R&B talent Azizz enlighten us on his background, singing abilities and more.
Chicago NorthSide native Azizz visits iLLANOiZE Radio for an in-depth chat regarding his Nigerian genetics, Why he choose to sing over rap, as well as how R&B is on a decline due to the overly saturated Rap scene.
Get to know Azizz below and tune back in for part 2. After watching feel free to leave feedback within our comment section, and don't forget to spread the NOiZE.
Weasel Sims will be invading Wire August 25th for an epic event.
Location: 6815 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402
Date: Saturday, August 25th
Doors Open: 8pm
Tickets: $10 - $15
By: Illinois Jones
"Die A Legend" Hittz and Illinois Jones finally linked up.
Hittz has been running through the Underground music industry, like a kid at a candy store. Hittz recently release his single "Longways" Feat Young Thug, which is all over the radio. Hittz is now releasing a new mixtape, hosted by Illinois Jones. My question is "Why did Hittz get Jones started"? and "How did Hittz convince Illinois Jones to get back into mixtapes"? Hittz and Illinois Jones created a classic, with Hittz spitting bars over beats from producers, Like DJ L, Southside, and 808 Mafia just to name a few. Then add Eli Hendrix, Skeezy, Murda Mal, LGado, Edai, Jude Jungle. How can we forget Illinois Jones doing what he does best, its definitely a great piece of work. Aye Look scroll down and press play, leave comment once you done feeding your ears. #JonesWatChaOn
By: BekoeRick goes into details on why promotion is key for an upcoming artists.
During Part 2 of our chat with Rick Stevenson we talk about his label known as Did It Again Music, as well as the importance of promoting and marketing yourself as an artist.
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By: Everyday Jay
Drizzy continues to fire subs at Kanye West in his new freestyle captured by Link Up TV.
Fresh off a billion streams in a week with his double sided project "Scorpion" Drake continues to fire shots at The GOOD music leader Kanye West but still no shots at Pusha T.
Join us as we shed light on 10 very deserving artists.
In 2007, XXL released their first XXL Freshman Class list which featured 10 artists that hip-hop enthusiasts should keep an eye out for because they’re predicted to be next to blow. This became an annual edition of the magazine that would showcase a new generation of underground and rising artists each year. It’s no secret that with XXL’s rapport they’ve had their hand in breaking many artists into the industry, which in turned heightened their credibility. The list became a highly anticipated staple in the hip-hop community and for a while it maintained its momentum, but in more recent years it seems as though the XXL Freshman Class list has began to lose some value due to their selection of artists.
It’s that time of year again, the 2018 XXL Freshman Class List has recently surfaced and it seems as though the general consensus is that this year’s list closely resembles alley dumpsters behind your favorite restaurant. Okay, it wasn’t that bad, but the line up was less than desirable. Besides the artist selection, the main thing that seemed to rub me the wrong way was the theme XXL chose for this year’s Freshman List: “We Got Clout”. It’s pretty obvious that in this industry clout only gets you so far, clout is not an accolade and shouldn’t necessarily be treated as such either. XXL gained such a respected reputation from fellow media outlets, artists and consumers due to how discerning they once were while choosing artists for their covers. XXL once handpicked talented artists to feature on their cover, but it seems as though they have sight of that. With that being said I felt that it was necessary to highlight the artists that actually have talent. This is what the list should’ve looked like:
Valee, a 29 year old, Chicago native and GOOD Music's newest addition, Valee has rapped himself into the wonderful world of hip-hop with his ingenuous wordplay, intricate imagery and innovative flows. Valee’s style is nothing short of unique and extremely memorable which is obvious in his latest works, GOOD Job, You Found Me, which features his breakout hit “Miami” featuring fellow label mate, Pusha T. Valee serves up mindboggling bars with each new offering, and his flows will leave you wanting more with each new release. Stream his latest project below:
Saweetie has been applying all the pressure from the moment she arrived on the scene. She has been holding it down for the ladies as well as putting California on the map while doing so. Her lyrics are loaded with sugar, spice and everything nice. Saweetie maintains her boss mentality through her relatable yet empowering lyrics. She makes music that makes women feel good about themselves, which is always needed. High Maintenance, Saweetie’s debut project, caught many by surprise due to her prominent attitude in many of her lyrics, she also had a hand in the production process of her project as well.
