Here For a Good One, CHI-NATIVE Debuts New Single

I’ve been up, I’ve been down, feeling upside down-” WRDS begins the song with that catchy melody going into an uber lyrical verse. GOOD ONE from the upcoming collaborative album, PASSPORTS features WRDS, I.DEAL and Mic Logik, all trading off full verses, while adding richly sung vocals over the instrumental. The music video was directed and edited by Ron Guloy. GOOD ONE is produced by Ed Talenti, and the record was recorded, mixed and mastered by A.Quality. The CHI-NATIVE team consists of WRDS, I.DEAL, Mic Logik, and ThrowEmc.

It is refreshing to see three recording artists share the record so equitably, both in their lyrics but also in how their sounds all compliment each other quite well. Shot at what looks like a summer villa or home, showcasing the emcees living it up, drinking good liquor and playing chess. The CHI-NATIVE team has undeniable chemistry both on screen and in their sonic and lyrical content. Chicago has seen many groups come and go over the years in hip-hop, and CHI-NATIVE being so fresh, it is exciting to see how good they are already. The song has much replay value and will guaranteed have you bumping it over and over again. It is full of feel good moments, yet also a tad bittersweet, a classic in the making.

I’ve been moving these verses out like some Pirus up in the kitchen, I’m flying to get auditions, I’m squashing the competiton.” WRDS drops a line about his work ethic being comparable to that of hustlers in a gang, as well as him being on the go a lot. “I must have gotten my heart broke and never got it fixed, and so now they looking like targets that I just gotta hit.” I.DEALs verse is an emotionally charged one, as he describes the trials and tribulations of relationship experiences, and why he is the way he is now. I.DEAL also carries the main part of the chorus on, an amazingly high voice that you would not think was possible when hearing him rap.

Cause I feel like the time will come again when we will maybe speak, forgiveness is a strength of mine, and I don’t think that makes me weak, I think you need some introspection…” Mic Logik adds his third verse explaining his capacity for empathy and understanding is something a lot of other men lack. He also sings the “good one” hook adding another layer of vocal texture and surprising listeners while doing so. This single definitely has commercial appeal! GOOD ONE pulls deep reflections from each of the rappers on the lives they have lived so far, why they are hopeful for the future, and their presence in the current moment. “I’m not here for a long time, but I’m here for a good one, a good one,” the hook echoes in your head as you cherish being alive.

Each of the three CHI-NATIVE emcees evoke much thought and reminiscence in their lyricism while moving listeners to the good vibes of the hook and bridges. It is impressive they all sang and rapped on this instrumental. This trio has a strong sound together and Ever Evolved looks forward to their future drops every Friday. Get in tune with CHI-NATIVE! Be on the look out for their album PASSPORTS!

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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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Nova The King Debuts with Lake Shore Dreams: Artist of the Week

Part Action Bronson, part Mac Miller; A raspy voice and tight rhyme schemes, with classic braggadocio lines, is part of what makes Nova The King a unique, and also new artist, to the scene of Chicago. LAKE SHORE DREAMS, his debut ep, just dropped on all platforms on the anniversary of our nations most fateful day – 9/11. Which is actually just a popular day to do or drop anything given the impact of that date. Lake Shore Dreams is the first stab by Nova The King to cement himself into the music and hip hop industry of Chicago.

Track 1 is DREAMS, which utilizes that signature Nova The King, slow, raspy flow with his in-the-pocket rhyme patterns. Notable lines are, “I remember nights spent up in the basement, cooking up that crack. I don’t know about you, but I believe you have everything I lack.” Track 2 is SLYTHERIN, an obvious Harry Potter reference. Nova The King seems to be influenced by a lot of anime and pop culture that we all grew up with, for example DREAMS has a Dragon Ball Z sample. In SLYTHERIN, Nova The King details snake like behavior, and the often occurrences of swindlers you will run into, pursuing hip hop in Chicago.

Track 3 is WOAH, this track details how Nova The King is focused on success and not becoming distracted by the many women he has come across. Track 4, ALL THAT, where Nova mentions how things used to be, and how he is not reverting back to that lifestyle. He likes doing his own thing and sticking to the music business. In the fifth song, COST ALOT, there is a medieval sounding flute, and the bass line and drums come in perfectly along with his flow. Notable line is his Rick and Morty Scary Terry reference, “I know you sweet like Ben & Jerry, I be in your dreams like Scary Terry.

