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Contest: Win Tickets to AER in Urbana, IL on 4/11

Contest: Win Tickets to AER in Urbana, IL on 4/11

AER will be invading Urbana, IL this Friday, April 11th, for a show at the Canopy Club. The 18+ event all kicks off at 7pm. David von Mering and Carter Schultz formed Aer in 2010 in Wayland, MA, combining rap, reggae, pop and indie rock aesthetics to create their own brand of music. The duo’s...
Snoop Lion - Reincarnated (Album)

Snoop Lion – Reincarnated (Album)

Snoop Lion‘s new album Reincarnated officially comes out April 23rd but the full album is now available for streaming online, here. Check out the tracklisting for the new reggae album. Snoop gets some features from Drake, Akon, Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown and Rita Ora. The new sound is definitely something to take the time to check out....
J-Boogie - Dub Generation (Straighten' it Out)

J-Boogie – Dub Generation (Straighten’ it Out)

San Francisco resident DJ and producer, J-Boogie has been generating a very eclectic style of music for about 20 years. He has done no different with his mix “Dub Generation (Straighten’ it Out).” The artist describes this track as “a dub soul remix for the heads. Classic Ernie Hines vocals over a JSTAR reggae bass banger, I...
Rebelution - Counterfeit Love

Rebelution – Counterfeit Love

Rebelution is at it again with their new single “Counterfeit Love.” It has been a year since their last album came out, and it is extremely exciting to see new work from these guys. With Rebelution’s classic reggae feel, sexy saxophone, and soothing vocals, this is track that shows all of the reasons why we love...
Major Lazer – Jah No Partial ft. Flux Pavilion (Video)

Major Lazer – Jah No Partial ft. Flux Pavilion (Video)

Major Lazer came out with this epic video to remind us how insane their live performances are. With their reggae inspired dancehall jams, no one can deny the rage power of DJs/producers Diplo and Switch. The video is a conglomerate production from the Pukkelpop festival in Belgium, the Notting Hill Carnival in the UK, and...
J. Cole & Major Lazer - Get Free ColeWorld

J. Cole & Major Lazer – Get Free ColeWorld

On the one year anniversary of Cole World: The Sideline Story, Cole dropped this collaboration with Major Lazer for his fans via Twitter. It’s always nice to see Diplo working with good emcees because his collaborative tracks always seem to turn out dope, and “Get Fre ColeWorld” is just another testament to that statement. You...