Monday, November 30, 2015
The soulful and smooth voice of Via Rosa and the dance induced sounds from producer Na'el Shehade combine to form DRAMA. This duo is in its infancy so it will be interesting to hear what a project from them would sound like. They've recently release a new video for the song "Walk Away", shot at a grocery store with dancing and of course shopping. Watch the video below.
G Herbo and Lil Bibby continues to team up on new tracks. Lil Bibby is fresh from the release of "Free Crack 3" mixtape and G Herbo recently dropped "Ballin Like I'm Kobe", and both show up on each other's project multiple times. Today Bibby leads this one, as a new single from his upcoming album "The Epilogue". Listen below.
Earlier this year the duo, The Palmer Squares, presented to the fans their project "In Context". Today the StankFace signees bring us the video for track number four "Pass The Potion" and a solo drunk adventure ensues. YAKUB Films handle the visuals and the song is produced by Matthew Tufano, watch and enjoy below.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Black Matt drops his VHS style visual for the song "Phantom". This is a single from his upcoming solo effort "Call4Help1999", but is just one project he's set to release. We'll also hear the return of Cool Neighbors, the duo consisting of Matt and RMB Justize, with a project called "ANTI". Watch the video below.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Vic Mensa made headlines across the net for joining the front lines in protests against militarization of police and their brutality. The most recent action taken by activist comes after the release of video showing the murder of LaQuan McDonald. Yesterday, Friday, many took to the streets to disrupt Black Friday sales, even causing many stores to close. Vic decided to release new merch reflective of his stance on what's going on in our society between black youth and law enforcement. In an interview with Hypebeast Vic tells the inspiration for the collection saying:
"Visually, the central graphic is the “beat down image” and the red circle on the back of the tees are a “target.” The beat down image is an aesthetic that depicts urban youth clashing with police officers. It symbolizes our anger, frustration and no love towards what’s pictured. As people of color, I strongly feel as if we are born with a red dot on our backs, hence the target motif. The shirt in itself is an acknowledgment of the situation of fear and violence we are thrust into, while expressing the sentiment of no longer being afraid. “Yes, I’m a target, and I’m not running.”Checkout the collection below.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Lil Bibby brings us the third and final installment of his "Free Crack" mixtape series with part three. The heavy voice rapper broke out on the Chicago scene with fellow rapper G Herbo, proving to be up and comer to watch. Bibby has since followed his own path in rap building a buzz with content centered on the streets. "Free Crack 3" is a continuation of what we've heard with some growth combined with the gritty nature experienced in his life. Listen to the full project below.
Tink is gear up for her debut album working with Timbaland, hopefully we'll get to get at least a teaser to what it may sound like early next year. But until then we're still enjoying releases from "Winter's Diary 3". Tink drops a new video, party with the team that keeps her look good for the song "Medicine". Watch the video below.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Psalm One and The Rapper Chicks are the three women girl gang making their mark. For this new visual Psalm grab inspiration from the classic movie 'Warriors', for the song "Impatient". "P.O.L.Y.", her latest album, is out now and watch the video below.
Chicago producer and Closed Session signee, Odd Couple, heads a new release and of course providing the backdrop. GLC and Kweku Collins are along for the ride, bringing their respective style to the combination of sounds that in the end creates "Ride Around". This one is available for download, don't miss out.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
"If you take your love away from me I'll go crazy...", this particular line is so recognizable. In 1997 Blackstreet delivered their hit song "Don't Leave Me", originally produced by Teddy Riley from a El DeBarge sample. AmbI Lyrics and LA VanGogh are teaming up as a new duo called SafeNSound, for their first release we get a flip of the popular Blackstreet song. They plan on releasing a new project, "On The Safe Side", stay tuned for more.
Earlier this year Phor dropped his mixtape "Sacrifice", but has been pretty quite musically since its release. He's kept busy as a tattoo artist and is a personality on the show 'Black Ink Crew Chicago'. For this new release he team up with frequent collaborator Lehday, for a song called "Eat".
Monday, November 23, 2015
Imagine, a lone figure on top of a car with a audience of his peers/competitors, with a microphone proclaiming his spot at the top. That's what this new track is from Femdot, going in over production from Charles Lauste. He brings the energy for a very intense song called "Body Bags". Femdot is working on a new project titled "Delacreme II", so here's the warning.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Fully independent with big ambitions for this album, Alex Wiley bring fans "Village Party 2: Heaven's Gate". This follow-up album holds 12 new tracks, including single releases "Navigator Truck", Japanese", "For Sunny", and Heaven's Gate". Wiley grabs verses from Chicago legend Twista and future Chicago legends Chance The Rapper, Calez, and Emil plus more greatness form Hippie Sabotage, and Mike Gao. Listen to the full album on spotify below.
theWHOevers aren't too far from their last project, styled like a TV show, but they're already working on something new. We can expect a collaborative effort from Slot-A and W?, an EP, that has yet to be titled. Today they deliver the first single from said EP called "Told You So".
