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Four Midwest Artists to Bump this Summer

Kweku (Juttin via 1833)

Summer ’16 has already offered a swarm of new releases. But if you are looking for a break from the mainstream buzz and to support close-to-home talent, then these four artists would be great additions to your BBQ, pool party or road trip playlist.

Kweku Collins: Kweku Collins is a 19-year-old Evansville, IL based artist. He has a melodic sing-rap style and cited his influences as a diverse range of artists, including Miles Davis, Black Sabbath, Black-Eyed Peas and Young Thug in a Late with Rosenberg interview last month. His latest project, Nat Love, sounds a lot like falling in and out of love. It includes a sweet and airy track that features Chance the Rapper’s little brother Taylor Bennett. His tracks are less electronic and rawer sounding and instrumental, which could be incidentally influenced by his father who is an African and Latin percussionist.

WebsterX: WebsterX is based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but his content is somewhat otherworldly. WebsterX should be a familiar name if you are a Minnesota hip-hop fan, as he has worked alongside both Finding Novyon and Allan Kingdom. He also falls off the beaten path of traditional hip-hop with an experimental style and chant-like vocals. His imaginative lyrics were recently brought to life in his stunning video for “Everything.”

Martin $ky: Martin $ky is based out of Chicago and if you are looking for traditional rap, then he is most definitely your go-to guy on this list. There really isn’t a song of his that he hasn’t produced. He said he learned how to produce at the age of 13, and started rapping shortly after in a Lyrical Lemonade interview. His experience is evident in the clean production of each track, but at the same time his rhymes are not put on the backburner. In fact, his skills have allowed him to develop a cohesive style that is uniquely his own. In his track BK2CHI, Pro Era’s Kirk Knight kicks off the song and helps to create a stellar blend of two producer turned rappers who stay true to their hometowns.

RO$$I: RO$$I is another more traditional rapper based out of Brooklyn Park, MN. Many of RO$$I’s tracks are also self-produced. His most popular track on Soundcloud is titled “Back At It” and is one of those tunes that you can vibe to, drive to, dance to, light to or all of the above. His tracks carry a lot of light themes of turning up, girls and cars, but he also delves into heavier topics of family problems and conspiracy theories. His crew name goes by SpʌceGʌng, which goes along well with his mentions of Martians in tracks like “Dark Matter.” Be sure to give this local underdog and all the other artists mentioned a listen below.

Lil Uzi Vert LIVE @ Metro


Location: 3730 N Clark Street, Chicago
When: Thursday, April 28th @ 6PM

Lil Uzi Vert has been making a lot of waves over the last year or so, but the Atlanta artist has only recently begun to really cashing in on his new found stardom. The good people over at Lyrical Lemonade are bringing Uzi to the Metro in Chicago tonight. The lineup for this one is absolutely stacked and will also include performances from Martin $ky, Webster X, Logan Cage, Roy French, and Warhol.SS. This event is all ages and advance tickets are still available for $30 ($36 @ door), click the link below to grab yours now before they sell out.

Lil Uzi Vert Tickets

Red Bull Sound Select x Greenroom Magazine: Father


Location: 917 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Friday, April 8th @ 8PM

Atlanta artist, Father, will be in town next week for a show curated by Greenroom Magazine. In conjunction with Red Bull’s Sound Select series, the event will also feature performances from Bobby Raps and Martin $ky. A killer lineup that’s bound to have The Cabooze jumpin, this event is 18+ and tickets are available for only $3 with an RSVP. Mark your calendars and click the link below to RSVP now.

Red Bull Sound Select x Greenroom Magazine: Father RSVP

Fake Shore Drive x Red Bull Sound Select: Too $hort

Too short

Location: 1551 N Damen Avenue, Chicago
When: Thursday, January 21st @ 8PM

Sound Select season is back and Fake Shore Drive’s first run looks like one to remember. Red Bull & Fake Shore will bring Bay Area legend Too $hort to the Double Door along with Smino and Martin $ky; two capable artists in their own right. Thank the lord for this Sound Select shit, this one is 18+ and only $3 w/ RSVP, click the link below to secure your spot.

