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Saba – Symmetry

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Produced by Ken Ross

Earlier today, Saba took to Beats 1 radio to premiere his new single, “Symmetry,” around the world. Yeah, it’s Worldwide Saba as I like to call him (I just started calling him that today). Symmetry is the official first offering from Saba’s long-awaited new project Bucket List, which is scheduled to drop later this year.

Yes, Sab’s first project in two years is almost a reality. We can all rejoice. Welcome back, brother. For now though, we celebrate this wonderful record called “Symmetry” — a great way to return.

Chicagoans or people now in Chicago, be sure to see Saba this weekend at Lollapalooza.

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New Kingz – Kream

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Produced by T-Jay Beats

Earlier this week, Lukas and Ali let loose the second New Kingz release of the summer. The guys have a lot to do for respective mamas in the near future, so kream is ruling everything around them. T-Jay Beats does his thing on production, but the duo really shines here with their vocal chemistry together. You can hear that for yourself though.

Check out the New Kream after the jump.

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New Project: Banks the Genius – DON’T TWEAK!

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After a bit of a hiatus, Banks the Genius returns to our pages with an impressive 3-track effort. Of course, the man had to handle production and mixing/mastering on this joint as well. This one is also completely sans any features, so Banks really took center stage here as a one man everything. Enough from us though, we’re gonna let him do the rest of the talking.

Stop tweaking on yourself and check out Banks’ latest below. Yeah, we had to.

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Vic Mensa Covers the Chicago Reader

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2016 will forever be remembered as the Summer of Save Money — which caps off at Lollapalooza this weekend with performances from Vic Mensa, Joey Purp, and Towkio. And for the Chicago Reader’s Lollapalooza issue, Leor Galil interviews Vic Mensa and begs the question “Can Vic Mensa Radicalize Lollapalooza.”

They dig deep into Vic’s role as an activist (which goes back years — he’s no new jack) and explore his most recent musical output and how it will translate at Lollapalooza. Vic has been outspoken as long as I’ve known him, and now the whole world is paying attention. Happy to see the Reader cover this. Read the full piece here:

Mensa, 23, has plenty to talk about these days. He confronts racial injustice, police violence, and poverty on the ferocious There’s Alot Going On (his debut EP for Roc Nation, released in June), rapping about the poisoned victims and corrupt architects of the Flint water crisis (“Shades of Blue”) and the death of Laquan McDonald at the hands of CPD officer Jason Van Dyke (“16 Shots”). Events since then—the fatal police shootings of Sterling and Philando Castile, the redoubled conservative pushback against Black Lives Matter after the killings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, the horrifyingly absurd Republican National Convention—have kept these wounds open. By comparison, the occasion for my interview with Mensa felt a little trivial: Lollapalooza.

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