Every once in a while I’ll hear just one song from an artist and know I’ll be listening to them for quite some time. Marko Stat$ had that effect on me when I first heard his track Jubilation and from that moment on I’ve been following his music and been wildly impressed. I recently featured him on Don’t Sleep Pt. 6 and was excited to get to interview him for this feature. His introspective yet often upbeat sound creates a thoughtful juxtaposition that is immediately ear catching but will also have listeners coming back and revisiting songs to really hear the message he’s providing. See what he had to say about his project BEE-4 I FLY AWAY, how Chicago has impacted his music, and who some of his influences are below.` … More Windy City Sounds: Marko Stat$
Young Wolf: Making Music for the Love of It There are some artists who make music for the clout and then there are some that make music for the love of it. Young Wolf is the latter and his love for making music shows with every song he drops. Wolf has been making his presence … More Windy City Sounds: Young Wolf
Knox Fortune Twitter Interview When it comes to artists who have a bright future, Knox Fortune is at the top of the list. The rising talent seemingly got bored at LAX and conducted a little Twitterview with the fans. I was pretty damn bored too so I decided to document it. Find out what his … More Knox Fortune Twitter Interview
There are plenty of artists in Chicago making creative, innovative music but Seer is proving to be one of the city’s most imaginative musicians. His genre-less style incorporates a blend of oldies, pop, hip hop and really any sound that catches his ear, all coming together in a cohesive, ear catching way that highlights Seer’s ability to craft excellent music. While he just dropped his debut tape Secret 2 My Strut only a short time ago, Seer has been making waves for a while now producing for Decent Gang, one of Chicago’s most talented up and coming collectives, showing that the rest of the city is paying attention as well. We got to ask him about his recent tape, his work with Decent Gang and where his distinctive style comes from. Read more below.
Don’t Sleep is back. Our feature on some of the best local talent in Chicago has always showcased talented musicians on the rise, but the five artists on this list are some of our favorites to date. With a range of interesting sounds, Don’t Sleep Pt. 6 should have some music for everyone’s taste. From a skilled harpist to some oldies style sounds to some classic hip hop music, there really is an eclectic mix of music coming from this group and we’re excited to introduce you to some more of Chicago’s hidden gems. Get in tune with Marko Stat$, Swill, Jose Franco, Yomi, and Seer below. … More Don’t Sleep Pt. 6: Marko Stat$, Swill, Jose Franco, Yomi, Seer
Travis Hendriiix, formerly known as TKCS, is on a path of reinvention and innovation. As he looks to re-brand himself, Hendriiix has been making deliberate and thought out moves while also releasing some pretty solid music. Even though he only has two songs under his belt, it’s clear he has a vision for his sound and style. We got the chance to ask him some questions about this new look, what to expect in the future, and some of his inspirations (they’re probably not who you think). Read our latest Windy City Sounds interview below and get in tune with Travis Hendriiix. … More Windy City Sounds: Travis Hendriiix
When I first moved to Denver, checking out the local music scene was one of the things on my to do list. One of the earlier performances I caught was from CRL CRRLL it was immediately clear he had the talent to make a name for himself. His live performances are energetic and his music translates well from wax to his live sets, bringing to life the groovy sounds he creates. With influences from funk, soul, and disco, CRL CRRLL’s music is eclectic and organic, tempting listeners to get up and dance the night away. I got the opportunity to ask CRL CRRLL about his unique sound and how he found it and he came through with some solid answers. … More Mile Higher Musicians: CRL CRRLL
There are plenty of artists in Chicago but not many put in the same amount thought or time as Jofred. Part of the PVTSTCK crew, Jofred has been dialing in his craft for years and is also part of the Grammy nominated group Chinza Fly where he first staked his claim as the world’s best Asian rapper. The talented MC has been working on a solo project, TULPA, for a little bit now and has cultivated a focused and captivating aesthetic to go along with his unique music. After hearing singles such as Yellow Boy and Ring Ring, it was hard not to be excited about Jofred’s future. We got the chance to ask him a few questions and he really gave some great answers that touch on Asian culture, his vision for his music and some of his biggest influences. … More Windy City Sounds: Jofred
Essentials Playlist SABA PIVOT: Chicago’s voice comes to life through Saba’s words Chicago is a complex city with a complex culture that is hard to explain to outsiders. Saba does an incredible job of putting that complexity into words and his music is as Chicago as anyone’s. We were excited to put together our Essentials … More Saba Pivot: Essentials Playlist
It’s often asked who the best MC out of Chicago is and every time we hear that question, Joey Purp is one of the first names to be mentioned. Purp has the unique ability to combine fun music with conscious, thought provoking writing while also having one of the best flows in the city. We had trouble cutting down his discography to our favorite few tracks, but the list we put together showcases Purp’s abilities.