Catching Up On Submissions: Brill’s Latest Visual’s ‘Too Serious’ and ‘Envy Me (Remix)’ Add a New Layer to Chicago R&B

I was first introduced to Chicago vocalist Brill just under a year ago. At that point in time he  had already worked with Taylor Bennett, Smino and a host of Chicago OG’s. His submission to the site came via Pineapples, a single off his upcoming debut album, and music video Liqour Talkin. I became convinced dude would hit the city hard and make a huge impact on its progression of soul … Continue reading Catching Up On Submissions: Brill’s Latest Visual’s ‘Too Serious’ and ‘Envy Me (Remix)’ Add a New Layer to Chicago R&B

Young Deuces Drops His Most Powerful Visual Yet via Sway’s Universe

Last year I was introduced to prolific Milwaukee emcee Young Deuces through his first solo effort, My Unapologetic Black Thoughts. To say it was an impressive debut is an understatement. The project not only reflected Deuces lyrical and storytelling skills, it proved how impactful he could be culturally, socially, and politically. Since My Unapologetic Black Thoughts impacted, Deuces has dropped 3 incredible visuals off the project. But it is his latest, … Continue reading Young Deuces Drops His Most Powerful Visual Yet via Sway’s Universe

Catching Up On Submissions: Hunnid, Streetz and M.A.G. Show Undeniable Chemistry on ‘Like That’

As a veteran music blogger I’ve experienced a plethora of dudes who say they really live that life and their music should be more recognized. They are often full of shit. My thoughts are similar to Hunnid, Streetz and M.A.G.’s 2018 collab Like That. These 3 are a hip hop match made in heaven with undeniable chemistry. On this track, the trio share their perspectives on … Continue reading Catching Up On Submissions: Hunnid, Streetz and M.A.G. Show Undeniable Chemistry on ‘Like That’

JB Brings Hope and Healing To Chicago With Music Video ‘Get Em Lifted’

Listeners unfamiliar with the progression of hip hop may label it as violent, vulgar, and street oriented. In 2019, this couldn’t be further from the truth. But there are still artists often found in Chicago who make music videos toting guns, ready to obliterate cops and rival gangs. I find it embarrassing at this point. Luckily JB and his crew dropped Get Em Lifted, a … Continue reading JB Brings Hope and Healing To Chicago With Music Video ‘Get Em Lifted’

Skipp Whitman Blurs Fantasy and Reality on Music Video ‘SUNDAY’

If you’ve ever skipped over Skipp Whitman (pun intended) this is your opportunity to repent your sins. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve posted his visuals and even a project or two. Cinematic does not capture the true nature of the work he puts into his music videos. They range from hilarious to dark to shocking to contemplative with absolutely NO filler time. … Continue reading Skipp Whitman Blurs Fantasy and Reality on Music Video ‘SUNDAY’

Catching Up On Submissions Part 6 (Best Of)

Mix – Aint New Chicago’s Mix is here to catch us up on his flex. Peep on his short but sweet visual shot in the heart of the city. His words flow effortlessly, almost preluding his inevitable rise. Don Streat (feat. Revalation) – Slam the Door Baltimore emcee Don Streat knows how to hype an album. Its first single, Slam The Door, is a straight up banger … Continue reading Catching Up On Submissions Part 6 (Best Of)

Cool Nutz Drops Visual To His Ode To Envy and Greed – ‘Troutdale’

Cool Nutz is the best rapper name I’ve heard in awhile. Props. Luckily, he’s also a dope MC who has bars for days. Just peep his Troutdale visual, an ode to jealousy and envy. Nutz is shown ironically browsing at a dope streetwear store while rhyming about individuals who cop expensive clothes and still feel empty inside. He dives into the importance of being grateful for … Continue reading Cool Nutz Drops Visual To His Ode To Envy and Greed – ‘Troutdale’

Houston MC Bobbie & Big Ooh Call Out Dummy ‘Rappers’ In HeadKnocking Visual ‘Nosebone’

Bobbie and Big Ooh call it like they see it. Back in October I slept on the visual to their give no fucks song Nosebone. They know the clones, the phonies, and the MC’s who rap about a life they don’t live. Words hurt, but back it up with a fury of tongue twisting lyrics, bars that impress from the start, and a flow that … Continue reading Houston MC Bobbie & Big Ooh Call Out Dummy ‘Rappers’ In HeadKnocking Visual ‘Nosebone’

Young Deuces Breaks Free On Uplifting Music Video ‘Watch Us ‘

Young Deuces is intelligent, and stronger than most. He uses poetry and bar for bar skills to convey what it means to be black in a white man’s world. His Watch Us music video, directed by Von Harris, shows us that there are power in numbers – especially when all refuse to play the victim There is no anger, just joy being amongst a group of … Continue reading Young Deuces Breaks Free On Uplifting Music Video ‘Watch Us ‘

Lil T-Shirt Stuns With Breathtaking New Music Video ‘Summer’

I may have just found my favorite music video of the year. Swedish native Lil T-Shirt is an eclectic, skilled artist that is heavenly in his vocals. His bread and butter is his delivery and lyrics, icy enough to pierce hearts, but poetic enough to hear warm emotions and experiences. Lil T-Shirt is also a great actor. Add that to his list of talents His … Continue reading Lil T-Shirt Stuns With Breathtaking New Music Video ‘Summer’

Meet Critically Acclaimed Hip Hop Duo Grand Opus (Music Video)

