10% – [KAYTRANADA] Feat. [Kali Uchis]

Some producers use tags to make their presence known. Others have their signature woven into their distinct sound. For instance, I can always tell when it’s a KAYTRANADA beat because of that unmistakable and irresistible bounce; it’s is so distinct yet so diverse. One of my favorite producers, his sound not only goes with any artist he works with but brings out the best in them. A testament to his diversity the tracklist for his newly announced album, BUBBA is as diverse as it is exciting, with Masego, Mick Jenkins, GoldLink, Pharell, and Tinashe (just to name a few) all making appearances. For a first taste of the album–set to drop on Friday– Kaytranada unleashed “10%” a simmering yet infectious offering featuring the vocals of Kali Uchis. Even with a vibrant vibrant, electronic-twinged feel, the beat fits Kali to a T; her smooth, understated vocals draped over top to create a smoother, almost smoky ambiance. Check out the tracklist while you let “10%” spin and be sure to circle back on Friday when BUBBA drops. You won’t regret it; Kaytra always delivers. BUBBA. TRACKLIST: 1.) DO IT 2.) The Music [ft. Iman Omari] 3.) Go DJ [ft. SiR] 4.) Gray Area [ft. Mick Jenkins] 5.) …

Everybody Eats – [MFnMelo]

As the clock winds down on an already impressive year for Chicago’s Pivot Gang, the group couldn’t let these final weeks pass without one more memorable release from within its ranks. Today, MFnMelo steps into the spotlight with his debut album, ‘Everybody Eats’. The first project from Melo since 2017’s ‘Melodramatics’ features help from the Chicago native’s close circle of local talents and offers up the most comprehensive catalog of Melo’s own talent yet. Packed with Melo’s mix of personal narrative, sense of humor, and cunning wordplay, he distinguishes himself by putting his own authenticity at the fore of ‘Everybody Eats’. As a member of Pivot who’s worked relatively in the shadows up to this point, ‘Everybody Eats’ feels like a moment of transcendence into the light. He employs all the tools at his disposal with the polish of a seasoned veteran. He delivers melody on multiple hooks throughout the project while seamlessly transitions back to his weighty, definitive rapping that places emphasis on every syllable. Each lyric gets executed with its own burst of air as if he’s vying for a listener’s attention every second, and he holds a listener there with him the whole time through a sea …

Zombies – [Musa Reems]

Musa Reems is certainly no stranger to our lemon filled pages, and this Wednesday he is finding himself back on our platform with his brand new release titled “Zombies” featuring Chicago legend Mick Jenkins. This release is the second single off of Musa Reem’s forthcoming project titled To Whom It May Concern, and based on how the first two records are sounding, I am looking forward to the entire final product. When it comes to underground Chicago tapes that I am waiting for the rest of the year, this one is near the top of the list for me and it should be for you too, stream this new song below! produced by T-Jay Beats

No Vest – [Pivot Gang] ft. [Mick Jenkins]

Pivot Gang is a collective out of Chicago that feature some of the best rappers, creatives, DJ’s & producers that the city has to offer, and today they are back with their brand new music video for “No Vest” featuring Mick Jenkins. This record was off of their well-received project You Can’t Sit With Us that dropped earlier this year, and a number of fantastic videos came from that tape, this new release is yet another great one to add to the list. Pivot Gang is about to hit the road here pretty soon for their next tour, they might be in your city to keep your eyes peeled for that. Watch this brand new music video below and if you’re in Chicago around the end of November visit this website to purchase tickets for the third annual John Walt Day. Directed by Alexander Myung

What I’ve Been On, Pt. 2 – [Jaymz V]

On his first project since being locked up for three years, the Chicago artist reunites with close friends and collaborators (Supa Bwe, Mick Jenkins, Qari) for a heartfelt return to form.

