After A Brief Hiatus, Shon Goner Returns With His Finest Offering Yet – ‘Like This’

Philly’s finest Shon Goner dropped a hell of a debut album last August that I wrote about extensively. The project was full of club ready, r&b centric bangers that were catchy &  innovative. Shon can sing, rap, and put together cohesive albums and creative singles. He’s been gone for a minute, working on some personal issues that he has every right to. I’m ecstatic Shon is … Continue reading After A Brief Hiatus, Shon Goner Returns With His Finest Offering Yet – ‘Like This’

Jarrett Rad Drops Infectious, Yet Dark Single ‘Adore Me’

Jarrett Rad is such a blessing to the Chicago music scene. The young talent knows how to make a god damn jam, no matter the subject matter. Jarrett turns a rather simple scenario (a girl who didn’t fuck with him now does) into an infectious, off the top meditation behind a HEYJEANPAUL instrumental. As Adore Me progresses, Jarrett touches on the often unfortunate realities of fame and … Continue reading Jarrett Rad Drops Infectious, Yet Dark Single ‘Adore Me’

TR0Y W0NDER Uses Creativity As A Means Of Self Expression On ‘Bloodrot’

Sometimes the world becomes too much for us to handle, and seclusion seems to be the only option. No matter how extroverted you are, we all need breaks from the stress and strain of friends, family, work, and relationships. I thought about this while listening to TR0Y W0NDER’s new track Bloodrot. Towards the end of the self-produced record, he talks about how often he wants to be … Continue reading TR0Y W0NDER Uses Creativity As A Means Of Self Expression On ‘Bloodrot’

REALXTY & Producer RYEN Drop Summertime Jam ‘Nobody Else’

We have seen a significant rise in melodic hip hop, and many artists, established or not, have tried to incorporate this element into their music. Take one look at the hip hop charts on SoundCloud, and your feed will most likely be filled with some version of it. While so many give it the old college try, it’s rare to find an artist that consistently … Continue reading REALXTY & Producer RYEN Drop Summertime Jam ‘Nobody Else’

Established Producer Natra Average Is Embarking On a Solo Career…and I’m Already Geeked

“R&B/Soul” is experiencing a renaissance of epic proportions. There is so much dope music coming out from the likes of Daniel Caesar, Jacquees, 6lack. Even Ty Dolla $ign and Kirko Bangz have stepped their game up. Although SoundCloud is the most inconsistent platform for even semi-bearable music, it is helpful for artists to distribute their music for a small fee. Luckily, I have the upper hand … Continue reading Established Producer Natra Average Is Embarking On a Solo Career…and I’m Already Geeked

ILLECT RECORDING’s James Gardin & Terem Team Up For New Track ‘Groove’ (Review)

ILLECT Recordings signee’s James Gardin and Terem recently teamed up for a funky, new record titled Groove. Terem brings out the best in James and his half-sung raps and catchy chorus. Groove has potential, but it’s lacking polish. James often goes off-key, and the volume of his voice changes rapidly. I’m not sure if that’s due to poor engineering or vocal control, but it greatly takes … Continue reading ILLECT RECORDING’s James Gardin & Terem Team Up For New Track ‘Groove’ (Review)

After A Year’s Hiatus, Tom Moore Has Returned With Lyrical Workout ‘Sunday Fun Day’

Tom Moore is one of the biggest hip hop heads I know. He reps the most important qualities of being a true MC – lyrical dexterity, upright flows, compelling content, a unique voice, and a keen ear for beats. It’s been a full year since we’ve heard from Tom after putting out his Discontent EP executively produced by FFD favorite banksthegenius. The long wait is finally … Continue reading After A Year’s Hiatus, Tom Moore Has Returned With Lyrical Workout ‘Sunday Fun Day’

SAVEMONEY’s Brill Drops Another Vintage R&B Gem In ‘Too Serious’

SAVEMONEY vocalist Brill never stops working. Visuals, a stunning debut, and a year end single and show has made him one to watch this year. The last we heard from the talented Chicagoan was when he dropped Don’t Tweak, produced by our man 25th Hour. The track was another solid addition to his ever growing discography. After countless shows and studio sessions, Brill is back with another 25th Hour collab … Continue reading SAVEMONEY’s Brill Drops Another Vintage R&B Gem In ‘Too Serious’

After Matt Maratea’s Brief Absence, He’s Back With His Best Song Yet, ‘GRAPEVINE’

It’s been a good solid month since we’ve heard from Matt Maratea. The first half of the year was good to him, with a slew of records that turned heads in the blogosphere and on SoundCloud. Matt can’t stay away from the studio too long, hence the release of his new track GRAPEVINE. From the jump he explains his brief absence, detailing a broken heart … Continue reading After Matt Maratea’s Brief Absence, He’s Back With His Best Song Yet, ‘GRAPEVINE’

flowsfordays Premiere: YOUNG XAV – With Your Love (New Track)

It is vital for artists to build a fan base in their city. Most calculate every move they make to insure their home base hears their music, and begins to support their movement. It’s one thing to build regional support, but another to amass thousands of fans around the world. Chicago’s YOUNG XAV has already achieved this in a very short period of time. XAV … Continue reading flowsfordays Premiere: YOUNG XAV – With Your Love (New Track)

Tobilla Drops An Impressive Demo In Preparation For Upcoming Album ‘Currently Loading, BRB’

