Broken Robots (Kat Baker, Tony Baker, Lonnie Phillips) are back with a new single introducing Chicago rap artist Trevor Pilz. The track titled BOOM BADA BAM BING, is a rebellious anthem channeling the likes of Cypress Hill’s B-REAL and the great Eminem. Kat Baker and Trevor Pilz share the infectious half rapped, half sung chorus, with Tony Baker on the guitar leads and rhythm production. The whole song feels throwback in its influences yet contemporary in its execution.
“Bottom with the rocks in handcuffs, put them in a box with padlocks,” Kat Baker sings with her signature pianissimo style. “Singing boom bada bam bing, still do the damn thing, whatcha gonna do about it, bitch not a damn thing,” Trevor Pilz responds in the two part hook that evokes the idea of the sovereign citizen freedom fighter. Trevor Pilz being relatively new to the scene, but having such a strong sonic start thanks in part to Broken Robots, is quite commendable. A lot of artists in the scene do not get the privilege to have quality production, even less have the skill and talent to back it up like Trevor Pilz clearly possesses.
The track, BOOM BADA BAM BING, is two verses with two hooks, beginning and culminating in sound bites of various interactions with the police. The single infers this disharmonious relationship with those who are meant to protect and serve, but most of us know that is not really why they are here in our communities. BOOM BADA BAM BING, the new single by Trevor Pilz in collaboration with Broken Robots is available on YouTube and SoundCloud today with a lyric visual to accompany it on YouTube!
The long anticipated LP DEAD BY DAWN by YOUNG XAV has been received and it is bigger than expected! In the works since the release of his debut LP AFTER DARK, it is an extension of the 1st, completing the journey we are living vicariously through YOUNG XAV. Being teased with singles like WAYS TO DIE, MANIA FREESTYLE and KISS KISS BANG BANG, and interviews with the Ever Evolved platform and others alike, foreshadowing concepts and genres. There is a bit of something for everyone in DEAD BY DAWN, leaving each listener with a piece of his life within every song!
Earlier in YOUNG XAV’s music journey he was more centered on hip hop styles in his production and his lyricism, dabbling in R&B whenever. Making a decision to explore other sounds following his MANIA FREESTYLE, with his style, it seemed like it was bound to happen. Leaning towards more instrumentals, YOUNG XAV fittingly dips into more rock influences, without abandoning hip hop altogether of course. He balances it smoothly back and forth throughout DEAD BY DAWN in between other styles, creating a diverse and highly entertaining LP, there is no dull moment, despite its length at 13th tracks!
Introducing us with its title track DEAD BY DAWN, with a 80’s dark, electro synth-pop, Stranger Things vibe, featuring Aanjoulique on vocals, creating a mystifying energy. YOUNG XAV enters firing with a prelude as the beat switches up: “If I should die tonight, best believe i lived my best one, if I should die tonight please reflect on all my words, if I should die tonight please my momma love her tell my father… tell my brother…” Opening strong he keeps the energy going with ONCE UPON A TIME, keeping up the heavy hip hop bass. He then switches it up and dials down to something different and personal!
Continuing with a jazzy selection, the LIFE & TIMES OF XAVIER ROBERT opens up with soothing horn instruments and grand piano, as if in a 1920’s speak easy, leading you into the happenings of YOUNG XAV’s mind in his verses. The production of this track in particular sets it apart from the rest of the album, but is not the exception to its diversity. The following title, PLAY PRETEND keeps a similar melancholic energy, as XAV sings over acoustic guitar. Just the introduction of the full LP shows you how far YOUNG XAV has come as he has grown as an artist since his debut LP in 2019 and earlier releases. Whether he continues on this path or not, we are forever grateful for the talent we have been able to experience through him and look forward see what YOUNG XAV has planned next!
Sports and music are heavily intertwined mediums that permeate the fabric of our modern world. Specifically, basketball and hip hop appear to have a more intimate connection than most. In Chicago, we at Ever Evolved have put together a compilation record for your summer listening pleasure called, LEAGUE CHAMPS. A lot of us hit road blocks in our athletic endeavors but now when it comes to Chicago music and beyond, we are the championship team. Ever Evolved and its affiliates have been pushing the forefront of the independent music market for years now. And it is all led up to moments like these, becoming the League Champs.
