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Chase N Dough f/ Butta Da Great – Checkin

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Rapper/producer Chase N Dough has been relatively quiet over the past few months, but today he’s back and rejuvenated after a brief hiatus. Like Too $hort, he can’t stay away.

Today he checks a bag (among other things) with Butta Da Great riding shotgun. Check it out below.

Asaad f/ King Louie – Block Boy 2.0

| March 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

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Produced by Nascent.

Didn’t see this one coming. Philly meets the Chi as Asaad and King Louie connect for “Block Boy 2.0″, from Asaad’s freshly released Flowers II mixtape. Louie delivers a solid verse here, so check out his collaboration with Asaad below and be sure to grab Flowers II right here.

DJ Cassidy f/ R. Kelly – Make The World Go Round

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Kells joins DJ Cassidy on the DJ’s latest single and offering from his forthcoming LP, “Make The World Go Round”. This old school-esque record is sure to get the steppers stepping.

Stream below via Fader. Look for Cassidy’s Paradise Royale album to impact this summer.

Details Emerge In Alleged Chief Keef House Shooting

| March 27, 2014

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Details on yesterday’s alleged shooting at Chief Keef’s house (or Chief Keef’s manager Dro’s house) are still pretty scarce, but the Chicago Tribune followed up this morning with some additional details. First, sources claim Keef was not a witness to the shooting, and in fact sat shotgun as the victim was driven to the hospital.

Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, was a passenger in the vehicle that dropped off the shooting victim at NorthShore Skokie Hospital overnight, according to the rapper’s lawyer, Leah Starkman.

Her client was questioned in connection with the shooting on Wednesday at the Northfield police station, she said. Starkman didn’t know the circumstances of the shooting, but insisted the rapper wasn’t involved.

“He wasn’t even a witness,” she said. “He didn’t see anything.”

When asked how Chief Keef knew the victim, Starkman said the victim was “some sort of acquaintance.”

Authorities earlier reported that the person was recovering in the ICU at NorthShore Skokie Hospital and later said the person is in stable condition.

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Smoke DZA f/ Cam’Ron – Ghost Of Dipset [Prod. by Thelonious Martin]

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

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One of the more anticipated tracks from Smoke DZA’s forthcoming Dream.ZONE.Achieve LP, produced by Chicago’s own Thelonious Martin, surfaces via Rolling Stone. This is too cold. Listen for yourself below.

Hopefully, Thelo laces DZA and Cam with more heat like this for their upcoming collaborative effort.

Video: Chance The Rapper On CNN’s Chicagoland

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tonight is the fourth episode of CNN’s new riveting series, Chicagoland, which documents the summer of 2013 in the city of Chicago. The first three episodes have garnered much critical acclaim for their coverage of Fenger High’s Liz Dozier and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. But in episode four, they take another turn and focus on Chicago culture by documenting its local music scene.

And you can’t cover the summer of 2013 without thinking of one artist in particular: Chance The Rapper. In episode four of Chicagoland, they do some in-depth coverage of Chano’s rise to the top of the rap food chain, with behind-the-scenes footage and much more. Right now you can check out a preview with the video above.

Be sure to tune into Chicagoland TONIGHT on CNN at 9pm. Fake Shore Drive will also be featured in this evening’s episode.

Video: Lil Bibby – Water

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Today we finally get Bibby’s video for “Water,” which is undoubtedly one of the best records from his debut mixtape, Free Crack. Sure Bibby was super popping in Chicago, but I truly believe this was the record that broke him to the masses.

Look for our interview with Bibby coming next week, but in the mean time, Complex caught up with him to get some words on the video and what he’s been up to:

What were you trying to get across with that record?
I was just expressing a couple feelings, man. I really liked the beat from Black Metaphor. I think he’s one of like the top 10 producers right now. One of my homies in Atlanta, he mess with Black Metaphor tough, so we was just in the studio and he was pulling up beats and then he just picked it. I freestyled the first half of the hook like, “I gotta keep my head above water,” and then the second half I just put together. I just type the verses on my phone. Well, if I got the hook already done, the verse won’t take me nothing but like 20 minutes. If that. In total the song probably took an hour. I think that same day I recorded “Water” and “Whole Crew” and “See Me Down” or something, off my mixtape.

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Sir Sly f/ Vic Mensa & Kami de Chukwu – Gold (Peter Cottontale Remix)

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Peter Cottontale puts his own touch on Sir Sly’s “Gold” and brings SaveMoney rhymesmiths Vic Mensa and Kami de Chukwu along with him. Everything that glitters isn’t gold, but this record certainly is.

Adamn Killa & Monster Mike – Phase Me

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

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197 frontrunners, Adamn Killa and Monster Mike, trolled their twitter audiences tonight, and promised that they’d drop a brand new joint if they got 197 retweets. Well, sure enough they hit that goal rather quickly, so they blessed the people with their collabo, “Phase Me.” It’s rather frightening. Check it out below.

Video: Gino Marley f/ SD & Fredo Santana – Lotta Birds

| March 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Shot and chopped by Zae. Produced by Deezy.

It’s a Savage Squad affair as Gino, Fredo and SD connect in the official video for “Lotta Birds”. This joint was one of the standouts from Gino’s Raised In The Streets project, available for stream/download here.