StankNasty Engages With Carnage

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.

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Heaven For Roses: RhymSter x Edmur Quinn

RhymSter, the flagship artist and co-leader of Ever Evolved, has released his third project and second dual emcee-producer collaboration with Edmur Quinn, following up RhymSter’s previous record, PURE NOON. RhymSter employs smooth uptempo flows with clever lines, sprinkling storytelling over soulful sampled, heavy bass, new school beats. Each record has a distinct yet similar vibe which make the tracks fresh and cohesive. He recruits fellow Ever Evolved members Radcliff Music and Mike Booth,who together along with RhymSter make Triangle Offense, on the song ALL WEEK LONG. The other three songs are entirely composed of vocals from RhymSter making this a short but sweet four record EP.

The intro track, I FEEL IT, starts with a high pitched vocal sample, leading into the hook rapped by RhymSter. “I feel it in my bones, its about that time, blisters all up on my hands from this mountain climb, escaping death up in my nightmares yelling I gotta live, me while I’m ready for it all to see what it gonna give.” This song centers around the theme of not quitting or giving up. To stay the the course while on the road to achieving your goals and living out your dreams. RhymSter ends this record with a hopeful repeated bridge.

ALL WEEK LONG is the second record with Triangle Offense. RhymSter starts the record off rapping about a typical weekend schedule of his, including a Friday night party, Saturday night show and a Sunday afternoon studio session. This song deals with some youthful weekend hacking done by the crew while moves have to get made. “All week long, Ive been grinding handling business, try’na to take care of all these children, putting myself in this position, grinding hard so say lets get it get it.” Radcliff Music comes in with that classic rhythmical smack talk, mentioning how Triangle Offense is a group with respect and a name, yet no album. Radcliff Music ends his verse saying he is not letting any weak people take him out.

Track three, DISCONNECT & UNPLUG, is a thoughtful exploration into the lifestyle of a musician born and bred out of Chicago. RhymSter writes lines such as “disconnect and unplug, this lifestyle is a heavy drug, tip toe on the borderline, tell you that I’m more than fine,” and “they want us to look through the glass, but not open the door… thank the internet for showing us the worlds colors, increasing single mothers, and decreasing eachother.” The track fades at the end leaving you barely to hear the last few lines of RhymSter’s lyrics, adding to the emotional effect of the record and leaving you wondering what was said. The weight of the beat and his lyrics leave the listener to ponder their own feelings.

C’MON SON, the finale track has a wonderful gospel sample. Paired with complex bars by RhymSter, making references and puns such as, “Breaking bread with my all brothers, Jesus in the last supper…” and “PURE NOON ya know I will, MAINTAININ while I wait for it, so watch out man!” RhymSter ends the track with a hilarious sample of a monologue from a famous film. Tying up this dense yet short project that leaves you wanting more! 

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Axilon With The Mysterious & Dark Untitled EP

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.

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Artist of the Week: CantBuyDeem

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.

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RAAKMO Back With Break

RAAKMO is back and he is still making some of the Hardest Music In Chicago. On a streak of releases just a year prior with his Pazuzu EP, singles and remixes, the producer fell quiet for short period of time after wards. Working hard on getting his name out there perhaps as his latest collaborations have been making noise at festivals on the main stages from artists like Chainsmokers and Excision. His latest, a collab with Gl0bal, RTG got some mainstage time, and just before the start of the new year, RAAKMO delivered with BREAK that will surely rock any dance floor.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Tweak’G Got A Proll’em And She Makes It Known

Tweak’G is a South Side Chicago rapper and she has been putting in an insane amount of work lately, within this last year alone! Tweak was a part of Jovan Landry‘s Synergy Chi performance on Windy City Live! She recently won the Chicago Buzz competition on January 9th, earning 1st place and the grand cash prize. She was also featured at the all women’s showcase event, Intuition, put on by Art After Dark in collaboration with Woman Made Gallery, this was held in mid December.

