Chris Cap drops a video for the title track from his upcoming project "MVP", produced by Tony Baines and directed by Davy Greenberg.
Friday, February 28, 2014
In no particular order, each month's post will hold three singles, sometimes all mixtapes, maybe all videos, or two singles and mixtape,etc etc. There were definitely a lot of great releases this month, making choices difficult, but I got my three what's yours.
Check it out and comment below and let me know your three.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Directed by Caves
The DJ Damnage produced "Kemo Walk" gets the visual treatment as PIVOT members come together for bopping session. This was a single from John Walt's "Get Happy 2.0", his latest project, which dropped at the end of 2013 and is still available for download.
Previous: John Walt, Murph Watkins, & Defcee @ Tonic Room, March 23rd
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"Fresh Prince of Darkness" is nearly upon us, so Mic Terror decides to let loose a new video. For the leading single we get new visual with a telling story, for "15 Minutes". This Ryan ESL and Mano produced record get visual direction from Andrew Zeiter, and Bryan Lamb.
FPOD hits iTunes March 3rd through Closed Sessions and grab tickets for the release party Here.
Two brothers coming together to form MLA. pak.one and j.pak provide you with 4 new tracks for an EP titled "Return of the Astros". They recruit Clark Airlines, Blakkass Westley, and Mr. Music for over hard hitting beat like "CSMF", a smooth track on "Learn Today" and one that speaker on relationships on "for sale". Stream, download and enjoy below.
Chicago's Sir Michael Rocks alongside artist Dizzy Wright, Like, and Mod Sun come together for a RAW Cyper. Scrilli handles the production while DJ Wreckineyez handled the turntables.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The up and comer Logan brings to the world an introduction as he continues the his campaign to the release of his new project. For this latest video he team up with J. Krown for video direction and Flight handles the production for "Intro 36". With this release come the announcement of his headliner at Reggies on April 20th for all ages.
Continuing where we left off. The three OnGaud members dives in to more topics with part two of the feature. The three discuss piano playing, which lead to dirty jokes, studio pet peeves, how they got into producing music and more. If you missed part one of the interview see it here.
Dropping his first official release of the year, Ramaj Eroc team up with TDE's TaeBeast for the production on this one. "One Day At A Time" speaks on living and loving life and showing the world what you're made a step at a time. Eroc plans to bring a new project in the near future titled "Last Train 2".
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Late 2013 Dreezy delivered what would be the a prelude, called "DSM: Schizo Pre-Tape". We got to hear a little something while she worked on finalizing what is now "Schizo". Since the pre-tape Dreezy has dropped remixes for "Ain't For None", hopped on the track with Sasha and Katie for "Zero", features and videos.
Today the wait ends at she brings to the fans her full project. "Schizo" holds 13 tracks, with one bonus, including single releases with features from King Louie, KD, Sasha Go Hard and Katie Got Bands, on the bonus track, all produced by D. Brooks Exclusive. Press play, listen and download below.
These two artist have been kicking out plenty of records together, continuously providing fans with music to enjoy. This latest track is a rattler, which may pop some speaker, as EST. 85, Black Matt, and Seth Mzisk bring you a song called "Ocean Trap".
One thing I'm anticipating is a full joint project for these two, as they already have a number of song releases. So in the meantime I'll just wait to see what EST 85 and Black Matt plans are. "Swim to the Trap".
Taking the direct approach, Gzus Piece provides some choice words for the 'swine 5-0', painting a particular scene. With a hook that can easily get stuck in your head Gzus Piece kicks it off with the imagery of getting stop by the police followed by his Treated brethren Sulaiman expressing some distaste as well. Gzus ends with some dialogue from the cop who has some harassing words.
This is one the most most chills records to show dislike for someone or gang which put you in a state of sitting back in a chair and nonchalantly saying "fuck em". This super smooth beat was produced by Doc Da Mindbenda, so press play and tune in. And look out for more release from Gzus Piece in the near future.
Monday, February 24, 2014
This looks to be the start of something new. The FOC crew has definitely been on the move and in our earphones. Crew mate ACE B8gie has been dropping some pretty strong releases and looks to continue with the remix to "Fuck A Plan B". It so happen that Giftz is set to be featured on that upcoming remix. But before that Gift drops off something new.
Since dropping his latest album "Position of Power", we've been able to sit with that project, dropping nothing major and giving the project room to breath. Before 2013 ended, Giftz delivered the super dope "Statement" to solidify what he brought with his latest album and before that the "Fuck Em All" remix, ending the year off strong. Now nearly three months into 2014 we get a something new separate from the previous project release.
With the label of "Mirrors", which could be an upcoming project, this is the first of the teasers of what he plans to bring this year. In this new track called "Movie", Giftz question the thought process of the letting 'fake rappers' say what ever. This is Giftz in usual form bringing aggressive bars to flaunting why you should consider him the best. "Movie" is speaker knocker, providing scenes that you thought you only saw in movies. Press play below.
