Säge, The 64th Wonder Slash Hierophant: Artist of the Week

Adding an air of mystery to his already peculiar persona, Säge, The 64th Wonder interprets the sacred and esoteric with his latest LP release. As if his mask does not do the job, HIEROPHANT gives the 64th Wonder another layer of mystic energy. The album contains 8 tracks of boom bap type beats with lyric heavy verses and features from Kyd Wahlee, Sleep Sinatra and SHINTENTO64. Fans have had early previews of HIEROPHANT with early releases of its singles like SPOON BENDER, TALKING SHOES and EASY BAKE, with an accompanying music video. The project in all is a whole ‘nother level of hip hop that is refreshing, lyrically and sonically, to the Chicago pot of artists.

Casually strolling onto the mic acknowledging some time passing, with the confidence of a living legend, and the knowledge that he is about to rock the mic, as if he had to remind the Chi who is king! BASURA features Kyd Wahlee spittin over a steady, simple and dark beat, that emphasizes the boths artists lyrics and energy. Though the LP was teased with earlier releases, BASURA sets the tone for the tracks to follow. ENTER THE 64TH WONDER sets the bar lyrically, his flow so smooth through a cool, calm and collected attitude, but sharp with his words. HIEROPHANT thus far carries an aloofness, almost comical atmosphere, with background chatter on the beat as if in the middle of a broadcasted variety show into SPOON BENDER.

The remainder of HIEROPHANT takes it back down to earth with EASY BAKE and onward, the music video for the track takes on a raw urban vibe, while Säge humbly brags about his lyrical skill compared to the childish easy bake talent of others. TALKING SHOES takes it deep into Säge’s thoughts and actions, it seems Säge can turn any thought into poetry, and every thought seems to bear significance. However he raps, “I’m not here to preach I’m just speaking with my hood…” All together this LP takes you back to classic hip hop vibe, production focused on the beat, emphasizing the lyrics that are raw and laced with natural wisdom. So much wisdom an instrumental track in ALLIUM had to be introduced to give your mind a breather. A sick followup to THE GODS HERE ARE STUPID LP, you are going to catch yourself putting HIEROPHANT on repeat!

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Accident Prone with The Homie Q

Coming off his earlier release of COFFEE & CIGARETTES II, The Homie Q is back with even more feel good tracks for your adult soul. ACCIDENT PRONE is a 5 track EP that dropped May the 4th, The Homie Q includes a direct homage to Star Wars with the cover art.

The intro track is a slightly megaphonic-filtered, autotune sing flow for the hook. He sing raps it really fast going into a bridge before his first verse where the Homie Q raps in a more conversational tone. “Blowing up my line for nothing, she say that she miss me, cruising with my Cali bitch, rolling up the Nipsey.” That line stood out for its Nipsey Hussle reference, calling some of the best Cali weed, Nipsey. This intro track has a lot of vocal switch ups which keep the song fun and different, nothing on this first record is expected, completely surprising.

BOY MEETS WORLD is one those fun bravado, lady killing songs. The song sounds like it samples Dance Dance Revolution. The Homie Q goes through reference after reference about his relationships with various women. A bright track filled with unique vocal runs of The Homie Q crooning! Track 3 is titled I SLEPT WITH THQ AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS T-SHIRT, which is a hilarious name that stands out. “Fuck me with the lights on, shootings stars shoot right on. Nothing lasts forever, baby come on, this is your song. Fuck with me the lights on, she can go all night long. I want this forever, baby come and get your shine on!” An extremely catchy chorus that will have you assuredly singing back and feeling yourself.

99PLUS1 is the fourth record on the project and contains The Homie Q’s only feature for the EP, Kasual OWNLY. This is another crooned banger, Kasual OWNLY comes in with a similar complimentary style and tone to The Homie Q. They take auto tune crooning to a whole new level on this track, very fun song! “I keep it 100 with you,” This project is chock fill of vibes for the ladies, full of vulnerability and masculine braggadocio. This is music you can bump at a party but also listen intently to.

Never let ya go, never let ya go, no. Till I say so, till I say so, never let me go, never let me go, no. This means more than I know.” A heartfelt and emotion filled hook sung by The Homie Q for the last track on the project titled THERE WAS MORE THAN ENOUGH ROOM FOR JACK. The project is perfect for summer rides and evenings, lots of slightly melancholic yet more sensitive vibes from The Homie Q, and poetry geared towards one’s love life that seems to always be tumultuous. A short and sweet listen but is easily put on repeat, especially if you rock with the auto-tune crooning style of hip hop, uplifting melodies, and catchy choruses. Do not forget to stream “Accident Prone” available everywhere and don’t miss out on his previous project which we also covered titled “Coffee and Cigarettes II”.

