Handsome Naked With The Heat Check

A group with their own unique brand of Hip Hop, Chicago trio Handsome Naked is coming in with a HEAT CHECK, because they have been on fire. As shown at the start of the video accompanying the song, HEAT CHECK is a term in basketball while you play, to determine your consistency. These 3 basketball fans have been running game in their own respect as well, making big moves as artists. Appearing on Billboard, NBC and the Chicago Tribune, as well as performing at known venues in Chicago; Zanies, Lincoln Hall and the Laugh Factory. Choosing those venues because they like to express what they would call Comedic Hip Hop.

You can get a hint of their humour in the video itself as well as their lyricism as they fumble and goof around all while a maintaining a serious demeanor. Yet despite their antics they are actually pretty impressive on the mic. Some of their more savory lyrics by Eric Oren, “no regrets, I’m working up some butt sweat, I need to destress,” and by Chucho Perez, “Better check on your diet, you lookin’ unfit, gotta check on that climate, we don’t ever cool it. Can you check why they quiet, when they see we legit?” With their beats produced by Brad Kemp, they really are already lit, maintaining multiple videos and and songs, their playlist should be fun to dive into, give them a follow.

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Khid Nando Diversifies His Playlist With New Releases

Khid Nando continues to release tracks that builds a different picture with every release. Getting creative with his lyrical content and energy between KHAOTIC MIND and his most recent release OVERSEAS. Where OVERSEAS presents more confidence and manifesting messages, KHAOTIC is more impassioned and genuine with its purpose. Even following up on A DAY AT THE KHARNIVAL, where the energy is turnt up, Khid Nando is keeping it fresh with the different ideas behind every song, and real dope beats back him up.

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Shay Budda Delo: The Chicago Top Boy

Shay Budda Delo aka Deloney is a mysteriously talented Chicago rapper. Staying low key and popping out once in a while to rock a dope song at an open mic. His sound and style is a mesh of influences depending on the song. This record he has with a visual called QUALIFY, shows him doing street activities such as riding BMX’s, shooting hoops, and being posted up, while rapping in London with his homies. Every shot looks straight out of a scene from the popular Netflix street gangster show, Top Boy.

Deloney raps “If you not speaking Gaupanese leave me alone mane, if you’s a broke ***** I don’t even know ya name...” Ending the verse with “I can’t afford to let you play me for these tokens.” Right off the bat, (as he’s holding a bat or piece of wood in later scenes and shots) you feel the dark but very real and visceral energy emanating from Shay Budda Delo. After the visual you are left scratching your head and wondering how he has London connections being a Chicago rapper, definitely impressive. The song kicks, go stream it now!

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Throwback Thursday: Chicago’s Founder, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, Settles in Illinois

Though many have traveled through these lands known today as Chicago, there is one regarded as the first permanent settler. Europeans have been exploring North America’s since the 17th century, and one of the first to be on record to explore the land, rivers and portages go by the name of Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette. Others have since visited or posted up for a time including Renee Lasalle, Henri Tonti and Father Francois Pinet for the Mission of the Guardian Angel. It was Jean Baptiste Point du Sable that held permanent residence here and laid a foundation to expand upon.

There is not much documented history on the early life of Jean Baptiste, however there are many accounts and theories that lead to a general idea believed to be accurate. Baptiste Point Du Sable is known to be born in Haiti, and later studied in France, before returning to Haiti to sell coffee, and then travel up to New Orleans, Louisiana, by the account of Joseph Jeremie; who claims to be his great grandson. Historian Milo Milton Quafe found a French immigrant in Canada with the title Sieur de Sable, with descendants titled Du Sable living around the Great Lakes. Quafe speculates Jean Baptiste father is from this family, while his mother was most likely an enslaved woman.

Land acquisitions would place Baptiste to own land in Peoria in from March 13th, 1773 to 1783, prior to his settlement at the Chicago River, while other records placed him in Michigan. In 1779, British officers arrested Baptiste on suspicion of being an American sympathizer. He then worked for British lieutenant-governor Michilimackinac in a pinery in what is now St. Clair, Michigan. Jean Baptiste was married to a Native Pottawatomie woman, Kitihawa AKA Catherine, and had two children, Jr. and Suzanne. The marriage was recognized by a Catholic priest in Cahokia, Illinois in 1788.

Jean Baptiste Point du Sable was not recognized as the founder of Chicago at first however. Many believed the first settler to be Scots-Irish trader John Kinzie, who bought Du Sables property in 1803. During construction of the Century of Progress Internation Exposition or Chicago’s World Fair, the fair recognized the construction of Fort Dearborn as the historical beginning of Chicago. Several African American groups campaigned for Baptiste to be recognized at the fair, and succeeded. Today we recognize the founder of Chicago in many different ways, with marking is home-site in 1976 as a National Historic Landmark, a memorial at Pioneer court and a renaming Michigan Bridge to Du Sable to name a few.

