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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!
Anthony Pavel - HerStory ft. Saba

Anthony Pavel – HerStory ft. Saba

Will Chicago ever stop producing talent? Probably never. A new rising artist you’re going to have to start getting familiar with is singer and songwriter Anthony Pavel. Pavel linked up with another talented Chicagoan, Saba, for his first single titled “HerStory,” off of his new EP Windows. This isn’t Anthony’s first time linking with Saba as he was part...
Saba - TimeZone/Whip (areyoudown?) (Video)

Saba – TimeZone/Whip (areyoudown?) (Video)

To say Saba is having a big year would be an understatement. He appeared on Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment‘s project Surf, toured across the country, and performed “Angels” with Chance The Rapper on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. His recent success stems from his sophomore project ComfortZone, which was featured in our Top 25 Albums of 2014. Today, Saba released a...
Chance The Rapper - Angels ft. Saba

Chance The Rapper – Angels ft. Saba

Chance The Rapper made an appearance last night on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to perform his new single, “Angels.” Before blessing performance, Chance dropped the track for free on iTunes and Soundcloud. Saba handles the hook on the new record. You might remember these two linking up previously on “Everybody’s Something.” Check out the track below, and let’s hope Chance...
ProbCause Live at Canopy Club in Urbana, IL

ProbCause Live at Canopy Club in Urbana, IL

On September 8th, Chicago’s own ProbCause visited The Canopy Club for the first stop of his Drifters Tour with a couple Chicago comrades, The O’My’s and Saba. Coming off their set from North Coast Festival, The O’My’s started the night off with feel-good tracks such as “Pieces” and “Let It Rain” off their new EP, Keeping The Faith. Saba’s set was...
Frank Leone - Toad Vision ft. Saba

Frank Leone – Toad Vision ft. Saba

“Local kid doing big things” would be an accurate way to describe the hype surrounding Frank Leone‘s newest project Enter Wild.  The young emcee just dropped yet another single, entitled “Toad Vision,” off of the entirely self-produced project, this time featuring one of Chicago’s finest emcees, Saba.  There is no exact date yet on Enter Wild’s release,...
Top 25 Hip-Hop Projects of 2014

Top 25 Hip-Hop Projects of 2014

We’re almost a week into 2015 and it’s already looking like a much more promising year for music. With upcoming albums from Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Kanye and A$AP Rocky to name a few, it’s arguably going to be a better year than 2014. But before we move forward and discredit 2014’s musical releases completely, we...
Saba - Next Door ft. Lucki Eck$

Saba – Next Door ft. Lucki Eck$

Chicago emcees Saba and Lucki Eck$ have both had a great 2014, releasing arguably the two best mixtapes out of the city this year with Comfort Zone and Body High, respectively. What better way to celebrate than with a collaborative track? They had long been hinting about the song on Twitter and this week it came to fruition. The result is an introspective look...
Saba - Burnout ft. Eryn Allen Kane (Video)

Saba – Burnout ft. Eryn Allen Kane (Video)

If you haven’t heard Saba‘s ComfortZone yet, you’re tweaking. If you have, you’re probably as excited for this video as I am. Perhaps one of the best cuts on the tape, “Burnout,” features Eryn Allen Kane, whose smooth but staccato vocals compliment Saba’s frenetic flow perfectly. If you’re not on board with the Chicago emcee yet,...
Interview: Saba

Interview: Saba

In 2013, an emcee from Chicago’s Austin neighborhood named Saba delivered a beyond stellar verse on Chance The Rapper’s “Everybody’s Something,” track six on arguably the mixtape of the year, Acid Rap. From there, Saba was hard at work on his sophomore project, ComfortZone, that dropped in July. Since then, Saba has bounced between venues in Chicago performing his new tape and...
What's In The Tapedeck: September Edition

What’s In The Tapedeck: September Edition

Obviously we love sharing what we’re listening to with you guys, so our What’s In The Tapedeck column on the sidebar is something we try to update regularly for ya. Realizing that it often goes overlooked (yeah, you gotta scroll a bit to get there), we’ve decided to start incorporating a post each time we...
Saba, Frank Leone & John Walt Live in Urbana, IL on 9/11

Saba, Frank Leone & John Walt Live in Urbana, IL on 9/11

After releasing his long-awaited project Comfort Zone mixtape in July and rocking his first ever festival at North Coast, Saba is coming down to Urbana for a headliner at The Canopy Club on Thursday, September 11 along with Hurt Everybody, John Walt, and Frank Leone. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 10 p.m....