Media Leeks with Jerell Anthoni: Artist of the Week

With a strong belief in manifestation, one can work hard through determination to make their dreams come true! Everyone needs a helping hand or guidance once in a while however, whether they are new or experienced. This is especially true when it comes to artistic creativity, an avenue Media Leeks shines bright in. Media Leeks is a growing media organization that aims to help startup artists and brands gain recognition and branch out their creativity. Through interviews and promotion, artist management & networking, creatives have the tools within their reach for optimal growth.

Jerell (Left) interviewing A.M. Early Morning

Media Leeks was founded by artist turned manager and A&R Rep Jerell Anthoni, to connect with upcoming brands, artists and and influential personalities. Growing up on the East Side of Chicago in Chatham neighborhood, Jerell was introduced to, influenced by and collaborated with many creatives that pushed him toward the direction he is in. Being an artist himself, many looked to him for advice, connections or some simple help in their ideas and projects, and that resonated with him. After a radio opportunity, Jerell finds a highschool friend, Raw, founder of Ruler Images, a visuals and photography brand, and started to create a vision to work and grow with the most talented independent creatives the world has to offer, and Media Leeks was born. Since its conception, its created a path for Jerell to connect to different cities and locations and iconic artists like Chanelle Tru, Prince DreDoodie Lo, Kidd Kenn and more from Chicago, and from New York, Tek & Fla$h and countless others.

Coming up through grassroots efforts, Platforms like Media Leeks is especially important for creatives looking to build an organic following. Coming up as an artist, Jerell is in the perfect position, with his knowledge and platform, to help with artists grow, creatively and expand; whether it is marketing, or improving upon a sound or idea, or connecting one with the right opportunities, ideas or networks. Through video interviews, artists have a chance to let their voices be heard and ideas come to light, as Jerell uses his platform to gather followers and fans. This not only opens doors for news artists for legitimate followers and experienced associates, but it opens up a community of artists that work with each other rather than compete with each other, whether you are a music artist, a writer, photographer, model, etc; and that is a growing ideal that Chicago is yearning for.

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Fazer Points Out The Phonies: Monday Majesty

Takes intuition to spot a fake, but it takes a real one to POINT EM OUT! You can find them anywhere, even in your own circles! Keepin’ it real, Fazer comes through to clean house and alert us to the snakes. In his latest release POINT EM OUT, he lets it be known, “No strangers aloud in my domain, me and you, eye to eye thats always… There’s a op in the room so you better point em out, there’s a snake in the crowd, so you better point em out, what you about?” Posing the rhetorical question, what you about?, testing your own character to stand up alongside him. POINT EM OUT is doubled with a music video, recorded at Ever Evolved Studios by Yo_PierreFilms, following his last release CATER 2 U.

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Larcin The Hated: Artist of the Week

If you are not hated in some way, you probably never stood for something in life! The consistency Larcin has with his music can possibly create some envy to those around him. Coming out of a busy year in 2020, with multiple singles and a 15 track LP. that featured Wilhelm Duke, Lil Moe and Inca, Larcin has not shown a sign of stopping either! Recently he released HATED, following up on his singles ANALYST and ESCAPE from this year. The track itself is slow paced, but full of energy as larcin shows off his bravado in bars. “I got the vision, know its defining, no do not lie to me, tell me the truth. I been abusing, I pick and choose, the fight I don’t lose...” Sounds like he is only getting started with that energy and we are here for it!

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It’s 8am Somewhere, So Young Vet Is Making Moves : Monday Majesty

The early bird gets the worm, a motto and golden rule for the hustlers, shot callers, money makers and game changers. Artists like Young Vet understand and execute this rule gracefully through habit, creating opportunities and setting up wealth and connections as illustrated in his latest release! Out last year, 8AM SOMEWHERE is revisited to emphasize that grind, with a music video laying out a typical day and strategy for Young Vet. From freshening up at 8am, being interviewed by noon, working in the studio by evening and performing at shows by late night followed by after party, it is quite the life to manifest, and only through consistency, hard work and connecting with like minded people. His lyric would add value to his constituents as well, rapping in the chorus, “It’s gonna be a late one, great one, every night with my day ones, A-1. Ever night a celebration…” 8AM SOMEWHERE also comes with the announcement of Young Vets sophomore album #BETVET2: THE DECISION, so stay tuned for more leading up to the release!