Also catch them live next Friday 11/27 at Schubas. Chicago talents ShowYouSuck, Beach Jesus & Kweku Collins will be on the bill as well.
With story that starts on the west side of Chicago, brandUn DeShay is here with a new project to represent where he's at now. As he explains it, this is not a mixtape or album but says "This is simply a moment." From the track art to the tracklist, and the raps he spits plus the production, we'll get where/what influences him musically at the moment. There's been a pretty lengthy gap between this project and the previous, and paying attention to his fan base "goldUn Child" seems it will be much appreciated.
brandUn DeShay is equally a producer as he is a rapper, handling the production for every track with help from Don Kevo and Mike Hector. We've heard others who produced their own project end up with mono tone releases with repetitive sounds, but DeShay found his way and avoided that. He gives us standout production on tracks like "Celebrate", "I Love It", "Tokyo" and "Chi-bUya", plus provide some solo lyric-less production. Across "goldUn Child" you'll get to hear his thoughts about what he's doing now, from moving to New York, Japanese influences, and ambitions. Though he's been in NY for sometime he reminisces of home with lines like "Lane Tech had all the baddest hoes, hit the green line toward Cottage Groove", on "Had Em All". He has plenty to say, handling so many aspect of this project himself with little to no features, you might not want to miss out on this very good listening session. Listen in full below.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
"You call it slavery, I called Economik Splendor". Griffen adds visual to a song that already says so much. Produced by BIONIK and shot/directed by Mudwing Media, Griffen plays the narrator to a shadowy figure infiltrating the neighborhood with ill influence. We'll hear this single and more on his upcoming project "REANIMATED", but in the meantime watch the video below.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The long awaited "Ballin Like I'm Kobe" is still fresh in our ears and on repeat but the grind don't stop. While in the New York, Herb linked with HNHH, for a new track and video, getting production from J Brown. We get a new in-studio visual for "Some Otha Shit", letting the work show. Watch below.
Singer/song writer Eryn Allen Kane has gradually garnered the attention of many with releases like "Have Mercy". She's had music placements on TV shows, worked with artist from Chance The Rapper to Prince, and appeared in the controversial film "Chi-Raq". Now she grabs the spotlight with a new project.
Today Eryn drops the first of a series of projects. "Aviary Act I" is just the beginning as she calls the project "Short and sweet" and Act II with be "more robust". We've seen two visuals for singles "Have Mercy" and "Slipping", and "Piano Song" had big placement on BET's "Being Mary Jane", so the work is evident. Holding four songs and no featured artist, this singer on the rise displays her voice in full. Her voice is powerful, yet soothing, and shows much control over her range for delight listening session. Her voice is the cage dove no longer waiting, and is ready to take flight. Listen to the full project below.
Monday, November 16, 2015
King Louie keeps the visual coming. Earlier in the week he dropped a video for "Tony Tone Tone" from the "6 God Tony" project. Today Louie teams up with DGainz for another video for the project, one of the more energetic tracks, "What They Living For". Watch below.
Via Rosa, THEMpeople member and 1/2 of DRAMA, continues demonstrates a love for the art of singing. She's shown her ability to use what she has to to make what she love, as it says on her on soundcloud account "I have no microphone ... thanks Apple for putting mic's in your laptops". Between her love for cooking, fighting to save her grandmother's building, and
last night a girl asked me when i was gonna drop a mixtape....so i dropped one...https://t.co/IIl5AgqTJV— Via Rosa (@DeathViaLove) November 16, 2015
Via recently uploaded a playlist of music hold five tracks, all covers of music she enjoys. Sani handles the production for a few of the track and Via delivers a such soothing vocals on each song. She covers songs from Weezer, Amy Winehouse, Pyyramids, Peggy Lee, Michael Kiwanuka and Me'Shell Ndegeocello, and have been performing them live. Be ready to get lost in the vibes of her voice, listen below.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Today we get the first of a number of projects listeners are waiting on from Chief Keef. He seems have been continuously working on new music and has a few projects worth of songs that he's ready to flood these e-streets with. "Finally Rollin 2" is out now, holding 18 tracks with production from Young Chop, Shawty Redd, D. Rich, Sonny Digital, Metro Boomin, and more. Listen below.