Category Archives: Music

Why You Need to Listen to Ari Lennox

by Da’Nelle Grier

Hailing from Washington D.C., Ari Lennox is a name you will never forget with a vocal quality just as striking as her features. I’m not kidding. This woman has the fullest, most enticing head of curls, beautiful, mahogany skin, and a jawline to die for.… how DARE she.

But on a more serious note, Ari completely has the “it” factor. No, scratch that. Ari is the “it” factor. Her sound is the perfect combination of passion, rawness, strength, (and a hint of Baduizm) that would make anybody fall in love. Her personality is vibrant and quirky — the qualities I’m sure we all look for in a best friend. Lastly, her entire aesthetic is that of a carefree woman who is comfortable in her own skin, and that is the ultimate role model material.

Recently crowned as the First Lady of J. Cole’s Dreamville Records, there’s no doubt in my mind the world will soon be mesmerized by this 22-year-old R&B powerhouse.

Click here to watch Ari Lennox’s music video for “Backseat” feat. Cozz from her newest EP, Pho (available for download on iTunes and Apple Music).

Here’s also a list of some of my favorites by Ari:


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Chance The Rapper Showed Love to Chicago


By Abby Nelson

It is no secret that Chance The Rapper is from Chicago. He uses every opportunity to let the world know where he is from. His nickname is even Lil Chano from 79th.

I first learned about Chance when I moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College. His mixtape, ‘Acid Rap’ was just beginning to get recognition and my freshmen year came to a close after seeing Chance headline Manifest, Columbia’s urban arts festival.

Here is Chance performing one of the hit songs from ‘Acid Rap’ at Manifest 2013:

This Friday, is my last day as a student at Columbia College and the same date of Manifest 2016, so it’s only right that Chance The Rapper is releasing his third mixtape, ‘Chance 3’ on the same day, May 13th. Fans have eagerly waited for this mixtape especially after seeing Chance perform on SNL, The Stephen Colbert Show and learning that it’s Chance that co-wrote not one, but five songs on Kanye West’s latest album.  These accomplishments are huge for the 22 year-old independent, unsigned artist.

One thing that I love about Chance, is his love for his fans and for the city. The campaign behind ‘Chance 3’ is that you can order posters much like the album cover on the far right and post it around your city.


You then post the image on a social media site with the hashtag, #Chance3 and #Nameofyourcity and you can win a chance to meet Chance the next time he is in your town!

In the music video for his latest single, ‘Angels’, Chance flies high over the Chicago skyline and rides on top of the el. When I first saw the video, I immediately wondered, ‘Did he really ride on top of the train?’ The answer is yes, he sure did. All while rocking a Chicago White Sox hat. The video closes out with him and featured artist, Saba dancing on the corner of LaSalle and Adams.

Check out the video for yourself:

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Electro-swing: Retro Melodies and Future Beats

By Payton Pinsky

indexMusic festivals are one of the best ways to discover new music and new artists fast. Thanks to the Electric Forest music festival I discovered a whole new world of music I never even knew existed, and that is namely, electro-swing.

Let’s flashback to the mid 30’s. The swing era was in full effect, getting people grooving with up-beat and rhythmic tunes. Women put on their favorite dresses and men definitely dressed to impress. People would go out and dance the night away to some of the happiest music around.

Now fast-forward to the Electric Forest Music Festival last June. Most of the music was electronic based, with some jam bands and rap artists making appearances during that weekend last year. The festival itself had about 7 stages scattered throughout the grounds. The Hangar stage was new and it was one of the most unique stages I have ever been to. You could get your haircut at the old school barber shop, get a “tattoo” at the tattoo parlor, and everyone around the stage was dressed in amazing 30’s costumes. The thing that struck me the most about this particular stage, was the amazing music being played…music, that I had never heard before.

The DJ, on the stage was Chicago native Vourteque, who happened to be  dressed like a steam-punk magician and was playing swing music like you’ve never heard before. Every part of my body started moving to the beat and the next thing I know I was lost in the music. Imagine this…all the vocals and beats you expect to hear with 30’s swing music is blasting through the speakers and the next thing you know there is an electro drop that makes you dance even harder.

Electro-swing is the future of electronic music.  All ages can find happiness in this music whether it brings them back in time or gives them some enjoyment for the night. is a website dedicated to bringing you the best electro-swing music and keeping you up to-date with all the new electro-swing music.  Rouge in Chicago hosts an electro-swing night the third Wednesday of every month.  Keep your eyes and ears open for this unique music that is sure to blow up this year and don’t forget to head to Electr.

Check out my favorite electro-swing mix by Vourteque:

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