Key Glock is getting his feet wet as he steps out into the industry, under the guidance of his cousin, Young Dolph, who he is currently signed to. Key Glock, is showing what his Memphis roots made of him at a young 20 years old. Although the two have similar sounds Key Glock provides a fresh perspective on many of his singles. With polished flows, expressive lyrics, and underrated uses of ad libs, Key Glock’s confidence is apparent and written all over his lyrics and that's what makes it worth listening to. Glock Bond, his latest offering, allows him to show more of what he’s made of. His hit single, Russian Cream is being played at a session near you.
It's a Juice WRLD, and we're just living in it. Juice WRLD is the true “freshman” of the bunch, this free-spirited 19 year old, Chicagoland native, has creatively made an impact on the music scene as he arrived riding his own wave. Since his recent debut he’s landed himself a spot on the billboard rankings, sold out shows and made quite name for himself. His choice of futuristic production makes him a very appealing artist, the impressive blends of sounds compliments his overall image, immediately making him stand apart from other artists. Juice WRLD was also recently seen spitting bars for well over an hour in his latest interview with Tim Westwood. Stream his latest project, Goodbye & Good Riddance here:
While Saba is not a newbie to the music scene, it's time that he gets the recognition he deserves. His latest project Care For Me proves that Saba deserves a spot amongst the greats. Saba uses Care For Me to paint the perfect picture of who he is and his life experiences, while using his his brilliant lyrics as the paintbrush and the beat as his canvas. Saba is nothing short of a vivid storyteller, his flows always seems to compliment his production choice in a way that allows Saba to show off his true creative ability to create great, conceptual music. Saba has a sound that will never grow old, if you haven't already experienced Care For Me, please do so immediately.
Lil Baby is one of Atlanta’s latest gifts to the world. As a member of the Atlanta Label, Quality Control, with fellow signees Migos and Lil Yachty the pressure to be above average is on, and the bar is set fairly high for Lil Baby, but with his music gaining the attention of rappers like Drake and Kevin Gates, it's safe to say that Lil Baby is exceeding expectations as of now. His impressive narratives detail his street encounters all while the execution and delivery of bars carries him to the next level. After his breakout hit "My Dawg" Lil Baby decided to lock in and bring the streets nothing but heat since. Baby's hustle mentality reflects on many tracks on his most recent drop, Harder than Ever.
Hailing from St. Louis, Smino tests creative limits as he creates a new image for artists arising from the area. Smino exercises full creativity in all his music in a very captivating way that leaves you wanting more every single time. Smino's creative abilities are unmatched as bars mature into heavy harmonies and spiritual melodies in many of his songs. With songs like "Anita" and "Netflix & Dusse" there's no debate that Smino is undoubtedly one of the more talented artists of our generation. At times it almost feels like Smino has created his own Genre, it’s not quite rap, but not quite r&b either. Regardless of what it's called, the music that Smino makes is well worth the listen, and worth the replay, don't believe me? Stream, BLKSWN just one time and allow Smino to change your mind.
If you are not already in tune with Rico Nasty, then it's extremely important that you do so, like yesterday. Rico Nasty is bringing us a taste of what the DMV has to offer to the world with each new drop. Rico’s originality is unlike anything I've ever seen, especially from a female artist. Unique is an understatement when it comes to Ms. Nasty, she's truly one of a kind. Everything about her stands out in its own right, from her outlandish style to her raspy voice, over the top lyrics and her uptempo, grungy production. She’s gives me trap-rockstar vibes. If I handed you the lyrics to one of her latest singles, Trust Issues, you'd think the song had a completely different sound but pop in some earbuds and 30 seconds in you'll realize that Rico Nasty brings a rare and uncommon sound to the hip-hop industry but she sells it so well. Rico recently dropped her latest tape Nasty, and I think you all should give it a listen, if you've been sleep on Rico Nasty, she'll wake you up very soon.
