Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year's

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Happy New Year's from Chi-City Hip Hop!

Solar Five & Angel Davanport - iLLer SwAg

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Teaming up once again, SolarFive and Angel Davanport bring you a Trillmatic salute called "iLLer SwAg" while OnGaud puts their twist on it.

Paypa - G13 (Video)

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Before this year ends, Paypa decides to liberate a new video. This comes as the latest from his upcoming EP produced by Tree and shot by London. "G13", a song and video where he gives his perspective on some of life's puzzling issues, so press and enjoy.

Tris J ft. Sir Michael Rocks - Good Shit Talkin'

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Tris J and Sir Micheal Rocks talk that good shit over Smoko Ono and Papi Beatz production. "Smoko & Friends" is still on the the way and this is one of the singles set to be featured. Stay tuned.

YP - Ride

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New Years Eve is here, and we get new music from YP called 'Ride" produced by Mistro Beats.

Pick Three - Two Singles & A Video: December

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The third installment of this editorial, Today Chi-City Hip Hop brings you an end of the month segment called "Pick Three". This is an opinion segment, where a writer picks three post, from the current month, that stood out to them or that's been added to a playlist and have it on repeat. I don't like long lists so we're just picking three, its that simple.

In no particular order, each month's post will hold three singles, sometimes all mixtapes, maybe all videos, or two singles and mixtape,etc etc.

Check it out below and let me know your three.

Monster Mike ft. Kolby Woods - It's Straight Pt. II (Video)

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For the Hippie Sabotage produced record, Monster Mike drops the video for part two of "It's Straight". Joined by Kolby Woods the visual was shot by J Krown, check it out. 

Armani ft. Chella H & Angel Davanport - Gorgeous

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Ever met someone so "Gorgeous" but didn't get their. Yeah. Well tune in a Armani, Chella H, and Angel Davanport on this new release based on just that. 

VP ft. ShowYouSuck - AC Slater

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Prod. C-Sick

Inspired by the late 80s early 90s show "Save By The Bell" character, VP joined by ShowYouSuck drop off a new record flexing like "AC Slater".

Monday, December 30, 2013

Co-Still - No Comparison (Mixtape)

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Taking on the comparisons to other artist like Young Jeezy and Gorilla Zoe, Co-Still hits the land with a new mixtape. He drops "No Comparison" recruiting Bo Deal, MarVo, Chase Davis, Pluke Beats, D Beats, Kidd, DJ T-Rell and more. Stream and download below.

D. Son - Competition

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Returning with new music, D.Son drops off a new record for the #SoRelent​lessSeries​ bringing the third installment called "Competition".


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New Deal Crew's beat smith, TMTHY TRTL brings us a new mix  called "OG Flacko", some house music for your ears on December 30th. The is will be featured on "GoodKidsMakeBadGrownUps" and its an infusion of 90's-era Chicago juke music, EDM, and classic samples.

Boss Woo, Blanco Caine, Castro, Bodi Deeder - OG Larry Hoover

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Taking on the "OG Bobby Johnson" record, Blanco Caine, Boss Woo, Castro, Bodi Deeder, for their own rendition. These four Chi artist brings you the "OG Larry Hoover" mix.

Big Hersh ft. Tink - Traffickin' (Video)

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Tink joins Big Hersh for a visual, shot by Zae, to the song "Traffickin".

Dinero Dynasty - Cartier Lenses

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Dinero Dynasty release some new music as they're working on new material for an upcoming project. They drop off a new single, "Cartier Lenses", leading up to the project "Local Jokers".

Scheme - Untitled (2007 Unreleased)

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Scheme recently liberated a previously unreleased record from 2007. Earlier this month he dropped "Pocket Full of Pesos" with DJ Scend which is still available.
"I never finished this joint because at the time I didn't have a go to DJ to do the scratched hook for me, and it just stayed in the vaults. Going through some old music tonight and figured I'd let ya'll listen to it since it'll probably never see a release otherwise. This was written and recorded in 2007."

