Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Malcolm London - X Factor

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With his debut release coming in the the near future, Malcolm London continues to drop new music in the midst of preparing for what's to come. This new track tackles a number of things, from the almost happening in his life, calling out senseless violence, and dedicates the song to Jessica Hampton. Timmy V provide the production, a soul sample combine with drums for a sound that a Hip Hop will love. Press play on "X Factor".

Logan Cage - I'll Be Somewhere (Video)

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Green scenery and hard raps, Logan Cage drops a new song and video for the song titled "I'll Be Somewhere". Watch the video below.

OSA ft. Marko Stat$ - Wake Up

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"Whole lotta gang, gang, gang, gang, we just trying to change the game", OSA comes with a uplifting record that's set to help stay positive through the struggle. Marko Stat$ joins him, both representing North side of the city, over production from Canada's Joesph.

BackWood Jones ft. Assata Jones - I Matter (Video)

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YP enlist Assata Jones for a new song and video that centers on societal issues with "I Matter". He gives a direct voice to victims of police aggression in the music, rapping from their perspectives. Assata Jones delivers warming vocals, handling the chorus, with production from Chigz Music. Watch below.

3 Picks From The Month of August

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August is at its end so I decided to continue to the tradition of this site to bring our audience another of our three picks from this month. Chicago as a scene, continues to churn out music that the world should know about. So here is three release or posts that went up on this site from this month. Read about them below.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

TLNTD - eXpectations (EP)

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Back at with a new project, TLNTD delivers a EP titled "eXpectations". This is the first project we've gotten from him in about two years, but made a return with a strong renewal in focus early this year. We previously heard "At The Crib Wit My OG", full of notable records that largely went under the radar and "Who Made It? after that. A few months into 2016, TLNTD(previously TalentedAsKB) kicked off a series of music drops almost bi-weekly, delivering a updated and polished sound.

Today "eXpectations" hits the net holding five tracks, including single releases "Fall" and "Wish You Well". HeadAche, Epidemic, Toi, JReed, Phil Free, MIDI, Kiyah Mitchell, and Jesus Roman all contribute to the creation of the is project, from production to the artwork.

Across five songs, TLNTD delivers a story from his perspective, with the central theme being the title of the project. The EP's track list seems to be set as relationship going through the motions until its ending with each track being stages, "Comfortable", "Pressure", "Fall", "No Stress, No Drama", and the lastly saying goodbye with "Wish You Well". Each track goes deeper than the title of the songs, and TLNTD gets a lot more melodic than previous projects. Full of softer more smooth sounds combined with hard drums, and good raps, its a recommended listen. Stream below.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Lupe Fiasco - Pick Up The Phone

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Lupe Fiasco is happy to be releasing his own music, now that he has to label to interrupt him. Today he drops a single and video titled, "Pick Up The Phone", that delves into the relationship of technology and the pursuit of a crush. In today society people meet and interact through technology and social media, how pursuit can at time be one sided. In this video we a story of one man's frustration and discovery. Watch the video below.

Friday, August 26, 2016

King Louie - Gateway (Video)

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With "Tony 2" on the way King Louie delivers a new single and video from the upcoming project called "Gateway". Watch the video below.

J Tuda ft. Chief Keef - No Love

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YNS Da Mob's J Tuda, part of the Glo Gang movement enlist Chief Keef for a new track called "No Love". 

G.o.D. Jewels - Car Keys

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G.o.D Jewels once again grabs production from Crystal Tokyo for a new song release. A slow moving track that paints a picture of life lived in the fast lane, on "Car Keys".

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Alex Wiley ft. Mick Jenkins - Automatic

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There's definitely a irresistible bounce to this one, with production handled by Mike Gao. Alex Wiley drops a new single called "Automatic", enlisting Mick Jenkins, where they raps of living in the current time while chasing their dreams. This is expected to be on Wiley's upcoming project "Synthia", which will be dropping soon.

