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.
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!
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.
The League Champs Orlando Coolridge and Keem Singing are keeping the games going with a music video for the recently released hit single ESTRELLA, off of LEAGUE CHAMPS VOL. 1. More fun than games, the champs got together a talented group of individuals, like Lani Anderson aka Jiig_Siix, to dance for the Chicago house beat. In the middle of OTKST painting live at Empirical Brewery in Chicago, artists like CantBuyDeem & Keem Singing himself performed for a crowd. One proactive way to celebrate artistic creativity and the LP Release! League Chaps got more tricks up their sleeves for weeks to come until and beyond the 2nd festival in October.
CantBuyDeem breaks it down with a new tune and music video. Linking up with Wolf Mob General Safi G and RhymSter on the beat, with HAYWARD behind the camera! The two lay out what it takes to be a hustler, “Stop pocket watching, get yo bread up” Safi quips in his chorus verse. CantBuyDeem demands respect chanting “I got gas I’m rollin up, don’t insult me im the plug I don’t sell no dubs!” Letting you know these two are not about that small time waste of time. All while living their best life, dancing around beautiful women, getting crowds wild from the stage. The chorus itself is undoubtedly catchy in its energy. The song title BRADY refers to the trust fund, white collar, squares that just use their parents money just to be taken advantage of by hustlers like CantBuyDeem. Making a bag off BRADY lookin kids that do not know better, and they better not insult the plug either!
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!
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.
The early bird gets the worm, a motto and golden rule for the hustlers, shot callers, money makers and game changers. Artists like Young Vet understand and execute this rule gracefully through habit, creating opportunities and setting up wealth and connections as illustrated in his latest release! Out last year, 8AM SOMEWHERE is revisited to emphasize that grind, with a music video laying out a typical day and strategy for Young Vet. From freshening up at 8am, being interviewed by noon, working in the studio by evening and performing at shows by late night followed by after party, it is quite the life to manifest, and only through consistency, hard work and connecting with like minded people. His lyric would add value to his constituents as well, rapping in the chorus, “It’s gonna be a late one, great one, every night with my day ones, A-1. Ever night a celebration…” 8AM SOMEWHERE also comes with the announcement of Young Vets sophomore album #BETVET2: THE DECISION, so stay tuned for more leading up to the release!
Wilhelm Duke is hitting strides with his creative outlet as of late. Hot off his RESISTANCE EP release with RhymSter, the Duke is back again with a music video release to promote his next album ELIXER, a followup to his debut THE ROBBER BARON. THE CALM goes by its title in its entirety, from its jazzy hip hop beat, courtesy of Brad Kemp, to Wilhelm Dukes intense lyrical flow while maintaining a stoic composure. Visual production goes to Swirl Productions, settings the Duke on Chicago’s Lasalle St in the middle of traffic, with the Board of Trade building towering over the street. A very urban energy, balanced with the settling, music and Dukes flow, paints a rather calm scene of such a busy city.