A new face enters the game with confidence and stride, already planning big moves from the jump! Certainly not her first rodeo, Ka$h has collabed on a few tunes with her colleagues like SWITCH SIDES with Nino, WHO DAT and KNOW ABOUT ME with Lil C, and ORIENTATION DAY with Nick Eston, Mac Dude, Mari Noon & Nino B. Already playing with a couple genres, Ka$h easily rocks the mic with R&B and Hip Hop vibes. Her latest, LIKE THIS, Ka$h confidently spits hip hop lyricism unapologetically, “Sleep on me shorty if you want to… How many hearts do a bitch gotta run through, for you to see I’m not the one, not your typical. Ka$h money baby I’m bout that coin. Menage a Trois, bad bitch come join.” Coupled with a music video, Ka$h already looks like a music veteran with choreographed dance moves & a crew of talented dancers. Mentioning on her social medias a project dubbed RIDE OR DIE, sounds like Ka$h is diving into the game head first, making big moves and more to come, this first single shows promising sound too forward too!
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, Rohblez The 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.
You might have heard of or have even listened to OVERLY DEDICATED, the legendary mixtape by Kendrick Lamar. In slight homage and reference to a portion of the great K.Dot’s catalog, RhymSter, the co-founder of Ever Evolved, started the Overly Dedicated Concert Series in Chicago Illinois to push artists live acumen, keep them sharp and create a community of music industry networking. Already on their 5th installment of the virtual shows, Overly Dedicated is raising the bar for live performances in the Chicago music scene.
Co-hosted by Scotty Rocks at his Dog & Pony Show TV Studios, together they bring in both local and national talent to perform via Twitch and Facebook live stream, to a vast online audience. They have featured recording artist talents you may have seen before such as Orlando Coolridge, CantBuyDeem, Hayward, Charmaine Makeda, Ro$e, RapCrush, Ivan L, Keem Singing, and many more! Overly Dedicated 5 airs once a month, last show being Friday May 21st at 7PM, featuring Chicago artists Big Homie, Azmattic, Essse, OG Poe, Pharoah, Monsoon Staraw, and Frostee Cavanero with contributing sounds from DJ Curt Henny! Reach out to Ever Evolved and RhymSter if you’d like the opportunity to perform at a live limited audience (also exclusive) Overly Dedicated event!
Born and raised Chicago, Andreaus Haley formerly known as Dat Bizness is pushing new music and projects, now that he is been rebranded by the forges of the pandemic lock downs. One of his latest projects, GRIZZLY is a peer into some of the regular experiences of growing up in this concrete jungle.
“Look in the eyes of the people, I see real fear, my mom passed away I still cry real tears… They trying to kill us all off, but we still here. Trying to make us hate eachother but the love is still there. Jo, the streets turning grizzly like a real bear. My whole style was developed on the steel stairs. Fuck your mean mug, ice grill, and steel stares. Peace to the K-Town homies posted on Kildare. RIP to the homies that got killed there. Murder on the beat, choke the bass line, kill snares.“— Andreaus Haley
That has to be one of the best strings of lines you have heard from a Chicago hip hop artists in a while. Every line references something about the harsh realities of Chicago life. Andreaus Haley brings all of that together from a place of experience, knowledge, real pain and passion for the craft which shines through in his music and poetics. Haley has always been a lyricist, whether he tows the line between simplicity, or not, is up for debate. He willl tell you he is not trying to be sophisticated, so as to make his music reach a wider audience. That being said, It can be assured that he is incredibly lyrically gifted.You could definitely bump an Andreaus Haley track, forget about the lyrics, and just vibe out to the dope voice, and flows he lays over instrumentals.
You could also pay attention, and open your mind up to all sorts of true life stories. Andreaus reminds us all, do not f**k with the veterans of Chicago hip hop, they really have the best tampered steel. “Shorties holding 30 shot blickys, just know you against me if you not with me, in the studio blowing big pot sticky, we grew up in the zoo, that’s how we got GRIZZLY“. The hook references young kids in Chicago, toting guns and automatics. Obviously something most of our readers are aware of is the gun and gang violence happening in Chicago, the city is also referenced as a zo or jungle, due its violent nature and danger. The hook is Tupac like with its dark inferences yet such a cool tight flow over the beat.
Andreaus Haley is rolling on all cylinders with GRIZZLY available for streaming everywhere!
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!
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.
Like a rubber band, you can be pulled past your breaking point till you snap! Luckily SAESOH can keep her composure, singing about toxic relations. Almost a rebuttal to Yung Bleu and Drake‘s collab single YOU’RE STILL MINE, SAESOH’s music video remix scribes “NOT YOURS” across the screen. Craft-fully working around versus from the original song, SAESOH sings from the opposite perspective of the male counterpart. Where Bleu would say “You’re mine still… I don’t wanna go unless you make me“, SAESOH rebuts “You don’t wanna go until you break me.” A very eye opening and passionate contrast between the mind of a stubborn selfish man and that of an impassioned woman. Even more so, SAESOH’s vocals compliments the beat flawlessly, fitting well with the original harmonies, almost as if it was waiting to be rediscovered by her!
Takes intuition to spot a fake, but it takes a real one to POINT EM OUT! You can find them anywhere, even in your own circles! Keepin’ it real, Fazer comes through to clean house and alert us to the snakes. In his latest release POINT EM OUT, he lets it be known, “No strangers aloud in my domain, me and you, eye to eye thats always… There’s a op in the room so you better point em out, there’s a snake in the crowd, so you better point em out, what you about?” Posing the rhetorical question, what you about?, testing your own character to stand up alongside him. POINT EM OUT is doubled with a music video, recorded at Ever Evolved Studios by Yo_PierreFilms, following his last release CATER 2 U.