Georgia is one of the few states around the country that have birthed many of talented rappers from Atlanta to College Park the state breeds hustle. Gunna is one of those hustle bred rappers residing from College Park. After making his debut on Young Thug’s single, Floyd Mayweather alongside Gucci Mane and Travis Scott, Thug took Gunna under his wing as he made him YSL’s newest signee. While Thug’s influence is prevalent in his music, Gunna still has his own drip with straightforward, witty lyrics, and swift flows Gunna skates over most production regardless of who he works with, whether it’s Jay Cassius or Zaytoven, he bodies the beat which can be heard on his latest collective, Drip Season 3:
Chicago is birthing a new generation of hip-hop artists with array of colorful and distinguishing sounds. Quiet as kept there are a number of artists producing great music, one of Chicago's hidden gems is Femdot, and he's been shining as of late. Femdot’s lyrical capacity is massive, he has an immaculate vocabulary neatly stitched into creative cadences, tucked into prolific storytelling abilities and there will always be a number clever bars to catch you up. Peeling back the layers of his music allows listeners to learn more about who he is. Fem's latest offering Delacreme 2 provides a hearty amount of lyricism, top notch production and flows for days that I'm sure any hip-hop enthusiast will enjoy. 2018 thus far has been a pretty great year for Femdot, he's earned himself a spot on the 2018 Lollapalooza lineup and will be blessing the stage August 4th alongside Logic, Daniel Caesar, The Weekend and many other artists. Grab some tickets and add Delacreme 2 into your life.
Rick Stevenson Talks Uber Vs. Lyft, Michael Jackson, and The Difference Between Beat Making & Producing on iLLANOiZE Radio
The young multi-talent Rick Stevenson drop by iLLANOiZE Radio to music and more.
For our latest episode via iLLANOiZE Radio one of our favorite emcee's and entrepreneur Rick Stevenson dropped by to give insight on how things started, and what's been motivating him to maneuver through this clustered music industry.
Rick also turned things around and asked us a few question regarding how we listen and submit music to our site. Check out part 1 of our 3 part interview below, and after watching leave your thoughts within our comment section.
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London Lo and director Clark Airlines connect for an impressive new visual off her EP titled "PDA."
If you've yet to hear London's soothing EP filled with angelic vocals titled "PDA" (Public Display of Artistry.) Do yourself a favor and add it to your favorite playlist.
As London Lo returns with her third anticipated visual, she shows a different side of herself in 4 unique ways, Sexy, Sassy, Sweet, and Sporty. Press play below, and experience all of her versatile personalities.
After watching, let us know which personality you liked the most within our comment section, and don't forget to spread the NOiZE.
By: Pretty Riot
Find out what's in LaJè's Lemonade in this exclusive interview and premiere.
I sat down and chopped it up with LaJè, an incredibly unique R&B artist from Chicago who stole my heart and my ears from the moment I first encountered her music. She’s released a number of singles this year alone that solidified my place as a true fan of her artistry. LaJè's vocals remind me of silk, smooth and gentle but also timeless. If you aren’t already a fan, you will be soon, trust me.
LaJè is providing you with some lemonade to cool you down in this scorching summer heat.
Here’s an exclusive interview with LaJè:
PrettyRiot: 2018 has been a great year for you in regards to music, it seems like you took a break for a little while and now you’re back at it. Why did you take a break & come back?
LaJè: I wasn’t in the right head space when I first started. I didn’t have the right people around me and I needed to take a step back and not only work on my craft and my voice, but also, get right spiritually and learn to love and accept myself for the artist that I am.
Pretty Riot: How did that break change how you approach music now?
LaJè: My break gave me a chance to really look at my purpose for making music. At first I just wanted to have fun and get clout to be honest but over time I realized that through my music I can heal not only myself but others who may be going through the same things as me. I realized that my vibrations translate through music so now I’m creating with more of a sense of purpose and direction. I want to make people feel again.
Pretty Riot: How do you feel your artistry grown over the past year?
LaJè: I think that content-wise, it’s a lot more real and very much stronger. Vocally, I have improved immensely. My confidence in my path has strengthened so much and I’m at a point where I know everything I want is coming to me and all I have to do is keep creating and keep putting it out there and being patient.
