Thursday, January 31, 2013

"Dear Self" by PromoDave

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The hardest thing to do in life is to trust yourself….

Writer/poet PromoDave returns to Chi-City Hip Hop with a great read about trusting ones self, exploring the inner struggle that many of us may have.

Chance The Rapper - Juice (Video)

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Directed by Austin Vesely

"Acid Rap" is coming soon, and after speaking with fans on live stream he presents his new video "Juice" as promise. 

Martin $ky ft. Vic Spencer - Daily Chiefers

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Fortified Sounds & Doc Da MindBenda provides some great production for Martin $ky and Vic Spencer for a track called "Daily Chiefers". Expect this track to be on the upcoming mixtape dropping this February titled "Break Beats, Blunts, and Breakfast Burritos".

Blanco Caine - Benjamin Franklin

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Blanco Caine remixes the popular Jahlil produced "Benjamin Franklin",which will  on "Gun Range".

Jeremih ft. Lil' Wayne - All The Time (Remix)

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Jeremih returns with the remix of "Fuck You All The Time", joining him is Lil' Wayne, from his latest mixtape "Late Nights" which was highly underated. Come April fans will be enjoying a new project from Jeremih called "Thumpy Johnson".


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dank Dooley's Coverart + Tracklist for "Grind"

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With Dank Dooley's "Grind" mixtape release nearing, Feb. 2nd, he present the coverart and tracklist. He's having a release party that will be at THE LIFESTYLE boutique this Saturday from 8pm-10pm, 1636 W. 95th.

Veto Vangundy ft. Tragedy Tha Beast - Man Down

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Tragedy Tha Beast  joins rapper Veto Vangundy over some RMB Justize production for a track called "Man Down".

Dot9 - Real Dope $h!t

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Taking over some 9th Wonder production, check out the up and comer Dot9 spittin'. 

Slot-A ft. Neak & Sincerely Yours - Living For The City

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With "The Transition" coming on February 5th, Slot-A delivers a new single from the upcoming project called "Living For the City" featuring Neak and Sincerely Yours.

The record hits a little too close home with the recent Chicago murder stats of 44 people in just January of 2013 alone. Instead of speaking on the murders and trying to give you a "Self Destruction" or "All In The Same Gang" type of record; we speak to the ills of living in the city as eye witnesses, fathers, brothers and most importantly as men. Some grown men (rappers) would use this time to be opportunists trying to exploit the moment - this time we just decided to speak our truths. - Slot-A
Checkout the track list below.

Blanco Caine - Pour It Up

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Blanco Caine takes over Rihanna's hit "Pour It Up" that will be on the upcoming mixtape  "Coming Straight from the Gun Range", which will be a collection of freestyles from Bodi Deeder and Caine.

The Palmer Squares ft. ProbCause - MUFFHUGGER (Video)

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Directed by Elijah Alvarado

The first single from The Palmer Squares featuring ProCause off their upcoming album dropping in the Summer. Download this single HERE.

Event: Lili K @ Hard Rock Cafe - 03.01.13

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On The Grind Management present Lili K at Hard Rock Cafe, for all ages with performances also from theWHOevers, Shayna Love, and Milo & Otis. The show kicks off at 9pm on Friday March 1st at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago located 63 W. Ontario St., and it $10 to get in.

If you're aren't familiar with her sound check out Lili K's latest project where she teams up with producer Peter Conttontale called "Metal Petals". Watch her latest video release below

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Highest Low & State Champs - Picture This

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(Prod. By Marvelous Wunder)

The first single off the upcoming State Champs X Highest Low collaborative project and features Nick Arcade, Justwise, & Black Logic. 

Scheme - Young Scheme For President

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Scheme decides to let lose of another Remake while he works on both of his upcoming projects; "Pocket Full of Pesos", which will be a mixtape and album, "Pesos Turn to Dollars". Scheme takes on the "Bun B for President" instrumental and puts his own take on it.

Fonz-E Mak - After The Storm

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Prod. by Sani

The Mak drops a new track called "After the Storm" which he say is like a sequel to "Storm After The Calm" from "The 6:21 Theory". Expect more new music and a new mixtape from Fonz-E Mak, coming soon.

Chance The Rapper Stops By The Morning Riot (Video)

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Chance The Rapper stopped by The Morning Riot to talk about his recent XXL freshmen nomination and more.

