Video: Y.E. Ali – Tingz

Produced by R. Savage.

Indy represenative Y.E. Ali is gearing up to release his new Trap House Jodeci project later this month and to give everyone a taste of what’s to come, Y.E. drops off a video for “Tingz” — the project’s first official single. As an added bonus, Y.E. even previews the second single from the project (“Glasshouse”) at the end of the vid.

Watch the video for “Tingz” above and make yourself a note that Trap House Jodeci drops July 30th.

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Rocky Diamonds – All Night


Produced by Komo Beatz.

Reek Season continues as Rocky Diamonds drops off another new joint, “All Night.” No word on if this record will make an appearance on The Diamond Life 5 or not, but I’m sure we’ll find out for sure when the project releases on August 3rd.

In the meantime, check out “All Night” below and expect to see and hear more from Rocky in the coming weeks.

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Omen Announces Release Date for ‘Elephant Eyes’ Album

Sorry for the wait.

After announcing the project almost three years ago, Omen is finally ready to share his long-awaited Elephant Eyes project with the masses. The full-length debut effort from Omen will finally arrive next Tuesday (7/21) via Dreamville Records and O decided to break the news with a special Dreamville edition of Love & Hip Hop starring himself and his Dreamville familia.

Watch the hilarious episode/announcement video above and look for Elephant Eyes to be available on iTunes around this time next week.

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The Boy Illinois – Piece of Mind


Produced by Xcel

DuSable season is upon us. Don’t say we haven’t warned you. We’ve done so time and time again. Illi has been dropping bombs for the past few months, mainly alongside his mans DGainz, but today he switches gears and gives us the jazzy-feeling “Piece of Mind” — produced by Chi City production stalwart Xcel.

His piece of mind is chilling, thorough and captivating. And best of all, he’s not charging you an arm and a leg for it. Mind your business by getting this piece of mind from The Boy Illinois. It’s below for your consumption.

DuSable is due out July 27th. DGainz and FSD are both involved. Pay attention.

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Chicago News

Local Rap is Dominating Spotify in Chicago: Map Shows

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I’m a sucker for data and analytics, so when Spotify released this local map feature to see what’s trending on their streaming app in 1,000 cities across the world I was intrigued. This is a fantastic look into the inner-psyche of the listening public in most major markets. Who is really running the city? Who are people listening to and how? Well, to let this map tell it, local rap is DOMINATING the Chi. It far exceeds that of national acts — rap or otherwise. In fact, a non-local song, rap or otherwise, doesn’t appear until the 13th entry and it’s Toby Keith (country).

I might spend all day on this. Seriously.

The top 10 consists of King Louie, Lil Durk, Chief Keef, Spenzo, Lil Herb, Lil Bibby and Stunt Taylor. Jeremih, Twista, Vic Mensa, Kanye West, Do or Die, Tink and the Mano-produced “3500” appear elsewhere on the chart.

Granted, a lot of music consumed in the city isn’t available on Spotify, but this list is still very telling. Hey radio, you should be paying attention to this.

The top 10 is as follows:

1. King Louie – BON
2. King Louie – To Live & Die In Chicago
3. Spenzo – Wife Er
4. Lil Durk – Higher
5. Lil Durk – Lord Don’t Make Me Do It
6. Lil Durk – Resume
7. Stunt Taylor – Fe Fe On The Block
8. Chief Keef – Faneto
9. King Louie f/ Lil Durk – Want It All
10. Lil Bibby f/ Lil Herb – Ain’t Heard Bout You

Check out the world map and the official playlist below.

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