Broken Robots (Kat Baker, Tony Baker, Lonnie Phillips) are back with a new single introducing Chicago rap artist Trevor Pilz. The track titled BOOM BADA BAM BING, is a rebellious anthem channeling the likes of Cypress Hill’s B-REAL and the great Eminem. Kat Baker and Trevor Pilz share the infectious half rapped, half sung chorus, with Tony Baker on the guitar leads and rhythm production. The whole song feels throwback in its influences yet contemporary in its execution.
“Bottom with the rocks in handcuffs, put them in a box with padlocks,” Kat Baker sings with her signature pianissimo style. “Singing boom bada bam bing, still do the damn thing, whatcha gonna do about it, bitch not a damn thing,” Trevor Pilz responds in the two part hook that evokes the idea of the sovereign citizen freedom fighter. Trevor Pilz being relatively new to the scene, but having such a strong sonic start thanks in part to Broken Robots, is quite commendable. A lot of artists in the scene do not get the privilege to have quality production, even less have the skill and talent to back it up like Trevor Pilz clearly possesses.
The track, BOOM BADA BAM BING, is two verses with two hooks, beginning and culminating in sound bites of various interactions with the police. The single infers this disharmonious relationship with those who are meant to protect and serve, but most of us know that is not really why they are here in our communities. BOOM BADA BAM BING, the new single by Trevor Pilz in collaboration with Broken Robots is available on YouTube and SoundCloud today with a lyric visual to accompany it on YouTube!
First discovered G.T.I.M. with his fast flowing, Midwest chopping skills on FIYAH produced by Cuzzin Vinny. Now he is back with a collaborative EP with MOECYRUS on TOMA. A back and forth boom bap sparring record, where both emcees lay their skills down and leave everything they can on the track. A truly impressive record reminiscent of solo Wu Tang cuts.
G.T.I.M. is an acronym for GTEK THE ILL META4, and he absolutely brings meta bars throughout all 5 tracks with heavyweight emcee MOECYRUS right alongside in their boom bap duo. G.T.I.M. raps the first verse of TOMA, produced once again by Cuzzin Vinny, in Spanish, before switching into English, “Let me switch the language I’m the number 1 contender, one that’s for sure is that Wu Tang is forever!…” MOECYRUS and G.T.I.M. share the hook chanting TOMA back n forth.
The second record on TOMA is actually produced by G.T.I.M. himself; hearing rappers rap over their own beats is always inspiring. “I swear that I’m not a villain, living for lords bidding, something like heavens hitman, killing like hells janitor,” this dope line of metaphors stands out in track 2, MACHETE. “Fuck you need me for? I don’t ask for nothing, all you really want is to get your sound bussin,” MOECYRUS raps, inferring scene artists trying to waste his time or only use him for clout.
Track 3 SPECTRUM, is actually produced by MOEYCRUS! Highly recommend this song for its piercing lyricism from both of the Chicago emcees. “I said I never folded unless I am aluminum…!” raps MOECYRUS. G.T.I.M. hits a nice string of lines with “Like when you’re making them nervous because you’re a genuine person, and I’ve been putting that work in, and becoming the version I’ve been dreaming and merging”
MILITIA is another Cuzzin Vinny production evoking two solid verses from the fencing emcees on TOMA! The hook is a series of samples referencing militant raps of times past. MOECYRUS starts the record before passing it off to G.T.I.M. “I’m putting in my time like military service,” that line can sum up the skill needed to pull off a track like this.
The final record begins with a sound bite mentioning martial law. G.T.I.M. comes in with highly charged anti-political bars. “Most the medias a lie, now they call it fake news, but it’s been that way. Let me tell you it ain’t new, always been propaganda, omitting out any truth. Then they hijacked rap, spitting bullshit in the booth.” FML the acronym for “fuck martial law” the hook comes in tight and clean by MOECYRUS.This record is a must save and listen for any hip hop head of the Midwest and beyond. Any fan of music, boom bap, poetry, lyricism, political references, Latin music, should find something lovely, familiar, unique, and charged with the passion of true hip hop in TOMA.
