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Rihanna - FourFiveSeconds ft. Kanye West & Paul McCartney (Video)

Rihanna – FourFiveSeconds ft. Kanye West & Paul McCartney (Video)

We’ve seen these star-studded, multi-genre collaborations in music — major artists from all walks of life have been apt to come together and create the super song (cue Michael Jackson and friends’ banger “We Are the World”). Some succeed, some fail, and others stand out as truly original. I was not expecting ‘Ye, Rihanna, and Sir...
Interview: Ro Ransom

Interview: Ro Ransom

Ro Ransom has a story to tell. And it’s not one that you’ve heard before. It’s not pretty. It’s far from a fairytale. Yet, there’s beauty amidst all the chaos. Chaos that he finds comfort in and can always recognize as home. A place where the fight for survival is the only thing that makes you feel alive. The setting...
Uzi - Blue (Video)

Uzi – Blue (Video)

Uzi returns with a new music video, this time for the track “Blue,” premiered exclusively by Billboard. Mike of Uzi takes everyone’s favorite Eiffel 65 song from the 90’s and samples it on the beat, with Gabe part-singing, part-rapping away. You can catch the duo opening on Wiz Khalifa‘s Blacc Hollywood Big Secret Tour currently. Check...
iLoveMakonnen - Tuesday Remix ft. Drake (Video)

iLoveMakonnen – Tuesday Remix ft. Drake (Video)

Atlanta’s iLoveMakonnen recently broke onto the scene with “Tuesday,” a catchy club anthem that caught Drake‘s attention. The remix featuring Drizzy is one of the hottest songs out right now, and, as a result, the track receives the dope visual it deserves. Peep the music video from Makonnen above, and be sure to support OVO‘s newest signee by downloading his recent EP....
Kilo Kish - Begin Route (Video)

Kilo Kish – Begin Route (Video)

Brooklyn native Kilo Kish delivers a crisp visual for “Begin Route,” a track from her recent Across EP. Directed by Phillip T. Annand, the video definitely contains a sense of nostalgia. Peep the vid above and be sure to support the artist responsible by copping the Across EP via iTunes.
Big Boi - Lanes ft. A$AP Rocky, Phantogram & A-Ha (Dungeoneze Remix)

Big Boi – Lanes ft. A$AP Rocky, Phantogram & A-Ha (Dungeoneze Remix)

Big Boi‘s “Lines” featuring A$AP Rocky and Phantogram was one of my personal favorites from 2012, a record which appeared on Daddy Fat Sax’s album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Nearly a year and a half later, fellow Atlanta native Dungeoneze flips the standout track by combining it with A-Ha’s 1986 classic “Take On Me” to form...
Pharrell - Brand New ft. Justin Timberlake

Pharrell – Brand New ft. Justin Timberlake

Stirring up a buzz earlier last week with the surprise announcement of his second solo album, Pharrell Williams gave iTunes the green light to stream his entire project via iTunes Radio before its March 4th release. Featuring artists such as Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, and Daft Punk, G I R L also features a new cut with...
Uzi - Scene Girl (Video)

Uzi – Scene Girl (Video)

You may have seen their work behind the camera, but the time has come for Uzi to jump into the spotlight themselves. Composed of Gabe and Mike, the duo drop their debut single “Scene Girl.” Watch the dope visual above and stay tuned for more music and videos to come from the two soon. Props...
High Rule - ET

High Rule – ET

Our second UPComing post this evening comes from Chicago duo High Rule. We had introduced them a few months back with their first single “Portmanteau.” Now they’re back with their second single called “ET.” It features a sample of Santigold’s “Disparate Youth” and touches on the subject of solitude. Take a listen below and let...
Samy.Language & Matt Bones - No Signal

Samy.Language & Matt Bones – No Signal

Tonight we introduce a new series of posts to UPC, aptly titled UPComing. Every day we get countless emails from aspiring musicians sharing their music with us, and more than often these submissions sadly slip through the cracks due to the overwhelming amount we receive. To counter this occurrence, each of the UPComing posts will...
James Blake - Life Round Here ft. Chance The Rapper

James Blake – Life Round Here ft. Chance The Rapper

The cool thing about rappers becoming famous is that it allows them to expand into genres they previously hadn’t experimented with. Today, a perfect example of that comes to us in the form of British electro-pop artist James Blake featuring Chicago’s own Chance The Rapper. It’s definitely a new direction for Chano, if only for...
A$AP Rocky - Thuggin' Noise (It's Hemsworth, Bitch Edit)

A$AP Rocky – Thuggin’ Noise (It’s Hemsworth, Bitch Edit)

When Ryan Hemsworth and A$AP J. Scott dropped this rare mash-up during one of their Boiler Room sets, the first thing many people asked was where they could get the MP3. Sure enough, it has been excavated for all to enjoy on the newly released Folie Douce Compilation Vol. II. The track is a very rare...