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 …

Theme Music – [tobi lou]

It seems tobi lou is feeling some type of way about completely selling out his nationwide headlining tour. After wrapping up his ‘Happy and Extra Sad’ tour with a homecoming show at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall, he’s taken a moment to flex on fans with the release of his new music video for “Theme Music”. tobi release ‘Live On Ice’ this summer, his biggest and most well-received project to date. In the video for “Theme Music”, tobi takes a victory lap of sorts, whipping around on an ATV and taking the ‘Live On Ice’ theme to a whole new level. He comes across just as enigmatic and charismatic in this video as he does in his music, cheerfully dancing around on the ice while rocking his now-signature Britney Spears satchel. While tobi just wrapped up his USA tour, he’s gearing up for an extra set of dates in Europe starting next week. Check out his upcoming European tour via his website, and watch the music video for “Theme Music” below:

Watch Femdot on the NoOneCares Podcast

I apologize because I am admittedly a few weeks late to this article, but while he was in Denver on tour with Tobi Lou, Chicago native femdot chopped it up with the NoOneCares podcast for an interview & the final product was amazing! The amazing host Devin asked femdot about a ton of topics such as how tour life has been going for him, his new project 94 Camry Music, being a storyteller, the Myspace days, his ‘brick by brick’ mentality, the idea of college, graduating from DePaul + what he wants to do with his degree, the importance of individuals like Power 92’s DJ HotRod, his hip-hop influences, what it was like working with Rockie Fresh, wanting to be a professor in the future, Tobi Lou, the talent coming out of Chicago, speaking things into existence, giving out scholarships at his alma mater and so much more. This is one of the best interviews femdot has ever done, so any true fan of him would be crazy to not check this one out, press play below!

Round Here – [Rockie Fresh]

Chicago emcee Rockie Fresh has been having a solid year so far in 2019, and today he is returning with his latest offering titled “Round Here”. The first thing that caught my attention on this track was the firey production that was provided by Mathius Young before Rockie jumped on the beat and simply does what he always does, blessing us with an ear-pleasing song that’s sure to get stuck in your rest for at least the rest of the day. Rockie Fresh has been making some major moves this year, I’ve enjoyed seeing him collab with fellow Chicagoans Tobi Lou and Femdot, but I am even more excited to be receiving some solo material from the HF graduate. Stream this brand new release via Soundcloud below!

Dilla Back – [Femdot]

Femdot is one of the hottest new rising rappers out of Chicago’s thriving music community, and this afternoon he is back with a brand new offering titled “Dilla Back”. This new joint has a silky smooth feel to it with a taste of an old school R&B as well, match that with femdot’s impeccable rhyming abilities & the gorgeous backing vocals & we have a hit on our hands. The replay value that this track has is unbelievable, I have ran through it again and again for at least twenty minutes straight, and I have a good feeling that you will find a liking to it too. Stream this brand new record below and if you are located in cities such as Denver, Los Angeles, Kansas City + more be sure to visit Tobi Lou’s website to get tickets to catch femdot opening for him on tour this fall! Photo by Grif

Behind the Music: Highlighting the Producers of Today’s Sound

By: Lee Mcintosh When it comes to creating great music, the artists are the ones who receive most of the recognition for the creation of the song. Their name is what’s attached to the song, their flows, their likeness, and even the features that the artist may have. However, the song making process all begins with one entity… the producer/s. No matter how creative the lyrics may be, how great the artist’s cadence sounds, the beat behind it all is a huge factor behind the overall appeal of the song, and that is what moves people and captures their attention as soon as they hit play. We are in a different era of music now. Technology has advanced to a point where producers and artists don’t have to be in the studio together anymore. This can be a gift and a curse at the same time. Often so, producers may send over a beat pack to an artist and then they select the songs they want and don’t want. From there, the studio session may be recorded or put on Instagram live, and the producer may be nowhere in sight. This may create confusion as to who actually made the …

Premiere: Spiral – [Facer]