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SevenSevenThree Release The Breakup Song

The smash single from Chicago’s favorite duo starts in with Khalid Reed rapping two verses with Kevin Wiley on the infectious and super catchy hook. Svn Svn Thr33 perform in an all white background similar to the popular YouTube series, Colors. With the duo at two standing microphones, they give a sensational performance for their lady killing hit, THE BREAKUP SONG.

I know I’m the person you said you never needed, but how come when I left you alone I had you heated.” Khalid Reed starts in with the first verse, inferring how attached his lady was to him. “I be feeling like this ain’t been work, and I don’t know how to tell you that!” Kevin Wiley comes in with the smooth and rhythmic vocals on the hook, “You been wondering when I’m in my phone, got you asking me where my head’s been at!” Khalid Reed raps a second verse, with Kevin Wiley on a two part bridge to connect the progression to the final chorus. “Came to you at my lowest, but your actions they were lower than that, girl I promise I ain’t ever look back!

Khalid Reed ends his second verse with these gut punching bars, and Kevin Wiley glides in with “I’m sorry it had to be this way, I’m sorry that I can not stay, I’m sorry that it came to this, I’m sorry but this how I feel! I don’t wanna waste your time, but I can’t keep living a lie!” The lyrics are quite relatable in this modern era of dating, with all the social media apps and technology. Svn Svn Thr33 promise it is nothing personal and it is sometimes just how relationships need to go; no hard feelings, just brutal honesty. That theme shines through exceptionally well on their hit record THE BREAKUP SONG.

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Da Chi Guy In Splash DR: Artist of the Week

The doctor is in with another heavy dose of music. Footwork and juke artist emcee and producter, Splash DR comes through with an EP to follow up on his debut LP, THE KID LABOR. One big leap after another, the DR follows through with a whole 5 track footwork and juke instrumental. Bringing you DA CHI GUY, a cheeky spinoff to Super Marios Shy Guys antagonists, to reference the city of Chicago. Even more so is Splash DR’s move up to Zona Music for this release, these bigs steps are anything but shy, my guy! Talking with Splash DR for his debut LP release, he noted an inspiration into footwork culture to be in part to artists like Traxman. With the move to Zona Music, the DR now shares recognition under the same label.

Keeping similar qualities from his LP, Splash DR sticks to his jazz and soul inspired juke style on tracks like FASHO. A whole different energy from the introductory track, ironically named LAST PLACE, a personal favorite with its dark bassline and hip hop style. Giving off a fast paced urban, concrete jungle energy, mixed with some synth pop, juke style is ANOTHER DAY, which is coupled with a visualizer music video. CHILD holds title for most creative track with its vocal samples and cross genre inspired beat. The Splash DR Finishes off DA CHI GUY on a high note with HOLE, another jazzy, hip hop influenced footwork track. The whole EP keeps your mind and legs occupied at every hi hat, beat, snare and bassline, laced in classic and hip hop sounds. Check the full CHI GUY release on Zona Music Bandcamp and the visualizer below!

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Media Leeks with Jerell Anthoni: Artist of the Week

With a strong belief in manifestation, one can work hard through determination to make their dreams come true! Everyone needs a helping hand or guidance once in a while however, whether they are new or experienced. This is especially true when it comes to artistic creativity, an avenue Media Leeks shines bright in. Media Leeks is a growing media organization that aims to help startup artists and brands gain recognition and branch out their creativity. Through interviews and promotion, artist management & networking, creatives have the tools within their reach for optimal growth.

Jerell (Left) interviewing A.M. Early Morning

Media Leeks was founded by artist turned manager and A&R Rep Jerell Anthoni, to connect with upcoming brands, artists and and influential personalities. Growing up on the East Side of Chicago in Chatham neighborhood, Jerell was introduced to, influenced by and collaborated with many creatives that pushed him toward the direction he is in. Being an artist himself, many looked to him for advice, connections or some simple help in their ideas and projects, and that resonated with him. After a radio opportunity, Jerell finds a highschool friend, Raw, founder of Ruler Images, a visuals and photography brand, and started to create a vision to work and grow with the most talented independent creatives the world has to offer, and Media Leeks was born. Since its conception, its created a path for Jerell to connect to different cities and locations and iconic artists like Chanelle Tru, Prince DreDoodie Lo, Kidd Kenn and more from Chicago, and from New York, Tek & Fla$h and countless others.

Coming up through grassroots efforts, Platforms like Media Leeks is especially important for creatives looking to build an organic following. Coming up as an artist, Jerell is in the perfect position, with his knowledge and platform, to help with artists grow, creatively and expand; whether it is marketing, or improving upon a sound or idea, or connecting one with the right opportunities, ideas or networks. Through video interviews, artists have a chance to let their voices be heard and ideas come to light, as Jerell uses his platform to gather followers and fans. This not only opens doors for new artists for legitimate followers and experienced associates, but it opens up a community of artists that work with each other rather than compete with each other, whether you are a music artist, a writer, photographer, model, etc; and that is a growing ideal that Chicago is yearning for.