Fully produced, recorded, engineered and mastered completely in house; much done by the co-founder head engineer RhymSter himself, LEAGUE CHAMPS is a 26 track LP, including a documentary, skits and more special content soon to come, that will surely pique your interest in one facet or another. LEAGUE CHAMPS includes appearances from RhymSter, Keem Singing, Hayward, Ivan L, BeatrixKiddo, CantBuyDeem, C-Mac, Ben Rose, Nate Broskii, Kidd of OTKST Society, Essse, Orlando Coolridge, DJ Hunt, DJ Curt Henny, JaiTheArtist, J-Bose, and William Bolanos.
Track 1 is an introductory record with a sports-like announcer voice over done by William Bolanos promoting the album of LEAGUE CHAMPS. A well done rendition of that vocal style for announcements. Track 2 is HANG UP, which features a voice over from DJ Curt Henny about a situation where someone is getting sent off at the studio. A typical Chicago type of scenario. “Why’d you hang up on me?” And “You didn’t text me back!” are said repeatedly over a dope instrumental containing a sample of a female singer.
BABY LEG is track 3 on the LP, it is a collaboration between CantBuyDeem and Rhymster, with CantBuyDeem on the hook, and then they split two verses. BABY LEG is a vibey track with strong lyrics from the two Chicago rappers. Essse and Keem Singing composed a surprisingly beautiful melody in GO CRAZY track 4 with the refrain lyrics reading, “Baby, can you fly away with me? Maybe, cause we not the same, we go crazy, every night and day my head crazy, but I’ll be OK!!” Track 5 is a Ben Rose production, INCOMPLETE, another surprise on LEAGUE CHAMPS is that you will hear sophisticated, and banging, heavy metal music!
Track 6 is a BeatrixKiddo song called ITS A VIBE, you never heard energy from her like this before on previous kiddo beats, and it is a favoritefrom her so far! Track 7 Interlude 2 is the 1st intermission of the LP featuring another VO from William Bolanos, and the artists who were on the first few records screaming shouts of joy in the background. Track 8 is a trifecta collabos between RhymSter, JaiTheArtist, C-Mac, and Keem Singing. “It’s the way your body moves when the songs on,” sings Jai, with Keem coming in with a complimentary “Shake it for me, shake it for me” and a guest verse in the latter half of the track by RhymSter, referencing Phoenix Suns, Devin Booker, Santana, Dusk Till Dawn, Salma Hayek, Desperados, and Missy Elliot all in one verse.
The next track cuts in immediately with lyrics from RhymSter saying “I made a milli by lunch, life can be great when you live how you want.” A nice lyrical chop by Rhymster on track 8, LUNCH BREAK, with JaiTheArtist bringing in a solid verse as well. SMELLING LIKE THE UNIVERSE, is another strong collab, featuring C-Mac, Cockykidd, Rhymster, and company. The C-Mac line, “You cant have a life if you not really living,” stands out as the main theme from this record. ESTRELLA is definitely a favorite from League Champs, a house record produced by Orlando Coolridge, featuring lovely ambient vocals from Keem Singing. J-Bose comes in on track 11 GET THE DUCK OUT, a superfluous record with amazing chopping and vocal inflection from the Busta Rhymes, Busdriver-like rapper singer. This track has insane energy and flow, highly recommended.
APOLLO is a powerhouse, 2 rapper collabos between Hayward of B.B.E. and RhymSter of Ever Evolved. You will want to bump this track for the hard lyrics, paired with the flow and the beat. A hype song live as well! Next on the super LP is another Ben Rose production, SABRETOOTH TIGER, which reminds a lot of Dragonforce’s, THROUGH THE FIRE AND FLAMES, speed and instrumentation. CantBuyDeem featuring Essse show up with another record in KEEP A WHISTLE. A really fun, incredibly catchy tune with memorable lyrics from the Chicago heavyweights. CantBuyDeem references queso, pesos, cucumber in the water, no Faygo, in the beginning of the record, and that string of lines hits so hard.
BESOS is the next track on League Champs which is a progressive house record with a high pitched vocal sample that only a few might recognize. MY ENTOURAGE flips the famous Eminem and D12 MY BAND melody brilliantly, with Keem Singing at the helm of that record. LAY UP is a strong collab between CantBuyDeem and BeatrixKiddo, who make multiple appearances on League Champs! A major part of League Champs is the Chicago to South Florida connection, thanks to Ivan L Rhymes Well. This record DIS MY SONG features impeccable verses from Rhymster and Ivan L with a flawless hook from Keem Singing. A video is out to this now on YouTube shot by Hayward of B.B.E.
