Chimeka is Above P.A.R.

It’s inevitable that when Chimeka speaks the city listens. An artist whose name has grown to be synonymous with hip hop in Chicago, Chimeka has undoubtedly earned her stripes. While she has earned her stripes there are quite a few artist who haven’t and she addresses them on her latest single “Above P.A.R.”

Spawning from her December release Crazy, “Above P.A.R.” is a no bars held address directed at all the rappers who are all rap and no heart. P.A.R. is an acronym for Poor Ass Rappers. A reminder of exactly why when Chimeka speaks the world should listen, “Above P.A.R.” is Chimeka at her lyrical best.

The attack on rappers who don’t live up to their hype or the hype they think they deserve certainly shouldn’t be a surprise coming from Chimeka. The outspoken entertainer has personality for days and the talent to back up any claims she makes. The “Above P.A.R.” video directed by Lakeshorehy is evident of both.

The “Above P.A.R.” visual debuted on March 7 at Don’t Do Coke’s Pizza And A Movie 2 event. The visual, while simple, exemplifies exactly why fans love Chimeka. The entertainer’s personality takes the forefront in the dominating performance scenes. Undoubtedly amusing, the video doesn’t overshadow the song and every shot fired was landed and fatal for substandard rappers.

Catching Up with Illi

Easily one of the hardest working men in show business, Illi has been a very busy entertainer. Earlier this month he released his 7750 EP and yesterday debuted his “Footwork” visual.

Anyone who is familiar with Illi knows he doesn’t do anything unintentionally and the release 7750 is undoubtedly no exception. Named for his grandparents address, where he spent a large portion of his childhood, 7750 is a dedication to his grandfather.

The five track effort was produce in its entirety by RelElite Socool and it is everything about Illi fans know and love. Educational, entertaining and fun, Illi successfully connects what makes him a man to what makes him a superstar with 7750.

Yesterday, Illi blessed the world with more creative genius via his “Footwork” visual. The last video from his 2017 release Windy, “Footwork” is simple but perfect. The HearonTrackz foundation seemed to be made complete by Illi’s unparalleled storytelling until Djedi added some footwork of his own.

7750

Ann Marie – Around

Chicago based singer/songwriter Ann Marie has been on a roll. The January release of her Tripolar 2 EP has been making waves and her new single “Around” is following suit.

“Around” is the sultry tale of a necessarily secret romance between two people who both have significant others. Ann Marie’s vocals are ideal however the song would be incomplete without 147 Calboy. Calboy shows the world a softer side, leaving fans with nothing to want for.

The “Around” visual is simple, but gives a foundation for the song.

Chimeka is Not Crazy

Today, Chimeka debuted the second part to her highly anticipated EP trio entitled Crazy.

The nine track effort takes fans on a journey through the inner workings of the unicorn’s mind. Crazy opens with a reflection on how she knew as a child that she wasn’t crazy, she was different. She shares that difference via a creative combination of lyricism and vocal talent only the way Chimeka could.

Crazy reiterates that Chimeka is in a lane all her own. The multitalented beauty addresses a plethora of issues, providing her own colorful commentary. The Harvey-based singer, rapper and unicorn displays a level of unprecedented versatility, delivering melodies equally as strong as her lyrics and as important to this project as the subject matter.

While Chimeka’s talent was never up for debate, Crazy is reminder that the femcee has more than enough talent to stand on her own. Though she needs no one to bolster her, Chimeka recruited the highly decorated Keith James and up and comer Solo The Dweeb in the only supporting roles for this project.

With her talent on full display Chimeka shines a light on herself, of which she is undoubtedly deserving. A perfectly planned step up from her last release, Crazy only increases the hype for Chimeka’s next release. Though fans will be antsier than ever, it’s best that they muster the patience to enjoy Crazy in all of it’s 25 minute glory. To describe the project as solid would be an understatement, Crazy is definitely a hit.

Audrey Valentine’s Forbidden Fruit

A bit later than originally anticipated, Audrey Valentine’s second EP, Forbidden Fruit has finally arrived.

Forbidden Fruit is a stellar display of all the talent fans have grown to expect from the singer/songwriter and then some. The eight track effort has something for everyone and Valentine’s voice leaves nothing to be desired.

Unsurprisingly, Forbidden Fruit puts Valentine’s talent in the spotlight where it undoubtedly belongs. What may come as a is her decision to share that spotlight with some of Chicago’s other shining stars. A duet with Chantelle Tru, a dancehall inspired track with The Boy Illinois and the “Rider” remix with Joel Q are among Forbidden Fruit’s features. Z-Money lends his talents to the EP’s title track and fans will not be disappointed.

Forbidden Fruit

A New Day For Day 26

Day26 is back. The former Bad Boy act is a quartet now, but despite missing an original member their sound isn’t missing a thing. Their latest EP A New Day is proof.

Just as soulful as they were when they stole the spotlight a decade ago, Day26 hasn’t missed a beat. A New Day consists of six brand new tracks that display each of the four members’ individual strengths. A New Man is 20 minutes of real RnB to remind fans why they won Making The Band in the first place.

A New Day