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On this weeks episode the guys & I talk about:
(00:40) This Week’s Chicago Spotlight featuring songs [In Order] by Glassic, WebsterX, KJ WInters, Luke Titus, Stefan Ponce, Rich Jones, Sunny Woodz, Freako, Mick Jenkins, CassoBandz, Vee Miyagi, Warhol.ss, and Joseph Chilliams
(20:10) DM of the Week featuring Chicago rapper Ju
(24:57) An Interview with Rich Jones! We talk about his recent moves, how he get started in music, his favorite live performances, and more!
(01:04:01) To Coast with Tali: We talk about new albums by Lil Uzi Vert, Kodak, Daniel Caesar, and A$AP Mob. Also Wu-Tang coming back, Lonzo Ball vs. Lil B, & more!
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It’s been a relatively quiet 2017 for Mick Jenkins. His most recent appearance on a track was his exceptional guest spot on Mulatto Beats’s “Guilty Automatic” last month, and the latest single he dropped himself was the GoldLink featured “Pressed For Time” five months ago. The Chicago rapper has been in quite the layover indeed. After tweeting about how he’s working on a new album for the last few weeks though, he finally blessed our ears with a new single.
Whether or not “A Layover” is a loosie or is a single off his new album is unknown yet, but as long as Mick is dropping new music, it honestly doesn’t matter. This song is a classic Mick Jenkins staple, with an absolutely heavenly mellow drum beat produced by THEMPeople and Mick just dropping bars for two straight minutes.
With slick humble brags like “Silver spoon, I don’t need no clout” and “The driver hit me with “enchante/I think he know we eating good like them small ass plates,” Mick reminds audiences that he’s still just as good as ever, which could spell trouble for the competition. As he says in the closing lines of the song, he’s “7 hours ahead, n—a all y’all late.” If “A Layover” is indeed just a sample of what we should expect from the Southside rapper in the coming months, then it’s time that we start including his name more regularly in conversations talking about the best rapper in Chicago.
Chicago rapper/producer UG Vavy blessed the music scene yesterday by dropping not one, but TWO brand new fire tracks that are sure to be absolute hits at all the college functions for the new school year.
First up is “Man On Campus.” This high energy track features a beat produced around a college marching band sample. The college theme isn’t just restricted to the production though. With lines like “F–k a scholarship/Only went to college just so I could f–k a college b—h” and “If you play the captain they gon fall in line like pledging s–t,” keeps the theme overt in the lyrics as well. UG tweeted that he recorded this song while he was lit himself, and that energy definitely transferred over to the track as it’s braggadocious fun from start to end.
The second track is “Go Crazy,” a remix of Ryahn’s “Baby Boy.” It’s a more mellow and smooth track for the ladies. Vavy lets the girl he’s talking to in the song that he’s going to hold it down for her unlike the guys from her past (“See these n—as ain’t no lakers, they ain’t James Worthy/And if she only want me then why should I worry”). The juxtaposition between this track and “Man on Campus”is wonderful. With UG flexing his versatility by being able to drop one hype turn-up song and one smooth love track that both still sound like they can get bodies on the dance floor at the function is just a testament to him being one of the city’s most talented artists.
As we transition from Summer to Fall, UG Vavy showed once gain that while he’s still putting put music, the season is always going to be FUEGO.
Local rapper Ridgio just dropped a new project, and it’s sure to be one of the most pleasantly soulful things you’ll here all week. World Of Dreams is a smooth product, with each track seamlessly transitioning into the next. Ridgio bears his soul and makes himself vulnerable on almost every song, which is a refreshing change of pace in an era where much of the most popular rap music tends to be more braggadocious.
Much of the project focuses on the theme of what it means to chase after your ambitions while also staying true to yourself, which can be a tremendous struggle. Stand out track “Best Of Me” captures this theme perfectly in the hook, which includes the lines, “I know the world can get the best of me/Why these n—s testin’ me?” It’s a wonderfully simple track with one verse sandwiched between two hooks, and it gives the listener ample time to reflect on their own trials and tribulations of getting where they want to be.
The production for much of the project follows a traditional boom-bap and soulful style which compliments perfectly with Ridgio’s raps, which are exceptional. Ridgio acknowledges early on in Passion & Dreams, that he’s just like any other person trying to figure it out their place in the world, mistakes and all, especially on “I Ain’t Perfect,” which is him truly exposing his struggles (“I’m trying to live forever but my time short/The devil keep trying talk to me, ain’t got time for it”). However, as World Of Dreams progresses, each track noticeably gets more and more upbeat and the closing track, “I’m Just A Man,” is the perfect culmination of it all.
