RhymSter and Edmur Quinn Capture a Nocturnal Vibe on “Pure Noon”

Ever Evolved MC RhymSter is back again and with a vengeance with his first release of 2019 entitled Pure Noon. This 5-track offering — which includes a bonus track at the end — sees RhymSter and producer Edmur Quinn finding their pocket by utilizing a lo-fi, nocturnal sound.

The EP kicks off with a banger Maintainin where RhymSter takes his listeners to school by flexing his lyrical muscle over a bright and soulful instrumental. However the pace of the EP immediately slows down after with I Will which manifests itself as the perfect soundtrack for a night-time drive soaked in self-reflection. The closing 2 tracks N.Y.S.M. and Wait For It follow in a similar vein before things pick back up again on the bonus track Watch Out.

Lyrically RhymSter is poignant as usual. On the more hard hitting cuts his wordplay is witty and his delivery is sharp. On the slower, more subdued tracks he is more introspective and personal. He shows himself to be a truly multi-faceted artist over the course of these five tracks. On the production side of things Edmur Quinn presents a diverse palette here while simultaneously maintaining the concise cohesiveness of the project. Tracks such as Maintainin’ and Watch Out are hard hitting boom-bap cuts while I Will and Wait For It are much more moody and lo-fi.

The features on here deliver as well. FAFA, who is featured on Wait For It, croons with sincerity over a gorgeous jazzy guitar. JaiTheArtist shows up on the back end of I Will and her vocals sound angelic floating in the background. RhymSter and Edmur Quinn kept it simple on this project. However in between RhymSter’s witty lyricism and Edmur Quinn’s diverse array of instrumentals, their formula proved to be quite effective.

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Mother Nature Keeps It Simple (Music Video)

If you have not heard of the refreshing girl power duo that is Mother Nature go look them up on YouTube right now. Charisma, lyricism, fun, artistic chemistry – these two have all of that. The Chicago native powerhouse duo comprised of emcees Klevah Knox and T.R.U.T.H. dropped the visual to their single Simple, which is from their upcoming 2019 EP titled Pressure. If the rest of their record is anything sonically like this first single Simple, then I think these two talents will really propel themselves forward in 2019!

The visual done by New Trash has the two ladies in black and white checkerboard pants and multi colored tops. They start off performing in front of a changing green screen with kids as their gaffers, directors, cinematographers, and lighting crew! The hook to this song is super catchy: “I do not do what you’re doing, bitch you’re simple!… I am me and you are you, bitch you’re simple!” Then the visual progresses from there with a verse and a bridge from Klevah Knox and a verse from T.R.U.T.H keeping the high energy, fun, and intensity through out. I am excited to hear and see the rest of Pressure from Mother Nature in 2019. They represent something truly positive for hip hop and their image and sound as artists is what I want to be around to write about.

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Love Kaskade Like You Used To

This Chicago native has been around for quite some time, acquiring living legend status, being among one of the most recognized names in dance music culture. Still as time passes with new music and new favorites from many artists coming and going it may be easy to forget our roots. Well Kaskade is back again in his zone to remind you where you came from with two recent original releases that hit closer to his classic house music sound, following Cold As Stone and his Odesza remix of Falls that hold a style more in tune with the contemporary future house and bass sound. On Your Mind and Love Me Like You Used To bring us back those ambient vibes we all love to dance too. Experimenting with many different sounds over the years that no doubt have influence on each new track, Kaskade always returns to what we love him best for and he has not lost touch one bit, he just continues to evolve and we come back to love him like we used to.

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Open Up To The World With New Win & Woo

If you were Satisfied with Win & Woo thus far their latest releases will have you obsessed and dancing. Their sound continues to grow and evolve and they let their fans know that they have plenty of new tracks well and ready. The duo Foreshadows them to be amongst their favorite releases yet to be heard! With an already productive new year, hitting venues across Texas, California, Colorado, selling out Chicago twice, some of you may have already had the pleasure of hearing some unreleased music.

Starting out with Tea Time, this track is a fun and energetic beat released as a thank you for the fan support throughout 2018. A bouncy electro house track to keep a dancefloor goin strong. Afterwards they release Right In Front Of Me, an emotionally captivating song, filled piano chords, soothing melody and comforting vocals. Collaborating with Kaleena Zanders to provide lyrics denoting that whatever you are looking at for is right in front of you once you embrace a world full of chaos. Still hot off her collab piece Before I Go, Kaleena is the perfect voice for this future house beat by Win and Woo. This tune will have you singing out loud and playing on repeat.

