Recent Posts in hiphop

April 2, 2014


Chicago rapper // producer Jeremiah Jae is gearing up for the release of his new mixtape, Good Times, which is due out later this year via Warp Records. It follows his Warp debut Bad Jokes, and you can take a listen to "Survival" and the just-released "Mountain Rise" at the bottom of this post. "Survival" features a verse from fellow Chicagoan Oliver the 2nd, who also produced "Mountain Rise" and appears on Bad Jokes.

Jeremiah has a European tour coming up, but will be playing a couple of US shows ahead of it. He'll do NYC tonight (4/2), and a hometown show at Schubas on April 8 with Rone. Advance tickets are still available.

All Jeremiah Jae dates and those song streams lie after the jump...

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March 31, 2014

Chief Keef

Interscope Records' Larry Jackson posted the above photo to Instagram with this message:

My adopted son @chieffkeeffsossa is trying to meltdown my phone on a Sunday. Enough with the pranks! I've got a knuckle sandwich for you when I see ya. ?? Bang 3 is officially coming on 6/10. Stop askin' about it, pleaseeee!
This music related Chief Keef news came to us just a couple days after we found out Chief Keef was being questioned about a shooting at his manager's house.


LA hip hop vets Jurassic 5 resurfaced last year to play Coachella and a few other festivals. They've now announced a proper reunion tour, christened Word of Mouth, which will see the crew traveling throughout North America this summer. That tour includes a performance at the Aragon Ballroom on July 25. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (4/4) at 10AM CST; stay tuned for presale information.

All J5 dates and a couple of videos lie after the jump...

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March 6, 2014


Detroit rapper // producer Black Milk is back with a follow-up to last year's No Poison, No Paradise. It arrives in the form of the Glitches In The Break EP, which dropped digitally earlier this week and will be out physically on Record Store Day. At the start of the album's second track "Dirt Bells," an announcement boasts "is an introduction really necessary for someone we know so well?". While that may be a let-me-beat-my-chest statement, he's right and we've gotten another great effort from the MC. The EP features fellow-Detroit rappers Fat Ray and Guilty Simpson. You can take a listen to Glitches In The Break at the bottom of this post, and grab a copy via his bandcamp page.

Black Milk is headed down to Austin, TX for SXSW next week, and will also be doing some touring with his live band Nat Turner this spring. One of those live-band dates is a performance at Subterranean on April 26 with ILL Brown, Vic Spencer, Jon Content, and Bring The Noise Beat Battle. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (3/7) at 10AM CST.

All Black Milk dates and a stream of Glitches In The Break lie after the jump...

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January 30, 2014


Frequent collaborators Freddie Gibbs and Madlib are slated to release their collaborative full-length effort, Piñata, on March 18 via Madlib Invazion. Following singles "Deeper," "Shame," and "Thuggin'," the duo have now dropped off a tune called "Robes" featuring Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis. The LP is also set to feature Raekwon, Scarface, Ab-Soul, Danny Brown, and others. You can take a listen to all four Piñata singles at the bottom of this post.

The pair will hit the road throughout North America this spring in support of the LP. That tour opens with a performance at Metro on March 7, and tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.

All known Freddie Gibbs x Madlib dates and streams of those singles lie after the jump...

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January 29, 2014

Schoolboy Q @ NYC's Central Park in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)

Black Hippy party rapper Schoolboy Q is slated to release his new album, Oxymoron, on February 25 via Top Dawg Entertainment // Interscope. The LP features great singles "Collard Greens" (feat. Kendrick Lamar), "Man of the Year," and "Break The Bank," and includes guest appearances from A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Raekwon, Tyler the Creator, Black Hippy members (in addition to Kendrick), and others. The trio of singles are available to stream at the bottom of this post.

Q will be supporting Oxymoron with a world tour that features Odd Future/Black Hippy collaborator Vince Staples and new TDE-signee Isaiah Rashad. The three acts will tag Chicago as part of that run, for a performance at Metro on April 22. Tickets go on sale this Friday (1/31) at 10AM CST.

Speaking of Isaiah Rashad, he just released his new album, Cilvia Demo, earlier this week and also shared a video for its single "Soliloquy." The effort includes "Ronnie Drake" featuring labelmate SZA and "Shot You Down" with Jay Rock and Q. Those streams, Q's singles, and their full tour schedule lie after the jump...

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January 24, 2014

Chance the Rapper @ Lincoln Hall on 01.23.2014 (photo by Drew McBride)

Last night, Chance the Rapper played a private, DePaul University-student only show at Chicago's Lincoln Hall. He was backed by a full band, which included longtime collaborators + producer/musicians Peter Cottontale and Nico Segal (aka Donnie Trumpet). Chance held court at the intimate venue, and even brought out R&B singer Jeremih to preview some new material they've been working on. Check out a few video clips from Chance's Lincoln Hall show below...

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January 21, 2014


Today, Chicago "soul-trap" rapper/producer Tree has dropped off his latest project. It's a Scion-sponsored effort called The @MCTreeG EP and follows last year's promising-yet-fractured Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out mixtape. Unlike that tape, his eponymous EP is steadfast in its direction and sound. It opens with Tree's raspy voice over the seemingly slow-moving "Probably Nu It," which gets to grooving as the hi-hats slide in. That track precedes the booming "Woah," soul-sampling "Soultrappin / I Believe," and the somber "Stay Away." Tree then picks things back up with the celebratory "Grace" and finishes strong with the one-two punch of "Uh Million" and "God Like."

Enjoy The @MCTreeG EP in its entirety below...

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January 13, 2014

Action Bronson at VICELAND at SXSW 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)

NYC rapper Action Bronson will be kicking off a winter U.S. tour this weekend on the East Coast. That tour features support from Party Supplies, who produced last year's Blue Chips 2, and will tag Chicago for a performance at Metro on January 24. Advance tickets are still available.

Action is also prepping his debut LP, which is slated to hit stores sometime this year via Atlantic / VICE Records. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he confirmed that Queens rapper Kool G Rap and Mobb Deep will appear on the LP.

All Action Bronson dates and a couple of videos lie after the jump...

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December 16, 2013


New York producer/MC Roc Marciano welcomed his new album, Marci Beaucoup, last week via Man Bites Dog Records. Unlike his recent The Pimpire Strikes Back mixtape, all LP production was handled by the man himself. Marciano's raw rhymes glide over smooth soul samples and he's joined by a slew of guests including Action Bronson (on "456"), frequent collaborator Ka (on "Squeeze" and "Confucius"), Gangrene (aka The Alchemist + Oh No on "Psych Ward"), and many more. You can take a listen to both of Roc's recent efforts at the bottom of this post.

Marciano will be finishing off the year with a Chicago show at Cobra Lounge on December 28. Support will come from Tree, Mass Hysteria, and Vic Spencer, and advance tickets are still available.

Complete streams of Marci Beaucoup and The Pimpire Strikes Back lie after the jump...

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