Round Up • New Releases From Black Ralphyl, Jack Red, Lil Trav & More

Photo by Michael Salisbury

Photo by Michael Salisbury

Each week the These Days staff comes across great music from Chicago artists that we could not provide individual features for. In an effort to keep our readers up to date with more of our recent favorites, the Round Up segment provides quick summaries and additional noteworthy content. Check out our latest picks below and feel free to submit a comment if you feel we missed something.

Black Ralphyl • "Rolling Stones"

Fresh off the November 2015 release of his EP, V VI XI, Black Ralphyl is rolling like a stone in his latest visual. “Rolling Stones” is a laid back, chill tune and the visual compliments its subject manner very well as Black Ralphyl is living the life in a Las Vegas hotel with plenty vices around him.

Jack Red • "Sometimes"

Jack Red’s debut solo single is “Sometimes,” although Jack isn’t new to the scene. Jack has been a longtime collaborator with fellow-Chicago artists like Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa. The video for “Sometimes” perfectly portrays a conflicted Jack Red battling being in love with one woman while getting ready to marry another. Video courtesy of VSZN.

Lil Trav • "Go Harder"

Lil Trav always goes hard. Always! Now the Sicko Mobb rapper has released "Go Harder", raising the bar for himself yet again. It's a candy colored, feel good time with Trav dropping boastful bars over a high energy beat that few but a Sicko Mobb rapper could shred like this. "Go Harder" or go home, if you like Sicko Mobb you're going to love this

Loud Mouth • "Dogmeat"

Loud Mouth is nothing if not consistent and he's back with another loose gem as he wraps up what's next. Connecting once again with frequent collaborator D.R.O. out of Toronto, the duo become Can-Am on "Dogmeat", a single that sounds much better than the title would have you think. Per usual, Loud Mouth does backflips across D.R.O.'s production. Be on the lookout for a visual for this song shortly, and Loud Mouth's solo project "Punk-Hop" to follow later this summer.

Roman Flowrs (Ft. Thomas DaVinci) • "Faithful/773 Luv (Demo)"

Roman Flowrs just dropped a nice little two-for-one special on us. “Faithful” is a definite gem, as the hook is reminiscent of John Legend’s vocals on Common’s “Faithful”, but Roman’s flow and delivery dead any further comparisons, adding a special vibe to the record. “773 Luv (Demo)” is a much more intimidate song (although incomplete) as Roman speaks on how although he has moved up, he’s hasn’t moved on “different address, same number – 773 Luv.” But to be honest, the obvious highlight of this tune is the DragonBallZ reference. #RIPKrillin! Hopefully we get the completed “773 Luv” record sooner than later.