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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$y over fresh production from Sledgro. Fellow Jet Life members Corner Boy P, Mr. Marcelo...
Contest: Win Tickets to Flatbush Zombies & A$AP Twelvyy in Urbana, IL on 4/3

Contest: Win Tickets to Flatbush Zombies & A$AP Twelvyy in Urbana, IL on 4/3

Brooklyn-based rap collective Flatbush Zombies will take the stage at The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on Sunday, April 3rd. Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erick Arc Elliot have built a strong following over the years thanks to their lyrical abilities and progressive instrumentals. In case you’re still snoozin’, head over to iTunes and cop the trio’s latest...
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....
Dan Henig - Paper Planes & Hurricanes EP

Dan Henig – Paper Planes & Hurricanes EP

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Dan Henig has officially released his new EP, Paper Planes & Hurricanes. Best known for his daring public covers of tracks like Lil Jon’s “Get Low,” Henig built a considerable and loyal following on YouTube through his videos. Yesterday, he finally presented the world with his own original body of work in...
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...
Hundred Waters - Show Me Love (Remix) ft. Skrillex, Chance The Rapper, Moses Sumney & Robin Hannibal

Hundred Waters – Show Me Love (Remix) ft. Skrillex, Chance The Rapper, Moses Sumney & Robin Hannibal

Skrillex recently made his directorial debut by releasing the video to his remix of Hundred Waters’ “Show Me Love.” The remix features verses from Moses Sumney and Chance The Rapper. The feel-good track brings nothing but great vibes and is perfect for your upcoming summer playlists. Check out the video above, and be sure to drop a comment to let us know...
Lollapalooza 2016 Lineup

Lollapalooza 2016 Lineup

It’s hard to believe Lollapalooza is turning 25 this year. What’s not hard to believe is the legendary Chicago festival came correct with this year’s acts. Lolla also decided to add a fourth (!) day to accommodate the enormous milestone. This year’s lineup dropped Wednesday morning, and many rejoiced with headliners including Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Lana Del Rey, and J. Cole. This...
Anthony Pavel - Windows EP

Anthony Pavel – Windows EP

Chicago’s Anthony Pavel just released his debut EP, Windows. This has been in the works for quite some time, and we’re glad to finally hear the finished product. Windows features five stellar tracks containing the perfect blend of soul, pop, and R&B, along with a verse from the ultra-talented Saba. Check out the EP below, and be sure to keep an...
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.
Stefan Ponce - Drive In ft. theMind & Julian Bell

Stefan Ponce – Drive In ft. theMind & Julian Bell

Stefan Ponce just released “Drive In,” the first single from his upcoming debut album. Ponce linked up with theMind and Julian Bell on the track, which will appear on Ponce’s project set to drop next month. This one’s perfect for you Spring Break playlists, so grab a cold one, relax and press play. As always, let us know what you think by dropping a...