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Fazer Points Out The Phonies: Monday Majesty

Takes intuition to spot a fake, but it takes a real one to POINT EM OUT! You can find them anywhere, even in your own circles! Keepin’ it real, Fazer comes through to clean house and alert us to the snakes. In his latest release POINT EM OUT, he lets it be known, “No strangers aloud in my domain, me and you, eye to eye thats always… There’s a op in the room so you better point em out, there’s a snake in the crowd, so you better point em out, what you about?” Posing the rhetorical question, what you about?, testing your own character to stand up alongside him. POINT EM OUT is doubled with a music video, recorded at Ever Evolved Studios by Yo_PierreFilms, following his last release CATER 2 U.

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Larcin The Hated: Artist of the Week

If you are not hated in some way, you probably never stood for something in life! The consistency Larcin has with his music can possibly create some envy to those around him. Coming out of a busy year in 2020, with multiple singles and a 15 track LP. that featured Wilhelm Duke, Lil Moe and Inca, Larcin has not shown a sign of stopping either! Recently he released HATED, following up on his singles ANALYST and ESCAPE from this year. The track itself is slow paced, but full of energy as larcin shows off his bravado in bars. “I got the vision, know its defining, no do not lie to me, tell me the truth. I been abusing, I pick and choose, the fight I don’t lose...” Sounds like he is only getting started with that energy and we are here for it!

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It’s 8am Somewhere, So Young Vet Is Making Moves : Monday Majesty

The early bird gets the worm, a motto and golden rule for the hustlers, shot callers, money makers and game changers. Artists like Young Vet understand and execute this rule gracefully through habit, creating opportunities and setting up wealth and connections as illustrated in his latest release! Out last year, 8AM SOMEWHERE is revisited to emphasize that grind, with a music video laying out a typical day and strategy for Young Vet. From freshening up at 8am, being interviewed by noon, working in the studio by evening and performing at shows by late night followed by after party, it is quite the life to manifest, and only through consistency, hard work and connecting with like minded people. His lyric would add value to his constituents as well, rapping in the chorus, “It’s gonna be a late one, great one, every night with my day ones, A-1. Ever night a celebration…” 8AM SOMEWHERE also comes with the announcement of Young Vets sophomore album #BETVET2: THE DECISION, so stay tuned for more leading up to the release!

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Wilhelm Duke Channels The Calm: Monday Majesty

Wilhelm Duke is hitting strides with his creative outlet as of late. Hot off his RESISTANCE EP release with RhymSter, the Duke is back again with a music video release to promote his next album ELIXER, a followup to his debut THE ROBBER BARON. THE CALM goes by its title in its entirety, from its jazzy hip hop beat, courtesy of Brad Kemp, to Wilhelm Dukes intense lyrical flow while maintaining a stoic composure. Visual production goes to Swirl Productions, settings the Duke on Chicago’s Lasalle St in the middle of traffic, with the Board of Trade building towering over the street. A very urban energy, balanced with the settling, music and Dukes flow, paints a rather calm scene of such a busy city.

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Indoorsmen Debut EP Cleaning House Pt 1 Unloads The Mind!

Indoorsmen coming at you heavy with not only sound, but a collection of tunes! Fresh off the release of their debut EP CLEANING HOUSE, Pt. 1, the Chicago indie rock band comes packing with 6 amazing songs. The crew promoted the project with the release of their hit singles PANIC ATTACK and BE LIKE THIS prior to the full release, laying out the general theme for the EP. Lyrically the band glosses over themes of introspection, struggle and perseverance, as well as feeling suspect towards societal constructs, and the title CLEANING HOUSE hints to sorting out the mind. Sonically hitting on punk rock and grunge sounds you can associate with bands like the Offspring, contributing to the growing diversity among Chicago artists and their sound.

Starting out heavy and full of energy off the bat with their single PANIC ATTACK, they have a catchy riff and chant to join with on the chorus. Concise lyrics connects to their perspective on anxiety, “Alarm clock pulls me out of bed, another day trying to get ahead, but I only fall further behind, another day of losing my mind. Been grinding my teeth to dust…” You can almost feel it creeping up on you in the details! Their next track GET THROUGH gets deeper, as a tribute song to a loss of a friend, and how it is to go through the motions of such tragedy.

Leading into the next single BE LIKE THIS, the energy is lightened up a bit, bringing the internal thoughts outwards, yelling out in their chorus “I don’t wanna be like this, be like this, be like this!” Sometimes all you need is a burst of hysterical realizations to inspire winds of change! CLEANING HOUSE, Pt 1 continues on these ideas in different forms, with the 2nd half of the EP diving intricately deeper into sounds that make up Indoorsmen talent and style. A powerful and thoughtful project, connecting you with the bands artists and even yourself, through conscious lyrics or even the intense sounds of their genre.

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