Friday, July 31, 2015

Chris Crack - Headed To The Liquor Sto (Video)

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Chris Crack drops plenty of new material for our ears and eyes. He drops a new video for "Headed To The Liquor Sto", shot by 10 Photos, full of smoke and fun. Two more records also popped up on the New Deal Crew soundcloud, which you can hear and see all below.

Vic Spencer - Uppercut Facility

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Vic Spencer drops bars over Alchemist. Over five minutes and four beats in one, he continues to display why he's a true emcee. "Uppercut Facility" is combined of production from Alchemist latest project called "Retarded Alligator Music", and Vic as usual doesn't hold his tongue about his place in music and your's.

eGo Jaleel ft. KAM - The Way

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eGo Jaleel tries his hand at Kelani's single "The Way", which now has a video, for his own rendition featuring KAM. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Martin $ky ft. Kirk Knight - BK2CHI

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A song that was suppose to drop next week, gets liberated today, Martin $ky brings listeners this new track called "BK2CHI", (Brooklyn 2 Chicago), where he teams up with Kirk Knight for a song that will rattle your speakers. 

Ls (Dope Fantasy) - Check Remix

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Ls of the rap crew Dope Fantasy jumps on Meek Mill's "Check" for his own rendition to this heavy bass track.

Three Picks From July

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July 2015 ends and there's been plenty of great release to hit this site. But since there's only three picks this list will be short. Read up below.

Tink - Winter's Diary 3 (Mixtape)

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"Winter's Diary" continues, with the third in its series hitting the net today. Throughout this mixtape series, Tink delivered more melodies and a lot less rapping. She continues to show us that her talents doesn't start/stop at rapping, and demonstrating who far her vocal ability has come.

A mixtape that dropped in the late hours of the night, Tink gives us ten tracks and no features. She gets production from Timbaland, C-Sick, DJ Wes, Jelan Abrams, Cookin Soul, Silly Tha Producer, Chef Byer and Dre Native D3. Listen and download below.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Vic Mensa - Heir To The Throne

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"Heir To The Throne", that a pretty huge statement to make. Vic Mensa takes on Biggie's "Who Shot Ya", for a freestyle verse as he proclaims "its the beginning of a new dynasty". Look for his upcoming album "Traffic" to impact soon,

Mic Terror ft. Mano & Gzus Piece - L's Up (Video)

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Mic Terror, Mano and Gzus Piece hit the stage for the video to "L's Up". This Teklife Treated Crew connect puts footwork champs front in center to some great juke records. There's plenty more where this came from on the "Live From Your Mama's House" by Mic Terror and DJ Rashad. Watch the video below.

Mishul ft. Logan - Blowing Up

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Logan joins fellow up and comer Mishul over production from BigBoi for the track "Blowing Up". Rocking with it? Expect to hear it on Mishul upcoming EP in the near future.

Vita USA Drops New 'Chicago Over Everything" Hats

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Chicago Over Everything hat  [camo]
When Vita USA dropped their 'Chicago Over Everything" shirts many people were enthusiastic about its release. Sometime later we got the hats which were only available in grey and dark blue, until now. The 'Everything' hats are now available in camo and black on black ready for purchase today. Checkout more, plus restock pieces below.

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The Palmer Squares - Spit Take (Video)

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Prod. by Tommy Bazooka

At first I though they were highly overlooked as two emcees delivering very lyrical verses. But with a fan base as loyal as theirs are and the amount of people who come out to see them at shows, I can no longer considered this the case. The duo drops off a new visual and as always they're bringing the energy to match the bars. For six minutes we get a vernacular onslaught while at the shore on "Spit Take".

Lil Herb - I'm Rollin' (Video)

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A song that popped up through Rocksmith clothing brand as part of a campaign toward release a new collection. we were presented with "I'm Rollin''. A song that's instantly infectious with of course a redundante hook, that paired with Lil Herb's heavy voice is hard to not want to press play again.

today we get the visual addition to the record, that should have come a lot earlier. Herb does what many gangster rappers do, get the family/friends together and celebrate. This song should be way bigger and this video may be the extra push that's need.

