With release after release, GAWTBASS is seemingly unstoppable. Just within a months time, the Chicagoland electronic bass artist dropped about 2 dozen beats if not more! One being a remix of TINCUP‘s COOKIES, with subtle differences in pitch and beat patterns and more bass! Most recently dropping an original mix with DOMINATING at an impressive 7 minutes, the bass tune can be a battle song; really energizing! More than just a couple loosies however, GAWTBASS got busy with a few package projects!
Bringing it back to TINCUP, GAWTBASS this time collaborates rather than remixes! The two bring you an 8 track SPOTLIGHT. The first track, FLOURISH, will instantly get you hooked, with its heavy bass laced sirens, lettin the low end lead the way; STRANGER easily makes top favorites as well, featuring King Tutt. GAWTBASS also had it in him to release a monster LP as well, shortly prior. EMBRACE CONTROL takes the cake at 23 tracks, giving your bass playlist all the tunes you need for a dope set list. With all this, he still tossed in PROSPER and an Imagine Dragons remix, cause he can, and this is just 1 month in 2021. Check out his soundcloud linked below to check out his massive discography, because it just keeps on growing!
Demons to some, Angels to others; Pinheads quote echos at the intro, setting the tone for EMBRACE THE DARKNESS II: EXPLORERS OF EXPERIENCE. Novatore, with his masked up, demonish aura, in comparison to the Hellraiser, maybe a source of attraction, or avoidence, to curious eyes and ears. Regarding the quote, those who understand, or embrace, the darkness in life, and within themselves, may find comfort in Novatore music, like an angel. While others may scowl at this nature, as if a demon. The LP, a follow up to the first original EMBRACE THE DARKNESS, can be summed up in another popular Pinhead quote, “I am the King of Suffering; and with a hellbound heart I shall thrive in darkness.” However, diving into the music, there is much more to the art that appearences!
What summoned the wrath of Novatore on the mic? The first track, ANTISOCIAL, may give you a clue, it may have been darkness itself! “Violence and I connected at the first glance… dancing with the devil, never in the stands;” the track highlights Novatore’s dissociative behavior, that may have contributed to his harsh lyricism. Appropriately following up on the demonish intro dialogue with Hellraiser. In the next track SMOKE & MIRRORS, Novatore takes the spotlight off himself and exposes a dark side to the music industry, giving new artists a silver lining.
“Who gives a fuck about the next man, quite comparing and focus on what you got, its all smoke and mirrors anyway, what you thought it was, its often what it’s not.” The lyrics reference music artists fake popularity with paid streams and bot followers. Seemingly making them idolistic, while In reality it is a different story. It a twist of perspectives, that in itself is a darkness to embrace; your perseverance will result in stronger foundation. “Rather have a thousand views over a million fakes, cause real fans accumulate in to the bills you make.”
Inviting Nems onto the fourth track MYTH, the two rock the beat with some braggadocios lyrics. It is as if they are creating myths and legends, with their focus and raw creativity. As Nems would exclaim, “You can’t stop us when this is Gods plan.” The title track can serve as somewhat of a short life summary, an audio bio for Novatore, as he realizes and accepts the conditions of life, helping him carve his own path, outlined clearly in the chorus. “I lost faith watching life turn to carcass. I went insane seeing faces turning into targets, I disappeared and didn’t leave a trace. I turned about face and now I embrace the darkness.”
What ever summoned Novatore onto the mic we can embrace, since it has gifted us with EMBRACE THE DARKNESS II: EXPLORERS OF EXPERIENCE. Featuring artists Nems, G-Mo Skee, Termanology, AM Early Morning, MOECYRUS & C-Lance, it is packing with talent. A dope project with deep message, blessing us with raw hip hop beats, unapologetic lyricism and talented artists to connect with. Can only expect more to come from the myth, the legend, the darkness, that is Novatore! Do not forget to catch the music video for MASK UP, follow him at links below!
