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Mpulse – Ode To Hova

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments


As a dedication to the God MC, Chicago rap sensation Mpulse tears through choice Hova beats for over four minutes. He’s calling this the “Ode To Hova,” and he definitely does justice over some obscure and choice Jay beats. Well done.

You can expect Pulse’s free album, Be Incredible, in August. After that, y’all shall forever remain nameless.

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PhiLLaNOise – Nothing We Can’t Do

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Produced by Rashid Hadee

The dopely designed duo of Phil G and Jay iLLa, also known as PhiLLaNOise, return with another thumper from their forthcoming collabo EP, Feel The Noise. Get it? Dope name, dope title, dope lineup, dope raps. An unexpected collabo, that’s not all that unexpected after all. On “Nothing We Can’d Do,” the take it back to basics over this crispy Hadee production. Bar trading is an art rather missed in 2014. See what they did below.

EP on the way.

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Video: J. Cole’s ‘Dollar & A Dream’ Tour Live In Chicago

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Losing My Balance”

Last night, Cole World and the Dreamville camp blew through the City of Wind for their insanely popular and genius Dollar and a Dream Tour. The premise? Reward your loyal fans with a $1 concert. Greedy Cole’s not. And salute to him for doing a deed such as this. The response was insane, as fans and supporters lined Milwaukee Ave all day yesterday clamoring for a spot inside the Concord Music Hall for one of two Cole shows.

Miss out? Well, Pursuit of Dopeness (who else?) was on hand to capture a couple of videos. Peep below.

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Twista – Devil’s Angel

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments


We’re a mere two weeks away from the release of Twista’s 10th solo album, The Dark Horse, and today another joint has trickled out. T gets into full character mode with this one, and turns into the devil’s angle. The beast incarnate lives on this one. The outcome? Rather frightening. There’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide at this point.

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Video: Common & No ID Break Down Nobody’s Smiling Track By Track

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

I echo eskay’s sentiments that it’s about damn time this technology has been made available and implemented into album rollouts. If you have a budget to put out an album, then some of that should be allotted for digital content such as this. Not just vlogs about your vlogs. This is what I always thought the EnhancedCD technology from yesteryear would morph into, but then labels started trying to fight the Mp3 wave and make burn-proof CDs and what not instead of rolling out interesting and engaging bonus features. But I digress.

Common’s new album, Nobody’s Smiling, is available purchase right now and I’ll go on record as saying that it’s my favorite Common album since Be. At least right now. When I went to the Chicago listening session I thought it was dope, but I didn’t get the full experience until I was able to hear it in the quiet confines of my crib. Listening parties are great and all, but sometimes you just gotta spend some time with it by yourself.

So get some method to the madness of Common and No ID in the clip above, where they breakdown the album track by track. Pretty impressive that these two are still flourishing some 22 years later. Some don’t even last two. Think about it.

Video: Roy French – Meditate

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Directed by Cole Bennett

With Cole B behind the lens, Roy French takes it to the beach for his latest visual endeavor. Meditate and set it straight above.

Bodi Deeder f/ LaniPop – Still The Man

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments


Produced by Pressure. A DJ Honorz & Mixtape Mechaniks exclusive.

Deeder is still the man, and is man enough to share mic time with the exquisite, LaniPop. Man up with this new joint courtesy of Deeder and his new album, 28, below. By any means.

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eGo Jaleel – Tough43

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments


Produced by Von

More bars of fury from Jaleel. This one should land on his upcoming opus, Better Being Jaleel. If you’re fan of eGo, be sure to catch him this Friday at the No Chill 3 event.

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ROYAL [mikeflo x Devon Lee] – Sun Is Shining (Remix)

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments


Royal is the duo of mikeflo and Devon Lee, and today they drop off their latest collaboration, a dope reworking of the Bob Marley track of the same name. Keep an open eye for their prequel project as well as their album — both due out later this year. They’re shining bright on this one.


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FSD Events: The Language Of Hip Hop w/ Saint Millie, Psalm One & The Boy Illinois @ Museum Of Contemporary Art

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments


It’s that time again. It’s a busy summer for FSD, and this week we’re bringing you yet another special event. This time around, we’ve partnered with the Museum of Contemporary Art to bring you The Language of Hip Hop, featuring The Boy Illinois, Psalm One and Saint Millie, during the museum’s Word Weekend festivities on July 26th.

MCA Chicago presents Word Weekend, an event that showcases Chicago’s active and diverse communities of authors, hip-hop artists, spoken-word poets, songwriters, and visual artists who explore the complexities and pleasures of words, text, and language. The weekend includes activities for every age, whether you’re 9 or 90.

The Language Of Hip Hop, co-curated by FSD, will feature live performances from Psalm One, The Boy Illinois and Saint Millie. The event is free to all ages and kicks off at 7:15pm, so come out and enjoy some music from a few of the city’s best and brightest artists.

The Language Of Hip Hop featuring The Boy Illinois, Saint Millie & Psalm One

Saturday, July 26th

Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave

7:15pm, all ages

Trust us, it’s not an event you want to miss. More details on Word Weekend can be found here. See you there!