Watch below.

Mpulse - Pyramids (All Day)

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When Kanye West deliver the song "All Day", it was a performance filled with fire. Mpulse takes on the beat and puts his own spin on it for a version called "Pyramids". This comes as he's working on a new project down in Atlanta, which we may hear very soon.

Twista Talks Current Music Industry & Streaming Services

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Twista gives his perspective on the current music industry, saying how different it is from when he first started. DJ Smallz also asked him about streaming services, with so many popping up. Watch the video below.

Do or Die ft. Rick Ross & Scottie P - Love In The Sky

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Do or Die are continuing their comeback in a major way. Their collaboration project with Twista, "Withdrawal", dropped recently and they have a new project on the way. For the latest single release Do or Die grabs a verse from Rick Ross and vocals from Scottie P on "Love In The Sky".

We'll hear this on "Picture This II", a album dropping through Rap-A-Lot Records.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lil Bibby Says "Free Crack 3" Will Be Last In The Series

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DJ Smallz sat down to talk with Lil Bibby to talk about his upcoming mixtape "Free Crack 3". He gave a little insight as to what we can expect from the third installment. Bibby also tells his plans after the mixtape series after say this would be the last "Free Crack". Watch below.

Astonish - The WHO Tape (Mixtape)

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Astonish has been on a campaign toward the release of this new project called "The Who Tape". Riding off singles like "Still Dope" and "Get Away", we heard a couple sample of the rhymes he was presenting in this new full length release. Born Ready Productions, Saba, IKON, Akt One, Slot A, and SGull provide the backdrops to this sound track with features from John Walt, Lungz, Navarro, and Jus'Q. Listen and download below.

Dreezy Drops New Project, "Call It What You Want"

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Dreezy built a size able following in Chicago and aims to expand in a move to LA, like many artist from Chicago. Continuing to push forward in her career she delivered a new project, just when you wondered when she would drop something new.

"Call It What You Want" gets Dreezy in a different light from what we've heard from her in the beginning. While she's still bringing us raps that the rap head want to hear, she just to some smooth vibes with melodic vocals on "Don't Know". K. Camp and Teyana Taylor join her on this EP, with production from from D. Brooks, SouthSide, Earl & E, and Nick Smith and Rance of 1500 or Nothing. Listen to the full project below.

Alex Wiley - Heavens Gate (Video)

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Tranquil and entrancing sounds on a s sunny day are always welcome. And that exactly what Alex Wiley delivers in this new visual for "Heavens Gate". With voices in his head telling him to 'level up', it seems that all he need in his journey through life.

Expect a new project from Wiley called "Synthia" and watch the video below.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Billionaire Black - Tell You The Truth (Video)

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To "Tell You The Truth", Billionaire Black has stayed consisted in his music releases for awhile now. He recently deliver a new visual shot and edited by Tapreee. Download his latest mixtape "Out the Blue" and watch the video below.

Ravyn Lenae - Mr. Sun

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Continuing to brings happiness to the ears, Ravyn Lenae release a new song called "Mr Sun". She flexes her vocal style over production from Monte Booker for a track that incorporates the children's nursery that's very calming on the soul.

Kehlani ft. Chance The Rapper - The Way (Video)

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Directed Austin Vesely

Kehlani and Chance The Rapper get sexy on the set of the video for "The Way". The tatted up beauty Kehlani deliver smooth vocals and dance moves with minimal style backdrop. Watch the video below.

Chin Chilla Meek ft. King Samson - O.J

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Chin Chilla Meek is getting the fan ready for the release of "Beauty and The Beast 2" and drops a new release leading up to the project. Frequent collaborator Novacane deliver some menacing production as King Samson joins in for a guest verse on "O.J.".