On Monday September 27th, 2021 Chicagoans had the chance to see an Ever Evolved special curation at the InnJoy bar in Wicker Park. Named after the LEAGUE CHAMPS song by Beatrix Kiddo, It’s A Vibe was host by JaiTheArtist, who also performed and introduced each act. With DJ Curt Henny on the decks, RhymSter rocking some tracks, the night was set with a stellar lineup. The lineup features veteran emcee FrancoDiazzy, lyrical spitter East Venti, pop star Sherell The Artist, future wave rapper Fazer, OddFella, Juju From The Norf, and South Side vet Tweak G.
Each artist had a notably strong performance, with special mentions for East Venti and Franco Diazzy! Ever Evolved gave these artists a platform for them to showcase their latest music, on top of raffling off a total of 12 hours of free studio time. They gave 3 artists, participating in the raffle from the audience, a free 4 hours each! It’s A Vibe was also a completely packed house on a Monday night in Wicker Park at InnJoy! Big shout to Mims Salgado of Lucrative Records for permitting the event, always a blessing.
Once again channeling the great auto tune crooners of the new wave era, Pharroh Afternoon details a string of interactions, heart aches, and heart breaks in his latest single, LOVE LETTERS. The melodies and runs he hits in this song make for an emotional ballad something reminiscent of Speakerknockerz, Drake, Future, Young Thug, Chris Brown, and Isaiah Rashad. Pharroh Afternoon uniquely blends his influences into a fresh sound and style, be on the lookout for the next big thing coming out of Chicago Illinois!
“She would let it go by the end of the night, some of these decisions that I’m making ain’t right. She was trying to cut me off like a light, but I can’t let her walk out of my life… Cause girl I need you by my side,” sings Pharroh Afternoon before leading back into the 2nd refrain. The song alludes to toxicity within the relationship yet still wanting each other regardless of past infractions. The song describes a type of relationship many of us can relate to, especially being young, ambitious men, and most certainly that of bachelors. Pharroh Afternoon opens up a more intimate side of his music and lyricism with “Love Letters”.
Nova The King’s NOVA & FRIENDS EP is a 6 track power punch of banging tracks, with braggadocio one liners and smooth hit lines. For the record Nova The King secured features from Weegi Wizers, Jerm X, Relic The Bully, East Venti, Mikey Rose, and BillDollarSign.FOCUSED is a track about becoming a bigger, more successful rapper. The hook is “I’m focused, ain’t no debatin homie, I swear that I’m owed this. Hottest one in my city, put the whole game on notice. Once you getting bread, start shining, become the locust. But they can never stop me, because too focused.” Jerm X comes in for a 2nd smooth cool verse where he references James Bond and the golden gun.
The song GEORGE references when George W. Bush said Shame on you, Nova comes in with a hook about getting W’s like George, “Call me George cause I get a lot of W’s.” A direct funny joke, especially if you grew up during the Bush years. Nova hits a faster flow on this record when saying, “Step in the booth and I’m causing alarm…” Relic the Bully delivers a powerful high technical verse on this track, big ups! Track 5 is titled TIMMY even though the ending of each phrase of the hook is verbatim “to me” but slurred together it could be spelled out timmy; hip-hop is full of rappers playing with spellings, acronyms, homonyms, etc.
“Fuck the competition cause I’m past that,” Nova The King ends the EP with a catchy strings of hooks and lines with PAST THAT. BillDollarSign comes in a new-wave type verse, with fun lifestyle lines. He eventually starts crooning, and he seems to have a mixture of an ATL and Chitown sing rap craft. Nova The King has been consistently working and releasing music, make sure to follow him to stay up to date on all of his content!
DILF; if one has to explain the acronym behind DILF then perhaps you should not even be reading an article about a prolific Chicago emcee by the name of CantBuyDeem. “Life’s too full I shouldn’t be hungry.” “Truth is, I was homeless the day I found out I’d have my shorty two years later had a Jag with the emblem.” These lyrics of the intro track POPS feat. Jae Haze stuck out the most. The idea of rags to riches, and how CantBuyDeem is flipping fatherhood into more of an attractive endeavor than most might think.