The final track on the EP is produced by Yondo, who is a favorite YouTube producer among the rap game. “Believe the paranoia, you know that I’ll destroy, I’ll Oscar Delahoya, you better phone your lawyer.” Is the hook which is the best on the project and makes you vibe and head rock. Props to Nova The King for entering the Chicago hip hop scene and releasing his first EP, LAKE SHORE DREAMS!

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Come-Back: Travie Austin and Brad Kemp

Chicago recording artist Travie Austin links with Brad Kemp to drop an eight track record, in collaboration with a number of other artists and musicians. COME-BACK by Travie Austin and Brad Kemp, out September 18th, is an upbeat neo-gospel-soul pop record. Every track features complex melodies and harmonies laid down by Travie himself. Each song is produced and engineered by Brad Kemp, with five of the tracks featuring TomCat Trumpet, Davyd Reddyk, Anthony M. Rodriguez and Tim Burke.

The themes of empowerment, self confidence, moving on and getting through heartbreak are prevalent throughout the album. Travie Austin seems to channel Sisqo as well as soulful singers of decades further, archaic in its sound and tonality, but contemporary in his flows and melodies; his style is unique and refreshing! Track 3, MAKE A MOVE featuring Anthony M. Rodriguez, is a feel good, jazzy club record you can easily dance to, about making that first sensually strong move, falling in love, living in the moment and letting go. “If you don’t want me to leave you better make your move,” Travie sings, reminding his love interest not to waste any time. In LET GO Travie belts, “I know that it’s right for me, I’m not gonna call you back, cause you got a plane to catch,” further illustrating the theme of moving past a relationship and hoping for a better dynamic in a future partner. The feelings portrayed in each song are quite universal in their appeal.

I don’t want to be that man anymore!” Travie croons in track eight, SAY GOODBYE, and the song sounds like he has a chorus backing him when the hook comes in. “Say goodbye to the ones who ain’t on your side, trying to tear your heart in two. And say goodbye to the ones trying to dim your light, they don’t shine as bright as you, cause you are so worthy, you are so special. Don’t let them see you fall, just keep your head up high, and say good bye!” This hook was quite powerful and exemplifies that theme of self confidence and moving on! A really inspiring song that will make you want to sing along as if you were in a huge choir.

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Ivan L Has Dropped 6 Albums Already In 2020: Artist of the Week

South Florida underground sensation Ivan L has recently released, HOW TO BE A PLAYA in collaboration with Brizzle Worrell. The 7 track LP features RhymSter of Ever Evolved on the song, SPACE FUNK. Ivan L’s output this year has been outstanding and unmatched, with 6 LPs put out and 2020 still has one quarter left. This album rounds out 18 total full length records that Ivan L has released since 2012. This amount of productivity is on some Curren$y or Future level type hip-hop, the work ethic is highly commendable.

The album channels that nostalgic Bun B and Pimp C sound of the South. Track 1 of the record is UGK, Ivan L and Brizzle Worrell trade verses back and forth on each song like seasoned veterans of the game. “I’m a Kakarot, in a platinum watch,” Ivan L raps as he references DBZ, and being blinged out. “Like who I be kidding, that paper I stack, I’m really so different, this fell in my lap,” Ivan L raps in track 2, ALL I KNOW a song with 3 verses and an auto-tune crooning hook.

Track 5 of HOW TO BE A PLAYA features Ever Evolved co-founder RhymSter. “Met a bad bitch, who’s so thick, probably going kiss her on both lips.” Ivan L raps on the track SPACE FUNK, a bumpy jam to vibe out to and smoke, while keeping a shorty close. The title track starts with Ivan L going straight in with bars using a unique structure and flow. “Money the motive, I need mine too, records promoted, the fees I blew.” Every song on this short 7 track record has dope punchlines and bars, layered references, along with street knowledge and business advice.

If you want to learn how to be a player, then you might want to take notes when bumping the collaboration between Ivan L and Brizzle Worrell. A new duo of righteous, up and coming Southern hip hop kings. Ivan L’s preceding 5 projects all released in 2020 alone include ALL EYES ON VITO, QUARANTINE THIS! KUSH & HAND SOAP, QUARANTINE THIS! A SICK TAPE, YOUR GIRLFRIENDS SECRET PLAYLIST 3, LAST TIME I CHECKED I WAS STILL BREATHING.

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Numbers On Numb: CantBuyDeem Drops Title Track With DJ Rabat.