Percy – [Mick Jenkins] x [Qari]

Mick Jenkins is a Chicago legend and one of the best rappers out, earlier today he released a hot new music video for “Percy” featuring fellow Chicago native Qari! Every single time these two creatives connect they always create magic, so coming into this one I already knew that they were about to go in, but once I heard this sensational instrumental from greenSLLIME I could tell that this was about to be on another level. Mick Jenkins sliced through this beat with witty flows, paving the way perfectly to the back end of the track where Qari hopped on, and he delivered easily one of his best verses to date. This was an all-around perfect song, don’t tweak on this track, press play below! Shot by 119

Q&A: Chicago rapper Matt Muse has nothing but love

The adage “you must love yourself before you can love others” can be interpreted in any number of ways, and for Chicago rapper Matt Muse, exploring love in all its forms has been a strong source of inspiration for his two most recent projects. Last year, Muse released ‘Nappy Talk’, a project he describes as being all about self-love. Muse builds himself up in layers of bravado on tracks like “Don’t Tweak”, letting off steam in the form of masterful flows over keys that seem to announce the arrival of an impending threat. But unlike some wordsmiths in his arena, Muse’s boasts come with substance, rooted in pride that goes deeper than just plain vanity. On ‘Love & Nappyness’, the follow-up to ‘Nappy Talk’, Muse lets listeners know just where that sense of pride stems from. He opens up about the role God, family, and his upbringing have all played in forming his self-perception and ultimately his voice as an artist. While coming across as softer than his previous releases, Muse proves that he’s just as, if not more, powerful with a pen when he’s at his most vulnerable. Read my latest conversation with Matt Muse to learn more about …

Prime – [Lexx Nova]

Staying stagnant is not an option for up and coming Atlanta-based rapper, Lexx Nova. The young emcee has been making big moves in the game over the last several years, collaborating with artists such as Mick Jenkins, OG Marco, Nessly, and more. But this isn’t about what Lexx has done; rather, what’s currently got going on and what’s to come in the future. On his latest offering, “Prime,” the rapper talks about a pivotal moment in his life: quitting his day job. Frustrated with where he was at in his life, the rapper decided to take action and fully pursue his dreams, which has evidently paid off. The wavy and dramatic strings are a perfect match of the message and sentiment Lexx is conveying in “Prime.”  The production, crafted by NINETY8, also possesses everything you want to hear on a banger: roaring kicks and crisp drums. All in all, Lexx Nova is a star in the making, and is definitely an artist to keep an eye on. Listen to, “Prime,” here: Words by Barry R

You Can’t Sit With Us – [Pivot Gang]

beloved Chicago group Pivot Gang have been teasing at the release of their album for some time now, and late last night they finally blessed their growing fanbase with the final project titled “You Can’t Sit With Us”. After streaming through the thirteen track offering a couple of times through I was happy with what I was hearing, the guys displayed unreal amounts of chemistry and created a cohesive tape, but that’s what should be expected by these brilliant & accomplished emcees. All of the songs provided feature some sort of variation of the Pivot Gang squad along with some sprinkled in features here and there from the likes of Smino, Femdot, Kari Faux, Mick Jenkins, Jean Deaux, Sylvan LaCue and last but not least, Benjamin Earl Turner. Stream this brand new project via Spotify below and if you like it be sure to support Pivot Gang by copping a ticket to catch Saba + the crew on tour here.

Operation Hennessy – [Qari]

For the past month or so Chicago legends Qari & GreenSLLIME have been teasing their collab project called “Operation Hennessy”, and late last night they blessed their fans wit the final product! I was lucky enough to get an early listen of this masterpiece a few weeks ago and I have been highly anticipating the official release, this is easily one of the best projects to come out so far in 2019. The entire project was produced by GreenSLLIME and I must say that he did a fantastic job with providing Qari with some of the best instrumentals he has ever graced. The only guest feature that was included on this mixtape was from fellow Chicagoan Mick Jenkins on the fourth record “Pony”, which if I had to pick my favorite song off of this tape it’s probably that joint or “Billy Banks”. Stream this sensational new tape below and if you like what you hear be sure to share this with a friend! Photo by Cole Schwartz mixing and mastering by Matt Audio Dope