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Lupe Fiasco f/ Nikki Jean – Haile Selassie

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments


Produced by Soundtrakk

As promised, Lupe Fiasco returns with the new tune, “Haile Selassie.” And yes, he’s back with longtime producer Soundtrakk (which makes us very happy.) His homie Nikki Jean shows up to assist.

Grab “Haile” below. Lu’s new project, Lost In The Atlantic, drops soon. Fiasco season has returned!

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New EP: Frank Leone – Bites, Bumps & Scratches

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments


Halloween is just over a week away, and with the scariest day of the year on the immediate horizon, Frank figured it was only right to drop some Goosebumps in audio form. Are you afraid of the dark? Well, not my problem if so or if not, but just remember to always stay woke out there.

In celebration of Frank Leone’s self-produced album #EnterWILD nearing 100% completion, and in anniversary of his debut EP “Deep Ocean” turning 2 years old this week [], Frank has curated a 5 piece EP of songs, ideas, and adventures that didn’t make the album. “BITES, BUMPS, & SCRATCHES” contains production from THEMpeople, Knxwledge, & King Supertramp himself along with all new vocals from the 19 year old Emcee.

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Video: DoughBoy Roc f/ 4-4 G & Rezze Money – Equip Wit Game

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Directed by Jerry Productions.


Doughboy Roc passes the rock to 4-4 G and Rezze Money to come “Equip Wit Game.” Hit ‘em up.

FSD + Noisey Present: Music To Fake Shore Driveby Vol. 2: Midwest Is The Best

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments


via Noisey, who we’ve partnered with for our new series: Music To Fake Shore Driveby

Last month, we introduced Music to Fake Shore Driveby, a mix series partnering with our friends at the Midwest’s pre-eminent hip-hop blog, Fake Shore Drive, in which Andrew Barber and Ty Howard share and weigh in on some of the hottest songs coming out of their part of the country.

We’re big fans of Chicago hip-hop, and we’ve been watching artists like Dreezy and Saba, but, as big as the City of the Big Shoulders is, the Midwest has even more to offer, whether in the form of Gary, Indiana’s Freddie Gibbs or Detroit artists like DeJ Loaf and Doughboyz Cashout. In the latest installment of the mix, you’ll get familiar with these artists and others. Read on to learn about the latest sounds from the Midwest and listen to Music to Fake Shore Driveby Volume Two.

Hit the jump for the tracklist + descriptions and link to tape.

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Pugs Atomz – We Are

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments


Produced by Portformat

Pugslee is back with a new release — and this time he’s paired up with Senegal producer Portformat. Pugs always has a bunch of irons in the fire, so you can count on hearing this on one of the many projects he’s putting together for the end of 2014 and early 2015. Dude stays working. But you already know that.

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Vic Spencer – 24k Visuals Pt. 2

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments


Part deux of V-I-C’s “24K Visuals” series. The first was King Midas status, so you know he’s plucked the golden goose for the second installment. All gold everything is below. Lyricism at its finest continues.

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King Louie f/ Jessie Reyez – Living In The Sky

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

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One thing we know for sure: Louie’s passport is tatted. He’s literally been all over the world actively working with some of the biggest names in music, and spreading his MUBU message. Today however, he heads north of the border to link with Toronto-songstress Jessie Reyez for the guitar-laced “Living In The Sky.” These two are above the clouds on this one — no question.

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JoJo Capone f/ C-Note & Chief Bias – Presidential

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Directed by 1TakeDON and JoJo Capone.

JoJo Capone and the Global Gangsters, C-Note and Chief Bias, go straight Head of State for their latest offering, “Presidential.” Today they hit the oval office for the new leak off their new project, Passport Gang. Grab that on iTunes now.

Also, as an added bonus, we have a new joint from Chief Bias below. Under the cut he takes a stab at Dej Loaf’s “Try Me.”

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Video: The Boy Illinois f/ Twista & Trae Tha Truth – Black Male [BTS]

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Directed by Cain Wild Beats

Go behind the scenes of The Boy Illinois’ new video for “Black Male,” which features Twista and Trae Tha Truth. The video drops next week, and it’s sure to be epic. We’ve been waiting a while on this one, so look for it to impact with a boom when it hits.

Tink Signs With Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group/Epic Records

| October 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

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We’ve known Timbaland had been working closely with Tink over the past few months, but her status as a signed artist has been relatively unknown until now. However, today it was announced that Timbaland has a new label partnership with Epic Records for his Mosley Music Group imprint, with this first artists being Tink and V. Bozeman.

Not much is known about the label other than the partnership with Epic Records, but expect to hear some big things between Tink and Timbaland in the very near future. Congrats to all parties involved on this one.