Ayoo continues with their growth and experimentation with their sound and we are all here for it. We even got a closer idea of who their influences are for their music and sound in an interview with By The Wavs. Both Brothers naming mutiple artists, specific to no genre. From Dr. Fresch, Dom Dolla, AC Slater, Kid Cudi, Bone Thugs, Syn, Habstrakt, Excision and more, you can see why AYOO’s sound seems to be ever changing.
Recently releasing a huge collaboration piece dubbed FREAK OUT, and with a name quite commonly known in the Dubstep community. Rico Act performed and collaborated with acts such as Snails, DirtySnatcha, Sullivan King, Spag Heddy to name a few, and now Chicago’s very own AYOO works with the titan, as Benasis did a couple years earlier. Now this tracks name is to be taken seriously, because the three of them blended hip hop, and mid tempo bass to perfection. AYOO is no stranger to adding hip hop influence or vocals to their records, in fact you can hear the influence in all of their original tracks. This follows their remix of THE WAVE by WOLFBITER, and as you can see, another switch up in style as AYOO get bolder with their sound, what and who they work with.
An artist to look up to, Avi Sic has been rocking the 1’s & 2’s for a considerable amount of time and she has used up every minute effectively! Especially coming out of such a talented pool such as Chicago, her ambition sets her apart from many artists trying to make it in the industry. With a record of about two decades, Avi Sic performs well over 300 events a year. Between that and producing music and remixes, when does she find time to sleep?
In her time she trained by Grammy Award winning producers, and hit stages shared by artists like Diplo, Snoop Dogg, Calvin Harris and more. Being the first female DJ with KISS FM and IHEARTRADIO residencies as well, she has solid experience to be the official concourse DJ for Chicago Bulls, currently! She also works with numerous brand partners and sponsors like Nike and NBA for example, setting a solid foundation for her music career.
Recently releasing a couple of tracks, her main staple is dance music! She has made a good number of remixes as well as originals as a producer aside from her DJing. Her most recent original being IN THE NIGHT, a harmonious dance beat that can bear similarity to some of Porter Robinson ambient bass styles, with a touch of Rufus Do Sol. She also dives into Justin Bieber‘s song with Quavo to remix, giving it a lo-fi and guitar influenced remake. A good pick, as INTENTIONS aims to inspire, and Avi Sic ambition is just as influential for artists in Chicago!
Hip Hop has provided many artists the platform to air out their expressions or grievances. Hip Hop culture in itself is defiant by nature, starting up deep in the Bronx, pioneering emcees would introduce militant ideas and political defiance into their lyricism. If SOMETHINGS HAVE TO BE SAID, artists like Alexander Pi’erre are going to call it out to light! Unfortunately the United Sates constructs more than enough stories and situations to give artists reason to use their 1st Amendment right defiantly, and lyrically!
A strong entrance to 2020 with his track SOMETHINGS HAVE TO BE SAID, as well as a strong opening line. “First Off Fuck Trump,” plain and straight enough, he goes for every ones head too, to be fair, “Obama you aint innocent.” This is one bold song and follows up his first release of the year with Rio Mutasim. Pi’erre vibing with R&B, expressing his more gentle side, when politics is not threatening his cultural community. With Mutasim spittin game on the verses and Pi’erre riding the chorus, their combined talents makes for a smooth song. Only the start of the year, lets follow Alexander, linked below, to find out what else he has in for us this year!
What a surprise to see Yung Joc on a song with Chicago native and recording artist, Gee Get Money. Gee Get Money has been in the game for a few years now and has quite the growing catalog of music! The song starts off with a lot of bling, blue tones, and confident successful rappers turning up to the hook by Gee Get Money. “I’m so icy, I’m so icy, look at this ice,” the editing is fast paced, with many shots of Yung Joc and Gee Get Money showing off their shining diamond watches, chains and accessories.
The music video cuts around a few different staple locals in the city of Chicago, with many scenes cutting back to them turning up inside a luxury vehicle. This must have been a big budget production! Requiring the services of Yung Joc alone would be a pretty penny. This was a well produced work to say the least and will absolutely boost the career of Gee Get Money.
The greatest part about this single is the slight 2 Chainz diss that Yung Joc snuck in towards the end where he raps, “Rush 2 Chainz to ICU, when he saw me, he got frost bitten!” When that line came up it is bound to cause laughter and a double take, definitely a second listen is needed! This music video will also evoke a sense of nostalgia because Yung Joc has not aged at all! And the song itself reminds us of peak auto-tune South Side drill music from the 2012-2015 era. Congratulations to Gee Get Money on the successful music video release and collaboration with Yung Joc, we are excited to see more!
Christian Jalon is one amazingly talented vocal artist, and it has been fun watching her grow. From the South Side of Chicago, Jalon has been releasing music for the better part of 5 years if not more! Inspired by Gospel music and artists like the popular Lauryn Hill and Jamila Woods, Ravyn Lenae and other Chicago artists, her music takes on a more sultry and spiritual feminine essence. With a lot of music on her belt and planning more, her ambition is getting her creative with her content and ideas.
