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Ness Heads is the name of the genre-blending project of Vanessa Ortiz whose mix of Electronic, Pop and Hip Hop has been catching attention in Chicago and beyond.

Ness grew up on the West Side and attributes the noise, the backyard parties and the overall chaos of the area to shaping her into an artist she is today. Her latest Single “Paper Town” explores a softer, dreamy side of the rising MC, and features gliding vocal melodies over acoustic guitar and subdued beats. Jill Hopkins spoke with Ness about her Chicago upbringing and eclectic sound.

Chicago musician and performance artist excavates past traumas, processes past relationship and reflects on lifestyle pre-sobriety.

Chicago is a city that grinds. From sports to politics, it takes pride in being the formative stomping ground of icons like Michael Jordan and the Obamas. Chicago works hard and plays hard, and this is also true of its creative community.

Throughout this month’s Slingshot Scenes, Vocalo Radio will highlight local artists to offer a sense of what Chicago sounds like. Listen and read below for six of Chicago’s finest emerging hip-hop and R&B artists to watch in 2019.

Owen Finn, a local Chicago musician, stopped by The Morning AMp to talk about the upcoming release of his new song “Bread n’ Butter” as well as the launch of his new clothing line.

The EP finds the “Latin Soul” singer and songwriter in search of a sanctuary as he addresses pain and trauma of the past and re-examines his beliefs.

“Synergy” is the first Hip Hop album produced and performed entirely by women.

Tensei’s new album album “Constellate” is half instrumentals, half vocals, and it’s filled with features and guest appearances.

Chicago actor, poet and Hip Hop artist talks intersection between theater and music, the radical and rebellious nature of his art, and new album “Maintain.”

Chicago’s Absolutely Not are shredding guitars and ignorance, and igniting the stage and change with their uncompromising glam punk sound.

Chicago singer Shawnee Dez evokes a wide range of emotions with her sultry, dreamy voice and sound that straddles between Soul and R&B.