G.o.D. Jewels & Hero George - Glimpse of Destiny (Mixtape)

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G.o.D. Jewels drops of his latest project today called "Glimpse of Destiny" holding 11 new tracks and featuring The Boy Illinois, Hero George plus more.
Inspired by new age spirituality. Precognition. Stanley Kubrick. Indie film. The Crown Chakra. Chicago Public Schools. The fourth dimension. Second-hand crack smoke. Balmain denim. That .38 hidden behind the TV. Air Jordan circa 1993. A grandmother who loved to a fault. Six-pointed stars. Frustration. Love. Cocaine tigers. Real Nigga Vision.

Vic Spencer ft. Tree - Duck Sauce (Video)

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Vic Spencer drops a new visual from his project "Spence Ethic" for the track "Duck Sauce" featuring Tree with a cameo from Sulaiman.

Trin - NIKE

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Trin announces a new mixtape called "Trin 2 the MuthaFu#%kin Win" and provides the first single, "NIKE" produced by Don Productions.

Dinero Dynasty ft. Martin $ky & Kembe X - Upper Echelon

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Here is the first release from the Chicago duo Dinero Dynasty "Upper Echelon", featuring Martin $ky & Kembe X, from their new mixtape Local Avenue due to release late spring.

YP - Wide Awake (Mixtape)

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YP continues his sleep deprived series with the new installment "Wide Awake". Chicago's own and Universal Republic signee, provides a 13 song tracklist with features from King Louie, Rockie Fresh, Lyriq and more. YP looks to make this the best project to date bringing a slew of dope track that you can stream and download below.

G.o.D Jewels #GlimpseofDestiny Coverart+Tracklist

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G.o.D Jewels after dropping a video that was definitely perceived well by fans of his music gives you the track listing for his project that drops today. The album cover and back cover is very creative and draws you into what he has to offer musically. The mixtape drops today so stay tune.

YP ft. King Louie - Rub A Dub (Video)

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Here's the first video from YP's new mixtape "Wide Awake". Rub A Dub features King L. Video was shot by Danielle Alston and Edited by Sofia Kerpan. The new project drops today stay tuned.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Brand Watch: Azar Collection release new tee

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You can called this the brand of brands and also an offset project of Chi-City Hip Hop. Azar Collection is made of graphic designers with a love of t-shirts and art, brings you 4 different stores, each holding its own concept, under one roof. Azar Collection recently release a new tee called "The Colorfull" which is on sale now at their online store:

Martin $ky - Invitation (Video)

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Shot by VisualMeccaENT

As promise Martin $ky delivers his latest video, for the track "Invitation". $ky is also working on his upcoming project "TimeLess" which we should be getting in the near future.

D-Win - Open (Video)

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"Open", the second single from the new mixtape "DalwaysWINs" which is dropping this spring, get the visual treatment and is direct by Llyod Robinson & Deshon Gibbs.  Get the mp3 below.

Rich Jones ft. Chandler London - Colorado or Bust

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Rich Jones, Chandler London, and producer Danimal Tha Chppa puts together this new track "Colorado or Bust". This is something that many people will agree with. Legalize it.

Shawnna ft. Mush Millions - Sex

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Shawnna and Mush Millions heat things on this new track called "Sex". Stay tuned for more from both these artist.

What's to Come: Trailer Addiction Edition

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Trailer Addiction a insight into what's to come from various artist all in one, building anticipation.

Dank Dooley Presents: "Grind". This is a trailer to his upcoming project which is set to be release February 2nd. He explains where the name comes from and we get insight into his work ethic.

Beatsmith: COLDeSACK

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Last year December 17th, producer COLDeSACK dropped a instrumetal tape in the form of an EP called "Day of Our Lives". The EP held samples of his work that I feel were definitely over looked, with my favorite being a track called "Sunday". Repping for SaveMoney he has produced music for Chance The Rapper, Kami de Chukwu, Frank Leone and more. He is influenced by Madlib,Flying Lotus,RZA,J Dilla, which can been shown on various of tracks.

Early this morning I decided to to go through my soundcloud, something that I haven't done in awhile. At the top of the stream I see something new from COLDeSack called "I Wonda" (tagged "old beat"), which is a heavily sampled, hard knocking, production with a smooth feeling to it. This lead me to listen further and discovering an arsenal of beats. Each track hold its own identity, in a time where some producers catch a sound get a buzz and gets stuck repeating that sound, COLDeSack keeps it fresh each time around.

