Category Archives: Hip Hop/Rap

Ever Evolved Synergy

Reminiscing back to Show N Love at Sub T in Wicker Park you have to be reminded of the talent brewing in Ever Evolved Studio. Plenty of recent releases and events coming and going. A couple of independent singles and a wild collab track. We also had our buddy and talented videographer Brandon Holmes put together a highlight video of some successful events and celebrations, holding only a little bit of an idea of whats to come!

The video would be covering bits of footage from up to three events, recorded by Brandon and Canon Montana, showing the vibrant crowds that come to support. Background music is produced and recorded in house as well with the producers and hip hop artists and Ever Evolved members on stage and on screen, Rhymster and Radcliff. Engineers Gridlock Andy and Frekwenzy showing love at the studio with amazing produciton.

Most recently a project packed with Ever Evolved artists and affiliates release a single Check A Bagg produced by DJ Marskiss. Rhymster, Radcliff, Terry Tertiary, Candy Irene, Mike Booth, Safe G and Essse with the huge collaboration and a mouthful ofwords onto a 3 minute beat. A unique blend of styles between all these creatives. Interesting enough all these artists are scheduled to release more independent singles and collaboration projects and singles heading into the warmer seasons so follow for updates!

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Sun Showers Over Burn Twins, Elton & Bedows

Keeping their names separate as a way to isolate their unique talents as indivdual artists the Burn Twins, Elton & Bedows form this band of creatives. They do not commit to a singular brand or name, which can make it interesting keeping track of their work.  Coming in with fresh sound and energy altogether they have pulled off many collabs as a whole or paired off, freely performing with who ever works with eachother best. Artist like theMIND, Nafet, Akenya, KAINA, Thelonious Martin, Omar Apollo and more and worked with one of more of this collaborative group.

All of them are multi talented at some level they all bring their own unique sound together, and work within each other. Finding a perfect balance between their musical influences, instrumentation and vocal work. Never overpowering one another, each individuals talent emphasized to give credit where credit is due, as the collaboration intended. The Burns Twins (Eddie and IZ) and Bedows share music production and instrumentation talent. Elton Aura works the mic as a writer and rapper and there is much jazz and soul influence between them all. The producers are also adding backup vocals to their resume as they cover ins and outs for Elton as they adapt to each other.

Talking to DJ Booth in an interview following their Sun Showers release they highlight some of the ideas that was put into this project. Creating something that personified their feeling for the year in Chicago. “It is the duty of the artist to reflect the times”, Elton explains paraphrasing Nina Simone. Sun Showers is a metaphor reflecting Chicago’s turbulence. “It looks happy, It looks nice, it looks sunny, but its still raining”. A sentiment that can stand the test of time with these songs.

Burns Twins | Soundcloud | Elton Aura | Soundcloud
Bedows | Soundcloud

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Up and Coming Producer: Aced Spade

Not forgetting about the producers this year. They are getting the right recognition and starting with Aced Spade, he is doin it right. Equiped as a producer, DJ and dancer and maybe some other hidden talents we have yet to find. Someone give him a mic lets see. Ringing in the new year with Marko Stat$ at Subterranean in Wicker Park at Ever Evolveds Cold Front stage with the crowd rocking to new music.

Feelin’ the new year vibes he releases a remix that is Not Bad, Just Boujee days following the Cold Front. Afterwards Outta Sight Clothing would announce a cypher beat created by the one and only. Then Aced would just come back and one up himself with another remix. Taking aim at up and coming Chicago artist Simone, whom just recently dropped the Ready EP. Good Girl is the perfect track to meld into Aced Spades dynamic style. Set to perform at the Beat Kitchen you can hear these dope tracks there follow him for the info!

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Marko Stat$ Freestyles

Chicagos’ Marko Stat$ gets on the mic and spits off the top. Hopping on an old school boom bap styled beat Stat$ reminds us of his skills on the mic. We get a little hint of his politics in the tracks cover art. Following his Power music video release Marko has been having a good month to start off 2018. Ending and starting a year on stage at Subterranean in Wicker Park at the Cold Front presented by Ever Evolved, we will be also be seeing a cypher upcoming with Outta Sight Clothing and more music in the works. Just to start out , this is one artist to keep an eye out for this year!

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Malcolm London Reacquainted in the Right Away Series

The road to self love and discovery may not always be the brighest path, battling between history, ambitions and self worth. Malcolm London is no stranger to these circumstances and as an artist he creates dramatic imagery of his perspective through words and music with his new album release Right Away Series. Coming back from his pevious project Opia he switches up his intentions with this release. In an interview with DJ Booth Malcolm breaks down the LP.

With this project, I feel like I could do something that’s just authentic to me and not too focused on proving anything.” Malcolm expresses in interview. He references to his previous LP Opia how he was trying more to prove as a poet he can rap dynamically. With Right Away Series he integrates poetry, rap and music allowing himself to express a range of ideas and emotions in his own style. A real representation of being your pure self un-apologetically.

