STYA Presents: The Chicago Cypher

13 Jul

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IT’S FINALLY HERE!

The good folks here at SickerThanYourAvg.com proudly present our very first Chicago Cypher, put together by our (and Chicago’s very own) Toyosi Yusuf (@IamNinoBlanco). Just like our first cypher in D.C., we did this to shed light on some of the rawest Hip-Hop talent the Windy City has to offer. We’re giving you a taste of Chicago, not Chi-raq , and the city is brimming with MCs ready to leave their footprint on Hip-Hop.

Special thanks to the students at Columbia College, Chicago for helping us put this whole production together.

Without any further ado…we proudly present to you:The Chicago Cypher

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New EP: ABRA – BLQ VELVET

26 Jan

Born in South London but raised in Atlanta, the “darkwaveduchess” ABRA joins Father’s (the mastermind behind the minimalist banger, “Look at Wrist”) own Awful Records to release her debut EP, BLQ VELVET. ABRA adds an R&B twist to the recent minimalist trend spearheaded by Father and other “New Atlanta” artists–showing serious promise in just under 30 mins. The standout track “U GO I GO” is almost guaranteed to be on repeat for the entirety of February 14th, while you lurk on your exe’s instagram. Needless to say, the debut release from the “darkwaveduchess” might just be the best thing that you haven’t heard yet. Listen to BLQ VELVET below.

-David Dixon

New Music: Lorine Chia – “Let Me Fly”

12 Nov

Its been quite some time since we’ve received new music from the talented Ms. Lorine Chia, so you can only imagine my excitement when I heard that she was dropping a new song. The song in question is “Let Me Fly”, a jazzy track which serves as the first single for Lorine’s upcoming EP aptly titled, Sweet Noise. Throughout “Let Me Fly” Lorine sings about the times that you simply want to be left alone and be free to do your own thing–something that we can all relate to.
Check it out below!

Freestyle: Saba Pivot – “Kentucky”

10 Nov

Saba, of the Pivot gang recently dropped a freestyle on DJBooth.com’s relaunched freestyle series. We’ve been paying attention to Saba for sometime and if he’s been under your radar this freestyle makes a strong case of showing you how you’ve f*cked up. Produced by Saba himself, his flow on the track is vicious; with Saba proving to be one of the standout artists emerging from the highly competitive Chicago music scene. Check out the track  below as well as Saba’s sophomore tape, Comfort Zone and familiarize your self with Saba Pivot.

Music Video: Mickey Factz – “$4.14”

20 Oct

Mickey recently released beautiful visuals for “$4.14”, a track from his concept mixtape 740 Park Avenue (if you haven’t listened to the tape yet, its definitely something worth checking out). On “$4.14” Mickey Factz chronicles his highs and lows in the music industry; going from being a XXL Freshman that was financially well-off to someone struggling with only 4.14 in his bank account. The track is incredibly relatable with Factz being quite open with listeners, veering sharply from the flashy “Money, Cars, and Hoes” mantra that is often associated with rap. Watch the video below and also check out Mickey’s newest mixtape, Love.Lust.Lost.II.

http://www.datpiff.com/Mickey-Factz-Lovelustlostii-mixtape.655544.html

ChaunSAY Mackin’ – Everything’s Black (Feat. Tia P. & Obie Iyoha)

11 Sep

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This past Tuesday, upstart Buffalo MC ChaunSAY Mackin’ dropped an LP entitled Buffalo Brave. The tape features minimal guest appearances. However, the one song that does feature other MCs is one of the tape’s shimmering highlights. On “Everything’s Black”, ChaunSAY enlists two equally dangerous wordsmiths – Tia P. and Obie Iyoha (from Inglewood, CA and Ann Arbor, MI, respectively) for a 3-minute lyrical showcase. Check it out below, and be sure to check out Buffalo Brave.

Willie WAZE – “World Is A Ghetto”

28 Aug

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Northen VA MC Willie WAZE offers his take on police brutality and the situation in Ferguson, over a classic Geto Boys instrumental. Although the current racial climate is ugly, it’s beautiful to see artists using their craft to reach out and address the situation. Anyone who cares about the current state of affairs in this country will feel this one.

Follow Willie WAZE: @DaYunginWAZE

Gone Wallace – “CULTure”

13 Aug

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Check out this Philly native’s latest addition to his ‘Expansion Pack’. “CULTure” finds Gone Wallace attacking conformity within the Hip-Hop industry (and among fans and aspiring artists) over a simplistic, futuristic AVID iLL production. Check out the track below and follow Mr. Wallace on Twitter @GoneWallace.

ChaunSAY Mackin’ & Chisom Uzosike – “King”

10 Aug

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After dropping on of Spring 2014’s illest EPs, Buffalo Bill, ChaunSAY Mackin’ & Chisom Uzosike have returned to wreak havoc once again. This lethal MC/Producer duo (hailing from Buffalo, NY and the Maryland [Parts Unknown], respectively) joins forces for the anthem, “King”. Be prepared for their upcoming LP, Buffalo Brave, dropping on September 9th.

Mixtape: Via Rosa – Cinderella ’99

22 Jul

Singer Via Rosa, of the collective Thempeople, shares  melancholic yet bittersweet musings about love on her newest offering, Cinderella ’99. Two years in the making and produced entirely by 2080’s Sani, Cinderella ’99 is an airy yet emotional listen. The generally tumultuous state of this generations’ collective love life makes this tape one that is easy to empathize with. Vibe to Cinderella ’99 below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Music: Butch Dawson – “Birds Fly” (Feat. Soduh)

22 Jul

 

Reppin Baltimore, rappers Butch Dawson and Soduh trade bars over dramatic production to let you know what happens “when birds fly.” Check out “Birds Fly” below and keep a look out for Butch’s upcoming record, Lower Mercury, due to drop next week on July 29th.

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