The Twin Cities’ music scene continues to gain strength behind an entirely new cast of up and coming talent. While young artists like Nazeem, Spencer Joles, Drelli, and KAS continue to gain momentum, there is also a long list of producers who are beginning to be noticed. One of which is Jack Daily, 1/15 of Smash Bros, he has amassed an impressive catalog on Soundcloud. His most recent release comes in the form of Season 9, a 19 track instrumental tape that shows off Daily’s wide range of sounds. There’s plenty of room for progress, but all signs are pointing towards a bright future for the kid. Check out Season 9 above and be on the look out for more from Jack Daily.
Chicago has continued it’s upward trend in 2015 whether we’re talking Kanye West, Chance The Rapper or some of the fresher talent like Hurt Everybody, Saba, Mick Jenkins and Alex Wiley. One of the hardest trios in Chicago’s (national underground) hip hop scene keeps coming with heat at every turn. Made up of producer/MCs Supa Bwe, Carl and producer Mulatto, Hurt Everybody progresses with each new release setting a new precedence for the rest of the scene. Their most recent project 2K47 features some of the city’s most prominent up and comers in Mick Jenkins, Alex Wiley, Saba, Logan with a special appearance from the Chi-town legend Twista. A very well rounded project with everything from high energy club bangers to contemplative and rhythmic ballads, 2K47 has something for all hip hop lovers to enjoy. Peep the mixtape below and make sure to keep an eye out for more from Hurt Everybody.
Chicago’s hip hop scene might have taken a few hits due to artist relocation, but there are still quite a few talented musicians in the city. One of those artists is Closed Sessions MC Alex Wiley, if you’re familiar with Chicago’s music scene at all you’ve surely heard his name. Wiley recently dropped his One Singular Flame Emoji mixtape, a wide spectrum of his talents rolled up into 9 tracks. Wiley is surprisingly calm during the course of this project contrasting his often wild and animated style. A display of versatility, One Singular Flame Emoji further showcases Alex Wiley’s growth as a musician. Chicago has yet another reason to be proud, 2015 looks like it can be a big year for Wiley, check out One Singular Flame Emoji below and stay tuned for more.
Chris Crack of the New Deal Crew took to Twitter earlier to release his new project Kickin’ It Wit TW. Undertaking his alias Trill Withers, Kickin’ It Wit TW features production from Cutta, Tree and Chris himself. The 15 track project spans a length of about 50 minutes and comes equipped with plenty of bangers. Chris Crack has been on the come up for quite some time so it’s nice to have his project in it’s entirety. Check out Kickin’ It Wit TW below and stay tuned for more from Chris Crack.
Just ahead of his birthday, Botzy has released his project I’ll Be Underground When I’m Dead, for all of our listening pleasure. One of the 5 finalists for Vita.Mn’s “Best New Bands” contest, Botzy is looking to expand upon his success. The album spans about 35 minutes and contains a lot of diversity as far as sounds go. Another solid effort from one of Minneapolis’ hottest up and comers, what’s next you might ask? Botzy is currently gearing up for his B-Day celebration this Friday at 7th Street, if you’re in Minneapolis you should definitely attend, there wont be a better place to be. Click the link below for tickets and keep an eye out for more.
Earlier this week, the kid Spooky Black dropped his long awaited EP Leaving. Totaling 8 tracks with a length just over 25 minutes, Leaving picks up right where Spook left off. The project features a lot of production from Kid Hnrk and was even mixed entirely by Doc McKinney (The Weeknd). The hard work is beginning to pay off for Spook and his comrades from The Standard, however; one can only wonder when the kid will take the stage for a live performance. A solid body of work, it’ll be interesting to see what’s next to come from Spooky Black as the year winds down.
A little late with this one, but after digging deep into our inbox we found a gem from Chicago’s own Kez The Dude. His mix-tape Don’t Ask Chantel is a breathe of fresh air in a music scene over saturated with common sounds. Taking inspiration from the 90s pop era and injecting his own style, Kez produced the project entirely himself with 10 jams to show for. Don’t Ask Chantel is perfect for a summer party, so you better put this in your rotation before it’s over. Check out Don’t Ask Chantel below and stay tuned for more.
Chicago spitter Mick Jenkins took to Twitter earlier today to release his highly anticipated project The Water[s]. With videos for “Jazz” & “Martyrs” already making the rounds, Mick is easily one of Chicago’s brightest young artists. The album’s production credits include a few heavy hitters in THem Peoples, Cam of the J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, Statik Selektah and OnGaud to name a few; rounding out a very solid body of work. Mick is clearly coming into himself as an artist and performer, this tape is yet another example of Chicago’s current musical renaissance. Check out The Water[s] below and make sure to be on the loo out for more from Mick Jenkins.
If you weren’t at First Avenue last night, you missed what is sure to go down as one of the year’s best events. New Space featured live performances from Greg Grease, Allan Kingdom, Shiro Dame and Manny Phesto; to name a few. About a week ago, Sound Verite Records dropped Moon Rock Vol. 1 for all of our listening pleasure, a prelude for what’s to come. The mix-tape features music from some of Minneapolis’ hottest up and comers including Greg Grease, Metasota, Sophia Eris, K.Raydio, Tiny Deaths and Allan Kingdom. The Twin Cities definitely have something special going on at the moment, keep an eye out for more as we move into fall.