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Exotic – [CP]

By Elliot Montanez // 24 Jan 2020

Chicago’s own CP if fresh off of the release of his brand new debut project titled Cinema, and on the same day that we put out our interview featuring him, he is adding more pressure with the release of his brand new music video for the introductory record titled “Exotic”. Although the tape hasn’t had that much time to breathe just yet, I can already tell that this record is one of the favorite off of the tracklist from the feedback that I have heard thus far, so the fact that he already released a visual for the track is perfect, because the fans will be rushing to see if it has a video once they hear it! This release felt like a family affair considering that CP linked up with his close homie Lance Rowland who directed this music video, it’s awesome to see two people who are friends connect with each other using their own creative crafts and making a piece of art in the process. Take a few minutes of your day to watch this brand new visual below!

Jazzsoup Vol. 3 – [Mindsoup]

By Elliot Montanez // 24 Jan 2020

Mindsoup is a platform that is constantly sharing new talented producers and I have written about their past work, and today they are back with their brand new compilation project titled Jazzsoup Volume 3. This latest compilation tape includes ten different instrumentals form ten different producers, it’s basically like a smorgasbord of different unique beats that were pieced & arranged together perfectly to make for a great listen through. Typically when you feature this many different people, especially producers, on the same project it’s tough to have a cohesive project but the great minds over at Mindsoup somehow managed to make this happen. Anybody who loves hip-hop or jazz instrumentals will LOVE this project, so don’t waste any more time, check it out for yourself below! Production from Soulslo, Emerld, Kilamdapro, Amber Haze, Solrakmi, Kognito Beatz, Davnnk, NoLabel, Hyumn & Flame

Broken Window Of Opportunity – [Sir Michael Rocks]

By Elliot Montanez // 24 Jan 2020

A few days ago Chicago legend Sir Michael Rocks released a brand new album titled “Broken Window Of Opportunity” and it’s not anything you want to sleep on. From the jump on the introductory record “Open The Vault”, Sir Michael Rocks got on his OG shit, spitting a song that felt like an ode helping out the generation after him, sharing advice that he would give to a young artist coming into the game. After starting the album off on that positive note he didn’t let up in the slightest, he provided us with track after track of great music, everything from soothing R&B type of jams to hard slapping records with nonstop bars. I enjoyed every single record that was apart of this tape, but my favorite joint was either “Ice Skate” because of how unique & sonically pleasing it was, or the well put together “Exotica Maximum”. Sir Michael Rocks did a remarkable job with making this project, with this release not only did he impress but he made his solid catalog even stronger, furthermore proving his importance within the music world but especially in Chicago. Stream this brand new project via Spotify below features from Shorty K …

Naughty By Nature – [Mother Nature]

By Elliot Montanez // 24 Jan 2020

Chicago’s own Mother Nature are a duo that I have been a big fan of for a while now, they were even featured on our Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2019 list a couple of weeks ago, and today they are back with their brand new record titled “Naughty By Nature”. This release comes with some major news for Mother Nature, as they have officially signed to independent Chicago record label Closed Sessions! They will be joining a pretty stacked cast that includes the likes of Ajani Jones and Jack Larsen, but adding these two skilled emcees to the mix is only going to make them stronger as a collective. Straight up, Mother Nature is the best bar for bar duo in the city that I can think of, they seem to be lightyears ahead of their competition + receiving a backing for CS is only going to help them sharpen their skills. This record is the last release that is set to be apart of Closed Sessions forthcoming LP titled Our Latest Compilation that is set to drop on Monday, the newest installment of their compilation series that stretches back to 2010, so make sure that you are on the lookout …

LLC – [L.A. VanGogh]

By Elliot Montanez // 23 Jan 2020

L.A. VanGogh is one of the many awesome rising talents out of the beautiful city that is Chicago, and his newest releases came in the form of a calming new record titled “LLC”. Not many artists can matchup with L.A. VanGogh when it comes to making melodic records, he excels at both rapping and singing, and not to mention that he doesn’t lack in the least bit in terms of his wordplay + witty bars. I have never liked compared rising artists to other artists, but something about L.A. VanGogh just reminds me of Smino and his come up, hopefully his career path follows that same direction too. I am excited to see what the future holds for L.A. VanGogh, I am sure it will be nothing but good things for him, so you might as well take some time to get familiar with him by hitting that play button. Produced by Praphit G • Artwork by Anitra Isler

Dawn – [Nu Vintage]

By Elliot Montanez // 23 Jan 2020

You can find all sorts of creative content here on our lemon filled pages; everything from new music releases, new visuals, interviews, and instrumentals as well, which is the case today as Nu Vintage just released a brand new beat titled “Dawn”. You may have seen Nu Vintage on our platform before and if you did then you certainly know one thing, he makes soothing beats that are smooth as silk, and this new release is no different. This track feels something like a sunshine-filled day of summer, it just has those luscious & graceful attributes to it, but that’s simply what I have come to expect from Nu Vintage due to his track record. You can take a couple minutes of your Thursday to listen to this new beat below, I highly suggest that you do, especially if you are an aspiring artist yourself!

Venmo – [Komla]

By Elliot Montanez // 23 Jan 2020

Komla is a rapper out of Chicago who has been rising up the ranks over the past year or two, he has addicting flows + always raps over good production, and today the man is back with his latest release titled “Venmo”. Komla connected with one of the best producers that Chicago has to offer on this one, the one & only 5heriff, and together they created an absolute banger, what I would consider Komla’s best song to date. There’s just something so memorizing about how Komla attacked this instrumental, especially the way that is perfectly meshed together with the insane instrumental, this is a 10 out of 10 in my book. Trust me when I say that you have to give Komla a chance, he has the potential to be one of the ‘bigger’ artists out of the city within a year or two, stream this new track below.

DwnTwn Certified – [J’Demul]

By Elliot Montanez // 23 Jan 2020

J’Demul is a cat out of St. Louis who we have posted a couple of rimes, as soon as last week, and this evening he is back with his brand new mixtape titled “DwnTwn Certified”. We have posted about J’Demul a couple of times in the past, one of them as recent as last week, but this new tape is definitely my favorite release from him yet. This project finds J’Demul exploring several subjects such as death, dealing with the opposition, staying true to himself, his days as a youth, his family & friends, practicing patience, getting older and more. J’Demul is a solid talent coming out of the midwest, one that you want to keep your eye on, stream this new project via Soundcloud below and if you like the music then be sure to give him a follow. production from Love Baker & 92 • features from MBz Live & Jai Mani