*(Los Angeles, CA) Hidden Beach Recordings’ Unwrapped series has made a triumphant return with its Unwrapped Vol. 8: The Chicago Sessions album. Released May 24, the 10-cut collection has already garnered glowing coverage from Billboard and NBC Chicago, among others.
Buy Unwrapped Vol. 8: The Chicago Sessions on iTunes HERE.
Read Billboard’s coverage on Unwrapped Vol. 8: The Chicago Sessions HERE.
As Chicago native and Hidden Beach Recordings founder Steve McKeever explains in the Billboard article by Gail Mitchell, he wants Unwrapped Vol. 8, which was recorded in Chicago and features Chicago musicians, to help “shine a positive light” on his hometown city. “The most unifying project we’d put together was Unwrapped,” McKeever adds. “So I decided to ramp it back up.”
McKeever also features Chicago-based Hiplet Ballerinas in the video for Unwrapped Vol. 8 selection “Pick Up The Phone.” NBC Chicago covered the video, highlighting how Hiplet is redefining an art form with its hip-hop version of ballet as seen in the “Pick Up The Phone” video.
Watch NBC Chicago’s feature on Unwrapped’s “Pick Up The Phone” & Hiplet Ballerinas HERE.
“Hiplet is world famous,” McKeever says during the interview with NBC 5’s LeeAnn Trotter. “They represent some of the most positive things that are coming out of Chicago.”
Unwrapped Vol. 8: The Chicago Sessions is available on digital platforms worldwide today and is a family-friendly way that generations of people can listen to the music of today together. Stream the album in its entirety HERE.
Recorded in Chicago by Chicago musicians, the 10-track collection features mesmerizing hip-hop jazz reworkings of Gucci Mane’s “Miss My Woe,” SZA’s “Love Galore,” J. Cole’s “ATM,” and JAY-Z’s “The Story Of O.J.” The LP also features Unwrapped’s take on Cardi B’s “Best Life,” which features Windy City artist Chance The Rapper.
Watch the video for Unwrapped’s version of JAY-Z’s “The Story Of O.J.” HERE.
Unwrapped Vol. 8: The Chicago Sessions has also earned early praise from The Hype Magazine, Newslocker, and HipHopOnDeck. Forthcoming coverage on the project include interviews with RightOn!, The Soren Baker Show, and others.
In addition to the acclaimed Unwrapped series, Hidden Beach Recordings launched the career of multi-platinum recording artist and award-winning actress Jill Scott and Kindred The Family Soul, among others. Hidden Beach Recordings also released an R&B album from multi-platinum artist Darius Rucker as well as a studio album and a Christmas album from gospel music legend BeBe Winans.
The Unwrapped Vol. 8: The Chicago Sessions tracklist is as follows:
Pick Up The Phone (originally recorded by Travis Scott)
The Story Of O.J. (originally recorded by JAY-Z)
Miss My Woe (originally recorded by Gucci Mane)
Goosebumps (originally recorded by Travis Scott)
The Way Life Goes (originally recorded by Lil Uzi Vert)
Love Galore (originally recorded by SZA)
Best Life (originally recorded by Cardi B f. Chance The Rapper)
Made in America (originally recorded by Kanye West & JAY-Z f. Frank Ocean)
ATM (originally recorded by J. Cole)
Be Careful (originally recorded by Cardi B)
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Billy Johnson Jr.