Category Archives: Hip Hop/Rap

Feels Like OddCouple Has More Music

Been a little over a year since OddCouple, Zach Henderson released his Liberation, To celebrate he curated a show in honor of the project filled with some of Chicago’s best creatives. Henderson has been enjoying a run of shows following the release from Summerfest 4cast to theMID AuxChord DJ‘s to p4k afters and Northerly Island. Back with  more shows following the anniversary in Chicago and LA we can catch him in January in the City, enjoying that liberated life.

See The Sun sheds light on your playlist with some smooth quality instrumental and most recently Feels Like takes over with Jack Red flowin over the beat. A little different direction from the Sun as Henderson switches up styles naturally. Henderson also released a mix of songs after Goonin around on soundcloud that he calls IL!ke2dnc, because he likes to dance. Hopefully all this activity follows up more dope music cause that it Feels Like! 

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Ever Evolved | Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Marko Stat$ – Power [Music Video]

Marko Stat$ is quickly making moves after the release of his LP BEE-4 I Fly Away. He has Been moving around the city hitting random venues supporting random charities and making history as he performs. From performing a show donating money to St Marys Convent School in Nigeria to hitting Notre Dame to be the first rap artist to perform in a certain building and hitting his first cypher amongst local artists with Pink Room. Stat$ is making sure his year is going out strong.

From all this a music video dawned for the track Power from the aforementioned LP. Already having a hand full of music videos up his sleeve with a freestyle, Jubilation, Nobody and others you can see him getting used to this Power hanging around all over the city, Varisse getting all the quality shots. Cannot wait to see what the new year has in store for this artist still blooming.

Marko Stat$ | Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Ever Evolved | Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Ambi and theMind [Music Video]

AmbI from Chicago got together with theMind to create a fantastic single and visual collaboration. Setting is in the studio and you can isntantly recognize some locals like Phoelix and Squeak Pivot. Miss Me is a smooth production with some real lyrics delivered smoothly. It is to be featured on a  an upcoming project Study Hall you can hear amongst the chatter in the background even.

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theMIND | Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Ever Evolved | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram

ShowYouSuck Gets Real Cool

This song can join the playlist next to the Woods from Probcause as one of those nonchalant beats. Nothing but good vibes with Cool, a song about cool things.  It is actually refreshing to hear lyrics unrelated to the usual money, sex, drugs. I mean everyone can bump a good party song but if you can be entertaining with friendly lyrics that just spreads love and fun then you can do more than most. Get loose to this, no need to take life seriously always, no ones too cool for a good time!

ShowYouSuck | Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Ever Evolved | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram

Knox Fortune Paradise

Knox Fortune is ridin high in Paradise with his latest album release. Following up with a short tour around the states that sold out in Chicago in no time at all.  Written and produced entirely by Knox with the help of a well known locals Joey Purp, Cam O’bi, Carter LangNico Segal, theMind, and many other notable artists. KAMI and Joey Purp grab the mic for on Strange Days and Stun. Finally finishing off the 11 track epic with some quality production. Most producers dont get enough attention however this is a rare case and Knox has some real support behind him.

Knox Fortune | Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Ever Evolved | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram

Ric Wilson the Human

Just cause he can, Ric Wilson releases two tracks randomly. Might mean more new music on the way, might not. This creative soul from the South Side of Chicago just released Negrow Disco EP earlier in the year and he is just following up. Also coming up with a music video for Hangloose from the EP and a collab track with Hurley Mower. Droppin music almost discreetly you just need to keep your eyes and ears open for info like marking down January 4 on your calender.

Every song is different so far as he jumps genres and molds them together, mixing in Hip Hop and Soul, Dance and other elements. You can hear the difference between the two recent releases. What If I Was White, a poem wrote for Sofar Chicago pointing out obvious moral and social injustices in our society compared to We Don’t KnowYou can expect his next project to have more hip hop lyrical influence. For now keep posted at the links below for new music and events.

Ric Wilson | Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Ever Evolved | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram

In The Spotlight: Ravyn Lenae

Being honored as one of the many Chicago artists to be presented in Red Bulls 30 days in Chicago Ravyn Lenae is definitely a voice you have to recognize. So talented Chicago is still hooked on her latest album Moonlight Moonlight released early in the year. With production handled by Monte Booker the two combined created a masterpiece.

Recently releasing a video for the single Unknown from her aforementioned album, directed by the talented Weird Life crew. A more somber video compared reminding you art varies across all spectrums of human emotion.  This follows her Spice video which is more lively, literally, performing the album single for Kinda Neat publishing. As she flirts with the camera naturally she makes singing seem effortless.

Following up on with an interview Kinda Neat reveals Ravyns lyrical abilities starting at an early age.  From outperforming at church choirs and high school she started touring at the age of fifteen. Realizing her potential early. Now apart of Zero Fatigue with Smino,  and Monte Booker respectively she has performed with other notable artists like Mick Jenkins and No Name and other popular locals. Be on the lookout for her next project and follow her before she takes off!

Ravyn Lanae | Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Ever Evolved | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram

Jovan Presents Growth

Over the period of 3 years Jovan has been growing, evolving and adapting to changes in her life. Growth is the collective experience of those years expressed through music and sound. It is built together by the hard work of strong woman such as herself, Fury, Ell Virtuoso, Belladonna Devereux. Others joining her album are talented locals her band the Land, G.O. Owens, Noble Warrior, Mykele Deville and more. Topping off the project Jovan showcases her own production skills showing taking that Note To Myself seriously, pushing the limits of her purpose.

Jovan grips the mic with purpose to release her message of self identification, self love, growth through perseverance as she takes the stage. The Tonic Room filled with exuberance as the crowd bounces to her beats and mouth the lyrics. You would think they would have been tired out after energetic performances by Me’Chelle and Fury but Jovans energy is reciprocated throughout the crowd. An amazing live experience to live through you should definitely catch her live.

Jovan | Soundcloud Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Ever Evolved | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram

Monte Booker Levels Up


You can add Philanthropist to Monte Bookers’ list of accomplishments with his most recent release Silver. Alongside Soulection they are donating proceeds to hurricane and earthquake relief in Central America through Global Giving. It is a very smooth track as most of his are but his style is dynamic and continues to evolve. Cannot go wrong with Monte music. Alway making good beats and now when you bump his tracks you can trust that you support a good artist.

Making the world a better place one beat at a time, Monte has been consistently releasing quality sound nonstop. Working with Smino, Jay2AintShit, Ravyn Lenae and Phoelix has been getting him huge support from artists like T-Pain who joined the Smino-Booker beat Anita. Recent collaborations like Chinchilla and Lui Kang with Jay2 and single releases like Drunk and Yellow + sprinkled all over his soundcloud has gained nearly 75k followers on soundcloud. While most producers go fly under the radar people continue to recognize Monte Bookers sound more and more and with good reason, he gives back real sound and action.

Monte Booker | Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Ever Evolved | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram

Saba Knows How To Live

Saba is back with some original singles. After his music video release of World In My Hands Saba followed through and took on the world. Following his Instagram account into Europe you see sold out venues for the Chicago local with support from Joseph Chilliams, Jamila Woods and Loona DaeBringing city influence overseas literally and they did it right.

Awaiting his return in Chicago as John Walt Day approaches for performances at Lincoln Hall; the newly founded John Walt Foundation on the back end of the operation. We will be expecting these recent hitters to be performed as well. Produced by Zack Villere, Saba releases 360 for the Adult Swim Singles program that been getting good reaction. MfnMelo joins the beat for How To Live produced by Saba himself bringing back Daoud.

Saba | Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Ever Evolved | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram