A.S.A. Project – Little Lady and Interview

“If he said you were the one
Now would you kiss him
If he said that y’all were done
Would you dis him”

The A.S.A. Project, an eclectic hip hop/pop trio comprised of Spazz on vocals, Reelo on vocals and production and DJ/Producer Turnip Gawd, release their vibrant new single, “Little Lady.” This catchy song will get you dancing for sure. The bright, happy Reelo produced track, with its bouncy keyboard sounds, will appear on their forthcoming self-titled album due out late this spring. In “Little Lady,” a song that belongs on the radio, A.S.A. sing of modern love and it’s pertinent expression through instagram flexin’, notifications and follows/unfollows. They are clever with it and their standout voices shine in the dope pop song. This is their first single from the project other than a recent video introduction. The group, who rep PVTSTCK, have been going hard in 2016, they dropped the OH! What A Place! EP just a couple months ago. For more on the group, read our email interview below and know that there’s always something awesome coming from the A.S.A Project.

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Photos by Bryan Allan Lamb

Can you give me a little background on each member?

Spazz: From the Southside of Chicago, 22, currently attending Marquette University

Reelo: From the Northside of Chicago, 21

Turnip Gawd: I grew up surrounded by music. My mom was a drummer in a all girl Latina band. My dad’s side is the more musical side. My grandpa played in a band and taught my dad and uncle about music. My dad is also in a latin band til this day. My dad refused to let me pursue music until I was in high school and decided to teach myself piano and how to produce. Then I met my friends (Reelo and Spazz) and decided to go this direction. Now my dad does support the music and helps in any way he can. I was in college, but decided music is what I want to pursue so I dropped out to work and focus on music. I am planning to go back to school for audio engineering. I am from the Northside of Chicago (Logan Square), I’m 19.

I hear several different genres in your music, are each of you bringing different and specific inspirations to the collective? Who did you grow up listening to?

We first and foremost enjoy having fun when creating music and create with completely open minds. We don’t intend to create certain things, these things just happen. Subconsciously we intend to genre bend when creating music from many of our music influences. We all grew up listening to very different styles of music. For example, Spazz grew up listening to punk rock and different styles of Hip Hop/Rap such as N.E.R.D which he also drafted his name from his favorite N.E.R.D song titled: “Spazz”. Another example of how different our music tastes are, Reelo grew up listening to R&B & Spanish music such as 112, Jagged Edge, Rakim Y Ken-Y, and Ricky Martin but as far as hiphop and rap music go, he was a big DMX and Three 6 Mafia fan as a kid as well. Last but not least our DJ Turnip Gawd grew up listening to almost everything from Old School house to latin music (bachata, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, etc.) to metal rock to punk rock and alternative and even to rap/hip hop. Marc Anthony was definitely a household favorite. There was a wide range of artists that Turnip grew up listening to.

What are three words you’d use to describe your upcoming project?

Always Something Awesome

Any particular goals for The A.S.A. Project album?

This project is and has been something very special to us. The A.S.A. Project is our debut album and a reintroduction of our new sound, and image of our group. As far as goals go, we expect this album to really keep people on their toes and expand our fan base and network because all of this music and this new sound is something no one is expecting because it’s a big leap in difference from our older music but we want to let the public know that now we are here, and we are here to stay!


Any features or production collabs on the project?

As far as features go, we have a very small amount of features and collaborations on this album. The artists and collaborators you can expect to hear on our album would be: Producer IKON from PVTSTCK, vocalist Rebecca Brunner, vocalist Stormy English, guitarist Jameson Brenner from Zaramela, and our close friend guitarist Oscar Gonzalez is on a very special song to us that closes out the album.

I’ve seen lately in Chicago, that it’s hard to keep a group together! How do you all manage any differences within the group and navigate directions that you may independently want to pursue, but that the other two members might not be feeling?

As a group we have never had trouble compromising with each other. We have a big brother, little brother relationship where we each push each other to become better at what we do and continue growing. At times we do bump heads but at the end of the day, we all want to see each other win equally.

What are your thoughts on the value of collaboration?

Collaboration is very important, as the saying goes: 3 dummies is better than 1 lol. Collaboration brings a lot of great things because you’re not just combining ideas from one person, you have other minds filled with all great ideas and when you bring many good ideas together you get something very magical – THE A.S.A PROJECT!

Anything you’ve learned along the way that you’d care to share with artists earlier in their career development?

This industry takes a lot out of you as a creative but keep pushing, stay positive, and keep everything 100% authentic. ALSO, you must work very hard and be very patient.

Where did you record?

We recorded almost the entire album inside of Reelo’s home studio located in his grandma’s basement. It doesn’t get any more organic than that… We feel that played a major key *DJ KHALED VOICE* in creating the album and capturing a sound that we feel just cannot be recreated anywhere else. We recorded a record, “Bon Voyage” on the album at PVTSTCK Studios and also recorded a few verses there. We finished a couple edits of songs and verses in Milwaukee, WI. at Spazz’s apartment there.

