Released mid August on Stank Face Records, Producer and Audio Engineer Drew Mantia comes loaded with the 11 track Beat Tape Vol. 1. Hopefully an endless volume will follow. Packed with original and raw hip hop instrumental beats and live instruments you will be bobbin your head till you hit replay. With a lot of experience producing beats for and with the best in Chicago like Probcause and RapperChicks, Drew Mantia’s name only promises the best quality in his sounds that combine jazz and urban influences with ambient atmosphere.
Angel(ee-nuh) and Angel Katz have that Chicago attitude and they project it. How else can you describe a Chicago angel; strong. You can hear it from the beginning of the track, in their fearless flow, to the end. Bitch Boo Boo is a chill beat with a nice bass-line produced by Netherfriends while Angel(ee-nuh) & Katz just gave it energy and spit something you can get wild to. Just tearing down whoever their describing, Angel Katz thought up of this song from a bullying experience which, from her words on facebook, is a safer form of expression than using her pretty weapons on people. We agree. Music saves lives and in this case, enemies!
Bitch Boo Boo was released about a week ago, so it looks like Angel(ee-nuh) still had some heat to spill from her last months release as well with the Rapper Chicks. Consisting of Ill-Esha, Hologram Kizzie & of course the aforementioned. The trio released the 3 track Shitty Punk Album with collaborations featuring Probcause and Gangsta Boo on two. All three of these girls flow so good together and with all the production being done by Drew Mantia you know its gonna powerful, alot of energy & talent packed into three tracks.
One should take note from Colin Grimm, or Probcause as most refer him to. Seemingly working round the clock on different projects day to day he was just featured on Gramatik‘s latest album release Epigram. He was included in Back To The Future, which was also released in earlier months on Prob’s Drifters project through Lowtemp. Satoshi Nakamoto, named after the bitcoin creator is the second track on Epigram to be added to Colins music library.
While stacking bitcoins as an independent creative artist, Prob joined the list of talented artists to remix Louis the Child‘s track It’s Strange featuring K.Flay. Probcause of course has been perfecting music production and worked on this remix with Drew Mantia adding a hip hop beat and some verses. They then invite Kat V to top it off with her violin. K.Flay having been raised outside of Chicago and Louis the Child, Prob and Drew being from the city; this song is got some heavy mid-west influence!
Aside from his music projects Colin, if you have followed him long enough, you will come to notice has an amazing talent in visual arts. Dabbling in surreal art and videos Colin creates some real interesting pieces. Even publishing coloring book in which can fill in the colors of the creatures in Colins head and which you should totally buy. Colin also released this animation he created with Elijah Alvarado recently, getting to politics but with at twist. If you are familiar with WWE this will be even more funnier.
Lets take it back to the old days, Al Capone is still running Chicago, speak easy’s are thriving off bootleg alcohol and the Jazz was as smooth as that cigar you are poofin on at the bar. The women dancing the Charleston, with their bold lipstick colors and their long dress and fancy head dresses. Then you got Probcause over here stealing the show with his orchestra, Donnie Trumpet, Cofresi on the drums and KSRA serenading the crowd. Coming from his 2014 Waves EP, Prob brings this song back from the past with the new video but he is also coming with new music too.
Fellow white rapper Lil Dicky caught the Chicago locals ear, probably after Dicky got the brilliant idea of making a music video using other peoples resources. Sort of a social experiment. The two jumped on a beat together and here we have The Woods. A real chill and catchy beat that will have you munchin out at the crib next to your bong all day.
So Prob is continuing with his collaborations, so much so that you would wonder where he even gets the time to eat and sleep. Right after releasing a hit with Branx, Exmag and Adrian Lau, and producing his own track with DRO, Prob went back to the homie Drew Mantia and released Same Thing, a track for the fifth compilation album installment by AC3, a highly reputable Hip Hop Festival partnered with iHip Hop Distribution. Prob take 5 man you deserve it.
UPDATE: 11/23/15 4:45pm:
Premiering on Mass Appeals Probcause unleashes a creative art music video for his track Same Thing with Drew Mantia. While this is his first video animated video with the help of Elijah Alvarado Prob is no stranger to art and drawing. Having an Art Degree at the Art Institute of Chicago, it definitely helped with a skill explored in early ages. “I grew up drawing and was always attracted to graffiti” Colin explained to Mass Appeals. “I started painting pretty young but got arrested a few too many times… It basically got to a point where I was putting my college scholarship on the line if I got arrested again, so I decided to chill out a little bit in my 20s”.
Well we are glad Prob gets to release his creative angst through a professional medium combining it with his music career! You can bet that this will not be his last animated project. Follow Probcause’s Instagram located below for more of his creative art!