Inspired by music at a young age through singing, this Chicago artist has transformed herself into the genre bending cello playing vocalist she is today. With a passion for her art and talent Sylvie Grace takes to the streets of Chicago on Michigan Ave and performs for the public. If you had the chance to greet her she is quite friendly! She frequents the studio when not street performing and has gained quite the reputation in the Chicago music community.
Collaborating with many locals from A Billion Youngto Palmer Squares and many others, she assists with either with her cello or her vocals. Leaving her mark in sound around Chicago. On her own she works with a loop station a cello and sometimes a drummer. The combination results in soulful pop and R&B tunes with deep lyrics. Another beautiful example of Chicago’s many talents. Keep on the lookout for her single this coming February, a preview to her project Bloom coming in March.
Since releasing her debut album HEAVN Jamila Woods has been working and collaborating on big projects with local artists. Featuring in few different releases from Malcolm London‘s Opia, Saba‘s Bucket List and oddCouple‘s LP. Impressive list to add to an already amazing music resume. She is back with a new single. Brown Girls Theme, with a beautiful melody she expresses herself gracefully.
You can always count on Jamilas voice to make you feel dreamy, relaxed and to project a message clear. A perfect voice to speak for what she is passionate about. Recently she featured in a documentary Saving Chicago on Billboard that features Rhymefest, Malcolm London, Common and other passionate Chicago artists and students. As a clip of her teaching and singing with her class plays Jamila voices her opinion on Chicago violence and Police Brutality while at the same time promoting the positive qualities of the black community. Reshaping Chicago through music.
oddCouple pulled off a beast of an album. End to end filled with rising Chicago artist. We have Kweku Collins featuring. Jamila Woods adds a piece of her soul to it. Mick Jenkins makes a show and of course gotta have Joey Purp, Mike Golden in on the fun amongst many others. Right off the bat you get hooked on Slept on. Its Golden that gets you with the chorus but its that sax that makes you stay. The soulful vibes continue throughout the album finishing off with a instrumental. A beautiful way to kill time if you ask me
A modern day Hip Hop and Rap artist with an old soul is a great way to describe this Chicago talent. Probably why he does not look out of place in a speak easy for his Pale Moonlight music video. Probcause has such a good ear for smooth rhythm its as if he was born with Jazz and Soul running through his veins. So when he hears about one of his own favorite artists, Big Gigantic making a new album he picks out one of his favorite tracks to remix in honor. Pumped with horns, bass, synths and vocals by Angela McCluskey, Probcause adds his own verses to Little Things it and gives the soulful tune some more energy and attitude.
This old soul also, however, rocks with a millennial fan base too and he got all our attention workin with Griz. Spittin verses over dubstep and sub bass genres splicing in with live instruments. Cannot get too far away from that soulful sound be they turn it into a party. Nothing but good vibes and a good message coming out of Griz’s new project Good Will Prevail.My Friends and I just spreads that good word of love friend ship and good times. Spread the vibes.
Mick Jenkins is spreading that love and good music. Coming out of the studio with a positive message much needed for Chicago. Despite all the negativity being thrown your way you just have to keep your head up. The Universe does not throw anything your way that you cannot handle and everyone fighting a battle. If you are holding onto hate don’t. Live in the moment and Spread Love. Good to see a see a popular artist use his platform to spread a good message.
After all that positivity Mick Jenkins went for a trip to Toronto, Canada to record a song for Red Bull. Meeting up with BADBADNOTGOOD on the production they combine an indie jazzy beat with the hip hop heads lyrics and come up with more of a performance piece than a song. Starting out real slow like the morning and the then hits you with an energetic verse. Red Bull can certainly pick the artists to some up with something creative and unheard of.
Anticipating her album release of Earf Gurl this upcoming 6th of September, Brittany Nacole drops bits and pieces of her project to satisfy ears. Nearly Twenty thousand heads to tune into her album titled track released about 4 months ago. In Earf Gurl Brittany is expressing her grace and piece of mind. Being a down to earth girl, living in the moment with carefree attitude. With soulful lyrics and the beat by DJ Earn Money the track sets the tone for the rest of the pending album.
Continuing with that, Saturdaze is a another good vibe track written and performed by Brittany Nacole herself. A talent not expressed by much mainstream artists so the authenticity is refreshing. It makes an artist more relatable to young girls especially in her more recent track Her. Not to exact on if that song will be on the new album but it does follow the flower and nature theme on the cover art. Saturdaze however is the 2nd preview for the upcoming project and is such a catchy beat that, over ambient synths and drumming, Brittany’s vocals and lyrics can leave you in a trance. Catch the rhythm and feel those good vibes.