Jean Baptiste spoke Spanish, French, English, and several Native Dialects. He had established his home and trading post at the mouth of the Chicago River in early 1779 or early 1780’s. It included huts for employees, bake, poultry, dairy and smoke houses, two barns, an orchard and plenty of space. He served Natives, French and British as frontier trader and settler during the American Revolution and thereafter. He sold his farm in 1800 to John Kinzie‘s front man Jean La Lime. He died on August 28, 1818 in St. Charles Missouri, formerly French Louisiana, buried in an unmarked grave in St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery, where Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission erected a granite marker. His entry in the parish burial register does not mention his origins, parents, or relatives; it simply describes him as nègre, French for negro. He was often regarded as a big, handsome, wealthy and well educated!

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StankNasty Loses His Mind On Scatter Brained

StankNasty is back and picking up the energy with his new single to follow up on CARNAGE. Even as a young artist he quickly learned how to put together a talented team to execute his idea. With producer Jonathan McBride, guitarist Avery Lopez backing him up, and Gerald Leibnitz mastering the audio, StankNasty can go in on the mic SCATTER BRAINED. To define that is a mind typically chaotic, and under stress, unhinged. Try to catch up with his lyrics and see if you do not feel the same way!

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StankNasty Engages With Carnage

Hungry to make music, StankNasty will turn to choas to make it happen! As if he became host to the alien-like off spring of Venom from Spider-Man himself, he has improved on CARNAGE, an earlier release. Fitted with a darker, more sinister beat to match his hostile, yet complex lyricism, and an intro to hook you in. This concept hip hop track is entertaining the whole way through, as if you are getting word from an actual cinematic super-villain.

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Artist Of The Week: Safi G Flexes On ‘Em!

Safi G popping out with the new beat and music video to FLEX on ’em in every single way. In the intro draped in chains and red fitted suit, with an attitude like he knows he is made. “What It Do!” Safi gets right in your face off the bat and he tells you off, “I’m the streets doing dirt, with my wolves puttin work.” Not only flexing in chains in a nice crib, with his wolf pack behind him and fellow Goodfellaz family GQ The Fool, Safi G will FLEX on you to get that food! With A309Vision working the camera this video came out as hype as the song did.

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Artist Of The Week: K3NSWAY

At first glance, just as anyone, you may not know what it is to K3nsway aside from the fact that he dresses well. Far from just well dressed he is a talented Hip Hop artist, not just any ordinary either. More of a conceptual artist as his songs take you through the motions. Many of the ideas sit in the titles of his track like TORTURED MAN and HERE COMES THE TRUTH and NIGHTMARE. Recently he released two more tracks follow more of his personal story through music.

As stated, his titles play on the song idea and these two are no different! His most recent X FILES is most definitely not about some ghosts. Equally as scary though, he runs through his thoughts of ex lovers. DEEP MASON may be more metaphorical as a Mason is either a about stone or Freemasonry. Maybe he just goes as hard as both? Either way its a track packed with raw bravado that will get your head boppin.

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Kaskade & Lipless Team Up To Create My Light

Consistenly bouncing back and forth between his old and new style of dance music, Kaskade has the ear to satisfy just about anyone. Following his REDUX 003 DELUXE release, the Chicago native is back with a deep house beat. Teaming up with Lipless, MY LIGHT starts dark in tone with feminine vocals, brandishing “You are my light” into your head, up the the climax. The main body of the track is a gentle but dark bassline humming under melodic synth work, giving off a very sensual and mysterious energy!

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Freddie Old Soul on Soul Work

Her status reads, “As I prepare for the release of this dope ass content, I hope all my friends and fans understand my distance. I’ve been working non stop on making my dreams come true.” Following Freddie Old Soul can inspire, given her unapologetic freedom of self and her spiritual perspectives. Too imperfect to be called a conscious rapper however her ideologies seep into her rhymes driven by street smart bravado. Simply put, she is as real as they come!

Old Soul been on hiatus but don’t you worry because she got everything that you need in this mother f**ker. She comes back strong after leaving everyone with a taste of HONEY with a music video. In her silence she has been putting together her SOUL WORK, while managing her life and motherhood. She is easily a strong figure and influence for women in hip hop and music in general, just by being herself. Old Soul has put together a listening party for her upcoming project SOUL WORK, along with a documentary of her writing and experiences as an artist in Chicago with SurrealChi at 3101 N Sheffield this November 24th at 8pm.

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