Louis The Child is arguably the champion of good and positive times, and anthemic tunes. Their debut LP release HERE FOR NOW earlier last year is the epitome of all the may represent to their fans followers. Each tune is uplifting in sound, and positive in message, fun and playful enough to dance to, and heavy in bass enough to jump around; a perfect radio formula thats not dull or repetitive. Spanning multiple genres from drum n’ bass, future bass, hip hop, pop music, and more, Louis The Child decides to add 4 more tunes to the package. What is more is they decided to say SO WHAT, and released another tune 2 weeks following, but the message is too powerful to just brush off! SO WHAT of little problems, there is a life to live, cannot control anything, you are powerful regardless, so dance!
Sherrell the Artist is definitely one that lives through passion. Her expression is fulfilled through music, and it can be quite relatable to listeners. She recently releases a single called DROWNING and opens up very blunt on the first verse, making it known she is deeper than her looks and style. “Misunderstood so I might lose you when I say this but, you looking for some pretty music. Got the wrong bitch cause, this is passion, rage and pain, baby all of it so. It’s not gonna sound pretty, I’m not sorry. Besides the music i don’t open up hardly.” Nearly every line is deeper than words, even Sherrell’s chorus to the song opens up with some heavy thoughts, connecting her confusion to a feeling of drowning, and numbing herself with drugs, leading the blind with her songs. Or perhaps in another perspective, comforting the blind, as she sings knowing most people tend to keep their troubles private, and her words may help guide them through the motions. “I got the music that can speak through all your heartaches, i’m touching souls with my words.” Music or therapy, you decide!
One golden rule of success is not to publicize your every move, sometimes you just have to keep people wondering before you come out with something big! K.E.N, Aka The God Level Goat, Killin’ Every Note, has this philosophy laced in his movements, as he comes up on new opportunities it seems from out of no where, popping in and out with new music here and there, or ending up in festivals like YAS! Most recent actions to observe is his recent single release of ON SIGHT, after being relatively silent, however not inactive, landing himself an acting position on The Chi as he would announce on his social medias. Perhaps his energy on stage and in his music like ON SIGHT, gets him this kind of attention from key players with ease, maybe he works hard every night. Even his lyrics can leave you guessing, “I’m working hard every night, it’s the liquor with sprite, got me feeling so right, might just go pick up a mic. Feel I’ll go bust it on sight.” Either way his talent is undeniable, and the production by the Ambi/\nce is not just complimentary, its hype!
Adding an air of mystery to his already peculiar persona, Säge, The 64th Wonder interprets the sacred and esoteric with his latest LP release. As if his mask does not do the job, HIEROPHANT gives the 64th Wonder another layer of mystic energy. The album contains 8 tracks of boom bap type beats with lyric heavy verses and features from Kyd Wahlee, Sleep Sinatra and SHINTENTO64. Fans have had early previews of HIEROPHANT with early releases of its singles like SPOON BENDER, TALKING SHOES and EASY BAKE, with an accompanying music video. The project in all is a whole ‘nother level of hip hop that is refreshing, lyrically and sonically, to the Chicago pot of artists.
Casually strolling onto the mic acknowledging some time passing, with the confidence of a living legend, and the knowledge that he is about to rock the mic, as if he had to remind the Chi who is king! BASURA features Kyd Wahlee spittin over a steady, simple and dark beat, that emphasizes the boths artists lyrics and energy. Though the LP was teased with earlier releases, BASURA sets the tone for the tracks to follow. ENTER THE 64TH WONDER sets the bar lyrically, his flow so smooth through a cool, calm and collected attitude, but sharp with his words. HIEROPHANT thus far carries an aloofness, almost comical atmosphere, with background chatter on the beat as if in the middle of a broadcasted variety show into SPOON BENDER.
The remainder of HIEROPHANT takes it back down to earth with EASY BAKE and onward, the music video for the track takes on a raw urban vibe, while Säge humbly brags about his lyrical skill compared to the childish easy bake talent of others. TALKING SHOES takes it deep into Säge’s thoughts and actions, it seems Säge can turn any thought into poetry, and every thought seems to bear significance. However he raps, “I’m not here to preach I’m just speaking with my hood…” All together this LP takes you back to classic hip hop vibe, production focused on the beat, emphasizing the lyrics that are raw and laced with natural wisdom. So much wisdom an instrumental track in ALLIUM had to be introduced to give your mind a breather. A sick followup to THE GODS HERE ARE STUPID LP, you are going to catch yourself putting HIEROPHANT on repeat!