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Always A Birthdayy Partyy

This Birthdayy Partyy was one of a surprise! Popping into the Chicago electronic music scene seemingly out of no where, the duo always seem to be where the party is at. They do however have a good history in the local music industry for those that know. You would have luck catching them on the big stage at events like Spring Awakening, headlining popular Chicago venues or opening for big acts like Malaa with a heavy bass house sound growling between every beat. Needless to say they got a good support network and even better ear for music that controls a crowd.

With the music the two would be releasing to their fans it is no wonder they get the recognition they do. Reviving classics like Let Me Love You by Mario, Paramore‘s Misery Business, Gwen Stefani‘s Hollaback Girl and most recently, Jeremih‘s Birthday Sex on a remix collaboration with Goodsex because, well, how can they not? To add to their huge remix discography Birthdayy Partyy’s originals even top those releases if you can believe that. Their latest, Love Overdose, with Dusty Bits is a must have in your playlist with heavy bass synth chops, vocals and a smooth break down balancing the wild energy and alluring vibes. These guys bring a Partyy you do not want to miss so get to it, they are only getting started!

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Ayoo Is So Right Within Remixing Lauryn Hill

You know you better watch out! Ayoo is only about That Thing, That Thing making you dance hard and sing out loud. The Chicago brothers are back with a remix of yet another iconic artists song. For those of you that appreciate a good cross genre mashup this fusion of Hip Hop, Soul & Bass will have you jumping in excitement. If you do not live under a rock you would know Lauryn Hill‘s Doo Wop is one of the most recognizable tunes in Hip Hop & R&B. Ayoo, just like their remix of Future and the Weeknds Low Life, take the iconic song, strip it down, move the words around and add their signature low end bass house sound and turn a soulful tune into a dance floor sensation. Check this beat out and move that ass like you think it is a trend.

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RhymSter Picks It Up! (Music Video)

Coming back around following his last visual Maintainin’, RhymSter is doing just that with more releases and music videos. Working again with Lonnie Edwards, getting more and more creative with his animations matching RhymSters lyricism. A provocative introduction to start off as the lyrics slowly pick up to a beat drop, the whole project from the beat, lyrics and visuals keeps you fixed the whole way through. Henrik3000 from Germany always follows through with raw production that compliments RhymSters style.

Keeping it going he brings it back to the real world and inside the studio. This time working with videographer and hip hop emcee Mike Booth on the camera catchin’ RhymSter in his natural environment. Under the dim colorful lighting, in the booth and at center console he spits his freestyle; somethin he is well known for on the mic in the underground Chicago hip hop scene. As he shows off his skill and studio aesthetic at Ever Evolved, take this as an invite to work with and at the headquarters with this young emcee and the crew. Expect more projects like these to drop soon!

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Bombay Boyz Turn Up the Lyrical Heat on Pop Off

Witty lyricism, an atmospheric trap beat and a catchy hook. This is the recipe that Chicago Hip-Hop duo Bombay Boyz went for when they teamed up for their brand new single Pop Off which is the first single from their upcoming Jedi East project slated to drop this summer. The beat, which is produced by CT, has an airy and atmospheric vibe. Minimalistic and stripped back, CT does a brilliant job of setting the stage for the MC’s to drop lyrical bombs.

Harrison Maxwell handles the hook on this track and much like the instrumental, it is effective in its simplicity. Catchy and to-the-point, it helps make Pop Off a straight banger; meaning it is the perfect turn-up song to blow the house down at shows. While the beat and hook are effective in their simplicity, the verses are where everything gets turned up a notch. Maxwell and his counterpart Eric Wilhelm leave everything on the table. WRDS even drops by for a feature showing he is every bit as capable on the mic.

In spite of the modern trap feel of the instrumental the way these three MC’s try to one-up each other gives this song a bit of an old school feel. The lyrics here are braggadocios yet all parties involved have the lyrical mastery to back up their boasts. In its essence, this song gets back to what Hip-Hop is at its core; rappers simply throwing on a beat and putting their artistic lives on the line in the fight for lyrical supremacy. Pop Off shows that Bombay Boyz already possess a skill that most artists do not have; their able to craft a song that can rock the party while simultaneously winning over the respect of old heads and traditionalists with complex lyricism and double-time flows.

