The ever elusive HershThaNubian has broken silence with a new release just before the years end. CRUSIN was released on her UNTITLED PLAYLIST EP in 2016, she now revisits the track to give it life with a music video. Ruler Images behind the camera, as Hersh strolls into a rolling rink with the coldest flow. Sporting old school disco fashion as she spits her bars, genuinely having a good time with her people, and rapping about it too. She slides onto a beat produced by Pete Rock, complimenting her raw lyricism with a boom bap inspired vibe, and you already know it is about to get lyrical. Hersh notes the video is an intro to an upcoming project, so keep your eyes and ears open for more!
Hayward is back with a new release following up on his DIVINE INTERVENTION LP. His first release of the year produced in Ever Evolved Studios, USE is accompanied with a music video with an eye catching visual concept. Hayward traverses around Chicagos China town, wielding a baseball bat in an orange face mask beanie, lookin mischievous! The colors of the neon lights in contrast to Haywards Detroit bomber jacket and beanie in the video really pop out, keeping your eyes peeled as the chopped & layered visual edits work their magic. Short and sweet, Hayward keeps it mellow with this track, fit for a moody vibe, or a nice come down after a long night. He repeats “Tell me whats the use of that, I ain’t trying to get used to that,” in his chorus as he gets introspective on his verses. Get lost in your mind and wander with this beat!
Ever since his LP DILF with DJ SKOLi released, CantBuyDeem has been living it up, and it is evident with his latest moves! Touring with his connects in Cali and Florida, doing photoshoots, interviewed by podcasters in and out of Chicago. Behind closed doors is another story, and CantBuyDeem gives you a glimpse at how a DILF gets treated! Revisiting JOYSTICK from his LP for a music video, the visuals are just too risque to look away! Surrounding himself with beautiful women, POPEYES on the regular, CantBuyDeem seems to be enjoying life like a video game, perks of being a DILF. DJ SKOLi and Andre Ohni Duval perfect the beat, keeping the vibe right for the party.
Larcin is on it with his next moves, working with a new music video release, an LP release and a party to celebrate. One of 18 tracks on his latest LP release LARSIM 2, released on Sept. 30th, following RISKY BUSINESS and HATED, NEXT gets its visual release. Set in some rural corn field with some smoke under his hood, Larcin takes to it as an artist would, passing by time with music and making a song about it. His sophomore LP, a one up to his debut LARSIM with Sim Bleek, has seen a release party in Niles, Friday October 9th with artists featuring MahCheck, United 4 Ever Always, SoundGuyMike, Beatrix Kiddo and Ever Evolved artists Wilhelm Duke, RhymSter, CMac & DJ Curt Henny. Be sure to follow Larcin via the links below and give his full LP a listen!
Fafa is back with another heart felt song, pairing the single with a new music video as well! Fafa is no stranger to deeply artistic music videos, noting tracks like GIVE ME A MIRACLE, THE SKY CRIES WITH ME and a collaborative single, ANTA AL BATAL. Her latest single TREE OF FLAMES is no exception, as Fafa is decorated with makeup, making her look like a cinematic fictional fairy. The video starts off in a calm, natural setting, with a sleepy fellow resting in the shade of a tree. Fafa appears as a unique soul, taken for granted, walking away from someone significant. Metaphorically, tree of flames is in reference to a higher power, and surrendering herself to this power, “Standing at the tree of flames” she “lets go of all her fears,” to go in search of what belongs! Beautifully expressed through amazing vocal range, Fafa continues to amaze!
Bunny Liiu shows out in her latest single and music video release for BACK UP! Setting your imagination in a lavish and sensual environment, with Bunny confident in her femininity. She wastes no time following the beat, hitting you with verses, “I was outta options, running around random, back when I was broke, couldn’t buy a damn sandwich. Now im in the VIP, best believe I’m going ractchet, celebratin all the fuckin’ days I ain’t had shit.” Every serious artist hits that point where their hard work starts to return with great and unexpected wealth and fortune, and it is well within their rights to celebrate and gloat, perhaps with a song! Well deserved situation with her talent as she flows like a veteran emcee on the mic.
The League Champs are at it again with another music video for the fans. CantBuyDeem & ESSSE get together for a beat for LEAGUE CHAMPS VOL I, the two also got busy making a video, shot by Hayward, obviously. Performed live plenty of times in front of fans already, Cantbuydeem always introduces this song subtly, “if you know you know, what keep a whistle means…” which basically is to flex your 2nd amendment. Coming from Chicago, you would know that is an important piece of advice, and Cantbuydeem gives you all the reasons why in his verse; which all adds up to, good cautious living and self care attracts predators! “I’m smokin lemon haze and sippin lemonade and jamo. Slice of cucumber in my water I don’t fuck with Faygo. I won’t get boogie on you baby, I just cut the fake off...” Finishing off with “…you see me comin’ thru the exits, its about perspective. Treating the clown for disrespectin’, make that shit look sexy, if i got dead presidents in my wallet, slave masters in my pockets.” Essse finishes off the track in style, lyrically representing the hispanic community, his raw energy always keeping the track hype.
