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Chicago, IL | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Chicago, IL | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
Solo Hip Hop R&B




"Chicago Reader"

In July, local rapper Bekoe told told Reader contributor Matt Harvey that he founded multipronged hip-hop company Illanoize in 2012 because he saw a void in coverage of the local scene. “During that time Chicago was the center of hip-hop culture,” Bekoe said. “Even so, there still was a lot of really good artists being overlooked.” In the last six years, Bekoe has made Illanoize indispensable; if you stumble upon a local hip-hop artist who’s unfamiliar and hasn’t been covered by major city news outlets, there’s a good chance the Illanoize site has at least one blog post about them. Bekoe throws shows under that name too, including tonight’s belated celebration of Taco’s Never Doubt Me EP, which the rapper self-released in September. Taco’s got an ear for lushly produced, soul-inspired instrumentals, and in his best performances—such as the heartfelt ode “Ma Dukes,” named after J. Dilla’s mother—his lyrics augment the warmth of his tracks. Opener Kenyadda also knows about honoring those who came before him; on his latest mixtape, last year’s Homage, he took instrumentals from hip-hop heroes and gave them his own spin. With his cool in-the-pocket flow, Kenyadda shows he has an intimate knowledge of hip-hop history and aims to make a place for himself in the genre’s ever-blooming canon. On “The Pact” he flips OutKast’s “Da Art of Storytellin’,” and his melodic thump on the hook easily jells with the track’s intergalactic-funk bump. - Leor Galil


Know Ur Worth- 12/15/2015
Homage- 10/30/2017



Chicago songwriter, rapper, producer and singer Kenyadda formely known as Kenn J gained noteriety from his 2015 mixtape "Know Ur Worth".  After spending 12 years of his life in Chicago he moved to the suburbs where he met Scotty Roze and together, they started the independent label IV$E.  He is influenced by artists such as Notorious B.I.G, Tupac, Jay-z, Kanye West, Nelly, Lauryn Hill, and The Temptations.  He is known for his soulful music, witty wordplay, and sarcasm.  Kenyadda's flow has been described as "a breathe of fresh air with a vintage feel" while managing to still make catchy up to date melodies.  While honing the title as "Hip Hops Savior" he released his sophomore mixtape titled "Homage" in October 2017 , in which he takes classic hiphop records and approaches them as if they're his own.  The release of Homage shows that Kenyadda is here to make his mark in the music industry showing creativity, versatility and longevity.

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