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Xclusiv Tone Readies New Mixtape, STTGC: Set the Tone…Go Crazy

  • September 15, 2017
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Xclusiv Tone Readies New Mixtape, STTGC: Set the Tone…Go Crazy


Xclusiv Tone is a gifted up and coming Chicago Rap artist that is taking the music scene by storm. Since dropping his cinematic video “Out the Way” which was receiving airplay on 92.3 and 107.5. Xclusiv Tone has been featured on blogs such as I caught up with the buzzing Chicago rapper in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago to pick his brains and get an idea of when we can expect his mixtape STTGC: Set the Tone…Go Crazy!! This is a talented hip hop artist that is living the music that he writes in one of the most dangerous cities in America, sometimes referred to as Chi-Raq.

An artist that has a lot of humility and hasn’t made the outlandish statements that a lot of the newer artists or athletes for that matter make disrespecting hip hop legends or not being knowledgeable about hip hop culture. His music is contemporary but I wouldn’t consider him a mumble artist. He is the median between Migos and Nas. If you are into music by artists such as G-Herbo or Lil Bibby, Xclusiv Tone might be an artist worth checking out.

Also check out his videos for “Out the Way” and his “Free Smoke Freestyle” to become a fan of one of the most underrated talents in all of hip hop. With an overcrowded field in hip hop its refreshing to come across such a raw talent as Xclusiv Tone and am privileged to meet an artist before they are an international celebrity. Look in 2018 for Xclusiv Tone to be the biggest buzzing artist since Drake, mark my words!!

Ryan Glover: I’m here with up and coming Chicago artist Xclusive Tone, how are you doing today?

Xclusiv Tone: Whats the deal man. How you doing?

Ryan Glover: I’m good.

Xclusiv Tone: You’ve had some success with your single “Out the Way”?

Xclusiv Tone: It was spinning on the radio on 92.3, shout out 92.3 and 107.5. Shout out to DJ Herb Kent. Mixtape coming soon to!!

Ryan Glover: What made you start taking music seriously?

Xclusiv Tone: I was on punishment, I was in grammar school in 6th or 7th grade and my OG caught me smoking weed. I couldn’t go outside. I had the computer so I downloaded a whole bunch of beats and put it on a CD. Went in my room and started writing after people said I was good, I kept going with it!!

Ryan Glover: What are some of the struggles facing you as an independent artist in Chicago?

Xclusiv Tone: I feel like its crabs in a bucket. Everybody want the same thing so they feel like they can’t support the next person because they won’t make it, so nobody want to support for real. You got to do everything yourself because no labels doing it for you!!

Ryan Glover: I checked out your “Free Smoke” freestyle, when do you expect for your mixtape to be released?

Xclusiv Tone: We still doing the tracklist seeing what we are going to add on and take off, but before November!! New visuals and music!!

Ryan Glover is a contributing writer for Follow him on Twitter @RyanDavisGlover, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your Google network #Knowgloveknowlove, #Knowyourartist



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Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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