Artist of the Week: Relic The Bully Gets Busy with ‘Fiend’

Relic The Bully is an artist who has been on our radar for a minute. An MC who has bars for days and a delivery full of conviction to go with it, it is long felt that it was only a matter of time before he starts getting the recognition that he deserves. With his new single FIEND, Relic is now one step closer to making that come to fruition.

The production on FIEND is incredibly moody. The synths are dark and nocturnal, the production forceful and bouncy. There is also an element of spaciness to this instrumental that allows Relic the room he needs to do his thing. Lyrically, Relic gets busy on this track, his rhyme patterns are absolutely insane as he exudes much confidence on the mic. His voice is sharp and his flow is a gun busting slugs at a rapid fire pace.

For Relic The Bully, the world is his oyster. On FIEND he proves his worthiness as one of the crown jewels of the Chicago underground. Few hip-hop artists possess the combination of raw lyricism, rapid-fire flow and the amount of confidence Relic has. For this reason, it would be wise to not stand in his way.

FIEND is now available on all platforms.

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Throwback Thursday: When Chicago Ruled Baseball

It would be 1906 when Chicago gets their first play in the World Series of baseball. It is Chicago’s game in every sense of the word since the teams versing each other are exclusive to the city. The Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox face off in what is a first championship series for both teams. What would end with the White Sox defeating the Cubs in game 6, would start a cross town rivalry unmatched by any other!

There are a few more significances to this game aside from being our cities first championship. For the Cubs it will be the first of 3 games in a row and while the White Sox returned later in 1917, the Cubs fail to win the championship, famously, for well over 100 years. During the series, the first 5 games of, for the first time had the road team take the win. This would not be duplicated again until 1996, exactly 90 years later. Finally, being early in the baseball history, the games were held at both West Side Grounds and South Side Park, before Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park became home to each team.

West Side Grounds

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Tmuny

Fierce, beautiful and passionate are words that come to mind for this weeks WCW. “Creative, ambitious, and pretty badass!” Is how up and coming R&B artist T$, or TMUNY, describes herself. And it is not hard to understand why. On the road to self love and discovery, the Chicagoan artist is only 20 years old and is a professional model, actress, R&B singer and fashion designer. And that is only skimming the surface. 

It is not often that we meet an artist as dynamic as TMUNY. She started writing her own poetry, filling numerous journals in the process, and music at a young age. She was also dabbling in music production as a senior in high school. Her music is in her own words, trap princess music, reminiscent of Jhene Aiko and Syd.

With a somewhat complicated past, as all artists have, TMUNY has experienced a lot in her life. It is those experiences, from family, past relationships, her goals, and her own personal perspective of life, that she chooses to sing about. Her music has is smart, confident and rich with undertones of Chicago throughout. 

When she is not writing and recording her music, you can find her modeling. As a professionally trained freelance model, she has worked with Iridium Clothing and has been inspired to start her own fashion line, titled after her own name. She is also an actress and had a solo performance in New York for National Women’s Day. She also stars in a short film that will be released around Christmas time. 

While she maintains a balance between her different areas of artistic expression, her favorite method is writing and singing. Doing so since the age of four, sixteen years later she is releasing her own EP. The culmination of hard work, dedication and passion. The EP, releasing November 16th, is titled HEALING and is co produced by Malcolm Flex. You can find her music on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube, to name a few of her platforms.

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Louis The Child Remixes Skrillex, Ty Dolla $ign & Boys Noize

Many songs, to the untrained ear and regular fans, may seem final and complete once released. Seasoned artists however know that any song or creation can be added onto or restructured completely, to create a similar work of art or new one altogether, from the foundation of original. This yea, remixes have played a significant role in Louis the Child‘s playlist. From a remix EP of the KIDS AT PLAY project, to remixing Elohim and Death Cab For A Cutie, Louis the Child now picks another catchy tune to remake.

