theMIND may be one of if not the more recognizable names out in the Chicago local music scene working within THEMPeople. He can be found just about every where you look, just about ruling his own world. Working with the likes of Pivot Gang, Zero Fatigue and SAVEMONEY artists, NoName, Stefan Ponce, Mick Jenkins, Knox Fortune, Burns Twins; the influence is every where. When not workin with others his independent work is flawless and you can hear why he is such a pillar in the community. Recently with production by Matty Joynt, EW2RTW soothes with a calming guitar melody and vocals a great song to add to your playlist.
Bringing together a collective of talented artists Emily Blue writes a piece following the Las Vegas tragedy honoring all the victims of any tragedy with a song of peace and love. Collecting all proceeds to Cure Violence Chicago, using her influence to fuel a good cause. Chicago can always use the positivity, bringing together as much as 15 influential local artists really sends a message that there is a community within the city. Following the release was an Empower benefit show at a sold out Shubas with Yomi and Anna Agosta. Below is a list of all the other artist you have to look out for this year that took part of this project.
Yomi – Anna Agosta – Matthew Santos – Olive IV – Nehemiah Harris Joslyn-Marie – Good At Bad – Dan Durley – Raven Byerly – Gem Tree – Carlile – Ric Wilson – Moonrise Nation – JDP – James Moore Evan Ireland – Evan Opitz – Ben Montalbano – Mariel Fechik – Joseph Meland
Solo Sam is on the Come Up in Chicago getting recognized by multiple local media outlets as he releases some new tracks. It is hard to pass up a flow so authentic over raw production self made on most tracks. He has been releasing singles here and there following the project Epoch where he has been plotting the Come Up since people been asking Who Dat Boy!
Getting some more activity from Solo Sam in recent days dropping a music video for a track released a few months back. Fast meets the screen emphasizing a hustlers lifestyle directed by Stripmall productions. Settin the mood for his upcoming project ITIS. Adding some more hype with another release with the aforementioned track! Lets see what his next move is leading up to this big release.
Coming out of Chicago these Angry Blackmen pop into the scene alleging the first local super duo. Certainly coming out with the energy to convince you of this claim. They are trying to start a RIOT! Get angry and ring this track to your next anti-war, anti-hate, anti anything protest. Armed with a Smile and OK! a couple more originals, it sounds like they can really rock a crowd and inspire; cannot wait to hear more!
The pineal gland in the center of our minds is thought by many as our third eye. Where all our thoughts questions and answers begin and end. Deem decided to share with us his Lil 3rd Eye project and express as he does best. Following the music his youtube series project 106&Clark aired its first episode, highlighting Chicago artists, new music and kickin it with some ideas.
Doing his part helping Chicago artists grow and get known Deem turns music artist to show host of 106&Clark. Its first episode brought out Chicago’s African Prince Chai Tulani and another rising artist Young Jasper. The artists talked about their music, let their mind speak and topped it off with performance by Jasper. These episodes will be filmed weekly every Tuesday in front of a studio audience so you can join the action.
Deems Lil’ 3rd Eye is like a talk show if you listen you can decipher the topics From dissing time wasters, to dissing fuck-boys and rapists, xannax abuse and you, your ego the third eye can see through it all. Following his Better EP and the music videos accompanied, he also collaborated with Meredith on the Track and E. Oks on a couple tracks with more work coming soon too. You can catch Deem performing over these dope beats too, performing at Coles Bar on the 12th of January. Or follow his social for future dates.
You cannot build an empire on your own. You need supporters and collaborators in your mission. Rhymster is out every day workin with new and senior artists and MC’s. Following up on his single Don’t with Frekwenzy, Rhymster collabs with a couple out of studio artists on some releases. Featuring on Edmur Quinns There’s A Bigger Picture LP and calling up Henrik3000 all the way in Germany for a beat with Viibes. There is a lot more work coming out the studio early this year too so Watch Out for his soundcloud.
Is having vision a talent or curse? Some would argue. They have changed up their logo and rebranded. Elevatd comes back with new look and new music. Do not be confused though they are familiar through remixes like Rooftops by Vesper, and others if you were lucky enough to have downloaded them. You would get a better chance to get familiar with them and their music at their local and out of city/state events.
Often they would drop unreleased beats at their events. You can catch them in the crowds supporting their favorite artists too. On the decks though they throw some nasty beats. Their most recent release Curse Them All catches you by surprise with popular edm vocalist Micah Martin, flowing over the melody before leading to a heavy drop. Knowing his way around bass production, Martin echoes back and forth between synth and bass like a battle. A kind of production that got us craving for more.
Have you got hold of Whethans Enemy with Oliver Tree? If so then you can handle the Aftertaste. A collab with Opia from LA, altogether the artists decided to hold out on us for a year. But their earlier releases prepared us for this bombshell so its win win for us! Always quality production coming out of any Whethan, coming together with Opia is a perfect combination of sound and style.
Probcause unleashes another project. It seems the more his library expands the more his conscience expands as well. In this EP Prob breaks down lifes facades so tastefully and painlessly, you would not have known you been hit with the truth. Drifters being his last big project, Distractions follows many collabs and single release and tour dates up to this point.
Working with artist most recently by the likes of Russ Liquid, the Floozie, Jay Prime, Def3. Griz continues work with our local as well. Embarking on a tour with Grieves, Prob found room in his schedule to headline his own show at Chop Shop in Chicago with Jaw Gems. There is almost no limit to the extent of Probcause reach at this point. Having enough influence to spread messages through his music and animated skits effectively.
White Lies is a song I have been working on for a couple years now. Ironically I wrote most of this song before the Trump administration took office. The lyrics have unfortunately become increasingly relevant in the last year and I felt that now was a good time to share this with you. Thank you to GRiZ for producing the song that inspired these lyrics and thank you to Elijah Alvarado for creating the visuals with me.
Posted by ProbCause on Tuesday, November 28, 2017
More than just his work ethic, Probcauses mindset and passion is just as commendable and he gets together the perfect set of people to deliver some about 6 good Distractions. From Lembo to Drew Mantia and the Belief Cycle, Cobrayama and Griz gets his message out right. From the small things like procrastination, love to material and physical Prob goes over it all. Even got fellow activist Griz, who did his work to stop Net Neutrality repeal, to put on blast the misdirection going on in America with White Lies. The level of awareness this EP holds is quite refreshing. Good to see more artists spreading the good word. Now quit the distractions and Pick Up and Go.
Rhymster carries out another single for your ears, produced by himself and Frekwenzy. Don’t follows his Dum Drunk music video release with Metropolis Blac and collaboration single Obsession with Sami Ciroc & Safi G. Rhymster also returns working together with Radcliff and Mike Booth as Triangle Offense releasing a track for an Ever Evolved soundcloud release. Adding photoshoots for brands like Millionaire Clothing and Live Well, headlining SubT within the last month and countless Radio show invites and cyphers, whatever you think he has not done he already did it!