Under Her Graces – [Michael Drake]

I am always keeping my eyes peeled for new creative instrumentals any day of the week, and while browsing through Soundcloud I discovered a magnificent new producer that goes by the name of Michael Drake. Michael is a New York native who has been building up a following with his talents for a minute now, but just by glancing at his catalog it appears as if 2019 is his most active year yet, and this new release is the perfect song for any new listener to start getting in tune with him. Peep this brand new beat below and if you like what you hear then go ahead and follow Michael here!

Not Another Love Song – [LoveAylin]

Chicago artists have all the soul and heart that is required to get you in your feels, especially when it comes to R&B. Chicago singer LoveAylin recently released a gorgeous R&B ballad ironically titled, “Not Another Love Song.” She sings about a lover who has scorned her in the past, but continues to use the iffiness of the relationship as a muse to keep the flame lit. She passionately belts, “Just lay me down, love me slow / just show me you want me more,” in the slow 6/8 meter that makes the song sound like a grooving waltz. The reverb on the vocal sample gives the production an aesthetic similar to a NWTS-era Drake beat, but the song as a whole definitely puts her in a similar hemisphere as H.E.R. and Kehlani. LoveAylin has all the potential in the world. She is definitely an artist to keep an eye on. Stream the song here and keep an eye out for more:

Broward – [F$O Dinero]

Broward County’s very own F$O Dinero reps his city in his newest single, “Broward.” The young Floridian rapper is here to turn up, especially with his hometown. With intentions of putting Broward County the map, Dinero fully displays his capability of making a song that resonates. With strong, wavy production done by CrackGod, “Broward” has attention-grabbing 808s and a Drake-like synth capable of hyping up any audience. The woozily delivered vocals and perfectly smooth flow provided by F$O Dinero make this song an undeniable banger we all needed this summer. Listen to, “Broward,” here:

Destiny – [Chase Fade]

Chase Fade is a man on a mission. Born and raised in Seattle, the 24-year-old rapper has been on his grind since 2012. Chase shares his journey from meeting the girl of his dreams to eventually touring with Dreamville’s Bas on his song, “Destiny” — the first off of his 11 track album, I Have No Idea. Inspired by modern-day greats such as J. Cole, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar, the emcee has impeccable storytelling talent and effortlessly flows over any beat presented to him. After listening to “Destiny,” produced by Accent, it is very apparent that Chase fade is only getting started. Be sure to follow the Seattle-based rapper.

A Conversation with HappyBirthdayCalvin • One Of Chicago’s Brightest Young Acts

HappyBirthdayCalvin is a kid out of Chicago who has been making some major noise in the music community, but especially here in the city, so of course I had to bring him through the office for a brand new interview for the site! HappyBirthdayCalvin will end up being one of the leaders in the Chicago music scene within the next few years, and I know that’s a bold statement for someone who just graduated high school, but trust me when I say he is a good person to the core but even more importantly he is musically inclined. Calvin’s record “No Friends” has been going crazy for a minute now, playing on radios all over the country, and not to mention that he just got Chicago legend G-Herbo on the remix of the track. Learn a thing or two about Calvin by reading this brand new interview below and don’t forget to stream his record below while you read, & also keep an eye out for his upcoming music releases! Follow Calvin on Twitter here!   — EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself. Calvin: …

Roy Woods Behind The Scenes Freestyle

It’s hard to know as outsiders looking in on what goes on behind the scenes on tour. Sure, we have ideas that we derive now and then from social media posts or paparazzi, but when we get a true look at behind the scenes footage from a camera that follows around an artist for an entire day, we’re able to come to realization of what their days actually consist of. In this eight minute clip, you see OVO member and Toronto native Roy Woods in a glimpse of what life is like on tour, at least for him, as he waits for his show later that night in Los Angeles with Drake and The Migos. Roy’s exceptional creativity and dreamlike vocals provide for an outstanding freestyle about 40 seconds into the clip that lasts for nearly a minute – and will make you only want to hear more. The video then goes on to show Roy drinking golden Hennessy, rolling backwoods, and then a glimpse of his late-night studio work with MadeinTYO. It’s always interesting to see an artist’s creative processes in the studio and how they different from person to person, and the studio scene Roy creates is a dark …

Fall Hard – [Key!]

If you’re anything like me, Key’s heartbreakingly hilarious single, “Miami Too Much,” has been on repeat ever since its release. From the overdramatic croons to the slippery deliveries, “emotional Key!” is one of my favorite forms of the Atlanta legend, and today, he’s back in full form yet again with a fantastic new record, “Fall Hard.” Not only does this song follow along with the emotional blueprint of some of Key’s recent music, but the production is also handled by none other than Oogie Mane of Working On Dying — a must-watch name from Philly whose gone from underground legend to a producer for Drake, Lil Uzi Vert, Future, and several others in the past year or so. Needless to say, this one-two punch of talent is sure to impress, and “Fall Hard” obliges, soundtracking Key’s natural tendency to “fall haaaaaaaaard” whenever he falls in love. That said, I’m sure that many of our readers out there won’t just love the song in all of its sugary, energetic glory, but will also connect on a personal level with Key’s confessional rhymes, so don’t sleep on this one. Stream “Fall Hard” below and let us know what you think in the …

Watch Common’s brand new interview with BigBoyTV

Common is a Chicago legend and one of my favorite emcees of my lifetime, so whenever he sits down for an interview I always give it my upmost attention and soak up the knowledge. Common recently chopped it up with Big Boy and his great crew about plenty of topics such as his brand new book, what he has learned from books growing up, his new song titled “Her Love” produced by J. Dilla, art, working with Kendrick Lamar, anxiety, going to therapy, what he learned from his father, letting love have the last word, being roommates with J. Dilla, Chance, being a fan of Noname & SZA, visiting prisoners in California, prison reform, the NBA Finals, Steph & the Warriors, his relationship with Drake, Chicago violence stemming from mass incarceration, The Chi and so much more. Watch this awesome new interview below.

Watch Adam22 on The Smokebox with B-Real

I apologize because I am a couple weeks late on this one, but not too long ago Adam22 stopped by The Smokebox to chop it up with the west coast & hip-hop legend B-Real! You will find the two of them speaking on several things such as thinking about doing different A&R situations with record labels, his classic interview with XXXTentacion, breaking new artists, his No Jumper podcast, cannabis, his favorite interview he has done, wanting to interview Drake & Snoop, his store on Melrose, advice he would give to someone trying to start, building his brand, being inspired by Joe Rogan and he even shared a hilarious Cypress Hill memory he had from when he was eleven years old. Sit back, relax and enjoy this awesome new conversation below!

Watch Trippie Redd’s brand new interview with Nardwuar

Trippie Redd was the latest guest on Nardwuar’s fantastic platform, as they caught up for a new ten minute interview when they were both recently in Miami, Florida. You will find Nardwuar asking Trippie Redd about plenty of things such as MF Doom, Slim Jesus, Kiss, XXYYXX, Lyrical Lemonade’s own Cole Bennett, Drake’s record “Shot For Me”, his tattoos, RSO, new artists he has signed, Ghostbusters, Eric Andre, why people should care about him and more! Check out this awesome new conversation below.