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Wilhelm Duke Channels The Calm: Monday Majesty

Wilhelm Duke is hitting strides with his creative outlet as of late. Hot off his RESISTANCE EP release with RhymSter, the Duke is back again with a music video release to promote his next album ELIXER, a followup to his debut THE ROBBER BARON. THE CALM goes by its title in its entirety, from its jazzy hip hop beat, courtesy of Brad Kemp, to Wilhelm Dukes intense lyrical flow while maintaining a stoic composure. Visual production goes to Swirl Productions, settings the Duke on Chicago’s Lasalle St in the middle of traffic, with the Board of Trade building towering over the street. A very urban energy, balanced with the settling, music and Dukes flow, paints a rather calm scene of such a busy city.

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Indoorsmen Debut EP Cleaning House Pt 1 Unloads The Mind!

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.

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Hayward Music Is Divine Intervention

Some things can come into life and completely change things up for the better like DIVINE INTERVENTION. It can be anyting, even your own mindset, as what it seems for Hayward! Turning himself into a talented and respected videographer, producer, business owner and hip hop artist through straight ambition and hunger! His latest EP entitled DIVINE INTERVENTION embodies this in its production and content. Produced, mixed and mastered at his studio headquarters at Beat Box Entertainment by himself and MrIgnit, in full control of his creations like his own divine intervening presence.

Packed with 6 tracks, this EP puts you in a trance with its lo-fi hip hop beats and lyrical flow, and the title track does its job setting the tone for DIVINE INTERVENTION. Followed up with ALL AROUND THE WORLD, where Hayward realizes his blessings by the first line! “Where you been at? All around the world, all around the world“, creating a simple but catchy chant, as you shout and embrace your passion giving you the freedom to travel. Probably due to the attitude in the next track NO FAVORS, “Fuck around me you aint givin’ me paper, ill see you later. It’s a no brainer, got your hand out, dont do favors;” when you realize your worth you will not sell yourself short! The 4th Track TOO ON was released late last year as a hit single with a music video. The favorite of DIVINE INTERVENTION was definitely the final track STRUGGLE, most eloquent with the flow as well as confident, and the beat has a Chicago summer at the lake type of vibe, while maintaining a chill energy. A must have EP for the playlist!

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CantBuyDeem Puts Benny The Butcher On Notice!: Monday Majesty

CantBuyDeem is making moves on the visual artwork this year. Adding director to his repertoire, fully in control of his output, style and creative expression; and even acting, tho his swagger and character in his videos look so natural, he probably just portrays himself! Still fresh off his POPEYES music video release with TevDesh Productions, it is quickly followed up with a music video for BENNY THE BUTCHER OWES ME $500, with Underdawg Visuals, spitting raw bars over a cypher type hip hop beat. Fully embracing the street life of Chicago, getting drone footage of neighborhoods, kickin it at the crib, hustlin’, dealing with 5-0, including behind the scenes footage of interactions with neighbors; plugging his merch and art to potential fans. Never a dull moment with CantBuyDeem, always on the next move, and already working on another visual project waiting to be dropped. Follow links below!

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Don’t Be 2Late on GQ The Fool!

Ready to take flight with this smooth tune, Don’t be 2LATE to show love to GQ the Fool. Working with a couple talented artists, GQ releases his latest R&B tune 2LATE. The vibe is produced by Versus, with a relaxing beat, the energy is completed with GIFFTED on the chorus, singing “Please don’t be too late to love me,” followed by his finishing verses. GQ starts the track with his hip hop influenced R&B lyricism. The two compliment each other well, as they both have a suave flow that lets the beat breathe, while delivering just enough of their mind and charm. A proper follow up to his RED ROOM music video with Keem Singing, these tracks can surely heat up a dance floor, or a date night out.

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Broken Robots Burn It Down!: Monday Majesty

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 on a 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!