Towards the end of 2019 she put out two amazing music videos to her singles, GOLD and PROLL’EMS. The G in Tweak’G’s brand stands for many things and GOLD is only one of them. This theme is elaborated on her visual while chilling with her friends and family at her neighborhood spots! Her song PROLL’EMS speaks reflectively on struggles her and her community face daily. Taking a faster uptempo flow, she delivers heartfelt messages and stories related to personal experiences. Tweak’G has been recognized in mainstream publications, like USA Today and Chicago Reader, for her civil rights activism through public speaking and street demonstrations. Both in and outside of the music industry! 

Tweak’G had a productive year in 2019. Here’s to recognizing her hard work, catalog building, live performance resume, and activism!

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Jyroscope Gets Real Creative With Quasi Music Video

The new decade has everyone feeling fresh, breaking the bank and Jyroscope comes into the new year ready to make sure they break bank by any means necessary! Revisiting a release from their MUTE LP with Jason Gatz, the track QUASI gets a narrative music video to accompany their lightning fast wordplay. Not only is the song extremely catchy, but the video is as entertaining as a heist movie with an unexpected and hilarious turn at the end. These artists can double as actors to add onto their skillful lyricism. Make sure to watch it to the last second!

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Justin Famous Taking Over The World With Grace

Just outside West Side Chicago, Maywood brings up a talented singer, writer and producer. Justin Famous, may sound like a hopeful name but his talent on the mic will prove he has more skill if anything. Just about 4 years into releasing music, his skillful lyricism was evident from the start! Performing and releasing EP projects and singles now, he comes with messages to deliver!

Recently releasing GRACE, a 4 track EP that rocks some funk & soul vibes to start, cannot help but to catch a similarity to Anderson Paak. The EP’s title GRACE sounds pure and the meaning behind it is refreshing. Many artists like to be their best critics, stressing themselves over deadlines and creativity and the uncertainty of making a name and a profit for doing what you love. This EP reminds you to allow yourself a GRACE period for growth and learning, so then you can emerge gracefully, prepared and ready.

A wise man said, turn all your L’s into lessons, and use that to build don’t, dont give up just to ease your stress, it is best for you to let it go.” Famous realizes in his chorus to GRACE, and his mind battles “But it’s hard when I’m so invested, every loss hurts but I guess that’s how you let it grow.” Then his next track GOOD NEWS is that itch for influence and inspiration after that realization to GRACE. He would switch it up with his final two tracks in energy and demeanor too.

Justin Famous must have gotten the GOOD NEWS he was looking for because his next tune he is ready with some big GOALS, spittin’ game over a hip hop beat this time. “Might just end homelessness and hunger in my city, might just give these youngins hope enough to stop the killings” he notes, if that is the PLOT he is discussing in his next tune, continuing with the hip hop energy, then he got my vote. Justin Famous is taking over the world and with Yana Renea and Dro $tylez on his side, this piece of work should go far!

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Tink Does Not F*ck Around

Enjoying a busy year, Chicago’s R&B and Hip Hop Queen Tink had one more move up her sleeve before the New Year to complete her 2019 playlist. Already coming off of a successful LP VOICEMAILS, her 5th full length album, Tink decides to release one more single she calls F*CK AROUND. That is one thing she does not do when it comes to her vibe and her playlist as well, leading up to VOICEMAILS and her latest release! Experimenting with R&B, Soul, Hip Hop and Dance music, she always brings something unique to the table.

Of course it would not be complete without a dramatic and exciting music video. Directed by Damien Sandoval, Tink not only lyrically claims her loyalty and why, but she shows it in her own creative way. “You a street n*gga but I never cared about and image” as she pulls out a clip for a come up next to her man, she celebrates singing, “I know I’m a lot some time but you keep me on my grind.” Always playing out some interesting concept on the camera to back up her lyrical versatility, she once more shows why she sits on a throne among some of Chicagos greatest!

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Artist Of The Week: Safi G Flexes On ‘Em!

Safi G popping out with the new beat and music video to FLEX on ’em in every single way. In the intro draped in chains and red fitted suit, with an attitude like he knows he is made. “What It Do!” Safi gets right in your face off the bat and he tells you off, “I’m the streets doing dirt, with my wolves puttin work.” Not only flexing in chains in a nice crib, with his wolf pack behind him and fellow Goodfellaz family GQ The Fool, Safi G will FLEX on you to get that food! With A309Vision working the camera this video came out as hype as the song did.

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