“Been a ‘pops’ for 14 years and still got that work!;” raps Jae Haze, reminding listeners of his crowning and longevity in being a father. Celebrating fatherhood is something clearly lacking in all musical forms, not just hip hop. CantBuyDeem taking this approach is swinging home runs far past left field. The next track on the collaboration LP by CantBuyDeem and DJ Skoli is ON BRO featuring Rank Jenson. A catchy, hype song about the respect and recognition, that goes along with building yourself up as a man and a business. CantBuyDeem references all of the different individuals and things he can promise his word, and that is on bro.
Track 3 is a skit, and features a voice over snippet from CantBuyDeem’s daughter talking about him being the smelliest dad in the whole wide world. Its quite the funny and poignant hip hop skit to go along with the theme of fatherhood. His skit placement fits perfectly and the structure of this record already is impeccable with its pacing. DJ Skoli’s production and engineering is on point; hearing CantBuyDeem’s voice and sound be so crispy on the record is really enjoyable!
Track 4 is Lil Goofy leading into another skit called Goofy. The song is a rolling bass filled beat with lil goofy repeated after every line referencing classic goofy behavior from certain shady and extra individuals. CantBuyDeem’s usage and wordplay with Chicago street language never ceases to amaze with his creativity and ability to inject layers of flavor into his song structures and hooks. A music video to LIL GOOFY by CantBuyDeem recently dropped on YouTube!
If you are a CantBuyDeem fan, then you are familiar that he is a native to the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In this track 6, he honors his roots and influences being an Englewood baby with a string of lines all referencing different situations of his upbringing and lifestyle. “Englewood baby I’m fucking gorgeous,” rings out to end the record before another soundbite of his daughter cuts in.
Track 7 is a crazy sounding computerized instrumental with CantBuyDeem absolutely assaulting the beat with his memorable punchlines.”That booty blush when daddy spank,” to “if I want it you know ima get it, if I say I want it, I already got it!” There is something about this record that reminds one of prime time Carter albums by Lil Wayne. DILF definitely is a notable heavy weight entry into the CantBuyDeem catalog.
The last two records on the DILF LP are JOYSTICK and PUFFY Remix, both of which feature André “Ohni” Duvall. These two ending tracks are a little different in sonic vibes and production than the previous 7 records and offer a more relaxed, surprising ending to the album by CantBuyDeem. The collaborative LP put out by CantBuyDeem and DJ Skoli is the latest of an ever growing super catalog by the Chicago artists. If you are into Chicago music, DILF needs to be high on your playlist of Chicago albums this summer.
A part of Curtis Foster’s catalog might have been removed due to Spotify’s bogus purge, but that has not stopped the talented Chicago emcee and recording artist from re-working his tracks to create an even better musical product! June 25th Curtis Foster drops his INNERTIA record on all streaming platforms. It makes for a great summer project including a heavy weight feature from Wrekonize of Strange Music. “Innertia EP” also features artists Nicolette Marasa and Konsept the Emcee.
The intro track is a pretty soulful sampled record with a lady’s voice explaining the definition of the term “Innertia”, a wonderful beginning to the project. Track 2 begins Curtis Foster’s reign of showmanship, melody writing, wordplay, and technical skill. His skill and songwriting throughout is incredibly impressive, channeling the greatest of emcees when it comes to speed, rhythm, poetics. Tech N9ne, Eminem, NF come to mind, mainly when thinking of Curtis Foster, and that is of the highest regard for the work put into his craft.
In track 2, WHERE YOU BEEN, Curtis Foster details his slight MIA from the industry and dropping music, now he is back and rolling on all cylinders. “Is you still making music? or that shit come to an end, guess I got some gaps to fill, let me get my pen!” The memorability of the hook will absolutely have you chanting along by its second refrain. Curtis Foster recruits heavy hitter Strange Music signee Wrekonize for his track 3 of Innertia, SO HIGH. This song is a groove for fans of the technical styles and spitters. The overall theme of the track has to do with hitting lows in your life, that stay as motivation, to keep one on a continued path towards success. No one wants to go back to feeling like they did at some of the lowest points in their lives, Curtis Foster and Wrekonize paint that picture perfectly with their speeds and lyricism.
MISS ME (WITH THAT) is a unique tune featuring an uptempo sing-rap verse to start the song into the refrain, which is shared by Nicolette Marasa and Curtis Foster. This song is another great example of having music that can be easily gravitated to by new crowds and audiences. This record includes amazing guitar playing which is also featured on some of the other tracks on INNERTIA, presumably being strummed by Curtis himself. The electric rock guitar sound really adds a sonic thickness to the project that is enjoyable.
