Civil Scope: Ashlee Bankz
by Shawn Grant
Always one of the hubs of hip-hop, Chicago has been on a run over the past several years that looks to be everlasting. Cultivating their culture and establishing a base of support for their hometown heroes has thrust their stars into the national spotlight. Next up from the Windy City is Ashlee Bankz who enters this edition of Civil Scope on the heels of releasing her new project, Leave a Message.
The career of Bankz has placed in her the room with some of the elite member of the industry and her recent single “I Called You,” drawing inspiration from personal experiences, has corralled hometown radio staple WGCI and has been spreading throughout the city with it’s social media reflections. Heading into the Civil Scope, Bankz’s Leave a Message carries a buzz that shows that her summer will be a memorable one. Get to know the artist, how she got her start, what to expect on her project and more on the following pages. – Shawn Grant