Jay2 - While Thinking (Video)

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Shot by DGainz

Jay2 'The KiDD Classic' brings us the rehash version of his video for "While Thinking", produced by Beazy Tymes.

Calliko - Flight Reservations (EP)

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While still working on the album "The Good Fly Young", Calliko drops a new EP entitled "Flight Reservations", featuring Mack x Fresco, and Gibbs Athletics. Download below.

Friday, January 25, 2013

eGo ft. Chance The Rapper - Ridin' Round (Video)

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Shot by KP

eGo and Chance come together for the visual for their collabo track "Ridin Round". This is the lead single from eGo's upcoming EP "Vicodin: The Prescription".

Spenzo - Nothin On Me (Video)

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Spenzo drops the video for "Nothin' On Me". Expect a new project from Spenzo called "In Spenzo We Trust" in the near future.

[Commentary] Too Early For Hip Hop?

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First time parents deal with many different situations for the first time and today we get a piece that dives into the question of when is it time to expose your young children to certain things and in this case Hip Hop.

By Gabriel Mendoza (@WeekendGabe)

 I’m 3 years in to a lifetime responsibility as the father of my incredible son.  We receive a lot of compliments about his behavior and contagious laugh from family members and friends, I would like to think my wife and I are doing okay as first time parents. With that being said, every day going forward the question in my mind is “what can I do to not screw up my son?” There are plenty things as adults we can do that can cause irreparable harm to a child’s character including emotion and behavior damage, so often times I catch myself in thinking if I should or shouldn’t do something involving my son because I will not be THAT parent. You already know.

Q&A with Onis on upcoming project and more!

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With solid projects under his belt, with the backing of StayHumble Ent., Onis is proving to have staying power in Chicago's music scene. The man with the bahz who can also give you something to just sit back and rock to, has new material that's in the works. Onis has been consistent with singles, mixtapse, and album releases, kicking off 2013 of with a track  called "Water". He also announced the title of a new mixtape "H2O". Today we get insight into what has has planned how far along is the new mixtape and new material that he's to release soon.

U.G. ft. Fonz-E Mak - No Days Off

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U.G. drops yet another track, which he produced, this time featuring Fonz-E Mak. When your trying to reach the top there are "No Days Off". Expect a new mixtape from U.G. in the near future called "Ultracinema Coming".

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lil' Reese ft. Twista & Young Jeezy - Traffic (Remix)

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Twista and Young Jeezy joins Lil' Reese on "Traffic" remix. Reese looks to drop a new mixtape "Don't Like" which should be dropping in the near future.

Chris Crack - Loud!

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The release of "Kitchen In The Bassment" grows near. This time he drops the DJ Weezy produced banger "Loud!", going in over a "trap" beat.

U.G. - I Confess

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UG of the 2008ighties is working toward the release of his upcoming mixtape "UltraCinema" and provides and chill sound as he spits for the new track "I Confess". Expect new a new record called "No Days Off" featuring Fonz-E Mak tomorrow.

#BrandWatch: Jugrnaut Spring 2013 Look Book

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Fresh new look from the brand Jugrnaut with their Spring collection, providing completely new tees and hoodies and  new styles of previous release  all modeled by Austine Maxfield of Chicagoliscious and Knife Fight. Photography by Stefan Klapko.

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Neak ft. Psalm One - Hollywood Talk

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Spare the Hollywood talk because, Neak and Psalm One don't want to hear. With production from Mulatto Patriot the two emcees come together bringing you real talk on this Thursday.

Neak's video "Love Greater" will be airing on MTV soon, another set for the Chicagoan, stay tune.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Twista ft. Raekwon - The Heat (Video)

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"The Heat" gets a visual, which was featured on Twista's "The Perfect Storm" album. With production form No I.D. and The Legendary Traxster and featuring Raekwon, this is that heat.

Boss Woo ft. King Louie - Burn 1 (Video)

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Boss Woo drops a video for, "Burn 1" featuring King Louie, which holds a addictive hooks that will have sitting back and saying "Buuuurn oooone". Download Boss Woo New Mixtape "12 Rounds" now.

Slot-A ft. Add-2 - Set It Off

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From Slot-A's "The Transition" album we get a new single called "Set It Off" which speak of an urgency to get started. The track features Add-2 the emcee and we can expect this project to drop February 5th. Stay tuned.

Mick Jenkins - Strapped

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With a new project called "Trees and Truths" in works Mick Jenkins continues give drop new music to keep you interested. This latest from Jenkins is called "Strapped" and is produced by Chris Calor.

