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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RO$E Got The Drip In Latest Music Video: Woman Crush Wednesday

Her braids draped past her hips, clad in leather jacket, skirt and lacy bra, empowered by her femininity, RO$E presents her DRIP. The instant hit single DRIP comes doubled with a music video, produced by Tunnel Vision, emphasizing the seductive lyrics. Setting up a date at a party with friends, singing “I know you want to take control, baby just let me lead, anything is possible when you’re fucking with me.” The lyrics are complimented by a dreamy beat by Hippy Jack, creating a sultry R&B track that can set a mood right! RO$E made some noise last weekend, performing and getting interviewed at Ever Evolved x The Dog & Pony Show‘s O.verly D.edicated live stream event, setting off the audience with singles like DRIP. Find out what she has coming up next, and check out her music at her links below!

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Cant Have Too Much Of Keem Singing: Monday Majesty

From his project PLUS OVER MINUS, R&B artist, singer and songwriter at Ever Evolved, Keem Singing releases a music video for one of his hit singles. With help from Beat Box Entertainment, Hayward and Keem bring TOO MUCH to life, following up on visuals for NIGHTS LIKE THIS from the same EP. Recorded at Ever Evolved Studios TOO MUCH, in contrast to NIGHTS LIKE THIS, touches up on the more deep and introspective contemplations that regularly follow artists, just as much as the good times! There is much to connect with in just the chorus alone, singing “I’ve got too much to lose, I’ve got too much to prove. Got lost in the sauce, got to make a move.” For artists like Keem Singing, music is more than a passion, it is a destiny, it is what keeps them going, and he conveys that effortlessly between the beautiful vocal harmonies and lyricism. In addition to the music video release, Keem Singing regularly posts covers of his favorite songs from artists like Musiq, Donell Jones, Drake and more on his Youtube channel!

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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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Ivan L & Brizzle Worrell Feel Like Oliver Stone: Monday Majesty

A director of his own life, Ivan L can really easily relate to a movie producer and director like Oliver Stone. Living deep south in the sunny state of Florida in Pompano Beach, writing songs at a constant and consistent pace, throwing live music events, creating and working with a band of talented hip hop artists in Bro Life, traveling from state to state and shooting music videos. Cinematic is one way to describe Ivan L and his efforts, like a star he even is known by multiple names like IV and Vito. Touching down recently in Chicago, IV connected with us here at Ever Evolved Studio to work on a music video.

Using the track OLIVER STONE from his project PLAYERS OF THE YEAR, a collab EP with Brizzle Worrell, the two visually create a presence and a vibe that echos their city and states’s laidback attitude. Posting up at The Dog + Pony Show TV Studio, with the help of Hayward AKA Beyond Ryan of BBE, Ivan and Brizzle create a movie scene with their style and energy, and they are the center of attention. Nothing too different from their day to day activities; you just get to see it. Only 2 months into the new year and Ivan L released the OLIVER STONE music video, 2 albums and a single, with another project already in the works. Check out IV’s most recent album STAND ALONE COMPLEX in the links below and save OLIVER STONE for those cinematic nights that make you feel like movie star.

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Broken Robots Burn It Down!: Monday Majesty

Like a pheonix rising from its ashes, destruction can be a catalyst for new life and beginnings. Just as the pheonix, Broken Robots understands the significance and power of starting anew, even through unconventional and sometimes harsh, definite conclusions. With their recent music video release, BURN IT DOWN, Kat & Tony Baker & Lonnie Phillips encourage intense self reflection as a means to an end, or a beginning.

Not being strangers to difficult situations and thoughts, Broken Robots Kat and Tony Baker create a powerful message with their success and existence. From being heroin addicted, homeless and facing criminal penalties, mental health issues and abusive relationships, the two essentially burned down the toxic lifestyle that dominated their lives in order to build upon the ashes, an empire! In a conversation with Chicago Sound Check, we get a closer evaluation of the song and videos purpose and meaning.

