The Jazz Cigarette: A Chicago Classic

Azmattic and RhymSter come together as a lyrically monstrous and formidable songwriting duo. THE JAZZ CIGARETTE, which features various producers from around the world as well as local Chicago recording artists, is a breeze through listen, and instant underground hip hop classic. Authentic jazz samples, breaks, beats and flavorful singing hooks make the LP something that brings you back, while also reminding you just how fresh the duo’s cuts are.

The first single off the record is HOP SKIP & JUMP 2.0, featuring Mike Booth aka TrueDeal, and production by Trog’Low; A truly nostalgic sound in this track, bringing the listener back to that early 90’s, heavy sampled vibe with succinct rhyme structure. “I need some time baby, we only time baby, but maybe we can get some time, cause it’s our time baby, and no I haven’t been around. I’m on my grind lately, and I’m not good at many things but I can rhyme greatly.” Azmattic raps over the beat, a unique way of saying he is been working hard and philosophizing about the passage of time. Mike Booth adds his deep bass vocals to the hook of this track, and RhymSter raps “Hit the blunt with an ice coffee, an AM meal, life wanna break down my walls, but I’m the man of steel.” Relating his morning ritual and the idea of never giving up. The track is a solid bang right off the bat and a great intro for the LP.

RHYMIN DUDES is the next song off the record featuring Jai The Artist, J-Bose and the 2nd tune also produced by Trog’Low. J-Bose’s voice is the strongest on the hook, but you can also hear Jai and Azmattic. A super fast and upbeat track, with an upright bass sample and speedy raps, crafts this song into a jazz-hop banger. Azmattic and RhymSter both add their respective verses, and really challenge each other in terms of lyrical dexterity and speed. “Do you, understand my persistence, while I ran into the distance, you can plan your superstition like its voo-doo,” and RhymSter comes in immediately after AzMattic with a chopped tempo eventually slowing down with, “Things fall apart but check your head, keep yourself on ice, its do or die and I’m the main ingredient for life!

The next notable song off the record is ICED COFFE AND BLUNTS, another track featuring Mike Booth. RhymSter and AzMattic trade short bar verses back and forth while describing their musician lifestyle in the form of coffee consumption and heavy cannabis. This song is a great listen, amazing lyrics being volleyed back and forth, like a tennis match between RhymSter and AzMattic, ending with the soulful vocals of the freestyle monster, Mike Booth. “Iced coffee and blunts!You put the ice in the coffee.

The interlude track is a hilarious banter by the Illadvised and Unprepared Podcast, ending with a the strength of the amazing voice of FAFA. WHAT YOU GONNA DO, featuring Jai The Artist and U’Nique Music, is a change up being a much more slow bop jam. RhymSter starts off the song with many cultural references, leading into a short verse from Azmattic. Jai The Artist and Azmattic take the hook which is a soulful chant, “What You Gonna Do?” RhymSter comes back in with, “Don’t be major in minor things, how you do anything is how you do everything,” a line that smacks you back to the drawing board and makes you realize, one may need to get their shit together! Later RhymSter shouts out the Robber Baron for getting the capital to invest. This track evoked a lot of introspective thought, because many of the lines by both RhymSter and Azmattic pose deeply interesting questions.

I GOT feat. Jah-Dee begins with a scratch sample of the aforementioned, older hip hop artist saying, “Welcome to the next level!” Azmattic begins this song rapping, “Yeah this boy is more hip than what’s attached to your femur,” with every subsequent line explaining how hip hop and rapping keeps him alive as a sort of therapy. RhymSter later rhymes, “I rolled up another cigarette and put the Jazz in it, ain’t it clear I came here to win it… I’m a doctor in practice, playing like the point guard on the mavericks.” This song gets you in your motivational feels, and makes you want to pick up a pen to get to the next level.

Out of the entire project, “IF I LEFT THE GAME” is the most contemporary sounding song. Azmattic begins the track comparing himself to Barry Sanders, and saying that just because he lacks the riches one can earn from rap, does not mean he is going to stop making music anytime soon. RhymSter comes in with the second verse comparing himself to MJ, when he came back to the Bulls in 1995. RhymSter hits some fast chopping flows on this verse, and then slows down, very dynamic.

