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The Talents To Come Out Of Homewood Flossmoor High School

Over the past five years of covering the Chicago music scene, interviewing artists, and making relationships with these creatives, I have noticed something that I believe is super intriguing: there have been so many talented individuals who went to Homewood Flossmoor High School at (or around) the same time. It’s not too often that you see this many extraordinary creatives come out of the same place at once — at least I have never heard of something like this before — but even more so, I think it’s a rarity for to have this type of talent come out of the same school especially in the same field. I believe that a big part of this should be credited to the opportunities that Homewood Flossmoor provides to their students, in all avenues, but especially in the music field. The school has engaged students in music industry classes, Jazz orchestra courses, holding rap contests (and giving out prizes to the winners), shooting music videos for their senior students at times, giving them their own radio show to practice freestyling + DJ’ing, and they even take their bands on extraordinary trips to places like Japan. It’s crazy to think about what can …

Chi’s Interlude II – [femdot]

When thinking back to when I first discovered femdot’s music and looking at where he is now in his career one thing is clear, he has came a long way. He has grown into one of the leaders in Chicago’s music scene by building one brick at a time, and today he is returning with the latest brick to his kingdom, in the form of “Chi’s Interlude II”. If you have been following femdot for as long as we have then you surely remember his original ‘chi’s interlude‘ that he released back in 2017, so with naming this new joint the second of the series of sorts it had to be great, and of course femdot came through with yet another classic record! I loved this new release and I got a good feeling that you might as well, check it out! Produced by Charles Lauste video directed by easys reel

Quarter Century Crisis – [Charles Lauste] x [Femdot] x [Ohana Bam]

Today I am very happy to be bringing you a brand new release titled “Quarter Century Crisis” by Charles Lauste and his close homies Femdot & Ohana Bam, trust me when I say that this one is a complete BANGER! First off, Charles Lauste created yet another monumental instrumental which he has proven time and time again that he is capable of, and do I even need to begin to explain what Femdot & Ohana Bam can do with a beat like this? Well, to put it in the simplest terms, it stood no chance against these two vicious spitters. You should expect this though when three of Chicago’s finest emcees link up, be expecting more music from these three soon, but for now watch this new visual below!

Why Ya – [Charles Lauste]

Charles Lauste is a dope producer and DJ out of Chicago who has been making some noise with his GRWYF homies Femdot, Ohana Bam & 5thOfHen, who are all making their way back on our website today with their brand new music video for “Why Ya”. There have been a few crews in Chicago that have been showing out and accomplishing some great achievements, most notably the amazing Pivot Gang project from earlier this year, but the Get Rich With Your Friends movement is one that I have a very good feeling about for the years to come. They have all been building up their own brands and have been perfecting their crafts in their own right, it’s so dope to see every time that they come back together to collab it gets better & better, and this new joint might be their best yet! Take a few minutes out of your Tuesday to watch this brand new music video, and if you like what you see/hear then follow the guys on Twitter below! Bam • Chi • Fem • Hen produced by 5thOfHen

Happy December (Sofar Chicago) – [Femdot]

Femdot has been having an extremely busy past few days, traveling across the country to perform live on Jimmy Kimmel tonight with Taylor Bennett, but during all of this Sofar just blessed us with a new live performance from the Chicago creative! Femdot performed his fan favorite record called “Happy December” that he dropped back in 2018, and the always great Sofar Chicago audience was loving it! Femdot was joined by his right hand homies Charles Lauste and 5th Of Hen who made sure he was sounding crispy, and they did a fantastic job, while Femdot’s terrific stage presence & crowd control was on display! I am sure it won’t be too long before you see Femdot included in another Sofar Chicago show, but for now press play below!

The Wire – [J-Hop] Ft. [Femdot]

I have spent quite some time raving on these pages about just how good that both St. Louis emcee J-Hop & Chicago native Femdot really are, so I was thrilled when I saw that they connected for a dope new record titled “The Wire”. Femdot started off this one with an excellent verse where you will find him dropping gems within his lyrics, and J-Hop jumped on the beat around the half way point with a silky smooth & addicting hook, that led into a stellar verse of his own to put the cherry on top. Trust me when I say that I doubt this will be the last time that these two kings link up, but until we get their next offering, get in tune with this brand new joint below! produced by Charles Lauste & 5th of Hen additional vocals by Manasseh & Sherren Olivia

Kronos Freestyle – [Femdot]

Chicago leader Femdot took to social media recently to tease his fan base with a brand new freestyle record titled “Kronos”, and moments ago we were finally blessed with the final product! It’s clear that when Femdot stepped in the booth he just wanted to simply remind people why he is widely considered one of the best bar for bar rappers in the city, and after you listen to this track once or twice I assure you that you will be pleased with the final product. A great quality that Femdot has is his ear for outstanding production, often times this comes from his right hand man Charles Lauste aka DJ Chi, and sure enough they linked up yet again for this joint. Stream this brand new record below and if you like what you hear be sure to keep up with Femdot by giving him a follow on Twitter here! Photo by Texas legend Cole Schwartz

Young Hoppa – [J-Hop]

St. Louis standout J-Hop has been a common name on our website the past year or so, and today he is making his way back with his brand new release titled “Young Hoppa”. When it comes to pure lyrical ability you can’t compare many to J-Hop, he has this cutthroat style to him that makes him feel like a giant behind the mic, and his music reflects that perfectly. You can always count on J-Hop to rhyme over some fire production and thats the case this time around yet again, and along with some help from producer Charles Lauste they created a hit. Check out this brand new song below and if you like it be sure to follow J-Hop on Twitter here.

Happy December – [Femdot]

There isn’t many Chicago artists that have had a better year than recently DePaul graduate Femdot, and he is putting the cherry on top of 2018 this afternoon with his brand new offering titled “Happy December” featuring Shawnee Dez! If you have been following Femdot’s career up to this point you know that this is common for Fem to drop these type of loosies, as he dropped “happyoctober” last year and “happynovember” a couple years back, but this new joint is my favorite of the three by far. Femdot has been one of the best story tellers & lyricists coming out of the city for a minute now and this new song furthermore backs that statement, he glided over the soulful Charles Lauste production as he reflected on how he got to this point. It’s been amazing to watch Femdot grow as an artist but he’s just getting started, take a few minutes to listen to this new record below! If you’re in Chicago grab tix to see Femdot @ Lincoln Hall here!

Lauste Files Vol. 1 + 2 – [Charles Lauste]

Charles Lauste has been making some amazing music so far in 2018 both with his own releases and his production features on other peoples songs, and this afternoon is back with his brand new releases for “Lauste Files Vol.  1+ 2“. Charles Lauste aka DJ Chi is by far one of the best producers in the city, time and time again causally dropping soulful instrumentals that feel like a breathe of fresh air, and these two new joints are certainly no exception. The two production features on these records came from 5th Of Hen and Sherren Olivia, who have be affilited with Chi in the past & I am sure this won’t be the last time you see these three work together. Check outt hese brand new beats below and if you enjoy them be sure to come to Lincoln Hall on December 21st to see Charles Lauste live! Tickets to see Charles Lauste @ Lincoln Hall here!