#MIDWESTBEST MEET SamIam The Mc

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(Spotlight on center stage). *Clears throat and grabs mic* “AND YOU SAY CHI CITY!!!” It’s your girl, MidWest Melly, ambassador of all things FLY in the city of CHI… and MIDWESTBEST. First, I would like to announce that I am beyond honored to recently be welcomed to the Chi-Rock Nation fam, Chapter 4! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Chi-Rock, they contribute an INFINITE amount of creativity to the city of Chicago and beyond. Chi-Rock educates the youth and stands for anti-violence. They promote Hip Hop in a positive light and have built a long standing, respected platform for artists of all kinds. (Lights dim).

Stepping up to the stage is an artist that is NO stranger to the Chi-Rock Nation, Chapter 4 family or the Hip culture nationwide. He is a native of the Southeast side of Chicago and boasts an impressive resume and is a man of many titles. MEET: SamIam The MC! (Spotlight ON).

Photo By:  Ian Hitre

Photo By: Ian Hitre

SamIam The Mc is a MC/Breakdancer, Freestyle Veteran and Event Promoter. He has been participating and winning battles at open mics in Chicago for yeeears, SON! He has rocked the mic and dominated the dance floor at venues like: The Note (my stomping grounds back in the day for classic hip hop), Jerry’s and Subterranean a.k.a. “SubT” (current favorite, shouts to Shawdowmaster MC, J. Norm and 606 Entertainment). SamIam The Mc has won the 2007 Rhymespitters 4 All City Freestyle Championship.

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This talented and lyrical artist has opened up for legendary acts like: Cormega, Keith Murray, Brand Nubian, Jus Blaze and Jeru The Demaja to name a few. He has been recognized by the National Media & Industry. He has had his single “Uprock” featured on dance video/arcade game “Pump IT Up”. Oh… and SamIam The MC just happens to be 5-time champion of BET’s 106th & Park Freestyle Friday…. aaaand was a finalist on MTV’s World Rap Championships For One Million!

YES. This Mc represents the “Windy” in a serious way. He has a passion for the classic elements of hip hop culture and believes that there is still room for true lyrical content in this present state of Hip Hop. He not only performs but promotes events all over Chicago (Wicker Park, Wrigleyville, Uptown).

“My mission is to help bring real hip hop back to the forefront and help usher in the new “Golden Age” of hip hop. – SamIam The MC

SamIam The Mc has been recently dropping gems from his new mixtape “Golden Era Pt. 2” set to release in September. His new single “Represent Skillz” featuring Aztec Dinero and Raw Dawg is a prelude for what is to come for the future of this freestyle King. There is also word he just shot a video for the track, although the release date on that is currently to be determined.

SamIam The Mc is a lyrical BEAST so it’s only right he pays hip hop homage to Chi-Rock Nation, Chapter 4… Home of The Beasts! Stay tuned for the “Golden Era Pt. 2” and stay connected with this artist to find out more on why he is most definitely a MIDWESTBEST.

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MEET SAMIAM THE MC:
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UPCOMING EVENTS:
Aug 7th, 2014
SamIam The MC presents…
Summer Mic Nite at Grandbar
HipHop Acts/House Music

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1600 W Grand Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622.
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#MIDWESTBEST Angel Davanport “B$DN”

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CHITOWN STAND UP!!! It’s your girl MidWest Melly and I’m blessin’ ya with yet another BEST from my favorite city in the MIDWEST! Angel Davanport is a Singer, Rapper, Songwriter, Poet and Model. YES. Ms. Davanport is a hustla’ homie. What I appreciate about Angel Davanport is her lyrical finesse. Her style is classically Chicago. She is unique in her own right but does remind me of (another one of my favorite Chicago female emcees) Kid Sister mixed with a little bit of Nitty Scott (also a “femcee” favorite). You can’t deny that Angel has sex appeal and a malice with the microphone which is a deadly combination!

“Apple of they eye. Here we go again. Ain’t nobody’s wife. Still got all these plans. They just say I’m trifling. Blame the way I am. Well that’s bullshit, money, drugs, niggas.” – Angel Davanport “B$DN”

Angel Davanport has only been in the rap game for a few years now but she has already made a name for herself in the industry. 2013 was a damn good year for this artist. She released smooth, “feel good” singles like “Outsiders” produced by Doc Da MindaBenda and tough-n-sexy joints like “Fameus” produced by Ray White. She had the support and attention of Strange Music and was featured alongside Game on Tech N9ne’s “Priorities” off of his album “Something Else”.