SKIP A BEAT is another super collab on League Champs between CantBuyDeem and Keem Singing. Hayward shot the video to this joint as well, while the Ever Evolved family traveled to South Florida for shows earlier this year. PAIN OR PLEASURE is a Ben Rose production featuring vocals for Essse, who also doubles as a versatile rock and heavy metal vocalist, incredible song. REPEAT begins hilariously as you can hear Hayward continually tell CantBuyDeem to do the hook on the record. A bumping track that will surely have you giggling from hilarity. The theme of REPEAT has to do with the repetition of the rapper lifestyle, to keep it from becoming monotonous we must make dope tracks about it.
BOOTY CALL ends the LP with a low bass voice over on a house record that will have you dancing and vibing out wherever you are listening to it. DJ Hunt has a special extra exclusive mix attached to League Champs Vol. 1 as well, look out for that during the related content campaigns surrounding League Champs. In the last interlude, William Bolanos explains that there will be a billboard on Cermak and Racine, with all the colorful bobble head characters part of the Leauge Champs compilation record. This was done by graphic designer and artist Amanda MacMillan.
Are there any other independent recording artists that put themselves on a billboard in their own city? It is a special one, and it is encouraged everyone reading this to go see it when it is up and completed. Ever Evolved continues to push the envelope in the indie music market based in Chicago Illinois. Chicago is notorious for negativity and hatred in the hip hop scene and culture, but that is disproven over and over again by the collective of Ever Evolved and all its affiliates. Independent people, creating a true civilian based entertainment industry.
You might have heard of or have even listened to OVERLY DEDICATED, the legendary mixtape by Kendrick Lamar. In slight homage and reference to a portion of the great K.Dot’s catalog, RhymSter, the co-founder of Ever Evolved, started the Overly Dedicated Concert Series in Chicago Illinois to push artists live acumen, keep them sharp and create a community of music industry networking. Already on their 5th installment of the virtual shows, Overly Dedicated is raising the bar for live performances in the Chicago music scene.
Co-hosted by Scotty Rocks at his Dog & Pony Show TV Studios, together they bring in both local and national talent to perform via Twitch and Facebook live stream, to a vast online audience. They have featured recording artist talents you may have seen before such as Orlando Coolridge, CantBuyDeem, Hayward, Charmaine Makeda, Ro$e, RapCrush, Ivan L, Keem Singing, and many more! Overly Dedicated 5 airs once a month, last show being Friday May 21st at 7PM, featuring Chicago artists Big Homie, Azmattic, Essse, OG Poe, Pharoah, Monsoon Staraw, and Frostee Cavanero with contributing sounds from DJ Curt Henny! Reach out to Ever Evolved and RhymSter if you’d like the opportunity to perform at a live limited audience (also exclusive) Overly Dedicated event!
Blue Kubricks is back around generating enough noise to rumble your speakers! The band from Leeds in the UK release their new track LATIN, that hits on notes of Indie Pop Punk, a heavier direction from their previous releases like HEROIN. Aggressive but playful from the start, heavy on the drums and thrashing guitar with mischievous lyrics, giving you enough energy to mosh around. The solo mid song gives it that extra cherry on top, just when you think it could not get wilder. The melodic guitar riff cleans up the garage rock band sound, but not too much as to take away from the authenticity of is rugged edge. Blue Kubricks debuts on Monomyth Records with LATIN, and they made sure they stood out!
Indoorsmen coming at you heavy with not only sound, but a collection of tunes! Fresh off the release of their debut EP CLEANING HOUSE, Pt. 1, the Chicago indie rock band comes packing with 6 amazing songs. The crew promoted the project with the release of their hit singles PANIC ATTACK and BE LIKE THIS prior to the full release, laying out the general theme for the EP. Lyrically the band glosses over themes of introspection, struggle and perseverance, as well as feeling suspect towards societal constructs, and the title CLEANING HOUSE hints to sorting out the mind. Sonically hitting on punk rock and grunge sounds you can associate with bands like the Offspring, contributing to the growing diversity among Chicago artists and their sound.
Starting out heavy and full of energy off the bat with their single PANIC ATTACK, they have a catchy riff and chant to join with on the chorus. Concise lyrics connects to their perspective on anxiety, “Alarm clock pulls me out of bed, another day trying to get ahead, but I only fall further behind, another day of losing my mind. Been grinding my teeth to dust…” You can almost feel it creeping up on you in the details! Their next track GET THROUGH gets deeper, as a tribute song to a loss of a friend, and how it is to go through the motions of such tragedy.