Mic Fort is back again and LIVIN’ LIFE, the name of his single reflects the sentiment of the song and Mic’s attitude! “Heavy on my fears so my heart on ice. Double shots of love make me feel it twice. Demons in my head thinkin… but i can never quit!” The main message hits you instantly and deeply, over another smooth but energetic beat, laced with horns and hi-hats, following a theme of perseverance. Bringing one more time his brother Dee-Jay following their last single collab TRUST MYSELF. Mic Fort still plans to release music videos for his latest releases as well, possibly creating a full collab project with Dee-Jay from the looks of their latest work, however we are just as satisfied with these hit singles too. Still releasing solo jams like a visual to TRACK STAR REMIX, follow Mic Fort at the links below so you do not miss any updates!
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!
The doctor is in with another heavy dose of music. Footwork and juke artist emcee and producter, Splash DR comes through with an EP to follow up on his debut LP, THE KID LABOR. One big leap after another, the DR follows through with a whole 5 track footwork and juke instrumental. Bringing you DA CHI GUY, a cheeky spinoff to Super Marios Shy Guys antagonists, to reference the city of Chicago. Even more so is Splash DR’s move up to Zona Music for this release, these bigs steps are anything but shy, my guy! Talking with Splash DR for his debut LP release, he noted an inspiration into footwork culture to be in part to artists like Traxman. With the move to Zona Music, the DR now shares recognition under the same label.
Keeping similar qualities from his LP, Splash DR sticks to his jazz and soul inspired juke style on tracks like FASHO. A whole different energy from the introductory track, ironically named LAST PLACE, a personal favorite with its dark bassline and hip hop style. Giving off a fast paced urban, concrete jungle energy, mixed with some synth pop, juke style is ANOTHER DAY, which is coupled with a visualizer music video. CHILD holds title for most creative track with its vocal samples and cross genre inspired beat. The Splash DR Finishes off DA CHI GUY on a high note with HOLE, another jazzy, hip hop influenced footwork track. The whole EP keeps your mind and legs occupied at every hi hat, beat, snare and bassline, laced in classic and hip hop sounds. Check the full CHI GUY release on Zona Music Bandcamp and the visualizer below!
With a strong belief in manifestation, one can work hard through determination to make their dreams come true! Everyone needs a helping hand or guidance once in a while however, whether they are new or experienced. This is especially true when it comes to artistic creativity, an avenue Media Leeks shines bright in. Media Leeks is a growing media organization that aims to help startup artists and brands gain recognition and branch out their creativity. Through interviews and promotion, artist management & networking, creatives have the tools within their reach for optimal growth.
Media Leeks was founded by artist turned manager and A&R Rep Jerell Anthoni, to connect with upcoming brands, artists and and influential personalities. Growing up on the East Side of Chicago in Chatham neighborhood, Jerell was introduced to, influenced by and collaborated with many creatives that pushed him toward the direction he is in. Being an artist himself, many looked to him for advice, connections or some simple help in their ideas and projects, and that resonated with him. After a radio opportunity, Jerell finds a highschool friend, Raw, founder of Ruler Images, a visuals and photography brand, and started to create a vision to work and grow with the most talented independent creatives the world has to offer, and Media Leeks was born. Since its conception, its created a path for Jerell to connect to different cities and locations and iconic artists like Chanelle Tru, Prince Dre, Doodie Lo, Kidd Kenn and more from Chicago, and from New York, Tek & Fla$h and countless others.
Coming up through grassroots efforts, Platforms like Media Leeks is especially important for creatives looking to build an organic following. Coming up as an artist, Jerell is in the perfect position, with his knowledge and platform, to help with artists grow, creatively and expand; whether it is marketing, or improving upon a sound or idea, or connecting one with the right opportunities, ideas or networks. Through video interviews, artists have a chance to let their voices be heard and ideas come to light, as Jerell uses his platform to gather followers and fans. This not only opens doors for new artists for legitimate followers and experienced associates, but it opens up a community of artists that work with each other rather than compete with each other, whether you are a music artist, a writer, photographer, model, etc; and that is a growing ideal that Chicago is yearning for.
If you are not hated in some way, you probably never stood for something in life! The consistency Larcin has with his music can possibly create some envy to those around him. Coming out of a busy year in 2020, with multiple singles and a 15 track LP. that featured Wilhelm Duke, Lil Moe and Inca, Larcin has not shown a sign of stopping either! Recently he released HATED, following up on his singles ANALYST and ESCAPE from this year. The track itself is slow paced, but full of energy as larcin shows off his bravado in bars. “I got the vision, know its defining, no do not lie to me, tell me the truth. I been abusing, I pick and choose, the fight I don’t lose...” Sounds like he is only getting started with that energy and we are here for it!