Tony Baker leads with some powerful insight about personal relationships; “There doesn’t necessarily always have to be a protagonist and an antagonist for a relationship to end or to kind of burn out.” He continues, “And it doesn’t mean anyone’s wrong, doesn’t mean someone’s a bad person.” Kat goes on to add, regarding the video, “Its based on a lot of different experiences… Being from relationships like in the video, relationships where you have to struggle between whether or not you should stay or go or if it’s worth keeping it or burning it down.” The video shot by Joel Lopez includes actors Jessica Ebacher & Ahmed Forero in scenes of tense interactions, creating a visual metaphor to what Broken Robots conveys lyrically. Before you know it, you will have BURN IT DOWN playing on repeat as the soundtrack for your personal self fulfilling missions!

Queen Mars Knows About The Boys Like You: Artist of the Week

Seemingly an endless flow of creative effort, Queen Mars is back again with more music and videos to accompany. Consistency is the name of the game, and this girl is a boss player. Not letting anything stop her, she has been on the move since quarantine, when most people stagnated with the times, the queen has been releasing content after content. Taking off with the B!TCH quarantine promo video, she followed up with an official music video, visual concept art for LET ME LOVE YOU, MISS AMERICA, QUEEN OF HEARTS, and multiple video performances for Art After Dark.

Wasting no time with the new year, Queen Mars is back again with BOYS LIKE YOU. Starting out the video with a fierce gaze, as if she sees into your soul, before the beat drops, you know she is not playing any funny games! Lyrically laying out her distaste in the key word of boys, who have no intention for genuine love, but promiscuity instead. In accordence with her previous music video releases, Queen Mars creates concept, design and art to make an entertaining video, aside from her flawless singing and smokin hot wardrobe!

YOUNG XAV Releases Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Music Video: Monday Majesty

YOUNG XAV follows up and comes through on his music video promise! His first release of the year, KISS KISS BANG BANG, covers the feelings of heart break in relationships; a culmination of all his personal experiences regarding love connections in one song. Ever Evolved got to interview YOUNG XAV about the significance of the new release, noting a change in direction of sound moving forward. The music video itself montages his different experiences with different women, his own lyrics expressed through their lips, creating an atmosphere of tension. The video also features behind the scenes shot, before and after the making of the visuals, giving viewers a peak into the creative process that went into KISS KISS BANG BANG.

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It’s Going Down With Nobatoby: Monday Majesty

Coming across fresh faces in Nobatoby! Releasing a music video recently and bringing summer energy back into our lives. Using a song off their debut EP BRAIN STORM, the Chicago artists create a visual water park experience, creating a nostalgic vibe with the combination of music. Taking advantage of the empty amusement rides in NYC due to COVID circumstances. Adding to the diversity of Chicago music, alternative indie rock music fans would enjoy this, with a similar sound to Smashing Pumpkins and the likes, GO DOWN it is already on replay here!

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Simone Is Unapologetic In Her Latest Music Video: Woman Crush Wednesdy

Coming into scene on a rooftop, smokin’, Simone overlooks the city of Chicago, with the sunset at the golden hour in her latest music video, SORRY NOT SORRY. As 2020 comes to a close, the singer, songwriter, dancer and fitness coach can look back at an active year when it comes to music. The video follows up on a her single ENERGI, released in the autumn season, as well as her earlier track BETTER, a 4 track EP titled GO and her 5 track album SET. Moving quick and big with her moves, it was time to get Simone back behind camera for another music video!

The beat starts it off with some foreign chanting sample, looped to a hip hop beat, giving off a rural cultural style in the otherwise very urban city. Makes for a dramatic and authentic vibe into Simone’s entry as she gets to her verses, “Big ego, tight waist, short temper, boss up, pop off, remember.” With a boss attitude, standing elevated above the city, she claims her independence and hustle, “Now I get blessed with the lick. Hear the money callin’ me ring, ring. Fuck a label, now I’m gonna sing, sing.” Thinking smart on her boss shit, because labels take too much and give too little, Simone is heading in the right direction with this quality music and attitude.

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