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FKi 1st & NJOMZA - For What It's Worth (Video)

FKi 1st & NJOMZA – For What It’s Worth (Video)

If you’re not yet familiar with Atlanta producer-turned-rapper FKi 1st, that will change soon. The man helped put Post Malone on the map by co-producing “White Iverson.” He also crafted the instrumental for 2 Chainz‘ “Watch Out,” as well as music for a slew of other hip-hop stars. But now it’s FKi’s turn. Earlier this week, he released “For What it’s...
A$AP Ferg – Trap Anthem ft. Migos

A$AP Ferg – Trap Anthem ft. Migos

For A$AP Mob’s #WavyWednesday this past week, A$AP Ferg released a new banger called “Trap Anthem” featuring rap trio Migos. The title of this track gives you an idea of what to expect. Keep on the look out for Ferg’s sophomore album, Always Strive and Prosper, expected to drop sometime later this spring.
Gramatik Live in Urbana, IL on 3/3

Gramatik Live in Urbana, IL on 3/3

The last time EDM sensation Gramatik performed in Champaign-Urbana, he was tearing up Oregon Street at the 2015 ILL Rock Block Party. The 31-year-old Slovenian artist is slated for his return to The Canopy Club this Thursday, March 3. Known for his mixture of electro thumps and hip-hop beats, Gramatik recently finished his new album Epigram and will...
Vic Mensa & Skrillex - No Chill (Video)

Vic Mensa & Skrillex – No Chill (Video)

Last summer, Vic Mensa and Skrillex put out their collaborative track, “No Chill,” a heavy-hitting banger with co-production from Jahlil Beats. This week, the video for the standout track was released. The artists take us on a trip through the underground of Tokyo and feature visuals from the city’s iconic spots and landmarks. Grammy-nominated Colin Tilley directed the visual – Tilley has also directed videos...
Daniel Caesar - Pilgrim’s Paradise (Album)

Daniel Caesar – Pilgrim’s Paradise (Album)

Review written by Mike D. (@YourBestManMike). Have you heard of Daniel Caesar yet? Probably not. The 19-year-old singer/songwriter based out of Toronto only has around 3,000 followers on both Facebook and Twitter, although those numbers seem sure to change. A few weeks ago, Caesar dropped his sophomore release Pilgrim’s Paradise, and the seven-track project packs a harmonic...
Pusha T - Untouchable (Video)

Pusha T – Untouchable (Video)

It’s been a great month for Pusha T. He released his new heavy-hitting single “Untouchable” a couple weeks back — right on the heels of the announcement that Kanye West has named King Push the new president of G.O.O.D. Music. “Untouchable” is produced by Timbaland and even features a sample from the Notorious B.I.G. Pusha T gets very creative...
Vans Collegiate Shoe Design Competition

Vans Collegiate Shoe Design Competition

Vans is on the hunt for the University of Illinois’ best artists, creatives, designers, and sneaker heads. UIUC has been selected as one of the schools to participate in Vans’ Collegiate Shoe Design Competition. Interested? All you have to do is e-mail a picture of your own original artwork or graphic design to the e-mail address vans@neatoagency.com by tomorrow...
Review: Future & Drake - What A Time To Be Alive

Review: Future & Drake – What A Time To Be Alive

Review written by Mike D. (@YourBestManMike). September 20th, Drake and Future released their recently rumored collaboration, What A Time To Be Alive (WATTBA), via Apple Music and OVO Sound Radio. The project is a surprising delight for fans and the cherry on top for what has been a fantastic year for both artists. Drake and Future exhibit good chemistry...
Hit-Boy - Go All Night ft. Travi$ Scott

Hit-Boy – Go All Night ft. Travi$ Scott

Hit-Boy dropped his new synth-type beat “Go All Night” featuring Travi$ Scott earlier this week just in time for Memorial Day Weekend and the parties that come with it. In this sure-fire banger, Hit-Boy and Travi$ Scott showcase the witty lyrics and off-the-wall energy they’re both known for while trading verses about drinking ’til the break...
Tesla's New Solution To Solving Earth's Energy Crisis

Tesla’s New Solution To Solving Earth’s Energy Crisis

On May 1st, tech guru Elon Musk debuted Tesla’s new answer for sustainable energy in hopes of helping the world end its addiction to fossil fuels. Cue Tesla’s solar powered batteries, the Powerwall & Powerpack. The products essentially store sunlight and convert it into clean energy. Elon states around two billion of the larger Powerpacks...