Kembe X - Oxygen (Video)

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Breathing a breath of fresh air through great lyric delivery, Kembe X drops new song and video for "Oxygen". X gets production from Bentley Haze, providing the ears with a backdrop that builds as the raps come in. Yellow Nguyen and Christopher Han handle the animation, which is simplicity brought to life through the central figure's movements that coincide with the what Kembe rapping. Watch the video below.

Tink - Winter's Dairy 4 (Mixtape)

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The saga continues. Tink continues her "Winter's Diary" mixtape series with the fourth installment. She's been building her brand and improving her craft working with Timbaland. Where other project focused on more on raps, the "Winter's Diary" release showcase both the ability to rap and sing, at time leaning more toward singing. "Winter's Diary 4" is a 15 track release, featuring Lil Durk, that holds production from Timbaland, DJ Wes, Jahlil Beats, C-Sick, and more. Stream below.

Mick Jenkins ft. BADBADNOTGOOD - Drowning (Video)

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Mick Jenkins is gearing up for the release of "The Healing Component", has already announced tour dates, and now we get a new video. Mindful of what's happen in the world now and its beginning in the past, one possible aim of his is to never let the people forget and use his voice toward current issue in our society. This new video sets powerful imagery against strong lyric delivery, for the song "Drowning", that references police murdering citizens and slavery. Watch the video below.

TLNTD ft. Chris Alonzo - Trust The Process

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This is his testimony and he's riding only with the homies. TLNTD return with a new track, getting production from Epidemic, for a track titled "Trust The Process". Its a smooth track that features Chris Alonzo, that centers on always finding your way. Press play and comment below.

brandUn DeSahy - Gomen Nasai

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Last year November we posted the latest project from brandUn DeShay, titled "GoldUn Child". He brought moments of energy, relaxation, with a display good rapping. Equally a producer, DeShay handled much of the musical backdrop of the project. Now he's preparing to release the second installment "GoldUn Child 2", with a continued influence from Japanese culture.

To kick off the campaign toward his new project release, we a get a new single, produced by Bobby Johnson. More on a uptempo vibe, brandUn DeShay drops raps over a pop sound that centers on mistakes made and given apologies for a single titled "Gomen Nasai", which translates to "I am sorry".

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lil Bibby - Big Buckz (Mixtape)

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Without warning Bibby drops off a new mixtape, called "Big Buckz". If you've been following his recent releases, then you've heard songs like "John Snow", which turns out to be a single. He deliver eight tracks with the lone feature from Lil Durk. Stream and download below.

Saint Millie ft. Logan Cage - ET Phone Home (Video)

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The energy for this one, is definitely on point, so why not make a video for it. The album cut "ET Phone Home" gets a visual addition, directed by APJ Films. Saint Millie and Logan come together for scenes in outer-space and scenes a bit of psychedelic editing. Millie dropped a pretty good project called "Adderall", which is available right not. Watch the video below.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Calez ft. Alex Wiley Mick Jenkins & Donnie Trumpet - Still Good

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Calez's upcoming project "Baby", is shaping up to be one of the more smoother and personal releases in his catalog. He recently took to twitter to announce that he would be aiming for a new release date in September. But fans do get a new single, joined by Alex Wiley, Mick Jenkins, and Donnie Trumpet, called "Still Good".

Air Credits - Passport

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As the newly formed group Air Credits get ready to head on tour, they deliver a new track called "Passport".