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rockboy k9 Kicks Off Crowdfunding Campaign

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Working toward the completion of his upcoming project "187", Rockboy K9 put together a crowd funding campaign, kicking it off yesterday December 28th. Since releasing "Motive" featuring Clark Airlines, Rockboy has decided to call on the fans to get involved to play an important role in the creation of his upcoming EP.
"The definition of a "187" is a police code used to state when a murder takes place. In today's world many often stereotype people in the urban community as murderers, thieves and as a part of "the problem." Many people in those same urban communities also see themselves as only murderers, thieves and not part of " the problem" exactly but part of a world where the stereotypes that people put on them are 100% true. This being said I am raing money to fund my "187" EP through the good folks at indie GoGo."
Get involved and see what he trying to do.

Kel Francisco - Third Eye Freestyle


After dropping "Ric Flair", which was his debut on this site, he returns with a new song. This new one is set to be featured on his upcoming project "GoodRaps". Press play above and check out this "Third Eye Freestyle".

Prolyfic - #HYFCGB (EP)

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During the Christmas week, producer Prolyfic dropped a set of instrumentals. Proclaiming that, "People forgot what quality sounds like. What quality feels like", presented a 6 track EP of beats he created called "Here's Your Fucking Christmas Gift Bitch". Stream and download below.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Julian Malone - Snow

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New smooth and feel good record from Julian Malone as he handle the production as well on "Snow". There has been some minor and major changes when it comes to his upcoming album "DIFFRNT" but with this release assures us its coming.

Phero - Rapture

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During the holidays new music from Phero hit the net. With production from Illmind he dropped a record called "Rapture" to end the year with new sounds ans good music in the fans ears. 

DGainz, Patman & Jay2 - Bad Women Only

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Distinguished Gorillaz members DGainz, Patman, and Jay2 provide verses for what may be the first song the three collab on. DGainz has dropped a number of new track in recent and this latest is just addition, as he and Jay2 Patman their only looking for "Bad Women Only", over production from Haz Futcha.

Friday, December 27, 2013

King Louie - Fuck Is These Niggaz (Video)

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Shot by Hi-Def

"Drilluminati 2" hit the nets earlier this month from King Louie continuing where he left off with part one. Today he brings the land a new visual for the track number one, "Fuck Is These Niggaz", produced by Jay Storm. Ride with Louie and hear what he talking about.

Calliko - Counter Culture (Video)

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Shot/Directed by Digital DopeBoys

Calliko slid to St. Louis to link up with the Digital Dopeboys. They team up for the visual to "Counter Culture" from the EP, "Chief". 

Neak - XIII (Album)

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Preparing for his upcoming "Paura/Amore" project, Neak wanted to leave fan with something before then. He drops his fifth project, "XIII", a 11 track album and 6 bonus records, featuring Psalm One, Rashid Hadee, Slot-A, Sincerely Yours, Daryn Alexus, Wes Restless, and F.A.B.L.E. Suppling production is Slot-A, Th Renegads, J-Rell, Mulatto Patriot, Wes P, and more. Stream and download below.

Dope Boy Magic & ILLAmerica Tie-die Long Sleeve

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An limited collection, DBM and Illamerica team up for a new long sleeve shirt. This new piece comes in red and black featuring logo designs from both DBM and Illamerica. The collabo is available today at Fat Tiger Works located at 2131 N. Rockwell and the Dope Boy Magic online store.

Photographed by TRASHHAND

GLC - Cathedralfied Livin' (Video)

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Directed by Terrence A. Jones

Making clear how the game goes to the simple minded ones, GLC drops a new video for the song "Cathedralfied Livin", produced by Cardo. Download this song and more from his latest project with Mr. Live, "Ism Churchill".

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Murph Watkins - Beautiful

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Murph Watkins returns with new music after dropping his "ForeverChi 2013" feature "Avenue". He teamed up with the collective THEMpeople along with Loona Dae on "Beautiful". Watkins is busy working on new material for an upcoming project, stay tuned.

ACE B8gie - Authorized Hit (Video)

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Shot/Directed by High Vision Films

B8gie Fool comes with a aggressively intricate flow dropping off a new dark and grimy visual. With production from The Analyst, ACE B8gie brings us a "Authorized Hit".

