Säge, The 64th Wonder Slash Hierophant: Artist of the Week

Adding an air of mystery to his already peculiar persona, Säge, The 64th Wonder interprets the sacred and esoteric with his latest LP release. As if his mask does not do the job, HIEROPHANT gives the 64th Wonder another layer of mystic energy. The album contains 8 tracks of boom bap type beats with lyric heavy verses and features from Kyd Wahlee, Sleep Sinatra and SHINTENTO64. Fans have had early previews of HIEROPHANT with early releases of its singles like SPOON BENDER, TALKING SHOES and EASY BAKE, with an accompanying music video. The project in all is a whole ‘nother level of hip hop that is refreshing, lyrically and sonically, to the Chicago pot of artists.

Casually strolling onto the mic acknowledging some time passing, with the confidence of a living legend, and the knowledge that he is about to rock the mic, as if he had to remind the Chi who is king! BASURA features Kyd Wahlee spittin over a steady, simple and dark beat, that emphasizes the boths artists lyrics and energy. Though the LP was teased with earlier releases, BASURA sets the tone for the tracks to follow. ENTER THE 64TH WONDER sets the bar lyrically, his flow so smooth through a cool, calm and collected attitude, but sharp with his words. HIEROPHANT thus far carries an aloofness, almost comical atmosphere, with background chatter on the beat as if in the middle of a broadcasted variety show into SPOON BENDER.

The remainder of HIEROPHANT takes it back down to earth with EASY BAKE and onward, the music video for the track takes on a raw urban vibe, while Säge humbly brags about his lyrical skill compared to the childish easy bake talent of others. TALKING SHOES takes it deep into Säge’s thoughts and actions, it seems Säge can turn any thought into poetry, and every thought seems to bear significance. However he raps, “I’m not here to preach I’m just speaking with my hood…” All together this LP takes you back to classic hip hop vibe, production focused on the beat, emphasizing the lyrics that are raw and laced with natural wisdom. So much wisdom an instrumental track in ALLIUM had to be introduced to give your mind a breather. A sick followup to THE GODS HERE ARE STUPID LP, you are going to catch yourself putting HIEROPHANT on repeat!

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Accident Prone with The Homie Q

Coming off his earlier release of COFFEE & CIGARETTES II, The Homie Q is back with even more feel good tracks for your adult soul. ACCIDENT PRONE is a 5 track EP that dropped May the 4th, The Homie Q includes a direct homage to Star Wars with the cover art.

The intro track is a slightly megaphonic-filtered, autotune sing flow for the hook. He sing raps it really fast going into a bridge before his first verse where the Homie Q raps in a more conversational tone. “Blowing up my line for nothing, she say that she miss me, cruising with my Cali bitch, rolling up the Nipsey.” That line stood out for its Nipsey Hussle reference, calling some of the best Cali weed, Nipsey. This intro track has a lot of vocal switch ups which keep the song fun and different, nothing on this first record is expected, completely surprising.

BOY MEETS WORLD is one those fun bravado, lady killing songs. The song sounds like it samples Dance Dance Revolution. The Homie Q goes through reference after reference about his relationships with various women. A bright track filled with unique vocal runs of The Homie Q crooning! Track 3 is titled I SLEPT WITH THQ AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS T-SHIRT, which is a hilarious name that stands out. “Fuck me with the lights on, shootings stars shoot right on. Nothing lasts forever, baby come on, this is your song. Fuck with me the lights on, she can go all night long. I want this forever, baby come and get your shine on!” An extremely catchy chorus that will have you assuredly singing back and feeling yourself.

99PLUS1 is the fourth record on the project and contains The Homie Q’s only feature for the EP, Kasual OWNLY. This is another crooned banger, Kasual OWNLY comes in with a similar complimentary style and tone to The Homie Q. They take auto tune crooning to a whole new level on this track, very fun song! “I keep it 100 with you,” This project is chock fill of vibes for the ladies, full of vulnerability and masculine braggadocio. This is music you can bump at a party but also listen intently to.

Never let ya go, never let ya go, no. Till I say so, till I say so, never let me go, never let me go, no. This means more than I know.” A heartfelt and emotion filled hook sung by The Homie Q for the last track on the project titled THERE WAS MORE THAN ENOUGH ROOM FOR JACK. The project is perfect for summer rides and evenings, lots of slightly melancholic yet more sensitive vibes from The Homie Q, and poetry geared towards one’s love life that seems to always be tumultuous. A short and sweet listen but is easily put on repeat, especially if you rock with the auto-tune crooning style of hip hop, uplifting melodies, and catchy choruses. Do not forget to stream “Accident Prone” available everywhere and don’t miss out on his previous project which we also covered titled “Coffee and Cigarettes II”.

