When I first arrived in Chicago at the back end of 2008 i had absolutely no clue who Hebru Brantley was. I remember cruising along Milwaukee Avenue and seeing huge graffiti style murals of futuristic looking children wearing goggles, and wondering to myself “who the hell makes these?”. One day a friend of mine put me on to an art show and boom the connection was made, i now knew his name but the research had just began. A few years later and the man, the myth continues to be an internationally acclaimed artist with backing from some very prestigious people/companies: Jay Z, Nike, Lollapalooza and Life+Times to name a few. The South side native most recently was involved with a Nike sponsored pop up shop featuring his clothing line in conjunction with Lollapalooza weekend. One of the coolest things about Hebru is that he’s so in tune with the streets of Chicago and what’s going on in his city, i still have no idea how many of his pieces are sprinkled around the city; but it’s still amazing every time i stumble upon one. If you’ve never heard of Hebru Brantley click the link below and check out his website and stay tuned for his next event.
The Chicken Connoisseur is back with episode 12 of his popular YouTube series, “The Pengest Munch.” In this episode he travels to Chicken Valley in the west London neighborhood of Shepherd’s Bush. The crep is definitely on point, but things get a little sketchy towards the end. Check out episode 12 above and stay tuned for more.
The CRAM boys have had a busy year, whether performing at festivals across the nation or opening for national headliners in the Twin Cities, these guys are clearly making their mark. Front man Jaylap recently released a visual for a solo track dubbed “Do Like Me.” The record’s wavy production mixes perfectly with Jaylap’s infectious chorus, while the visuals provide a nice compliment. Say what you want, it’s obvious that Jaylap and the CRAM guys are doing something right. Check out the video above and be on the look out for more from CRAM.
Location: 835 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Sunday, August 27th @ 4PM
With PROF preparing for his biggest/name sake show of the summer, he took to Twitter to announce that his upcoming video shoot will be open to the public. The Stophouse crew will take over Familia Headquarters for what’s bound to be a good time. Mark your calendars and make sure to tell all your friends.
Earlier this year, GainesFM broke through in a major way with the release of his EP, Smile. Since then he has opened up for some of the hottest acts in hip hop and will play Summerset’s main stage this year, not a bad 2017. A couple of days ago he dropped the video for his EP’s title track and it is a visual stunner. Directed by Robert Henry, the video utilizes a variety of special effects and cool locations. Topper Atwood’s heavy hitting production provides a solid platform for Gaines to switch things up a little with an autotune draped flow. One of those songs that always gets the crowd moving, “Smile” now has a visual that does it’s high energy justice. Check out the video above and be on the look out for more from GainesFM.
Chicago’s own Vic Mensa appeared on the Breakfast Club today to talk about the release of his new album, The Autobiography. The budding artist has definitely had some trials and tribulations along his journey to becoming a certified star, he opens up about some of the things that he’s gone through since his move to L.A. Check out the interview for yourself above and keep an eye out for more.
Atlanta artist, Father, took to Twitter yesterday (on Father’s Day) to release the visual for his infectiously buzzing new track “Hands.” Produced by MeltyCanon, the record feels jubilant and grimy at the same time. A variety of xylophone and bell tones are sprinkled over a hard, rumbling bass line, Father does what he does best injecting his quirky, off-canter style. The visual is equally stimulating as it follows a group of kids leaving havoc in their wake, you probably wont take away anything truly profound, but the video definitely displays an air of cool. Check out the video for yourself above and keep an eye out for more from Father.
Artist Clemens Habicht recently up’d the ante on his immensely popular 1,000 Colors Puzzle, by releasing his new 5,000 Colors Puzzle. At 6. x 2.5 feet, each piece of the puzzle is a different color and it is said that they are incredibly difficult to complete. These retail for $149 and are currently sold out, but Colossal plans to re-stock them in late August. Click the link below for more information.
Arvell Genius is preparing to release a new project, but today he took to Twitter to release a new video titled “Insanities.” Directed by Dogfood Media, who continues to build a solid rapport with SPVCE; the video’s simple nature fits the song’s chill, zoned out vibe. Arvell’s slowed, but complex lyrics hit hardest when he’s speaking introspectively and the video does a good job of making him the center focus. Check out the visual for “Insanities” above and stay tuned for more from Arvell Genius.
Adam DeGross is our favorite concert photographer in Minnesota and in our humble opinion, he’s also one of the best. He recently covered Soundset and has been releasing photos steadily via Twitter and Instagram. Above you’ll find shots of Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, Mod Sun, Playboi Carti and more; keep an eye on his Instagram as he continues to release photos.