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This. Is. Tha. Barber. Owner/Creator Fake Shore Drive @fakeshoredrive (IG + Twitter)

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Ric Wilson teams up with producer Hurley Mower for “Ponytail”

Ric Wilson is hunkered down in the lab, putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming album, Negrow Disco, which is set to release in April of 2017. To set ablaze the campaign, he’s connected with super-dope producer Hurley Mower for the bouncy and colorful “Ponytail.” Two thumbs up on this joint. You can see the growth in his ponytail, and hear the results in the track.

You can celebrate the release at Ric’s upcoming headlining show at Schuba’s on April 15th, which will also double as his birthday party. Grab those tix here. 

Fun fact: Hurley Mower is an FSD alumni. Congrats to him on this v dope placement with Ric.

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Stream Lud Foe’s new project ‘#GetWellFoe’

After surviving a near-fatal car wreck a few weeks ago, Lud returns with a brand new EP titled #GetWellFoe — a celebration of his survival and recovery. So while he recovers from his wounds, we can digest some new music — nine new tracks from the pride of the Westside. Produced mainly by Kid Wond3r, the project also includes Lud rapping over Kanye’s “Family Business” instrumental, which is unexpected yet amazing at the same time. In fact, he kicks off the album with it (“My Life”).

Listen to the project below.

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Chance The Rapper named one of Fortune Magazine‘s ’50 Greatest Leaders in the World’

Photo by Joshua Mellin

Recently, Chance has had a slew of incredible accolades. Grammys, magazine covers, the front page of your favorite newspapers, Crains 30 under 30. But this one is special, because it’s unlike anything else he’s received. Fortune Magazine just named Chance one of the ’50 Greatest Leaders in the World.’

In. The. World.

Pope Francis, Joe Biden, Theo Epstein, Elon Musk and Lebron James and other important globally respected individuals land on the list — but Chance is the only “rapper.” But by now you know he’s not just a rapper. He’s bigger than that. Chance The Humanitarian. Now that’s the title. Read the full piece here.

Fortune said:

If you harbor any old-fashioned stereotypes about what a leader looks like, put them aside, because Chance the Rapper is about to bust every one of them. In a music industry dependent on album sales and exclusive artist deals, 23-year-old Chance—born Chancellor Bennett—stays independent, releasing streaming-only mixtapes. This year, the rapper and author of infectiously uplifting, Christian-infused rhymes set a new template for the music industry when his mixtape Coloring Book became the first streaming-only recording to win a Grammy (in fact, it won three).

Chance is also a political force as an anti-violence campaigner in his hometown of Chicago, and he may only be getting started. His latest salvo: A $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools, after he called Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to task for what Chance called Rauner’s neglect of educational funding. The cash will go towards arts and after-school programming —and even set off a chain reaction, with Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett inspired to donate his endorsement money to worthy causes.

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Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa” finally goes platinum

“Love Sosa” was an undeniable hit. One that would come to define the drill boom of 2012. A song that helped catapult Chief Sosa into the stratosphere. And perhaps the song of Sosa’s career. It spawned a million copycats and influenced a generation of rappers. And now, it’s officially platinum.

Almost five years after its initial release, the RIAA just certified the Young Chop-produced hit platinum. Now, had the new streaming metrics been around when this track was released, “Love Sosa” would likely be multi-platinum by now. But better late than never, I guess?

A big congrats to Keef and Chop and all involved in making this record, because it’s truly one of the greatest pieces of art to come out of the Chi.

Update: Keef’s “I Don’t Like” has also been certified platinum

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Listen to KAMI’s new release “Meryl Streep”

Produced by Papi Beatz

KAMI is right on time with this one. From the track to the meme, this shit is bananas — with Jake Osmun handling the artwork duties. This is that real superstar shit right here. KAMI is genre-bending and switching up his style like a madman on all of these new releases – but it all works.

Check out “Meryl Streep” below and scream to your friends to press play as well.

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