YOUNG XAV Defies Genres With Sophomore LP Dead By Dawn

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!

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Larcin Is Up Next! (Music Video)

Larcin is on it with his next moves, working with a new music video release, an LP release and a party to celebrate. One of 18 tracks on his latest LP release LARSIM 2, released on Sept. 30th, following RISKY BUSINESS and HATED, NEXT gets its visual release. Set in some rural corn field with some smoke under his hood, Larcin takes to it as an artist would, passing by time with music and making a song about it. His sophomore LP, a one up to his debut LARSIM with Sim Bleek, has seen a release party in Niles, Friday October 9th with artists featuring MahCheck, United 4 Ever Always, SoundGuyMike, Beatrix Kiddo and Ever Evolved artists Wilhelm Duke, RhymSter, CMac & DJ Curt Henny. Be sure to follow Larcin via the links below and give his full LP a listen!

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G.T.I.M. and MOECYRUS Take the Boom Bap Throne with TOMA

First discovered G.T.I.M. with his fast flowing, Midwest chopping skills on FIYAH produced by Cuzzin Vinny. Now he is back with a collaborative EP with MOECYRUS on TOMA. A back and forth boom bap sparring record, where both emcees lay their skills down and leave everything they can on the track. A truly impressive record reminiscent of solo Wu Tang cuts. 

G.T.I.M. is an acronym for GTEK THE ILL META4, and he absolutely brings meta bars throughout all 5 tracks with heavyweight emcee MOECYRUS right alongside in their boom bap duo. G.T.I.M. raps the first verse of TOMA, produced once again by Cuzzin Vinny, in Spanish, before switching into English, “Let me switch the language I’m the number 1 contender, one that’s for sure is that Wu Tang is forever!…” MOECYRUS and G.T.I.M. share the hook chanting TOMA back n forth. 

The second record on TOMA is actually produced by G.T.I.M. himself; hearing rappers rap over their own beats is always inspiring. “I swear that I’m not a villain, living for lords bidding, something like heavens hitman, killing like hells janitor,” this dope line of metaphors stands out in track 2, MACHETE. “Fuck you need me for? I don’t ask for nothing, all you really want is to get your sound bussin,” MOECYRUS raps, inferring scene artists trying to waste his time or only use him for clout. 

Track 3 SPECTRUM, is actually produced by MOEYCRUS! Highly recommend this song for its piercing lyricism from both of the Chicago emcees. “I said I never folded unless I am aluminum…!” raps MOECYRUS. G.T.I.M. hits a nice string of lines with “Like when you’re making them nervous because you’re a genuine person, and I’ve been putting that work in, and becoming the version I’ve been dreaming and merging” 

MILITIA is another Cuzzin Vinny production evoking two solid verses from the fencing emcees on TOMA! The hook is a series of samples referencing militant raps of times past. MOECYRUS starts the record before passing it off to G.T.I.M. “I’m putting in my time like military service,” that line can sum up the skill needed to pull off a track like this. 

The final record begins with a sound bite mentioning martial law. G.T.I.M. comes in with highly charged anti-political bars. “Most the medias a lie, now they call it fake news, but it’s been that way. Let me tell you it ain’t new, always been propaganda, omitting out any truth. Then they hijacked rap, spitting bullshit in the booth.FML the acronym for “fuck martial law” the hook comes in tight and clean by MOECYRUS.This record is a must save and listen for any hip hop head of the Midwest and beyond. Any fan of music, boom bap, poetry, lyricism, political references, Latin music, should find something lovely, familiar, unique, and charged with the passion of true hip hop in TOMA

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CantBuyDeem ESSSE Always Keep A Whistle!: Monday Majesty