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Defcee - Lies Rappers Tell Themselves

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During our first interview with Defcee, he was busy recording this rendition to "UOENO". Today he decides to drop off this new track titled "Lies Rappers Tell Themselves".

A SaveMoney Christmas With Joey Purp, Kami de Chukwu, Tokyo Shawn & Vic Mensa (Video)

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Many of the SaveMoney crew bring in Christmas with a new video shot by Verluxe. Joey Purp, Kami de Chukwu, Tokyo Shaw, and Vic Mensa all drop verses, happy holidays people. 

Lupe Fiasco - Piru Blues

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Unreleased from F&L2, Lupe Fiasco drops "Piru Blues", produced by DJ SimonSayz.

PST Saint - Wishlist (prod. by Na$im Williams & Doc Da Mindbenda)

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Sweden native and Treated member drops a new track with a GrindHouse touch called "Wishlist  Just in time for the holidays Na$im Williams and Doc Da Mindbenda handles the production.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Calez "The American Dream Concept" Ep 4

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In recent, Calez popped up in an article in the Sun Times, which headlined "Leaders of Chicago’s new school, hip-hop". The article aimed to introduced leaders in the young generation of artist coming up in Chicago. Calez today releases a new episode of "The American Dream Concept" titled "Appreciating".
Marcale “Calez” Lewis, 21, one of the city’s more melodic rappers, is a fixture on the indie scene. He’s popular. So much so that he’s turned down two music deals so he could stay an independent artist. He had to, he said, because they wanted him to change his flow to something more simplistic. More drill-ish.
“People have been throwing me offers, but it’s really not about taking and running for me,” said Calez, whose song “Peaceful” pretty much sums up his spirit. “It’s really about building a foundation. They didn’t see my vision. They wanted me to do it the way they wanted to do it. But I believe in myself.” - Calez for the Suntimes newspaper
 "The American Dream Concept" looks to bring you closer to and for fans to be more involved in who Calez is and his intentions in this industry. Checkout the quote below and find out how to get involved.

Sean Mac Launches One/Fifth Luxury Hat


With the release of the "Essentials" pieces and a pop-up shop came the first buck 50 hat. Now DJ Sean Mac brings new of the upcoming One/Fifth brand, which features a line of hats set to fully launch in January. The first hat are sold out but come the top of the year we'll get to see more.

You can checkout the first look of the upcoming hat below and head over to the Casket online store and grab the "Essentials" collection.

OnGaud Presents: Genesis - Event

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Production collective, who handled the beat for the buzzing record "Martyrs", present Genesis. This will be night which features some artist you may or may not have on a OnGaud beat. Expecting to perform are Noname Gypsy, Dally Auston, Saba, and Mick Jenkins. This event takes place at Reggies Rock Club(2105 s State St.) on January 11th 2014.

Monday, December 23, 2013

ShowYouSuck & Ultrademon - Old Voyager

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Ultrademon and ShowYouSuck, this isn't the first time we've heard Show on a Demon beat. This record seem to be pre "Dude Bro", but anyway, check out the collabo above.

Nipsey Hussle vs Slot-A "Check Me Out" (Slot-A Remix)

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Slot keeps the momentum going remixing "Checc Me Out" featuring Dom Kennedy and Cobby Supreme off of Nipsey Hussle's "Crenshaw" mixtape. Slot-A provides a clean and dirty version as well as an instrumental and bonus remix after you download it.

Vic Mensa - Crazy

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Some unreleased music from Vic Mensa , as the SaveMoney crew open up shop for their pop-up shop today. The shop will be opening up on 657 w Lake today at 4pm so slide and checkout what they have.

Shop Casket's "Essentials", Limited Time

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This is no secret that Casket has been bringing some pretty good designs and continue with their latest, the "Essentials". For 48 hours only they bring you a number of new piece available at their online store.

ForeverChi Compilation 2013 (Mixtape)

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Artwork by Curtis & Justin Clemons
Another year where many eyes were on the local music scene of Chicago. The amount of different sounds and good music that have popped up these past few years, makes this city standout in ways it previously did not. In 2013 Chicago rap kept its self from losing steam through new names emerging and making notable music with the more known artist staying consistent from 2012. With the end of 2013 inching in, Chi-City Hip Hop slides for its own finish.

