Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sunnie Storm - Heliocentric (Mixtape)

Over the past couple years, we've gotten to see our friend Sunnie develop her artistry as a product of Chicago's Donda's House organization, a non profit named after Donda West and ran by local hip hop veteran and politician Che "Rhymefest" Smith. Sunnie Storm has had some scattered releases during her time as an emcee and singer, but "Heliocentric" is her first proper mixtape.

You often hear struggle stories of emcees recording out of basements, or the inability to acquire the needed studio time to to work on their craft. Sunnie came in contact with the same obstacles, but her method of overcoming them was much different than most. Sunnie applied for and was awarded an artist grant from the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. If you don't know anything about this option and you're a young artist in Chicago, I suggest you do your homework.

The grant gave Sunnie the resources she needed to craft her project, and the end result was worth the investment. Hit the jump to check out "Heliocentric" for yourself.

Vic Mensa - Heir to the Throne (Freestyle)

Shots are being fired recklessly in the hip hop world right now. First it was Bronson and Ghost, then Drake and Meek, and now is Vic throwing shade at Travis $cott in his new "Heir to the Throne" freestyle? Take a listen to Vic's latest and judge for yourself.

In other Vic Mensa news, he was also accused of ripping off French emcee Monsiuer Ice's "Horus" while making the Kanye assisted "U Mad". The cadence and tone of the record are pretty similar after the discrepancy was brought to my attention, but I'm not convinced it's nothing more than coincidence at the moment and neither does Vic.

Mic Terror x Mano x Gzus Piece - L's Up (Official Music Video)

Directed by MudWingMedia

Treated track incoming: Mic Terror, Gzus Piece and Mano work out a live video of their track "L's Up", performed at the Pilsen Food Truck social. Released on Mic Terror's "Live From Your Mama's House", this is a crackling combo of rap and juke (produced by Teklife Phil and Mano) and a demonstration in Treated Crew's energy live. Put your "L's Up", and rest in peace DJ Rashad.

Hypno Carlito - Charged Up (Official Music Video)

Hypno Carlito takes Drake's recent shot "Charged Up" and makes it his own, in this new visual and remix of the subtly hard hitting track. Hpyno Carlito is the impressive recent addition to OTF, and in "Charged Up" the quiet beat gives plenty of room for the intensity of Hypno Carlito's lyrics; he has a passion and heart in his tracks that makes his music undeniably compelling. You're going to want to hear any release Hypno puts out - this time it's the "Charged Up" visual, and who knows what's coming next.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Leather Corduroys x Hurt Everybody x Brian Fresco: Pitchfork After Party (7-19-15)

Directed By Yakub Films

It hasn't happen a lot, but when Leather Cords and Hurt Everybody collide, they demand the attention of Chicago hip hop fans. After their peers took control of Pitchfork Music Festival two weekends ago, Leather Corduroys, Hurt Everybody and Brian Fresco held one of the hottest Pitchfork after parties at Bottom Lounge to close out an incredibly busy weekend. From start the finish, the crowd didn't stop moving. Perhaps it was a result of a substance fueled bender most of the attendees were on, but I'd like to think it was the performances that brought out all that energy. Per usual, the homie Yak was in the building to capture what went down. Play click above and relive the mayhem.

The O'My's x Donnie Trumpet x Saba x Zack Wicks x IceFace x Satellite View - Piano Wu (Prod. The O'My's x Carter Lang)

While the band makes their way out to New York today and prepares to perform at SOB's tomorrow alongside fellow Chicagoan ProbCause, The O'My's reach back into the vault for the second week in a row and dig up "Piano Wu", a posse cut featuring IceFace, Saba, Satellite View, Donnie Trumpet and the late Zack Wicks. Following a steller performance at Wicker Park Fest this past weekend, a successful surprise show at Tonic Room last night, a trip to NYC today and new music coming out regularly, I would be keeping a close eye on the workings of this six piece soul ensemble.