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Check out the track list for Big Sean’s ‘I Decided’ album

This Friday, Sean will unload his fourth studio album, I Decided, via Def Jam/G.O.O.D. Music. The album has already spawned one Gold single, and there’s sure to be a number of other hits tacked on to this 14 song outing.

I’m told “Light” with Jeremih is a monster, so keep an eye out for that one. Elsewhere on the album, Eminem, Migos and The-Dream show up. Check out the track list below and be sure to grab it Friday when it impacts.

Sean will appear on The Ellen Show tomorrow, complete with a live performance.

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Watch Manwolves’ “Sauce” video

Directed by Stripmall Productions

Fresh out of Evanston Township High School, six-piece outfit Manwolves makes their FSD debut today with the video for their cut, “Sauce.” You’re not alone if you get serious KTD vibes, but we think that you’ll agree that these guys are bringing something else to the jazz-rap band.

The band has been making serious waves lately, from a sold out Schuba’s show to a look in the RedEye, so they look to be coming into 2017 ready to make themselves known in Chicago and beyond. We’ll be on the lookout for what they bring to the table, but until then check out their new visual after the jump.

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Lil Bibby collaborating with Pelle Pelle for limited edition jacket

Pelle Pelle jackets have always been popular in Chicago — this is a fact. So it’s only right they linked with one of the Chi’s native sons for a limited edition coat. Today it was announced that Lil Bibby is partnering with the Auburn Hills, Michigan-based brand for a limited edition Free Crack 4 jacket. Now that’s how you roll out an album! The Pelle family caught up with Bibby backstage at a recent show to chop it up, and that short interview can be watched below.

Details on when/where these jackets can be purchased has yet to be released. But you can see a number of pictures of the actual coat below. Looks dope.

Fans of Bibby can catch him alongside G Herbo at our next Red Bull Sound Select show, March 8th at the Metro. It’s only $5 if you RSVP now. RSVP here.

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Saba jumps on the remix of Sylvan LaCue’s “Best Me”

Produced by Sylvan Lacue

Yesterday, Saba told the world he was going to drop some new music today. And Sab is no liar. Never that. So today, as promised, he emerges with some new, new — this being the official remix of Sylvan Lacue’s bubbling “Best Me.”

If you didn’t already know, these two are headed on tour in March, so it’s only right they make things official with this bad ass remix. WE DA BEST.

Grab that below, and be sure to grab tix for Saba in your city. 

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Catching up with Melo Makes Music as he readies his forthcoming ‘Nomads’ EP

Words by Nandi Howard. Photos by Dennis Elliot.

To not give credit to the successful year Chicago had in music would be a disservice to yourself. 2016 was a great year for some familiar faces in the Chicago scene to go beyond the Midwest. For the most part, Chicago entertainers, despite being from different parts of the city, all know each other. Whether from open mic events back in the day or attending the same grammar schools, one of the largest cities in America surprisingly has a close knit artist community.

“I kind of was on my own thing back then. I got into because it would become a hobby to write songs in my old dorm room, and I started missing class because of it…Really my journey is something I take in alone in a lot of regards as far as creativity,” said Melo.

After dropping out of Columbia College with the backing of his mom, Melo recorded for the first time in a studio in 2015. The result of his new endeavor landed him a debut EP that consisted of three songs, which clocked in at over 73k plays.

“My mom actually inspired me to make the decision to pursue my dreams based on the fact that she felt as though my time was better spent doing that. She could tell I cared about it a lot more. Ever since I made that decision I’ve been working really hard,” said Melo

Now fresh into 2017, Melo is set to release a new EP, Nomads, on February 28th and we got to talk to him about his creative direction, influences in the industry and more.

Check it out below.

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