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Sterling Lavelle - Maybe

Sterling Lavelle – Maybe

Twenty-two-year-old Chicago native Sterling LaVelle just released a single from his upcoming mixtape, Brainstorms and Blues. “Maybe” features fellow Windy City artist, Hugo Lee, along with production from Spazzbot. You might have this one on repeat thanks to LaVelle’s unique flow in conjunction with the cool, jazz-influenced beat. Stay tuned for the mixtape in the next coming weeks, but for now, listen...
Tunji Ige - Missed Calls EP

Tunji Ige – Missed Calls EP

Tunji Ige is finally back with the follow-up to his debut mixtape The Love Project, which dropped back in 2014. Since then, Tunji has dropped out of college and begun to make music full-time. The Love Project features production from Tunji and Noah Breakfast. The seven-track body of work boasts some impressive tracks, including certified banger, “On...
Baauer - Kung Fu ft. Future & Pusha T

Baauer – Kung Fu ft. Future & Pusha T

“Kung Fu” could be Baauer’s next club banger. The song debuted on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show yesterday. The beat alone is hypnotic, but the Future/Pusha T features are what put the track over the top. The three come together on this record for Baauer’s upcoming debut album, Aa. Let’s hope there’s more of this to come once...
Jazz Cartier - Hotel Paranoia (Album)

Jazz Cartier – Hotel Paranoia (Album)

Jazz Cartier had a huge 2015. He dropped his debut mixtape Marauding in Paradise, which brought him to the forefront of the Toronto rap scene. Now, it looks like Jazz is poised for a strong 2016 with the release of his sophomore project, Hotel Paranoia. Jacuzzi Le Fleur continues with his dark and pensive feelings...
Ro Ransom - Talk Too Much

Ro Ransom – Talk Too Much

The NYC rapper/singer, Ro Ransom, is back with a new track, “Talk Too Much.” The overall feel of the song is v low-key – it’s almost as if Ransom is whispering the lyrics into the listener’s ears. The beat has deep snares and bells. It also shifts a few times, but keeps up with the overall vibe of the song. Check...
Sterling LaVelle - Cancer

Sterling LaVelle – Cancer

Milwaukee-born, Chicago-raised artist Sterling LaVelle just dropped his new single, “Cancer.” LaVelle enlists fellow Chicago musician Ayanna Jahnee to provide melodic vocals for the hook. The WIZE-produced song has a jazzy and uplifting vibe, and LaVelle delivers some serious bars. “Cancer” is an ode to LaVelle’s late mother, who lost her battle with cancer a few years back. It’s...
Danny Seth - Perception (Mixtape)

Danny Seth – Perception (Mixtape)

London-born, Los Angeles-based rapper Danny Seth has finally released his new project, “Perception.” The album boasts 17 tracks with features from under-the-radar artists like Jimmy Johnson, Su Bviley and others. On “Perception,” Danny discusses his transition from London to L.A. and the backlash he faced from “supporters” when he moved to Hollywood. The entire tape is an interesting listen...
Review: Travi$ Scott - Rodeo

Review: Travi$ Scott – Rodeo

      Review written by Matt M. (@asapmattymac). It’s been over a year (hasn’t it felt like even longer?) since Days Before Rodeo, but Travi$ Scott‘s debut album Rodeo is finally here. Rodeo was one of the most hyped releases thus far in 2015, largely due to the hard-hitting bass of singles “3500” and...