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Interview: MBK Twins

Interview: MBK Twins

Twin and Money make up the MBK Twins, an up-and-coming rap duo from the Windy City. The identical twins attended high school with Lil Durk, and the three of them are now on tour together. The MBK Twins have two bubbling records at the moment – “My Ex” and “Another Me.” They came to Urbana in...
LeBron James' Best Career Dunks (Video)

LeBron James’ Best Career Dunks (Video)

The Cavaliers (46-18, first in Eastern Conference) are taking on the Clippers (42-22, fourth in Western Conference) today on ABC. The NBA recently released a highlight reel of LeBron James‘ best dunks, which can be viewed above. Check them out and leave a comment to let us know what you think.
Thelonious Martin - I Love Kanye (Remix)

Thelonious Martin – I Love Kanye (Remix)

Chicago native Thelonious Martin flips Kanye West‘s acapella track “I Love Kanye,” turning it into a song that would feel at home on one of Yeezy’s early albums. Listen to the soulful remix below, and as always, drop a comment to let us know what you think. Feel free to voice your thoughts on The Life of...
French Montana - Figure It Out ft. Kanye West & Nas

French Montana – Figure It Out ft. Kanye West & Nas

French Montana links up with Kanye West and Nas for “Figure It Out,” a standout record from French’s new mixtape, Wave Gods. French spits one of his best verses to date – “Why Eazy ain’t have the Magic? / Why AI ain’t never won a ‘ship? / And why God took Max and Chinx /...
Yung Lean - Warlord (Album)

Yung Lean – Warlord (Album)

Nineteen-year-old swedish emcee Yung Lean drops a new album entitled Warlord. The enigmatic rapper enlists help from Bladee, Lil’ Flash, Yung Gud and Yung Sherman for the 13-track project. Stream below via Spotify, and as always, drop a comment to let us know what you think.
Flashback Friday: Guerilla Black ft. Beenie Man - Compton

Flashback Friday: Guerilla Black ft. Beenie Man – Compton

For this week’s Flashback Friday, we take you back to 2004 and Guerilla Black‘s hit single, “Compton.” The same Sister Nancy sample from this song is now featured on Kanye West‘s new album, The Life of Pablo (on the track “Famous”). People used to think Guerilla Black sounded a poor man’s Biggie. What do y’all think?
Trillectro & DJ Spicoli - Singles Awareness Day 8 (Mixtape)

Trillectro & DJ Spicoli – Singles Awareness Day 8 (Mixtape)

Each Valentine’s Day, the good folks over at Trillectro / DCtoBC drop a mixtape to raise awareness for those without a special someone in their lives. Trillectro Music Festival co-founders Modi and DJ Spicoli are back with the eighth installment today – just in time for Feb. 14th. From Trillectro’s SoundCloud page: Since 2008, the team behind Trillectro has...
Kanye West - 30 Hours

Kanye West – 30 Hours

Kanye West returns with a new installment in his rebooted G.O.O.D. Fridays series. Listen to “30 Hours” below, and let us know what you think. Yeezy’s album The Life of Pablo should hit iTunes and shelves very, very soon. Stay posted.
Future - EVOL (Album)

Future – EVOL (Album)

New Future for your weekend festivities. The Atlanta rapper delivers yet another project in the form of EVOL, an eleven-track album with bangers galore. The body of work contains only one feature – the Weeknd-assisted hit, “Low Life.” Other standout records include “Fly Shit Only” and “Seven Rings.” You can order EVOL for $10.99 now via...
Flashback Friday: Lil' Wayne - Rap City Freestyle

Flashback Friday: Lil’ Wayne – Rap City Freestyle

For this week’s edition of Flashback Friday, we take you back to BET‘s Rap City days, of course hosted by Big Tigger. Peep the video above to watch Weezy spit an ill freestyle (though some of the verse was taken from his song, “BM Jr.”). Let us know some of your other favorite freestyles by dropping a...
G Herbo - Lord Knows ft. Joey Bada$$ (Video)

G Herbo – Lord Knows ft. Joey Bada$$ (Video)

G Herbo and Joey Bada$$ link up for a music video for their new track, “Lord Knows,” produced by Metro Boomin. The clip is set in Joey’s native Bed-Stuy. Check out the visual above, and let us know what you think of this Chi-town x NYC connection.
Illinois Basketball Falls to Ohio State in Overtime, 68-63

Illinois Basketball Falls to Ohio State in Overtime, 68-63

With the game knotted at 58, Malcolm Hill stood between the halfcourt logo and the three-point line, watching the game clock dwindle. The Big Ten’s second-leading scorer dribbled twice through his legs and jabbed toward the lane with his right foot. Hill then stepped back for a three-ball over Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop, who got...