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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You Can’t Imitate Smino

Chicagos favorite hip hop and R&B emcee from St. Louis is back with a flawless project. His modus operandi is undeniably one of a kind. Smino is a true connoisseur in the art of seduction. Listening to NOIR will make you invoke your inner suavemente like no Drake song ever could. Starting off strong it took myself a few hours to get past the first half of this LP.

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When I say flawless I mean there is not a single second of music you would want to skip out on. From the beats, the lyricism and quick witted wordplay to the commentary, NOIR emits the perfect vibes for a weekend away with your main chick smokin’ trees or whippin’ around the town with the boys pickin’ up some honeys; an audio vacation. With the homies Jay2, Bari, Dreezy and Valee on a few tracks and production by the one and only Monte Booker you will not need any other wing men. And course what Zero Fatigue project would be complete without a Ravyn Lenae feature with a voice so sensual. Set the vibe right with NOIR.

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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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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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Machobeatz – They Love Me (Not)

A single artist can have multiple beats ready at one time, but sometimes the public is not ready! So they release them periodically, when the moment is right. Producer from Chicago Machobeatz releases some music that has us on the edge for more.  Rockin with a streak last summer with a Pillow Talk remix, tracks AYYE & BOI following his DOVGHNVTS LP release we know he is sitting on some fire. His latest on soundcloud They Love Me (Not) reminds you of that. With work released on Chicago artist Adot‘s project Midnightt recently among other producers from the GOAT Haus studio at Fortknox, it only means more music to uncover! You can can find some of his more exclusive work on Traktrain here.

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Solo Sam On The Come Up

Solo Sam is on the Come Up in Chicago getting recognized by multiple local media outlets as he releases some new tracks. It is hard to pass up a flow so authentic over raw production self made on most tracks. He has been releasing singles here and there following the project Epoch where he has been plotting the Come Up since people been asking Who Dat Boy!

Getting some more activity from Solo Sam in recent days dropping a music video for a track released a few months back. Fast meets the screen emphasizing a hustlers lifestyle directed by Stripmall productions. Settin the mood for his upcoming project ITIS. Adding some more hype with another release with the aforementioned track! Lets see what his next move is leading up to this big release.

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Watch Out For Rhymster

You cannot build an empire on your own. You need supporters and collaborators in your mission. Rhymster is out every day workin with new and senior artists and MC’s. Following up on his single Don’t with Frekwenzy, Rhymster collabs with a couple out of studio artists on some releases. Featuring on Edmur Quinns There’s A Bigger Picture  LP and calling up Henrik3000 all the way in Germany for a beat with Viibes. There is a lot more work coming out the studio early this year too so Watch Out for his soundcloud.

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Trentino Chicagos Remix King [ Free Downloads ]

Hip hop, rap and electronic dance music have not always been so harmonious together but over the past decade genres like dubstep, Trap and Bass created a bridge for the styles to be combined. EDM artist like their production to breathe freely while Hip Hop artist need a simple repetitive beat to emphasize the flow of their verses. Artists like Trentino, being a lover of both worlds found a formula working those two together as if the genres were always compatible, made for each other.

Following an R&B EDM remix of Purple Peanuts by Rama Duke Trentino remixes another two popular artists. Derez DeShaun and A$AP Ferg get caught in the crosshairs for a couple of revisions.  Hardaway and Plain Jane can now find their way into a club for music lovers do jump around, throw their elbows or just dance to. What will Trentino pick out next, and original or remix and by who? Can only guess what music his library in his head is ready to be revived.

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