Catching himself in the mix of Chicago local releases yet again like Deem, Mick Jenkins, MfnMelo, Probcause, Rich Jones and others. Like his last project Opia, Right Away Series features a handful of talented artists. Produced fully by BAD CXMPANY, production duo, they are joined by local vocalists Tasha and Marcus Anthony Johnson. So its worth a celebration as London showcases the release at a listening party among friends and artists. Catch the recap below.

A recipe for pure poetic justice. As you are listening you can hear a mix of political commentary, emotional struggle, love poems. You can also hear London challenge general norms in society and hip hop like masculinity and injustice. “I’ve come to the conclusion that I have to be my whole self at all times”, he explains in the interview, referring to him being an educator, activist, poet and rapper. Not leaving any piece of himself out of this LP, he speaks his mind.

In the opening track iSearch, London express doubt though he has made himself and his name recognizable to a great extent especially locally in Chicago.  All too familiar to every independent, artist, entrepreneur at one point or another as Mick Jenkins expresses similarly in his recent release.  His human side gives into to his activst mindset quickly as he starts Talking Too Much and you find he has too much on his mind. This LPs succession of ideas seems to flows as if of the top of his head, thoughts leading to another.

Work While You Sleep stumbles upon the idea of love and relationships. The following Just To Be Clear goes over the idea that love & emotions makes men weak & vulnerable in hip hop and society generally. Interesting perspectives for society to look over as a whole and contemplate; As a poet, rapper and activist should invoke. Ending the beat on a high note with Chicago’s Tasha and some hope as an artist should.

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Solo Sam On The Come Up

Solo Sam is on the Come Up in Chicago getting recognized by multiple local media outlets as he releases some new tracks. It is hard to pass up a flow so authentic over raw production self made on most tracks. He has been releasing singles here and there following the project Epoch where he has been plotting the Come Up since people been asking Who Dat Boy!

Getting some more activity from Solo Sam in recent days dropping a music video for a track released a few months back. Fast meets the screen emphasizing a hustlers lifestyle directed by Stripmall productions. Settin the mood for his upcoming project ITIS. Adding some more hype with another release with the aforementioned track! Lets see what his next move is leading up to this big release.

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RIOT! with Angry Blackmen

Coming out of Chicago these Angry Blackmen pop into the scene alleging the first local super duo. Certainly coming out with the energy to convince you of this claim. They are trying to start a RIOT! Get angry and ring this track to your next anti-war, anti-hate, anti anything protest. Armed with a Smile and OK! a couple more originals, it sounds like they can really rock a crowd and inspire; cannot wait to hear more!

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Smoko Ono Makes Superstar Moves

To Smoko Ono he would probably just consider these daily tasks, you however might refer to them as Superstar Moves. Teaming up with KAMI the two Savemoney stars drop a beat that will rattle your speakers heavy. Flowing over a dark bassline like its just a regular day. Does this mean more new music soon? Stick around with us and listen for it.

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Can C Mick Jenkins Now

Any and every artist has felt it before. The doubt, the anxiety, the wonder if your art, your labor, your ideas are good enough. For Mick Jenkins, explaining in an interview to WGN Radio, the more time passes between releases the more gets uneasy he gets, whether it because of the label or timing. What he forgets or does not realize is that time has little to do with relevance. The quality of the work what makes a piece timeless.

Mick Jenkins prepares for more releases, projects and collabs as he sees fit but as he explained to WGN, he has to release music. Or More; The Anxious is that compromise; to release the music without the grandeur for now. Filled with dark vibes and cryptic lyrics, these seven tracks underlines Jenkins position in Chicago hip hop fiercely. Reminding you that he has not gone anywhere.

Yes Jenkins been done made his presence known among the top Chicago hip hop artists and emcees like ProbcauseRich JonesSaba, Chance, Vic Mensa, Rhymster and everyone within those circles that have made this Chicago music renaissance what it is. Influencing newer music artists like recent collaborators Lowca$e and Tosa Brooks, Jenkins should leave a legacy. Imagine the imprint he will leave when we releases in his imagination a perfect project.

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Inside Deems Third Eye

The pineal gland in the center of our minds is thought by many as our third eye. Where all our thoughts questions and answers begin and end. Deem decided to share with us his Lil 3rd Eye project and express as he does best. Following the music his youtube series project 106&Clark aired its first episode, highlighting Chicago artists, new music and kickin it with some ideas.

Doing his part helping Chicago artists grow and get known Deem turns music artist to show host of 106&Clark. Its first episode brought out Chicago’s African Prince Chai Tulani and another rising artist Young Jasper. The artists talked about their music, let their mind speak and topped it off with performance by Jasper. These episodes will be filmed weekly every Tuesday in front of a studio audience so you can join the action.

Deems Lil’ 3rd Eye is like a talk show if you listen you can decipher the topics From dissing time wasters, to dissing fuck-boys and rapists, xannax abuse and you, your ego the third eye can see through it all. Following his Better EP and the music videos accompanied, he also collaborated with Meredith on the Track and E. Oks on a couple tracks with more work coming soon too. You can catch Deem performing over these dope beats too, performing at Coles Bar on the 12th of January. Or follow his social for future dates.

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