The League Champs are at it again with another music video for the fans. CantBuyDeem & ESSSE get together for a beat for LEAGUE CHAMPS VOL I, the two also got busy making a video, shot by Hayward, obviously. Performed live plenty of times in front of fans already, Cantbuydeem always introduces this song subtly, “if you know you know, what keep a whistle means…” which basically is to flex your 2nd amendment. Coming from Chicago, you would know that is an important piece of advice, and Cantbuydeem gives you all the reasons why in his verse; which all adds up to, good cautious living and self care attracts predators! “I’m smokin lemon haze and sippin lemonade and jamo. Slice of cucumber in my water I don’t fuck with Faygo. I won’t get boogie on you baby, I just cut the fake off...” Finishing off with “…you see me comin’ thru the exits, its about perspective. Treating the clown for disrespectin’, make that shit look sexy, if i got dead presidents in my wallet, slave masters in my pockets.” Essse finishes off the track in style, lyrically representing the hispanic community, his raw energy always keeping the track hype.


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Mic Fort Brings The Danger! (Music Video)

Mic Fort is keeping up momentum with another new release that features a few Chicago artists. Mic has been keeping his fans occupied with a few hit singles this year following his sophomore LP PENUMBRA. Sittin on singles like WIFI DOWN, TRUST MYSELF & LIVING LIFE ft Dee-Jay, Mic Fort now gives us DANGER. Bringing back Dee-Jay, Deen Akbar and StankNasty who is hot off a debut EP release titled EPIC and a hit single with AMK and Johnny Innuendo, Gerald The Genius L. Mic Fort and StankNasty are not unfamiliar either, having worked together on a track before called LIBRA SCALE, a tribute to the respective astrological sign.

DANGER comes with a music video directed by AIR BORN FILMZ that looks like a session to brainstorm a new song, each artists going one by one showing off their bars. Starting out with a low transposed voice reporting for the chorus, “Danger Hip Hop Is Back.” Deen Akbar starts out the circle ominously positive and confident, “…Motivate, celebrate, the key to this whole function. Got my foot on they necks, and plenty verses ready, they nervous, might as well get the hearses ready.” Dee-Jay takes over next with a laid back flow, simultaneously quick with his words and syllables, showing off his lyrical talent!

StankNasty takes aim at mumble rappers and clout chasers, “I’m not one to be kind to mumbling prima donnas, thats on my momma. Clout chasin don’t get you commas, these pants saggin, braggin rappers ain’t shit but caca. Dropped on they heads when they was babies, goo-goo ga-ga.” Finally Mic Fort ends out the track and enters the scene with power, declaring, “Hips hops grim reaper. Had to steal their soldiers to turn em into believers. Ice cold from the freezer.” He takes aim at unoriginal, cookie-cutter artists that saturate the genre. “They givin up the game for fame, its strange they blame, they claim, T-pain said it best, ya’ll all sound the same, lack of originality…” Mic Fort’s closing line, “this is hip hop so beware the new era” can only be met with humble satisfaction, the future of hip hop is in good hands!

Mic Fort has been gaining a network of artists to work with, with his releases. DANGER in itself is packed with talent, just as his LP PENUMBRA was, getting his name known in different circles. He has been making the effort to get his name known in between his releases as well. Recently talking as a guest on Pillow Talk Podcast, he has also been making noise on stages at open mics and even Arizona’s Hip Hop Festival in mid September. Mic also plans to make an appearance at The Forge in Joliet, Il on the 30th to perform, so you can catch his era of hip hop live or just bump this on repeat here!

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Nova The King Recruits Heavy Hitting Features for Nova & Friends

Nova The King’s NOVA & FRIENDS EP is a 6 track power punch of banging tracks, with braggadocio one liners and smooth hit lines. For the record Nova The King secured features from Weegi Wizers, Jerm X, Relic The Bully, East Venti, Mikey Rose, and BillDollarSign. FOCUSED is a track about becoming a bigger, more successful rapper. The hook is “I’m focused, ain’t no debatin homie, I swear that I’m owed this. Hottest one in my city, put the whole game on notice. Once you getting bread, start shining, become the locust. But they can never stop me, because too focused.” Jerm X comes in for a 2nd smooth cool verse where he references James Bond and the golden gun.