As a whole package, this project has everything a hip hop head could want and more! If you are looking for lyrics, breaks, boom bap beats, dynamic flows, soulful hooks, fast rap, introspective lyricism, chant along tracks, etc, THE JAZZ CIGARETTE by Azmattic and RhymSter will definitely quench the hip hop thirst. And do not forget to check out their latest visual for THE JAZZ CIGARETTE which is “ICED COFFEE AND BLUNTS” featuring Mike Booth, shot, directed and edited by Hayward of Beat Box Ent.

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RhymSter & Wilhelm Duke On That Boss Sh*t: Monday Majesty

A music video can really make a song, and Wilhelm Duke, teaming up with RhymSter, create what seems like a movie. Now, this hip hop single can stand out on its own with ease, but with the help of Hayward at Beat Box Entertainment, these artists have a cinematic release on their hands. Sounding off with a sinister repeating sound, the beat comes in with some heavy bass, giving off an acid rap vibe with a hint of boss energy. The video itself is a satirical play on RhymSter’s introductory lines, “Never Disrespect, not Between Two Ferns…” referencing the show Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis as a begrudging host and interviewer.

BOSS SHIT has one message, “Roll with the punch… Roll up the blunt… Roll up them cuffs, like a Boss,” repeating in the chorus; give it a listen and it will repeat in your head. Emulating that boss attitude, Wilhelm duke gets suited up in a blue blazer, psyching himself up with confidence, causing trouble and confusion to those in his path, laughing it up with no consequence. RhymSter, who cameo’s as a producer, videographer, blind composer and a clumsy student, takes the position of the artist in interview. The two eventually box in out, back to back spitting verses, taking turns throwing shots. The entertainment value does not stop there, as the video, following the music, features some behind the scenes footage (similarly to RhymSters Music Video with Essse), and an interview snippet as well. All put together, between the cinematic video, the beat and the verses, to creating a whole skit, this is some BOSS SHIT.

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Friday Nite Lites: Ep. 1 Features IIIMPULSIVEEE, Mic Logik and Keem.

Scotty Rocks with The Dog and Pony Show has partnered with RhymSter, of Ever Evolved, to create a platform for artists to talk about their career, craft, life and even perform their latest release! The first episode is presented to viewers as a three part series. Each part runs about 25 minutes long, offering consumers much content to absorb. RhymSter interviews IIIMPULSIVEEE, Mic Logik, and Keem and offers a deeper look into the crafts, styles, influences, and history of each artist.

RhymSter and IIIMPULSIVEEE delve into the backstory of how he got his stage name. IIIMPULSIVEEE used to go by Mystic, Mystify, Baja, Smirk, Johnny MC and then finally IIIMPULSIVEEE; with three I’s at the beginning and three E’s at the end. He chose this spelling due to his relation to the number and numerology of 33. That seems to be the number that follows and symbolizes more of who IIIIMPULSIVEEE is. They continue to talk about the ins and outs of the music industry, aspects of selling merchandise and live performance. IIIMPULSIVEEE then performs his song, “METHOD TO MY MADNESS” live in Scotty Rocks Studio 28 of the Dog and Pony Show.

RhymSter and Mic Logik discuss Mic’s background growing up in Chicago and his memories of the Chicago Bulls and Allen Iverson‘s rookie game against Michael Jordan in 1996. They go on to talk about Mic Logik’s introduction to hip hop with Snoop Dogg, No Limit influences, his respect for the Warren G sound, and his love for Bone Thugs N’ Harmony. Mic Logik is a student of the game hip hop and music. His catalog goes back to as far as 2007. Mic Logik talks about the start of Chi-Native Entertainment and the radio segment he co-hosts, Chi-Native Radio. Mic Logik also has a podcast focused on basketball called All Net.

RhymSter and Keem discuss Keem’s background with classical music training, and going to college for vocal performance on which he received scholarship for. Keem believes you should never let anyone put you in a box, and to not ever give up; continue to strive and work. RhymSter compares Keem’s latest record, IT’S GOING DOWN to a powerful and funky Marvin Gaye record. IT’S GOING DOWN was produced by RhymSter and Keem and features Radcliff Music; There is a music video out to it now done by Hayward of B.B.E. They talk about how that hot political single was created in the studio. Keem then gives a performance of IT’S GOING DOWN to end part 3 of episode 1.

