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Albums
Mac Miller - GO:OD AM (Album)

Mac Miller – GO:OD AM (Album)

A week ahead of schedule, Mac Miller drops off his album GO:OD AM via stream at NPR. After dropping his single “100 Grandkids,” Mac looks to impress with a brand new sound. Coming a long way from his Donald Trump referencing days, Mac Miller has grown and matured, along with his musical production. With features such as Ab-Soul,...
CORESH - HEVVY EP

CORESH – HEVVY EP

West Coast band CORESH has just dropped their first project HEVVY. The Los Angeles-based crew originated on the Southside of Chicago, but have since moved West to hone in on their sound and intense live performances. The EP features five tracks for listeners to get acquainted with, including the lead single “Run,” which also received the...
ProbCause - Drifters (Album)

ProbCause – Drifters (Album)

This week, Chicago’s own ProbCause released his new LP under Gramatik‘s Lowtemp label. The project is entitled Drifters and features 12, well-crafted tracks that contain features from Saba, Twista, The O’My’s, and more. Check out the album below, and drop a comment to let us know what you think! You can also catch ProbCause along with The O’My’s and...
The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness (Album)

The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness (Album)

The Weeknd, everyone’s favorite wild-haired R&B star, has finally released his highly anticipated summer album, Beauty Behind The Madness. Since the release of his series of critically acclaimed mixtapes (House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence) in 2011, The Weeknd has steadily gained a massive following. In 2014, he released his debut album Kissland, and his fan...
Dr. Dre - Compton (Album)

Dr. Dre – Compton (Album)

The advent of new Dr. Dre has been so long awaited that it’s become somewhat of a running joke in the hip-hop community. Dre’s proposed album Detox is as far off on the horizon as the second coming of Jesus Christ himself. Alas, August 7th, 2015 marks the day of kingdom come in the form of Compton. Since...
Omen - Elephant Eyes (Album)

Omen – Elephant Eyes (Album)

It’s been a long time coming (3 years to be exact), but we finally get to hear what Chicago and Dreamville’s own Omen has been preparing for the world to hear. Earlier this week he released his debut LP, Elephant Eyes. The 11-track album features production from Omen and Ron Gilmore, as well as collaborations with J. Cole,...
Review: Vince Staples - Summertime '06

Review: Vince Staples – Summertime ’06

Review written by Crystal W. (@trap_duchess). Vince Staples has been the underdog his entire life. Growing up in Long Beach, California was no easy task, nary a source of expression for a young man with a lot to say. Despite a harsh upbringing (or maybe because of it), Vince has come a long way. From his first...
Omen Announces 'Elephant Eyes' Release Date

Omen Announces ‘Elephant Eyes’ Release Date

‎For about three years now, fans have been patiently waiting for Chicago’s own Omen to drop his debut album, Elephant Eyes. What better way to announce the release date of a debut album than with a “Love & Hip Hop” parody? The fake trailer features the Dreamville team going through some drama for Omen’s upcoming album. Check out the trailer...
Meek Mill - Dreams Worth More Than Money (Album)

Meek Mill – Dreams Worth More Than Money (Album)

Following an impressive night at the BET Awards alongside girlfriend Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill decided to grace the internet with his much anticipated album DWMTM. With so many rap albums coming out this year, Meek decided to take advantage in the brief lull of releases and put his album up on iTunes. With some impressive...
Moods - New Horizons EP

Moods – New Horizons EP

Over the past three years, Rotterdam’s Moods has continually dropped one masterpiece after another, setting him among some of Netherlands’ top electronic music producers. If the name didn’t give it away already, Moods has the ability to create vivid, emotional landscapes in all of his music. His New Horizons EP has just hit the digital shelves via Boogie Angst and features his renowned swinging...
TiRon & Ayomari - The Great New Wonderful (Album)

TiRon & Ayomari – The Great New Wonderful (Album)

You’ve got to hand it to TiRon & Ayomari. Being continuously slept-on hasn’t stopped them from putting out incredible bodies of work time and time again for their fans. Today they drop their new album titled The Great New Wonderful. The 8-track project finds the Cali duo emitting nothing but good energy and positive vibes, giving this...
Lil Durk - Remember My Name (Album)

Lil Durk – Remember My Name (Album)

Chicago’s Lil Durk releases his long awaited debut album Remember My Name. The project contains 12 tracks with production from the likes of C-Sick, DJ L, Young Chop, Metro Boomin, Boi-1da and London On Da Track. Durk reached out to fellow Chi-town native Jeremih along with Maryland’s Logic for guest features. Support one of the...