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Kanye West Performs on Saturday Night Live

Kanye West Performs on Saturday Night Live

Two days after Kanye West premiered Yeezy Season 3 and The Life of Pablo to a sold out Madison Square Garden, ‘Ye went on Saturday Night Live to perform two new songs, “Highlights” and “Ultralight Beam,” with a little help from his friends The Dream, Young Thug, Katie Price, Kirk Franklin and Chance The Rapper. Though it was Kanye’s night, Chance also came through and delivered a stellar verse....
Taylor Bennett - Broad Shoulders (Album)

Taylor Bennett – Broad Shoulders (Album)

Back in May of 2014, Taylor Bennett performed at Champaign’s annual ILLrock Block Party, days before he released his first mixtape, Mainstream Music. Almost two years later, it’s safe to say Taylor is back stronger than ever, releasing his first album Broad Shoulders. After giving it an initial listen, you can really tell that he took his time with this by honing...
Pusha T - Crutches, Crosses, Caskets (Video)

Pusha T – Crutches, Crosses, Caskets (Video)

Pusha T surprised his fans on Twitter today by dropping a video for “Crutches, Crosses, Caskets,” a track that will be featured on his new mixtape Darkest Before Dawn. Being the President of G.O.O.D. Music, you can pretty much decide to drop your stuff whenever you want. In the dark visual, Pusha is hanging out on a...
Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment Perform on Saturday Night Live

Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment Perform on Saturday Night Live

Last night Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment made history by becoming the first independent artists to perform on Saturday Night Live. Chance debuted his new single “Somewhere In Paradise,” off his upcoming third mixtape. Fans who’ve seen Chano live may recognize this song as he’s performed this at numerous shows. The song is co-produced by  The Social Experiment...
Anthony Pavel - HerStory ft. Saba

Anthony Pavel – HerStory ft. Saba

Will Chicago ever stop producing talent? Probably never. A new rising artist you’re going to have to start getting familiar with is singer and songwriter Anthony Pavel. Pavel linked up with another talented Chicagoan, Saba, for his first single titled “HerStory,” off of his new EP Windows. This isn’t Anthony’s first time linking with Saba as he was part...
Dreamville - Revenge of the Dreamers II (Album)

Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers II (Album)

Last night, the good folks over at Dreamville Records surprised fans by dropping their second collective album, Revenge of the Dreamers II. The project features 9 tracks, with verses from J. Cole, Bas, Cozz, and Omen. The project also has guest features from Correy B and Donnie Trumpet, as well as introducing two new Dreamville artists, Ari Lennox and Lute. Check out the project via Apple Music and be sure...
Saba - TimeZone/Whip (areyoudown?) (Video)

Saba – TimeZone/Whip (areyoudown?) (Video)

To say Saba is having a big year would be an understatement. He appeared on Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment‘s project Surf, toured across the country, and performed “Angels” with Chance The Rapper on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. His recent success stems from his sophomore project ComfortZone, which was featured in our Top 25 Albums of 2014. Today, Saba released a...
Eryn Allen Kane - Piano Song

Eryn Allen Kane – Piano Song

Last night, Chicago’s own Eryn Allen Kane premiered her new song “Piano Song” on BET‘s Being Mary Jane. This is a name you might get used to seeing, as this is Kane’s third single released this year. She also put out a collaboration titled “Baltimore,” with the man, the myth, the legend, Prince. Eryn is accompanied on “Piano Song” by Macie Stewart on piano, Will...
Joey Purp - Morgan Freeman

Joey Purp – Morgan Freeman

SAVEMONEY’s own Joey Purp dropped a new track last week, titled “Morgan Freeman.” After hearing it a couple of times in a row, it’s a certified banger with the hook that is not going to leave your head. Check out the track below!
Kendrick Lamar - These Walls (Video)

Kendrick Lamar – These Walls (Video)

Kendrick Lamar drops the visual for “These Walls” from his critically acclaimed sophomore album, To Pimp a Butterfly. The eight-minute video directed by Colin Tiley features several cool aspects, including comedian Corey Holcomb telling a story about partying with K. Dot. You can catch Kendrick on tour right now for TDE‘s first annual Kunta’s Groove Session. Check out the video above, and...
Chance The Rapper - Angels ft. Saba

Chance The Rapper – Angels ft. Saba

Chance The Rapper made an appearance last night on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to perform his new single, “Angels.” Before blessing performance, Chance dropped the track for free on iTunes and Soundcloud. Saba handles the hook on the new record. You might remember these two linking up previously on “Everybody’s Something.” Check out the track below, and let’s hope Chance...
Vic Mensa - Married to the King (Freestyle)

Vic Mensa – Married to the King (Freestyle)

If you’re not following Vic Mensa on Soundcloud by now, you’re tweaking. The self-proclaimed ‘Hyde Park Hooligan’ has been dropping heat for several weeks on his Soundcloud account, and last night, Vic blessed us with a new freestyle entitled “Married to the King.” Vic has been on a roll with his latest freebies, so you know...