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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Safi G & Dolla Da Donn Gives You The Street Code: Monday Majesty

If you are not familiar with the rules of engagement on the streets, then Safi G and Dolla Da Donn are here to remind you with their latest release and music video, STREET CODE. Especially to those living in cities like Chicago, people are at least some what familiar to “Never Snitch, Never Fall… Keep your eyes on your gold, thats the street code,” chanted by Safi G in the chorus. The interpretation is simple, do not turn your back on your family, do no back down, you hold your ground and keep your eyes on your wealth! Safi G is all too familiar with this sentiment, as he leads his Wolf Mob through the city, their loyalty to each other bringing them great recognition and prosperity.

“I rather die on my feet than to live on my knees, I’ve seen n***as switch when they get a little cheese. Not me I make money and eat with my team, that’s the difference between a wolf and a sheep in the streets.” Raw words from the Wolf Mob General, but true and on point to the T; that simple attitude in itself can rule more than streets, but nations! Dolla Da Donn rocks the mic with, “I been in it since I was a kid, lost my uncle, all that I got, ever since then I’ve been off the porch… been around moving through the streets, hard to move pounds for a n***a to eat, runnin out my racks tryin to get the cheese.” Explaining a tougher than life side of the streets that motivated him to make ends meet and never fall back. Filmed by Beat Box Entertainment‘s HAYWARD, the music video gives a cinematic nuance to the song. Watching Safi G and Dolla Da Donn perform transactions in parking lots, while Wilhelm Duke and another play the part of officers arresting the artists, illustrating a betrayal in the ranks and the resulting consequence, creates a movie like scene as the song plays in the background.

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Novatore and MOECYRUS Release AZTHMATHIX ANTHEM.

Regular collaborators, Novatore and MOECYRUS, deliver a strong boom bap hit in their AZTHMATIX ANTHEM song and coinciding music video. The single is the lead song from their collaborative 5 track project, FATALITY EP. The video features the two heavy hitting Chicago emcees strolling through Chinatown, culminating in comedic dream sequences. Novatore begins the track with lines such as, “Dropping hits, we coalesce, though we was opposites. Cop a zip and flip it, tripping when the profit hits.” A line about teaming up with MOECYRUS to make history with dope underground hip hop, and comparing it the rush of making money off of selling an ounce. Later Novatore drops lines like, “Severing heads like in Seven and box the cranium, I’m mainly undefeated, depleting you like uranium.” This is a nice movie reference with Seven (Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman) being compared to that of material needed to make nuclear weapons, basically that Novatore’s rap skill is lethal and ultimately atomic!

MOECYRUS pops off with the 2nd verse in the anthem with, “When I see that ugly smirk, I’m like woooo! I wanna hit that shit, mop the stupid out of idiot I’m on that shit!” Referring to all the ignorance that MOECYRUS has to deal with in life. “Me and Novatore we’re like pistol whips and robberies, hit you with the metal piece, infiltrate your salaries, siphon all your energy and snatching up your fans, if you’re inconsistent than you probably shouldn’t rap.” This is a great string of lines comparing the skills of the dynamic duo to that of armed robbery, grand theft and how they are so good that they will take other rapper’s fan bases from them, for lacking and not releasing music consistently. If you are familiar at all with MOECRYUS or NOVATORE then you know how accurate those statements are! The full 5 track ep is available on bandcamp by MOECYRUS and NOVATORE, the Fatality EP by AZTHMATIX.

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Queen Mars One-Ups Herself Like A Boss B!TCH: Monday Majesty

Back in the middle of summer, Queen Mars had gone through some creative angst brought upon early lockdown orders, that was only cured through song and visual expression. She freed herself with the release of B!TCH, and its accompanying music video that she created with just a phone and strobe light. An artistically racy video that drew attention from censures and challenges, but was ultimately won over with support and admiration of a large audience at 11k views! That first B!TCH was a riot, but this second B!TCH is a boss!

With a new music video to top and remake the summer hit, Queen Mars turns on that boss B!TCH energy in this hyper artistic visual. With abstract visual symbolism at ever turn, Queen Mars goes from a confident, empowered woman to Picasso in just two videos. Starting at admiring herself in the mirror, to stoically sitting at a table like a center piece, laying next to a goldfish tied to floating balloons, to a favorite: fashionably posing like a Queen glowing in the sun, on a small platform fit just for her. All pointing to the fact that she is the one in control, she is that B!TCH. Whether she is creating her own music video, making abstract symbolic visual art, or just singing with that flawless and powerful voice. Join the 16k viewers in this experiencing this masterpiece!

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StankNasty Official EPIC-EP Trailer Builds Suspense For New Music!

StankNasty is proving more and more that he is unlike no other. With concept tracks released this year like CARNAGE and SCATTER BRAINED, music videos and singles like PREACHING TO THE CHOIR and THE LORD KNOWS, and collaborations like I KNOW I’VE WON and LIBRA SCALE, he is showing unparalleled work ethic and creativity! Even with the way he markets his music, building suspense with his upcoming project EPIC-EP by first dropping a song, and then a video trailer. KNOW THE NAME was teased at the end of summer as the first single to his upcoming LP, and now StankNasty just released his official teaser trailer for the full EPIC-EP project. You do not see much concept commercials for albums, let alone a trailer building up to the release, but StankNasty is proving to be an unconventional artist, creating a cinematic presence around his music.

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