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SLAM Magazine Presents KOBE

SLAM Magazine Presents KOBE

SLAM Magazine recently dropped what it called a “historic” cover – Issue 198, which featured Drake, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry on its front. Now, the respected basketball mag is back with a special edition issue, dedicated to Kobe Bryant, who just wrapped up his legendary 20-year NBA career. SLAM Presents KOBE – sure to be...
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...
Photos: UPC Halloween Bash 2k15

Photos: UPC Halloween Bash 2k15

Friday, Oct. 30th, 2015 was a night to remember. The party was bumpin’ until 3 a.m. — and it would’ve gone until 5 or 6 if it weren’t for some goober pulling the building’s fire alarm. Re-live UPC‘s Halloween Bash 2k15 through the following photos, taken by our friends at 50 Diamonds. Special shout-out to...
Photos: Rae Sremmurd in Champaign 10/26

Photos: Rae Sremmurd in Champaign 10/26

Champaign, IL got a taste of Sremm Life last week. Rae Sremmurd performed an hour-long set at Foellinger Auditorium on Monday, Oct. 26 in front of a raucous crowd of students. Brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy ran through hits including “Lit Like Bic,” “No Flex Zone” and “This Could Be Us.” The Mississippi hip-hop duo delivered...
Photos: Freaky Deaky Halloween 2015

Photos: Freaky Deaky Halloween 2015

The folks over at React Presents (Spring Awakening; North Coast; Mamby on the Beach; etc.) have outdone themselves, yet again. This year’s Freaky Deaky Halloween festival was an extremely well put on event with an impressive array of both local and worldwide artists, as well as a ton of awesome, interactive experiences. For this years edition they hooked us up with...
The Underachievers - Chasing Faith x Rain Dance x Allusions

The Underachievers – Chasing Faith x Rain Dance x Allusions

  The Underachievers just dropped a new short film featuring three tracks from their upcoming sophomore album, Evermore: The Art of Duality. The film highlights Issa Gold and AK‘s personal and psychedelic journey through the Mojave desert and Vegas strip, referencing the 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The three tracks, entitled “Chasing Faith,” “Rain Dance” and...
Photos: ILLrock Block Party in Urbana 5/2

Photos: ILLrock Block Party in Urbana 5/2

For the second straight year, the ILLrock Block Party served as an end-of-the-year celebratory concert at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The day-long event, similar to Little 500 at Indiana University or Dillo Day at Northwestern University, went down this past Saturday in Urbana and featured a variety of musical guests. Artists such as Gramatik, Matoma, Exmag...
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Sunday Candy (Short Film)

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Sunday Candy (Short Film)

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment dropped their long-awaited short film for song “Sunday Candy” yesterday, and it made our Sunday that much better. The one-shot short film is co-directed by Austin Vesely, Chance The Rapper, and Ian Eastwood. From the lighting to the insane choreography, this video without a doubt hits you in the feels...
Action Bronson - Fuck, That's Delicious: Roasted in Santa Monica

Action Bronson – Fuck, That’s Delicious: Roasted in Santa Monica

The latest episode of Bronson‘s web series with Munchies is one of the best yet, not only do we get to hear a brand new song with Alchemist, but he also heads to Camp Flog Gnaw, has a pow wow with actor Simon Rex, and gets tacos with legendary rapper B-Real. For anybody who’s a fan of Action...
John Legend - Glory ft. Common

John Legend – Glory ft. Common

Tensions have been high in the United States, and we’ve seen the best and worst of racial relations over the last three months. However, many musicians are taking action in their own way to make a difference. Everyone from J. Cole to Macklemore has been out protesting with the people, and many have made poignant statements concerning...
Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment - SoX Day (Video)

Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment – SoX Day (Video)

You never know what Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment have up their sleeves. After releasing “Sunday Candy” last week, Chance has just released an 11-minute film titled “SoX Day.” Directed by Austin Vesely, “SoX Day” shows viewers what a day in the life of The Social Experiment looks like while on tour. Check out the video...