Sitting on a bunch of singles and a few EP’s, Christian Jalon is already a seasoned vocal artist. Her latest EP, EMOTIONAL AFFAIR, follows a whole list of singles, 2 EP’s and and album. Versatile, she has worked with others ,and on different genres too, as she has collaborated and dipped into hip hop beats as well. She has recently started a vocal series on the first Friday of every month, singing over her favorit instrumentals with her own written lyrics, continuously growing her vocal strength and reach as an artist. She is already planning Gospel LP’s a debut full length LP and a Behind the Scenes edition to it all as well! In this music so deep already, she is only just begun, it is looking like she will go far!
The starving artist is all too familar with the situation, Greediphresh is just calling it out. Artists “out here garbage, gettin guap in large amounts,” Greedi exclaims, “I ain’t a goofy, and they out here giving guap to clowns. Fuck the talent, they just ride the wave because the clout.” It is apparent that lyrical hip hop artists are left hanging while hype acts get money for selling out. Greedi can easily piece up a hype tracks about thotties in the trap house… servin’ out the bandos… louies and therollies and fast cars, but it is up to publications and radio stations to stop riding the clout, and bump beats like YELLOW VERSION and 32bit:GANGLY MEDIUM. Greediphresh sneaks in irony between the lines and the chorus smoothly.
Reminding us that he is a formidable contender of hip hop and he can just brush it off while others bust a sweat. Säge, The 64th Wonder, visual artist and hip hop emcee, comes back with more new tunes. Serving up lyrical quakes with consistence, SEISMIC BOOG (freeverse) is his most recent to pass the time with! Picking up on his activity as he prepares to release his album NO SAD SHIT, JUST RAPS, following up from teasing some singles from the project.
Calling out you, me, and the whole room out from the start on SEISMIC BOOG (freeverse) “Okay you say that you are next, so why are you distressed? I guess I called your bluff, cause every thing I’ve heard is just…” Such a bold tongue, you would think Seji has 20,000 ANGELS over him. Released on the 1st of February, 20,000 ANGELS is the second single from his new LP, following NAHGATO. Dropping lyrics like, “Im best at morphine words, ya’ll can’t contest, I told them oncee that i was the dude, ya’ll thought I’d slow up, but my blow up’s on the horizon.” He really is done from taking “a break just to clear the lane.”
Hungry to make music, StankNasty will turn to choas to make it happen! As if he became host to the alien-like off spring of Venom from Spider-Man himself, he has improved on CARNAGE, an earlier release. Fitted with a darker, more sinister beat to match his hostile, yet complex lyricism, and an intro to hook you in. This concept hip hop track is entertaining the whole way through, as if you are getting word from an actual cinematic super-villain.
Only a few have dawned a black cover to success like Metallica and Jay-Z. Axilon‘s UNTITLED project is sounding like it can stand up to greatness in its own respective genre as well! UNTITLED with four tracks that bear dark titles as well, you can expect a certain level of darkness in their tunes. This EP balances it well too, letting the beat breathe in between bass breakdowns and rhythmic and melodic bridges. A great follow up to their NO HANDLEBARS EP out on Buygore.
Creeping into your head with DARK WORLD, its ominous intro sets the tone for the whole EP. Preparing you for DARKNESS, which gets a little heavier with its build up and drop! Easily, the highlight of the UNTITLED is the following track rightfully titled POWER, with a calming piano intro that quickly gets over powered by the drop of dark bass synths, that ring and stomp through the track. As stated earlier, the duo does a great job letting the tracks breat, not over saturating each song with bass, letting you get into a rhythm.
CantBuyDeem dropped a mix tape over old school famous industry instrumentals called NOT 4 SALE Vol. 2. On the 21st of January he released the visual to a classic Mase song called WANT ME. It features Super King Reza on the vocal hook, a hot verse from Ever Evolved’s JaiTheArtist, and visual production from the video alchemist himself, Mikal Bae aka Father Darko.
CantBuyDeem really knocked it out of the park with organizing this collaboration! Super King Reza’s voice on the hook almost sounds feminine, it is so smooth and catchy, had to check the feature credits. JaiTheArtist’s verse compliments CantBuyDeem’s perfectly, they were both hitting all the relevant points of the song theme in their respective 16 bar verses. The attitude of this visual just screams 90’s classic hip hop; extremely nostalgic, but also new and quite fresh! We have the entire collaboration to thank for that, everyone involved in the project executed to a high caliber.
Visually, if this does not remind you of a Hype Williams music video from the Busta Rhymes days, or maybe even a current Hype Williams video from Griselda Records well, we’re not sure what will! Mikal Bae shooting in front of a green screen, editing in certain hilarious set pieces like a car for Super King Reza to stand on while its driving, a futuristic metallic background with a fish eye lens perspective, or just the three artists lounging on a couch. While its floating in front of one of Mikal Bae’s signature vapor wave designs. This visual has all of that and then more!
Lyrically, every line is set to make you laugh, especially since there is so much charisma behind the performances. Lines from CantBuyDeem, “The reason I treat you royal cause you loyal,” and “You know I put the d*** in your life but I wanna do more like licking you right!” Or lines from JaiTheArtist referencing Pretty Ricky and pornographic videos, “Get down with the licky licky, while you rolling sticky, blasting Pretty Ricky, tryna find a porn to do!” Then one of my poignantly favorite lines from the hook, “We can go to space, that ain’t ship to me!” I feel like that line is as old as time, yet It is an original Super King Reza line.
Bravo to all hands involved on this song and music video. It looked like an absolute blast to film. It is something that Chicago should back, put on its back and be proud of. Has Mase or anyone relevant seen this? Well they should.