It’s been 544 days since Grand Opus’ last critically acclaimed album 360° Degrees dropped, but the gap is not out of laziness. The dynamic duo of Joc Scholar & Centric have been hard at work recording their sophomore album High Power. They have finally settled on 12 songs in total during that time, and I’m geeked. The single you see above, Dynamic Duo, visually captures their innate chemistry, and … Continue reading Meet Critically Acclaimed Hip Hop Duo Grand Opus (Music Video)

James Gardin Crafts Theme Song For Latest Tommy Hilfiger Collab

ILLECT signee James Gardin has been dropping monumental hits this year. From May’s Complaining to July’s Groove – he has perfected the art of fusing funk, soul, pop, and hip hop. All of his hard work has paid off in a HUGE way. ICONIC, his latest track with Terem, was selected as the theme song for Tommy Hilfiger’s latest  collaboration with Lewis Hamilton. James’ music has now reached a totally new audience. The … Continue reading James Gardin Crafts Theme Song For Latest Tommy Hilfiger Collab

Musa Reems Comes Alive In Visual To New Single ‘Flodge’

I wrote about Musa Reems’ latest track Flodge’ about a month ago. Here’s an excerpt: ‘Flodge contains a lot of flexing, a fluid flow, and the youngin’ letting loose. He’s carefree, confident, and having a lot of fun.’ It was awesome to hear Musa less calculated, and full of joy. I had high expectations for the visual. I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t feeling it for a number of reasons. … Continue reading Musa Reems Comes Alive In Visual To New Single ‘Flodge’

Chicago Emcee Loovy Shows Power & Resilience In His Latest Music Video ‘GLORY’

We all deal with day to day, month to month, year to year, or lifetime struggles – whether big or small. I find it easiest to tap into the experience of others through writing, or music. Anyone can make a track addressing specific trials and tribulations – but it’s the artists that move you, capture your attention, and are able to transport you into the … Continue reading Chicago Emcee Loovy Shows Power & Resilience In His Latest Music Video ‘GLORY’

Rebel Kuzco Drops Jam-Heavy Visual to Latest Track ‘Juice’

Grand Rapids, Michigan is rarely talked about within hip hop circles. Yet, 2018 has shown us that talent can come out of any city, suburb, state, and country. Luckily, much has changed, and hip hop heads no longer focus on location, but on the music itself. Although Rebel Kuzco hasn’t put out a lot of music, his latest music video, Juice, has already hit Hypefresh, and … Continue reading Rebel Kuzco Drops Jam-Heavy Visual to Latest Track ‘Juice’

Jacksonville MC Mavrick Savvy Pushes Through Adversity On His Latest, ‘Paradice’

We’ve all been through adversity at some point in our lives. Although difficult, there are ways in which to lessen the pain, and possibly even turn it into something positive. That’s exactly what Jacksonville rapper Mavrick Savvy did on his new single and visual to Paradice. He’s been through the ringer, and promotes honesty and a forward motion. The song is not just inspirational, it’s … Continue reading Jacksonville MC Mavrick Savvy Pushes Through Adversity On His Latest, ‘Paradice’

Armond WakeUp Does His Name Justice On Latest Visual – ‘Revelation is Revolution’

Armond WakeUp ‘doesn’t want to fuck with you weaklings’ – and I understand why. His latest visual, ‘Revelation Is Revolution’ is bold, creative, and lyrically insane. He speaks his mind on a number of topics, and uses his one of a kind flow and direct delivery to make one of the best tracks of the year. Not only does Revelation Is Revolution bang, it has one … Continue reading Armond WakeUp Does His Name Justice On Latest Visual – ‘Revelation is Revolution’

Analicia Lasett Is The Epitome Of Female Empowerment – Just Peep Her New Visual ‘My Name Isn’t Intro’

There are a plethora of female MC’s in Chicago that have yet to be discovered, or aren’t embraced the way they should be. Sorry guys, a ton of these ladies have more talent than you. It was upsetting to see Analicia Lasett’s My Name Isn’t (Intro) have 5 thumbs up and 3 thumbs down on YouTube. The The Ryan Schultz directed visual  is 2 and … Continue reading Analicia Lasett Is The Epitome Of Female Empowerment – Just Peep Her New Visual ‘My Name Isn’t Intro’

Mani Jurdan Shows What It Means To Be A Revolutionary in Breathtaking New Visual ‘DIFFERENTIATION’

Mani Jurdan is one of the most versatile MC’s I’ve heard in quite some time. Last year he blessed us with Ntro 2 Da Ntro, which spawned his breakthrough single DIFFERENTIATION. He has a quality over quantity mentality which I heavily endorse. Make no mistake, Mani is alive and well, and has just put out a dynamite visual to the aforementioned track. Dude’s can talk a … Continue reading Mani Jurdan Shows What It Means To Be A Revolutionary in Breathtaking New Visual ‘DIFFERENTIATION’

Nolan The Ninja Debuts as NOLAN in New Self Produced & Self Directed Visual ‘NUMB’

It’s been over a year since we checked in with Nolan The Ninja, and shame on us. The Detroit MC & producer has had an evolution of sorts, and has changed his moniker to just NOLAN. He’s still the battle rhymer that we’ve come to know, but his flow, production style, and overall vibe has a lighter tone. To signify this stylistic changed, he’s put … Continue reading Nolan The Ninja Debuts as NOLAN in New Self Produced & Self Directed Visual ‘NUMB’