Chi City ft. The Kid Daytona - Story To Tell (Video)

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Directed by Klay Dot

The Kid Daytona and Chi City team up for a new visual to the record "Story To Tell". 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

King Samson - Samson Time (Video)

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Its "Samson Time", in this new video Directed by UGTV/1913Films. This is from his mixtape "Party & Bullshit: Reloaded" which is still available for download.

Legit - blackJack (The Preamble)

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Legit bring us a new track called "Black Jack" (The Preamble) over production by Captain Murphy, in celebration of his 21st birthday. Legit's fan can now jump in joy, he has announced that there is a new project in the works that will impact in the Spring time.

Sey - Years.

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Prod. by FcukNormality

TheDREAMERS member Sey looks drops a solo mixtape, "Is This Real?" in the coming months and today he drops the first single. If you've ever felt the ills of reaching for the top spot, Sey understand as he explains in this new track "Years.".

"Is This Real? is a dark, jazz-influenced tape which addresses breakups, drug use, character traits, industry practices, being broke, killings, the desolate job market, backstabbers, and finding oneself. Production is handled by Fcuknormality, AX of TheDREAMERS, Dedication, TheCleanGeneration, JMSL, FXN & Kams, Trawl, and Miles Davis."

YP - Trade It All (Video)

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Shot by Danielle Alston

YP drops a new video for "Trade It All" produced by Hit Boy. He dives into not trading what he does for nothing and pursuing his career and continuing to gain success in his grind. Check out his latest mixtape "No Doz" where you can download this track and more.

Jr. Bang talks upcoming music w/ Viru on #PostBang

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A new segment Jr. Bang does after his morning, Post Bang, and today he talks with Viru on his upcoming project music. Viru gives a little insight into what to come for his solo mixtape "Mr. Late Night" and what he has brewing as we further into 2013.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Rockie Fresh talks with Sway + Freestyle (Video)

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Rockie Fresh dropped his "Electric Highway" mixtape today, and with that comes footage of him talking about various things and spits a freestyle.

Rockie Fresh - Electric Highway (Mixtape)

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Rockie Fresh continues to push forward in his career with this new mixtape release "Electric Highway". This comes as a follow up to "Driving 88" which than lead to his signing with MMG. From solid single release like "Superman OG" and the full mixtape preview, you should already have figured out if this is for you. The tape hold 17 new track and with featured from Rick Ross, Curren$y, and Nipsey Hussle. Stream and download below.

G.o.D. Jewels & Hero George - LeGone James (Video)

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Lucid Perception

G.o.D Jewels hits the net with a new video for his track "LeGone James". Jewels spits over hard hitting beat while letting his frustrations be known on a variety of things. This come as a single from his upcoming album "Glimpse of Destiny" dropping January 29th.

RMB Justize - What I Feel

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RMB lets you know how he feels of rather he says it. Check it out as RMB Justize lets you know what it is over this hard knocking production for the track called "What I Feel".

"Casket" Collection Showcase 2013 (Video)

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Directed by Gregory Buissereth

Checkout the private Runway Presentation by the city's newest brand, Casket. The private event took place in the city's alluring Society Art Gallery where guests enjoyed music by DJ O-Zone and libations by the event's sponsor, Grey Goose.
"Casket is a streetwear brand that showcases the beauty of Biblical Art and more in the form of Luxury street wear with an overall black aesthetic" - Sean Mac

Rockie Fresh - Warnings (Video)

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Not long until we get Rockie's new mixtape "Electric Highway" and to hold you over for a little while he drops the video for "Warning".

Scheme - Vista Del Mar (Original Version)

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Scheme continues to merge his music with his culture. He decides to let loose a brand new version of Vista Del Mar which is produced by SRNC's own The Analyst. As Scheme continues to prep for his upcoming projects, Pocket Full of Pesos mixtape, and Pesos Turn to Dollars LP, he and Analyst will make sure to keep releasing music to keep you in tune with what's coming up next.

