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FSD Feature: Meet Joseph Chilliams, The Chicago Rapper Millennials Need

Meet Joseph Chilliams, a.k.a. Urban Joseph, a.k.a. Yung Buck, a.k.a. Saba’s older brother. The Westsider has been making a name for himself through 2016, dropping a handful of unique and invigorating songs, and dropping some of the dopest features on Telefone and The Bucket List Project. Then out of nowhere an armed robbery put him in the hospital.

After a month of missing shows and laying low, Joseph is back and stronger than ever; selling out Lincoln Hall with his brother and fellow Pivoter, Saba. We got a chance to catch up to him before the show to talk about the robbery, the Westside, and keeping your imagination in tact.

Peep the interview below and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Joseph’s debut project, Henry Church, coming later this year.

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Catching up with Melo Makes Music as he readies his forthcoming ‘Nomads’ EP

Words by Nandi Howard. Photos by Dennis Elliot.

To not give credit to the successful year Chicago had in music would be a disservice to yourself. 2016 was a great year for some familiar faces in the Chicago scene to go beyond the Midwest. For the most part, Chicago entertainers, despite being from different parts of the city, all know each other. Whether from open mic events back in the day or attending the same grammar schools, one of the largest cities in America surprisingly has a close knit artist community.

“I kind of was on my own thing back then. I got into because it would become a hobby to write songs in my old dorm room, and I started missing class because of it…Really my journey is something I take in alone in a lot of regards as far as creativity,” said Melo.

After dropping out of Columbia College with the backing of his mom, Melo recorded for the first time in a studio in 2015. The result of his new endeavor landed him a debut EP that consisted of three songs, which clocked in at over 73k plays.

“My mom actually inspired me to make the decision to pursue my dreams based on the fact that she felt as though my time was better spent doing that. She could tell I cared about it a lot more. Ever since I made that decision I’ve been working really hard,” said Melo

Now fresh into 2017, Melo is set to release a new EP, Nomads, on February 28th and we got to talk to him about his creative direction, influences in the industry and more.

Check it out below.

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Dally Auston drops ’99¢’ EP, talks delay of ‘Roses’ & future moves

What a twist. A few weeks ago Dally dropped what was believed to be the cover art for his long awaited Roses project, set to impact today. Instead, it looks like Dalí decided to give us a heretofore unmentioned extended play, the title a reference to one of his hottest visuals from a few years back.

Dally’s first project in three years decided to go without any features, leaving us with just eight tracks of the SaveMoney original showing us exactly how he’s been improving over the past few months. And make no mistake, 99¢ marks some of his best work and makes for a great start to Chicago’s 2017. Instead, Dally went everywhere for production, with sound work being done by That Dude Nate, 5heriff, Banks The Genius, Morimoto, and Home-Sick. Yeah, he really gets versatile on this one. We’ve been saying for awhile, don’t you dare sleep on this man. Now’s your chance to help yourself out if you have been.

Now, here’s hoping we won’t be waiting another three years for Roses. Regardless, we’ve got some pretty solid listening in the interim. We also caught up with Dally to discuss the delay of Roses, what he’s been working on, SaveMoney and his thoughts on the future. It’s required reading.

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Multi-Platinum producer The Legendary Traxster strikes label deal with Priority Records, plans to “make more money than 90s CWAL/Atlantic venture”


Congrats are in order to The Legendary Traxster, who has just inked a label deal with Priority Records for his Nothing But Dope imprint. This will add to Trax’s impressive roster of labels over the years, including Creators Way Associated Labels (CWAL) and Traxster Inc.

Traxster is a multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated producer, so his resume speaks for itself. Over the years he’s given the likes of Twista, Big Sean, Do or Die, Mariah Carey, Cam’ron and Mystikal hits — so look for him to expand on this with his latest endeavor.

Nothing But Dope falls under the newly-relaunched Priority Records, which falls under the Capital Music Group owned by Universal Music Group. Throughout history, Priority has given us classic material from the likes of Ruthless Records, No Limit Records, Death Row Records and many other storied labels.

Traxster plans to be the “new Master P” with Nothing But Dope and says he has a “new business model that will revolutionize how producers maneuver in this industry.” Also adding “Times have changed. I had to change my approach. Everyone will peep the chess move soon.”

On his decision to join Priority, Traxster quipped “I was excited with what Priority was doing as far as deal structure. It gave me all the flexibility I need. They have a excellent marketing team and staff. I have prior relationships with the people there and they ultimately wield the muscle of the biggest company in music, Universal.”

With the new label, Trax plans to discover, nurture and introduce more new talent than he did in the 90s. He’s excited to get the ball rolling, but is keeping the roster under wraps for now — other than his wife/artist Tia London, of course.

Look for more info, details and announcements in the coming weeks. A big congrats to Trax and the staff at Priority. Watch him do it again.

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FSD EARLY ACCESS: We Preview Alex Wiley’s ‘Village Party III: Stoner Symphony’


Alex Wiley — Chicago rapper and weed enthusiast — has been making waves for years in the local scene. While early collabs with fellow Chicagoans Chance The Rapper and Mick Jenkins helped shed some light on the young talent, Wiley has made a name for himself by spreading vibes and making music. After the success of last year’s Tangerine Dream album, Wiley is set to release the third album in the Village Party trilogy, Stoner Symphony, on January 18.

While the album isn’t set to release for another week, we managed to finesse a little sneak peak of the album. I now will share my thoughts with you…

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