8/24 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
8/25 – Knoxville, TN – The Concourse at The International
8/26 – Braselton, GA – Gridlife South at Road Atlanta
8/27 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
9/14 – Lincoln, NE – Vega
9/15 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
9/16 – Iowa City, IA – Yacht Club
9/17 – Champaign, IL – Pygmalion Festival at The Acccord
9/23 – Detroit, MI – Marble Bar
9/29 – Worcester, MA – Palladium Upstairs
9/30 – Syracuse, NY – Funk N Waffles University
10/1 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
10/13 – Madison, WI – The Frequency
10/14 – Columbia, MO – Rose Music Hall
10/15 – Springfield, MO – The Drop

LA VanGogh - No Service

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No bars "No Service", I couldn't make any calls while listening to this. LA VanGogh is back with new raps, after dropping a project that showcase his production. Though its a loose track, set for no project, this isn't a throw away record, LA delivers some some prime bars over production handles his duo group safeNsound. Press and comment below.

ProbCause - The Little Things Remix

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Hitting the road next month towards Colorado, ProbCause drop a new track ahead of his live performance, which is set for September 14th. To help some of fellow artist celebrate new music, he remixes Big Giganitic's "Little Things", dropping straight continuous raps. Listen and comment below.

R.O.E. - Long Way From Home (EP)

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Dropping strong music under the radar of many, but with his consistent release of good music, not for long. R.O.E or Rising.Over.Envy, creates articulate, intelligent, experience driven music, giving us a bit who he is through each release. He brings to the genre of Hip Hop music a relaxed good time, something you should get to hear and see live when he's in your city.

Like many other artist from Chicago, at some point its time to leave the nest. This means heading to the West Coast or the East Coast, LA or NY, in an effort to reach the next level in their music career. R.O.E.'s new EP centers on this experience, calling it "Long Way From Home". He kicks off the the whole project with a fitting metaphor "Felling like Dorthy when she first left Kansas on a journey to see Oz", over the most tranquil of piano keys. Over five tracks he looks to the future, reflects on the path he chosen, ambitions, and more.

Taylor Mallory, Art Is Jefe, Diamond Bradley, and J. Slikk join him as the featured guest on this EP. Listen and download below.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

G Herbo - Pull UP

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G Herbo drops a track with a bit of a freaky tale to it, called "Pull Up", liberated by DJ Donka.

DJ Twin ft. G Herbo, Sean Kingston & Lil Bibby - They Know Us (Video)

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You might know who they are, some time ago we heard this track from DJ Twin, which featured verses from G Herbo, Sean Kingston, and Lil Bibby. Today we get the video, directed by Noel Ross, for some sunny scenes to the song "They Know Us". This was a single from DJ Twin's EP "Day 1", available for download now. Watch the video below.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Dexter ft. Lite Fortunato - Jump (Video)

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Criss Cross will make you jump and also so will Famous Dexter. The always energetic rapper drops a new video for the song "Jump", shot by Julian S-K. Lite Fortunato joint the Chicago rapper for a small party and a turned up scene. Watch below.

International Maverick - Cubs Fitted (Video)

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Video shot by Philmore Greene

International Maverick represents for his side of and the pride he has for his favorite team with new video for "Cubs Fitted". Watch below.

Spenzo - Play That Role

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Getting production from C-Sick, Spenzo is back at it with a new track called "Play That Role". Its been awhile since we heard a full project from him, so its about that time again. Press play and drops a comment below.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

3rd Dimension ft. Supa Bwe - Sip Slow(Bullshit)

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Madison, Wisconsin's 3rd Dimension, a group consisting of five members, recently teamed up with Chicago's Supa Bwe. "Sip Slow", is a drowsy, slowed tempo track that centers on the 'po up' and the 'bullshit'. This isn't the first time they've team up to create music together, about a year fans heard the track "Calling". Press play enjoy and comment below.

Astonish ft. Chris Crack - Triple Beam

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Enlisting New Deal's Chris Crack, Astonish deliver a new single titled "Triple Beam", a track we'll hear on the upcoming project "To Whom It May Concern".