We’ve been rocking with Tobilla’s music for awhile now, and whenever he hits my inbox with new music he doesn’t disappoint. The Columbus, Ohio native has been dropping gems for years, and his sound has only progressed. Tobilla incorporates a host of genres and instrumentals into his music, half singing and rapping for easy listening. He’s gearing up for his upcoming project Currently Loading, BRB (pre-order here) … Continue reading Tobilla Drops An Impressive Demo In Preparation For Upcoming Album ‘Currently Loading, BRB’

Producer, Rapper, and Poet Bless 1 Is Back With Inspirational Single ‘No Looking Back’

“The life that I’ve been living, ain’t pushing me towards the ceiling.” And just like that, I’m introduced to Bless 1. Originally a rapper from Chicago, Bless soon turned to producing and licensing music for TV and ads. He released an instrumental album titled Urban Growth  back in January, showcasing his chops on the production tip. Bless is equally talented on the mic, and he’s back … Continue reading Producer, Rapper, and Poet Bless 1 Is Back With Inspirational Single ‘No Looking Back’

Dissecting HarmonicSapien’s Prince Inspired Track ‘Afrodite: The Tale of the Ebony Aphrodite’

Hey Nigel. What’s your artist name, where are you from, and how old are you? Hello, thank you for the opportunity. My name is HarmonicSapien. I am from the burbs of Illinois. I am 26 which I still have not gotten over yet. How long have you been producing? How did you get into it? As HarmonicSapien, I have been producing for 5-6 years. I … Continue reading Dissecting HarmonicSapien’s Prince Inspired Track ‘Afrodite: The Tale of the Ebony Aphrodite’

Grey Genius Drops a Neo-Soul Classic In ‘Heavens’

I haven’t received submissions from soul singers in some time, but that’s all changed with Grey Genius‘ newest track Heavens. The Milwaukee native is meant to slay on the stage, filling smoky venues with nostalgic, jazz-infused vocals and heartfelt lyrics. In Heavens, Grey has lost herself through relationship woes, intense emotions, and a lot of confusion. She isn’t afraid to be vulnerable and share personal … Continue reading Grey Genius Drops a Neo-Soul Classic In ‘Heavens’

Skipp Whitman Drops ‘NameTag’, His Most Intimate Visual To Date

Skipp Whitman is an OG around the FFD circuit, thanks to his dedication to crafting thematic and engaging visuals. I was waiting on a proper audio stream of them which we were blessed with this year. Skipp challenged himself on his new visual NameTag, which was written, produced, recorded, mixed, shot, and edited in one day – inside of 10 hours. I hope my readers are familiar with the … Continue reading Skipp Whitman Drops ‘NameTag’, His Most Intimate Visual To Date

ZAK Takes The Scenic Route On New Track ‘Back Roads’

ZAK is in work mode. It’s grind season for the reinvented falsetto vocalist who has been putting out the best music we’ve heard from him thus far. At the beginning of May, he dropped a sinister record that showed his range and ability to effectively show his pain through abstract sounds. However eccentric ZAK is, he manages to make alluring music that is as catchy … Continue reading ZAK Takes The Scenic Route On New Track ‘Back Roads’

CJ Warren Makes His Comeback With Self Produced Track ‘Return Of The Dragon’

CJ Warren is a serious hip hop head. He produces unique records and has obvious skills on the mic. This year he’s only dropped instrumentals. To his credit, there are over 20, and all super interesting. It’s been awhile since he’s put out a track showcasing his lyrics, but now seems to be the perfect time. It’s The Return Of The Dragon, the comeback record that … Continue reading CJ Warren Makes His Comeback With Self Produced Track ‘Return Of The Dragon’

D2X Solidifies His Place In Chicago’s Hip Hop Scene With New DJ L Produced Track ‘Calling’

You can always depend on D2X for some heat. In just 4 months time, the Chicago native has dropped five solid tracks in various formats. A collab, remix, and 3 dope records have solidified his place in the city’s underground. More attention should be given for his consistency and work ethic, but life is not always fair. D has still racked up a good amount … Continue reading D2X Solidifies His Place In Chicago’s Hip Hop Scene With New DJ L Produced Track ‘Calling’

Chicago’s Prov Drops Indie-House Single With Chandler Lewis & SamNelly

Chicago producer Prov works his ass off. I’ve seen it in submissions, on Soundcloud, and all over Twitter. He has a deep love for making music, and can make any sub-genre sound dope. He’s done hip hop, R&B, dance, electronic, and everything in-between. His latest and greatest, Zone, is a dance, electronic, R&B wonderland with high energy and a lot of experimentation. This is classic … Continue reading Chicago’s Prov Drops Indie-House Single With Chandler Lewis & SamNelly

Jim Swim & Producer Blookah Link For Solid Split Single ‘Flex on Me/A Million’

It’s a rare occurrence when I hear a submission for the first time and IMMEDIATELY add it to my Apple Music. This was the case with Iowa City wordsmith Jim Swim. Dude recently dropped a split single – Flex on Me and A Million, and I knew both would stay in constant rotation this summer. Jim linked with producer/multi-instrumentalist Blookah on these two records – a smart move on … Continue reading Jim Swim & Producer Blookah Link For Solid Split Single ‘Flex on Me/A Million’