Releasing her Debut album earlier this month HEAVN is jam packed with some of the more notable artists rising out of Chicago. From Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment to Saba, Noname and Odd Couple to Kweku Collins; Jamila Woods really knows how to bring it back to her city, as she has set forth to do. Being the associate director at Wordplay Youth Chicago Artists, which helped manifest talents and careers for artists like Chance the Rapper, Mick Jenkins and Saba, she gets to hear and experience the stories and struggles of the youth on the south side empathically, being raised in Beverly Hills, Chicago herself. She is working on a strong platform making her voice heard not for herself but for the voices unheard in his beautifully diverse city that fills her with complicated love.
HEAVN is Jamila’s debut album joining the ranks of the many independent Chicago artists after first making herself known through collaborations with Chance on Sunday Candy and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’White Privilege II. HEAVN holds powerful messages of love, awareness and resilience for the masses to hear as well. Songs like VRY BLK with NoName echoes the struggle of police brutality taking on the rhythm of the nursery rhyme Miss Mary Mack metaphorically singing serving and protecting is stealing babies lives. Then you have Blk Girl Soldier a strong vocally passionate song that brings to light the silent struggle of young black women.”Look at what they did to my sisters, last century last week, put her in a jar and forget her, they love how it repeats” Jamila sings as her video focuses on protesters holding signs saying Say Her Name, an organization bringing awareness to black women who have been murdered, beaten or go missing and never get reported on. The combination of the lyrics and video message highlights the strength of black women then and now who endure so much more and still rise to the top because they have to.
Jamila in the end carries the torch of love and empowerment among many strong female artists that hold the same message. When it gets down to it though she is an artist, with a heavy soul. A mere human as humbly reminded in Lonely Lonely, filled with doubts and concerns with the real issues internal and external. Here to remind you that even the strongest minds have their dark days and in the end you are all that you got and need. Just love and appreciate your blessings as she sings “My cup is full, what I got is enough, nobody completes me, don’t mess with my love” in her song Holy. Just wake up in the morning with your mind set on loving yourself, that in itself is a revolutionary act. Get inspired and download this album for free.
Creation can come from anywhere and can happen in any moment. For A Billion Young creation just needed a bedroom and the time to create was now, in their perspective at that moment. Collaborating with wonderful Chicago talent by the likes of Jac Stovler, Rich Jones, and Sylvie Grace with whom I have had the pleasure of meeting while she performed with her cello on Mag Mile Downtown, the artists create a 6 track mix tape that transcends genres. From soulful to future bass to trap, juke and footwork styles with the use of live instruments, guitars, cellos, vocals and midi controllers Chicago look no further for talent and good music than your own backyard. I recommend listening this in order and loudly.
With the title of Chance the Rapper‘s little brother, Taylor Bennett may have some shoes to fill in the eyes of the public but he most certainly makes the cut and then some. Premiering on Rolling Stones his debut album makes some noise following his successful mixtape Mainstream Music, Taylor establishes himself as an independent artist with Broad Shoulders. With the help of LudLow on production they created an album ranging in sounds and genres. Another key in making this album successful is the collaborating on a few songs with artists from Chicago like Donnie Trumpet, Joey Purp, King Louie and of course his brother Chance as well as other artists outside our area code. Plenty of potential in this 19 year old artist and plenty more music to come, this is only the beginning. Keep an ear out for Taylor Bennett.
From the city of Chi, Manic Focus pumps out yet another original tune. But not before hitting up Break Science to collab and give their fans another treat as Manic Science. Sandy Speaks is a chill vibe track that will encourage and motivate you from the start with a message of self empowerment. Wavy synths, catchy beat patterns and heavy bass and chopped vocals delicately carry throught the rest of the track.
Manic Focus consistently releases some of the most funky electronic beats coming out of Chicago. Proving he got some real funky swag with Lettuce from New York on their collab track dubbed Funky Style. His most recent release Sowing My Zone, Manic has some adds some hip hop style influence accompanied with melodic synths and vocals repeatin I’m so in my zone. You can guess Manic was just that in the making of this track. In that state of mind like that the man is unstoppable. Play this on a good day to get your mind right, its a free download.