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SevenSevenThree Release The Breakup Song

The smash single from Chicago’s favorite duo starts in with Khalid Reed rapping two verses with Kevin Wiley on the infectious and super catchy hook. Svn Svn Thr33 perform in an all white background similar to the popular YouTube series, Colors. With the duo at two standing microphones, they give a sensational performance for their lady killing hit, THE BREAKUP SONG.

I know I’m the person you said you never needed, but how come when I left you alone I had you heated.” Khalid Reed starts in with the first verse, inferring how attached his lady was to him. “I be feeling like this ain’t been work, and I don’t know how to tell you that!” Kevin Wiley comes in with the smooth and rhythmic vocals on the hook, “You been wondering when I’m in my phone, got you asking me where my head’s been at!” Khalid Reed raps a second verse, with Kevin Wiley on a two part bridge to connect the progression to the final chorus. “Came to you at my lowest, but your actions they were lower than that, girl I promise I ain’t ever look back!

Khalid Reed ends his second verse with these gut punching bars, and Kevin Wiley glides in with “I’m sorry it had to be this way, I’m sorry that I can not stay, I’m sorry that it came to this, I’m sorry but this how I feel! I don’t wanna waste your time, but I can’t keep living a lie!” The lyrics are quite relatable in this modern era of dating, with all the social media apps and technology. Svn Svn Thr33 promise it is nothing personal and it is sometimes just how relationships need to go; no hard feelings, just brutal honesty. That theme shines through exceptionally well on their hit record THE BREAKUP SONG.

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Fazer Points Out The Phonies: Monday Majesty

Takes intuition to spot a fake, but it takes a real one to POINT EM OUT! You can find them anywhere, even in your own circles! Keepin’ it real, Fazer comes through to clean house and alert us to the snakes. In his latest release POINT EM OUT, he lets it be known, “No strangers aloud in my domain, me and you, eye to eye thats always… There’s a op in the room so you better point em out, there’s a snake in the crowd, so you better point em out, what you about?” Posing the rhetorical question, what you about?, testing your own character to stand up alongside him. POINT EM OUT is doubled with a music video, recorded at Ever Evolved Studios by Yo_PierreFilms, following his last release CATER 2 U.

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It’s 8am Somewhere, So Young Vet Is Making Moves : Monday Majesty

The early bird gets the worm, a motto and golden rule for the hustlers, shot callers, money makers and game changers. Artists like Young Vet understand and execute this rule gracefully through habit, creating opportunities and setting up wealth and connections as illustrated in his latest release! Out last year, 8AM SOMEWHERE is revisited to emphasize that grind, with a music video laying out a typical day and strategy for Young Vet. From freshening up at 8am, being interviewed by noon, working in the studio by evening and performing at shows by late night followed by after party, it is quite the life to manifest, and only through consistency, hard work and connecting with like minded people. His lyric would add value to his constituents as well, rapping in the chorus, “It’s gonna be a late one, great one, every night with my day ones, A-1. Ever night a celebration…” 8AM SOMEWHERE also comes with the announcement of Young Vets sophomore album #BETVET2: THE DECISION, so stay tuned for more leading up to the release!

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Ivan L’s Big 1400 Pack Stimmy

Doing it for the people of the nation, Ivan L grants us THE BIG 1400 PACK to stimulate the playlist. Already having sent 2 big ones prior, Vito has been out performing the POTUS Joe Biden it seems. Also noteworthy that IV is outpacing his favorite artist Curren$y for releases for 2021, however not outmatching his total output, with all due respect to the great Spitta. With his single BADD GUY, and his LP’s THIS AINT NO DELUXE, STAND ALONE COMPLEX and now THE BIG 1400 PACK, we need to Ivan L on the bill for 2024.

Bringing back Brizzle Worrell, one more time following OLIVER STONE, HOW TO BE A PLAYA and PLAYERS OF THE YEAR, and a few other names including DirtyDouble D, Lil Perm, F Thurgood, for a dope stimmy playlist package for your party and bullshit. Naturally, once you get that direct deposit, you instantly brush that dirt off your shoulder and the intro and title track sonically evokes that energy within you itself. You will also realize, once you get that paper, the honey’s will be shooting their shots like a KALISHNIKOV as IV boasts in track 2. DONATELLA stands out with the most energy, revealing how Ivan L can maintain these BIG 1400 PACK stimmies for us all, comparing himself to Donatella Versace with the riches and being dubbed Mr. Stimmy, “The money bag too smart, I think I need it bigger, everytime I turn around I think Im getting richer.” RATHER BE A YA PLAYA gives you west coast ocean vibes on the beat, as IV gives us another lesson in being a playa! Each track gets you feeling fly like you just got paid and you are about to wyle out for the night, every day is a payday when you bump THE BIG 1400 PACK.