Fake Shore x Sound Select: Too $hort RSVP

Martin $ky LIVE @ Reggie’s Rock Club w/ Logan

Martin $ky

Location: 2109 S State Street, Chicago
When: Friday, November 27th @ 8PM 18+

Hustle Simmons has been putting together some really good shows for quite sometime and doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon. Tonight, Simmons will take care of hosting duties while Martin $ky headlines Reggie’s Rock Club on the south side. Martin $ky’s spacey-trap infused production is sure to have the crowd going wild, if that wasn’t enough; Tre Capital, Logan, and Mike Melinoe will round out the lineup. A solid show especially for the friendly price of $10, if you want to go the extra mile you can grab “Meet & Greet VIP” tickets for $20. Click the link below to buy tickets and be on the look out for more info.

Martin $ky Tickets

A$AP MOB @ Hustlepalooza


Location: 2105 S State Street, Chicago
When: Sunday, August 2nd @ 9PM

Hustle Simmons continues his Hustlepalooza series with it’s namesake festival in town next weekend. That Sunday, Simmons will host performances from A$AP MOB, Martin $ky, YP, Mic Terror and Roy French; a night that should rival Saturday’s show (Mick Jenkins). With A$AP Rocky performing at Lolla earlier in the evening, we wouldn’t be surprised if he makes an appearance alongside the MOB to make things official. This one is 18+ and general admission tickets can still be purchased for $25, click the link below to grab yours now.

A$AP MOB Tickets

Lyrical Lemonade’s 2 Year Anniversary Party

Lyrical Lemonade

Location: 3420 W Grace Street, Chicago
When: Thursday, August 6th @ 8:30PM

Cole Bennett and the people over at Lyrical Lemonade will celebrate their second anniversary with quite the bang in a few weeks. The Chicago based brand has quickly established itself in a scene that continues to build a wide variety of talent. The night will feature performances from Martin $ky, Roy French, Netherfriends and a few other special guests, as well as artwork, food, clothing and of course free lemonade. This is definitely one of the more notable nights to kick off the month of August in Chicago, besides tickets are only $5 bucks, click the link below to grab yours now.

Lyrical Lemonade 2 Year Anniversary Tickets

Lyrical Showcase 4.0 w/ SD & Hurt Everybody


Location: 2109 S State Street, Chicago
When: Saturday, May 23rd @ 10PM

Lyrical Lemonade and The Vaco will join forces to bring the 4th “Lyrical Showcase” to Reggie’s Rock Club this weekend. This one will feature performances from SD, Hurt Everybody, Martin $ky, Roy French and Monster Mike among others. A solid lineup no doubt, the event is 18+ and tickets are only $12 in advance ($15 @ door). With a good amount of up and coming talent on display, this should be a good time; click the link below to buy your tickets.

Lyrical Showcase 4.0: SD & Hurt Everybody Tickets

Saba LIVE @ Bottom Lounge w/ Lucki Eck$ & Martin $ky


Location: 1375 W Lake Street, Chicago
When: Friday, April 24th @ 8PM

Chicago spitter Saba will headline the Bottom Lounge tonight. The young MC has established himself as one of the CHI’s most promising up and comers and doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon. The event has a solid lineup with other performances from Lucki Eck$, Martin $ky, Noname Gypsy, MFN Melo, and DJ Damage. This one’s 17+ and tickets are currently available for $12, click the link below to grab yours now before the show sells out.

Saba Tickets

Saba Meet & Greet @ Jugrnaut

Saba Meet

Location: 427 S Dearborn Street, Chicago
When: Thursday, April 23rd // 4PM-7PM

The kid Saba will be at Jugrnaut today between 4PM and 7PM to meet and greet fans of his music. The Chicago MC has been making a lot of noise over the last year and continues to impress with solid releases and great live performances. Saba will be live at the Bottom Lounge tomorrow night with Lucki Eck$ and Martin $ky, any fan of Chicago hip hop should definitely be in attendance. Head down to Jugrnaut today for to say what’s up to Saba and click the link below to grab tickets for tomorrow’s show.

Saba Tickets