Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Palmer Squares - Whatever Makes You Happy

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One last song from The Palmer Squares before the year is over. The duo raps over a violin filled beat from Nate Fox to let us know that when happiness involve its most likely the best route. Press play or do "Whatever Makes You Happy".

Dreezy - Boss

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Holding similar variation to the "Chiraq" record that she destroyed earlier this year, Dreezy proclaims "Boss" status in this new D. Brooks Exclusive single.

Update: It seems Dreezy has inked a deal with Interscope. Congrats to her and look forward to what is in store.

Pick Three: December

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Today marks the last entry in the Pick Three series for 2014, as we finally hit December 31st . As usual we present three picks featuring only releases from this month that stood out and leave it up to you to decide if you care or not. Checkout the three releases chosen for the spotlight this month.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

ShowYouSuck - Pizza $

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ShowYouSuck's not trying to get money for crack or squares, all he wants is some pizza. Help raise funds for the cause, in return you get a new song. Show drops this new record called "Pizza $", teaming up with Floyd A Davis IV, but here's the thing, the song will only be live for 24 hours. Get it now or forever miss out.

Caleb James - Haters

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A name we haven't seen on CCHH in some time, Caleb James returns with new music. After some time behind the scene building his business, today he delivers a song called "Haters" production by himself and PaperBoyFade.

Bebe O'Hare - Fire Squad [Freestyle]

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Bebe O'Hare takes on "Fire Squad", a single from J. Cole's album, which comes off a proclamation of future success. She's been jackin' beats and taking them straight over, she may have something big in store for the people, so stay tuned.

FreshmaN ft. Mick Jenkins - COLORS

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Seeing blues, purples, yellows, and greens, DMV artist FreshmaN provides a psychedelic induced experience in this recent release called "COLORS". The cover art explains one aspect of this record perfectly, as Mick Jenkins provides his signature style and "Water[s]" filled raps. Press play and enjoy this very mellow record.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Bernard X ft. Meeko Fly - Pack of Wolves

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They feed, travel, and ride for each other, they are a "Pack of Wolves". Well in this case we get two artist who reference their team as such over production from a producer by the name of AnonEmuS, who provides a very eerie beat. Press play and check out the newness from Bernard X and Meeko Fly.

I.L. Will & Billionaire Black - Get It Back

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I.L. Will and Billionaire Black connect for a song called "Get It Back". Both Will and Black have their own respective project dropping soon. Billionaire Black plans for the release of "Clout God 2" and I.L. Will is dtopping "I.L. Da Hitman", which we may hear very soon.

Julian Malone - Empower

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From the very very very long overdue project, "DIFFRNT", from this very very good artist Julian Malone drops the single "Empower". Handling the production himself, which is a violin filled hip hop feel, we love to hear something new for the 2008ighties crew. Press play above and comment below.

BJ The Chicago Kid ft. J. Ivy - Where I'm From

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Love you where you come because its a small part of what makes you. BJ The Chicago and J. Ivy take on very smooth production to expresses how life was on "Where I'm From", Expect to hear this on the upcoming compilation project from LEADERS.

Lil Durk - I Made It (Video)

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Lil Durk sets the scene in this new video from "Signed To The Streets 2". He proclaims "I Made It" in this Black Square directed release presented by World Star.

Kel Francisco - Ric Flair (Video)

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Over a year after releasing the song, Kel Francisco presents this new video for "Ric Flair". He teams up with J. Krown to shot the visual that incorporates wrestling and Chicago.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Mick Jenkins - 11

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Prod. by NiFD

When Mick Jenkins pours emotion into the track you feel it. This latest release is no different, as he takes his focus to recent events that has happened in our society and presents it on the track like a burst of balled up emotions. Press Play on "11", and look out for a new project from him next year.

Agacee - Mr. Charismatic

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Agacee deliver something old but new from his vault of music, taking on classic production for a song called "Mr. Charismatic".

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Hurt Everybody - The Edge

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Prod. by Supa Bwe & Mulatto

If you've been visiting this site on the frequent, that then you've heard and seen these guys here on the regular. The Hurt' boys brought back many tracks that had become unavailable on their soundcloud, plus something new. They've had a pretty good year, gaining new fans and doing some shows and before the year ends we get a song called "The Edge". 

Chief Keef ft. Fredo Santana - Bodies On The Ground

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Cousins, Keef and Santana link up yet again on this HurtBoyAG & DPBeats production. The record is called "Bodies On The Ground".The beat isn't has hard as you'd think, but you still get those drill elements from the production and the those 'bang bang' ad-libs from the rappers.

Listen for yourself.

-Branden D. Tatum (@TakemTatum)

Lil Durk - Broke No Mo

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Durk gives a loose track produced by Chase Davis, called "Broke No Mo". The auto-tuned filled song features the rapper rhyming about never wanting to go broke, of course. We didn't get that debut album that we hoped for from the OTF/Coke Boys rapper, so let's hope for early 2015 for the long awaiting album.

In the meantime, press play on "Broke No Mo".