This time around the Chicago duo picks a song from a couple of EDM legend to rework. The former Dog Blood duo, Skrillex and Boys Noize, have teamed up again and this time with Ty Dolla $ign to make a bass house beat. Now remixing artists as complex and established as Skrillex may be a bit of a challenge, but none too much for Louis the Child too handle. Known for the consistency with producing anthems, the two take the MIDNIGHT HOUR and flip it into a more hip hop & R&B influenced down tempo tune. An interesting remake to add to your playlist, Louis the Child is no stranger to unusually catchy sounds. An acquired taste to add to your playlist, let it grow on you.

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Artist Of The Week: Janet Blackwell Tries To Pick Up The Pieces With Still Looking

What is one to do when they find themselves stripped of all sense of familiarity? For singer Janet Blackwell the answer is searching for consolation in anything that will keep her spirits up, even if just for a moment. Her new single STILL LOOKING is an authentic look at what it means to try and pick up the pieces, when all that once made sense is now lost and broken.

Instrumentally, STILL LOOKING finds honesty in minimalism and improvisational spirit. The piano lines cascade downward like tear drops. The foundation set by the double bass adds a layer of depth that carries this song forward, adding a lot of color. There is an endearing sense of conversation taking place between the piano and bass playing that adds a raw sense of emotion to this song. It serves as the perfect complement to Janet Blackwell’s vocal performance as she places her soul on wax for the entire world to see.

Janet Blackwell is second to none when it comes to conveying how she truly feels. Her lyrics are blunt, getting right to the core of whatever emotion she is feeling at a given time. She appears wounded and confused. However, there is a tinge of optimism here. Maybe — just maybe — she realizes that better days are ahead.

With STILL LOOKING, Janet Blackwell is indeed searching for something or someone. Whatever it is, it is clear that she is trying to accept the notion that heartbreak can open new doors, even though she only sounds convinced about half of the time. At points on this song, the grief is consuming her however, her inner-strength, her fortitude and passion for discovery is all there. Sometimes, that’s all you need.

Still Looking is now available on all platforms.

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MoneyCantBuyU: CantBuyDeem’s 2 Year Showcase Anniversary

CantBuyDeem wrapped up two years of throwing showcases for the hip hop community at Cole’s Bar in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood just last Saturday. He booked Ever Evolved contemporary J-Bose who began the night with a live 3 song set from his debut LP SNOWFLAKE (streaming everywhere, highly recommend). After J-Bose we got a few joints from CantBuyDeem, one from his LP CHILI that he dropped in May of this year, OPTIONS and a newer track called “PAYMETHO“.

CantBuyDeem booked a high energy trio straight out of Elgin, Illinois called Watch City. They brought an amazing live performance and it is recommend to check out their music and social medias. One of their emcees Angrous does a weekly song release and performance via his Facebook and Instagram. CantBuyDeem’s two year anniversary show saw Dre Skeezus on the 1’s and 2’s. Skeezus is also producing a mix tape for CantBuyDeem coming soon. The songstress Laje and a performance from Cado San and more!

Congratulations to CantBuyDeem for continuing to show out and support the Chicago hip hop scene with his generous curation. We look forward to more endeavors out of the MoneyCantBuyU camp!

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Throwback Thursday: Da Bears Play First NFL Game As Decatur Staley’s

The organization that well all know today as the Chicago Bears first starts out as one of the first official teams of the NFL. However neither the NFL or the Bears were known as such at the time. The team was originally conceived by the A. E. Staley food starch company in Decatur, Illinois as a company team. The company hired George Halas and Edward “Dutch” Sternaman in 1920 to run the team, turning over full control to them in 1921.

On September 17, 1920, representatives from 13 teams, including Halas team reps, met in Canton, Ohio to create a new football league. The intention was to “raise the standard of professional football in every way possible.” In regards to ticket sales, crowning a yearly champion, scheduling and eliminating bidding of players between rival teams, they decided to form the American Professional Football Association. Consisting of 14 teams, the Decatur Staleys (now Chicago Bears) and the Chicago Cardinals (now Arizona Cardinals) are the only remaining original teams from the APFA.

