Rain or shine the show continues as Chicago’s upstarts continue to grind. Fat Joe was once popular for saying “make it rain”, but as Chicago’s crazy rain weather poured on Chicago’s avid Hip-Hop heads poured into GoILL.Net’s event at Subterranean. Walking into this event drenched in rain I knew the reason I came to this event was to see Treated Crew’s Na$im Williams and his live set accompanied by special guests that all came out to support Treated Crew’s youngest in charge. The card was also followed by Rich Jones, Sam Trump (Special Performace), Denmark Vessey & Storefront Church, and the main eventer being Cody DeCamry.
I was intrigued by the fraternal love and respect that all the acts had for one another. Each artist acknowledged each other and respected the hustle and craft that they brought to the table. I was bewildered by the fact that the only person I knew on the card was Na$im but came into the event wanting to learn more about the different upstarts in Chicago’s music scene all wanting to make their way up Chicago’s Hip-Hop echelon.
I left the event having a deeper appreciation for all the great acts that our city has to offer and how diverse our music scene is which has allowed for different artists all representing different genres to have their own shot at the limelight. Coming in I was a man in the middle of the action. I didn’t know anyone but Na$im but as the event went on went from being in the middle to becoming closer into knowing more about our city’s prospective artists.
Below are videos from the event in order of the performances and a little bit about each artists as well as what I learned from these performers.
Na$im put on a hell of a show from beginning to end. He began by playing his most coveted instrumentals followed by live performances with his guests. Scheme performed his Verse from 61 Lilies and brought the crowd into a frenzy following his acapella performance. Gzus Piece was his brothers keeper in performing This Summer which was produced by Na$im Williams and Million $ Mano, his Treated Crew brethren. Chandler London performed two songs, the first being a never before seen remix of Diamond Girl with Cadillac Duke and Blakkass Westley, the second song being 2 Different Sides with Cocky. Each performance was solid and had the crowd ecstatic about the set that Na$im Williams and his guests put on.
Jones' music was very energetic throughout his performance. He also had guests of his own in bringing out the rest of the Second City Citizens, a tri-fecta of mic wreckers that he is a part of. The trio was very spirited and active with the crowd getting them to participate in their act and chorus their lyrics throughout their performance.
One of the special performances came from Sam Trump who performed a soulful acoustic act. His performace helped diversify the types of performances being played as he blended in perfectly with the soulful act he brought the crowd at Sub-T, which was repected by everyone in attendance.
Denmark Vessey & Storefront Church:
Spreading rhymes and Hip-Hop ghospel were Denmark Vessey and his live band, Storefront Church. I had never heard their music before coming to this event and was surprised by how great their sound way. Initially it came off as the second coming of Rage Against The Machine as a result of the great guitar riffs that helped embellish their sound. As their act progressed they became more soulful, which was an interesting switch and great performance.
Cody DeCamry was a standup guy. At a time when things werent going his way he kept optimistic and gave the audience what they wanted as he freestyled a few songs before he officially began his performance. His sound system wasnt working but once that was fixed DeCamry delievered. His performance was great, a blend of soul with the boom bap sounds given by the live band that accompanied. For it being the first time DeCamry performed with a live band he gave a hell of a performance and reminded people why at his young age he has shown so much poise and potential.
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