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MIXTAPE MONDAYS 7.3

The weekend continues this Monday with the 4th of July right aroundthe corner. We got the vibes over at amfm with our kickback with Rich Jones. And if you're cookin, bump something with us! Coming back again with our installment of Mixtape Mondays, our purpose is to enhance your musical knowledge with some of the dopest music that’s been buzzing through our ears at the AMFM Lab. So whether you’re riding your bike out through the neighborhood, or you’re waiting to hop on the Pink Line, here’s some jawns to keep y’all flowing through the week.

"AKAPELLA" EP: RED FEAT. SAM TRUMP

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We were really excited when we heard that Red and Sam Trump created this soulful and heavy collaboration entitled “Akapella”. The trumpet is the instrument that encaptures the soul of the listener. No matter what genre is being played, once the trumpet comes into the mix, it automatically catches your ear and attention. The layers on this track, whether they be Red’s soothing and warm vocals, Sam’s trajectory and range on the trumpet, or the African-inspired backbeat behind their voices, it’s three minutes of bliss that’ll make you rewind the track as soon as you realize it’s already over. Give this a listen here, and make sure you come to The Jazz Series this Friday to hear a set from Red at Blanc Gallery! Find out more here.

"DOWN 4 WHATEVER": YOMI + BLUE

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It’d be hard to argue that 2016 hasn’t been a successful year for Chicago’s own Emily Blue. Upon the release of her latest EP Another Angry Woman, she’s also collaborated with a few of Chicago’s notable pop bands (Tara Terra, BOYCUT). Her eccentricity and her somewhat-quirky approach to her music reinvigorates the listener to hear her words, and the substance behind them as well. For 2017, her collaboration project Yomi + Blue with Yomí the Harpist in this track “Down 4 Whatever” is only a small dose of what they’ve got lined up for us this year. The video features a warm backdrop of the Chicago scene, spotlighting both Yomí and Emily as they’re just mobbin around the city, wearing party hat cones, eating ice cream cones, and playing with bubble wands. Gotta love their enthusiasm, and we’re really looking forward to see what they’ve got in store for us this summer. Be sure to keep an eye out for a release date on their EP, until then, keep this on the loop.

 

"SUNSHINE": EMMITT JAMES

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Emmitt James is a Milwaukee-bred indie hip-hop artist, spoken word poet, and visual artist. With comparisons in his musical style to other artists such as Common, Kanye West, and Lupe Fiasco, it comes without question that his penmanship carries a heavy weight because every word he writes has substance and meaning. Now residing in Los Angeles, he sets his sights on reaching out to a whole new audience of listeners, with the hopes of maintaining a steady wave of consistency throughout his journey. With this latest song “Sunshine”, he states in his own words, “if nothing else, sunshine is a glimmer of what’s to come in the next project: cigarettes, porn and lotto tix”. A somber yet slightly upbeat track produced by LA native Mndsgn, Emmitt wittingly speaks to his audience on how he feels about his sunshine. In the video, we see Emmitt and his girl out in the park setting up for a delightfully intimate picnic, carrying a basket with wine, bread, and grapes. We see this couple in their most vulnerable state of being--tossing grapes into each other’s mouths, hiding behind large trees, and playing a very aggressive game of Slide. Peep the video below.

"CHÈNGES": CHÈ

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CHÈ, Formerly known as Detroit Ché, the 22-year-old artist has released her latest EP entitled “Chénges”. Four tracks, all encapsulated in 14 minutes of pure and raw talent, it’s no secret that the title plays a strong significance in the everlasting changes that the young MC has gone through, and will continue to go through as she progresses further along the game. Each track (“Root”, “Seed”, “Leaf”, “Stem”) flirts with the idea of nature, a blooming and natural growth that starts from the smallest seed to the largest leaf on a flower. Ché pays homage to a classic ‘96 track “If I Ruled the World” by Nas featuring Lauryn Hill in her first track titled “Seed”. Tracks like “Root” and “Stem” challenge the notion of what our underlying purpose is; why are we so focused on the materialistic (“niggas still worry bout strutting they shoes off”) instead of breaking the perpetuated stereotypes of how POC are viewed by a majority-white audience? Ché’s raw talent as an emerging MC and gifted vocalist stems from her experiences growing up in Detroit, and that’s an attribute that she continues to flagship as her progression grows, similar to that of a flower. It’s been a little over a year since her “SMALLtalk” EP, but “Chénges” is jam-packed with consciously uplifting lyrics & soothing harmonic vocals. Check out her EP “Chénges” on TIDAL, Apple Music, and Spotify!

"ALL THE WAY": CHAITULANI FEAT. CHRISTIAN JALON & ALI

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We here at amfm were really blessed to have Chai Tulani and his band perform for us during this past Saturday’s “BOMBA” event. So, of course we’re delighted to present his latest video titled “All the Way”, featuring Aliforthego & Christian JaLon. The video opens with a close-up of the children of Kenya all surrounding the camera, their gleeful smiles all captured in one instance. Then, we see a conversation between Tulani and his mother; with Tulani confessing that he wants to bring happiness and fulfillment to the children of Africa by using his music as motivation. In response, his mother tells him that he must be committed to do it all the way, not halfway through. Peep the video above, and be sure to look out for his upcoming album RXBEL coming soon!

 

"SILLY GIRL": B-FREE

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Hailing from the city of Milwaukee, we’re proud to debut the multi-faceted musician B-FREE and her new music video titled “Silly Gurl” for y’all. Filmed in various locations throughout the city, the video reveals the necessary life lessons on self-worth and respect through the three stages of womanhood (youth, teenager, adulthood). This is a video that is symbolic to many women and it exuberates a feeling of blissfulness that is essential in the thirsty world we live in today. “Silly Girl” is the second single of a conceptual album that traverses the ups and downs of romantic relationships. “Ode 2 a Luv Affair” explores vulnerability, passion and compromise with B-Free’s unique talents. Peep the video above, and check out the album here!

Listen to the full mixtape here on Soundcloud!


CONTRIBUTING WRITER: ABEL ARAYA
PHOTO CREDITS: FACEBOOK
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