Just in time for summer weather, Eli Liberty comes out with a fun and sultry pop R&B song! DRIPPY is released to mark what Eli is calling a new era for himself, foreshadowing a new project. The song itself is enthusiastic, energetic, flirty and would no doubt get the dance floor drippy! Eli even has a lyric video created to help you keep up with every catchy line, so you can sing along at a show or steal a line or two for your significant other! Eli Liberty has been taking the extra mile to promote his track as well, with his dancing talent, he has created a social media challenge called #DrippyMoonChallenge, where you dance along to the song, to a specific choreography, like TIK TOK. Altogether a fun and catchy song to dance and sing along too, it is not too explicit, not too cartoonish, just playfully suggestive and perfect for the upcoming summer months!
Coming off his earlier release of COFFEE & CIGARETTES II, The Homie Q is back with even more feel good tracks for your adult soul. ACCIDENT PRONE is a 5 track EP that dropped May the 4th, The Homie Q includes a direct homage to Star Wars with the cover art.
The intro track is a slightly megaphonic-filtered, autotune sing flow for the hook. He sing raps it really fast going into a bridge before his first verse where the Homie Q raps in a more conversational tone. “Blowing up my line for nothing, she say that she miss me, cruising with my Cali bitch, rolling up the Nipsey.” That line stood out for its Nipsey Hussle reference, calling some of the best Cali weed, Nipsey. This intro track has a lot of vocal switch ups which keep the song fun and different, nothing on this first record is expected, completely surprising.
BOY MEETS WORLD is one those fun bravado, lady killing songs. The song sounds like it samples Dance Dance Revolution. The Homie Q goes through reference after reference about his relationships with various women. A bright track filled with unique vocal runs of The Homie Q crooning! Track 3 is titled I SLEPT WITH THQ AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS T-SHIRT, which is a hilarious name that stands out. “Fuck me with the lights on, shootings stars shoot right on. Nothing lasts forever, baby come on, this is your song. Fuck with me the lights on, she can go all night long. I want this forever, baby come and get your shine on!” An extremely catchy chorus that will have you assuredly singing back and feeling yourself.
99PLUS1 is the fourth record on the project and contains The Homie Q’s only feature for the EP, Kasual OWNLY. This is another crooned banger, Kasual OWNLY comes in with a similar complimentary style and tone to The Homie Q. They take auto tune crooning to a whole new level on this track, very fun song! “I keep it 100 with you,” This project is chock fill of vibes for the ladies, full of vulnerability and masculine braggadocio. This is music you can bump at a party but also listen intently to.
“Never let ya go, never let ya go, no. Till I say so, till I say so, never let me go, never let me go, no. This means more than I know.” A heartfelt and emotion filled hook sung by The Homie Q for the last track on the project titled THERE WAS MORE THAN ENOUGH ROOM FOR JACK. The project is perfect for summer rides and evenings, lots of slightly melancholic yet more sensitive vibes from The Homie Q, and poetry geared towards one’s love life that seems to always be tumultuous. A short and sweet listen but is easily put on repeat, especially if you rock with the auto-tune crooning style of hip hop, uplifting melodies, and catchy choruses. Do not forget to stream “Accident Prone” available everywhere and don’t miss out on his previous project which we also covered titled “Coffee and Cigarettes II”.
Blue Kubricks is back around generating enough noise to rumble your speakers! The band from Leeds in the UK release their new track LATIN, that hits on notes of Indie Pop Punk, a heavier direction from their previous releases like HEROIN. Aggressive but playful from the start, heavy on the drums and thrashing guitar with mischievous lyrics, giving you enough energy to mosh around. The solo mid song gives it that extra cherry on top, just when you think it could not get wilder. The melodic guitar riff cleans up the garage rock band sound, but not too much as to take away from the authenticity of is rugged edge. Blue Kubricks debuts on Monomyth Records with LATIN, and they made sure they stood out!
