Scheme - La ClikaA Mexican rapper who was born and raised in Chicago, Scheme is
showcasing his versatility with both production as well as language with
his new single “La Clika”, which will be featured on a future mix tape
in collaboration with DJ Scend. The production, courtesy of Chicago
producer, Serious, is just one of the many aspects of Scheme’s new
musical venture, where he hopes to make and leave his mark in the music
industry. Combining his Mexican and Hip-Hop roots, he’s developed a
unique sound through which he hopes to bridge the gap that he once felt
had him feeling like he had two identities.
“La Clika”, Spanish for The Clique “is a cultural movement, I want my fans
to represent La Clika. This is our team. La Clika represents those who
haven’t felt represented in Hip-Hop music.” - Scheme
House music came of age in Chicago at a time when minorities—ethnic, sexual and economic—were the cumulative majority in our city, but were otherwise voiceless. House music was about feeling good, feeling like you were a part of something bigger than yourself. If you were dancing to Frankie Knuckles in a nightclub with blacks, gays, Latinos, North siders and South siders, it meant you were on to something bigger, better, something cooler than just your neighborhood or your little city next to Chicago. So as I look back on what Frankie Knuckles gave to not just Chicago, but the world, what stands out is the sound, yes, the aesthetic, yes, but the truth is, it doesn’t matter if you danced to Frankie Knuckles at a club, or drank beer in a basement in South Chicago because the music wasn’t about Frankie Knuckles, it was about what he set in motion
What Knuckles leaves behind is more than the enduring sound that shaped the experiences and perspectives of a generation of Chicagoans. House music lives on not because Knuckles became famous, or the face of the sound, but because the music he made was so powerful that people wanted to share it. The DJs that emulated his style, the kids that wanted to make music like he made took House music and made it their own. And in that way, Frankie Knuckles made House music for all of us.