Just cause he can, Ric Wilson releases two tracks randomly. Might mean more new music on the way, might not. This creative soul from the South Side of Chicago just released Negrow Disco EP earlier in the year and he is just following up. Also coming up with a music video for Hangloose from the EP and a collab track with Hurley Mower. Droppin music almost discreetly you just need to keep your eyes and ears open for info like marking down January 4 on your calender.
Every song is different so far as he jumps genres and molds them together, mixing in Hip Hop and Soul, Dance and other elements. You can hear the difference between the two recent releases. What If I Was White, a poem wrote for Sofar Chicago pointing out obvious moral and social injustices in our society compared to We Don’t Know. You can expect his next project to have more hip hop lyrical influence. For now keep posted at the links below for new music and events.
Ill Esha is back with an original she produced for Nest HQ. Following a collab and remix release she redefines her style on Hologram Midnight with synths that would accompany 80’s styled futuristic apocalyptic adventures. The intros buildup prepares you for the journey through dark basslines and beats in the main body of the track before surfacing back to back along the vibrant melody. This Denver based, Chicago influenced Nap Girl producer whom is responsible for a community of music producers on Discord channel continues thinking outside the box with the styles and work that she puts out. You can grab this track for free here.
Lizzo is here to take off where older female musicians have left off in music. Not only is she a rapper she is a singer too. Her genres consist of hip-hop and alternative but she mostly delivers Feel Good music with bare beats. Lizzo just dropped her latest album Big GRRRL Small World in December 2015. She is here to teach us all about loving yourself, chilling with your friends and engaging daily life moods. She can definitely spit with the best of them in the rap game, then turn around and make you get all in your feelings.
Lizzo not only talks about self confidence in her music, she also expresses her concerns about being stereotyped and racism. “My blackness is my largest assumed ‘accessory.’ Not my gender, religion or wealth. Because of it, I’ve experienced countless misconceptions from people— neck rolls and gratuitous gestures, overt southern dialects superimposed onto my own voice, perceived “ghetto-ness.” I laugh it off because it’s seemingly harmless, but when we think about where this originates it’s actually poisonous”. All black women are not ghetto, mean and uneducated.
To humanize is to make something friendlier to humans. Humanizing makes things more cultured, delicate, and acceptable. This video is translation of making women with robotic features (guard up) when it comes to themselves and love. Then this guy comes along, who seems to has good intentions, helps this women he is interested in become free (guard down). Listen closely as she also states the words human eyes which sounds close to humanize as well.
Lizzo is fearless, confident, strong, a beautiful BBW and independent. Young girls are being taught to change themselves to look a certain way for validation. Lizzo is inspiring women to be true to who they are. Slap them thighs and smile at those stretch marks! You will be loved as long as you love yourself first!
Lizzo will be at our very own Chicago’s Subterranean in Wicker Park on February 18, 2016 at 8:00pm. Definitely check her out and ask to take a picture.
All hail to the Queen! Welcome into her Queendom! Dana Elaine Owens has graced the world with her rapping style, elegance and courageous character. She wears many hats in the industry as a musician, television, film actress and producer, activist, president of a music label and entrepreneur. Might I add she is an CoverGirl brand spokesperson. Her personality alone turned her into an enterprise and a legendary female rapper.
“I was always taught to walk with my head up, to be a Queen”
Queen Latifah came in the rap game raising eyebrows from day one. Why are women not seen as equal to men? Why are women being disrespected in society by being called negative names and seen only as sex symbols? Was this our fault? NO! The Queen not only talked about the discrimination and lack of respect towards women she also rapped about how women need to also get together on their own while continuing to be strong.
In the 80’s and 90’s decade women weren’t to fond to be a companion in rap culture. Queen Latifah image was about strength, she never wore clothes to show off her body, only comfortable African culture apparel, casual clothing and sneakers. As her career evolved she still kept it classy and sensual. Her topics were about sexism, power and independence. This theme led to her hit song (above) “Ladies First” and “U.N.I.T.Y” (below)
Queen Latifah is still diligent in her current career pursuit of excellence. She has received awards for her work in film music plus she donates to worthwhile charitable organizations. Every year, Queen Latifah serves as co-chairman for the Lancelot H. Owens Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (In honor of her late brother who was killed in a motorcycle accident) to provide scholarships to students who excel scholastically, but are limited in financial resources. Queen Latifah has also written a book on self-esteem entitled Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman. In honor of this Queen, let’s all inspire to make a positive difference in this world. #BlackHistoryMonth
The late Nate Dogg will always be remembered for his contributions and the incredible talent he provided for Hip Hop music, its history and how he helped shape the genre. SNBRN takes notice at this face and honors the Nate Dogg by giving an up beat garage house spin on Gangsta Walk to bring it from the streets to the dance floor. In one remix you get a major dose of nostalgia as this track with most definitely raise glasses in the dead of night while party goes dance and reminisce.
Grab the track through SNBRNS soundcloud linked below.
Four Guys (Left to Right) Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Jarobi wore hip Afrocentric clothes and rhymed to jazz infused beats, formed a phenomenal hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest in 1985. QUEST was the original name of the group but was later given the prefix A Tribe Called by their high school friends.