Leading into the next single BE LIKE THIS, the energy is lightened up a bit, bringing the internal thoughts outwards, yelling out in their chorus “I don’t wanna be like this, be like this, be like this!” Sometimes all you need is a burst of hysterical realizations to inspire winds of change! CLEANING HOUSE, Pt 1 continues on these ideas in different forms, with the 2nd half of the EP diving intricately deeper into sounds that make up Indoorsmen talent and style. A powerful and thoughtful project, connecting you with the bands artists and even yourself, through conscious lyrics or even the intense sounds of their genre.
Abstract in all senses of the word, this Monica Rose music video release for her track ALIEN will make you feel other worldly! Wildly creative with claymation animation, an impressive and time consuming effort resulting in a Mark Twain‘s Mysterious Stranger style presentation. She creates a scene in a room of art, singing lyrics like, “Staring out at the stars you’d think I’m not from here,” Monica seems to be in a state of contemplation. Over a lo-fi indie rock production, following up from her music video for BUTTERFLIES, Monica Rose has a fresh and dynamic style that sticks out among Chicago artists, exciting to hear what she may be coming up with next. A keeper for the playlist!
Like a pheonix rising from its ashes, destruction can be a catalyst for new life and beginnings. Just as the pheonix, Broken Robots understands the significance and power of starting anew, even through unconventional and sometimes harsh, definite conclusions. With their recent music video release, BURN IT DOWN, Kat & Tony Baker & Lonnie Phillips encourage intense self reflection as a means to an end, or a beginning.
Not being strangers to difficult situations and thoughts, Broken Robots Kat and Tony Baker create a powerful message with their success and existence. From being heroin addicted, homeless and facing criminal penalties, mental health issues and abusive relationships, the two essentially burned down the toxic lifestyle that dominated their lives in order to build upon the ashes, an empire! In a conversation with Chicago Sound Check, we get a closer evaluation of the song and videos purpose and meaning.
Tony Baker leads with some powerful insight about personal relationships; “There doesn’t necessarily always have to be a protagonist and an antagonist for a relationship to end or to kind of burn out.” He continues, “And it doesn’t mean anyone’s wrong, doesn’t mean someone’s a bad person.” Kat goes on to add, regarding the video, “Its based ona lot of different experiences…Being from relationships like in the video, relationships where you have to struggle between whether or not you should stay or go or if it’s worth keeping it or burning it down.” The video shot by Joel Lopez includes actors Jessica Ebacher & Ahmed Forero in scenes of tense interactions, creating a visual metaphor to what Broken Robots conveys lyrically. Before you know it, you will have BURN IT DOWN playing on repeat as the soundtrack for your personal self fulfilling missions!
Coming across fresh faces in Nobatoby! Releasing a music video recently and bringing summer energy back into our lives. Using a song off their debut EP BRAIN STORM, the Chicago artists create a visual water park experience, creating a nostalgic vibe with the combination of music. Taking advantage of the empty amusement rides in NYC due to COVID circumstances. Adding to the diversity of Chicago music, alternative indie rock music fans would enjoy this, with a similar sound to Smashing Pumpkins and the likes, GO DOWN it is already on replay here!
An astounding performative character, on and off the stage! Radiating confidence, independence and joy where ever she is seen. Emma Grace is an artist on another level, with quite an inspiring attitude, whether she knows it or not. First learning of Emma at an Ever Evolved open mic event, she is making noise right now with a release, and it is exciting to hear some new music from this artist!
Upon first look Emma looks like a sweet, cherishing gal, but that is changed instantly upon her behavior and talent on stage! Enveloping a room with her deep range of vocals and energy, and it is contagious. She is a rockstar! Her style of music and lyricism captures you and you cannot help but move! More than that, she can be an inspiring character for confidence on and off stage.
Emma is an artist to push boundaries no doubt, of what it is to be, look and act like as an artist. As a curvy woman, she proudly displays her beauty in a multitude of ways. From tastefully provocative photography as a model, to performing on stage, in front of a crowd with nothing on, but pasties and underwear. Whether she intended to or not, she may as well accept the banner of a role model for confidence, self love and joyfulness!
Aside from her inspiring and very welcoming attitude, her voice and work as an artist is the cherry on top of it all! With her latest release LOVING WAYS, she projects her energy through lyrics. The opening lines say it all, “Oh all the loving ways to know, yea we got a ways to go, all the loving ways to grow.” LOVING WAYS places you right in the moment, with a message to remain positive despite adversity. She articulates it much more fluidly, so press play and get to those LOVING WAYS.