Chi-Native Keeps Up the Pace with Flex and Intro: Monday Majesty

The hard hitting trio is at it again with back to back Friday drops with FLEX and INTRO. Flex features Mic Logik, WRDS and I.DEAL, suited up in nice threads and dropping fast uptempo lyrical verses to compliment a catchy melodic hook sung by WRDS. In FLEX, I.Deal takes the first verse dropping lines such as, “Yeah baby got the balls to do it, I make baller music, while ya’ll are losing. Once you saw the movement, who you calling stupid? Took the team out the country, all inclusive.” That line must infer to the CHI-Native trip where they filmed PRINCESSA, it takes work to make music career moves out of state, let alone outside of the country. It is awesome seeing what CHI-Native is doing in the music industry!

WRDS takes the middle verse of the song where he ends his verse rhyming, “I’m a good guy, with a rough edge, little bit of hood ties, man I pray for my dawgs and the good vibes, man this ain’t so long this is good-bye!” Referring to his background, and how he wishes the best for his people still stuck in lifestyles he does not participate in. Another string of lines that stood out were, “If you know me you know, I’m keeping it loco, keeping it vocal, keep on being a beast with the beat in a chokehold!” Comparing his dexterity and skill in rap to a wrestling move meant to knock out your opponent. Always love to see creative gun fight, knife fight, fist fight, type action oriented metaphors.

Mic Logik takes the anchor verse with great lines like, “Chi-Native always coming with the dope raps, matter of fact, everything I ever wrote’s crack. Heard me rhyme then you know that I’m a throwback, they ain’t feeling you, beats got no slap.” Drug comparisons stay popular in hip hop because of obvious reasons, but again seeing new unique ways to say ingrained metaphors is very appealing to the hip hop head. “Say what I want and I never ever hold back, and that’s worth more to me than a gold plaque.” Mic Logik is describing how he would rather write songs and retain creative autonomy then to sell out and relinquish control, in order to obtain music industry awards. This is a feeling shared by many in hip hop and the music industry due to the personal nature and link between a rapper and the words they’re rhyming.

In Chi-Native’s latest drop, INTRO (NATIVE TONGUE), which hit YouTube on Friday the 13th, the 3 emcees spar with their most lyrically intense verses in front of a huge pile of speakers and vintage suitcases. They are also rapping on top of what looks like a parking garage with the car lights beaming. The video maintains a high level of energy throughout. I.Deal starts off the song with, “The name is I.Deal but don’t forget the dot, so we can skip the props I’d rather go and get some guap!” This is a dope line saying he does not even care if others respect him, he is securing the bag.

Mic Logik takes the second verse with memorable lines such as, “No we not the same type, most of y’all are lame or suspect like Kurt Cobain’s wife.” Comparing people in life that move snake-like, to the mystery behind the death of the late grunge rock music artist. WRDS takes the anchor verse with, “I’m loading my pioneer, I’m hoping to let it burst, W man no wonder that letters first, crumble up the paper I wrote up a better verse!” The way that line flows over the instrumental is definitely endorphin inducing. The whole song is a hit made by well pocketed verses from each of the three Chi-Native rappers.

Chi-Native has now released visuals to accompany their hit songs, GOOD ONE, PRINCESSA, TEN TOES, FLEX and INTRO (NATIVE TO
NGUE)
. These videos have been dropping every Friday in anticipation for their upcoming album PASSPORTS. We look forward to whats going to hit the airwaves next from Chi-Native!

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Get Movin With No Montana Hannahs New Reggaeton Single, Night Time: Woman Crush Wednesday

A new face to welcome into Chicago’s hip hop arena, No Montana Hannah first got our attention at an Ever Evolved Battle of the Sexes event at Auxiliary Aux Center. Winning crowd favor that night for a win for the ladies, No Montana Hannah quickly becomes a noteworthy artist with her hip hop lyricism. With a new release accompanied by a music video, No Montana Hannah turns heads once again with a reggaeton track, bringing out the dancers to back her up as she vocalizes on the chorus and raps a few verses. With the help of Scott Anderson AKA Scotty Rocks at the Dog and Pony Show Studio and Tunnel Vision Media team, NIGHT TIME is a big hit, both musically as well as visually. Exciting to see what else No Montana Hannah has up her sleeves.