AzMattic pulls out another project from up his sleeve, makin moves in big steps. Following up from his DIVIDED music video, and a collab project with RhymSter, THE JAZZ CIGARRETTE. With each big move it seems AzMattic comes with a feel good message over some lo-fi jazzy hip hop beats. With his recent release, MIND OVER METAPHORS, Pt. 1, we get more positive energy with a dope flow.
Saturated in old school energy, whether he spits over jazzy beats or hip hop, it would be reminiscent to boom bap. With his lyrics balancing words of struggle and perseverance with a good attitude and peace of mind. Starting off MIND OVER METAPHORS with ONE DAY, the tone is set with a soundbite from Waynes World, bridging into a strong chorus. “One day you gone blow up big and get paid, yeah, it’ll happen one of these days,” an easy and joyful chorus that would no doubt set a room off with chanting a live setting.
Continuing the project on the same vibe, with great appreciation on the first lines of the next tune AWAKEN. “I just do it cause i love it, it’s hard to manage when you ballin on a budget fuck it.” Vereses would Compare people and artists that do it for the love of it like himself, and others that do it for the clout and money. The beat itself can take you on Cloud 9, with a repetitive but smooth melody and a head bumpin beat pattern.
MIND OVER METAPHORS does not stuttuer in its energy, especially when it’s time to crack brews on the next track, JIMMY BUFFET. Each transition between tracks is bridged with some Hollywood and political quote excerpts, highlighting a tone of gratitude, ambition and aloofness. However chill AzMattic is, he shows you how you can be braggadocios and zen in JAY & SILENT BOB. It seems AzMattics vibe us unbreakable and the quality in his MIND OVER METAPHORS is projected into these 6 tracks with Shin-Ski!
Seemingly an endless flow of creative effort, Queen Mars is back again with more music and videos to accompany. Consistency is the name of the game, and this girl is a boss player. Not letting anything stop her, she has been on the move since quarantine, when most people stagnated with the times, the queen has been releasing content after content. Taking off with the B!TCH quarantine promo video, she followed up with an official music video, visual concept art for LET ME LOVE YOU, MISS AMERICA, QUEEN OF HEARTS, and multiple video performances for Art After Dark.
Wasting no time with the new year, Queen Mars is back again with BOYS LIKE YOU. Starting out the video with a fierce gaze, as if she sees into your soul, before the beat drops, you know she is not playing any funny games! Lyrically laying out her distaste in the key word of boys, who have no intention for genuine love, but promiscuity instead. In accordence with her previous music video releases, Queen Mars creates concept, design and art to make an entertaining video, aside from her flawless singing and smokin hot wardrobe!
ChanSe NFO recently dropped a single with an intense music video along with it called KAREN. ChanSe’s flow breaks through with a biting speed. The slight distortion on his voice makes for a signature sound and style that is been enjoyed in his previous records. The editing of the visual sticks out because ChanSe does not make the typical choices that a lot of hip hop artists make. The black and white color scheme, strobe lights and lyrics smashing into the frame make for a ride of an experience.
“I keep a 40 on me just to gargle when my breath stinks,” is the first line that smacks almost immediately, and it is quite humorous to imagine. ChanSe then follows up later with, “Then go and run his mouth about the shit you did, WEIRD, lets be CLEAR, you ain’t about the mission then you rear view MIRRORED.” This line refers to guys that act tough, fake being hard and boast about their fighting skills, or embellished exploits that obviously never happened. The rear view mirror reference has to do with the one in the car that is too scared to go through, with whatever mayhem is about to occur. So they are looking in the mirror, wishing they did not decide to ride with the real ones that day. It is a strong visual line.
Chanse NFO ends the song abruptly after one more string of rhymes. The track is 1:30 in length and guaranteed to have you replaying it right away! The instrumental is produced by Theisy, and the visual was shot by Theisy as well, then edited by Jnicoo Productions.