Junior Pasare is more than just a recording artist. The uber-talented producer/singer/songwriter/rapper has been grinding his way through the Midwest music scene since the mid- 2000’s. Building his catalog and honing his craft along the way, Junior has become somewhat of a musical force in his hometown of Springfield, IL. Collaborating with a local who’s who, all while creating some of the areas most prolific sounds bring us to “Ten 28”.
The 6 track project boasts a Tupac (2pac) intro, and song named after the legend with poignant, well delivered, lyrics that even he would be proud of. Handling the bulk of the production on the release allows Pasare to showcase his skills both in front of the mic and behind the boards. With a sound that translates well with new wave fans and Hip Hop aficionados alike “Ten 28” may be the new grail for what Hip Hop is supposed to be.
All Good Plug wasn’t always all good. The talented emcee takes us on a walk through some of his darker days. Losing loved ones, never being financially stable, and living in a hotel room can have a serious effect on one’s psyche, but Plug kept his head up and found a way to make it all good.
Up and coming artist, FRN Jawni drops his debut project, “Da Bag Way”. Hosted by one half of the Midwest’s dynamic mixtape Dj duo, DA Midwest Connectz, DJ Juice Ortiz, Jawni has put together a combination of 12 of his hottest tracks pulling from his street appealing yet soulful catalog. Jawni looks to make waves and solidify his spot as the next big artist to pop out of Illinois. With street anthems such as “Finessin” and “Bandz” this mixtape will become an instant hood classic as he displays his love for his city and region with his “2-17” slogan being a recurring theme on the mixtape .
Deezy Da Paperboy is on a mission for the “Krown”, and even a stint in jail isn’t stopping him. The multi-award winning artist recently found himself on the wrong side of the law but even that can’t stop his momentum. “UnderGroundKrown” made it’s debut Independence Day to rave reviews. The 9 track project is packed full of high energy production and street-certified hits like; “Turn Up The Stove”, “Telling Me Nothing”, and the Sheezy assisted “Not Me”. Taking a page right from the playbook of artists like Shyne, and Gucci Mane, releasing music while incarcerated only puts Da Paperboy that much closer to the throne.
Tj Byrd is one of Illinois’ most gifted rappers. He drops another jewel with his “Fuckery” Freeverse over Drake’s “Do Not Disturb”. Getting extremely personal Mr. Byrd took some of the things that have been bubbling under the surface and allowed them to breathe. Detailing interpersonal relationships with friends and even the mother of his children, TJ exhibits plenty of courage in speaking from his heart.
Central Illinois hip hop veteran, Meezy Killafield delivers his personal new single”Emotions”. Tapping Twenty1Seven Studios for the video, Meezy pulls back the covers and exposes his true feelings. if “Emotions” is any indication of what’s to come the world better be ready for more heartfelt music from one of the Midwest’s most experienced rhymers.
4TP’s Archie continues his recent stretch of new releases with “Nintendo”. The Jacksonville, Illinois resident has been slowly building both his catalog and fan base through his hard work in the Midwest underground scene.