Like the man said himself, if he’s not making animations of Raekwon, or even working on creative art in general he is making music with him. As part of a remix EP, Probcause met up with Gramatik, Raekwon & Orlando Napier to add a verse to the lowtemp beat Native Son. Over the guitar solo and piano chords progressions Raekwon makes his presence known as Orlando keeps song connected. Prob deals his words without breaking the song flow. The quality of the track is sustained with the live music aspect.
Lowtemp artists are all gifted with the talent and motivation to play live instruments or midi controllers. Prob is no stranger to live audio as well which can possibly be one of the reasons he is welcomed in the label. Any Probcause show you attend you will see multiple collabs and live work on stage. Cofresi usually is behind the drum set and you can expect to see artists like Donnie Trumpet, Hologram Kizzie, KSRA and other Chicago Artists depending on his set. This next month in February you can catch Prob touring with Lettuce, another live act that produced a song with Chicago’s own Manic Focus, in the West Coast with more tour dates soon to be announced!
With the title of Chance the Rapper‘s little brother, Taylor Bennett may have some shoes to fill in the eyes of the public but he most certainly makes the cut and then some. Premiering on Rolling Stones his debut album makes some noise following his successful mixtape Mainstream Music, Taylor establishes himself as an independent artist with Broad Shoulders. With the help of LudLow on production they created an album ranging in sounds and genres. Another key in making this album successful is the collaborating on a few songs with artists from Chicago like Donnie Trumpet, Joey Purp, King Louie and of course his brother Chance as well as other artists outside our area code. Plenty of potential in this 19 year old artist and plenty more music to come, this is only the beginning. Keep an ear out for Taylor Bennett.
Two Chi-town local producers & long time friends 5heriff & CEO Beatz get back together to produce another instrumental beat. They worked together not too long ago on a different track they named D I S N E Y. The two artists area always working on new projects whether it be collaborating with artists or producing and selling beats. CEO recently worked with on track with Ever Evolved artist Machobeatz that has been featured on Macho’s album DOVGH NVTSThis time Lighthouse is in the spotlight taking on a more chilled vibe over a hip hop beat and guitar and string melody.
Donnie Trumpet gets real soulful in his most recent remixes with a few Chicago artists. Being a musician from Chicago himself he networks and works with quite a few popular faces in the music industry here like Towkio, Chance the Rapper, Probcause and even more talent outside local city limits.
From the Social Experiment Nate Fox joins in a remix of Lianne La Havas‘s Green & Gold, turning the playful pop hit into a soulful R&B beat as Donnie echoes in the back with his trumpet. This production is real easy on the ears and soul you cannot help but wiggle around a bit. On another track Donnie collaborates with Shay Lewis and Brandon Fox on Taylor Bennett‘s original track Dancing In the Rain on his debut album premiering on Rolling Stones. Alot of talent packed into one soulful tune. Would be a pleasure to experience live.
From the city of Chi, Manic Focus pumps out yet another original tune. But not before hitting up Break Science to collab and give their fans another treat as Manic Science. Sandy Speaks is a chill vibe track that will encourage and motivate you from the start with a message of self empowerment. Wavy synths, catchy beat patterns and heavy bass and chopped vocals delicately carry throught the rest of the track.
Manic Focus consistently releases some of the most funky electronic beats coming out of Chicago. Proving he got some real funky swag with Lettuce from New York on their collab track dubbed Funky Style. His most recent release Sowing My Zone, Manic has some adds some hip hop style influence accompanied with melodic synths and vocals repeatin I’m so in my zone. You can guess Manic was just that in the making of this track. In that state of mind like that the man is unstoppable. Play this on a good day to get your mind right, its a free download.
Monte Booker, coming out of Chicago, celebrated recently over a million overall plays on Soundcloud with over 18K followers. Thanking his fans and supporters with New Chapter. A track with a beautiful synth and woodwind intro building into glitchy sound effects and beat patterns. A smooth track to vibe to, with a title that keeps you looking forward.
Monte is making a lot of noise with his style of future bass and hip hop production. Collaborating with popular artists from Chicago, gaining some notable attention. Most recently got a feature on Pitchfork, a highly reputable music medium, with a collaborative project with Ravyn Lenae called Baby. The track itself was part of a larger project on Soulection; the 16th installment of White Label, an EP influenced by jazz and flying lotus. The project includes 2 more original tracks and another collaborative effort with Smino. Monte Booker also had the opportunity to produce Smino’s five track EP BLK Juptr.
All that done within the last couple months only. Monte releases another collab project in that time span. Being busy recording with another Chi-town artist Jay2AintShit. Contrary to his name Jay has some energetic vocals that empower Monte’s intricate beat work. The two flow well together in their finished project Gina. By himself Monte is a force, keep an ear open for his music this year.
Chicago artist Ashley “ACstyle” Coleman is no rookie when it comes to the music industry. Not only does she write, she’s a rapper and singer. Her music genres consist of Rap, Hip-Hop, Pop, Techno, Rock and many more. When she’s not doing homework, preparing for a show, working on her own business (web designer/ event planner/ party host) or recording, from Evanston to the city of Chicago, catch her in the streets painting the town red (Turn up).
AC has opened many shows on the same stage as Lil Wayne, performed with Trey Songz, met Nicki Minaj, Twista, Elle Varner, Rae Sremmurd and many more famous musicians. She also released a single with another Chicago artist Shawanna called “Ridin” which reached highly in the charts.
In the first week of this New year, AC is rolling with opportunities already. She released her video “Keep it on the Low” on New Years Day, which has already over 1,000 views.
“My single is really about a love story of how two people meet in a party or at the club, they eventually fall in love, but want to keep their relationship on the low to keep people out of their business to prevent problems”.
