This week, New Chi-t appeared on the front page of Chicago Reader. A collaboration between Netherfriends and a slew of Chicago artists, the project was featured in the Hip-Hop segment of The Reader’s Favorite Music of 2013:
Overlooked Chicago hip-hop | Leor Galil
Netherfriends, New CHI-t
Nomadic indie-popper Shawn Rosenblatt (aka Netherfriends) is no stranger to hip-hop: 2011’sNetherfriends Does Nilsson includes a wobbly, funky tune called “Full of It” with local MC ShowYouSuck. That track also appears on New CHI-t, a rap-centric collection of Netherfriends collaborations featuring local hip-hop acts such as the Whoevers, Fess Grandiose, and Impolite Society. Rosenblatt molds his psychedelic-tinged pop—sometimes peppy, sometimes wistful, sometimes both at once—into the foundation for fun hip-hop tracks. The Sublime-sampling “Summertime” in particular makes me yearn for warm-weather adventures even more than I usually do.
If you’re bummed about Bieber’s retirement, or just need a chill playlist to soothe your post-holiday stress, don’t trip; treat yourself to the second annual Kimball House compilation- comprised of some of our favorite tracks from our friends and resident artists.
2013 was a great year of positive growth for us on many levels! If you’ve reviewed our music, come out to our events, downloaded our tracks, rocked a show with us, or supported us in any way, we’d just like to say THANK YOU.
01. Fess Grandiose – “New Vehicle, Baby!”
02. Chandler London – “TheDrug3.3” (prod. by OH!Quinn)
03. Impolite Society – “Wackass Artwork” (prod. by Von Vuai)
04. Nunca Duerma – “The Snake” (Remix)
05. Chandler London & Rich Jones – “Colorado Or Bust” (prod. by Danimal Tha Choppa)
06. Fess Grandiose – “Casanova Shit”
07. Khalfani (Impolite Society) – “Singled Out” (prod. by Khalfani)
08. Netherfriends – “Good Vibes” ft. ShowYouSuck & Elee X (prod. by Netherfriends)
09. Nunca Duerma – “Bus Rides”
10. Jams Dean & Netherfriends – “Jams In The Road” (prod. by Netherfriends)
11. Impolite Society – “The World” (prod. by Zip)
12. Fess Grandiose & Netherfriends – “Goosebumps” (prod. by Netherfriends)
Impolite Society serves up a hefty compilation project that features group and solo work from individual members, and guest appearances from various artists and producers. For the uninitiated, Bootleg #1 offers a comprehensive introduction to the group; it should also hold over fans familiar with their work until an official full-length is released.
DOWNLOAD: Impolite Society – Bootleg #1
01. “Alibi” (Remix) ft. Cadillac Duke & Cody DeCamry (Prod. by Chinzafly)
02. “B.I.L.L.$.” (Prod. by Fess Grandiose)
03. “Dolla Holla” (Prod. by Fess Grandiose)
04. “Fall Through” (Prod. by Khalfani)
05. “Fame” ft. Guilty Simpson (Prod. by Fess Grandiose)
06. “Freshadelic” (Prod. by Fess Grandiose)
07. “Look Of Hate” (Remix) (Prod. by Nunca Duerma)
08. “Never Walk Out On You” (Prod. by Netherfriends)
09. “OctoTrex” ft. Scienz of Life (Prod. by ID)
10. “Piled In” (Prod. by Fess Grandiose)
11. “Player Shit” (Prod. by Fortified Sounds)
12. “Reckless” (Prod. by Sidewalk Kal)
13. “REVISIONS” (Prod. by AceMo)
14. “The Taste (C.H.I. Summer) (Prod. by Fess Grandiose)
15. “The World” (Prod. by Zip)
16. “Wackass Artwork” (Chopped & Screwed Remix by Via Rosa)
17. “Wackass Artwork” (Prod. by Von Vuai)
18. “Wind It Up” – Pugz Atomz ft. Elee X, ProbCause, & DJ Alo (Prod. by Mark Pritchard & Om”Mas Keith)
19. “Zombies” ft. ShowYouSuck & Cadillac Duke (Prod. by Na$im Williams)
Video: FragD Films
Did someone say something about a heat wave? Be safe, folks, and stay cool this summer by throwing on that VHS copy of Do The Right Thing you have in the garage, or by playing this joint from Netherfriends and Auggie the 9th.
“Summer Sex” can be heard on New CHI-t, the Hip-Hop mixtape Netherfriends dropped at the beginning of the month- featuring guest appearances from a host of Chicago artists.
CHICAGO: Catch Netherfriends live at the Whistler on Monday, July 22. Free show! For show info, click here.
Netherfriends presents New CHI-t, a compilation of his collaborations with Chicago artists. All tracks recorded and mixed by Netherfriends at the Kimball House during the summer and fall of 2012.
Download: Netherfriends – New CHI-t
01. “I’m Gone” (feat. Fess Grandiose)
02. “Never Walk Out On You (feat. Impolite Society)
03. “Mattress” (feat. Fess Grandiose)
04. “Summer Sex” (feat. Auggie the 9th)
05. “Summertime” (feat. Jams Dean, Chandler London, & Auggie the 9th)
06. “Phoenix, AZ” (feat. Rich Jones)
07. “Full Of It” (feat. ShowYouSuck)
08. “Good Vibes” (feat. ShowYouSuck & Elee X)
09. “Jurassic Park V” (feat. theWHOevers)
10. “Numero Uno” (feat. Chandler London & Mig Mora)
11. “Frankfort, KY” (feat. Blakkass Westley)
12. “Ringpop” (feat. Rich Jones & Divino Nino)
13. “Monkey Man” (feat. Divino Nino)
Video: The Endless Summer (1966)
Edited by Netherfriends
“Good Vibes” will be featured on a project called Chi-t, a collection of collaborations between Netherfriends and several Chicago artists. Chi-t drops on June 21st. In the meantime, peep the video for “Good Vibes” and grab the track below.
Chicago: Catch Netherfriends live at the Empty Bottle on May 20th. Free show!
Directed by Adebowale Adesuyi
Produced by Sauce Cools
Hmm, is it the homage to Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing? No. Is it the 90s throwback vibe? No. Is it the fresh features from Chandler London, J Arthur, Dot Kom, and ShowYouSuck? No.
Not sure what it is, really, but when it comes to this new Retrospect video, if the question is “Can I,” the answer is YES.
“Can I” is the second single from Retrospect’s upcoming EP, The Breakout.