This song can join the playlist next to the Woods from Probcause as one of those nonchalant beats. Nothing but good vibes with Cool, a song about cool things. It is actually refreshing to hear lyrics unrelated to the usual money, sex, drugs. I mean everyone can bump a good party song but if you can be entertaining with friendly lyrics that just spreads love and fun then you can do more than most. Get loose to this, no need to take life seriously always, no ones too cool for a good time!
Just cause he can, Ric Wilson releases two tracks randomly. Might mean more new music on the way, might not. This creative soul from the South Side of Chicago just released Negrow Disco EP earlier in the year and he is just following up. Also coming up with a music video for Hangloose from the EP and a collab track with Hurley Mower. Droppin music almost discreetly you just need to keep your eyes and ears open for info like marking down January 4 on your calender.
Every song is different so far as he jumps genres and molds them together, mixing in Hip Hop and Soul, Dance and other elements. You can hear the difference between the two recent releases. What If I Was White, a poem wrote for Sofar Chicago pointing out obvious moral and social injustices in our society compared to We Don’t Know. You can expect his next project to have more hip hop lyrical influence. For now keep posted at the links below for new music and events.
Being honored as one of the many Chicago artists to be presented in Red Bulls 30 days in Chicago Ravyn Lenae is definitely a voice you have to recognize. So talented Chicago is still hooked on her latest album Moonlight Moonlight released early in the year. With production handled by Monte Booker the two combined created a masterpiece.
Recently releasing a video for the single Unknown from her aforementioned album, directed by the talented Weird Life crew. A more somber video compared reminding you art varies across all spectrums of human emotion. This follows her Spice video which is more lively, literally, performing the album single for Kinda Neat publishing. As she flirts with the camera naturally she makes singing seem effortless.
Following up on with an interview Kinda Neat reveals Ravyns lyrical abilities starting at an early age. From outperforming at church choirs and high school she started touring at the age of fifteen. Realizing her potential early. Now apart of Zero Fatigue with Smino, and Monte Booker respectively she has performed with other notable artists like Mick Jenkins and No Name and other popular locals. Be on the lookout for her next project and follow her before she takes off!
Over the period of 3 years Jovan has been growing, evolving and adapting to changes in her life. Growth is the collective experience of those years expressed through music and sound. It is built together by the hard work of strong woman such as herself, Fury, Ell Virtuoso, Belladonna Devereux. Others joining her album are talented locals her band the Land, G.O. Owens, Noble Warrior, Mykele Deville and more. Topping off the project Jovan showcases her own production skills showing taking that Note To Myself seriously, pushing the limits of her purpose.
Jovan grips the mic with purpose to release her message of self identification, self love, growth through perseverance as she takes the stage. The Tonic Room filled with exuberance as the crowd bounces to her beats and mouth the lyrics. You would think they would have been tired out after energetic performances by Me’Chelle and Fury but Jovans energy is reciprocated throughout the crowd. An amazing live experience to live through you should definitely catch her live.
Following his last couple of releases Towkio stays on a hot streak of creativity. Drift and Hot Shit get music videos so he keeps the trend goin with his latest, Swim. Alot of stuff is goin on in this video with the simplist ingredients. As the prelude melodically glides over these visuals Towkio plays with reflections and colors in water as dancers pop in and out of frame. Not only experimenting with visuals but genres as well as the last few releases completely differ from one another. You are hit with a refreshing sound everytime.
Metropolis Blac (middle) and Rhymster (right) are pictured leaving Fort Knox Studio, onto the next location to film. The two Chi town artists begin their collaboration on an EP project forthcoming. Expect a series of releases leading up to Summer Sessionz. Starting with Dum Drunk (I’m Influenced), a laxed hip-hop beat paired with visuals filmed and edited by Brandon Holmes (left). Ginger-Ale and Jameson sets the mood for this party.
