Yes, it’s hard to believe that half of 2014 has already vanished — but with the first six months already under our belt, we’ve received some incredible music from the Chicago scene. From newcomers, to vets — it appears just about everyone has put their best foot forward this year — and many artists have churned out the best work of their careers.
Produced by Martin $ky.
Mr. Martin $ky drops off something new that further proves why he’s one of the top recruits in the new Chi class. Here he unleashes “MIRRORS” an inner-look into himself. The man in the mirror? Nah, the Martin in the mirror.
Off his EVERYWHERE BUT HERE EP, due out this fall. Consider this a warning shot.
The premise behind this new Mass Appeal interview/video is segment is pretty funny, but dude hits Monop with the on-camera curve before the getting even gets good. Thankfully though, there’s a full accompanying interview that lives on the page where Monop talks about his latest ventures, including working with Dreezy.
A: I know we cut you off on The One Minute Show, but can you please talk about Dreezy?
JM: Dreezy is an incredible new artist from the south side of Chicago; a hard MC, great lyricist, she also sings, and has great melodies as well, so she’s a double threat, and she’s coming! She is very young, but she is aggressively one of those new talents out of our part of the country and out of the Midwest that a lot of people are checking for. It’s refreshing, what she is doing. I think a lot of people are caught in one side of the rap stuff that’s coming out of the city. To see an emcee, and a female at that, it’s a fresh perspective. She’s the hardest female rapper… when she raps with the intensity she does, it feels like she’s not rapping at other females if that makes sense. I feel like she’s really going at dudes. I think it stands out, and that’s why you have people co-signing from Fabulous to Common. She has all these people reaching out because she is so lyrically potent and she is just an incredible emcee.
Dope things ‘pon the horizon it sounds like. Hit the MA site for the full interview.
This is dope. Jeff Staple is the founder/owner/bossman of Staple Design, Staple Clothing and the Reed Space in NYC. If you’re ever in the LES I highly suggest you check it out — I drop by just about every time I’m in the Big Apple. Anyhoo, 15 years ago Jeff Staple actually designed the artwork for one of my favorite Common singles ever, “1-9-9-9,” from the Soundbombing II compilation which dropped through Rawkus. Literally, I was probably banging that project/song on this exact day 15 years ago.
Here they reconnect to discuss Com’s career, his various projects and his latest masterpiece, Nobody’s Smiling, which is in stores and available online today. The question is, does Com remember working on that art with him or nah? Ha!
Produced by Traxxion
Nah, this isn’t a Young Buck sample — it’s the latest newbie from SUH-repper C. Rich. The ladies have Rich dizzy and seeing double, so he drowns his pain into the essence of various substances. But don’t get it twisted, he wasn’t confused in making this record — it’s nice.
What happens when you give Sir Michael Rocks a microphone and put him in NYC’s Rockefeller Plaza? Hilarious man on the street interviews conducted by Sir Mike, which Revolt TV has footage of. In the midst of polling random people on the importance of ‘banco popular’, Michael breaks down his debut LP and what it was like working with Too $hort.
Watch the full clip above. Banco is available for purchase on iTunes now.
Directed by Zae.
As promised, Durk offers up the official video for “Fly High” featuring French Montana. This record was one of my favorites from Signed To The Streets 2, so I’m glad to see that it got the visual treatment.
Produced by Saba.
Pivot’s John Walt is gearing up to release his new project, Dinner With John, and today, he drops off some new music. The smooth “I Know” features Lil Poppy and production from Pivot familia Saba.
It’s unclear whether this joint will make the cut for Dinner With John or not, but one thing’s for sure — you can find it directly below. I trust that you know what to do next.