“I’m Just a Man” comes off as him accepting that fact with genuine bliss, with lines (“I fell in love in the challenges?And Climbed right on top of them” and “I know I’m just a man/and I’m just chilling with my friends trying to figure out a plan. Coupled along with a beautiful soul sample and the accompanying music video, it’s almost impossible to not smile while listening to the most feel-good track of a feel-good project.
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While everyone was certainly excited to see Local Natives perform in a more intimate setting, the Norwegian band Klangstof stole the show.
Drawing comparison to Radiohead, they’re synth driven rock with emotional lyrics perfectly fit the atmosphere at the Concord Music Hall. Many of their songs began with a slow burning build up that erupted into powerful empathic and chaotic release. Standouts included album single “Hostage” as well as “Sleaze” from their current album aptly titled “Close Eyes To Exit“. The band closed their set after lead singer Koen Van de Wardt thanked everyone graciously for joining in their journey as they had traveled all the way from Norway to perform here in Chicago. It was an excellent set and definitely left us looking forward to hearing more from these guys! Continue Reading
Kevin Coval has written a book of poems about the history of the City of Chicago and the influence that hip hop has had on it throughout the centuries of its existence. He’s also put together an excellent gallery featuring work from artists that contributed to his book.
Tomorrow is the last night of that gallery, and your last chance to buy an exclusive piece of work from artists like Hebru Brantley, Paul Branton, Runsy, Bianca Pastel, and Troy Scat. As well as a chance to hear a reading from Kevin, Matt Muse, Lyriq the Mi$fit, and Patricia Frazier.
This book has received the blessings of Chance The Rapper, who has been greatly inspired by Kevin, and even wrote the Foreword to the book!
It’s a free event, and an awesome opportunity to see what this city really has to offer.
Chicago Truborn (1741 W Chicago Ave).
Thursday May 25 – Readings begin at 7:30
And be on the lookout for our PoD interview with Kevin, coming soon! The man is incredibly inspiring, and just breathes positivity.
When people think about hit making producers in the game, the first names that usually come to mind are Metro Boomin, 40, TM88, and a few others. However, Chicago also has one of these producers quickly on the rise to enter this elite class, his name is Plu20 Nash, who has been making a name for himself around the city for years. Fast forward to 2017, Plu20 is coming off of one of his best years ever in 2016 and is poised to make even more noise this year. With collabs that include Lucki, Chance, A$AP Rocky, the NBHD and more, Plu20 is on his way to becoming one of the best producers in the game. He has said he wants to go down as the best producer of all time and if he continues on this track it’s quite possible he’ll make that happen. In the meantime, get these 10 Plu20 Nash produced tracks in rotation to make this week a great one.
Cover Art: PAPIKODONE
LUCKI has been one of the most consistent rappers from Chicago for awhile now, and his new project titled Watch My Back only solidifies his throne as the Dark Prince of Chicago’s underground music wave. In fact, Lucki’s reach stretches way past Chicago with creative connections and fans all over the U.S. which end up making this a stand out tape for an artist who is often criticized for rhyming about the usual subject matter-xans, lean, and more xan.
The component that makes Lucki’s music so appealing and unique is that he takes the reality of drugs and addiction and makes his music just that, deadly addicting. First off, he has a real ear for production and supporting indie producers who have a sound of their own pays off way more than finding copycat mainstream sounds. He proves just that with the outstanding production assistance; from great Chicago talent such as grimmdoza, and ANTI producers Plu2o_Nash, MayhemMeech, and AdioAnti, to the Philly Treadstyle Masters of Working on Dying like F1LTHY and Forza, to other notable producers such as dzy, Gnealz, Ravi, 6 Below, and Lilvoe. The last but certainly not the least important production contribution on the tape is most notable for his iconic work with A$AP back in the day, Clams Casino (clammyclams)
When listening to Lucki spit out self destructing, narcissistic raps in his signature drugged out cadence over ominous, evil beats, the listener embarks on a deadly sonic rollercoaster ride of some sort, a ride that demands to be taken again and again. Take the plunge and listen to Watch My Back below, I promise my fellow heathens and dirtbags of the world will be hooked instantly.