Zona Man ft. Dreezy & Lil Durk - Feeling Myself

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Zona Man, Free Band Gang's newest member dropped off a new mixtape called "No Advance". Holding 13 tracks plus a bonus song, the project features Lil Durk, Jazze Pha, Future and Dreezy. Checkout the bonus release featuring Lil Durk and Dreezy called "Feeling Myself" below.

Lil Durk - Lord Don't Make Me Do It (Video)

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With a album titled called "Remeber My Name" Lil Durk brought us personal rhymes to give a insight to who the he is as a rapper. For this new visual from the album to the song "Lord Don't Make Me Do It", we follow a man driven by the pressures of a woman with much fault of his own. Watch below.

Jay2 - PayPerView

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From 'the kidd classic' to 'ain't shit', its always fun to watch artist develop their sound especially if you've been an advent listener. Jay2 has continued to release great records, as well as align himself with talented artist and producers. With a continuation of growth and work ethic in his music, a greater audience may be in his future.

Today we get a new song from Jay2 called "PayPerView" that holds production from Monte Booker. Kicking off with a smooth piano tune, the beat makes a transition into turbulent sounds and builds into a bass filled track. Jay2 matches the production with his flow switch it up throughout the song and keeping things interesting. As easy as this type of production can overwhelm a artist, he doesn't let that happen while rapping of dreams of success and life's thrills.

This isn't the first time we've heard Monte Booker and Jay2 team up on a song. Its actually becoming something to look forward to from these two. While I can come up with a list of artist Monte should work with, his frequent collaborators from collective Zero Fatigue collaborations are something to anticipate.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Jean Deaux - Pxxxy Poppin' (Video)

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Jean Deaux makes her statement loud and clear "Death to fake shit", as she kicks in doors with her all girl gang. "Pxxxy Poppin" is the latest visual release Jean, taking aim at those who aren't true to themselves. She sit in the director's chair with camera shots by Troy G and Julian SK. Watch the video below.

Monster Mike - All That (Video)

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197's Monster Mike drops a visual for the Hippie Dream produced record "All That", that hit the net about four month ago. For this video Mike and crew hit the hangout smoke and just chill, with shots and edits handled by Cole Bennett.

Jayem & Logan - Err'Day (Video)

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Earlier this month Jayem and Logan teamed up for a new track produced by Flash Beats called "Err'Day". Today they deliver the visual for their single, get visual direction from Plutonian Cave for a smoke filled and murky scenes. Watch the video below.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Calez ft. Johnny Darko - Let You Know

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Its not #TrapCeitoTuesday but Calez is back with new music. For this release he's joined by Johnny Darko over production from Well Done. This one is on the smooth sound that we've been hearing since he kicked off his trap music series, so I guess he wants to "Let You Know" he can switch it up.

Wheatie - While I'm Ridin'

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Sit back, extend your, and ride smooth in the whip to this new Wheatie. YF Beatz provides a tranquil backdrop with heavy drums as Wheatie reflects on the money, his career and more through medium tempo raps. This seems to be just a loose track, with the aim of continuing to release more music to stay in the listeners ears.

Sunny Woodz ft. Wheatie, Roy French, YP - Swerve

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Sunny Woodz follows up from his last single, "Feel The Wave", with a line up that featured the legend Twista with a new single called "Swerve". He gets production from ZenZan and another line up of artist, which include Wheatie, Roy French, and YP. Expect to hear this on his upcoming project "Sunny Side Up", this Fall.

Two Fresh ft. Joey Purp & Towkio - Gettin' Throwed (Video)

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The duo production Two Fresh have garner something of a name for themselves as creators with a diverse sound. A couple months ago they release their collaboration with Joey Purp and Towkio called "Gettin Throwed". Today they team up with Jake Osmun for the visual with the SaveMoney and some barbecue. Watch below.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Pavy & Qualmes - Uber (Video)

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On wild night, that in most cases are unplanned, and you're intoxicated and need a lift its best if you called a Uber. Better yet called that Uber before night kicks off, just leave the car at home. Pavy and Qualmes opt for the car service, in this educational "Don't drink and drive" yet entertaining video, for a wild night with the potential of being arrested. Fresh from their collaborative effort "DUI: The Album" we get a lot more insight as to what these might of went through during the project's creation. What the video below.