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Wilhelm Duke Channels The Calm: Monday Majesty

Wilhelm Duke is hitting strides with his creative outlet as of late. Hot off his RESISTANCE EP release with RhymSter, the Duke is back again with a music video release to promote his next album ELIXER, a followup to his debut THE ROBBER BARON. THE CALM goes by its title in its entirety, from its jazzy hip hop beat, courtesy of Brad Kemp, to Wilhelm Dukes intense lyrical flow while maintaining a stoic composure. Visual production goes to Swirl Productions, settings the Duke on Chicago’s Lasalle St in the middle of traffic, with the Board of Trade building towering over the street. A very urban energy, balanced with the settling, music and Dukes flow, paints a rather calm scene of such a busy city.

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Hayward Music Is Divine Intervention

Some things can come into life and completely change things up for the better like DIVINE INTERVENTION. It can be anyting, even your own mindset, as what it seems for Hayward! Turning himself into a talented and respected videographer, producer, business owner and hip hop artist through straight ambition and hunger! His latest EP entitled DIVINE INTERVENTION embodies this in its production and content. Produced, mixed and mastered at his studio headquarters at Beat Box Entertainment by himself and MrIgnit, in full control of his creations like his own divine intervening presence.

Packed with 6 tracks, this EP puts you in a trance with its lo-fi hip hop beats and lyrical flow, and the title track does its job setting the tone for DIVINE INTERVENTION. Followed up with ALL AROUND THE WORLD, where Hayward realizes his blessings by the first line! “Where you been at? All around the world, all around the world“, creating a simple but catchy chant, as you shout and embrace your passion giving you the freedom to travel. Probably due to the attitude in the next track NO FAVORS, “Fuck around me you aint givin’ me paper, ill see you later. It’s a no brainer, got your hand out, dont do favors;” when you realize your worth you will not sell yourself short! The 4th Track TOO ON was released late last year as a hit single with a music video. The favorite of DIVINE INTERVENTION was definitely the final track STRUGGLE, most eloquent with the flow as well as confident, and the beat has a Chicago summer at the lake type of vibe, while maintaining a chill energy. A must have EP for the playlist!

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AzMattic Got Mind Over Metaphors: Artist of the Week

AzMattic pulls out another project from up his sleeve, makin moves in big steps. Following up from his DIVIDED music video, and a collab project with RhymSter, THE JAZZ CIGARRETTE. With each big move it seems AzMattic comes with a feel good message over some lo-fi jazzy hip hop beats. With his recent release, MIND OVER METAPHORS, Pt. 1, we get more positive energy with a dope flow.

Saturated in old school energy, whether he spits over jazzy beats or hip hop, it would be reminiscent to boom bap. With his lyrics balancing words of struggle and perseverance with a good attitude and peace of mind. Starting off MIND OVER METAPHORS with ONE DAY, the tone is set with a soundbite from Waynes World, bridging into a strong chorus. “One day you gone blow up big and get paid, yeah, it’ll happen one of these days,” an easy and joyful chorus that would no doubt set a room off with chanting a live setting.

Continuing the project on the same vibe, with great appreciation on the first lines of the next tune AWAKEN. “I just do it cause i love it, it’s hard to manage when you ballin on a budget fuck it.” Vereses would Compare people and artists that do it for the love of it like himself, and others that do it for the clout and money. The beat itself can take you on Cloud 9, with a repetitive but smooth melody and a head bumpin beat pattern.

MIND OVER METAPHORS does not stuttuer in its energy, especially when it’s time to crack brews on the next track, JIMMY BUFFET. Each transition between tracks is bridged with some Hollywood and political quote excerpts, highlighting a tone of gratitude, ambition and aloofness. However chill AzMattic is, he shows you how you can be braggadocios and zen in JAY & SILENT BOB. It seems AzMattics vibe us unbreakable and the quality in his MIND OVER METAPHORS is projected into these 6 tracks with Shin-Ski!

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CantBuyDeem Puts Benny The Butcher On Notice!: Monday Majesty

CantBuyDeem is making moves on the visual artwork this year. Adding director to his repertoire, fully in control of his output, style and creative expression; and even acting, tho his swagger and character in his videos look so natural, he probably just portrays himself! Still fresh off his POPEYES music video release with TevDesh Productions, it is quickly followed up with a music video for BENNY THE BUTCHER OWES ME $500, with Underdawg Visuals, spitting raw bars over a cypher type hip hop beat. Fully embracing the street life of Chicago, getting drone footage of neighborhoods, kickin it at the crib, hustlin’, dealing with 5-0, including behind the scenes footage of interactions with neighbors; plugging his merch and art to potential fans. Never a dull moment with CantBuyDeem, always on the next move, and already working on another visual project waiting to be dropped. Follow links below!

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