This is the third compilation and the second "ForeverChi" compilation from this blog, bringing fans of the site a variety of artist. "ForeverChi 2013" holds some of Chicago upcoming names with a mixture of sounds of previous releases and exclusives. This end of the compilation is a playlist of sorts, that final push of - this is what this city has to offer and more - so get in tune. This is in no way a list in the form of a mixtape, this is 21 downloadable songs from artist ranging from Tragedy Tha Beast,  TwoLetterz, Jay2, and Murph Watkins, to YP, and Vic Mensa and more. Press play and checkout 2013.

Wheatie - Nothing To Me (Video)

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With a new project on the way, Wheatie brings us a new video, handling the direction and shot by Nick Astro. "Nothing To Me", produced by Philos Cult, is a new releases leading up to his project called "Sham Shame" that we'll get to hear probably at the top of 2014.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Black Matt ft. Ice Face & Ill Legit - 20/20

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Mattie's back with a new track, full vision, and joined by Ice Face and Ill Legit on "20/20". Yosef Una handles the beat, as they get super wavey over a funky sound while saying what is on their mind.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Sean Deaux & Mr. Wilder ft. Mick Jenkins & Dally Auston - TheMOON

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One thing about THEMpeople they know how create music without sticking or getting stuck be known as one sound. THEMpeople's Sean Deaux and Mr. Wilder recruits Mick Jenkins and Dally Auston to bring you "TheMOON". This comes as the latest release of their Smoke Break project as they'll be bringing you the next installment called "Draft Fusion".

Neak ft. Wes Restless - Your Life

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Neak release the first single from his upcoming "XIII" album , He teams up with Wes Restless over production from Slot-A and Wes P on a song called "Your Life". This will serve as a precursor for the official album "Paura/Amore", which we can expect some time in the Spring.

Saba On The Beat: Fancy Plates

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Remember when Saba was bringing you new art accompany by a new instrumental? Well he returns to the series today with a new beat called "Fancy Plates".

Caleb James - Eddy Curry

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"Eddy Curry", a new single from Caleb James' letting you know this is rap game savage. Look for this song on "The Jones 2.0", which will be released February 2014, featuring production from No I.D., Nez & Rio, and more.

RetcH ft. Sulaiman - Paul Allen's Business

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Jersey's RetcH recently drops his new project produced by Thelonious Martin. For track number ten he enlisted help from Treat Crew's Sulaiman on track called "Paul Allen's Business".

Chin Chilla Meek - Road To Riches (Video)

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On the road to them riches, Chin Chilla Meek drops her new video for the single "Road To Riches". This latest visual, shot by SheHeartsTevin, is another step toward the release of "Beauty And The Beast 2", which drops at the end of the month.

Kanye West Joins The Morning Riot For an Interview

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Kanye West tour came to Chicago and he made his way to WGCI to talk with the Morning Riot. The morning team talks with Ye' about his sway interview, a little tension arose when felt Leon was making a suggestion, and more. Press play and check it out the conversation below.

The Arsenio Hall Show Has Chance The Rapper As a Guest

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Joining as a guest on the Arsenio Hall show, Chance The Rapper, talked with Arsenio giving the 'Hall' viewers an an introduction to who Chance is. After talking with the late night talk show host he performed a song from the "Acid Rap, tape, "Chain Smoker". If you missed it tune in below and checkout the appearance.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Alex Wiley - Suck It: Revolution (Video)

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"Suck It" the new visual from Alex Wiley, brings a very color scene in the last video his album "Club Wiley". This is part 3 of 3 in a installment that previous featured "Own Lane" and "The Woods", with Visual Mecca handling the direction.

Alex Wiley's Chicago Headliner Concert impacts 1/18/14, grab tickets asap.

Chris Crack ft. Cadillac Duke & Cody De Camry - Cadillac Music

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New Deal Crew front man Chris Crack drops a new record while on the path to the release of "Trill Withers". Cadillac Duke and Cody De Camry joins him on this ride for "Cadillac Music".