Delivering a new single, Alex Wiley and Mick Jenkins team up for yet another track produced by Odd Couple, called "Own Man". We can expect to hear this on his upcoming mixtape "Village Party". Stay tuned for more updates as to when it drops.
Last heard on Chris Cap's single "Late Night Cruise", Henny B swing back around with her own release. With plans to drop a EP come April, she hit us with the first single called "Rainmaker", produced by King Mickey which if I'm not mistaken samples Detroit's Dramatics. The EP is titled "Breathe Again", so stay tuned for more
Remember the Monster Mike, Kembe X and Alex Wiley track "Dollar Please". Well eGo Jaleel, while working on a new project brings you his own renditon, freestyling. Later this year we can expect eGo's new project called "Better Being Jaleel".
He also recently dropped the video to the single "Problems" available below.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Bringing you a whole visual from his production, Martin $ky drops the video for "You Know What To Do", a instrumental release about a month ago. Jake Osmun Martin handles the direction, as we see him on a journey of such, check it out.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
A new loosie from Adam Joseph, which dives in answers not given in life and feeling "Lost". Joining him is Ja2 and Paige Porter with Mr. Carmack on the production. Don't miss Adam's latest project titled "Reality Checks" available here.
Repping for the PIVOT Gang to the fullest to their members, John Walt and MFnMelo, bring us a new track called "Squad" with production handled by Papi Beatz. Catch Walt hitting the stage as the Chi-City Hip Hop showcase next month March 23rd.
What happens when you get three creatives producing music? Well sometimes nothing, but in OnGaud's case, you get a trio influencing the many sounds of Chicago rap/hip hop. Brian, Bes, & SolarFive, working out of their office/studio/trap in the Music Garage, have captured the ears of many artist and fans becoming some of the most sought after producers to work with in the local scene of Chicago.
Entering the space where they create is an instant vibe of comfort between the three. Kicking off the relaxing time with a few games of Super Smash Bros., a discussion of a tournament, music, and other topics before we got into the interview. After losing a couple of games the suggestion to start the interview came about, with the three of them express similar views on certain subject and different in others.
With the basics we get into the introduction and beginnings. Bes explains them coming together as a "pretty organic process", from working out of the space their in, and agreeing to do it collective. Following after SolarFive gives the humorous story of where the name "OnGaud" comes from. He goes on to imitate the inspiration of the name, singing "G-A-U-D, Gaud, Gaud..." and explaining it was god's works bringing them together. And after a track they produced where Vic Mensa says OnGaud they decided to stick with it, explains Brian.
Watch part one of the interview below.
Bring you the follow up from "New Wave" with part two, Ibn Inglor provides the world with the first single from the upcoming project. Teaming up with Apex Martin for the production, who working on his projecy as well called "EOT", Ibn lets it been known how he got to where he is now, he did it on his own.
Expect to hear "Belief" on "New Wave 2" come April 12th.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Chandler London brings us a remix to a single he release back in April of 2013. Produced by Na$im Williams, "Diamond Girl" remix features Blakkass Westley and Cadillac Duke, and is set as the first release from the up "Champion Champloo", from Blakkass and London.
After some delay, the THHP and Color By Number presented "One Night Only" EP hits the net. Sincerely Yours, after dropping two good singles "Go Dumb" and "A Milli Plus", brings us seven original tracks with production from Slot-A and RD with guest appearances from Neak. Stream download and enjoy below.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
As J-Rell continues to work on his project "Respect The Midwest", bring a about nine artist together, he provide the first look of the work they've done. Some of these artist we're very familiar with some we are not, and as this month comes to an end we get closer the first single dropping March 1st. Tune in and listen as DJ J-Rell explains his goal in building the #RespectTheMidwest platform.
Focusing on the violence effecting Chicago and those in power who do nothing, Frank Leone bring you the second single from his upcoming project "ENTERWILD". He handle the production and mixed by Doc Da Mindbenda.
"If you've been affected by Chicago's violence, tweet your experience and include #BUMPintheNIGHT, let your voice be heard."
Bringing you good line up of artist for a live event, is our first showcase alongside On The Grind Management. Catch John Walt, Murph Watkins, Defcee, Chuck LI, KiDD Chi, & The Redefinters hitting the stage live at Tonic Room, March 23rd. Door open at 8pm, grab your tickets now for $7, at the door for $10, this is a 21+ show. Get your ticket early below.
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While in New York getting ready to preform at SOBs, Vic Mensa hit up Hot 97 for a late segment with Peter Rosenberg. During the interview Mensa and Peter discuss comparisons between him and Chance The Rapper say he doesn't really pay attention to it. Vic Mensa let Rosenberg know some of the festivals we'll be seeing him on, opening for big name artist, and more. Watch their convo below.