-Branden D. Tatum (@TakemTatum)

Friday, December 26, 2014

King Samson - Bulletproof (Video)

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Directed by High Vision Films

King Samson present this new visual for a record that speak on recent events in his life for "Bulletproof". Watch below.

Lil Herb - PPP: Pistol P Project (Mixtape)

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A surprise from Lil Herb aka G Herbo. He drops a new project holding ten records called "Pistol P Project. We've seen a recurring theme with Herb and dedicating mixtapes to the friends he's lost and plans to continue with his upcoming album "Ball Like I'm Kobe". But in the meantime enjoy this new set of songs below. Stream and download, comment after the jump.

PONY & LEADERS1354 Teamup For a New Release

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PONY, an American brand out of New York that creates footwear teams up with Chicago's clothing brand boutique for something special for the new year. LEADERS 1354 has released some good pieces such as the Zephyr Pullover, skullys, and are aiming to drop a compilation mixtape very soon. But come January 2nd 2015 the city will get a Chicago-centric shoe. See it below.
The quilting on the upper is a play on the unpredictable weather pattern that we as Chicagoans get used to and the layers we use to protect ourselves. The red suede around the toe box & laces are a nod to Chicago's colorway and the lace lock features the four stars representative of our city's flag. The 1354 running down the heel is a tribute to our original address, 1354 E. 53rd S. 3M chevron & accents everywhere, Lead For A Better Tomorrow.

Carl - Beta (EP)

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This year we've hear a full project from Hurt Everybody, and numerous songs and projects from Supa Bwe. Carl of Hurt Everybody finishes off the year with a new EP release. A three track project called "Beta", here his solo effort that gives us the sound he provides in the trio. Stream and comment below.

SeVen1 - Cross My Heart: The Audio Picture (Album)

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Strip way the titles, names, and just bring some dope lyrics and a story to tell. SeVen1 does just that with this new album. He aims to get listeners focus on one thing and that's the experience he bring through rhyme on "Cross My Heart: The Audio Picture". Only thing you need to know is there's 12 tracks and plenty of lyricism. Stream, comment and download below.
I want to end this year with giving you (In which I believe) my best work today. No promo, No crazy roll out, just some good music to enjoy as you prepare for the new year.....

Thursday, December 25, 2014

ForeverChi Compilation: Dopeness of 2014

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Another year has strolled along presenting listeners with some dope releases. In 2014 new voice were heard and some of our favorite took aim and many won big. Today we bring our annual compilation called "ForeverChi", one of its meanings being 'Forever shall I love Chicago'. Holding 20 tracks, this is a playlist of sorts, featuring some of the best song out of the city, to record we felt were slept on. Stream, comment and download below.

Billionaire Black - 24 Barz

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Billionaire Black drops, what sound like a rough version, a new song called "24 Barz". This may be another track from his upcoming project "Clout God 2". Stay tuned for more info.

Tree & Chris Crack - tree + crack (EP)

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Tree and Chris Crack team up once again for another project. Previously we were presented with "Treeswag", this time around we get "Tree + Crack". This one's a little shorter and a complete surprise, hold five track and production credits from Cudda, Wild Beats Team, Tree and Timothy Turtle. Listen below.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wale ft. Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment - Friendship Heights

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Chance The Rapper and his band, The Social Experiment connect with MMG heavyweight Wale for a track entitled "Friendship Heights". The joint is from the new tape Festivus, with Wale and A-Trak. I think it's safe to say that this a standout on the 11 track mix tape.

Play it for yourself.

-Branden D. Tatum (@TakemTatum)

Logan - 24/7

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We seen and the cover on the net and heard him tease this new release called "24/7". Today Logan liberates the record, which is the first official single from his upcoming album "1636". He expresses his thought on J. Cole's line about white rappers, diving into his struggles face and using hip hop as a outlet.

Bankin Boi - Where Da Line Draw...

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Bankin Boi has a some things to get off his chest. He drops a new record that take a stance on his relationship with King Louie and who he feels turned their back on Lawless Inc., on this song called "Where Da Line Draw...".

Mikkey Halsted - Web We Weave

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Mikkey Halsted has been busy building with other artist, one suck is Lil Herb, but now he's focus on an upcoming album. Today we get the second release from "Bulletproof Dreams", grabbing production from the Internz for "Web We Weave".

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Danny Jams ft. Mick Jenkins - Recess

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Danny Jams, who we previously heard on a "Doap Magic" with Supa Bwe, grabs a verse from Mick Jenkins for "Recess". "2 DOAP" dropping on January 1st, 2015.

K.M. Tha Original ft. Lil Herb - Why Is That (Video)

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With a verse Lil Herb and a beat from DJ L, the rapper by the name of K.M. Tha Original deliver a new song and video called "Why Is That".

Alex Wiley on Real Late w/ Rosenberg

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While in New York, Alex Wiley returns to Hot 97 for Rosenberg on Real Late. Wiley drops a few freestyles, talks about the different publication he's on, and getting his followers up. Watch below.

