Live Like Gold

Living the Gold Life means to be the realest you can be everyday. Uncover that Gold buried within you. You can hear it in his lyrics, he walks how he speaks it. “Dont got shit to prove but don’t act like I aint been doin this” He exclaims, Fuck the lies its the truth I spit“, in his recent release with Bz the Rebel. Coming out of Chicago at just twenty years old Gold sounds like he has stories to tell and lyricism that is one of a kind.

His style is straight to the point, rough and rude You know where he stands and he knows where he is at, you can see and hear it in his demeanor. Rightly so he has a good history to claim coming off an 6 track LP release late summer called Belly Of The Beast. He comes back quick with Vendetta and Yuck. Rightly named with a nasty beat as he spits rapid fire verses, it is like he has an endless vocabulary. Like it is second nature you might get inspired so give it a listen!

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Whethan Livin The Life Of A Wallflower

Many if not all artists have two sides to them and Whethan bounces between the two effortlessly. You can get either the romantic, or the savage. Through some of his recent releases you can hear amorous music expressed through euphoric synths and harmonious melodies and vocals. Then like Sicko Mode he can flip it on a beat. Coming from Chicago though it is not surprise, we are sweet or sour depending on our surroundings.

To start off the cold seasons Whethan warms you up with some sensual electronic audio. By next summer you will be blasting each song to match those sunny vibes. His EP Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1 is flawless piece by piece from the production to the featured talent to the atmosphere. With acts like HONNE, Bipolar Sunshine, Mascolo, Oh Wonder and Broods you are getting Top Shelf music that will make some Good Nights. Then suddenly out of nowhere Whethan goes Sicko Mode and takes Skrillex‘s remix, that helped put Travis Scott‘s track on the map of Billboards top 100, and gives it a bit more attitude. But its no surprise what he can handle working with artists like Opia, Oliver Tree, Flux Pavilion and Louis the Child. 

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Love Lost and Unlovable

Power metal and Hip Hop cross over? What?! Who would of thought a Chicago based Thrash/Power metal band would be influenced by hip hop? Well let me tell you! Love Lost, a new south side band formed by Bryan Anthony, Alex Corral, Kevin Gecan, Ed Messina, and Damen Lewis. They have a sound specifically targeted for Hip Hop, Hardcore, and Thrash listeners. The Hip Hop and Metal sound has been relatively outcasted due to its sub genre flex but been part of the best for three decades now, even if the resulting collision between the genres have not always been spectacular.

Only time can tell though the quick response Love Lost has been getting is crazy. Lead vocalist Bryan Anthony says “I feel like the when you cross Hip-Hop over to any music it makes it more interesting. Its something that you have to really dig into the culture to understand and feel apart from the music. You could always tell when someone knows their roots and been around it all their life. When it’s genuine it is one of the most powerful styles of music if not the most“. Anthony has also stated that his huge influences stem from Triple 6 Mafia, Method Man, Onyx, Dr. Dre and a lot of other heavy hitting rappers and emcees from back in the day.

Love Lost is a band about a heartbreak for the listeners to relate and connect to and stand for being yourself yet having a passion for the music. Respectively they generate a new wave of fans from all over because some of the members have had the privilege to tour all the US and other countries including Belgium, Germany, Austria, Denmark through former bands. Anthony says,”One of the most rewarding parts of touring the world have been seeing the culture of music in general. My favorite places were New York, Puerto Rico, California, London, and Germany. It was very influential and definitely key moments in my life as these places have such rooted hardcore and hip hop history”. Love Lost currently has no upcoming shows but they did release a music video that can be found on the HARDCORE WORLD WIDE on youtube and have an album titled Sleep Well set to release the first quarter of 2019.

Thursday 12pm Eastern time Unlovable(Sleep Well) ft Alex Of MALEVOLENCE on Worldwide Underground“Looking back you covered tracks I should have known better by nowYou held me back there’s nowhere to turn but downLove is deceit so please just let me be I hope you sleep wellWhile I’m coping and burning in hellBrain is straight anguish my feelings relentlessAlone by myself and god damn it’s depressingI never felt so disposable When I look at you I FEEL LIKE IM UNLOVEABLE”

Posted by Love Lost on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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Satisfied With Win & Woo

We may not all have felt it but when you do, you will know! Your heart drops at the sight of their name, your mood shifts in their presence, and the sound of their voice sends a rush down your spine that is enough to keep you Satisfied. A different vibe from their last original, Beam Me Up, that had a more care free reggae atmosphere but equally as joyful. And in their recent remixes for Favorite Color Is Blue and Better Me Better You, you can hear it too. Win & Woo have a talent for capturing a moment or a feeling fluently with their music whether it is of friendship, relaxation, joy and with this new beat, love. 

The Chicago duo translates that feeling of ecstasy in their recent single Satisfied through an up beat house track with an energetic bass line that flows with the lyrics describing what it means to be in love. “Better than I was cause you give me that, that kind of affection… I crave the attention, I do, I do I do. I’m feelin’ the tension“. Sounds all too familiar when you think about the first time you mingled with the perfect energy. Get in the right mood with this one or remind someone you appreciate them with this song!

