Hailing from the Westside of Chicago, and influenced by ‘90s Hip Hop, Soul Music and poetry, R.O.E., which stands for Rising Over Envy, takes both his influences and his upbringing and delivers that concoction to the people in a Hip Hop style. During the wave of music being pushed via Hip Hop blogs and other music sites, R.O.E. has buzzed onto the feeds of many top sites, including Rap Radar, Fake Shore Drive, Ruby Hornet, The Smoking Section, DJ Booth, FUSE and Rock The Dub. His feature in the Chicago Red Eye led to an invite by the Chicago Tribune to perform at the Chicago Theatre for “Chicago Live” in 2011.

R.O.E.’s blend of Hip Hop flavor with meaningful lyrics and sharp delivery has been spread out over quality releases like A Backpacker Named R.O.E., his official introduction to the new fans while reminding the mainstays why they stuck around in the first place. The lead single, “I Won”, helped get R.O.E.’s name out, with love not just coming from the blog circuit but independent and college radio spins as well. Mr. Backpacker wears both his pack and that name proud, dripping his new school tracks with a familiar Golden Age glisten, helping bridge the gap that so many fans of the “old school” see in today’s music.

R.O.E. isn’t just rocking tracks to a D.A.T. machine, though. With his band, The Soulvillians, R.O.E. has a captivating live show, already performing at countless events and venues across the country. If you’re a fan of honest, quality Hip Hop minus the politics and body count, R.O.E. is the perfect answer for your Hip Hop question.

The B.E.A.T.

musically drawing influence from bands such as BATTLES, MINUS THE BEAR, & SOULIVE, while lyrically drawing influence all over the underground hip-hop map, from NAS to MF DOOM to LUPE FIASCO, their sound is in a level of its own. eschewing overproduced ear-candy, this band creates live loops and effects on the spot that typically require studio manipulation. the music connects!!!


The WHOevers are a Chicago-based hip hop duo formed by MCs J. Arthur and DotKom. Known for their high energy stage presence, melodic sounds and catchy lyrics, the WHOevers are dedicated to providing straight-forward, feel good hip hop music. Although it’s evident the duo’s musical roots are influenced by a number of musical genres, they use inspiration, imagination and life experience to produce honest lyrical content, consistantly winning over even the most diverse crowds. The combined power of “wild-child” lyrical genius MC Dotkom and the soul-infused sounds of MC J. Arthur create a distinct and unique approach that provides audiences with a fresh and relevant sound for the modern age. A force to be reckoned with, the WHOevers are surely launching toward the forefront of today’s Chicago hip hop scene.

Working hard to make a name for himself, Slot-A has pinpointed himself as one of the go-to producers in Chicago. As such he's found himself making music for names such as Add-2, Ghostwridah, Jamall Bufford (formerly known as Buff-1 of Athletic Mic League) and Gerald Walker. Along with keeping busy with production, Slot-A's music has been featured and heard as the theme song for "Kiss and Tell", a series on E! with Mr. Robotic.

Following the steps of favorite producers, Dr. Dre and Just Blaze, djing was the next step in Slot's evolution. He found his niche in blending Dustys, Funk, Disco, Remixes, House, New Jackswing & Hip Hop to create high-energy sets. Putting a producer's ears to blending records, he created his own remixes, mash-ups and beats. Understanding of music to that extent is just one of the things separating Slot-A from the pack. In 2013 he landed himself a spot as DJ for Gerald Walker, Add-2, Mc Adad & Neak Undefined.

His first project, The Foundation Beat Tape, features 18 minutes of instrumentals mixed, blended and produced by Slot. Having recently wrapped up a self produced LP, titled "The Transition", Slot-A hasn't stopped his momentum yet. On any given day you can be sure to catch him in the studio working on tracks for various artists, as well as himself. Along with constant work, he makes himself available for tours and club dates, making sure to infect as many places as possible with his high-energy sets.



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