Back with a new release following a brief hiatus, Inca is coming BACK TO LIFE, like the title of one of his earlier releases. Hitting us with a chill, downtempo hip hop beat for his newest tune, FUCK U DOIN’? It is the hook that reels you in, Inca’s simple chorus creates all the energy, like a chant you can shout along with. “I’m the truth, they need proof. That shit boof, I make moves, fuck you doin, fuck you doin?..” This masterpiece is to be featured on his upcoming album ENTER THE VOID, which will follow a collab LP called FUSION TECHNIQUE, with another Chicago artist Larcin. Not lying with BACK TO LIFE, Inca really took advantage of the down time to make some real work in numbers, and he is ready to show it all off!
StankNasty gifts us another tune, following up on his last release and upcoming LP teaser track, KNOW THE NAME. Taking a step back and kickin’ it with this latest release MOVE, StankNasty brings out those cross faded, late night vibes with this trippy lo-fi beat. “Grab your girl, grab your guy, get your crew, lace those shoes. Sip your juice, we lettin loose, slide through, okay…” He sets the atmosphere for a night of memories, “keepin it Big Boi, Andre 3, Yea this jams so fresh, so clean” and he knows it, with how smooth he sliding in that reference to a couple great hip hop emcees . If this track makes its way to their ears, they would commend the balance of a smooth flow so packed with words and rhythm.
COFFEE & CIGARETTES II is a six track record from The Homie Q. This record is what you bump while taking a long road trip and you had to wake up early to get a head start. The title of the record might give off the vibe that this is another stoner rap tape. That could not be further from the truth, this EP is what happens when Akon meets Nico & Vinz meets Travie McCoy, combined with Hollywood Undead.
The record is full of strong melodies and choruses, mixed with punk vocals and heavy auto tune. The intro track featuring Sir Isaac is filled with catchy runs. Track two features amazing singing from Breana Marin. Track three, ROCK N ROLL, is what channels that Hollywood Undead sound. The combination of high energy singing and catchy choruses make for an enthralling listening experience. It will definitely get the gears in the brain turning if you give it a spin in the morning.
The Homie Q rounds out the project with a love ballad called THESE GIRLS, a Gym Class Heroes like song, that might make one reminisce about high school or college crushes. The Homie Q does not waste any chance or track to give his listeners a catchy hook. THANKZ, the outro track on the project, leads with an epic guitar melody, and The Homie Q’s voice coming in with powerful vocals. The song is inspiring and tells his listeners he is not giving up, and he is thankful for the motivation he gets from fans, friends, and family.
A young hip hop artist from Chicago with a persistent dedication to sharpen his lyrical talent. Going by Bobby Sagget, his oldest release on soundcloud is about a year old, called 773 after Chicago area codes, but with clear experience in his flow. Since that drop, he has been relentless, with over a couple dozen tracks in his playlist. His most notable recent project goes by the name CHICITY ALLEYCAT PIMPSTORY. Inspired by the very picture for the cover art, the swag of urban retro Chicago, Bobby re-envisions himself as an old soul, rapping verses over 80’s sampled beats. A nice mix of contemporary lyricism and classic sound, old school styles translates well in 40 years later, with a skilled emcee on the mic.
In another authentic Chicago sound and visual from Dat Bizness, he brings an upbeat and positive perspective on his background, and how he has persevered through it. “Mama gave me $10 bills, told me go and grab Sandra tacos. First he was there and then he was gone, so I’m asking mom where my pops go.” FROM THE STREETS is only two minutes long with two verses and two hooks. Dat Bizness is surprisingly able to fit a large amount of story telling in this short song. It must be listened through multiple times over again in order to catch everything because of the pacing, its replay value, and the hook is one you can dance and vibe out to.
“I am from the streets, brothers carry heat. Watch out for police, hustle hard gotta eat. We just trying to live take care of our kids, born in the system it is what it is,” the hook rapped by Dat Bizness would have an audience up off of their feat and having fun. This song is appealing for its sophistication, with the lines detailing Dat Bizness’ background and lifestyle, coupled with the jazzy, saxophone melody, boom bap instrumental. The song is fast paced and makes a listener think, while also moving them to the rhythm. It is not easy to combine those aspects (fun and complexity) in music, and successfully doing so is absolutely worthy of praise.
Dat Bizness ends the song reminding listeners where he is from. “8806 South Burley street I grew up in the new buildings damn!” He is no stranger to the neighborhoods that shaped the talent and phenom known as Dat Bizness.
Chicago legend in the making, MOECYRUS, recently dropped his 5th full length studio album, I ALREADY COINED THAT. A record full of punch lines for all the haters and fans alike, to absorb with grit and a complex array of emotions. MOECYRUS says what he feels and does not hold back his perspective when explaining what he goes through, navigating in this music business. When it comes to lyrical structure, MOECYRUS channels the classic greats of hip hop; think Big Pun, Ghostface, Biggie type of rhyme organization.
Being from Chicago born and raised, MOECYRUS hones his unique style and puts on for his city. The intro track to the record is titled CHICAGO THE MECCA, where MOECYRUS sings and raps about how Chicago is the epicenter of culture. “Old heads think they’re too good to teach the youngings, because they’re stubborn, then wonder why we ain’t MOVING!” MOECYRUS creates a mellow but lyrically impressive intro track to his 5th LP.
