Category: Artist Features

Meet Mark Narens: A Chicago Visual Artist With A Youthful Spirit

Meet Mark Narens: A Chicago Visual Artist With A Youthful Spirit
All it takes is a few minutes spent in casual conversation with Chicago-based visual artist Mark Narens to see that he is not a man indicative of his age demographic. Though he is 56 years old, Narens possesses the youthful spirit of someone 30 years his junior. He says the key is simply keeping yourself in motion, and that... Read more »

Meet YOUNG XAV: A Chicago MC With a Rare Sense of Intelligence

Meet YOUNG XAV: A Chicago MC With a Rare Sense of Intelligence
Ever since he was a young kid growing up on Chicago’s Southwest side, rapper YOUNG XAV has always possessed an unusually high degree of intelligence. He says he taught himself computer coding when he was in the 6th grade. He also stated that later on, he taught himself graphic design and video editing as well.... Read more »

Coming Full Circle: Conversations About Life and Music with Jordan Posada-Osorio

Coming Full Circle: Conversations About Life and Music with Jordan Posada-Osorio
At just 23 years years of age, Jordan Posada-Osorio has already come full circle in more ways than one. He has endured years of hardship and come out on top. He made it out of his home town, yet he yearns to give back. He is currently working in the music industry promoting and marketing... Read more »
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Meet Radcliff Music: An MC Who Has Been Slept on His Entire Career

Meet Radcliff Music: An MC Who Has Been Slept on His Entire Career
Ever since he was a little kid growing up in Evansville, Indiana, Chicago MC Radcliff Music has always been on a constant mission to prove his naysayers wrong. His father passed away when Radcliff was just 17 years old. He also had to bear the loss of his own child. He says that when he... Read more »

Meet REALXTY: A Windy City MC with a Soldiers' Mentality

Meet REALXTY: A Windy City MC with a Soldiers' Mentality
For Chicago Hip-Hop artist REALXTY, creativity is a personality trait that has been in his DNA since the day he was born. When he was a little kid playing with his toys, he would not only develop plots and intricate storylines, but he would give each toy a name and a full character description, giving... Read more »

Umraan Syed Strives for Contentment on his Debut Album "Bismillah"

Umraan Syed Strives for Contentment on his Debut Album "Bismillah"
Perhaps the single most defining characteristic of Chicago rapper/singer Umraan Syed’s personality is his contemplative nature. He is always deep in thought. In interviews, he frequently utilizes long pauses before answering a question, and he usually follows that up by delivering a calculated, well thought out response. Syed says he feels trapped inside of his own... Read more »
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Local MC deadstockv1 is on the Verge of Doing Big Things

Local MC deadstockv1 is on the Verge of Doing Big Things
deadstockv1 is a thinking man’s MC. A nerd at his core, he can spend hours talking your ear off about anything that he is passionate about. This isn’t hard to imagine, as he brags rather incessantly about his love of anime, and how he still has his collection of Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh cards sitting in... Read more »

Chicago MC Mugen The Human Loves Wearing His Heart On His Sleeve

Chicago MC Mugen The Human Loves Wearing His Heart On His Sleeve
Chicago MC Mugen The Human is a prime example of why we distinguish the artist from the art. An hour spent listening to his music on Spotify or Soundcloud could leave you feeling down, depressed or even hopeless. Some might even throw him into the “sad boy” bucket, due to his lo-fi, nocturnal beats coupled... Read more »

Osa North: A Chicago Musician Who Is Constantly Evolving

Osa North: A Chicago Musician Who Is Constantly Evolving
Chicago musician Osa North is an artist who is constantly evolving in all facets of his life. As a child living in southern Nigeria, he used to attend St. Francis Church with his Uncle, who helped instill within Osa a deep faith in God. His faith, which remains a fundamental part of his life to... Read more »
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