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FSD Giveaway: Taylor Bennett’s #SaveChicago Charity Event 7/26 @ Reggies

| July 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

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Many people say, very few people do. But leave it up to Taylor Bennett to put a plan in place and actually execute. Hats off to this 18-year-old man for putting together and pulling off a charity event to raise awareness and help curb the senseless violence plaguing our city.

On July 26th at 2pm, Taylor will be throwing a $3 show for his fans — where all of the proceeds are donated to the Kids Off The Block program. Yes, the show is basically free, and you’re helping a tremendous cause. After seeing the message here, we just had to get down with Taylor and support it.

Today, we have a pair of tickets to donate to one lucky FSD reader. Wanna find out how to win? Or help promote the cause? Hit the jump to see how to do so.

Find out more on how to donate here. He’ll be running to the show. No, actually, Running. 

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Video: Common f/ Big Sean – Diamonds [Preview]

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Directed by @JDDCdotTV

Here’s a quick teaser of the new Common and Big Sean video for “Diamonds.” Yeah, we usually don’t do previews, but it’s Common so we make exceptions. Watch ‘em shine bright like a diamond in the quick visual above.

Nobody’s Smiling next Tuesday.


Common f/ Lil Herb & Cocaine 80′s – The Neighborhood

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Produced by No I.D.

One of the more anticipated tracks from Common’s tenth studio album, Nobody’s Smiling, arrives a little early. ‘The Neighborhood” finds Com lyrically painting a picture of coming up in the city alongside Lil Herb who does the same. Yes, this joint is just as dope as you’d imagine it to be.

Common and Lil Herb over a Curtis Mayfield-sampled beat from No I.D.? Doesn’t get more Chicago than that. Listen below and be sure grab a copy of Nobody’s Smiling when it arrives in stores and digital retailers July 22nd.

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Chris Crack – South by South Westside

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Produced by Cutta

I’ve always wondered how someone could flip SXSW into a cleverly titled rap song, and leave it up to Crackaveli deliver and overachieve. And Crack does so today with the very-dope “South by South Westside.” From Austin to Austin, it’s real. Synergy!

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KD Young Cocky f/ Young Tayda – Dopeto

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Produced by D. Brooks Exclusive

One of my favorite new artists drops of a brand new record, produced by D. Brooks Exclusive. This one is called “Dopeto” and features the talents of Young Tayda. If you haven’t been paying attention, KD and D. Brooks have been cranking out some really great music as of late, so you may want to go ahead and jump on their bandwagon early. Lots of chemistry here.

I got a sneak preview of KD’s debut project, Smokin’ Right Now, earlier and it’s super impressive to say the least. Grab “Dopeto” below.

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Video: Kolby Woods – Landslide

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Directed by Point & Shoot

Well, if this video isn’t bugged out. Turns out it’s hunting season, and Kolby Woods has you in his crosshairs. Take a walk with him through the battlefield in his latest clip, “Landslide.” Ready, aim, fire?


Video: Unreleased Footage Of Kanye West Performing @ ‘Fat Beats’ Opening Party in 1996

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Complex just got their hands on some unearthed footage of Yeezus rocking the mic at the Fat Beats NYC grand opening in 1996. What. In. The. Hell. If you’re in the dark about Fat Beats, it was a legendary hip-hop shop in NYC that favored underground artists — it’s actually one of the most respected and revered spots ever. Says DJ Eclipse who had this footage:

“The original location of Fat Beats launched on July 14, 1994 which means FB just turned 20 years old! Business was doing so well 2 years in that Joseph Abajian decided to move the store from it’s small 9th St. basement space into a 2nd floor location on 6th Avenue. August 1996 (day?) was the grand opening of the 406 6th Avenue location. It was also the beginnings of our independent movement which had recently started bubbling about a year before.

Yesterday I started converting old Hi8 video tapes to DVD and came across some interesting footage from that day. Now we had a lot of the usual suspects in the place that day such as ILL BILL, Arsonists, Lord Finesse, Adagio, Breeze Brewin, A.L. Skills, Percee P, J-Live, Mr. Live, Chino XL, Al Tariq, Black Attack, Xzibit, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Rawcotiks, Ak Skills, Rob Swift, Roc Raida, DJ Spinna and many, many more. But what took me by surprise was the appearance of this 19-year-old kid who at that time nobody knew. At least in NYC.”

Throwback Thursday, indeed. Kanye low key had some bars here. A must watch.


New EP: Jeremih x Shlohmo – No More

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Okay, so we’ve been waiting on this one forever. Seems like for years. I mean, it probably hasn’t taken that long to come out, but no time to dwell on that — it’s out. And it just dropped completely out of the blue, mysteriously on the website you’ll find below. No more games, the Jeremih Shlohmo EP is now here.

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Video: Death By Icon – WHT_club

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Directed by APJ Films.

Death By Icon comes through with something a little different than what you may be used to with their new video, “WHT_club”. The self-produced track is the second single from the trio’s debut effort, Trybecca, which was released earlier this year.

I know what you’re thinking — what exactly is “WHT_club”? Well, you’re going have to press play above and figure it out for yourself. Check out the video for “WHT_club” above then give Death By Icon’s Trybecca a listen here. Don’t snooze.


Video: Chinati – You Know

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Directed by Stephen Klapko.

Reno Chinati’s latest single gets a visual aid, which you check out directly above. After you watch the video, cop the single on iTunes. You know how it goes.