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!
Ivan L knows the benefits of consistency and it shows! Releasing a music every month, and aiming for a full year of content, already on top of his constant flow of singles, eps and LP’s. The Broward County, Florida artist, featured on Ever Evolved LEAGUE CHAMPS LP and Festival, just recently collaborated with XxTina on a video for EastSide / WestSide a single from his latest IN MY VIBE LP. A laid back hip hop tune, with XxTina providing subtle backing vocals for some harmony on the chorus. Talking about his connections from the East Coast, Mid West and West Coast, a chill counterpart to his track EASTSIDE performed on Prolific Profiles
From face value you would see Vincent Sebastian as an innocent and upstanding character, and you may be right, but also his mind seems to tip toe the line of abstraction. His latest release FREE SKIN, with Dexter, and its music video illustrate this perfectly! The song starts out a bit cheeky, with an indie pop synth and some conceptual lyrics. You would think Vincent is going on about insecurities, and he is, but as a lizard! Music for Lizards, a shower idea, recorded at a home studio and mastered by Tony Baker of Broken Robots.
Suddenly switching gears to rock music, singing in unison with Dexter, and back to the retro vibes. Adding again to the abstract nature of the production; the two genres, indie synth pop and rock, sound like two different personalities, but it somehow works here, as if they actually belong together. The video itself has an abstract retro vibe, as Vincent sets himself and Dexter in an abandoned warehouse, with nothing but a chair and an old tiny TV; you get some kind of David Bowie energy with his aloofness, and suit. For the most part you get some aire of the 80’s coming to life again with this video and genre. From the beat, to the to the camera angles and visual edits, and even fashion and the whole minimal value that it holds, its a detailed creation not to be overlooked!
As the late great Martin Luther King Jr. would have explained at one point, “riots are the language of the unheard;” and it seems a growing number of Americans seem to connect with this message as leadership fails. Young artist Malo BRIGADE uses his voice to express his connection to that language. “NOTHING GOOD then we gon’ make it bad, make you crack. Make it worse, worse, than you every had,” the chorus itself communicates that frustration, that feeling that nothing else can be done, when power is increasingly being endowed to the greedy. In its accompanying video NOTHING GOOD, you even get the visual counterpart of these intense actions and emotions, represented by images of violence, riots, and rebellious action.
Malo BRIGADE splits his NOTHING GOOD music video like a 3 act play, either intentionally or not, it keeps you drawn in. At the intro you get civil rights commentary Chicago Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton during riots regarding civility, layered over imagery of the same and recent riots that spread across the US since 2020, setting the tone for the song and video. Then you get the main body of the track, “Fight for the basic human rights, but you know the deny it. Ironic how bodies is lying, while they ass is lying,” chants Malo, clad in black among his brigade. Then the beat takes takes a pause, slows it down for an outro, bringing a whole different much darker energy, emphasis on the lyrics. Altogether a dope project in response to the social issues being focused on today, with more music on the way as he announces on social media! Follow at the links below.
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!
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!
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!