This duality has always been rare in Hip-Hop, however, Bombay Boyz make it look easy on this track. Not that this should surprise anybody but if Pop Off is any indication, expectations will definitely be high for their upcoming Jedi East project. This should not be a problem for Bombay Boyz due to how effortless they make it look on this new single.

“Pop Off” is now available on Soundcloud, and will be available on all platforms in the coming days.

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BeatrixKiddo Whips Out A Stogie (Music Video)

Applying the name after Kill Bills’ main yellow leather jacketed protagonist, from Chicago Beatrix Kiddo is in the streets just killin’ beats with her latest visual release for her single Stogie, produced by BKR & Josh Petruccio. With lyrics like “Got big grams coming, gotta kick it with the hustle, I’m a big ass bitch I don’t need the fuckin muscle“, you already know she got a tongue as sharp as a swords blade! CVO Films behind the camera as Kiddo sits like a boss with some hitters at her side, always sportin some unique and obscure lens glaring back at you. Nothing off put or out of place this is her natural environment, “Lighting a stogie blunt… middle fingers up not giving a single F*ck”.

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Talkin So Deep With Mohawk Johnson

Connecting with Mohawk Johnson we got to talking about his music and his mission for a brief period of time. Getting into some history and details into his music intent and thought process. Painting a picture of human being going through his woes within his skin and his culture. Alleviating the pressure by fighting for noble causes and ideas through his music and empathetically connecting with listeners in mutual situations.

Within a short period of time from his starting point Mohawk gathered a collection of songs aimed to disseminate social and political constructs and to place awareness on ones mental state. Armed with an EP and music videos he does it again with the release of So Deep. With his words he mocks the typical hotep, breaking down and patronizing their behavior. Over a jazzy and vibrant hip hop beat produced by Shhh, Mohawk’s turns his heckling into a catchy, raw song calling out contradictory artists in his culture.

In our interview Mohawk Johnson breaks it down in a bit more detail with what he means with this song. We also go over his start in music and what motivated him into the industry and how that quickly grew into something different. You will get the idea that he is more ordinary than most artists claim to be, and he speaks it how it is. Connecting effortlessly with and giving voice to the unconnected and the voiceless. Whether it be through his music or social media Johnson fights for his mind and fights for better social conditions with his level and style of awareness.

When did you start rapping/handling the mic?

February 2018

Do you write and/or freestyle?

I write. I can’t freestyle for shit.

What got you to start releasing music?

I wanted my ex girlfriend to notice me and take me back. It didn’t work.

But you have new songs coming in. Did you figure forget it keep goin, did the music grow on you? What were you thinking then?

After I dropped the first EP some people I knew came out and talked to me about being suicidal and that my music inspired them to get help. So I kept making music. There have been people who didn’t care what I had to say but when I say it in songs they hear me. I have a lot to say and music seems to be the only thing that allows people to hear me.

Your profile on bandcamp says you are black and traumatized and you want to put that on display to help other similar people. Would you say your new inspiration is mental health advocacy through your music?

That and other things

Other things like?

Ending racism, tackling poverty, fighting homophobia, etc…

Your newest release so deep takes on a different persona than your other earlier darker tracks.Any particular inspiration or what are u goin for?

I am critiquing hoteps who pretend to be problack but then engage in respectability politics.

Hoteps are?

Black men who pretend to be pro black but engage in respectability politics, homophobia, sexism, able-ism, etc… They don’t want freedom from white supremacy. They want the power to oppress black women.

Do you see alot of this in todays hip hop scene?

Yeah, it’s everywhere. Anytime someone critiques racism and then turns around and calls women hoes for having the same sex we been having

How would you say your music is helping combat this?

I attack it directly through satire. I embody the style like I did in so deep but then I rip their ideology apart.

Can we expect a more socially and politically motivated project similar to how your relapse EP is about the mind?

Absolutely.

Alot of your work is produced by Shhh. How’d you two meet?

My roommate is friends with him. They came to my first show. Shhh volunteered to work with me after that.

Can we be expecting more funk and jazz influenced beats like So Deep as well?

Maybe a few, I don’t know how I feel about it. I don’t do the genre justice.

I have to disagree! I really liked the new track and I think you flowed good in that genre with your style.

If you say so.

Tellin’ it how it is man appreciate you sharing the new music.

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