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”.
Essse Guey pops out to reinforce a previously released track from his Over the Daze LP picking out a popular track to add some visuals too. Neorevivalist on duty giving V.I.M.M. life with some animated visuals matching the atmosphere of the slow and ominous beat. With a style so smooth he is not afraid to get dark with hooks like “You get left behind, F*** up out my eye, ready to die, Don’t really have a choice, voices in my mind” and “Over mad or under oath only real ones slit they throat, …cross-face, swan dive, head first, there’s a million ways to make another suicide note” and make it work. A timeless track produced by Dead_Air worth giving a double take and a surreal music video following his last for Constellations.
SXVXNT, pronounced Savant, was interesting right away with his articulate expression and knowledge of instrumental production. He is quite a learned trumpet player as well as a pianist. His composing style is lush and bright melodies with harmonies that are flushed out, giving him a sound that resembles Pharrell or Dr. Dre‘s piano beats from the golden age. SXVXNT grew up in Chicago but has been based out of Los Angeles the last few years so his sound is definitely west coast influenced to a degree. This is especially true of his latest stand alone single Blackout.
Blackout is a fast paced uptempo anthem of getting back into music making and for lack of a better term, blacking out or going crazy. SXVXNT raps quite fast you will have to replay this record multiple times just to try and fully comprehend every bar. The replay value of the record is high because it sounds good, flows well and then by the end you wonder, what the hell did just he say? Lines to point out are “…Don’t erode from the lessons you were shown in your essence for these cold soul, no holds, overgrown jesters who hope to be only known by the droves of decrepits… I chose and selected the rode of less trekkers…” to “…Signing off with text beyond measure with a picture perfect, illicit, versatile, lit, pristine flow…“. “Light as the flight of the highest seen peregrine flow…” and lastly “…down Pico driving, ‘Naima’ bleeding through the speakers// the speed shows 90 which means the beast gon’ try me so let me creep slow, lightly so deez don’t leave me next to Ezell…“.
Self produced with production help from Bobby Midas, Blackout is but a glance at the genius level potential for SXVXNT as a recording artist. SXVXNT currently has a project in the works slated to be released in Speing of 2019. With that on his docket he is preparing for a big push in his career. As a master of his craft, it’s time for him to Blackout.
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Check out one of the hotter female hip hop and rap artists of Chi Town. There is no lack of diversity in Chicagos music scene in any genre. Miss Chiff brings out JXL on the mic to pack Movin Up with more talent and energy. The second single released off an upcoming album project. Keep your eyes peeled for a music video. Just one of many collab projects these two artists have worked on together. The two flow smoothly. Miss Chiff on a few verses and the chorus back and forth between JXL, another lightning quick rapper that can probably rival Twista dare I say. There is just something about Chicago that breeds expert wordsmiths.
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.
Straight out of Chicago Dualstyles comes loaded with the 12 track album Dispute the Difference. True to their name they express their creativity through a fusion of genres. Combining heavy metal, rap and electronic music production, tracks like More Power, End of an Empire, War Machine and Below the Line really stand out in terms of genre bending. While tracks like Impulse represents the metal genre in its fullness. This band definitely has some extraordinary talent that brings something new to the table. You can catch more of their experimental sound live as they perform around Chicago and are currently participating in Battle of the Bands; heading into the second round.
Chicago artist Ashley “ACstyle” Coleman is no rookie when it comes to the music industry. Not only does she write, she’s a rapper and singer. Her music genres consist of Rap, Hip-Hop, Pop, Techno, Rock and many more. When she’s not doing homework, preparing for a show, working on her own business (web designer/ event planner/ party host) or recording, from Evanston to the city of Chicago, catch her in the streets painting the town red (Turn up).
AC has opened many shows on the same stage as Lil Wayne, performed with Trey Songz, met Nicki Minaj, Twista, Elle Varner, Rae Sremmurd and many more famous musicians. She also released a single with another Chicago artist Shawanna called “Ridin” which reached highly in the charts.
In the first week of this New year, AC is rolling with opportunities already. She released her video “Keep it on the Low” on New Years Day, which has already over 1,000 views.
“My single is really about a love story of how two people meet in a party or at the club, they eventually fall in love, but want to keep their relationship on the low to keep people out of their business to prevent problems”.
The XXL Magazine edition she is featured in will be released in February, She will be on a college tour this spring with Christina Milian and Chanel West Coast, getting ready to drop a song with Drake “Situationship” and graduating from college this year.
Follow ACstyle on her social media pages and let it go down in the DM for inquiries for collaborations while you still can!
(Left to Right) Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Adam “MCA” Yauch formed this iconic Hip-Hop/Punk Rock group in 1981 at Yauch’s 17th birthday party. Ad-Rock was actually added to the group later on in 1983 replacing an old member of the group. New York is their home, New York is the city where it all started for these 3 guys.
When their first EP, Cooky Puss, was released it quickly became a hit in New York underground dance clubs and night clubs upon its delivery. It was first their first piece of work that fused together the underground rap phenomenon and the use of samples of prank calls.
Due to their success with Cooky Puss they hired a college student as their DJ (Rick Rubin) and started performing at venues all over the New York scene. Rubin produced their next records under Def Jam and Capitol Records, the rest was history in the making as they continued to record and tour around the world. Their success led to 3 Grammy awards, MTV video music awards, and also features in films. Not only did they inspire the hip-hop community with their music they also were activist by added their voice to the growing protest against the U.S. war on Iraq in 2003.
In April 2012, the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The following month, MCA died of cancer at the age of 47. In Brooklyn there is a children’s playground renamed for Adam Yauch in his memory. In June 2014, Mike D stated that the Beastie Boys would not continue their careers as a group, as a promise to Adam Yauch. Look out for their autobiography that has been postponed for a 2017 release. Purchase memorabilia on their social media pages below and continue to “Fight…. for your right…to partyyyy!” Rest in peace MCA.