IDK is a dope lyrical song including a Jimmy Eat World or Smashing Pumpkins style hook and pre chorus. Throughout the project Curtis Foster seamlessly combines rock hooks with uptempo midwest chopping verses. The combination seems to touch on my favorite aspects of fast rappers records and the rock music from the late 80s and early 90s. In INNERTIA you will hear the Tech N9ne influences as well as the grunge/industrial rock of those eras.
The next notable track that stood out to me was the feature with prolific Chicago rapper, Konsept the Emcee. Curtis Foster and Konsept the Emcee lend this instrumental sizzling bars that will stick with any hip hop head. “How come everybody thinks they know me like an ICON, my GOD, y’all stuck in the past like an iPOD, you missing the picture you better go get the NIKON!” The chopping of the consonants with that line along with its implications gets you; an impeccable rhythm and timing with Curtis Foster’s verse on that song. “Cropped out the picture, since n***as trying to frame shit, i pulled you out the jam and you jumped back into the same pit, the devils in the details, that’s why I go insane, its murder in all degrees, I show you how hot the flame gets!” Konsept the Emcee’s verse will rupture your mind with its lyrical acumen and layered meanings, Konsept the Emcee doesn’t cease to impress on other rappers’ records when recruited for features!
Curtis Foster ends his Innertia project with NARCOLEPTICS‘ an anthem for haters and sleepers on his music. This song should definitely resonate with the underrated, hungry, hard working recording artists and rappers. “Who am I, you don’t know?! Quit sleeping on me like NARCOLEPTICS!” Curtis can also scream, yell and sing quite well on the record, which was reminiscent of Kurt Cobain, Fuel, and Hollywood Undead. This whole project is teeming with influences spanning many different eras and styles of rock and rap. If you are a fan of either hip hop or rock strictly for its musicality, it is really hard to not appreciate, like and smile when bumping some Curtis Foster. There is a little bit of everything on this record.
Sports and music are heavily intertwined mediums that permeate the fabric of our modern world. Specifically, basketball and hip hop appear to have a more intimate connection than most. In Chicago, we at Ever Evolved have put together a compilation record for your summer listening pleasure called, LEAGUE CHAMPS. A lot of us hit road blocks in our athletic endeavors but now when it comes to Chicago music and beyond, we are the championship team. Ever Evolved and its affiliates have been pushing the forefront of the independent music market for years now. And it is all led up to moments like these, becoming the League Champs.
Fully produced, recorded, engineered and mastered completely in house; much done by the co-founder head engineer RhymSter himself, LEAGUE CHAMPS is a 26 track LP, including a documentary, skits and more special content soon to come, that will surely pique your interest in one facet or another. LEAGUE CHAMPS includes appearances from RhymSter, Keem Singing, Hayward, Ivan L, BeatrixKiddo, CantBuyDeem, C-Mac, Ben Rose, Nate Broskii, Kidd of OTKST Society, Essse, Orlando Coolridge, DJ Hunt, DJ Curt Henny, JaiTheArtist, J-Bose, and William Bolanos.
Track 1 is an introductory record with a sports-like announcer voice over done by William Bolanos promoting the album of LEAGUE CHAMPS. A well done rendition of that vocal style for announcements. Track 2 is HANG UP, which features a voice over from DJ Curt Henny about a situation where someone is getting sent off at the studio. A typical Chicago type of scenario. “Why’d you hang up on me?” And “You didn’t text me back!” are said repeatedly over a dope instrumental containing a sample of a female singer.
BABY LEG is track 3 on the LP, it is a collaboration between CantBuyDeem and Rhymster, with CantBuyDeem on the hook, and then they split two verses. BABY LEG is a vibey track with strong lyrics from the two Chicago rappers. Essse and Keem Singing composed a surprisingly beautiful melody in GO CRAZY track 4 with the refrain lyrics reading, “Baby, can you fly away with me? Maybe, cause we not the same, we go crazy, every night and day my head crazy, but I’ll be OK!!” Track 5 is a Ben Rose production, INCOMPLETE, another surprise on LEAGUE CHAMPS is that you will hear sophisticated, and banging, heavy metal music!