Max Wonders - Matte Black

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Prod. G Webbie

New record from the up and comer Max Wonders, bringing you harding hitting bass tones beat. Wonders looks release a new project called "The Wonder Tape". Stay tuned.

Tink - Bars (Video)

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Bringing you them "Bars", Tink brings you her latest video shot by Zae. This is track number one from her mixtape "Boss Up", produced by Chase Davis, which is available for download now.

City of W1N's "Winter 14" Lookbook

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City of W1N recently dropped their 2014 lookbook. 10 Photos handled the photography and their upcoming installment features new hats and sweaters and tees. Checkout some them out below and head over to their online blog to see more.

Nardwuar vs. Chance The Rapper

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Chance The Rapper talks with the amazing weird Nardwuar while  in Vancouver, BC Canada. 

Agacee - Glen Coco

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You ever seen that movie Mean Girls, and the Santa comes in on one scene giving out candy ... maybe? Never mind that, here is Joseph Chilliams on the production, as emcee and creator of Road Scholars Lifestyle, Agacee, drops some new music titled "Glen Coco".

LEP Bogus Boys - Buck 50

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LEP Bogus Boys have keep fan in tune with announce that they were working on DFK4. Don't they drop off a new single with a trailer via HNHH. Produced by Jake One, we get a track called "Buck 50". At the top of 2014 is when you can expect their new project.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Add-2 Freestyle on Toca Tuesdays

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Add-2 dropped by the Toca Tuesdays and takes over the mic, Tony threw a beat on and had Add-2 spit a freestyle.

Mick Jenkins - Martyrs (Video)

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When a video is added to a multi layered song and only makes you love it even more. Mick Jenkins delivers a thought provoking visual shot by 5 Pound Media. To many this will come off as simply mocking the, one off in front crowd in the back videos, but its more than that. Checkout the video and expect his new project "The Water[s]" to impact early 2014.

Art On The Web

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The expression or communication of human creative skill and imagination comes in a variety of different forms. Everyday we come across different artist who take on this with their own perspective. Without paying any attention we may be looking at someones artwork, whether is be a book cover, t-shirt prints, music we hear, marketing campaigns we see. Today's focus of art, were the freehand drawing and digital art, see below. 

See the latest art we thought were good, and as more and more is created the more we'll add. See what's below so far.

Dreezy ft. Lil' Herb, Zmoney & KD - Ain't For None Remix (Video)

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Bringing you a mash up of Chicago artist, is Dreezy with the remix of her "Ain't For None" song. She recruits Lil Herb, KD, and ZMoney for the video shot by Hi-Def.

Kel Francisco - Ric Flair

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Heavily influenced by the era of the 90s, this young up and coming, Kel Francisco, provides simple and relaxed vibes on "Ric Flair". Spreading the confidence across this track with a sample of Ric Flair in his usual form over production from Bugseed.

This new comer looks to drops a new project later in 2014, but you can get more in tune with his music here.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

John Walt - Get Happy 2.0 (Album)

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Surely PIVOT Gangs is slowly showing us why we should pay attention. One member who's top the radar as of late, John Walt, has given us records like "Kemo Walk", "Roll Wit Me" and "Actor Pt. 2", to name a few. Many of his songs feature high energy production, that can get you moving, but also provide smoother sounds with records like "Touchdown".

With this debut project "Get Happy 2.0" John Walt introduces what he has to offer coming from this scene of Chicago. The project holds 18 tracks with features from Noname Gypsy, Saba, Duvv, Mick Jenkins and more. Stream, enjoy, and download below.

Capital K - Double Cupped (Video)

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Capital K hits the net with a new video from his project "The Process of F.E.A.R.", directed by Joseph Lewis & Bernie Villalpando.

Dally Auston - Great Gatsby

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New music for Dally Auston, featured on the compilation project "Triflin", presented by 119 Productions. OnGaud handles the production and the full compilation can be streamed here.

King Louie - Drilluminati 2

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Contuing where he left off with "Drilluminati", King Louie brings you a 13 track mixtape with "Drilluminati 2" With help from Lil Herb and Leek. with production credits going to Jay Storm, Mr. Incredible, Bobby Johnson, Chris P, Pais Beuller, Snapbackondatrack and more.

Stream and download below.