The next notable track to highlight is, “PUT IT UP”, with a catchy hook that every emcee listening will be beating themselves for not thinking of it, because it is that clever and sonically pleasing. When things open back up, rest assured that anyone in the crowd hearing this will be rapping and chanting along! MOECYRUS put together 8 songs with 4 features to complete his 5th album. Talents that offered their sound are Orlando Coolridge, Novatore, Cruz Ocho, and Billie Dee Boodah. As usual, MOECYRUS recruits an all star lineup for I ALREADY COINED THAT.
On God is another well crafted and highly impactful song on the record, with over 4 minutes of MOECYRUS rapping about the in’s and out’s of coat tail hangers and clout chasers in the music business. A pattern of people thinking they need and want things from him, without offering any value in return; for lack of a better word: leeches. “Don’t put that on me, thats on god,” he chants, and after listening through, he is definitely right. This song is also impressive for including a little Midwest chopping, Twista style, at the end of the hook; “burning your bridges and thinking its sweet, I’m up in the top, I came from the ground!”
I ALREADY COINED THAT, the title track, is number seven on the LP, and it starts out with a falsetto, raspy sung tune before the drums, and MOECYRUS’ signature flow comes in. It reminds one of something playing in a diner when getting the morning coffee. The tune goes, “I wanna talk my shit sometimes, I wanna get outside my mind, everybody’s got their eyes on me!” MOECYRUS gives two verses on this record surrounding the theme of too many people trying to get something out of him, or trying to pick his brain for all the secrets.
Being a rapper in this business can come with a lot of people wanting things from you, simply because of your platform and name, something that he avoids at all costs. MOECYRUS values genuine interaction, he swerves the energy vampires. I ALREADY COINED THAT is an amazingly cohesive and authentic record coming from the Chicago emcee. Any fan of hip hop, or anyone considering themselves a hip hop head, needs to go support this artist and buy his LP on BandCamp. And make sure to stream each of his 4 previous records, UNTITLED, ICEBERG, YOU GOTTA BE FKN KIDDING ME, and LIFE EXPOSED.
Bringing some soul to Chicago, Adam Houston, all the way from Houston, TX, joins other Chicago jazz inspired artists like Lili K and Livia Gazzolo, as he debuts his solo work. Formerly lead singer of Hot Planet, Adam Houston continues strong with his first solo single, LOW. Accompanied with a music video directed & edited by Kaden Acosta, giving off a very 90’s urban vibe, showing off Chicago’s skyline, street corners and art, while horns, bass guitar and guitar riff away smoothly in the back. Adam really catches you in a groove right off the bat with this song, flawlessly diving into the next chapter of his career.
Khid Nando is back again with some new music, making a lot of noise in 2020. Starting off the year with KHAOTIC MIND and OVERSEAS, he followed up with his KHILLING TIME EP. He is back with a couple more tracks within the last month preparing for another big release! Carrying a different, more composed energy since his EP, really improving lyrically in tandem with his flow in SNAKES IN THE GRASS and MOON ROCKS. Getting us ready for some more, Khid Nando plans to release another EP called TOXIC next season!
Coming in with her second release of the year, Chicago pop R&B artist Kiara Lanier comes with a message of love. Not just known through music, Kiara also works as an actress on Fox‘s Empire, Showtime‘s The Chi, as well as being a finalist on American Idol. Always uplifting the black community, she takes it step further to address African American men. “We love you, we appreciate you, and stand with you, especially in these times.“
In times where male depression and suicide and becoming more and more apparent, often times POC take the heaviest punches. From being brutalized in the street, stressed as a child, and bullied online, in school, Kiara remembers the strength and resilience of Black men in her latest single, I CHOOSE YOU! Taking a line from one of her verses; “Ain’t no Black man that I don’t appreciate. Whole world wanna be they just mad they aint.” Introducing the first song off her upcoming album EMPRESS, with love and enlightenment, another milestone for this unraveling Chicago icon.
StankNasty is poised to have an outstanding year as an artist. With consistency, his vocal and lyrical performance gets better with every release, as well as his content creativity. From the beat and sample selection, to conceptualizing tracks, word choice and flow, experimenting as he goes. Having already grown as an artist so much, he is ready for his next big move!
Pulling off some great releases this year, and as far as creativity goes, he executes with ease. He conceptualizes his ideas and artistic expression naturally with early tracks like CARNAGE and SCATTER BRAINED. He speaks with confidence and ferocity in his latest tracks ABOUT THAT TIME and PREACHING TO THE CHOIR. Dipping into his creative side with his GODS OF ROCK, sampling the iconic HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN. With all this work put in place, StankNasty creeps up to another milestone with his next release.
Plotting his moves every step of the way, through his effort you will KNOW THE NAME, which is the title for his latest release. Similarly to GODS OF ROCK, StankNasty samples a popular score, ARRIVAL TO EARTH by Steve Jablonsky, from the Transformers film franchise, giving the song a very cinematic energy. The track is going to be his first single release from his upcoming 3 track album EPIC-EP. Hearing his playlist and creativity evolve thus far, we should expect the project to produce some quality sounds.