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BADBADNOTGOOD - "Here & Now" and "Timewave Zero"

BADBADNOTGOOD – “Here & Now” and “Timewave Zero”

It’s always a good day when BADBADNOTGOOD releases music, but this past week, the group blessed us with not one, but two awesome instrumental tracks. “Here & Now” and “Timewave Zero” will perhaps prime the pump for a collaboration-heavy 2016. I guess we’ll just have to see, but if the end of 2015 is any...
Frank Leone's American Supertramp Mix

Frank Leone’s American Supertramp Mix

UPC-favorite Frank Leone came back after an absence this week with a new release in the form of a mix, entitled American Supertramp. Included on the mix are deep cuts from Ibeyi, Death Grips, and of course, Leone himself. Look out for a new video from the young emcee in the next couple of weeks, but for now, sit...
GDNA & Frank Leone - Rapture ft. Donnie Trumpet & Akenya

GDNA & Frank Leone – Rapture ft. Donnie Trumpet & Akenya

It’s been a while since we’re heard from former UIUC student Frank Leone, but since he has moved to Chicago, he’s certainly been making waves – most notably with the release of his full-length project EnterWILD. Today, he and LA-based instrumentalist GDNA bring us “Rapture,” featuring none other than Donnie Trumpet (the mastermind behind Surf) on horns...
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf (Album)

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf (Album)

It’s a rare day when an album is released for free on iTunes, but it’s an even rarer day when Chance The Rapper and co. release a new album. And today, we are the lucky ones because Surf is finally here. Donnie Trumpet (or Nico Segal) is a masterful curator and trumpeter, and this new...
Pygmalion Music Festival 2015 Initial Lineup

Pygmalion Music Festival 2015 Initial Lineup

The annual event where Champaign-Urbana’s music scene seems to shine the brightest has to be Pygmalion Music Festival. Every year, it features some of the best indie/alternative acts in the entire world. This year, of course is no exception. Yesterday, it was announced that English shoegaze throwback Ride would be playing the festival, and today,...
Frank Leone - River Beat

Frank Leone – River Beat

Frank Leone brings us the first new material since his sophomore project Enter Wild.  “River Beat” was created in under 24 hours, and it was recently placed on Russell Simmons‘ latest ADD52 mixtape, so needless to say, big things are on the horizon for Frank. Sit back, relax and take this one in. Cheers.
Mick Jenkins - Alchemy

Mick Jenkins – Alchemy

Does Mick Jenkins ever smile? The jury’s still out on that one. Is he one of the rawest rappers coming up today? Absolutely. With a new EP titled The Wave[s] on the way this summer, it looks like Mick’s not going anywhere soon. While you wait on that, you can sit back and listen to this...
Towkio - Free Your Mind (Video)

Towkio – Free Your Mind (Video)

I’ll be the first to admit – autotune is one of the strangest trends to reach prevalence in popular music, but there are certain times where it just fits. Today, Savemoney associate Towkio brings us “Free Your Mind,” a prime example of exactly that. The visual was directed by Chicago director Peter Campbell, and boasts some of...
Frank Leone - EnterWILD (Album)

Frank Leone – EnterWILD (Album)

Nearly two years in the making, former UIUC student and experienced rapsmith (and beatsmith) Frank Leone finally gives the world what its been waiting for: his debut album. EnterWILD is supposed to take place in a forest, and if the aesthetic of this project doesn’t inspire that in you, I’m not sure what will. Featuring emcees...
Skepta - Shutdown

Skepta – Shutdown

UK hip-hop is raw, and no, I’m not talking about Tinie Tempah. Over the past year, a plethora of emcees have made their way out of the UK spotlight and into the mainstream. One of these artists was grime-esque rapper Skepta, who this year alone has received cosigns from Kanye West and Drake. Yesterday, he brought us...
Frank Leone - Toad Vision ft. Saba

Frank Leone – Toad Vision ft. Saba

“Local kid doing big things” would be an accurate way to describe the hype surrounding Frank Leone‘s newest project Enter Wild.  The young emcee just dropped yet another single, entitled “Toad Vision,” off of the entirely self-produced project, this time featuring one of Chicago’s finest emcees, Saba.  There is no exact date yet on Enter Wild’s release,...
Klevah - Bastards (Video)

Klevah – Bastards (Video)

My favorite Champaign-Urbana rapper is Klevah. There. I said it. The lone female in Gr8Thinka‘s lyrical prowess is beyond her years, and today’s release “Bastards” is no exception.  The visual for the track, which comes from her sophomore project Golden, features some of C-U’s finest landmarks for the optically inclined. Stream below, and remember that everything’s #Gr8. Cheers....