Rich Jones is The Should You Lean On

Radiating a vibe through his music that is so disarming The Should You Lean On is a fitting title for Rich Jones latest project. “No coin to toss won’t chance my love to game“, he repeats in his first track and I know I can trust this man and his playlist, he has been around. Dipping back into a hip hop flow with the next couple of tracks, bouncing between Soul, R&B & Hip Hop these 7 tracks Jones really shows his colors off. A refreshing LP following Light Work EP and Dangerous Rainy Days releases.

Always working with prominent names in the local scene he brings on some really talented individuals once again to help with the project. J. Kelr from Rellek Studio did work on recording and Joel Gutman at Fat Tongue Studios, Kenny Keys doing some production as well. On vocals joins Kiara Lanier and the super duper secret Nnamdi Ogbonnayya. All put in good work on the LP and Rich Jones talks more in-depth in an interview with These Days to really putting it in a broader perspective. Adding the cherry on top Jones puts up a release party at the Sleeping Village, but if you want to catch him before 2018 ends check out his calendar or start replaying his music!

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CantBuyDeem – Tony Stark (prod by. Lord Haiti)

It was bound to happen, Deem has too much drip to not relate his stylistic cool to that of Tony Stark; but no iron suit, just straight sauce. Think Robert Downey Jr. right after rehab on the red carpet, triple beam dreaming. Deem always comes with creative and colorfully lush visuals helping to craft his narrative and for this project he collaborated with fellow Drip Gang member Seydina Diop, who’s visual graphics are impeccable. What I love about this video to Tony Stark is how much Deem looks like he is in an archaic style comic book from the original Stan Lee’s Iron Man.

In the adage of age old comics, pursuing a rap career is quite heroic and  everyone loves to be a doubter along the way. Rocking his signature $CantBuyU gear Deem lets you know it is mind over money and spirit over matter. My favorite line of the song, “Tony Stark no armor dog just really hard, couple screws loose how I put this shit together promise it will fall apart.”. Lots of meaning to pull from this line; I think of not needing armor since its only a physical protection and how things fall apart in your mind when breaking certain things down. Think of how humans are heroic without the super powers, ridiculous wealth, or genius science skills.

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Stay Right Here with Saba

Saba Pivot is back with a  single and he brought some friends to contribute to the beat. Lookin’ at all the love around him, Saba puts together a feel good song that blends R&B with positive Hip Hop lyricism. Who better to match lyrical ability than Mick Jenkins with Xaviar Omar to lock in the vibes with a smooth hook.

Stay Right Here is similar in energy to Care For Me, Sabas most recent full length project release that came out earlier in the year. That album would include notable Chicago creatives such as theMind, Kaina and Chance the Rapper. It seems to follow the idea of self care, expression, the ebb n flow of life and Stay Right Here is the appreciation of it all. He sings “Coming up from nothin but drugs and the crime.. Oh yes I came out of alive”. Saba’s momentum and energy continues to stay strong like he has Heaven All Around him!  

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Pieces of Mick Jenkins

Not your typical hip hop emcee by a longshot. Not up all night drinking, flashing cars, money & subjugating women. Not that he is above all that mainstream hype Mick Jenkins just travels in another direction. Having already tasted commercial success with his debut album the Waters followed by Waves Jenkins asks, while talking to Billboard, “When the hype dies down, what is there?”. A question for the deep thinker, what makes you when you are not defined by society or a group or class of people?

““Yah, I be up early… If you bring me to a night session I will fall asleep. I will. I might fuck with you, and we might get something done, but I will fall asleep.”

Mick Jenkins has been focusing on a balance between his health and writing career. In regards to people or himself sacrificing their health for his work, “Those kinds of things plagued me. I was always looking back like, ‘Naw. I won’t accept that.“, he noted to Billboard. Now waking up early at 5am and works on his penmanship and his relationships and being Ghost. A great ideal following or more: the anxious, &or more: the frustrations; he conducted himself into one of our generations more lyrically proficient Hip Hop artists representing Chicago.