UK's Shane Chubbz recently dropped of a track with production from the collective OnGaud. Bringing to the world a track titled, "Pockets", he teams up with DAP & Chi's own Mick Jenkins, for a sound computer speaker will do no justice, this one will definitely get your head nodding.
Chubbz look to drop off a new EP on Wednesday, February 19th, called "Chubbziano" and this may or may not be a single.
I.L. Will comes with that aggressive, in your face, take no prisoners flow, as he aims kill all competition alongside Sasha Go Hard. They team up for the visual for "Murderer" with direction from Aaron Perkins Jr. This record is available on his recent project release "Problem Child".
Monday, February 17, 2014
Directed by Asa Davis
With a new album coming, Noelz Vedere brings us a new visual for the single "Bittersweet" featuring Sunni Colon. This latest video is centered around a beautiful woman frustrated by wanting to be perfect. Expect to hear this on his "Bittersweet Victory" album coming this May.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Prod. by Moses Hall & Vine Foss
A.M. hits the net with the second single from his upcoming project "Still Painting". After dropping "Talk To Me", Abstrak teams up with Meagan McNeal for a song that holds the message to masses to be better as people if not for yourselves at least for our youth, on "P.S.A".
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Written by high school students, for high school students, the publication The Mash recently had the opportunity to sit and talk with Taylor Bennett. They touch on topic from college ambitions, Taylor's start as a rapper, best of living in Chicago, and more.
"I started off freestyling, so it started from pens and pencils at the lunch table, making beats that the teachers hated. Just trying to outdo anybody and any competitor. I was super competitive when it came to proving how good I was with my musical talent. … A couple months later I started writing actual music. … I’d have like a halfway finished verse and I used to think it was a whole song. I’d print it out and bring it to my friends at school, pass it out (and) try to see what they thought about it. … And my mom was like, “Why are you using all this ink? It’s not cheap!” And I was like, “Mom, you don’t know!” - Taylor Bennett for The Mash
Yesterday Mic Terror announced the album release for "Fresh Prince of Darkness", and dropped some new music. Terror joined by Taylor Bennett proclaim you can "miss me with that wack shit", over production from Cardo. Though this will not be on the upcoming album, that drops March 1st, still newness to enjoy.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Kicking out two new singles, Julian Malone brings you the first "Jazzy Belle" and the second "Cherish the APE". Don't miss out on what Malone is bringing, with about two weeks from dropping "DIFFRNT" on March 1st, the anticipation for a dope and well put together project is definitely there. Checkout the second single below.
For the second single release from DJ MoonDawg recruits John Blu and Lil' Durk for "Grab Them Heels" from the album "Get In Tune! Stupid". Head over to iTunes to download.
ShowYouSuck brings us his new video with raps over the Thelonius Martin production for the single "Flip Phone". Revisiting the "One Man Pizza Party 4: Slice After Death" project, Show exclaims, "She got ratchet ass flip phone" in this colorful visual directed and edited by Chris Beauchesne with illustrations from Benjamn Marasco.
With his project "The Fresh Prince of Darkness" dropping March 4th, Mic Terror looks to celebrate with a release party. Presented by On The Grind management, we'll get to hear and see Mic Terror perform live, song from the upcoming album, at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago. Joining him are fellow Chicago artist The Cool Kids, Taylor Bennett, and Treat Crew brethren Saint Millie and more. It all goes down March 7th at location 63 W. Ontario, with doors opening at 10pm. Grab your tickets now for $20.
Shot/directed by Dartise Johnson
Inspired and aiming to pay homage, the emcee known as Real T@lk provides his own rendition for the song "Happy", originally from Pharrell Williams. He bring us a video to the record with the intent of encouragement the the youth to believe in themselves, look past those who would not let them dream and strive for something better, and to never limit yourself. With already great production Real T@lk definitely holds his own and is not overshadowed the beat itself. Great watch, great listen, press play.
Chris Crack continues to bring you new music and videos, hitting the world wide web with a visual for song called "Billy 4". Davy Greenberg handles the video direction with production from TMTHY TRTL.
This may be a single from the upcoming "Trill Withers" album, so stay tuned for more info.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
The 2080/BRKF$T club member Calez continues to keep eyes and ear attentive from recent music release to his "The American Dream Concept" series. He's already kicked out six episode from the his Internet series, that gave fans a deeper look into what Calez has to offer while bringing you a different experience. During the release of the third installment of the "American Dream Concept", we were given the first single from his upcoming project, "Ceito", a track called "Peaceful". Come Tuesday he'll be dropping the second single, with what seems to be a recurring theme of one who is of sound mind and thinking, called "Positive Energy". While we can only allude to what this second single will sound like, instead of assuming, we'll just sit back wait until the music hits the ears.
Update: Checkout a preview of the upcoming single below.
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