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Common – City To City

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments


Produced by No I.D.

Common’s tenth studio album, Nobody’s Smiling, has finally hit shelves and Target‘s offering up an exclusive bonus track with the deluxe edition of the LP titled “City To City”. If this one sounds familiar, it’s because Com originally premiered the song in an trailer for CNN’s Chicagoland series earlier this year.

This joint should’ve been included on the standard edition of the album. Nobody’s Smiling is available for purchase on iTunes and in stores now. Stream “City To City” below, thanks to Nav.

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New EP: Fluffy – Who Is Fluffy

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments


After dropping her super fresh “Best Friend” single last week, Fluffy returns with her brand new EP, Who Is Fluffy? But there’s no more asking questions, you’re about to find out today. Fluffy shall not remain nameless anymore. Find out who she with this action packed EP, which you can stream (and buy for $3) below. #WCW for real.

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Video: DotKom f/ D.jbari – Bees In The Back

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Directed by George Sol

I gushed about this song when it dropped a few months back. The beat was solid, Dot’s verse was crazy and D.jbari came out of nowhere with an amazing contribution. Today they emerge with the video and it makes the experience even better. If you couldn’t already tell, I enjoy bugged out videos. The weirder the better. The more bizarre the best. You get it. Well, with “Bees In The Back” these guys snapped.

DotKom’s new project, B.U.M (Born to Use Mics), will be out soon. Also, on Friday, July 25th, theWHOevers will be headlining at Lincoln Hall along with Add2, The Palmer Squares and more.

The Boy Illinois – Off Shore Banking

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments


“We don’t chase banks, we just ship it overseas”

The Boy Illinois takes it back to the BET Uncut era and utilizes the instrumental from Benzino’s “Bellowzino” as the canvas for his latest drop, “Off Shore Banking”. This joint is just another loosie to prepare people for Illi’s new project, Pointe: New Age Colonialism, scheduled to release later this year.

Don’t forget, you can catch Illi live with Saint Millie and Psalm One at the Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago this Saturday night for Word Weekend’s The Language Of Hip Hop program — co-curated by Fake Shore Drive. The show is free for all ages and kicks off promptly at 7:15pm, so don’t miss out. The Boy Illinois, Saint Millie and Psalm One live in Chicago museum, for free? Doesn’t get much doper than that. More details here.

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Video: The Remix Project Opens @ Lacuna In Pilsen

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

A big salute to our friends over at the Lacuna Artist Lofts in Pilsen and the Cacciatore family for giving back by opening up a school for Chicago’s at-risk youth. The Remix Project, which just kicked off their first program of the year, was profiled today on ABC7. What is the Remix Project you ask? Well, relax and take notes:

The Remix Project was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged communities trying to enter into creative industries or further their formal education. The Toronto-based school now has a new home in Chicago and will open in the fall, but right now, they have a summer pilot program.

Remix Project Chicago, located at Lacuna Artist Lofts in Pilsen, features a 5,000-square foot state of the arts space that will provide creative curriculum in three areas of study: recording arts, creative arts and business acumen.

“We are targeting the youth that get overlooked and we want to help them get to that next level,” said Cory Jenkins, Remix Project.

The facility has a professional recording studio, editing suites built with doors from a meat packing company. Fire hoses are used for seating, and private work stations are meant to inspire students, like train seats used in a classroom and airplane seating in the event space. All are built with re-purposed materials.

Read the full piece here, and go behind the scenes of the Remix Project above.

Video: SCC – Small Circle Cliq

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Directed by Josh Martin. Produced by Montana Macks.

I swear if this was 1995, this video would be getting some heavy spins on MTV on some YBT type steez. The beat is definitely a throwback, but super fire. Some unique raps and snaps as well, as these three amigos give it up for the town they call home. The SCC, who isn’t to be confused with the South Central Cartel, is prepping the release of their Tres Amigos EP, which is dropping this August.

Check out the Second City Citizens above.

Video: Drunken Monkeee – Sin

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Directed by 85mmAway

At this rate, we’re only getting new Drunken Monkeee pieces once every two years. Looking back into the FSD files, the last two posts from him were in 2012 and 2010 respectively. Then 2009. Well, even after a hiatus, Monkeee still goes apeshit. Here’s his latest from the belly of the beast. No one and nothing is safe.

Video: Brian Fresco f/ Tree – Rose

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Soul Trap. SaveMoney. What happens when you mesh the two camps together? Well, you get SoulMoney, that’s what. With Brian Fresco on the mic, and Tree on the tracks, these two have teamed up to drop an EP of epic proportions. No seriously, this joint is about to be crazy. Today they bless us with their first offering, the bleeding “Rose.”

The first look is this in-studio performance of “Rose.” Stop and smell them. It’s so glorious.

FSD Feature: Vic Lloyd Talks New Ventures, Improving Culture & Possible Boardroom Reunion

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Video by Hooli (@HooliYNO)

Chicago fashion legend, Vic Lloyd, sat down with FSD last week at Fat Tiger Workshop to talk about his new boutique, improving urban culture and a possible reunion of the now-disbanded supergroup, Boardroom (you know you’ve been waiting on that!) He also talks about how Boardroom and FSD had an interesting encounter back in 2007 that helped spark a few of the brands you see today.

Check out the in-depth piece above, and make sure to stop by Fat Tiger Workshop at 2131 N. Rockwell in Logan Square.

Novacane f/ Ty Money, Chin Chilla Meek & Bodi Deeder – Cash Out

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments


Producer Novacane unleashes some ‘get rich to this music’ with his latest endeavor, Cash Out. The all-star posse cut features the ensemble of Ty Money, Chin Chilla Meek and Bodi Deeder. Novacane laces the beat and the hook, and gives out as a small taste of what he can put together.

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