The Chicago duo provide a (naturally) fresh Chicago visual for their first output of Marathon called “No Way” featuring singer Erthe St. James for the smooth hook. J. Arthur and DotKom perform with an old school mic and mic stand at a couple grind spots in the city and put forth some motivating lines about going full force and not giving up. The visuals continue to show a fresh light of Chicago, especially underneath the Studio Gang designed gem of a prefab wood pavilion in Lincoln Park Zoo. It’s a must-see if you haven’t been there and this is a nice look and listen from theWHOevers.
Look for the album to be dispersed one-by-one in the coming weeks and months.
There’s no time for fairytales and fantasies, Brand Knew is one of Chicago’s most overlooked and one of Chicago’s most dedicated emcees, and that’s reality. Chicago spitter Brand Knew drops his second official release with “Dreamworld”, that is executive produced by Von Vuai and features production by MattAudioDope and J. Arhur of theWHoevers. The project also features guest verses by Saint Millie and theWHoevers [J. Arhur & Dot Kom]. In the eternal words of Tupac Shakur, “Reality is WRONG, Dreams are for real”, and this project is just one reason to begin to invest in the Chicago spitter Brand Knew as he continues to put out really dope music and continues to put into effect his goals and dreams and make them come into fruition.
As the title indicates, here’s a new track suitable for the new energy of 2015.
J. Arthur, beatsmith producer for theWHOevers, drops this new beat that really is perfect for the ’15 vibes. He likens the groove to some “2000 Daft Punk-ish shit” and that’s as accurate a description I can give. Toss this one in your night out playlists and it’ll excellently break up some of that fast hip hop that’s surely in there as well.
theWHOevers keep evolving with each full-length release and that should keep going in 2015 as they’re actually prepping a double release titled Black & White & Born to Use Mics. It’ll explore the singing of J. Arthur like in the smooth summer jam “What’s It Gonna Be” and follow a format akin to OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.
This one though: “Gangrene”… this one’s on the rap side.
Both J & DotKom kill a fresh, thumpin’ production that eventually samples G.O.O.D. Music’s “Mercy” with some high-pitched, pulsating keys. J. kills the switch-up in the beat with DotKom setting a solid tone just before. It didn’t take long for me to like this one…
Probably the coolest video I’ve seen all week as theWHOevers drop these fresh visuals for “Need Somebody”. DotKom & J. Arthur ride through beautiful downtown as director Stefan Klapko captures the in-car visuals nicely throughout. I especially like how they speed up when the beat does prior to the hook at the end of each of their verses. The song itself is dope too with one of their more instantly appealing productions to the casual listener and some memorable lines by both to match. Now I wanna revisit this on last year’s Ridin Waves and cruise under the Chicago nightlights too.
In further exciting news, theWHOevers announce their upcoming double project, Black & White / Born To Use Mics, set up as a parallel to OutKast’s famous Speakerboxxx / The Love Below. Their fresh rap and melodic singing styles can pull that off. Lookin’ forward to it.