The video in itself was a big project and team effort with Monaco Cocktail contributing some of the festivities with their exclusive Vodka bottle just released to the public. Dancers take up the floor as Rhymster and Metro mingle amongst party goers and beautiful woman as the Chicago skyline gleams in the background. Following the shoot on the 55th floor of the Trump Hotel, Artist and Performer Natalia puts on a fire show in a spot off Museum Campus. An epic display to kick off the countdown to the full Summer Sessions project on 2/28/18. Get ready!
Following the Healing Component Mick Jenkins has been busy spreadin love with the music. Keeping himself busy on stages and with collaborations. In the mix of all of this Jenkins has been at work behind the scenes on his new album. From the looks of his twitter feed it is on another level and the hype is building proper.
Letting the good vibes permeate in the studio with some amazing artists. Keepin it local with THEMPeople producing a smooth track and Jenkins lights one up spits something ill for a Layover. Out of left field Exmag, popular with Lowtemp collective, Manic Focus and Probcause from the city, coming in with JNTHN STEIN on a production that has nothing but good vibes. Mick Jenkins tops it off with the smoothest collective of words to perfect Spliff Temple.
Changing up the pace on his most recent track. Bringin in raw talent and attitude, GreenSLLIME lays down the foundation to bring out the Vampire in Brooklyn. The young verteran flexes his hip hop lyrical ability, letting this foreshadow the quality of his upcoming album. Mick Jenkins is about to level up get prepared and hit that and replay.
Backed with an idea we can all agree on, producers and the local underground talent in Chicago do not get the appreciation they deserve. Working together with multiple popular up and coming locals Glassic creates an album highlighting some of the best in the city. Joining artists and collaborators Marko Stat$, Futura Bloom and Qari this year amongst other Chicago artists to release an LP or EP this year. Though it would not be his first big project this year Safe Travels follows the Motions EP along with a couple singles.
Glassic is marking his name every where working and collaborating for and with artists like Will Is Chillin, Futura, Brittany Carter, and Roosevelt the Titan. He brings some together and sets the atmosphere of his Safe Travels on a smooth ride with CJ Run on the Long Way Home. Marko Stat$ joins the trip and it gets Too Wild with his flow. Glassic continues blissfully on the keys over his spacey beats with Futura, Qari.
We get Means and the vibes change. Will Is Chillin, Kahrion and Isaiah G pick it up with Mushu and Celebrate. Rothstein and Vader the Villain and Ali for the Go send you off respectfully and you know you wanna travel safely more often and hit replay. A good year, so far, for Glassic and he should be looking forward to more putting on his city as he makes his name. In our mutual push for local artist and producer exposure, may our paths cross!
It would be hard to say you have not heard of Chai Tulani if you frequent local music acts in Chicago. The man has been making moves left and right and making his music known. Born in Kenya and raised in Chicago, he started releasing mixtapes in 2013 with Visions of Zion, joining this burst of artists from the local areas. Tulani introduces his brand of Soul Hop music for Chicago to indulge in, creating more diversity in the music renaissance.
This year has been especially significant as he brings more audiences to his shows with newer music to perform! Between shows at Sub T, Emporium, the Metro and local festivals like Pilsen and TIP, fans flock to the stage to hear tracks like All The Way which is coupled with a music video feauture Ridley Victoria, and his most recent release Pulse. Locals Gifted Keys and John Renaissance join Tulani on the track for that added ambiance. If this music gets you excited enough Tulani is gearing up to release another project so sit put and catch some new ones at his next show while more music cooks up!
Chicago producer Glassic uploads a couple electronic instrumentals this within the month. Sprinkling in some more single pieces after releasing a project early in the year. The Motions EP released early in the year contains 5 tracks and a feature with Brittany Carter. Also featured in Glassic’s 2016 self tited collab EP along with Will Is Chillin, another local artist amongst others.
After the Motions EP glassic let those beats simmer for a few months before uploading some single pieces. Perhaps gearing up for an upcoming project Safe Travels under no specific release date. Most recently Looking Everywhere is a simple chill beat with a vocal loop leaving you in cloud 9. New Lands will make you do a double take leaving you a taste for Waking Up from the 2017 EP. Whether its a big project or a single release it is quality work.