News RoundUp • Sir The Baptist Signs, Flosstradamus Announce Label & More

Sir The Baptist Signs with Atlantic

As the subsequent waves have rolled through town year after year, there’s been a distinct breaking point: to sign or not to sign. While acts like Chance The Rapper, Towkio and Saba have yet to put their John Hancock on the dotted line, some have found success doing just that and earlier this week another act from the city found a home as Sir The Baptist announced his arrival at Atlantic Records.

The signing is no surprise to anyone who’s been following Sir’s quick and exponential rise over the course of the last year. Rising from relative obscurity at the top of last year with a string of talented singles and accompanying visuals, including the pointed “Creflo (Almighty Dolla)”. He also spotted on “Familiar” off SURF and generally seemed groomed to make the leap.

Time will tell how Sir uses the limelight to his advantage, but so far he seems to be punching the right buttons, keep an eye out for plenty more from this rising act in the coming months.

CNA Awards Finalists Announced

While Chicago may not be the first thought for many when it comes to nightlife or awards, Do312’s ‘Chicago Nightlife Awards’ puts the city’s scene front and center and this week announced finalists across twenty-five categories ranging from ‘Best Drag Performer’ to ‘Best DIY Collective’.

With performances from ProbCause, The Walters and Glass Lux on the docket, the night is shaping up to be an exciting and memorable one as the annual awards show enters it’s third year. This time around make sure you keep an eye out for a pair of TheseDays’ own currently up for ‘Blogger of the Year’ as well!

The awards take place June 7 at Concord Music Hall, vote and RSVP here.

Flosstradamus Debuts New Independent Label

It looks like the hip-hop scene isn’t the only side of the local music scene looking to take control of their work. This week dance-music heavyweights and Trap originators Flosstradamus added a new chapter to their very thick story with the announcement of a new independent imprint, Hi Def Youth Label, a furtherance of the duo’s HDYNATION movement that has existed alongside the music for a minute now.

The announcement is a welcome one that should prove to help keep dance music here in the city, rather than scurrying for the coasts or overseas as was the case in the days of Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy, current and future acts appear to have a dedicated outlet to get their work to the masses without leaving home.