BrandUn DeShay - I Love It

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Prod by BrandUn DeShay & Mike Hector

Bluntiq dropped their compilation album today that featured some artist on the rise. BrandUn DeShay provides a song that shows off a diverse flow over production that feels like a smooth wave with hard drums while letting us know what he loves. Expect this to hit iTunes January 4th.

Monday, December 22, 2014

BJ The Chicago Kid ft. Schoolboy Q - It's True (Video)

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These two on the record together has already proven to produce an great outcome. So why not team up again. BJ The Chicago Kid drops a new video for a song called "It's True", joined by Schoolboy Q for a great scene at a popular Harold's spot. Head over to iTunes tomorrow for the release of this single. Watch the video below.

King Louie - Made Drill (Video)

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King Louie drops off a visual for the "Made Drill" joint that's off his Drilluminati 2 tape. The video is shot by KushedUp Filmsz. Be on the look out for the Drilluminati 3 dropping sometime in early 2015. 

Watch it here.

MFn Melo ft. Fatboi, Saba, & Chris Crack - AntiSocial Remix

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MFn Melo heads the end of the year with a remix to his record "AntiSocial". Fatboi, who was featured on the original makes a return on the remix, with additional verses from fellow PIVOT Saba, and Chris Crack. Look out for Melo's debut full length "MeloDramatics" dropping early 2015

Na$im Williams & A. Band$ - Jewelry (EP)

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We're basically at the end of the year and Treated Crew is not done yet. Na$im Williams teams up with another producer by the name A. Band$ for the release of some new tunes. A five track instrumental EP called "Jewelry", the two provide the ears with some distinctive vibes and variety of beat, which you can checkout below.

Big Lean ft. King Louie - All Times (Video)

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Toronto's Big Lean grabs a verse form King Louie for this new song called "All Times", for a dark visual. Watch below.

Mpulse - Open Pages

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Mpulse displays the blood, sweat, and tears, he puts into his rhymes through this new release. From built up frustration we get a record many can relate to called "Open Pages".

Sunday, December 21, 2014

AmbI Lyrics ft. Mick Jenkins - Fate

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Third single release, track number four, and a project that gets closer to its release date. Ambl Lyrics production style, so far, is becoming apparent as we get this new song called "Fate". A trumpet filled record that gets Mick Jenkins to show us his melodic side over the chorus, Ambl provides some very smooth production. Jenkins raps of two who are bound by destiny spitting with a signature style we've heard on his album "The Water[s]".

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Brian Fresco - Hollywood Freestyle (Video)

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Brian Fresco of SaveMoney drops a quick freestyle in Hollywood for HipHopDX'x 'Hollywood Freestyle' series. Watch below.

Naledge ft. Saint TGB - 10 Toes Down

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Staying "10 Toes Down", Naledge presents this new release as he prepares a new album called "Naledge Is Power" set for 2015. Saint TGB joins him, who also handles the production . Naledge has kicked off a campaign for his upcoming project, reaching out to the fans to get involved.
Growing up in Chicago, I realized at around 15 years old that I was in love with hip-hop. Although I never knew all the places it would take me or all of the people it would introduce me to, I always knew that this music was integral to my socialization as a young black man in Chicago just trying to find his identity in this world. The music, the fashion, the dancing and the community of “hip-hop heads” that I encountered growing up gave me strong pride in my ethnic heritage, fostered my self-esteem and  motivated in me a decade-long career as a recording artist, entrepreneur and now, youth advocate.
See how you can help build this new album here.

Black Matt ft. Fleetwood Jones - RAMBLE

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Dark, gritty, heavy bass, dope. I could ramble on about this track and it production but I'll but it short. Black Matt drops a new record, grabbing production from Joint Russell, where he teams up with Fleetwood Jones and the two talk what their living.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Chris Crack & Roy French - Crack & French (Video)

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Shot/Edited by Cole Bennett

Chris and Roy team up for a dark visual over eerie production to bring listeners a new release called "Crack & French". Watch below.

The Boy Illinois - She Say

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The latest offering from "The Crib Vol. 2" comes from The Boy Illinois taking on production from Sango.

Hi Money - Thank You

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We've heard record far in between from Hi Money, but it seems he's aiming to drop a new project in the near future. Today we get a single called "Thank You" off of his mixtape "Hola Dinero".

Griffen - I Ain't The One (Bionik Remix)

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DJ/producer Bionik puts a spin on Griffen "I Ain't The One", which was featured on the album "Ashland Chronicles 2". Also catch Bionik's DJ set live at the Double Door tonite.

Billionaire Black - God: Intro (Video)

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Shot by TevDesh

Billionaire Black prepare for the release of his upcoming project "Clout God 2", and drops a visual or the "Intro" track.

Chief Keef - Granny's

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Here's a full version of Keef's "Granny's", there was a version prior to this that has been surfacing on online. Now we have the full official audio. We can expect to hear a lot more of Keef in 2015. Even though he's been dropped from his label, the young emcee has at least 3 upcoming projects dropping in the following months.

Give it a listen.

-Branden D. Tatum (@TakemTatum)