CantBuyDeem just hit an awesome milestone by crossing ten thousand views in 2 weeks with NUMB, the second single and title track from his NUMB EP. In collaboration with French producer DJ Rabat, Numb is produced entirely by Deem’s French connection. Considering how his second single is sonically and lyrically, this EP will be a bonkers output from the Chicago indie powerhouse known as CantBuyDeem.

The visual is done by another regularly featured artist on here, Father Darko aka Mikal Bae. The visual features CantBuyDeem on a couch and getting into some BDSM with two women, with signature blunt smoking of course. The video has lush whites, purples, and vibrant darks throughout, a very refined color palette for the video. A YouTube commenter described CantBuyDeem’s style as what happens when gangsta rap meets Andre 3000. After watching and hearing Numb, you will know why.

The rhythm and melody CantBuyDeem puts on the record is smooth in its sound, but gritty in its lyrical references, giving the listener a totally unique experience. If you miss the lyrics, you might miss the message of the song entirely. “I done lost Alice, lost Trisha, lost Tammie, lost Granny, keep my ice real cold, and my heart so callous.” These lines stood out because of their direct references to CantBuyDeem’s personal life, and the loss of the women closest to him. The melody is bright, upbeat, positive and uplifting, but Deem is talking about how stoic he feels to things due to the intensity of his life experiences; he has been through a lot, so he is numb to a lot as well.

Everything better, but something still missing, got a lot of past pain, I can’t undo it.” This line is said shortly after he mentions how he is blessed for being able to make money off his music, especially when traveling out of town. This line goes to show that success in what you do, is not a cure all for the human emotional experience. A really powerful project and message jam packed into only a two point five minute song, music is cosmic in its ability to portray such human emotion in so little time. Kudos to CantBuyDeem for channeling such visceral reality to an audience. We are excited for the entire NUMB EP.

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Chicago Pay Attention: Safi-G Is Next To Break The Industry

GET IT THERE, YELLA, THE LICK, and FLEX are all songs released in the last seven months by Safi-G. Safi-G is a Palestinian rapper who makes up one half of the Chicago hip hop duo, GoodFellaz. All four of the songs are accompanied by amazing music videos, and every single one has crossed ten thousand in views, making his total count at eighty-one thousand. Across four videos in only seven months, and for being an independent underground rapper in 2020, these stats and milestones are recognizable and considerable.

If the other blogs are not paying attention to the hype, we feel bad for them. Safi-G has been consistently releasing quality music and visuals for a long time, and the hard work is paying off. He has an incredibly dedicated fanbase, any show you go to and see him perform, you will witness a crowd of Palestinian-Americans rapping and singing every single word along with him. His stage presence, performances, and cult like following precede him certainly. When you are a recording artist that already has the respect and love from your community, there is a lot of ways you can get to where you envision with out help from a label, and that is part of the beauty of hip hop.

The best artists are also the most culturally influential, but Safi-G also makes sure to be technically and musically skillful as well. This is why he is a triple threat package, he is talented, with good music, can perform live and already has a following backing his product. As a professional, Safi-G contains what a lot of artists would require from A&R and development, and he definitely does not need a cosign either. As long time backers and supporters of Safi-G, we are excited for his future in music, and it seems as if right now he is closing in on big breaks.

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Music and Culture Maker Danny Twelvetree Releases What A Life: Artist of the Week

East Side Chicago native Danny Twelvetree recently released WHAT A LIFE, a 12 track record full of clever witty punchlines detailing the freedom, hustle and slightly hedonistic star like lifestyle of Danny Twelvetree (hip hop and hedonism have always been crossed lovers). Structurally this record is extremely well put together, cohesive in its feeling, production and subject matter. This is a record for the fans of Nipsey Hussle, Wiz Khalifa, Schoolboy Q. If you like any of those artists, you are bound enjoy Danny Twelvetree.

One of the leading singles from the record is BACK IN MY BAG. The song has a sleek visual to coincide; Twelvetree raps in a few different locations, riding a BMX bike, and he performs inside a convenient store in a light blue jersey. Twelvetree mentions situations of women trying to hassle him for his time, being robbed at a young age and how he has had to cut down his circle from snakes. LIGHTSPEED is another song that stood out. The song might take one back to Wiz Khalifa’s STAR POWER mix tape in its positive vibe, melody and rhymes about the high life. The song has much replay value, highly recommend re-spinning that track a couple times as you listen chronologically.