The song GEORGE references when George W. Bush said Shame on you, Nova comes in with a hook about getting W’s like George, Call me George cause I get a lot of W’s.” A direct funny joke, especially if you grew up during the Bush years. Nova hits a faster flow on this record when saying, “Step in the booth and I’m causing alarm…” Relic the Bully delivers a powerful high technical verse on this track, big ups! Track 5 is titled TIMMY even though the ending of each phrase of the hook is verbatim “to me” but slurred together it could be spelled out timmy; hip-hop is full of rappers playing with spellings, acronyms, homonyms, etc.

Fuck the competition cause I’m past that,” Nova The King ends the EP with a catchy strings of hooks and lines with PAST THAT. BillDollarSign comes in a new-wave type verse, with fun lifestyle lines. He eventually starts crooning, and he seems to have a mixture of an ATL and Chitown sing rap craft. Nova The King has been consistently working and releasing music, make sure to follow him to stay up to date on all of his content!

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Jiggy Da Rebel Shines His Light In Latest Music Video

Jiggy Da Rebel lets you know in words what makes a real rebellious soul. Expressing himself on camera in a secluded and abandoned building, filled with colorful graffiti. Possibly a metaphor to being self aware and standing out on his own, his mind is a strong foundation with inner peace and creative thinking. “I can’t stand bad vibes man that shit is dumb, I’m a lion I can’t be around no f**kin cubs, keep grindin, stay focused is my motive,” Jiggy declares, “…I’m original, this is no subliminal zone, bitch I’m authentic, got my shades on and the lens tinted. Third eye open, so I’m not slippin on my pimpin baby, it was written baby, flow water like a river baby.” A chill beat and uplifting and lyrics full of wisdom, MA LIGHT can remind you of and give you the confidence to shine your own light, on your own path, with positive energy; like a real rebel! The outro chorus and verses can even stand out as a postive daily affirmation. Coming up from his latest project GOLD LEAVES, Jiggy Da Rebel got plenty more where this came from, follow him at the links below!

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Listen Carefully To Milly Mango: Woman Crush Wednesday

Milly Mango quietly releases a couple of projects, fitting to her style. Her aura is one of mystery, being known around underground circles in Chicago, yet reclusive; Milly is everywhere and no where at the same time, an enigma! She will appear on stage to perform, or take supporting role for other artist, like backup dancing for CantBuyDeem at an Overly Dedicated event by Ever Evolved and the Dog and Pony show, then go into hiding. Recently releasing a music video that can only add to her mysterious composure, through her lyricism and acting! LISTEN CAREFULLY is apartbof a bigger 8 track project, self titled MILLY, be sure to check it out in full to capture some her essence while you can!

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Mic Fort Is Livin’ Life On This New Beat: Artist of the Week

Mic Fort is back again and LIVIN’ LIFE, the name of his single reflects the sentiment of the song and Mic’s attitude! “Heavy on my fears so my heart on ice. Double shots of love make me feel it twice. Demons in my head thinkin… but i can never quit!” The main message hits you instantly and deeply, over another smooth but energetic beat, laced with horns and hi-hats, following a theme of perseverance. Bringing one more time his brother Dee-Jay following their last single collab TRUST MYSELF. Mic Fort still plans to release music videos for his latest releases as well, possibly creating a full collab project with Dee-Jay from the looks of their latest work, however we are just as satisfied with these hit singles too. Still releasing solo jams like a visual to TRACK STAR REMIX, follow Mic Fort at the links below so you do not miss any updates!

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Louis The Child Debut Deluxe & So What: Artist of the Week

Louis The Child is arguably the champion of good and positive times, and anthemic tunes. Their debut LP release HERE FOR NOW earlier last year is the epitome of all the may represent to their fans followers. Each tune is uplifting in sound, and positive in message, fun and playful enough to dance to, and heavy in bass enough to jump around; a perfect radio formula thats not dull or repetitive. Spanning multiple genres from drum n’ bass, future bass, hip hop, pop music, and more, Louis The Child decides to add 4 more tunes to the package. What is more is they decided to say SO WHAT, and released another tune 2 weeks following, but the message is too powerful to just brush off! SO WHAT of little problems, there is a life to live, cannot control anything, you are powerful regardless, so dance!

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