Mic Fort is keeping up momentum with another new release that features a few Chicago artists. Mic has been keeping his fans occupied with a few hit singles this year following his sophomore LP PENUMBRA. Sittin on singles like WIFI DOWN, TRUST MYSELF & LIVING LIFE ft Dee-Jay, Mic Fort now gives us DANGER. Bringing back Dee-Jay, Deen Akbar and StankNasty who is hot off a debut EP release titled EPIC and a hit single with AMK and Johnny Innuendo, Gerald The Genius L. Mic Fort and StankNasty are not unfamiliar either, having worked together on a track before called LIBRA SCALE, a tribute to the respective astrological sign.
DANGER comes with a music video directed by AIR BORN FILMZ that looks like a session to brainstorm a new song, each artists going one by one showing off their bars. Starting out with a low transposed voice reporting for the chorus, “Danger Hip Hop Is Back.” Deen Akbar starts out the circle ominously positive and confident, “…Motivate, celebrate, the key to this whole function. Got my foot on they necks, and plenty verses ready, they nervous, might as well get the hearses ready.” Dee-Jay takes over next with a laid back flow, simultaneously quick with his words and syllables, showing off his lyrical talent!
StankNasty takes aim at mumble rappers and clout chasers, “I’m not one to be kind to mumbling prima donnas, thats on my momma. Clout chasin don’t get you commas, these pants saggin, braggin rappers ain’t shit but caca. Dropped on they heads when they was babies, goo-goo ga-ga.” Finally Mic Fort ends out the track and enters the scene with power, declaring, “Hips hops grim reaper. Had to steal their soldiers to turn em into believers. Ice cold from the freezer.” He takes aim at unoriginal, cookie-cutter artists that saturate the genre. “They givin up the game for fame, its strange they blame, they claim, T-pain said it best, ya’ll all sound the same, lack of originality…” Mic Fort’s closing line, “this is hip hop so beware the new era” can only be met with humble satisfaction, the future of hip hop is in good hands!
Mic Fort has been gaining a network of artists to work with, with his releases. DANGER in itself is packed with talent, just as his LP PENUMBRA was, getting his name known in different circles. He has been making the effort to get his name known in between his releases as well. Recently talking as a guest on Pillow Talk Podcast, he has also been making noise on stages at open mics and even Arizona’s Hip Hop Festival in mid September. Mic also plans to make an appearance at The Forge in Joliet, Il on the 30th to perform, so you can catch his era of hip hop live or just bump this on repeat here!
Jiggy Da Rebel lets you know in words what makes a real rebellious soul. Expressing himself on camera in a secluded and abandoned building, filled with colorful graffiti. Possibly a metaphor to being self aware and standing out on his own, his mind is a strong foundation with inner peace and creative thinking. “I can’t stand bad vibes man that shit is dumb, I’m a lion I can’t be around no f**kin cubs, keep grindin, stay focused is my motive,” Jiggy declares, “…I’m original, this is no subliminal zone, bitch I’m authentic, got my shades on and the lens tinted. Third eye open, so I’m not slippin on my pimpin baby, it was written baby, flow water like a river baby.” A chill beat and uplifting and lyrics full of wisdom, MA LIGHT can remind you of and give you the confidence to shine your own light, on your own path, with positive energy; like a real rebel! The outro chorus and verses can even stand out as a postive daily affirmation. Coming up from his latest project GOLD LEAVES, Jiggy Da Rebel got plenty more where this came from, follow him at the links below!
Chai Tulani is making his rounds on the web with a new song and music video to accompany. The Kenyan born Chicago artist is on the move this year with much more projects in the works. Starting out releasing music in 2013, Chai Tulani has been gracing our ears and stages in Chicago with his brand of soul hop! Entering the 2021 year with SPEAK featuring Liv Roskos, Chai Tulani continues dropping singles here and there, including tracks like MINE featuring Ember Nicolle and GTA MANIFEST.
Back again with MCHUZI, a music video and word on more music incoming! Ready to release another single with King Limitless and The Law of Huey, we can also expect the release of Chai Tulani’s 5th studio album. He did not get recognized by Whats The Word as an Artist to Watch for in 2021 for no reason! With all the progress he has been making, Chicago fans got to see early previews of his work during the exclusive live shows he has thrown throughout the year, so keep an ear open for Chai Tulani because new music is just around the corner!