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Ayoo Repping For That Low Life

Ayoo did you hear that new beat? The Chicago brothers come back strong with a new remix following the release of Timeline featuring RhymSter back in the summer. Taking aim at Low Life by Future ft the Weeknd hitting the low end of that bass; a deeper sound than their latest singles and it sounds like they are headed in the right direction. Chicago took notice as they opened for Malaa with locals Birthdayy Partyy in the city’s Concord Music Hall following a string of events from festivals to boat parties in the summer. So knowing that you can trust this beat will set off a dance floor.

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Jean Deaux Doesn’t Work 4 Free

Leader of the pack mentality Jean Deaux keeps a team, “a manaj, and she calls them all Nicki”. Sitting at the edge of a desk in flashy shades, acrylic nails, draped in diamonds directing people working back and forth for her is the perfect image. I would feel bad for who ever is lacking on the other end of that line in this Work 4 Me music video. It is clear she does not need you, “Think twice before you ask a verse from me” but you can work for her, she has got moves to make.

Working on her own writing and adding filmography to her resume she directed the video herself with Stripmall, really working the brand she presents. The video itself is apart of a bigger EP project containing many of the familiar crew from Pivot, Zero Fatigue and independent artists like Phoelix,THEMpeople and AMACPacked with wavy & heavy beats and dramatic dialogue in between songs KRASH shows a real sign of maturity in her music and presentation. A real artists flourishing and making moves is rare to see yet Chicago is bustling with artists like Jean Deaux putting in a good name for her city and her work ethic.

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Rich Jones is The Should You Lean On

Radiating a vibe through his music that is so disarming The Should You Lean On is a fitting title for Rich Jones latest project. “No coin to toss won’t chance my love to game“, he repeats in his first track and I know I can trust this man and his playlist, he has been around. Dipping back into a hip hop flow with the next couple of tracks, bouncing between Soul, R&B & Hip Hop these 7 tracks Jones really shows his colors off. A refreshing LP following Light Work EP and Dangerous Rainy Days releases.

Always working with prominent names in the local scene he brings on some really talented individuals once again to help with the project. J. Kelr from Rellek Studio did work on recording and Joel Gutman at Fat Tongue Studios, Kenny Keys doing some production as well. On vocals joins Kiara Lanier and the super duper secret Nnamdi Ogbonnayya. All put in good work on the LP and Rich Jones talks more in-depth in an interview with These Days to really putting it in a broader perspective. Adding the cherry on top Jones puts up a release party at the Sleeping Village, but if you want to catch him before 2018 ends check out his calendar or start replaying his music!

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Better Safe Than Safi

Every once in a while an artist emcee comes out with words faster than you can comprehend. Lyricism as quick as Twista, Bizzy Bone or Busta Rhymes will make you wonder when these artists have time to breathe or even remember all these words! Safi G from Palestine, reppin’ Chicago, recently releases a piston of a track produced by Al Grand with deadly words back to back to back and a flow so exclusive. Better Safe Than Safi comes with visuals credited to MikeMakesMovies, with anime scenes from Dragon Ball Z representing his lyrical power metaphorically. If you think this track is hype you should see him live in the act, or you can check out his more relaxed tracks if you cannot handle this heat!

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You Can’t Imitate Smino

Chicagos favorite hip hop and R&B emcee from St. Louis is back with a flawless project. His modus operandi is undeniably one of a kind. Smino is a true connoisseur in the art of seduction. Listening to NOIR will make you invoke your inner suavemente like no Drake song ever could. Starting off strong it took myself a few hours to get past the first half of this LP.

L.M.F. (Lion Mufasa) – Trailer

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Posted by Smino on Monday, October 29, 2018

When I say flawless I mean there is not a single second of music you would want to skip out on. From the beats, the lyricism and quick witted wordplay to the commentary, NOIR emits the perfect vibes for a weekend away with your main chick smokin’ trees or whippin’ around the town with the boys pickin’ up some honeys; an audio vacation. With the homies Jay2, Bari, Dreezy and Valee on a few tracks and production by the one and only Monte Booker you will not need any other wing men. And course what Zero Fatigue project would be complete without a Ravyn Lenae feature with a voice so sensual. Set the vibe right with NOIR.

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Stay Right Here with Saba

Saba Pivot is back with a  single and he brought some friends to contribute to the beat. Lookin’ at all the love around him, Saba puts together a feel good song that blends R&B with positive Hip Hop lyricism. Who better to match lyrical ability than Mick Jenkins with Xaviar Omar to lock in the vibes with a smooth hook.

Stay Right Here is similar in energy to Care For Me, Sabas most recent full length project release that came out earlier in the year. That album would include notable Chicago creatives such as theMind, Kaina and Chance the Rapper. It seems to follow the idea of self care, expression, the ebb n flow of life and Stay Right Here is the appreciation of it all. He sings “Coming up from nothin but drugs and the crime.. Oh yes I came out of alive”. Saba’s momentum and energy continues to stay strong like he has Heaven All Around him!  

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