Lucki - Freewave 2 (Mixtape)

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Last year we heard the project called "Freewave", which was led up to by a series of songs part of a campaign toward the project release. What was presented where a combination of slurred and slowed raps over production ranging from high energy sampled hits, like "Freewave Freestyle" and "Freewave Freestyle 4" and a couple few calm song like "Backhome". One thing that stood out was the fact that we heard influence from Texas and influence from early Gucci Mane, that trap sound but making all Lucki

Lucki gets cover art that put a spin on Nirvana "Nevermind", to bring us "Freewave 2" the project. Leading up to part two we heard "Dirty Demons", "Speed Demon", "Pop Out/Up", and "6th Sense", which was continued trap heavy sound. He get production from Hytman, Mayhem Meech, Plu2o Nash, Lil VoeoTB, Tay Master Chef, DP Beats, and more. Stream the mixtapes below.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Esohel - No Turning Back

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Esohel opens the vault to drop off a bit of soul sampled hip hop. He production form A-Jax for a track that about not looking back in a effort toward success. Press play and enjoy "No Turning Back".

Mick Jenkins - Spread Love

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The ever so lyrically potent rapper Mick Jenkins, is back with some new music. He's coming with a warm track that centered on an effort to "Spread Love". Like much of his music, Jenkins delivers bars with full of metaphors, with positive intent, while representing for Chicago. He raps of using not only raps but gold in a sense and simply embracing your fellow human, to bring in the love as well as give it.

This new music comes with a tour announcement, as he's set to hit the road tomorrow up until November. His new album, his official debut album, also drops new month September 23rd. So checkout when he'll be back in Chicago here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

DGainz - Call The Preacher (Video)

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Being a videographer and director as well a rapper has its perks. For one, there's no need to employ someone else to shot your video. DGainz has been slowly reaching the ears of the people through his own music, while at the same time handling visual for others and himself. Today he drops off a new video, following up from "Elevated", with "Call The Preacher". Watch below.

Rockie Fresh - Still Watching

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With some pretty good production behind him, Rockie Fresh drops off yet another track. He's been getting production from Zale and Gonek for possibly the last few track and continues with this new one, called "Still Watching". Fresh and Casey Veggies are about to hit the stage together, this new release is a prelude to that, catch them at East Room at 10pm. 

Joel Q - Home (Video)

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They say home is where the heart is, and the heart longs for it after much time away. Joel Q brings us a new video, teaming up with Dinero Films, for the Faith Evan sampled track. He has his priorities in order when it comes to the matter of love as he demonstrates in this smooth track from his project "Tunnel Vision".

Monday, August 15, 2016

2 New Chief Keef Songs "Run Em Ova" & "Ghetto"

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Chief Keef is now 21, age a lot of people will say he's officially a "grown up". With his birthday celebration probably already in action, he's surely somewhere enjoying the day, we get two new songs. Whether these are official releases or not is not even the question any more. Its when are we going to hear more songs or projects that were supposed to drop. But whatever, here are two new releases ""Run Em Over" and "Ghetto", below.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Lil Bibby - Never Go Against The Family

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Lil Bibby get production from Southside and Metro Boomin to delivering a philosophy on dealings within his circle with new track "Never Go Against The Family".

Saturday, August 13, 2016

G Herbo - The Drop

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New G Herbo, dropping a new track called "The Drop", produced by Trap Hustle Beats. We get some lean raps, he pretty much raps about how much he loves it, but takes it pass that with memories of days he ditched school to get money, talks with his friends, and the reason he "po' up". Herb kicks this off with "Since instagram say everybody ballers, shot callers, why the world not a better place", a line reflective of the sometime superficial ways people use social media. He's going to do what he wants, keep grinding, and bring what he's going through to the forefront, but he's not giving up his habit. Listen below.

Bel-Air ft. Mick Jenkins - Drive Slow

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Representing for a collective who called themselves NuWorld, new comer Bel-Air delivers a new single titled "Drive Slow". A single with a bounce to it, evidently something you can ride to, Bel-Air kicks the song off first with a verse that sets the scene of the song. Mick Jenkins follows up with a laid back demeanor, with Donato providing some great production. This is definitely reminiscent of Kanye's song of the same name, or at least that song came to mind, but only in the fact you can ride to both. Not much is known of the NuWorld or Bel-Air, but with continued good releases we'll learn more.

