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Review - Vic Mensa: The Autobiography

Review – Vic Mensa: The Autobiography

Review written by Eli S. (@eschwad) “At age 12, I learned the difference between white and black/police pulled me off of my bike, I landed on my back/Back to reality, oops, a victim of gravity/where they pull you down and keep you there/Depending on how you keep your hair.” On Vic Mensa‘s new album The...
Taylor Bennett - Grown Up Fairy Tales ft. Chance The Rapper & Jeremih

Taylor Bennett – Grown Up Fairy Tales ft. Chance The Rapper & Jeremih

Taylor Bennett recently dropped his project Restoration of An American Idol, a nine-track body of work with features from Lil Yachty, Raury, Supa Bwe and more. The Chicago MC taps his big bro for the standout track “Grown Up Fairy Tales,” which you can check out below via SoundCloud. The nearly four-minute song also features fellow Windy City...
French Montana - Figure It Out ft. Kanye West & Nas (Video)

French Montana – Figure It Out ft. Kanye West & Nas (Video)

Last week, French Montana dropped a “Figure It Out” visual with appearances from Kanye West and Nas. Check out the Eif Rivera-directed video above, which features fly cars, private jets, dirt bikes, fine women and copious amounts of Henny and Ciroc. Check out the video above, and drop a comment to let us know what you...
Lil Durk - Shoot Sum

Lil Durk – Shoot Sum

On Lil Durk‘s new track “Shoot Sum,” the Chicago native shows off a rapid fire flow to portray his day-to-day life in Chicago over a Chop Squad DJ-produced instrumental. It’s unclear if this one will appear on Durk’s new mixtape, LilDurk2x, which is set to drop any moment now. Check it out below, and drop a comment to...
Joey Purp - Cornerstore ft. Saba & theMIND

Joey Purp – Cornerstore ft. Saba & theMIND

To say I’ve been itching to hear Joey Purp‘s upcoming project, iiiDrops, would be a complete understatement. Today, we received a taste – a new single called “Cornerstone.” Purp came correct with “Cornerstone” by enlisting Saba and theMIND for guest features, along with production from Thelonious Martin, Donnie Trumpet, Peter Cottontale and Knox Fortune. Check out the track below, and keep an eye out for iiiDrops!
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...
Wiz Khalifa - Change ft. Curren$y

Wiz Khalifa – Change ft. Curren$y

Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y link up for a new track titled, “Change.” Listen below via SoundCloud for some 4/20 vibes from the How Fly crew.
Caleb James - All Black

Caleb James – All Black

Savemoney‘s Caleb James is back on the scene after a bit of a hiatus since his 2013 mixtape, The Jones. He just dropped a track titled “All Black,” which contains well-written bars over a dark, ominous instrumental. As of now, there isn’t any word of a new project from Caleb, but after hearing this new track, I’m itching...
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...
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...
Mother Nature, T.R.U.T.H & Klevah Live in Champaign on 4/1

Mother Nature, T.R.U.T.H & Klevah Live in Champaign on 4/1

Champaign’s Mother Nature, a female rap duo consisting of T.R.U.T.H and Klevah, is headlining The Accord on April 1st for The Pygmalion Festival show series. Abnormous, Boycut, Chasin’ Treezz and Jeff K%NZ x GR8SKY will be in the house performing as well. If you aren’t familiar with the artists Champaign has to offer, this is a show you definitely won’t want to miss. Doors open...
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...