Notable favorite from the record is BAD IDEA, which starts out with a sample about a kid describing what it is like to be flying; then Twelvetree comes in with a hard flow. The hook is still ringing, “I can’t take another blunt, that’s a bad idea, I can’t take another shot, that’s a bad idea.” That hook ties together all these impulses, deadly sins of sorts, that Danny wants to do, but does not know if he should. The song seems to be a struggle with pleasure through women and substances, but also a song that possibly rejects the over indulgence of both of these things.

The song contains an unaccredited feature who sounds like a mixture of E-40 and Anderson Paak. The track is a solid combination of quasi-lyrical mood rap mixed with a turn up anthem. The whole LP fits that description however and that is why it is so enjoyable, and has a lot of replay value. Listeners of this song could bump and dance, while indulging in substances they know they should not consume more of, because its BAD IDEA. Twelvetree perfectly reflects the culture and generation he is apart of. Casual drug use at least in terms of cannabis, alcohol and possibly pills have found themselves a quite prevalent presence in hip hop. The song channels that Kendrick Lamar SWIMMING POOLS song energy quite perfectly.

Danny Twelvetree rounds out the LP with HIT ME UP, this track starts out with another sample; a woman leaving a voice message on Danny’s phone. He then comes in with a cool and powerful singing voice, auto-tuned in a unique way, different from most modern rap sing-songs. The song surrounds this theme of how Danny is progressing, making money, traveling, making waves and his ex girlfriend seems to try to crawl back in his life.

For being relatively underground, Danny Twelvetree has a remarkably marketable and commercial sound and image. He is bound to make waves in an industry that is intense, cut throat and full of sharks. Twelvetree should be well off given his product, his style and sound gives a sense of grit, resilience and a will to not give up. We are excited about the roll out of this album, streaming everywhere now!

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Coffee and Cigarettes II with The Homie Q

COFFEE & CIGARETTES II is a six track record from The Homie Q. This record is what you bump while taking a long road trip and you had to wake up early to get a head start. The title of the record might give off the vibe that this is another stoner rap tape. That could not be further from the truth, this EP is what happens when Akon meets Nico & Vinz meets Travie McCoy, combined with Hollywood Undead.

The record is full of strong melodies and choruses, mixed with punk vocals and heavy auto tune. The intro track featuring Sir Isaac is filled with catchy runs. Track two features amazing singing from Breana Marin. Track three, ROCK N ROLL, is what channels that Hollywood Undead sound. The combination of high energy singing and catchy choruses make for an enthralling listening experience. It will definitely get the gears in the brain turning if you give it a spin in the morning.

The Homie Q rounds out the project with a love ballad called THESE GIRLS, a Gym Class Heroes like song, that might make one reminisce about high school or college crushes. The Homie Q does not waste any chance or track to give his listeners a catchy hook. THANKZ, the outro track on the project, leads with an epic guitar melody, and The Homie Q’s voice coming in with powerful vocals. The song is inspiring and tells his listeners he is not giving up, and he is thankful for the motivation he gets from fans, friends, and family.

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Dat Bizness Reminisces About The Streets.

In another authentic Chicago sound and visual from Dat Bizness, he brings an upbeat and positive perspective on his background, and how he has persevered through it. “Mama gave me $10 bills, told me go and grab Sandra tacos. First he was there and then he was gone, so I’m asking mom where my pops go.” FROM THE STREETS is only two minutes long with two verses and two hooks. Dat Bizness is surprisingly able to fit a large amount of story telling in this short song. It must be listened through multiple times over again in order to catch everything because of the pacing, its replay value, and the hook is one you can dance and vibe out to.

I am from the streets, brothers carry heat. Watch out for police, hustle hard gotta eat. We just trying to live take care of our kids, born in the system it is what it is,” the hook rapped by Dat Bizness would have an audience up off of their feat and having fun. This song is appealing for its sophistication, with the lines detailing Dat Bizness’ background and lifestyle, coupled with the jazzy, saxophone melody, boom bap instrumental. The song is fast paced and makes a listener think, while also moving them to the rhythm. It is not easy to combine those aspects (fun and complexity) in music, and successfully doing so is absolutely worthy of praise.

Dat Bizness ends the song reminding listeners where he is from. “8806 South Burley street I grew up in the new buildings damn!” He is no stranger to the neighborhoods that shaped the talent and phenom known as Dat Bizness.

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