With collaborations ranging from the likes of Lil Yachty and Young Thug all the way to commercials for Kylie Jenner and Target, it goes without saying that Glassface is quite a prominent name in the visual art world. In fact, I’m sure that a lot of our readers have come across Glassface’s work with none other than LL favorite tobi lou! One fact that may be lesser known about the top-tier visual artist, however, is that Glassface is also a producer, singer, and songwriter under the name Facer. Today, we have the pleasure to premiere the latest release from the multi-faceted creative, “Spiral.” First things first, I must say that despite Glassface’s prowess as a visual artist, he’s a hell of a musician, as well. Facer isn’t some half-serious side project; rather, it’s a remarkably impressive outlet of creativity that defies the boundaries of genre, pushing the sonic needle forward in the process. With “Spiral,” Facer puts this on full display, blending mesmeric production with ethereal vocal runs to maintain a uniquely alluring sound. Only adding to the otherworldy magic here, the complementary visuals bring “Spiral” to the next level. Of course, being that the artist otherwise known as Glassface is …

Consignment – [femdot]

femdot has been giving his fan base new music one track after another over the past month or so with his Transmission Tuesday releases, and today he is back with his brand new release titled “Consignment”. Femdot made a joke on his Twitter the other day when this song came out saying “I will get back to the introspective raps soon” because this new joint is a pure bass knocking banger, absolutely filled with femdot’s classic punchline bars over a menacing & haunting instrumental that was provided by European producers Sebastian Kamae and King Khamen. femdot has been on a real streak these past few weeks and I am expecting much more from him before the year is over, check out this new offering below and cop some tickets to see him on tour with Tobi Lou here!

Live on Ice – [Tobi Lou]

tobi lou is unmistakable. Hit play on any of the Nigeria-born Chicago-raised artist’s tracks and you almost instantly know who you’re listening to. With a sound that’s most recognizable for carefree flows and infectious melodies, lou’s output over the past few years has poised him as a talent bound to reach mainstream acclaim, walking a line between pop and hip-hop in a way no one really has done it before. The development of his talent thus far culminates with ‘Live on Ice’, a 21-track tape from tobi lou available everywhere today. “I ain’t even in my prime, thought I missed my time” he raps on the somber, slow-building opener “100 Degrees”. The song kicks off on a darker note than most might expect from the usually bubbly vibe tobi lou’s music emits, but don’t be fooled—the song quickly shifts from a gloomy mood into an uplifting second movement scored by orchestral strings before moving on with the rest of the tape. An ongoing theme that ‘Live on Ice’ exudes is the idea of finding joy even in dark chapters. This theme manifests literally on “I Was Sad Last Night I’m OK Now”, executed in true tobi lou fashion where nothing …

Catch Tobi Lou, Femdot & Liltrxptendo on tour this fall!

Chicago star Tobi Lou will be going on a nationwide tour this fall along side the mighty talented Femdot and Liltrxptendo! The only thing that can be better than these three artists hitting the road together is the fact that Tobi Lou purposely made the tickets as fan friendly as possible, coming in at only $15! For more information about where you can get these tickets (pre-sale goes live Friday morning, Spotify users can cop now) you can visit Tobi Lou’s website here! 09/12 – Minneapolis, MN 09/13 – Kansas City, MO 09/16 – Denver, CO 09/17 – Salt Lake City, UT 09/19 – Vancouver, BC 09/20 – Seattle, WA 09/21 – Portland, OR 09/23 – San Francisco, CA 09/25 – Los Angeles, CA 09/27 – Santa Ana, CA 09/28 – San Diego, CA 09/29 – Phoenix, AZ 10/01 – Houston, TX 10/02 – Dallas, TX 10/04 – Orlando, FL 10/05 – Atlanta, GA 10/06 – Charlotte, NC 10/08 – Washington, DC 10/09 – Brooklyn, NY 10/12 – Philadelphia, PA 10/13 – Cambridge, MA 10/15 – Toronto, ON 10/18 – Detroit, MI 10/20 – Chicago, IL