ATCQ formed a crew with House music group Jungle Brothers and hip-hop group De La Soul, called The Native Tongues. Because of their live energy during performances, they created a buzz in the city of Brooklyn, New York which led them to get signed with Jive Records in 1989. This began the journey of a rap group prodigy for the 1990’s decade.
A Tribe Called Quest made it popular to talk about social issues that could be related to young African Americans such as sex, politics, relationships, stealing your parents car to joy ride and also the use of the N word. while still having fun encouraging positivity through it all. Unlike other hip-hop groups at the time ATCQ was in their own lane. They greeted jazz with bass-heavy rhythmic vibes and eclectic sampling. They have several memorable songs including Bonita Applebum, Can I Kick It and (above) I Left my Wallet in El Segundo. When you listen to ATCQ music what message do you get from the song? How does the beat make you feel?
At this current time, A Tribe Called Quest is still performing at some events, making appearances with their old school friend’s on stage (Busta Rhymes, De La Soul) and new school artist as well. On November 13, 2015 they released a special 25th anniversary edition collection of the group’s classic debut album People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm.
The album is a cool artsy looking trunk filled with remastered original tapes re-released with exclusive new remixes by a few of today’s biggest hip-hop artists who have credited A Tribe Called Quest as a major creative influence. Unfortunately it has sold out everywhere at this point so you may have to borrow a friends. Until then they are on social media so follow them below. It’s the Tribe Yall! Real Live Yall!
RÜFÜS DU SOL have released their LP Bloom to North America this the 22nd of Jan. It is their second studio album that consists of 11 soulful, mysterious and ambient dance tunes. With the release of the album their launch a North American Tour hitting most major cities and music festivals. Needless to say they have a long adventure ahead of them well into the summer. They make a stop here in Chicago’s Bottom Lounge in the month of April. A modest choice for a venue, comfortable size with capacity to hold an excellent event this will be a very personal show Chicago grab your tickets and for the rest their full list of tour dates so far is on their facebook.
Grab their full album Bloom from their soundcloud linked below.
Autograf, a Chicago based house group consisting of Mikul Wing, Louis Kha and Jake Carpenter got well known for their track Metaphysical with Janelle Kroll. These guys are also very well known for their remixes, from their take on legendary house artist Faithless to reworking Odesza’s tracks. The trio seem to like taking on high profile artists, even remixing the classic Stevie Wonder. Their most recent project takes on the Oldies icons, the Temptations. Aint Too Proud to Beg is transformed from a Motown Funk jam to the ambient Deep House Dance track Proud. This bassline has such addicting grooves the trio did the classic track some justice and gives it new energy.
Grab the free download on Autograf soundcloud linked below.
In between makin piano covers and checking out touristy spots like Jessie Pinkmans house Jack LNDN finds time for leisure activities like touring and producing new and amazing musics. LNDN has made a good reputation producing top quality remixes. Most recently Zimmer caught eye to the London born producer and asked him to rework his [Zimmers] dance track Escape featuring Emilie Adams on vocals. As you could expect, the end result, premiering on Earmilk, is smooth perfection. Adding uplifting airy synths and piano chord progressions to compliment Emilie’s vocals, this intro leads into a bouncy bass line to lock you in a state of dance.
Prior to the remix opportunity Jack awed his fans with his own originals. Four tracks in his Summer Never Ends Vol. 2 EP, following his Vol. 1 EPfrom a earlier in the year. Since its release a its singles Streams and Nevermind have reached the top of the charts on Hype Machine Charts being joined by his Zimmer remix later on. Summer certainly continues for Jack as tours the states continutally produces hit tracks. As his tour comes to a close in the coming months, LNDN should have more time to run his live podcasts and produce new music that we will be looking forward to hearing about!
New Music! Tune into Pomo on Majestic Casual's Beats 1 show tomorrow at 2pm EST to hear the WORLD PREMIERE of my track "Long Nights" ft. me on the vocals – Part of the "Lost In Motion" EP coming in January!!
Caleb Cornett AKA Amtrac takes to facebook to tease his fans with new music from his upcoming Lost In Motion EP. Releasing Darkest Sound onto soundcloud, the first peak at his new project, served as a prelude of previews. Tuning into Pomo on Majestic Casual’s Beats 1 Dec. 12th show gave you the opportunity to listen in on another track from the new EP. Long Nights, previewed shortly above, features Amtrac himself on vocals and promises to be nothing short of amazing.
Speaking of amazing tracks, Amtrac is not only working on his EP, he is also remixing music by amazing artists. Establishing his name as a versatile producer and remix artist. Recently Caleb connect with Doe Paoro, who was open to having her pop track Nostalgia remixed. Turning the track into a moody deep house, Caleb left the artists lyrics in the entrance to set the tone for the rest of the track. Ending on uplifting synth work truely making for a nostalgic feel.
Finally we have this. Nero, after a hiatus, awes the world with their return from the studio emerging with Satisfy, followed by their full album Between II Worlds. A project meant to be a real collaboration of mind and talent of the trio rather than short lived hyped material. In comes Amtrac to deconstruct the tune and give it the energy for the club floor. With vocals from Neros vocalist Alana Watson echoing through out, the synths an percussion carry this tune with trance like atmosphere. All this new music from Amtrac is what keeps us going till the full EP is released!