Artist of the WeeK: Na$im Williams

The DJ is the back bone for any artist or venue, especially when it comes to Hip Hop. A selfless title, the DJ makes sure the party is entertained, playing and promoting music from a wide variety of artists and genres. Even during lock down, while all live performing artists and venues are held back, the DJ is thriving still, through live streaming and mixes. Artists like Na$im Williams move to take advantage of the time, connecting with artists and putting his city on.

Na$im has been putting many artists on for a while, and some prominent names too, as he juggles music production as well. Creating a combination of boom bap and soulful beats, his production has taken him from the East Coast in New York, to the West Coast to LA. He has produced tracks for many Chicago artists like the Savemoney collective, ProbCause, Rich Jones, Lili K and more. All the while Djing for various Chicago nightlife spots, opening up for the likes of NaS, Travis Scott, Vic Spencer, and popular names; Na$im does not skip a beat.

Today he premieres his latest release here at Ever Evolved, where we promote Chicago; Na$im delivers just that, all in an hour long mix. From start to finish, you hear nothing but local Chicago Hip Hop, Rap & Soul from the best artists in the city, many being unreleased tracks. Starting off gritty with DRUGS by Doc Supreme, transitioning into the R&B vibe with GOODNIGHT by Sisi Dior, for a nice balance in energy. He turns it up a bit with a raw beat and quick lyricism by Radcliff Music, and gets even more hype with next track, MONEY CALLING, by WorldInKaos. He keeps it going like this throughout the mix, promoting popular artists in the city like MOECYRUS, Novatore, Vic Spencer, as well as Ever Evolved artists Radcliff, RhymSter, JaitheArtist, Essse, Wilhelm Duke, J-Bose and BeatrixKiddo. The smooth transitions ensures a quality hour of hip hop music, from artists in our own backyard, this mix carries a real vibe throughout.

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Aced Spade Remixing A Couple Hip Hop Anthems

DJ’s take up a big part of the music industry and Aced Spade is as good as they come, with diverse array of talents. Aside from DJing many shows in Chicago and city Festivals like YAS! TIP, before life got cancelled, Aced Spade works on production, remixes, and even dancing. He recently released two remixes of a couple of known anthems, CANT TELL ME NOTHING by Kanye West and O LET’S DO IT by Waka Flocka. A follow up to original production JUISY Ft Sulé and his Halloween EP D4RK, these beats are heavy yet get you in a trance, they just pull you in.

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Artist of the Week: DJ Curt Henny Rolls Out Sonic Rawness With S.U.S.H.I.

SONGS U SHOULD HEAR INTOXICATED or S.U.S.H.I. is a fantastic mix series to listen to during any state of mind, because it offers much variety in the music being spun. It would not hurt to be under the influence of a little cognac, and well, who doesn’t love cognac? Artists you might be familiar with include Conway The Machine, Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, Casey Veggies, Kid Cudi, Quentin Miller (Drake ghostwriter), The Underachievers, Stormzy, Ibeyi, Lil Wayne and Chicago local rising talent SoloSam, and more. DJ Curt Henny offers an eclectic mix of sounds and styles with his S.U.S.H.I. volumes 1 and 2.

Before the quarantine virtually shut down the live entertainment industry; one could find DJ Curt Henny spinning all over Chicagoland. Working showcases, open mics, weddings, or even big opener sets spinning for SoloSam and various Ever Evolved artists. Now that most of the industry has resorted to bedroom antics, we are excited to hear more SONGS U SHOULD HEAR INTOXICATED. We are sure a lot of you will be frequently under the influence, so turn on some DJ Curt Henny.

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Artist of the Week: Mikal Bae

Mikal Bae, also known as Father Darko, is the flagship visual artist of the Chicago music collective SlumpGang777. Mikal Bae is chosen as artist of the week for a few reasons. The first is that he has been cranking out visuals like crazy for artists such as CantBuyDeem, Chore Boy, T.Z.Duhh, Sage the 64th Wonder, Orlando Coolridge, Flxtch, Unkle Slump, Vex the MC, Fxther Kari (Khalil Halim), Millie Boy, Novatore, and alexSlander. The second is that he has also put in a lot of work visually and aurally; shooting footage and djing live events such as SlumpFestIII and the Midwest Slump Tour! And lastly Mikal Bae as an audio, visual and graphic artist, lo and behold, he also releases music! Mikal Bae has dropped I Can Feel the Sadness in My Toes, The Man Who Ate God, If Home is Not Here. Where Is It?, All That Never Was and From Darko With Love.

He goes by Mikal Bae visually and Father Darko to present his records. Multi-talented to say the least; Visually I would describe his style as graffiti drip. I honestly could not even explain what I mean by that but I encourage you to go look at his IG page and take some ganders at his music videos by searching up Darko Visuals on YouTube both linked below. He also designs merchandise for the SlumpGang777 collective! There are these custom glass spoon pipes that have “SL” on the front of the bowl that catches the eye. He also has these tie dye shirts that are orange, black and white stamped with SlumpGang777 logos.

Mikal Bae has always been a freelance hustler and for as long we can tell his only job has been in the music, art, and entertainment business. He is not a tradesmen, he is an artist. You do not necessarily pay him for commissions, you commission him to bring and give something more life! You have a song? He can make an amazingly unique visual loop to it. You a need music video? He will shoot, edit, and produce it. If you need a live visual DJ to enhance the entertainment value of your show? He will use a beat pad to syncopate live visuals to your set!

Mikal Bae aka Father Darko is someone you want to pay attention to especially if you are a lover and fan of all things hip hop. From music videos, merchandise, visual loops, artwork, fliers, recorded songs, visually deejaying and producing. He can really do it all and artists like this are people we want to be highlighting every week!

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Up and Coming Producer: Aced Spade

Not forgetting about the producers this year. They are getting the right recognition and starting with Aced Spade, he is doin it right. Equiped as a producer, DJ and dancer and maybe some other hidden talents we have yet to find. Someone give him a mic lets see. Ringing in the new year with Marko Stat$ at Subterranean in Wicker Park at Ever Evolveds Cold Front stage with the crowd rocking to new music.

Feelin’ the new year vibes he releases a remix that is Not Bad, Just Boujee days following the Cold Front. Afterwards Outta Sight Clothing would announce a cypher beat created by the one and only. Then Aced would just come back and one up himself with another remix. Taking aim at up and coming Chicago artist Simone, whom just recently dropped the Ready EP. Good Girl is the perfect track to meld into Aced Spades dynamic style. Set to perform at the Beat Kitchen you can hear these dope tracks there follow him for the info!

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