The XXL Magazine edition she is featured in will be released in February, She will be on a college tour this spring with Christina Milian and Chanel West Coast, getting ready to drop a song with Drake “Situationship”and graduating from college this year.
Follow ACstyle on her social media pages and let it go down in the DM for inquiries for collaborations while you still can!
A Lyricists main focus is to illustrate a message in their lyrics. Rap lyrics is a form of street poetry that focus on many different things, depending on who is speaking about the harsh realities of the streets. The good times in life or personal situations. Chicago rapper Tee Swain is in his prime, but he will also prove his point between these crossroads in his music.
One question I always like to ask artist is, Where are they from? I want to know where do they consider home is. Tee Swain was born on June 28, 1991 and raised on the West side of Chicago. “Out west is home so you know I’ve been out here my whole life”.
The meaning of motivation is the reason one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. It is a desire and energy that pushes people to move forward while succeeding. “The reason behind Motivation Music, it was just a time of my life where things got hectic and it just kept building and building, sitting heavy on my mind and my heart was just like you have to let some of this out”.
I asked Tee Swain what was his motivation in life and he stated, “My biggest motivation in life is my son, he keeps me going, he keeps me focused, while trying to keep myself up to make a better life for him”. Swain is so in tune with himself and believes that his music will go far into the masses because of his ambition for his son. Tee wants to bless his son with a lifestyle that he never had growing up. He would like to share experiences together with his son and steer him in the right direction in life, and raise him in better environment.
Tee Swain is influenced by himself (not to be cocky) and also music artist J. Cole. “It’s like listening to yourself , then listening to yourself… I listen to myself then apply it to the world it’s just like I don’t know myself but I’m picking up who Tee Swain really is and he’s really spitting some true stuff about life”. He respects that Cole touches on subjects that relate to himself in life. It inspires Swain to want to do the same thing as being a rapper who is a deep thinker.
What’s up Next for Tee Swain
Tee is currently organizing his moves for 2016. This past summer has been successful for him as he performed at events, networked and let people know in these streets who Tee Swain really is. Swain Session III will be released some time next year. Tee is taking time and effort by locking himself in studio, writing and coming up with new ideas for his career. Tee really appreciates his fans that he has gained thus far so stay tuned. Tee said we all will be more shocked and surprised at whats coming, I can’t wait to hear it!
In spirit of the holiday season, a few artists at Ever Evolved decided to release singles to their fans, keeping them on edge with their albums/mixtapes/projects coming out in the near future.
To start with Triangle Offense members Rhymster and AR, they released a short teaser called New Year. The full Triangle album is planning to be released in mid 2016.
Triangle Offense member Rhymster, also released a single featuring Jimmy Capeesh. Jimmy Capeesh is also planning to start a project through Ever Evolved, being released some time in 2016.
Finally, we have A.B.S, with his mixtape Road to Fame being released this Thursday. He posted a single called Everybody Else on his SoundCloud to give fans a little taste of what is to come for the album this week.
Want to hear more from Ever Evolved?
Come out to Midnight Marauders tomorrow at 10pm. Combining with an open mic and jam Session, it will also feature artists A.B.S, AR and Machobeatz for their album/mixtape release party. (AR releases tomorrow and Macho releases in early 2016) Come out for a night of music and good vibes!
“I do Everything, I edit my own pics, Make my own beats, Mix and master my own songs, I’m my own manager”. – Rio Scoob
Independent artist are musicians that have total control over everything they want to display, we all know that nothing great was built in a day. When you listen to an artist’s music what is it that draws a person in? The Engagement, The Experience, The Lyrics, The Movement. Meet Rio Scoob.
Scoob was born June 28, 1992 and raised on the southside of Chicago. In his early Teens he moved in with his sister “second mom” and lived the suburban life in Plano,IL. He went to Yorkville High School, lived in Oak Park, graduated from Oak Park River Forest High School, chilled on the West Side, downtown, he’s been everywhere, Chicago is his city.
“My life was crazy, so I’m quite sure everybody else’s life is crazy, we all go through things”
Something we all can relate to with Scoob is that he has had a life that is crazy and sweet at the same time. In the midst of it all he was an average kid who really liked to play games. While having a conversation with him I believe I’ve heard him mention Pokemon, so he may be devotee.
“I didn’t really listen to music like that when I was growing up as a kid, growing up and shit I was into games and just being a weird child (laughs)”.
Around the age of 11 years old, Scoob was introduced to hip hop after he was questioned one day by a guy, if he ever heard of 50 cent? Scoob mistakenly thought the guy was asking for money but he was talking about the rapper. From that day forward Scoob got curious, he started listening to the radio more, researching artist, while starting to rap and make beats of his own at the same time. He is grown man now, doing major things as his career progresses. Have a look-see at his Elevator freestyle above which dropped a couple a weeks ago. It has 3,000 views.
Having relationship issues? Rio Scoob just released a song last week “Ain’t Love” which also has 3,000 plays. His motivation behind the song was from his real life feelings and bad vibes that he and his present girlfriend go through, just as all of us do when in a relationship. “This is about people feeling single in a relationship in a way, it’s always someone getting their heart broke, everybody has a breakup story”.
What’s up Next for Rio Scoob
2016 is approaching fast, Rio Scoob is just getting started. He’s been performing many places such as the Music Garage and SubT. He is currently gearing up for the releases of his LP The Scoobert Brenaman project and The RioGrandDay project. He calls his music (projects) instead of mixtapes. He will be delivering real life stories and events about his own life. When it is released he is open for honest critique, whether it’s good or bad pull him to the side if you meet him or DM him, he wants the feedback. Follow him on social media below and Stay Tuned!