Taylor Bennett is a 21-year-old independent artist from Chicago, Illinois. The younger brother of Chance The Rapper is changing the game with his lyrical style, flow and heart pounding live shows. Bennett’s rise has been meteoric, selling out shows all over Chicago and being featured on the cover of The Chicago Reader as “The next up in Chicago.”
Bennett has opened for Vic Mensa, Nas, YG & Curren$y. Premiering his recent project “Broad Shoulders” with Rolling Stone, Bennett said, “We’re really trying to build our own industry.”
Melo Makes Music
Carmelo Cianflone, Otherwise Known As Melo Makes Music, Is An Independent Artist From The Southside Of Chicago. Raised By A Single Mother, Melo Was Exposed To A Variety Of Music At A Young Age Resulting In His Love And Pursuit Of The Art. Melo Has Since Pioneered A Sound That Maintains His Purity As An Artist And Challenges The Notion That Succumbing To Commercialism Instigates Success. Melo Heavily Focuses On Producing Strong Instrumentals By Incorporating Instruments Such As The Violin And Cello In His Work, Adding A Classical Twist To His Otherwise Grunge Hip-Hop And R&B Style. As An Artist Of Many Crafts, Melo Also Enjoys Creating Artistic Visuals Including Short Films, Teasers And Photos That Illustrate The Depth Of His Work. Through His Music And Related Content, Melo Aims To Bridge Cultural And Artistic Gaps. As A Brand, Melo Makes Music Embodies The Notion That As An Artist, One Should Not Constrict Themselves To Concrete Definitions Or Limitations. As Of 2017, Melo Has Collaborated With Local Artists Such As Ravyn Lenae, Taylor Bennett And Producer, Martin $Ky, Amongst Others.
Photographer: Bianca Garcia
"Brian Fresco is a 21-year-old hip-hop artist from the south side of Chicago that made a name for himself coming up with fellow SaveMoney members Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Towkio and the rest, all of which appeared on his debut mixtape, Mafioso, a local favorite that put him on radars across the country and established Fresco as yet another talented voice from Chicago. Quiet, save for a few singles over the past year, the young artist has been plugging away in the studio with MC Tree, creator of 'Soul Trap' and released a ten track EP on September 25, SoulTrap that premiered on Hot New Hip Hop. Since then, Fresco has appeared on blogs across the country and Leor Galil of the Chicago Reader featured him in a recent review."
Bianca Shaw is an American rapper, singer, drummer, and songwriter from the West Lawndale neighborhood in Chicago, IL. She has been writing rhymes since the young age of 11 years old and is a lyricist and music artist who values every element of sound.
Her music influences include Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Paramore, Flyleaf, T.I., Lupe Fiasco, Eminem, and Missy Elliot. Bianca had the help of Artist, producer, and engineers Daniel "Slimknotty" Booth, Brian Kenner, and Alexander Cruz who invested in her talents and worked with her on numerous songs to help mold her skill-set.
In 2013, Bianca was selected to showcase her lyricism skills in "Lady Gaga Jungle Cypher" Presented by The Jungle AE- a studio in which Bianca considers home. She released a cover to Eminem's "Rap God" on YouTube titled "Rap Goddess" in 2014.
She has recently released her debut R&B/Hip Hop fusion EP Titled "Guns and Roses" in September 2016. Through her exposure in performances, new music and recent videos, the fan base has increased and she has gained the respect of other Hip Hop lovers and artists. Bianca Shaw is the on the rise to be a Reckoning Force and influence in the music world.