Now releasing his 2nd full album with a name reminiscing Gil Scott Heron‘s album Pieces of a Man, Jenkins re-imagined Herons work, imitating his deliverance by “oscillating between rapping rhyming and poetry”, as he noted to QuestTV. And he nails it for the most he has followed this flow and ideology since the anxious using a speech sample in C is for Cash Money. Presenting himself like he knows where he is at and you can tell with Soft Porn. With a lot of talent put into this from Ghostface Killah, Julian Bell, Corinne Bailey Raym, BadBadNotGood and KAYTRANADA and more, this is a low-key masterpiece you cannot overlook.

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Elevatd Treats

What an Elevatd year thus far for the Chicago duo. After rebranding and releasing a Curse there has been more blessings than anything.  From picking up shows in and out of state to playing festivals like Lost Lands, 515 Alive Fest, and Spring Awakening and even going viral getting style points from Bassnectar, the momentum continues to build for this heavy bass duo. Not only has their fan-base, connections and rapport been growing, so has their playlist with new originals and remixes.

Elevatd seems to have an exclusive track on deck for any event whether it is playing with their favorite artists or just special occasions. Playing with Boombox Cartel recently they remixed their ID track that features Flosstradamus, another idol for the duo as well. Alongside RL Grime at a North Coast After Party they got a beat for that. Flashback to a Zeds Dead and Jauz remix ealier in the year you see them now playing with the Canadian dubstep icons at theMID as well for a Dead Beats after party. And if you did not get candy this Halloween you get treated with Trick or Yeet, a dark n heavy tune for your goodie bag.

Whether it be a case of manifestation or just straight up power moves like joining MnifestMGMT, Elevatd keeps raising the bar! You just know they have some unreleased beats hiding away waiting for the perfect moment to be heard. But for now you have to check them out at their events to hear that exclusive. Follow them on their social medias linked below to find out where you can see them next.


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A CODA of Cofresi

Cofresi is back in the headlines and making some noise with a big release! Though he has not been all too quiet either! Following his Daft Punk remix and Led Zeppelin teaser Cofresh popped out a couple more tracks before hyping up an EP! Still coming off the vocal vibes from his Faces EP Jofred was invited onto Caution to make a jazzy future bass original. Unable to hold himself from adding another remix to his collection he follows up with a rework of Sable by Edamame as part of a remix album of BASK.

Bringing it back to the moment, we have five more new tracks to listen to collectively known as CODA. His last EP Faces focused around different styles of vocals in each track. CODA comes back to focus on ethereal synths, energetic drum patterns and dark basslines. But you will hear some vocal samples throughout the EP and a feature by Calid B on the outro track Crown; so some Faces influence remains! Altogether this project is the complete set of Cofresi’s production and experience and experiments up to this point; A concluding section, a coda, to foreshadow a new? Catch him on his release tour dropping these new tunes in random cities and festivals!

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Krewella Stuck In Your Head Like Bad Liars

Some can use it to their advantage, some people give it away, lying is not for everyone. Krewella plays on that idea with a vocal performance in Bad Liar, a smooth synth and bass beat that flows flawlessly between the lyrics. This follows Gold Wings a collaborative production with Shaun Frank, another future bass beat topped with a beautiful vocalization by Krewella. Steady releasing tunes this year we expect to hear some more from this Chicago Krew.

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Riot! In The Streets With Angry Blackmen (Music Video)

Angry Blackmen are back with a music video for their last release over the colder months of Chicago. The local super duo lashing out in public areas and disrespecting private properties. RIOT! is just about proper in the current seemingly endless social climate we are finding ourselves in the United States. These two are making rounds around Chicago venues this summer, an act you have to see live! Stay tuned for more new music from this up and coming artists.

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Ace Da Vinci Can Be The Best, If He OneTwo

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.

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Don’t Want To F*** With Unkle Slump

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.

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