Hip Hop

Myquale "Passport Package"

Rapper/Producer Myquale has released his debut EP, "Passport Package". The EP speaks to his childhood growing up in on Northside of Milwaukee and how that experience built him into what he is today. Regardless of where he finds himself, Chicago, Paris, Kenya, the Northside shines through in who Myquale in every way worldwide.

This EP features contributions from STNFXCE, Aaliyah Allah, Wil Akogu, and more.

   

Safehold "Loose Ends"

Emo Rapper Safehold has released the latest single, "Loose Ends", from his new album, Boyish, which is out today via Mutant League Records.

The single is accompanied by an Alex Zarek directed video and when asked about the track here is what Safehold had to say; "Loose Ends lyrically was supposed to represent partying and young lust. I think this story represents my years in high school, when I would desperately try to cling on to cool people who did not care about me in the slightest."

   

Black Artist Spotlight: Theo Love’s “Rescue Me” Out Now

 

In the climate of masks, protests and the eternal quarantine, Theo’s new single “Rescue Me” is the cure. He reminds us to stay strong and to remember that we are not alone. Local Austin artist Thelonious “Theo” Love released his latest single on April 3, 2020 in collaboration with Kate Priestley. This heartfelt song is laced with beats to guide a rough day back to tranquility.

Theo is never afraid to take risks in both his lyrics and his musical style. A combination of modern hip-hop and live instruments truly makes his music unique to the Austin scene. The vibe of the music along with Theo’s soothing voice work together in a harmony that could make a N95 mask melt.

The live experience is unlike anything else. Remember live music? Theo and his group have such synergy on stage you almost want to look away; as if you are watching a private moment between a small group of close friends. His recorded music is reflective of this energy and “Rescue Me” feels like you are inside the heart and mind of the artist.

Theo is more than an artist; he is an activist, a songwriter and, above all, an advocate for love. Now, more than ever the lyrics “still tryna get free, what do I do? What they say feels like chains to me” is an honest reminder of the struggle a black/queer person experiences in daily life. Theo’s response to this adversity: “I chose to be the example. Of life and love and love and love and love”.

There is something eerie about how a song can capture an emotion so specifically. Almost as if this song was created for a time of strife… to keep us humble and keep us together.

-        Magz Baillio

Photo Credit: Theo Love’s Facebook Page

   

Not Lovely "Keep Warm"

Experimental Jazz and Hip Hop group Not Lovely has released a new single called "Keep Warm". The sales of the single on bandcamp are going to support Brave Space Alliance.

This is the work of Joshua Virtue (Vocals), Jack Clements (Vocals), Michael Queenan (Guitar), Lyn Rye (Bass, Vocals), and Taylor Stevenson (Percussion, Production).

   

Ann Marie "Stress Relief"

Ann Marie has teamed up with fellow Chicagoan G Herbo on the new single single "Stress Relief". This is her second single of 2020, and both are leading up to a promised project releasing later this summer.