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ChanSe NFO Drops GROSS

ChanSe NFO latest track, GROSS, is a heavy song with fast low bass flows from your favorite Never Fall Off emcee. “I might have fun on the track, think ima feel it and spazz, I might go dumb on the track, give em the drama that nah mofo relax!” ChanSe follows that rhyme scheme for the first part of the song until he gets to his more uptempo structure, “I don’t really think you wanna talk a bunch, reach inside your pocket thats an option but a funny one, when I get offended I pretend and then I sucker punch!” This an awesome sequence of lines, don not try pulling a gun on ChanSe, he will be ready with his fist before you have time to shoot.

Real men have solved their problems for eons with bare knuckle boxing, ChanSe would not need to use a tool. “The loudest one be the weakest one in the room, if he talking shit, that’s probably nothing else he can do, kinda feel bad cuz you ain’t feel comfortable in your shoes.” What a brutally honest and truthful line, usually the one that barks the loudest has the weakest bite and its mostly bluffing or over compensating for a lack of something. ChanSe points this aspect out brilliantly in that sense of toxic masculinity. GROSS by ChanSe NFO is a dope and meaty track for your hip hop consumption and we highly recommend you stream it now!

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Mic Fort’s Penumbra Eclipses The Game

In astronomy PENUMBRA is the outer shadow surrounding the edge of the dark inner shadow. Upon first listen, it is a fitting title for Mic Fort‘s latest album PENUMBRA. With dark hip hop beats and even darker lyrics, it sounds like Mic Fort is walking on the edge of his dark side, sinning, lusting, and chasing game without a care. But what is also partially hidden is a sensual side too, serenading over a series of R&B tracks, Packed with an earful 17 tracks, with collaborations from Ben Solo, Dolla Sign IME, Lashawn Cobi, Henry Arts, Young Dave, Chris Hasty, Doty G Mac, Dee-Jay and A I R. Putting in a great amount of talent and effort into the project Mic Fort created an entertaining LP fit with an intro, outro, interlude and even skits.

The intro is jazzy lounge beat with some verses, and some motivational speech sampled as if waiting in a lobby. Then the energy changes with a dark low humming bass-line on the 2nd track, FIRE, and quick witty lyrics playing on lust, and a touch of that ego we like to call independent attitude. The following track, MY TIME, gets even more rude with, “Don’t waste my time, if you ain’t ready… if you ain’t bout it,” not being shy about taking every moment serious from the start! 6:28 Remix doubles down on that idea and even foreshadows new music, “I’m so hot yea I’m so right now… I ain’t Chris Weber I don’t need no timeouts, only time I need is right now. 6:28, 6:28… I ain’t playing with ya’ll n***as, 3rd album on the way.” But even this harshness gives way to a diverse array of serenading vocals and R&B beats following a skit to bridge into it. With such an excellent eclectic release, you would be pleased to know another music video EVIDENT, second to RAIN, is on its way, along with a follow up to PENUMBRA in 2021.

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Stank Nasty Back With Mikey B To Hold It Down

Back with another track, StankNasty is keeping his fire strong with a collaboration with Mikey B. Taking a familiar tune from the Verve, A BITTER SWEET SYMPHONY, turning it into a hip hop influenced tune with a new beat battern. Rather than the somber feeling the original tune is known for, the two artists turn it into a feel good track with their lyrics, on HOLD IT DOWN. Mikey B coming in speaking, “I ain’t trying to ride a first class flight, or live a first class life. Just tryin to reach new heights. Seein’ angels in the sky, leadin’ me on the path to greatness, as I overcome every challenge on the fly.” StankNasty ends off with a good note “Nothing but love in the game raise you glass now cheers, stay motivated, rise to the occasion and have no fear.” Another uplifting song to add to your playlist to keep your day goin smooth, in anticipation for Stank Nasty’s EPIC-EP.

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StankNasty Grows With Focus On The Pain

There is always a driving force or a strong position an artist will place within the direction of their music. While StankNasty often conceptualizes tracks to different ideas or themes, there is one subject that he likes to revisits. Similarly to his tracks WALLS and TRAUMA, FOCUS ON THE PAIN treads over the topic of mental health, and how he copes as an artist. “Lookin at the man in the mirror, some time passes and you can see much clearer, pain is a phenomena we all done been thru. This pen helps me get this shit off my mental.” Even the opening lines of the song illustrates a strong context for dealing with stress, “God giveth and god taketh, why is it, when im not depressed I’m anxious.” Over a somber piano tune and a beat, StankNasty reminds us, even the best of us have our lows, but to move forward we must FOCUS ON THE PAIN, and try to find your strength.

