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Final Fantasy XV - Reclaim Your Throne (Trailer)

Final Fantasy XV – Reclaim Your Throne (Trailer)

With a scheduled release date of September 30 this year, Square Enix has unveiled the official trailer for Final Fantasy XV. No doubt this trailer could grab any gamer’s attention, but below is perhaps an even more engaging preview for the upcoming release: the first of five episodes in an anime series, titled “Brotherhood,” which will serve as a prequel for...
Curren$y & Sledgren - Revolver (Short Film)

Curren$y & Sledgren – Revolver (Short Film)

Back in June of 2015, Spitta announced a collaborative project with Taylor Gang producer Sledgren, and after nine months, “Revolver” has arrived in the form of a short film.  Shot and directed by Jet Life videographer CJ Wallis, the “musical narrative picture” features six original raps written by Curren$y over fresh production from Sledgro. Fellow Jet Life members Corner Boy P, Mr. Marcelo...
Lil Yachty - Lil Boat (Mixtape)

Lil Yachty – Lil Boat (Mixtape)

Eighteen year-old ATL representative Lil Yachty decided to bless his fans with his debut full-length project, Lil Boat The Mixtape. His standout track “1 Night” has over 14 million views on Soundcloud, and young Boat is continuing to make waves with this new project. Yachty’s ability to flip between catchy auto-tune melodies and raw/comedic raps is fully on display here. It’s a strong debut from Yachty, with...
Lucki Eck$ - Free Wave (EP)

Lucki Eck$ – Free Wave (EP)

It’s been only a few months since Lucki Eck$ dropped one of Chicago’s hottest summer mixtapes in X, but the young cloud rapper is already back with another free offering. Over the past few weeks, Bossy has kept his SoundCloud lit with his Free Wave freestyle series. This EP is a compilation of those releases, plus several unheard freestyles — including his anticipated collaboration...
G Herbo - Ballin Like I'm Kobe (Mixtape)

G Herbo – Ballin Like I’m Kobe (Mixtape)

The streets have been patiently waiting, and the day has finally come: G Herbo (aka Lil Herb) has unleashed his highly anticipated mixtape, Ballin Like I’m Kobe. After releasing two freebies that were all over Chicago radio (“Computers “ and “Rollin”), it was apparent Herb was about to drop a project that was going to solidify his spot...
Da$h - 17 More Minutes (Mixtape)

Da$h – 17 More Minutes (Mixtape)

After releasing the impressive free EP SkrewFace a few weeks ago, Da$h drops yet another project dedicated to the late A$AP Yams (LONG LIVE YAMBO). 17 More Minutes is 12 more tracks full of the gritty bars that we’ve come to expect from the New Jersey emcee. With some sinister production from Thelonious Martin, RandomBlackDude (Earl Sweatshirt), and H.N.I.C., as...
Curren$y & Chase N Cashe - Cathedral EP

Curren$y & Chase N Cashe – Cathedral EP

Anyone who is familiar with the New Orleans hip-hop scene knew that this collaboration was coming sooner or later, especially since the artists had been in contact via Twitter over the past few months. Cathedral is a small compilation of raps from Curren$y with production from Chase N, Cashe, and it’s as smooth as church soul from front to back....
Chuck & Mike - Super Squad

Chuck & Mike – Super Squad

For those who remember when The Cool Kids took the game by storm, no introduction for Chuck & Mike is necessary.  For those who don’t know about this dynamic duo, take advantage of that free trial from Apple Music and check out their project Bake Sale to get familiar with their boom-bap beginnings. After Sir Michael tweeted that The...
Retch - Finesse The World (Mixtape)

Retch – Finesse The World (Mixtape)

Retch is easily the grimiest rapper alive right now, which is only more apparent after one listen of his long-anticipated new mixtape Finesse The World (#FTW). If you’re looking for that trap sound from the East Coast then look no further, because this guy is the definition of it. With production from Thelonious Martin, A$AP P On The...
Curt - Commencement

Curt – Commencement

One of the cooler parts about writing for a blog is being an outlet for aspiring artists, serving as a platform to have their music heard by a larger audience. So when Chicago rapper Curt reached out to me via a mutual friend, I gave his music a listen and was impressed by the wordplay skills the...
Kehlani - You Should Be Here (Album)

Kehlani – You Should Be Here (Album)

Ever since Cloud 19 hit the masses, all Kehlani has been doing is dropping gem after gem, building anticipation for her next project You Should Be Here. After releasing singles with BJ The Chicago Kid and Chance The Rapper, the album has arrived in its entirety, and it’s rocking. Although I’ve only had one listen, it is definitely one...
Curren$y - Briefcase (Video)

Curren$y – Briefcase (Video)

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from the master of weed raps, but no worries, Curren$y is hard at work putting together the third installment of his Pilot Talk series with legendary producer Ski Beatz. Above is the video for the first single off the album, “Briefcase.” Spitta revisits a familiar sample which already rendered the underground classic “Skyscrapers” five years ago and...