Pretty Riot: You’re music is very personal and extremely transparent, how did you become comfortable enough to share your experiences through your music?
LaJè: I learned that the more open and vulnerable i am with my music, the more free i feel. I see music as my diary. I say things in songs that i sometimes don’t say in life. And I’ve noticed the more personal i get with my music, the more well-received it is because there are so many people who are experiencing the same things that i am but don’t have the courage or can’t necessarily put the words together to express it. I love being able to help do that for other people.
Pretty Riot: With all the singles that you’ve released this year, I have to know if there is project in the works?
LaJè: I’m working on a mixtape. It will be called FREE. It started off as an EP but I just kept recording and adding to it and something in me told me to just do a mixtape and stop tryna play with y’all.
Pretty Riot: What should we expect from this forthcoming, mixtape, FREE?
LaJè: LOTS of emotion. Lots of vocal growth. Lots of feel good, nostalgic R&B music with a bit of rap entangled. No features. I feel like with this project, I’m gonna be giving y’all the real me that I had always been waiting to be. Now I’m there and I’m ready for everyone to know the girl I’ve grown to know and love, unconditionally. Me.
Pretty Riot: Where do you often draw inspiration for your music?
LaJè: Love has always been the most inspirational thing for me to write about. New love. Old love. Love that’s gone bad. I feel everything very deeply and usually the depth of my emotions is enough for me to write a fire ass song and just really spill my feelings out onto a track.
Pretty Riot: What has been the most challenging part about being a female R&B artist from Chicago? How do you think that’s changed how you hustle?
LaJè: Being a female in the music industry can be difficult just because many men want to see you as just something to look at and not something to be heard or taken seriously. Men will pretend to really want to work but have ulterior motives and I can identify that extremely fast. It’s taught me to be much more firm in my beliefs and stand up for myself, take my shit seriously and to just move with a purpose. A lot of people in the industry operate off of ego and I just don’t move like that. I try not to concern myself with the way other people feel about me and my music. If you wanna work, I’m down to work IF you’re good at what you do, and if you don’t like me, then we just weren’t meant to mingle. I don’t like to waste time and I can gauge pretty quickly if a person is going to try to waste my time.
Pretty Riot: Where do you think the future of R&B is headed?
LaJè: I know that R&B is back on the rise. There’s a lot of great talent coming out and I’m excited about it and it’s inspiring. Real R&B music is what the music world had been missing. We need that love and emotional expression back in our lives. People need to FEEL again. There needs to be more balance. I strongly believe that the R&B scene, myself included, is going to put Chicago on the map in a big way. That’s just my opinion on it.
Pretty Riot: Talk to me about your new single, "Lemonade," who produced it? How did you come up with the concept for it?
LaJè: I wrote lemonade when I was getting frustrated with the daily grind of a 9-5 and still trying to chase my dreams and also getting frustrated with men trying to control the person that I am. I was growing on a personal level so quickly, I started losing “friends” left and right, due to me either not liking the way they moved or me sensing the envious vibes they were giving off. I knew I needed to just keep my eye on the bigger picture. I was going through a lot of changes but at the end of the day I was just tryna find a way to get paid for my work. The idea was to just take everything thrown may way and play that shit to my favor and I think I’ve been successful at doing that so far.
Pretty Riot: What’s in your lemonade recipe? In other words what’s your recipe for success?
LaJè: Be your most authentic self, follow your intuition, do what makes you happy, and identify your true purpose for doing what you do and success will follow.
We’ve waited long enough, here’s Lemonade from LaJè. Drink up.
Juice WRLD delivers a memorable freestyle on Tim Westwood Tv.
Chicago native Juice WRLD has been in his own lane doing the unthinkable, from striking a 3 million dollar deal with Interscope, to landing top 10 on Billboard top 100 with his single "Lucid Dreams" and lastly selling out his recent Chicago headline.
Juice WRLD is back and this time he takes his bars to another level, showcasing his versatile style, and limitless bars in his hour long freestyle with Tim Westwood. Put some time to the side and see why Juice got the juice below.
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