Track 6 is a BeatrixKiddo song called ITS A VIBE, you never heard energy from her like this before on previous kiddo beats, and it is a favoritefrom her so far! Track 7 Interlude 2 is the 1st intermission of the LP featuring another VO from William Bolanos, and the artists who were on the first few records screaming shouts of joy in the background. Track 8 is a trifecta collabos between RhymSter, JaiTheArtist, C-Mac, and Keem Singing. “It’s the way your body moves when the songs on,” sings Jai, with Keem coming in with a complimentary “Shake it for me, shake it for me” and a guest verse in the latter half of the track by RhymSter, referencing Phoenix Suns, Devin Booker, Santana, Dusk Till Dawn, Salma Hayek, Desperados, and Missy Elliot all in one verse.
The next track cuts in immediately with lyrics from RhymSter saying “I made a milli by lunch, life can be great when you live how you want.” A nice lyrical chop by Rhymster on track 8, LUNCH BREAK, with JaiTheArtist bringing in a solid verse as well. SMELLING LIKE THE UNIVERSE, is another strong collab, featuring C-Mac, Cockykidd, Rhymster, and company. The C-Mac line, “You cant have a life if you not really living,” stands out as the main theme from this record. ESTRELLA is definitely a favorite from League Champs, a house record produced by Orlando Coolridge, featuring lovely ambient vocals from Keem Singing. J-Bose comes in on track 11 GET THE DUCK OUT, a superfluous record with amazing chopping and vocal inflection from the Busta Rhymes, Busdriver-like rapper singer. This track has insane energy and flow, highly recommended.
APOLLO is a powerhouse, 2 rapper collabos between Hayward of B.B.E. and RhymSter of Ever Evolved. You will want to bump this track for the hard lyrics, paired with the flow and the beat. A hype song live as well! Next on the super LP is another Ben Rose production, SABRETOOTH TIGER, which reminds a lot of Dragonforce’s, THROUGH THE FIRE AND FLAMES, speed and instrumentation. CantBuyDeem featuring Essse show up with another record in KEEP A WHISTLE. A really fun, incredibly catchy tune with memorable lyrics from the Chicago heavyweights. CantBuyDeem references queso, pesos, cucumber in the water, no Faygo, in the beginning of the record, and that string of lines hits so hard.
BESOS is the next track on League Champs which is a progressive house record with a high pitched vocal sample that only a few might recognize. MY ENTOURAGE flips the famous Eminem and D12 MY BAND melody brilliantly, with Keem Singing at the helm of that record. LAY UP is a strong collab between CantBuyDeem and BeatrixKiddo, who make multiple appearances on League Champs! A major part of League Champs is the Chicago to South Florida connection, thanks to Ivan L Rhymes Well. This record DIS MY SONG features impeccable verses from Rhymster and Ivan L with a flawless hook from Keem Singing. A video is out to this now on YouTube shot by Hayward of B.B.E.
SKIP A BEAT is another super collab on League Champs between CantBuyDeem and Keem Singing. Hayward shot the video to this joint as well, while the Ever Evolved family traveled to South Florida for shows earlier this year. PAIN OR PLEASURE is a Ben Rose production featuring vocals for Essse, who also doubles as a versatile rock and heavy metal vocalist, incredible song. REPEAT begins hilariously as you can hear Hayward continually tell CantBuyDeem to do the hook on the record. A bumping track that will surely have you giggling from hilarity. The theme of REPEAT has to do with the repetition of the rapper lifestyle, to keep it from becoming monotonous we must make dope tracks about it.
BOOTY CALL ends the LP with a low bass voice over on a house record that will have you dancing and vibing out wherever you are listening to it. DJ Hunt has a special extra exclusive mix attached to League Champs Vol. 1 as well, look out for that during the related content campaigns surrounding League Champs. In the last interlude, William Bolanos explains that there will be a billboard on Cermak and Racine, with all the colorful bobble head characters part of the Leauge Champs compilation record. This was done by graphic designer and artist Amanda MacMillan.