Billionaire Black - Heaven or Hell (Video)

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Showing two possibilities when it all comes to a close, Billionaire Black drops a video for the song "Heaven or Hell". He reflects on all the the struggles he's been through, the things he's done, and his daughter, delivering something a bit more deeper in context. Watch below.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Xavier & The Thrill ft. Saba - Tears of Legend

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Xavier & The Thrill premiers a new track today, titled "Tears of Legend", featuring Saba and produced by Shepard Hues. This one is a triumphant track, centered on giving the listener a view of the struggles that a future legend faces, as he raps "legend don't cry". Getting very personal, he raps of family member's health issues, over production that just seems to fill the song material. 

I.B.C.L.A.S.S.I.C. & Tree - I.B.Tree (EP)

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I seen something on social media that pretty much sums up a part of this project. David Drake stated, "I don't agree when people say they only want Tree over Tree beats", a sentiment CCHH shares as well. While Tree has definitely dropped some good songs that he produced himself, the team up with I.B.C.L.A.S.S.I.C show some chemistry between the two and show that he's able to work with other producers.

Its been nearly two years since we heard a project Tree, while I.B. has had a number of tracks dropped that he produced. Leading up to this we heard "Kinfolk", "All Dat", and "On Dem 4s", dropping gritty reality raps, through unique vocal express, a bit of pain in the voice. For this six track release they've enlisted Chris Crack and Jabari Rayord.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Que Billah ft. Kora Green - Survive (Video)

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Preparing to release his upcoming album "Escape From Chirap", recently delivered the first single titled "Survive". For the visual he enlist APJ Films and Clark Airlines, for scenes a man jumping through times and meeting/becoming a great leader. The song is uplifting and stating, "Turbulent times call for turbulent rhymes turn up for the revolution". Watch below.

Famous Dex - Psycho (Video)

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Dexter aka Famous Dex, embraces his wild manner, with a new video. Fitted in a straight-jacket and dawning masks, Dex delivers the visual for "Psycho", shot by SK Films. Watch below.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sofar x LA VanGogh "nine ta five bluez" (Live Performance)

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The latest Chicago artist to join the list of people Sofar has teamed up with is LA VanGogh. He performs a song from "safeNsound presents L.A. VanGogh", called "nine ta five bluez". The crowd was feeling the song and you should checkout the mp3 version its damn good. Watch the video below.

IKON ft. Femdot - 3ft No Pressure

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Femdot continues to be on a roll with the raps, and IKON's been delivering production to artist in the city for some time now. These two come together for a new track called, "3ft No Pressure", where Femdot flexes his ability as a emcee, once again. IKON is working toward a new project, "Auragami", and Fem recently released "thr(we)".

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Towkio ft. Joey Purp - Playin Fair (Video)

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Towkio, Joey Purp, and many of the SaveMoney crew head to the court for this new video to the song "Playin Fair". They've really been making a effort for this Summer to go down as the as a SaveMoney Summer, through numerous releases. Towko has been working on a new project "World Wide.Wav", getting the mind of Rick Rubin on his team for help. Watch the video below.

Lud Foe - Hublot

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Bring something on the more calm side, Lud Foe delivers a track called "Hublot", produced by KidWond3r. Look for "Boochie Gang Vol.1" to drop soon.

Adam Joseph - Level Up

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Adam Joseph and producer Xander have been working together on music for sometime now. They've built a chemistry through their collaboration for a possible joint project. These two have enough song already out to make up a full project. Their most recent record his is called "Level Up", a super fresh sound with elegantly turbulent production. Not a song with stiff rhythm, this one can definitely get a crowd to move.