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Travis Scott - Uber Everywhere (Remix)

Travis Scott – Uber Everywhere (Remix)

Madeintyo‘s “Uber Everywhere” became a smash hit on the Internet after its release in August, and its buzz is sure to increase as Travis Scott heats up the track with a fire remix. While La Flame was not too happy with the leak, we now have a version of CDQ remix material. Listen below, and drop a comment to let us...
HXLT - HXLT (Album)

HXLT – HXLT (Album)

Life is G.O.O.D. for HXLT (pronounced Holt), a Chicago native who signed with Kanye West last March. HXLT released his self-titled, debut album on Friday to positive reviews. From his self-produced beats to his self-made music videos, we see HXLT’s artistic identity beginning to form. His unique style and determined, ambitious work ethic should make a him...
Review: Kid Cudi - Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven

Review: Kid Cudi – Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven

Review written by Jordan P. (@_jpounder). I can only imagine the cover art photo was taken mere minutes after recording in a tripped-out, studio-tent filled with psychadelics and other “candies” nearby. Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven (SB2H), Kid Cudi‘s fifth studio album, is his deepest plunge yet into unknown terrorities, solely aided by hallucinogens and a shredding...
Young Thug - Slime Season 2 (Mixtape)

Young Thug – Slime Season 2 (Mixtape)

Slime Season 2 set Halloween off with a bang. On this project, Young Thug spits, scats, screeches, and sings his way across a wide range of booming, Atlanta-grown beats. With an all-star crew of producers including London on da Track, Metro Boomin, Goose, Wheezy, C4, Isaac Flame and more, this tape bumps. Listen below, and let us know...
Ty Dolla $ign - Airplane Mode (Mixtape)

Ty Dolla $ign – Airplane Mode (Mixtape)

Today, Ty Dolla $ign dropped a new mixtape entitled Airplane Mode — exactly one month prior to the release of his debut album, Free TC.  The title track finds Ty struggling to keep women off his line, even opting for two phones when airplane mode isn’t cutting it. Keeping free of distractions seems to be paying off for Dolla...
Flashback Friday: G.O.O.D Fridays

Flashback Friday: G.O.O.D Fridays

We look at the game differently now. In 2010, leading up to the release of his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (MBDTF), Kanye West took to Twitter to announce his viral media/song-releasing campaign titled “G.O.O.D. Fridays.” As someone who put out “Jesus Walks” and dubbed his most controversial album Yeezus, ‘Ye has not been shy about religious self-reference, and...
Contest: Win Tickets to The Internet in Urbana, IL on 10/1

Contest: Win Tickets to The Internet in Urbana, IL on 10/1

LA soul band The Internet will take the stage at The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on Thursday, October 1st.  Consisting of Odd Future members Syd Tha Kyd and Matt Martians, among fellow Los Angeles artists, The Internet has carved its own sound/style. Coming off a successful third studio album, Ego Death, they are poised to put their...
Travi$ Scott - Antidote (Video)

Travi$ Scott – Antidote (Video)

*inserts cactus emoji* This video is not only dope as can be, but it encapsulates the very vibe of Rodeo, and showcases Scott’s creative tear that he has been on as of late. Set in the middle of a post-apocalyptic carnival (except with flashy whips, and flashier women), the Missouri City crooner opens the scene...
Chief Keef - Bang 3 Pt. 2 (Album)

Chief Keef – Bang 3 Pt. 2 (Album)

As if Bang 3 Pt. 1 wasn’t hard enough, Chief Keef delivers more street certified bars on arguably even better production than the former output. With hard hitting beats from Sosa himself, and Zaytoven across the album, Cozart warbles in autotune and lays down clever lines such as “I’m flexing like I’m Popeye, these krusties...
Mac Miller - GO:OD AM (Album)

Mac Miller – GO:OD AM (Album)

A week ahead of schedule, Mac Miller drops off his album GO:OD AM via stream at NPR. After dropping his single “100 Grandkids,” Mac looks to impress with a brand new sound. Coming a long way from his Donald Trump referencing days, Mac Miller has grown and matured, along with his musical production. With features such as Ab-Soul,...
Flashback Friday: The 2003 Chicago Cubs

Flashback Friday: The 2003 Chicago Cubs

No two words ignite a Cubs fan’s emotions more than Steve Bartman (except for maybe Billy Goat). In 2003, the poor man pictured above became infamous in baseball lore for interfering with a foul ball that would eventually lead to the Cubs’ playoff demise. He instantly became the most hated man in Chicago, albeit unjustly so....
Young Thug Live at Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on 10/2

Young Thug Live at Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on 10/2

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Jeffrey Williams represents one of the most interesting and hottest ATLiens in the rap game to date. Better known by his stage name Young Thug, the enigmatic rapper has taken the hip-hop world by storm, rapping in slur, scat, and overall drug-influenced form; draped in all the latest designer while...