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Samkul Live in Urbana, IL on 4/1

Samkul Live in Urbana, IL on 4/1

50 Diamonds and Bottom Boyz have teamed up to host a #50Fridays event Friday night at The Canopy Club in Urbana. Local rapper and UIUC senior Samkul is headlining the concert. If you’re not familiar with his record “Juice,” you can check that out here. DJ Matrix, J Will, Marleyy76 and Luhh’ Mace will also be performing....
Young Thug - Digits

Young Thug – Digits

Young Thug is about to release his highly anticipated mixtape, Slime Season 3. Today, we get a track from called “Digits,” expected to appear on the aforementioned project. Zane Lowe went on his radio show to drop the new song, produced by London On Da Track. Listen below via Apple Music, and as always, drop a comment...
Mac Miller - 5 Foot Assassin (Larry Fisherman Tribute)

Mac Miller – 5 Foot Assassin (Larry Fisherman Tribute)

Phife Dawg of the legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest passed away Tuesday night at the age of 45. Many mourned Phife’s death by tweeting some of their favorite lyrics. Mac Miller decided to show love by dropping a tribute track titled “5 Foot Assassin” under his Larry Fisherman alias. For this homage, Mac mixed ATCQ’s “1nce Again” with a freestyle...
Ty Dolla $ign - Long Time ft. Quavo (Prod. by Metro Boomin)

Ty Dolla $ign – Long Time ft. Quavo (Prod. by Metro Boomin)

LA crooner Ty Dolla $ign recently announced he’d be releasing bonus cuts off his criminally underrated album, Free TC. Today, Dolla $ign dropped one of those tracks – the Metro Boomin’-produced “Long Time” featuring Quavo. Check it out below via SoundCloud, and leave a comment to let us know what you think.
Interview: MBK Twins

Interview: MBK Twins

Twin and Money make up the MBK Twins, an up-and-coming rap duo from the Windy City. The identical twins attended high school with Lil Durk, and the three of them are now on tour together. The MBK Twins have two bubbling records at the moment – “My Ex” and “Another Me.” They came to Urbana in...
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.
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...
Bas - Night Job ft. J. Cole (Video)

Bas – Night Job ft. J. Cole (Video)

Right after releasing his second LP Too High to Riot, Dreamville’s own Bas teams up with J. Cole and releases the visual for “Night Job.” This song was first featured on Dreamville’s Revenge of the Dreamers II. If you’re not too familiar with Bas, check out our interview with him from last year, when he...
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...
Thelonious Martin - I Love Kanye (Remix)

Thelonious Martin – I Love Kanye (Remix)

Chicago native Thelonious Martin flips Kanye West‘s acapella track “I Love Kanye,” turning it into a song that would feel at home on one of Yeezy’s early albums. Listen to the soulful remix below, and as always, drop a comment to let us know what you think. Feel free to voice your thoughts on The Life of...
Travis Scott - Uber Everywhere (Remix)

Travis Scott – Uber Everywhere (Remix)

Madeintyo‘s “Uber Everywhere” became a smash hit on the Internet after its release in August, and its buzz is sure to increase as Travis Scott heats up the track with a fire remix. While La Flame was not too happy with the leak, we now have a version of CDQ remix material. Listen below, and drop a comment to let us...
French Montana - Figure It Out ft. Kanye West & Nas

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

French Montana links up with Kanye West and Nas for “Figure It Out,” a standout record from French’s new mixtape, Wave Gods. French spits one of his best verses to date – “Why Eazy ain’t have the Magic? / Why AI ain’t never won a ‘ship? / And why God took Max and Chinx /...