By Ali Shana
Chicago-based artists Crisis Tha Don and Blvck Mitch are stylistically quite different - Crisis tightrope walking a fine line between high pitch melodies and content-heavy verses, and Mitch effortlessly delivering cold flows over eerie, sedated instrumentals.
At the beginning of last year, I performed with them at the Public Garden. Both emcees left very distinct and opposing first impressions on me that night. Crisis organically got the crowd involved and at one point was spitting whole heartedly acapella. Mitch's set was pure animalistic energy. He brought that same energy to the crowd during my set, a complete stranger at this point, with his arm around my shoulder jumping around smiling like we grew up together.
The music slapped, the show was fun, but I had no idea how much respect I'd gain for the two over time.
Crisis is 25 years old and unapologetically passionate about art - anyone's art. The artist uses his purple-light tinted studio to make music and interview other local artists, such as Frank Samuel, on his show 'The Basement.'
"My mission is to bring light to underground artists from the area that I truly believe in," says Crisis. "I want The Basement to be a domino effect for these talented individuals. I hope the people I have on the show achieve all their goals."
I find Crisis's genuine intentions for other people's success incredibly admirable and humbling considering how unique and special his own music is. In a world where anyone can make and market their own music, you have to take risks to stand out. Crisis's risk is his unique singing style, reminiscent of 2009 Kid Cudi and Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos signature high pitch range. This style can best be summarized by his project 'The Jasmine Flower', a love story dedicated to his girlfriend.
Blvck Mitch, also known as BlvckMitchThe$tainMan or simply $tain man, takes a much less heartwarming approach to his music - the rapper is ruthless. The 21-year old creative delivers hit after hit on his latest EP 'Free Though LSD//RIP'. My personal favorite is the heavy-hitting 'It Don't Make A Difference', followed by the autotune feel-good track 'Everything Is Okay'.
The two forces compliment eachother on their new song 'Where To Go' and already have a duo project in the works. Although they've only known each for about a year, the two say their chemistry was organic from the moment they met. "I reached out to Mitch to be on The Basement, and we just clicked," says Crisis. "When we performed together it just felt natural. The songs themselves came about naturally."
The hazy, drug enthused 'Where To Go' is an absolute summer bop. Stream the track below and make Crisis Tha Don and Blvck Mitch a part of your nostalgic, carefree and bass thumping summer memories.