Are there any other independent recording artists that put themselves on a billboard in their own city? It is a special one, and it is encouraged everyone reading this to go see it when it is up and completed. Ever Evolved continues to push the envelope in the indie music market based in Chicago Illinois. Chicago is notorious for negativity and hatred in the hip hop scene and culture, but that is disproven over and over again by the collective of Ever Evolved and all its affiliates. Independent people, creating a true civilian based entertainment industry.
Walking into the auxiliary arts center off of Belmont and Sacramento, immediately introduced to Young Baca of BACA Productions along with his right hand colleague Sushi of 498TheFam. They introduced a trove of traveling recording artists, including LA up and comers Kasey Allen Yale, RohblezThe One, Slum The Resident, Young Kasper and more! These LA cats all surprised, being wildly different with each set. The hip hop they all delivered was not the hip hop that was anticipated, and was a blessing to hear.
Kasey Allen Yale genre fuses pop-emo rock, like Fallout Boy and Cute Is What We Aim For, with contemporary beats, solid rapping, and new wave production. An incredibly entertaining blend; he is himself, and for that his hip hop cuts and shines through. Rohblez The One is a super technical chopper, that seems to fit more words than one has heard before in a track. Extremely impressive and he pulls no punches about the laziness and lack of masculinity in younger generations. Slum The Resident probably has the most realistic and accurate gangster/drug selling bars you can ever heard. Reminiscent of Young Jeezy, Pusha T, Jay Z, Lil Bibby, YG; his lines were so splittingly true, and reminiscent of a harsh hustling lifestyle. Kasper was a hype, chop rapper, with a great grasp on crowd involving hooks and chants. His style is similar to rappers coming out of the Strange Music and T.D.E camp.
There were even more amazing performances by other artists being represented by BACA Productions, but these 4 gentlemen’s sets stood out. Kudos to every performer that night, because there is nothing easy or simple about traveling to different places, putting yourself out there, being vulnerable on the mic and sharing your story. Everyone in BACA Productions brought to Chicago did just that. They spread their narrative and did it through the mutual love of hip hop music.
Getting to know the strategy behind BACA Productions was enlightening. They have shows and residencies nightly in LA and every 5 weeks they travel to a different city and host an event. After two days in Chicago; Baca and company were due to land in LAX again that Sunday May 30th, every move posted to IG, inferring that the wheel does not stop. And for the recording artists of BACA Productions, it really does not, they proved it that Friday night at a DIY spot in Chicago Illinois. The machine never stops for Young Baca and that is a key to success. Unparalleled consistency.
If you are a recording artist and reading this right now, reach out to BACA Productions when you decide to perform in LA, it could be the best decision you make.
Novatore recruits Californian-Bay Area rapper G-Mo Skee for MASK UP, a hard hitting boom bap track with piercing mandolins, or sitars, which gives it that Asian influenced, Wu Tang vibe. A 5/5 in terms of production, lyricism, theme and overall feeling. Novatore hits this wicked flow with, “I’ve been maneuvering, getting through to the root of them, who would knew I’d get through to them, who’s the brutalist hoodlums?!” Later in his verse he also drops lines such as “Been called a skinny fag, never been a lumberjack, but one punch convert a back packer into mumble rap!” Novatore is known for piercingly hardcore lyricism with a slight raspy tone, and an old school boom bap flow.
The overarching theme in this record is the idea of dawning the mask before it was socially acceptable, or shall we say, socially forced upon us by big brother at large. “Filth and dirt, dirt and filth, get your mask up. You don’t want no blood spilt so back up, covered our faces before the days of the virus, don’t try to fight us, there’s a rage up inside us.” The chip on the shoulder that mask wearing has now become normal and they were rocking masks prior is felt intensely through the vibe of the hook.
G-Mo comes in with an insane verse, starting out comparing his skill to the crack that hits ones lips when smoking from the pipe. He has a distinct voice that sounds harsh in a way but he compliments Novatore’s flows and lyrics perfectly, the track is equal footing for both emcees to show off their honed skills of many nights, blacksmithing the right words to lay over a boom bap piece. This track is a solid old school vibe, surely to have you bumping more than once. The replay value is high, and the emcees pairing makes for great music. Novatore’s catalog is quite immense as we have covered him before and do not hesitate to go check out his collaborator G-Mo Skee! Bravo!