Ace Da Vinci pops out with the OneTwo, from his latest project Thats How The Light Gets. One of Chicagos finest emcees, a humble man of wisdom and mind bending lyricism. This track will have you pondering on a couple verses! You can catch him out performing around Chicago just follow his social media for events. Having had a release party in March to promote the LP and working with local artists like Dxtr Spits he stays pretty active and lowkey.
Unkle Slump puts down M. Cyrus to the grave to make way for a new era of dark and dirty lyricism. More active, more lyrical and most raw, Slump has been staying live in the scene with events, singles and collaborations. Just coming out of our studio booth at Ever Evolved adding bars to Ya Tu Sabe, he pulls out 2 more singles within the last month. Getting in your face with 1800 and sleazy with Nook N’ Cranny, just about sums him up.
theMIND may be one of if not the more recognizable names out in the Chicago local music scene working within THEMPeople. He can be found just about every where you look, just about ruling his own world. Working with the likes of Pivot Gang, Zero Fatigue and SAVEMONEY artists, NoName, Stefan Ponce, Mick Jenkins, Knox Fortune, Burns Twins; the influence is every where. When not workin with others his independent work is flawless and you can hear why he is such a pillar in the community. Recently with production by Matty Joynt, EW2RTW soothes with a calming guitar melody and vocals a great song to add to your playlist.
Bringing together a collective of talented artists Emily Blue writes a piece following the Las Vegas tragedy honoring all the victims of any tragedy with a song of peace and love. Collecting all proceeds to Cure Violence Chicago, using her influence to fuel a good cause. Chicago can always use the positivity, bringing together as much as 15 influential local artists really sends a message that there is a community within the city. Following the release was an Empower benefit show at a sold out Shubas with Yomi and Anna Agosta. Below is a list of all the other artist you have to look out for this year that took part of this project.
Yomi – Anna Agosta – Matthew Santos – Olive IV – Nehemiah Harris Joslyn-Marie – Good At Bad – Dan Durley – Raven Byerly – Gem Tree – Carlile – Ric Wilson – Moonrise Nation – JDP – James Moore Evan Ireland – Evan Opitz – Ben Montalbano – Mariel Fechik – Joseph Meland
Solo Sam is on the Come Up in Chicago getting recognized by multiple local media outlets as he releases some new tracks. It is hard to pass up a flow so authentic over raw production self made on most tracks. He has been releasing singles here and there following the project Epoch where he has been plotting the Come Up since people been asking Who Dat Boy!
Getting some more activity from Solo Sam in recent days dropping a music video for a track released a few months back. Fast meets the screen emphasizing a hustlers lifestyle directed by Stripmall productions. Settin the mood for his upcoming project ITIS. Adding some more hype with another release with the aforementioned track! Lets see what his next move is leading up to this big release.
Coming out of Chicago these Angry Blackmen pop into the scene alleging the first local super duo. Certainly coming out with the energy to convince you of this claim. They are trying to start a RIOT! Get angry and ring this track to your next anti-war, anti-hate, anti anything protest. Armed with a Smile and OK! a couple more originals, it sounds like they can really rock a crowd and inspire; cannot wait to hear more!
The pineal gland in the center of our minds is thought by many as our third eye. Where all our thoughts questions and answers begin and end. Deem decided to share with us his Lil 3rd Eye project and express as he does best. Following the music his youtube series project 106&Clark aired its first episode, highlighting Chicago artists, new music and kickin it with some ideas.
Doing his part helping Chicago artists grow and get known Deem turns music artist to show host of 106&Clark. Its first episode brought out Chicago’s African Prince Chai Tulani and another rising artist Young Jasper. The artists talked about their music, let their mind speak and topped it off with performance by Jasper. These episodes will be filmed weekly every Tuesday in front of a studio audience so you can join the action.
Deems Lil’ 3rd Eye is like a talk show if you listen you can decipher the topics From dissing time wasters, to dissing fuck-boys and rapists, xannax abuse and you, your ego the third eye can see through it all. Following his Better EP and the music videos accompanied, he also collaborated with Meredith on the Track and E. Oks on a couple tracks with more work coming soon too. You can catch Deem performing over these dope beats too, performing at Coles Bar on the 12th of January. Or follow his social for future dates.
You cannot build an empire on your own. You need supporters and collaborators in your mission. Rhymster is out every day workin with new and senior artists and MC’s. Following up on his single Don’t with Frekwenzy, Rhymster collabs with a couple out of studio artists on some releases. Featuring on Edmur Quinns There’s A Bigger Picture LP and calling up Henrik3000 all the way in Germany for a beat with Viibes. There is a lot more work coming out the studio early this year too so Watch Out for his soundcloud.
Is having vision a talent or curse? Some would argue. They have changed up their logo and rebranded. Elevatd comes back with new look and new music. Do not be confused though they are familiar through remixes like Rooftops by Vesper, and others if you were lucky enough to have downloaded them. You would get a better chance to get familiar with them and their music at their local and out of city/state events.
Often they would drop unreleased beats at their events. You can catch them in the crowds supporting their favorite artists too. On the decks though they throw some nasty beats. Their most recent release Curse Them All catches you by surprise with popular edm vocalist Micah Martin, flowing over the melody before leading to a heavy drop. Knowing his way around bass production, Martin echoes back and forth between synth and bass like a battle. A kind of production that got us craving for more.
Have you got hold of Whethans Enemy with Oliver Tree? If so then you can handle the Aftertaste. A collab with Opia from LA, altogether the artists decided to hold out on us for a year. But their earlier releases prepared us for this bombshell so its win win for us! Always quality production coming out of any Whethan, coming together with Opia is a perfect combination of sound and style.