Ramaj Eroc - Hooptie

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Recently Ramaj Eroc delivered the new Noname Gypsy assisted single "I Love You More" from the upcoming project "Last Train 2". Today we have a follow-up track with a very different edge, called "Hooptie", which garners more aggressive vibes. With production from D-errick, who provides some banging/heavy bass, Ramaj had to other choice but flex and go hard on this one.

White Gzus ft. Josh K - So Well

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A date has been set and the duo White Gzus is ready to drop their new project "Stackin N Mackin" August 14th. Today Blanco Caine and Gzus Piece are joined by sing Josh K over production from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League for "So Well".

How Far They've Come: Vic Mensa & Chance the Rapper

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Words by Michael Fish
2013 was a big year for these Chicago gentlemen. Both of their mixtapes released within months of each other and were successful in their own ways. Chance The Rapper"s album was reviewed well and given the cherry on top appeal. Vic Mensa's received high acclaim, but unfortunately did not attract the mainstream or have the extra spark. Chance had the opportunity and took it to tour extensively and promote himself. He is and was one of the few artists to become very successful releasing an independent album in today’s problematic music industry.

Fast forward to two years later, Chance has become a dominant figure in the Chicago scene; educating the youth and receiving recognition from Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his “Youth of the Year” award. Vic has released new collaborations from great artists like Kaytranada and Kanye West. Both artists have taken the opportunity to play major Chicago festivals like Lollapalooza in 2014 and Pitchfork Music Festival this past weekend. Watching each of their performances at Pitchfork showed the greatest contrasts between the two best friends.

This past weekend at Pitchfork Music Festival, Vic performed on Saturday closing out the small stage while Chance closed out the entire festival on Sunday. Vic’s set included singles he has released over the past year but only performed two songs from "Innanetape" (Holy Holy, Orange Soda). Vic was spotty between words of more well known songs to conserve energy throughout the performance to make for greater delivery of songs he has released recently and not at all. Vic sang a cover of Future’s hit “Codeine Crazy” to slow down the show and it was incredible. He put on a good performance of unreleased tracks which showed great potential for the upcoming album “Traffic” that is nearly complete, according to his banter in between songs. At the end of the show, he brought out the entire Savemoney crew to go crazy with the song “U Mad.” To everyone in the crowd’s surprise, he did not bring out West for his verse. Overall, Vic had an excellent performance that gave hope for a bright future of his solo career.

DBM Set To Release Limited Blackhawks Jerseys

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When the Blackhawks brought home the championship trophy it was a celebration across the city. Even clothing brands celebrated the win with a release. Joe Freshgoods, through his DBM label, delivered a tee the featuring a thugged out version of the Blackhawks logo which also was combination with their "Made In A Chicago Hood" tee. Some time has past since that tee dropped, but repping the win isn't over. DBM is dropping a new piece this weekend, for a limited edition, "GloHawk" Blackhawk jersey.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Vic Mensa - Codeine Crazy (Icarus Story)

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Vic Mensa showed much enthusiasm for Future's "Codeine Crazy" and performed his own version of the song during Pitchfork Music Festival. Today we get the mp3 of Vic's remix subtitled "Icarus Story".

ShowYouSuck - Loose Slices 2 (Mixtape)

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A prelude to his upcoming album "One Man Pizza Party 5", ShowYouSuck brings us a fast delivery of some loose slices. For "Loose Slices 2" he bundles up some previously releases and some new releases that weren't set to be on any project, but now have a home. So if you're just getting to ShowYouSuck's music this is a wake up called and fresher to those who miss some of the releases. Mike Jaxx, Floyd A Davis IV, Walking Shoe, and Professor Fox, handle the production, giving us a variety of sounds. Listen and download below.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Keish Keish ft. Chin Chilla Meek - Head Down

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Keish Keish is joined by fellow Chi spitter Chin Chilla Meek for a new record produced by LawBeatz. And like royalty you may not want to approach these ladies any old kind of way, so its best you keep your "Head Down". You can expect to hear this and more on Keish upcoming "Blanco" project.