Highly recommend following RhymSter, Ever Evolved, Scotty Rocks, The Dog + Pony Show, and Friday Nite Lites to stay up to date on all of the amazing talent they will be featuring! Interviews, performances, and great conversation to compliment the brands of each artist!

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RhymSter Matches 4 Songs For 4 Artists!

A young underground mogul, RhymSter is connected with the some of best artists, beat makers, producers, DJ’s, collectives and labels Chicago can offer. Working in the background and the fore front of music, from performing to coordinating the events, to spittin’ freestyles and making beats from scratch at Ever Evolved Studios. Always one to get involved with others as well, as his last release brings out four talented hip hop artists on his EP titled 4 FOR 4. This project follows his single PRODUCT OF ME and EP HEAVEN FOR ROSES.

Every track has an artist that can bring the most raw verses you can hear, no holds bars! Cannot mention heavy bars without naming Mike Booth, a photographer with unstoppable freestyle flow, explaining on the track CONSEQUENCES, “This lifestyle comes with consequences, either you on the court or on the benches.” That just being the chorus, a hard lesson; his verses always come unfiltered, and his next verses show you just that. Rhymster chimes in with hunger, “I’m that young man heading for the Forbes on that top list, the keys only open for me, I’ll challenge any locksmith.”

From there you already know this project is going to hit. One track with BeatrixKiddo takes on a lo-fi vibe on the beat. Starting with a sample from Rodney Dangerfield‘s stand up on LIL DIFFERENT, the creativity on production with this project is quite noteworthy by JAKETHESNAKE. Each track presents something different, and with Italo, he adds a touch of R&B to the project in POP UP. Finally to complete 4 FOR 4, Greediphresh comes in to match some bars on the fourth track! TELL ME brings it all out, as RhymSter brings his toughest verses with Greedi’s signature raw style and heavy voice, over a haunting beat. An EP to have on every hip hop playlist with the bass way up!

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Heaven For Roses: RhymSter x Edmur Quinn

RhymSter, the flagship artist and co-leader of Ever Evolved, has released his third project and second dual emcee-producer collaboration with Edmur Quinn, following up RhymSter’s previous record, PURE NOON. RhymSter employs smooth uptempo flows with clever lines, sprinkling storytelling over soulful sampled, heavy bass, new school beats. Each record has a distinct yet similar vibe which make the tracks fresh and cohesive. He recruits fellow Ever Evolved members Radcliff Music and Mike Booth,who together along with RhymSter make Triangle Offense, on the song ALL WEEK LONG. The other three songs are entirely composed of vocals from RhymSter making this a short but sweet four record EP.

The intro track, I FEEL IT, starts with a high pitched vocal sample, leading into the hook rapped by RhymSter. “I feel it in my bones, its about that time, blisters all up on my hands from this mountain climb, escaping death up in my nightmares yelling I gotta live, me while I’m ready for it all to see what it gonna give.” This song centers around the theme of not quitting or giving up. To stay the the course while on the road to achieving your goals and living out your dreams. RhymSter ends this record with a hopeful repeated bridge.

ALL WEEK LONG is the second record with Triangle Offense. RhymSter starts the record off rapping about a typical weekend schedule of his, including a Friday night party, Saturday night show and a Sunday afternoon studio session. This song deals with some youthful weekend hacking done by the crew while moves have to get made. “All week long, Ive been grinding handling business, try’na to take care of all these children, putting myself in this position, grinding hard so say lets get it get it.” Radcliff Music comes in with that classic rhythmical smack talk, mentioning how Triangle Offense is a group with respect and a name, yet no album. Radcliff Music ends his verse saying he is not letting any weak people take him out.

Track three, DISCONNECT & UNPLUG, is a thoughtful exploration into the lifestyle of a musician born and bred out of Chicago. RhymSter writes lines such as “disconnect and unplug, this lifestyle is a heavy drug, tip toe on the borderline, tell you that I’m more than fine,” and “they want us to look through the glass, but not open the door… thank the internet for showing us the worlds colors, increasing single mothers, and decreasing eachother.” The track fades at the end leaving you barely to hear the last few lines of RhymSter’s lyrics, adding to the emotional effect of the record and leaving you wondering what was said. The weight of the beat and his lyrics leave the listener to ponder their own feelings.