The smash single from Chicago’s favorite duo starts in with Khalid Reed rapping two verses with Kevin Wiley on the infectious and super catchy hook. Svn Svn Thr33 perform in an all white background similar to the popular YouTube series, Colors. With the duo at two standing microphones, they give a sensational performance for their lady killing hit, THE BREAKUP SONG.
“I know I’m the person you said you never needed, but how come when I left you alone I had you heated.” Khalid Reed starts in with the first verse, inferring how attached his lady was to him. “I be feeling like this ain’t been work, and I don’t know how to tell you that!” Kevin Wiley comes in with the smooth and rhythmic vocals on the hook, “You been wondering when I’m in my phone, got you asking me where my head’s been at!” Khalid Reed raps a second verse, with Kevin Wiley on a two part bridge to connect the progression to the final chorus. “Came to you at my lowest, but your actions they were lower than that, girl I promise I ain’t ever look back!”
Khalid Reed ends his second verse with these gut punching bars, and Kevin Wiley glides in with “I’m sorry it had to be this way, I’m sorry that I can not stay, I’m sorry that it came to this, I’m sorry but this how I feel! I don’t wanna waste your time, but I can’t keep living a lie!” The lyrics are quite relatable in this modern era of dating, with all the social media apps and technology. Svn Svn Thr33 promise it is nothing personal and it is sometimes just how relationships need to go; no hard feelings, just brutal honesty. That theme shines through exceptionally well on their hit record THE BREAKUP SONG.
Starting out the year early & strong with the release of his debut EP EPIC, StankNasty is continuing the momentum. Poppin’ back out for a fresh hip hop beat, Stank releases BANGER with a few notable heads to contribute, to truly make it suitable to its title. Bringing in some serious players on production and engineering with Johnny Innuendo and Gerald The Genius L, delivering a piano and string heavy melody, trapped out with hi hats and beat work. Joining StankNasty on the mic is AMK with the chorus, an artist that really adds the perfect touch to make a banger, as he did with StankNasty once before with THE LORD KNOWS. Really growing into his shoes with this beat, StankNasty sounds more polished on the mic the more we hear from him, packing a mouthful of lyrics in a verse with ease, “we stay out howling, only getting louder, we drawing the crowds, we coming for the crown. So you ain’t gonna hear no mother fuckin hush from us.” It looks like he is still just getting started and you can hear it when he says “I’m hungry as f*ck“.
Never be afraid to learn something, because the moment you stop learning is the moment you start dying, as spoken by the incredible Albert Einstein. This can go for as far as education to personal knowledge and comforts, and those best at expressing these efforts are artists like Mic Fort. Just releasing a new hip hop single called TRUST MYSELF, Mic Fort goes through mental challenges, a discovery of self and preferred environments. On this lyrically heavy track, Mic effortlessly illustrates his thought process through it all. Of course life can really only be enjoyed once you learn to trust yourself, your environment and the people you keep around you.
To learn to trust yourself so you can trust who you intend bring around you is an incredibly profound discipline; to learn your own behavior, from the good to the self destructive, before you can examine anyone else’s hidden intentions. Mic jumps into his lyrics without hesitation “I cant trust myself, I gotta find myself, so I hide and seek me, I can’t be nobody else. The road goes cold when you take back control, but as long as I got music I can never be alone.” The track itself, produced by KYLO, is such a groove, reeling you into a mood on the intro; a soulection type of vibe, but heavy on the beat work, meant to compliment Mic Forts lyricism and flow. Speaking nothing but truths, “the phone goes silent when you not the first to call, text messages be dry, you surround by the walls. As you start poppin’ they start wanna give you a call…” Mic points out fake people that just intend to leach, but he finds peace from them as well, “But lately I been meditating. Music, work I’m dedicated. Strategies has been created, I’m on a role, you can’t replace me…” Yoo can tell with the confidence on the mic, Mr. Fort has the utmost trust in his own craft.
TRUST MYSELF breaks Mic into this year, following up on a powerful 2020 stretch. Mic Fort is still glowing off the work from his last project and 2nd LP PENUMBRA. Just on the starting path this year Mic plans on multiple releases. As early as May 21st you can catch Mic collaborating with his brother Dee-Jay, most likely being a multiple track project. He is also planning on a few visual releases for his recently released tracks as well. Mic Fort has been on a roll since his first LP, DREAMS TO GOALS, dropped in 2019 and he has not stopped since, so check out his links below and give Mic a follow!