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Interview: A$AP Twelvyy

Interview: A$AP Twelvyy

Photo courtesy of Cortez Visuals In early April at The Canopy Club, New York emcee A$AP Twelvyy opened for Flatbush ZOMBiES on the 3001: A Laced Odyssey Tour. After dropping his new single “Last Year Being Broke” this past New Year’s Eve, Twelvyy is positioning himself for a big year – his new mixtape, 2127301090, is set to drop shortly,...
Joey Purp - Cornerstore ft. Saba & theMIND

Joey Purp – Cornerstore ft. Saba & theMIND

To say I’ve been itching to hear Joey Purp‘s upcoming project, iiiDrops, would be a complete understatement. Today, we received a taste – a new single called “Cornerstone.” Purp came correct with “Cornerstone” by enlisting Saba and theMIND for guest features, along with production from Thelonious Martin, Donnie Trumpet, Peter Cottontale and Knox Fortune. Check out the track below, and keep an eye out for iiiDrops!
Caleb James - All Black

Caleb James – All Black

Savemoney‘s Caleb James is back on the scene after a bit of a hiatus since his 2013 mixtape, The Jones. He just dropped a track titled “All Black,” which contains well-written bars over a dark, ominous instrumental. As of now, there isn’t any word of a new project from Caleb, but after hearing this new track, I’m itching...
Mother Nature, T.R.U.T.H & Klevah Live in Champaign on 4/1

Mother Nature, T.R.U.T.H & Klevah Live in Champaign on 4/1

Champaign’s Mother Nature, a female rap duo consisting of T.R.U.T.H and Klevah, is headlining The Accord on April 1st for The Pygmalion Festival show series. Abnormous, Boycut, Chasin’ Treezz and Jeff K%NZ x GR8SKY will be in the house performing as well. If you aren’t familiar with the artists Champaign has to offer, this is a show you definitely won’t want to miss. Doors open...
Mac Miller - 5 Foot Assassin (Larry Fisherman Tribute)

Mac Miller – 5 Foot Assassin (Larry Fisherman Tribute)

Phife Dawg of the legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest passed away Tuesday night at the age of 45. Many mourned Phife’s death by tweeting some of their favorite lyrics. Mac Miller decided to show love by dropping a tribute track titled “5 Foot Assassin” under his Larry Fisherman alias. For this homage, Mac mixed ATCQ’s “1nce Again” with a freestyle...
Hundred Waters - Show Me Love (Remix) ft. Skrillex, Chance The Rapper, Moses Sumney & Robin Hannibal

Hundred Waters – Show Me Love (Remix) ft. Skrillex, Chance The Rapper, Moses Sumney & Robin Hannibal

Skrillex recently made his directorial debut by releasing the video to his remix of Hundred Waters’ “Show Me Love.” The remix features verses from Moses Sumney and Chance The Rapper. The feel-good track brings nothing but great vibes and is perfect for your upcoming summer playlists. Check out the video above, and be sure to drop a comment to let us know...
Lollapalooza 2016 Lineup

Lollapalooza 2016 Lineup

It’s hard to believe Lollapalooza is turning 25 this year. What’s not hard to believe is the legendary Chicago festival came correct with this year’s acts. Lolla also decided to add a fourth (!) day to accommodate the enormous milestone. This year’s lineup dropped Wednesday morning, and many rejoiced with headliners including Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Lana Del Rey, and J. Cole. This...
Anthony Pavel - Windows EP

Anthony Pavel – Windows EP

Chicago’s Anthony Pavel just released his debut EP, Windows. This has been in the works for quite some time, and we’re glad to finally hear the finished product. Windows features five stellar tracks containing the perfect blend of soul, pop, and R&B, along with a verse from the ultra-talented Saba. Check out the EP below, and be sure to keep an...
Stefan Ponce - Drive In ft. theMind & Julian Bell

Stefan Ponce – Drive In ft. theMind & Julian Bell

Stefan Ponce just released “Drive In,” the first single from his upcoming debut album. Ponce linked up with theMind and Julian Bell on the track, which will appear on Ponce’s project set to drop next month. This one’s perfect for you Spring Break playlists, so grab a cold one, relax and press play. As always, let us know what you think by dropping a...
A Billion Young - ABY & Friends EP

A Billion Young – ABY & Friends EP

After releasing its debut album Glenwood last year, A Billion Young is back with more tunes on the release of a new EP, ABY & Friends. The seven-track EP has features from Jac Stovler, Thelonius Martin, Knox Fortune and more. Check out the EP below and enjoy another great project from the very talented duo.
Bas - Night Job ft. J. Cole (Video)

Bas – Night Job ft. J. Cole (Video)

Right after releasing his second LP Too High to Riot, Dreamville’s own Bas teams up with J. Cole and releases the visual for “Night Job.” This song was first featured on Dreamville’s Revenge of the Dreamers II. If you’re not too familiar with Bas, check out our interview with him from last year, when he...
Knox Fortune - Seaglass

Knox Fortune – Seaglass

Trust me when I say Knox Fortune is a name you are going to want to remember. Hailing from Chicago, the producer and singer has just released his first track Seaglass from his upcoming LP. Knox has worked with many of the talented artists that Chicago has been mass-producing, including Joey Purp, Kami de Chukwu and Towkio. Not only...