Shout outs?

Shoutout to everyone doing what they love, KEEP GOING!

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I asked the A.S.A. Project to list a few of their favorites things:

Album: Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
Bands: Blink 182
Vocalists: Kid Cudi
Rappers: Meek Mill
Producers: Turnip Gawd, Reelo
Chicago based musicians: Saba
Books: Pedagogy of Freedom by Paulo Freire
Movies: E.T.
Video Game: NBA 2K13
Fav Chicago spots or restaurants: The Nite Cap

Album: 112 “Pleasure & Pain” and Panic! At The Disco “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out”
Bands: Panic! At The Disco, Jagged Edge
Vocalists: Brendon Urie, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Drake, Blackbear, Justin Bieber
Rappers: Drake, Rockie Fresh
Producers: As a producer it’s sort of weird that I don’t really have any “favorite” producers, but I do have some friends of mine who make some hot production… The homies Ikon & Flex Lennon from PVTSTCK
Chicago based musicians: Saba, Spazz, Mick Jenkins
Books: Not much of a reader, but books that I enjoyed reading as a kid were The Captain Underpants books lol
Movies: Not much of a movie watcher but one of my favorites would be Taken
Video Game: Madden, NBA 2K…, anyone let me know if you wanna get busted lol (Xbox One)

Turnip Gawd:
Album: Kanye West’s 808s and Heartbreak, Taking Back Sunday’s Louder Now
Bands: Taking Back Sunday, The Airborne Toxic Event, Kids These Day, Nirvana
Vocalists: PartyNextDoor, Blackbear, Mike Posner, Marc Anthony
Rappers: Kanye West, Drake, Chance, Kid Cudi, Kendrick Lamar
Producers: Timbaland, Pharrell
Chicago based musicians: Chance The Rapper, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Vic Mensa, Saba
Books: The Outsiders, Places and Spaces I’ve Been
Movies: Superbad, This Is The End
Video Game: Fallout, The Division, 2K, Mario Party (any mario game really)
Fav Chicago spots or restaurants: No favorites, too many great spots in our city!

1833 Mix Series, Vol 89: Hausu Mountain

You can keep up with Chicago’s Hausu Mountain on their website.
Track #. Artist – “Song Title” – Album (Catalog #)
1. Form A Log – “Strange Leisure” – Form A Log / Moth Cock (HAUSMO 31)
2. ROM – “And We Will Go” – Possible Mountain (HAUSMO 44)
3. Eartheater- “Mask Therapy” – RIP Chrysalis (HAUSMO 38)
4. BANG! BROS. – “Mercury’s Hot Wings” – Food For Thoth (HAUSMO 43)
5. Khaki Blazer – “Conga Man” – Moontan Nocturnal (HAUSMO 37)
6. Lockbox – “King Aethetica” – Prince Soul Grenade (HAUSMO 14)
7. Tiger Village – “Tarantism” – Tiger Village V (HAUSMO 28)
8. Radiator Greys – “Wait” – Denying The Other (HAUSMO 42)
9. TALsounds – “Talk Alone” – All The Way (HAUSMO 32)
10. William Selman – “Waiting Is A Strange Country” – Picture Of The Climates (HAUSMO 36)
11. Moth Cock – “Paulus” – Form A Log / Moth Cock (HAUSMO 31)
12. Davey Harms – “Trapped In The Grid” – Cables (HAUSMO 41)
13. Piper Spray – “Krolorog” – Krolorog (HAUSMO 34)
14. Potions – “Twilight Dome” – Light and Dark (HAUSMO 33)
15. Mondo Lava – “Sol Walk” – Parrot Head Cartridge (HAUSMO 26)
16. Good Willsmith – “High Level Vintage Magic” – Snake Person Generation (HAUSMO 35)


Drew Howard – Social Suicide

If you haven’t heard any of the music coming from Toronto as of late – aside from that guy named Drake – then you are doing yourself a criminal disservice. Drew Howard was responsible for my favorite under-the-radar hit of 2015 with You’re Not My Mans (seriously, do yourself a favor and click on that), and today he has let his latest EP Social Suicide go. I’ve always thought it might be difficult for Howard to follow YNMM with tracks of greater or equal to quality, but my first listen through Social Suicide has quickly proven me wrong.

Stream Drew Howard‘s latest EP Social Suicide above.

Dutch – No Measure

“There was no measure
All in my fever
I found you”

“No Measure” is a haunting, hazy love song by Toronto based artist Dutch. I stumbled across the track last night via a Hillydilly repost on soundcloud. It begins with dark sounding synths and guitar, then his rich voice comes in and captivates for the next 5 minutes. I couldn’t find much info on the artist, just a Passion of the Weiss post on his only other release that I know of, a vastly different sounding and intense rap, “MNNSLTR.” I’m impressed and intrigued, listen to “No Measure,” Dutch is a remarkable new artist.