Lupe Fiasco escorted offstage at Inauguration party (Video)

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News first came of an incident with Lupe in D.C at the RockOn's Inauguration event last night. Video recently surface of him performing his single "Words I Never Said", for an extended amount of time. For Lupe to speak his opinion in multiple different times, why did was he even invited. Bet someone's getting fired for this.
“So Lupe played one anti-war song for 30 min and said he didn't vote for Obama and eventually was told to move on to the next song,” Josh Rogin, a reporter at Foreign Policy, tweeted from the bash hosted by StartUp RockOn. “Lupe refused to move to the next song so a team of security guards came on stage and told him to go.”
Video of the incident posted online shows Lupe rapping part of the song “Words I Never Said” before he’s asked to stop. “Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist,” he says. “Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn't say s—t. That’s why I ain't vote for him, next one either.”

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Angel Davanport - Superwoman

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I was wondering what the ladies of the "5 Deadly Vemons" were doing. First heard this artist when she were featured on Vic Spencer's "Vic Greenthumbs" mixtape on the track 5DV. She returns with a new single, painting a fierce and uplifting vision of womanhood, on "Superwoman".

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Tim Million & G-Rome - Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Mixtape)

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Here is Tim Million's latest project, teaming up with producer G-Rome to bring you "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde". The tape includes the single release, "RNS" "Animal Crackers" and more which were solid tracks. Tim Million provides ten new tracks on his third mixtape release, check him out and let em' know what you think.

Midwest Minute Radio talks with Rasheeda, King Samson and more

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Midwest Minute's latest interactive interview starring veteran ATL rapper/reality show star, Rasheeda on Jan/18th The Boss Chick will talk about life after "VH1's Love & Hiphop". Also bubbling in his hometown Chicago, King Samson & Bobby D'Nero joined thm live.

Hona Costello - All You Need

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Chicago native Hona Costello drops something new the fan called "All You Need", produced by 808Mafia.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Weekend Wrap Up Mix Show: Real Rap is Back

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Blanco Caine - Po' Up (Video)

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Blanco recently dropped "Po-Up" and returns with the video the track. Blanco plans to drop a new mixtape in the near future titled "White America" hosted by the DJ to the stars Supastar J Kwik & Vic Lloyd. 

eGo ft. Chance The Rapper - Ridin' Round (Teaser)

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eGo and Chance The Rapper came together in mid 2012 to create the lead track for eGo's first Vicodin project The Prescription, "Ridin' Round". Today he releases the teaser clip for the KP directed visual. Vicodin: The Prescription coming soon.

Rockie Fresh's "Electric Highway" Mixtape Preview

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Rockie Fresh has revealed the coverart and tracklist and he brings, through Billboard, the preview of his mixtape "Electric Highway". Providing 60 seconds per track expect the project in its entirety on January 21st.

JUGRNAUT to release "Champs" hoodie

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A major force in Chicago's urban street wear, Jugrnaut brings back their "Champs" hoodies. Re-doing the black one and added an oxford heather and navy to switch up. So far these hoodies come in blue, black, and gray and should be available online soon.


Dally Auston ft. Jean Deaux & Vic Mensa - Imperial

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Gearing up to release his new mixtape "The Wood", SaveMoney's Dally Auston drops off a new track called "Imperial". The single features fellow SaveMoney member Vic Mensa and Jean Deaux with production handled by C-Sick.

Lavi$h ft. brandUn DeShay & Hopa Hundreds - Time Zones

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Chicago emcee and producer brandUn DeShay and Hopa Hundreds joins Brooklyn's Lavi$h on his new single "Times Zones". This track will be featured on on Lavi$h's upcoming EP "Airplane Mode" dropping January 18th.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

C. Rich - Let It Go

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C. Rich drops the first single, from his upcoming project called "Certified Organic", bring you a track titled "Let It Go".

Spud Cotton - Mia Wallace Freestyle (Video)

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Something new from Spud Cotton, bring you that smokers experience in the form of a short video.

Sir Michael Rocks - Make This Bread (Video)

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Shot and Edited by FlightLife Films

The latest visual from Sir Michael Rocks off "Lap of Lux 1.5" for "Make This Bread".

Pavy - On My Lord

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A taste different from the his usual, going in with autotune and a beat that knocks with production handled by Snapback, we get "On My Lord", yeah ho. First release of the year for Pavy stay tuned for more.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Supreme Regime - Into The Light

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"Into The Light", the new single from SupremeRegime, bring Mulatto Beats laces the backdrop with his signature smooth/ very smoker friendly style.

Viru ft. Lungz - Never

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Viru and Lungz come together on this new track produced by Snapbackondatrack, which focus on never falling behind, going back to being in a financial struggle, and making the same mistakes twice. Expect a new project from Viru in the near future called "Mr. Late Night".