6, would start a cross town rivalry unmatched by any other!
There are a few more significances to this game aside from being our cities first championship. For the Cubs it will be the first of 3 games in a row and while the White Sox returned later in 1917, the Cubs fail to win the championship, famously, for well over 100 years. During the series, the first 5 games of, for the first time had the road team take the win. This would not be duplicated again until 1996, exactly 90 years later. Finally, being early in the baseball history, the games were held at both West Side Grounds and South Side Park, before Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park became home to each team.
Fierce, beautiful and passionate are words that come to mind for this weeks WCW. “Creative, ambitious, and pretty badass!” Is how up and coming R&B artist T$, or TMUNY, describes herself. And it is not hard to understand why. On the road to self love and discovery, the Chicagoan artist is only 20 years old and is a professional model, actress, R&B singer and fashion designer. And that is only skimming the surface.
It is not often that we meet an artist as dynamic as TMUNY. She started writing her own poetry, filling numerous journals in the process, and music at a young age. She was also dabbling in music production as a senior in high school. Her music is in her own words, trap princess music, reminiscent of Jhene Aiko and Syd.
With a somewhat complicated past, as all artists have, TMUNY has experienced a lot in her life. It is those experiences, from family, past relationships, her goals, and her own personal perspective of life, that she chooses to sing about. Her music has is smart, confident and rich with undertones of Chicago throughout.
When she is not writing and recording her music, you can find her modeling. As a professionally trained freelance model, she has worked with Iridium Clothing and has been inspired to start her own fashion line, titled after her own name. She is also an actress and had a solo performance in New York for National Women’s Day. She also stars in a short film that will be released around Christmas time.
While she maintains a balance between her different areas of artistic expression, her favorite method is writing and singing. Doing so since the age of four, sixteen years later she is releasing her own EP. The culmination of hard work, dedication and passion. The EP, releasing November 16th, is titled HEALING and is co produced by Malcolm Flex. You can find her music on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube, to name a few of her platforms.