Pavy & Qualmes - D.U.I.: The Album

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Two of S.U.H. Ent's finest team for a new project that presents itself like a wild night out. This new release titled "DUI: The Album" is the combination of Pavy and Qualmes coming up great song concepts and it makes for a great match up. With commentary at the end of a few songs and skits that adds to the craziness, I'll equate this to a spin off of the 'Hangover' movie series. It'll be a shame if there's no footage of SUH out and about, I'm sure we would see some wild interaction.

So if you plan on putting liquor in you system this may/or may not, depending on your craziness, be the album to bump. Listen and download below.

Kweku Collins - Say It Here, While It's Safe (EP)

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A new comer and Closed Session signee, Kweku Collins popped up on our radar with news of joining DJ RTC's label and a couple singles one which were "Kings". We also heard him on fellow CS member song "Me Time" from Odd Couple. While this is not the first project Kweku has release, the previous being "All That's Gold", this will be our debut of a Kweku project.

 Today he delivers "Say It Here, While It's Safe", a seven track EP. With additional production from Boathouse, Kweku handles all the production for this project with a feature from Webster X. We get poetic delivery that's a breath of fresh air and production with calm tempo and smooth transitions, show casing twice the talents. Listen below.

Tree - Pac Dilla

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Showing love to the legends in Hip Hop who are no longer with us, Tree drops a new song called "Pac Dilla". iLLeeT hnadles the production as tree raps of comparison to 2Pac and J Dilla, fresh from the vault.

Calez - Nirvana

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#TrapCeitoTuesday rolls around again, and Calez is back over dope trap beat. Today he deliver a track in true trap fashion, called "Nirvana".

IKON ft. PIVOT Gang - High Noon

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Three months into the year IKON dropped his project "Private Stock" out of his studio of he same name. Today he returns with artist featured on the project, PIVOT Gang, to put some some new tunes your ears. John Walt, MFn Melo, and Saba deliver verse over IKON production for a song called "High Noon".

Omen - Elephant Eyes (Album)

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It been a long time coming since the first announcement that he would be dropping a new album. After a few years and set backs, Omen was ready to drop his album "Elephant Eyes" and present to the world. Leading up to the project we got to see him tell his story through parody with a short skit/doc that gave us a comical look at what it took to get this album out. Today he we the get the full project ready for the masses.

We know how listeners bias can over shadow the music, seeing as he's signed with J. Cole's Dreamville. And while you can make correlation between the two[Omen & J. Cole] its best you open your ears. This album doesn't aim to for what's popular in rap at the moment as far as the 'turn up' goes. Instead we get very personal songs like "Father Figure" or analysis of the current social fight to get fame instead of actual success on "LoveDrug".

This project did take awhile to come to fruition and I do see a up hill battle with regaining the attention of listeners in a time when we're consider to have ADD toward music. But if you're aiming for a deeper story to the music and getting to know the artist through their artistry press play and enjoy.

Holing 11 tracks, Omen handles much of the production himself. Joining him are fellow Dreamville artiest Cozz and Bass, CJ Hamilton and J. Cole. Get on iTunes and stream below.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Logan - Game Over

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With Flight on the beat, Logan delivers a new song today called "Game Over". This new record comes as he prepare to hit the stage along side Travis Scott and Saba at the Chop Shop.

Lil Reese - That's Wassup (Video)

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Lil Reese keeps the new visual coming coming, teaming up with Zae to shoot the video for "That's Wassup". Download his mixtape "Supa Savage2" here and watch the video below.