What’s new with Angel? I’m personally looking forward to this Nuu.Dee project and I’m also curious what Angel Davanport and her #RapperChicks clique have in store for this year. On Angel’s latest single, “B$DN”, produced by Professor Fox, Angel breaks down the meaning behind the acronym and title “B$DN”. I love a female artist that isn’t afraid to speak her mind, and Angel is no exception. This isn’t a sugar coated pop song about rainbows-and-unicorns-and-puppies-and-pixie-dust-and-shit. NAH. This is a real woman’s expression. It’s a lil’ poetry, a lil’ singing and a lot of rappin’. Can you handle that? Then press PLAY.

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Stay connected with Angel Davanport!
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IG: angeldavanport

#MIDWESTBEST Crystal La’Juene “Like This”

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CHI TOWN STAND UP!!! It’s your girl MidWest Melly serving up your biweekly dose of dopeness with #MIDWESTBEST. This time we do it real big for the Ladies with a very skillfull Southside female artist: Crystal La’Juene. Her sound has been compared to many legendary queens of hip hop such as: Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and Salt N Pepa. What makes Crystal stand out is the way she expresses herself through music as an intelligent and strong woman. You have to respect a female who is as pretty as she is gritty; she truly represents a real Chicago woman!

Crystal La’Juene is a master at selecting talented producers as I’ve heard from her previous work with homie DJ Herc on tracks like “What’s Happening”. Grant Parks is no exception to the rule. Grant Parks has already worked with Hip Hop Heavyweights such as: Malik Yusef, Rhymefest, Sadat X and Grand Puba (Brand Nubian) and Pharoahe Monch to name a few. It’s without a doubt a dynamic producer/emcee pairing.

Like This” is a track included on a Grant Parks project with Vudu Spellz cleverly named “Hip Hop – The Rebirth (Real MCs Real Skillz)” mixtape. The track speaks on Crystal’s ability to lyrically “flex” on the competition.

“On the mental, killing the instrumentals, style be influential, simple but complex. Study long as you want, however don’t wan’ test. High frequency penetrating your vortex.” – Crystal La’Juene

I really dig the video which highlights the simplicity of the notebook paper background in contrast to Crystal’s complex lyrical breakdown. It helps the message to really resonate with the viewer and makes her wordplay the main focus. I wouldn’t call it a #MIDWESTBEST if I didn’t “Like This”, but press play and find out for yourself!

Crystal Lajuene-Like This (Official Music Video) from Nosaki on Vimeo.

Crystal La’Juene has opened up for shows that featured Teedra Moses, Dwele, Lady of Rage, Special Ed, and Big Daddy Kane. She has been featured on Blog Talk Radio, WHPK University of Chicago Radio, Writer’s Block Club Magazine’s “Top 25 Chicago Artist You Should Know” list, H.A.S. Magazine, and the list goes on. In addition to being a talented singer, songwriter and rapper, Crystal also is a barber/braid/loc stylist and makes jewelry, crochets and is the owner of Looks & Style located at: 332 E. 75th Street in Chicago, IL.

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HIP HOP THE REBIRTH
Download Grant Parks & Vudu Spellz “Hip Hop – The Rebirth (Real MCs Real Skillz)” HERE!

#MIDWESTBEST A-Hi “SkyWalkers”

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CHITOWN STAND UP! My name is MidWestMelly and I am the latest addition to the Nikkisiixx Team, and your new Windy City representative. ***Insert 20 “applause” emojis*** (Thank you, thank you). I proudly present you with a biweekly feature called: #MIDWESTBEST. I’ll be blessing your ears and eyes with the finest, freshest and flyest reviews on up and coming artists from my Hometown, CHICAGO! So without further ado… let’s get this thing poppin’!

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If the city of Chicago was a portrait, the skyline would be its most colorful and creative focal point. Even in the city’s coldest and darkest months, there is something about that skyline that is symbolic of the soul that exists within its jagged outline. Chicago artist, A-Hi, lyrically paints a picture of this feeling with his introductory track off of the recently released album, Skywalkers.

“I’m lifted, can’t come down if I try. Don’t want to fix this. I’m addicted to this life, I can’t lie. And now I’m so high, I take a walk through the sky.” – A-Hi

There is something about this track that just makes me feel good. It makes me want to jump in my ride right now. I want to take a trip to the city with my windows down while feeling the breeze flowing through my hair. It makes me want to catch the skyline right at sunset and visualize that I am… well… Skywalking.

I love the meaning behind A-Hi’s lyrics on the track and the original vocals by Lisa Movado and Isaiah Jones only heighten the symbolic wordplay. The beat and production by Ray White is timeless. I can also appreciate the filiming by Kool Guy w/Eaze and flawless editing by Tone Famous. As a fan of music and the message it inspires, the vision that is provided through video is something that can leave an everlasting impression when it is done correct!

