MADE MADE MUSIC XXXX S O U N D WAVES HOT NE W ART I STS SoundWaves is back on another wave of tunes from Chicago artists. These selected artists will be featured in our coming listening session entitled “Soundwaves” on November 9th at FAME Studios. These selected artists will perform live, each having on a 20-minute set in an unplugged, acoustic setting. MADE By Chelsey Sincerray CRAW THE SAGE • • • Soundcloud: @crawthesage Hometown: Maywood, IL Recent Project: “#Elixir” 01. I work with a team who is constantly trying to allow new sounds to grow organically, while blending sounds of contemporary Hip Hop.” PHOTO CREDITS: Gonzo Gonzalez & Charlie Copeland Rapper Craw the Sage, born Eric Boyd, is a talented emcee with a vast array of poetic talent. He was raised in Chicago then moved to Maywood, IL around high school. Craw the Sage is gifted with words and possesses a unique style of rap that is all his own. He began rapping in his dorm room during his freshman year in college. He explains “I didn’t know I had a way with words...Rap found me, I was just doin’ it for fun and I just so happen to be decent at it, so I decided to take Hip Hop seriously around the end of my sophomore year.” he felt comfortable performing in front of crowds. He took the opportunity to participate in open mics around his school and around Chicago, using the open mics as stepping stones to harness the craft of performance. Craw dropped his first fulllength project entitled ‘Joy of the Game’, on May 20, 2015. The project was largely produced and mixed by a fellow student and good friend Griffin Belzer (GRYFN). Joy of the Game is described as a coming of age story. Craw raps to inspire lives and share knowledge amongst his listeners. He expends a lot of energy and has an aura about him that cannot go unnoticed. Craw is currently working on his new project entitled #Elixir. Craw eventually developed his skill of rap to a point in which “We are born with the ability to create, a God given gift. We BIO made-magazine.com | 18 are all participants in this great cosmic event which is basically one big art project.” - Craw the Sage Three words that sums up your wave of music. And why? My Wave: Experimental Trap, Mystic, Neo-Soul I work with a team who is constantly trying to allow new sounds to grow organically, while blending sounds of contemporary Hip Hop. What makes your music different from others in your industry? My music is different than others in the industry because I’m versatile with my beat selection, I bring my true authentic personality to each one of my songs, and there are layers of substance in my rhyme schemes.