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Ill Gordon Puts Words To Power With My Penmanship

Ill Gordon coming in with a hot message throughout his whole MY PENMANSHIP EP release. Dropped with a music video for DON’T STOP, once you go through listening through this whole project you just want to get up and hustle. As the first single, DON’T STOP is a powerful release, with strong motivating words right off the bat. “With a little bit of vision and some ambition, making all my life dreams coming to fruition, don’t make no excuses just accept the truth.” A hustlers audio bible to get yourself pumped up for the day with the exception of ON MY MIND, dipping into R&B with B. Shantele, to help you get the paper and the girl. Already equipped with projects like CaILLgraphy and ILLionaire this year, he got a playlist to get your mind set for a big move.

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Blac Samurai’s Compendium Of Hip Hop: Artist of the Week

Coming across another Chicago artist that takes lyrical content and flow to the next level. Blac Samurai, focuses greatly on lyrical content more so than he does the production on his tracks, however the beat is equal in quality; it just caters to, or emphasizes the words. Armed with a few singles and an EP, Blac Samurai also recently released a full length album called COMPENDIUM. Now with that title, you can tell this artist owns a dictionary, and does not mess around with his words.

Once the beat drops you instantly get that old school, boom bap vibe on the first opening track PLAY ME CLOSE. Blac Samurai was looking for an old school and alternative sound and he nails it, with the balance between old and contemporary styles throughout COMPENDIUM. His next track, U WANT, sounds more modernized, with trap influenced beats, bass and hi hats, snares, but still heavy on a lo-fi ambient energy. This will be the consistent theme throughout the LP, you can comfortably play it out without disrupting its own flow.

Samurai notes that this COMPENDIUM is an album that has taught him patience, evidently from his lyrics in MASK. “Why do you continue to hide these emotions, how can you understand someone else when you never understood yourself, have you ever asked for help?… How do you really feel? Just take off the MASK…” Followed by a beautifully sung verse within the same idea, and a commentary that goes even deeper within the lines of self understanding. KELLY ROWLAND really captures the Notorious BIG 90’s R&B essence, and some Pusha T within DNA and HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW INTERLUDE, with some A$AP Rocky inspiring tracks like KNOW THAT and BRAND NEW on some acid rap. As those artist come to inspire Blac Samurai, he establishes his own flow, style and energy with COMPENDIUM, the full 12 track album is a good one to put on repeat; and he really saves the best one for last, with the smooth jazz hip hop vibes, rightly named WILL BE CROWNED.

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StankNasty Lets His Walls Down

StankNasty keeping the fire stoked with another new release, keeping up with the diversity in his discography! Presenting a different flow compared to his most recent tunes, StankNasty opens up his heart and mind! With many of his latest songs coming off energetic and braggadocios, like LIBRA SCALE, I KNOW I’VE WON, THE LORD KNOWS and his forthcoming EPIC-EP album single KNOW THE NAME, WALLS has more of a somber tone. With an acoustic guitar and piano chords harmonizing behind a hip hop beat and a vocal sample, StankNasty raps, “if I’m alone with my thoughts, its an eternal battle, that’s why I coach myself, like the prescription bottle rattle“. Similarly to his track TRAUMA that covers suicidal thoughts and behaviors, WALLS goes over the topic of mental health and treatment, only this time he connects with the listener on a deeper, more personal level about his experiences in his head and growing up.

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Handsome Naked Loving A Hanfullachips: Monday Majesty

Handsome Naked had been putting a great amount of focus on their visual presentation with their recent releases to a high degree! Following up on their HAT/NO HAT music video, the trio releases HANFULLACHIPS, an entertaining piece lyrically, sonically and visually. The music video is impressive in its presentation for just the simple idea, riffing off of the song title. With a camera placed in a chip bag, you get the perspective of a bag of chips as someone would be looking and reaching inside, while the background is a comfortable house setting, like cupboards, kitchen and bedroom or living room where you would usually feel comfortable ripping open a bag of chips. Lyrically it is comedic, with not too much to think about other than celebrating a bit of comfort food where ever you would. “Let a hanfullachips take the wheel, two hanfulls, can’t cop a feel hanfullachips on the baseball field, hanfullachips when I’m in my feels.” A feel good song to jump around to, perfect for any playlist!

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