The album is an overall solid project and includes many features such as: Berner (Taylor Gang) on “Blown”, Vic Spencer on “Oh My”, and Alex Wiley (Save Money) on “Mind Elevation”. One of the highlights include, “Who Am I”, a song where A-Hi introduces himself and his story of becoming an artist including the lessons he has learned along the way. “Like That” produced by R.A.D. is ILLer than Illinois and I definitely caught myself zonin’ to “So Lit” which has a very chill vibe. “The City of Chicago” is a personal favorite specifically because it has an especially soulful beat and showcases A-Hi’s signature Windy City flow. Check out the dope artwork on the cover which represents A-Hi’s icon as “The HaveNaut”.

“It’s human nature to want more than what we have, and unfortunately, most of us never get it. The HaveNaut (derived from astronaut) reflects the idea of exploration of the mind and spacing out to escape these harsh realities.” – www.thehavenaut.com

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Purchase the Skywalkers album here!
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Check out more A-Hi!
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Stay tuned for more #MIDWESTBEST features from your girl, MidWestMelly!

Music Video: Patman- Pistola

patman coverDrill Music has been coming out of Chicago for about four years now and especially gained popularity after Chief Keef’s “Don’t Like” became a viral success. Chiraq artist Patman aka The Son of Chicago dropped off the video for his song “Pistola” which was shot by popular Chicago videographer DGainzBeats. The song as that new gritty Chicago sound with the lyricism that came from oldest Windy City legends like Twista, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco & Common. The song is not as violent as I was expecting for a song named pistola and that’s fine. The video captures what Patman is speaking about a great manner without any self incriminating scenes. Patman has definitely mastered the art of crooning hooks and saving the spitting for his verses. Check out the video below and tell us your opinion on it.

Connect with Patman:
www.youtube.com/PATMANTV
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New Music: Chi City- Tell Me Something

tell meChi City of Chicago, IL glides over the soulful 80’s era sounding beat for his latest song “Tell Me Something. The song focuses on how people rather tell you what you can not do instead of what you can do in life. The message behind the song is one of positivity with a message that most can find relatable. The song goes back to the positive feel good vibe that hip-hop music is suppose to make you feel while listening to it. The artwork through for a loop because it had me expecting something a totally different type of song. I must say the surprise was a great one on the ears. I recommend everyone listen to this song at least three times. Check it out below.

Check Out Chi City online

Website:  http://www.iamchicity.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/iamchicity

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/iamchicity

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/iamchicity

Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/WhoIsChiCity

Music Video: Neak – The Kids

With all that’s going on in the world today, some of our emcees have decided to speak out on things in their lyrics. First Kanye West with his Yeezus album, and now a fellow Chicago emcee, Neak. The colorful and vivid visual depictions of Neak’s lyrics come to life courtesy of Aaron Perkins Jr of APJ Films. Rocking with his main main/partner/producer Slot-A, Neak spits that real about how impressionable our youth remain. Popping molly while busting it wide open and making it rain might be what you do, but…

What about the kids, now that they want to try it? Welcome to social awareness in 2013.

The Kids is featured on RA NYC’s  latest mixtape, BRTH A N8TH. You can download the mixtape for free here: http://ra-nyc.bandcamp.com/album/brth-a-n8tn.

Neak (@neak_undefined) – The Kids

Produced by: Slot-A (@iamslota)

Video directed by: Aaron Perkins Jr. of APJ Films (@APJFilms)

New Music: C.Norman – Sum Bod E (Blame Somebody)

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Chicago artist, C.Norman speaks passionately on his single “Sum Bod E”. The which was both written and produced by C. Norman speaks on everything from violence in the windy city to reaching one’s goals. The hook catches your attention when Norman says “but we gotta blame somebody, won’t blame yourself, gotta blame somebody“. I believe the message in his lyrics speak vast amounts of truth and power.

What stood out to me was “most niggas goals is money and hoes, nothing wrong with that but your bank account froze, and the hoes that you fucking with they really is hoes“. That shined a great light on the problem mainstream artists are causing but putting those images in the heads of their young fans. Overall I was highly impressed with this song and would love to see what else C. Norman has in store for this year.

Connect with C. Norman online: soundcloud.com/dliberatbeatstwitter.com/wwwcnormanwww.CNormanProductions.com

Video: Neak- Schemin’

Releasing visual after visual, Neak lands here with the sixth visual from his absolutely stunning Love Greater// The Prequel album presented by DJBooth.net, Prefix Magazine and Earmilk. The name of this song is Schemin’ and was produced by Slot-A. The video is directed by Aaron Perkins, Jr. Stay tuned, plenty more on the way from one of the hardest working emcees around.

Download Love Greater//The Prequel here

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