C’MON SON, the finale track has a wonderful gospel sample. Paired with complex bars by RhymSter, making references and puns such as, “Breaking bread with my all brothers, Jesus in the last supper…” and “PURE NOON ya know I will, MAINTAININ while I wait for it, so watch out man!” RhymSter ends the track with a hilarious sample of a monologue from a famous film. Tying up this dense yet short project that leaves you wanting more! 

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Artist Of The Week: RhymSter

Building his way to the living legend title, he is well known in many underground Chicago hip hop circles. RhymSter has been making a big name for himself in Chicago and it is due to his determination from a young age to be one of the best emcees. Having left his imprint on the 606 Chicago nights at Subterranean and open mics across the board with his freestyle talent, this young emcee quickly got connected with the right people and follows through.

Connecting with the right people plays a big role in an artists success and RhymSter can identify these people with ease! Knowing that, the Chicago emcee got himself to open for popular artists like Dave East and Curren$y, twice. Right now actually, he awaits to open up for the iconic Method Man and Redman this August at Joes in Rosemont. Through his network RhymSter also finds opportunities to collaborate with talented artists and promoters in and out of state.

Networking not only as an artist emcee, RhymSter also helps run a music studio and sets up events as one of the main partners under Ever Evolved. Through this platform he not only invites himself to work with other artists, promoters and venue owners, but he gets to help influence the scene. With over dozens of artists in his contact list through either recording, producing for or collaborating with, he easily puts together local artists, djs and hosts to express their talents on stage! Artists from Los Angeles, Omaha, St. Louis, New York and Michigan, to name a few, have worked with RhymSter and Ever Evolved in either Chicago or their own hometowns, giving one another opportunities for their talents to be seen and heard.

Taking that knowledge RhymSter uses it to perfect his own craft and promote himself efficiently. All the experiences and people he has met has turned growth into quality! Allowing him to release music videos, interviews, singles, EP’s and LPS, beats and so on. If there is any question as to who this artist is the answers are not hard to find. The best way to know him is through his music as he tells it how it is and what made him who he is, through his lyricism.

Between recording artists, producing music, planning events and connecting with promoters, visual artists, designers, studio collectives and businesses, RhymSter still finds time to speak his peace. With a handful of hit singles and music videos, an album and an EP, there is plenty of content for you to get familiar with. Get familiar with why many artists new and old in Chicago look up to and respect RhymSter. From his freestyle flow and writing, to his ideas and business savvy, it is all raw, authentic and unique.

Expressing quite a bit of activity this year from the studio, RhymSter has released music videos animated by Neorevivalist, his PURE NOON EP with Edmur Quinn and a remix of GHOST. Also being introduced to the EDM community, RhymSter collaborated with Chicago duo Ayoo on their hit single TIMELINE that was released under Artist Intelligence Agency record label last month in June. Most recently he released an original beat with Frekwenzy. As a distorted RhymSter verses his way though a sinister beat and Rodneys Dangerfield sound bites, he again takes on another creative direction with DANGERFIELD. Try and figure out this mans next move you cannot!

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RhymSter Shows off his Versatility on Ghost (remix)

Patience and persistence. 

These are two virtues that Chicago mainstay RhymSter has used to guide himself throughout the duration of his career in the local underground. With the release of his new single Ghost (remix) these two guiding principles appear to be serving him well. RhymSter took the original cut of this track which was done by Jaden Smith and breathed new life into it. The instrumental has a dark and creepy vibe though, it has a hazy, almost lo-fi aesthetic to it. It possesses a driving sense of energy that RhymSter uses to his advantage.

Lyrically, RhymSter murked this beat with his usual clever wordplay and easy-going sense of charisma. He exudes the confidence of the seasoned veteran that he is as he drops lyrical bomb after lyrical bomb with ease. RhymSter’s flow and delivery are crazy on this song, he shows a full arsenal of flows, switching it up in the middle of his verse repeatedly. Though he mostly delivers his bars in the lower register of his voice, RhymSter plays with his vocal inflections all throughout his verse. This shows that he is thinking about a lot more than just reciting lyrics over a microphone when he is in the booth.