On October 3, 1920 the Decatur Staley’s begin to play for their first official league game, taking on the Moline Univeral Tractors followed by the Kewanee Walworths. However since these first two teams were non APFA, the Staley’s first league game is attributed to their win against the Rock Island Independants, an official APFA team, on Oct. 17. In 1921, A. E. Staley recognized the potential of the Staley’s and moved them to Chicago to play in Wrigley Field for larger audiences. At the end of the 1921-22 season, the team decided to change their names. Since playing in the same field as the Cubs they argued, tongue in cheek, that football players were much larger and appropriately named the team Chicago Bears. On June 24, 1922 the APFA changed its name to the National Football Association.

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Artist Of The Week: M.E.R.C Proves He’s Worthy Of More Attention With Lately

In a music scene as bustling as Chicago’s there is an artist who is deserving of more attention seemingly everywhere you go. Lucky enough to discover one of those artists playing an amazing set at the Pilsen Art House. His name is M.E.R.C and his new single LATELY shows that his name deserves to be brought up as one of Chicago’s true rising stars. He is still a relatively unknown around the scene, but given his confidence and lyrical ability that should not be the case for much longer. M.E.R.C is definitely somebody you will want to keep on your radar.

The instrumental is moody and fairly stripped back. The trap drums tend to push things forward, adding a lot of color to the jazz piano sample and staccato bass line that fit snug beneath the percussion. Lyrically M.E.R.C leaves everything on the table here, he demonstrates the full arsenal of flows and deliveries that he has at his disposal. He sounds hungry and invigorated as his words paint the picture of a man who is confident. As someone will stop at nothing in the pursuance of their dreams.

LATELY is now available on all platforms.

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Throwback Thursday: Essse’s Constellations Music Video

Essse Guey is Ever Evolved’s ace in the hole when it comes to recording artists. Not only having a dope unique sound and style, but also an image that is perfect for the contemporary hip hop climate. Which brings me to an underrated Essse visual produced by Brandon Holmes to the song “CONSTELLATIONS”. The lines would constantly repeat in your heard. “Dark side of the moon I’m sipping 3 Floyd’s, space station middle finger up for the polaroid!” This line has quite a few meanings that could be extrapolated but I just love the sly double reference to Pink Floyd and the staple Indy craft brewing beer that’s famously sold throughout the Midwest.

Essse Guey has been diligently working on a few projects that are on his horizons, until then become familiar with Essse’s CONSTELLATIONS. His Chicago recording artist and rapper is as explosive on wax, as he is on stage, as he is on screen. “99 problems we be rolling up a matrix!

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Isabel Bravo

Imagine that Salvador Dali and Frida Khalo have a brain child and the personification of that image is a Chicago native, Isabel Bravo. Currently a student at Harold Washington College, Isabel is a multifaceted artist with experience in animation, photography, performing and visual arts. If you can name it, she’s probably done it. At age 20, she has already been director of art festivals and has had her art exhibited in the Flatiron Art Center in Wicker Park. The majority of her visual arts work has been by commission, however as of recent months she’s been taking those first steps, to present her own unique ideas and style to the masses. 

Although she started creating art as a child, her pursuit of a degree in art therapy and her art career both began at the same time. Isabel self discovered the positive effects of art therapy as a method of coping with her depression, which she also attributes to her start as a serious artist. It was during a month long stay in a hospital during her 16th year. What started as a way to combat the boredom that comes prepackaged with hospital stays, became a therapeutic yet challenging leap into a world, where she was forced to confront her self and her perception of herself through art. It was this month that helped produce the expressive surrealism that is heavily present in Isabel’s personal artwork.

With self portraits making up the majority of her non-commissioned art, it makes sense that the main influences on her style comes from Peter Paul Ruben, a renowned portrait artist of his time. The goal of her art is to present and share an idea, message or story that draws the viewer into the visuals and cause them to ponder; who they are, what they’re here for, even where they’ve been? Hers is an increasingly successful attempt to represent those hidden emotions we often dismiss, through artistic mediums. Are you up to the challenge her artwork presents?

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