theMIND may be one of if not the more recognizable names out in the Chicago local music scene working within THEMPeople. He can be found just about every where you look, just about ruling his own world. Working with the likes of Pivot Gang, Zero Fatigue and SAVEMONEY artists, NoName, Stefan Ponce, Mick Jenkins, Knox Fortune, Burns Twins; the influence is every where. When not workin with others his independent work is flawless and you can hear why he is such a pillar in the community. Recently with production by Matty Joynt, EW2RTW soothes with a calming guitar melody and vocals a great song to add to your playlist.
Not forgetting about the producers this year. They are getting the right recognition and starting with Aced Spade, he is doin it right. Equiped as a producer, DJ and dancer and maybe some other hidden talents we have yet to find. Someone give him a mic lets see. Ringing in the new year with Marko Stat$ at Subterranean in Wicker Park at Ever Evolveds Cold Front stage with the crowd rocking to new music.
Feelin’ the new year vibes he releases a remix that is Not Bad, Just Boujee days following the Cold Front. Afterwards Outta Sight Clothing would announce a cypher beat created by the one and only. Then Aced would just come back and one up himself with another remix. Taking aim at up and coming Chicago artist Simone, whom just recently dropped the Ready EP. Good Girl is the perfect track to meld into Aced Spades dynamic style. Set to perform at the Beat Kitchen you can hear these dope tracks there follow him for the info!
Long hours working on beats and instrument samples you can easily conclude a producer spends most of his time alone in a room with sounds bouncing around their minds. But where most people suffer Harmonic Sapien thrives; in fact the greatest minds have been shaped in solitude. Shaping not just his mind but the music, a sound bender. Note exactly Anti Social, just driven. Joining a growing number of experimental producers in Chicago, like Monte Booker, Knox Fortune, OddCouple and Glassic that let their music speak rather than the MC, though not dismissing the importance and necessity between the two
Anti Social EP is a short one but it is packed with wavy instrumental rhythm leaving you dreaming. You can hear some old school influence to provide an authentic and raw sound. Slightly varying from his Natural State LP containing more contemporary sounds and bass and some artist collaborations. Moving into 2018 the Sapien is already planning out his projects; A new album in the works, few EP and Harmonic Fest to follow so keep your ears peeled.
Knox Fortune is ridin high in Paradise with his latest album release. Following up with a short tour around the states that sold out in Chicago in no time at all. Written and produced entirely by Knox with the help of a well known locals Joey Purp, Cam O’bi, Carter Lang, Nico Segal, theMind, and many other notable artists. KAMI and Joey Purp grab the mic for on Strange Days and Stun. Finally finishing off the 11 track epic with some quality production. Most producers dont get enough attention however this is a rare case and Knox has some real support behind him.