RhymSter has been a lyrical heavyweight in Chicago’s scene for quite some time now. Recently releasing the Pure Noon EP with Edmur Quinn and dropping music videos for Pick It Up & Maintainin’ with award winning visual artists Neorevivalist. However, what really sets him apart from a lot of other artists is his versatility. RhymSter is just as happy to tear a trap beat apart as he is to murk a 90’s sounding boom-bap beat. Whatever the occasion calls for you can almost certainly bet on the fact that RhymSter will be doing his thing with ease.

Ghost (remix) is available now on Soundcloud.

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Good Fellaz Don’t Shoot

Comprised of three underground Chicago artists we got GQ the Fool, Safi G and RhymSter joining forces to make Goodfellaz. RhymSter takes a seat back and focuses on the production for this project while Safi and GQ take the mic to spit the rawest of verses. With many live performances under their belt already, few releases and music videos they are making big moves.

These last two months has seen a couple of revisits from the trios debut Goodfellaz EP. They pick Soon As Im for the music video treatment. The raw beat features Mama Yaya and creates a real urban vibe while they cruise streets of Chicago for the camera. Their latest Don’t Shoot music video acknowledges the Chicago violenc,e not excluding police brutality, in the streets and they use their platform to spread a good message. “Put your guns down we gotta protect the youth” Safi and GQ preach on the hook. Working with production team Planarity with the waveform to promote on their youtube page.

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Essse Guey All Day (Music Video)

Everybody has an artist they listen to all day on repeat no matter how many times they have heard them. Come across ESSSE Guey and you might find yourself in a similar predicament. Fusing a bit of Hispanic culture and lyricism into Hip Hop he adds a unique touch to his already outlandish persona. A persona that videographer Lonnie Edwards captures nicely, again through imagery with a second music video project for ESSSE following his V.I.M.M. (Let It Reign) music video.

Linking up with fellow Chicago Hip Hop head who recently released his own EP dubbed Pure Noon, RhymSter hits the first verse heavy after letting the beat run off. ESSSE ends it strong with a catchy flow leaving you feeling like hitting that replay button. He releases this track as his first single off his forthcoming project DREAMWORXXX which, judging by this song, is likely to be filled with plenty raw and authentic hip hop and nothing less. No official release dates yet so lets stay updated on his links & browse his latest releases.

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RhymSter and Edmur Quinn Capture a Nocturnal Vibe on “Pure Noon”

Ever Evolved MC RhymSter is back again and with a vengeance with his first release of 2019 entitled Pure Noon. This 5-track offering — which includes a bonus track at the end — sees RhymSter and producer Edmur Quinn finding their pocket by utilizing a lo-fi, nocturnal sound.

The EP kicks off with a banger Maintainin where RhymSter takes his listeners to school by flexing his lyrical muscle over a bright and soulful instrumental. However the pace of the EP immediately slows down after with I Will which manifests itself as the perfect soundtrack for a night-time drive soaked in self-reflection. The closing 2 tracks N.Y.S.M. and Wait For It follow in a similar vein before things pick back up again on the bonus track Watch Out.

Lyrically RhymSter is poignant as usual. On the more hard hitting cuts his wordplay is witty and his delivery is sharp. On the slower, more subdued tracks he is more introspective and personal. He shows himself to be a truly multi-faceted artist over the course of these five tracks. On the production side of things Edmur Quinn presents a diverse palette here while simultaneously maintaining the concise cohesiveness of the project. Tracks such as Maintainin’ and Watch Out are hard hitting boom-bap cuts while I Will and Wait For It are much more moody and lo-fi.

The features on here deliver as well. FAFA, who is featured on Wait For It, croons with sincerity over a gorgeous jazzy guitar. JaiTheArtist shows up on the back end of I Will and her vocals sound angelic floating in the background. RhymSter and Edmur Quinn kept it simple on this project. However in between RhymSter’s witty lyricism and Edmur Quinn’s diverse array of instrumentals, their formula proved to be quite effective.

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