Chicago’s Rider: Audrey Valentine

Audrey Valentine is the definition of life long passion. Singing since she was four, Valentine is now sharing her talent with the world and helping to put Chicago on the map in the process.

Inspiration by music greats Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, Valentine’s passion for Music stared as a toddler and continued to grow throughout her youth. At thirteen, she went from songbird to songwriting when she started writing her own lyrics. As a college student, Valentine decided to turn her passion into a paycheck, pursing music full time.

In 2015, Valentine introduced herself and her sound to the world with her debut EP Love Hangover. Since then, she’s been a grind mode. Currently, Audrey Valentine is working on her upcoming project The Forbidden Fruit, slated for release this summer.

In the meantime, she’s promoting her single “Rider.” Produced by Epidemic and written by Valentine, the sexy single is exactly what Chicago’s music scene needs. The visual was filmed by A Zae Production.

Wale…It’s Complicated

Today, poetry reigns supreme as Wale returns lyricism to its rightful place in hip hop. The D.C. rapper debuted his latest effort It’s Complicated.

The four track release is Wale in his best light. Just less than 15 minutes , It’s Complicated is an appropriately titled examination of like, love and relationships in this day and age. The only credited feature goes to Cash Money crooner Jacquees and the pair may have created the new ride or die theme song with “Black Bonnie.”

It’s Complicated

Ravyn Lenae Debuts Crush

It may be a wintery mess in Ravyn Lenae’s hometown, but her latest release is hot. The Chicago native’s Crush EP debuted just in time to be the soundtrack for the citywide snow day.

Inches upon inches covered the Greater Chicagoland area, but Ravyn Lenae kept fans warm with funky rhythms and soulful vocals, they way only she could. Crush is five tracks of the singer/songwriter’s best work yet. 17 minutes of neo-soul from a 19 year old who is years ahead of her time.

After the super fantastic 2017 Ravyn Lenae had, Crush is the perfect way to kick off 2018. Listen to Crush now.

China-Marie’s What?

As the time grows near for China-Marie to debut her upcoming EP, the songstress continues to remind the world to get in tune. The release of her latest single “What?” Is certainly inline with her mission.

Only weeks away from the premier of the highly anticipated Made In China EP and what does China-Marie do? Drop a banger. “What?” sounds a whole lot like a girl anthem and who doesn’t love empowering girls? Strong lyrics and cute video make “What?” everything fans could want. Though singing the words out loud would make any woman feel good, the leggy blonde singer dons white daisy in the video proving she hasn’t forgotten about her male fans.

Made In China is slated for a mid-February release, in the meantime check out “What?.”

The Boy Illinois’ 90/94 Freestyle

The Boy Illinois is a busy bee these days. The lyricist is preparing to headline his first show since the debut of his latest effort Windy, he just announced that he’ll be performing with Jay Electronica on February 1 and yesterday he premiered his latest visual, “90/94 Freestyle.”

Yet another reminder that Illi is never too busy to represent the city he calls home “90/94 Freestyle” was filmed, in part, in a car on the expressway. The joint effort with fellow Chicagoan YP (aka Backwood Jones) feels a lot like theme music.

Chimeka – Cool

After much anticipation and a private live experience, Chimeka delivered the first EP of a three part saga entitled Cool.

Just shy of 20 minutes long, Cool highlights the more laidback side of the Harvey native. A compilation of easy going track coving a range of topics from love and relationships to being a stoner, Cool undoubted proof that Chimeka is starting the year on the right foot.

Despite the self-proclaimed unicorn’s multiple talents, Cool still features the talents of some other well known Chicagoans. The Boy Illinois joins the beauty for a trip down memory lane on the song “90’s Love.” “Elevator Music” is a stoner anthem and joint effort between Chimeka and quite possibly the highest guy in Chicago, Sunny Woodz. Novacane and YF Beats were also sound those who lent production to the EP.

As Chimeka fans rejoice, new fans are certainly in the making behind the release of Cool. The anticipation for the rest of the trilogy has just gone through the roof.

Pennjamin Bannekar Celebrates 1/11

Three years after, his last release Pennjamin Bannekar debuts his brand new EP befittingly entitled 1/11.

The Grand Rapids native has contributed his many musical to the projects of others during his hiatus, but fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief, now that 1/11 has arrived. It’s been a long time coming and though sure Penn is celebrating the music along with his fans, but he is celebrating his birthday as well.

1/11 is a creative compilation of eight of Pennjamin Bannekar’s best work, including the single “Alter Prayer.” Dhniera Blu, J. Hill and D2G make appearances on 1/11.