“You are the pleasure
With you forever
You’re mine”

Trapo – SHE EP (Prod. by Derrick Thomas Jr.)

17 year old Madison rap prodigy Trapo released his highly anticipated SHE EP, produced entirely by Derrick Thomas Jr. Trapo’s debut project, The Black Beverly Hills, impressed the nation, and the SHE EP shows incredible growth in content and musicality. If you didn’t know any better you’d think the high school senior had years of experience over his peers. Trapo has certainly done a lot of living in the past few months, and now the young vocalist’s got women on his mind. He describes the project as, “…a complete therapy session. Each song is filled with genuine feeling, and relates to women both currently and no longer in my life, This isn’t just some corny love tape. SHE is entirely from a male perspective, or at least from my perspective. It’s me falling in and out of emotions.”

SHE premiered via HotNewHipHop (where listeners have rated it VERY HOTTTTT,) you can cop at iTunes. What first drew me in about Trapo is the quality of his voice – a unique & emotive instrument, deep and rich with some gravel, and seasoned beyond his years. His bold wordplay, incisive and open, is throughly engaging throughout SHE. He relates his varied experiences with women, moods range from dismissive to desirous and befit his age. SHE has a few features; Chicago based theMind and Max Wonders, and Meraki from Milwaukee. Trapo made a wise choice having agile beatmaker Derrick Thomas Jr. produce the whole thing, he’s versatile yet provides congruity adding to the smoothness of the piece. Some of my early favs are “She Moved On,” “Prototype” featuring Wonders, “Special” featuring theMind and of course “Chicago.” It was a pleasure to post Trapo’s first interview back in September, and man has he leveled up since. Listen to SHE to get inside the mind of Trapo, he’s on a roll right now. :lipstick:

“This ain’t a drill baby get to the dancing.”

Chief Keef – Faneto

Glo-ry be to the most high because one of the greatest musical compositions of our time finally has an accompanying visual. Forget about the fact that Faneto dropped in 2014 and just appreciate the fact that Chief Keef took his time to put out his best music video to date. Also, how awesome is it that he included crowd accompaniment on the first “GAS WHAT I SMOKE”?

Watch Chief Keef‘s Faneto above.

Goodbye Tomorrow – l1p1(live beta)_comp3.mov

If this isn’t the coolest tour recap/day in the life video you’ve seen then sue me. Goodbye Tomorrow has had some of the best, and easily most slept on, creative direction of any artist in all of hip-hop (and they’re relative newcomers to the game). After a 2015 campaign that saw them being named to virtually every top-artists lists, the Goodbye Tomorrow conglomerate puts well into perspective what their sound looks like. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab their debut project A Journey Through The Mind Of A Non Believer on your favorite streaming service.


ZenZan – Zendiana Jones EP

Producer ZenZan makes heroic music on his iPad, and his Zendiana Jones EP, released via Mishka Records, is a rewarding adventure. Created while the producer watched the Indiana Jones trilogy on mute, the music embraces the many twists and turns of the quest with gravitas and precision. For more insight, read ZenZan’s latest interview by neonpajamas. He described the process of making Zendiana Jones, “Well, it all started with my love for watching movies on mute while I listen to all different kinds of music in headphones. I wanted to know what would happen if I made beats while watching a film on mute and just reimagine certain scenes with a different musical approach. I started with the Indiana Jones trilogy naturally. Haha!” I paticularly love his interpretation of “Marion.” Follow ZenZan to consistently hear unique musical explorations.

Dos Phendi – Fire (Prod. by Flight)

“There she go, playin’ with fire”

Dos Phendi continues Feo Mob March Madness with his latest single, “Fire.” Prized team member, producer Flight, laid the musical foundation for Phendi to meander the winding road of love. This track, with a subtle latin vibe, shows a different side of Dos than the harder raps that I’ve heard from him recently and it’s a welcome sound. Enjoy Dos Phendi’s brand of “Fire,” for more flames check out his recent EP, Papers.

Lucien Parker – Good Side (Prod. by Rel One)

“Let me show you my good side.”

Lucien Parker is from the South Side of Minneapolis and presents himself very well in his latest single, “Good Side.” I find the harmonious song, produced by Rel One, warm, detailed and lyrically rich. I reached out to ask Lucien about the song and he responded, “Good Side is a story of my life. It’s a story about going after what one wants and giving it their best. In many ways the song connects this idea of chasing after the love of your life, and chasing after a dream and both deserve dedication and hard work. My partner deserves the same love and care that my music does and in that way she becomes art physically and spiritually, show your partner your good side, they deserve it.” There is an almost tangible quality to Lucien Parker’s voice, his sincerity comes through and he’s got writing skills to match. Check out Lucien Parker’s “Good Side,” then follow with a visit to his soundcloud, he’s making damn good music.