Flamagra – [Flying Lotus]

Music is designed to make us feel. Regardless of what that feeling is, music that has staying power makes the listener feel something. Flying Lotus does this impeccably, taking listeners on an airy and mystical journey with his brand new project Flamagra, released yesterday. It is a twenty-seven track project, clocking out around an hour and some change, which makes for a collection of short and sweet tracks that don’t drag on the way one would expect a long project to. The instrumentals on here range from groovy and jazz-influenced, to wonky and glitchy, containing intricacies all over that result in a double take from the listener. Flamagra comes together to make for an overall cohesive listening experience that only becomes more intriguing as it progresses. The instrumentals FlyLo arranges on here evoke passion and creativity through dense and intricately developed textures, from the atmospheric and ambient “Hot Oct.”, to the danceable “Heroes in a Half Shell.” There are also a number of fantastic guest appearances on here. Tierra Whack’s charismatic contribution to “Yellow Belly” is incredible, and Denzel Curry brings his aggressive yet attentive delivery to “Black Balloons Reprise”, which serves as a sequel to his own “Black Balloons” …

Watch JID Perform Skrawberries w/ BJ The Chicago Kid & Thundercat on Fallon Tonight

This last week of November turned out to be one of the most memorable weeks of music all year. As one of week’s blockbuster projects, the release of JID’s highly anticipated album, DiCaprio 2 on Monday, November 26, marked a pivotal moment in the young MC’s career. Celebrating this, JID brought along BJ The Chicago Kid and Thundercat to the Tonight Show stage to deliver a captivating live rendition of “Skrawberries.” This live rendition focuses on the performers, with no major effects other than colored lights, allowing for the powerful tone and message of the song to be clearly conveyed to both the studio audience and the audience watching from home with ease. Also notable, JID takes a moment prior to the song’s start to dedicate the performance to Mac Miller who actually contributed to “Skrawberries” production. Watch JID’s live performance of “Skrawberries” featuring BJ The Chicago Kid and Thundercat on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon below and tell us what you think of the new album and performance in the comment section!

LL Presents: The Trapo Q&A

One of my favorite projects to drop in 2018 was Madison, Wisconsin native Trapo’s sensational tape titled “Oil Change“, so when he was in Chicago cooking up some new music recently I thought why not have him by the office for a conversation about everything he has been up to. I have been following Trapo’s music career for a few years now and it has truly been exhilarating as a fan to watch him grow as an artist, and if you go back to his older tapes all the way up to his latest release, you will see the evident growth that I am speaking on. I see Trapo becoming one of the best rappers in the country in just a few years, I know that’s a bold prediction but I believe in his music a tremendous amount and it won’t take more than one listen through Oil Change for you to think the same thing. Learn a thing or two about the rising star below and if you like the new project be sure to keep up with him by giving him a follow on Twitter here! — 2018 proved to be a huge year for you with the …

Can’t Get Over You – [Joji] Ft. [Clams Casino]

Gearing up to release the follow-up to last years In Tongues project, Joji looks to set the mood for his debut project in BALLADS 1 with a mind-bending visual depiction for his track, Can’t Get Over You. Produced by Roget, Thundercat and the notorious Clams Casino, the new SAINT & George Miller-directed cut follows Joji as he embarks on a very eventful rollerblade ride down a street. Looking to surprise his significant other with a bouquet of flowers, the plot quickly turns when she is found with another man and oddly enough, Joji seems to retaliate by cutting his hair and becoming somewhat of a rough-edged man with face tattoos. This may not make sense on the surface but if you happen to be familiar with Joji’s previous videos, this one fits right in there with the uncanniest of them. Waste no time peeping the new Joji below and stay tuned for BALLADS 1 on October, 26th! Directed by: SAINT, George Miller 

Drunk – [Thundercat]

If you don’t know about Thundercat and you like jazzy songs like Kendrick Lamar’s usually are, then you need to check out this guy. Thundercat is a bassist/singer who resides from Los Angeles. Drunk is his third studio album which many are claiming to be his best work yet. This album is soulful, funny, meaningful, and everything in-between. The album is 23 songs in length and has a few features, but one big name feature stands out and that would be on the song “Walk On By” which has a feature from Kendrick Lamar. Like I said before, if you’re into soul, funk, groovy music, etc, you need to listen to this album. Even if you’re not into this kind of music, you should still give it a shot. You may surprise yourself and end up liking it after all. Listen to Thundercat’s latest album Drunk below.  

This Week in Hip Hop (5/12)

Hip Hop as a culture has made several leaps in the past week.  Chicago, being a hub for the culture, is showing early signs that it may be the best place to be for hip hop.  Kanye West has received his honorary doctorate degree from SAIC. Kanye fully participated in the graduation proceedings and gave a speech in accepting his award. You can check out the video below. This is a huge jump for a multi-Grammy winning artist that built his music legacy upon speaking about dropping out of school to chase dreams that hadn’t yet fabricated.  Kanye West was raised by a single mother that was a professor at Chicago State University.  For many artists that are attempting to get a degree while also remaining prominent in the street culture, this is a dream come true. The California State Senate honored Compton native, Kendrick Lamar with the Generation Icon Award for works done in his hometown. He has donated several hundred thousand dollars to the Compton school district. He has also worked with his own non profit organization, in partnership with other organizations to help rebuild parks around his neighborhood.  Kendrick humbly accepted the award with a quick speech, …


Vic Mensa releases his highly anticipated project, INNANETAPE. This is Mensa’s 3rd project if you’d like to include his first solo EP tape, Straight Up and Trap House Rock with former band, Kids These Days.  INNANETAPE will more than likely leave you speechless, track after track is a hit. Features on the tape include Chance the Rapper, Ab Soul, Rockie Fresh, Joey Purp, Kenna, BJ the Chicago Kid, Thundercat, and Jesse Boykins III. Something very eye opening to me was all the production on the tape by Vic Mensa himself! It also includes superb production from Peter Cottontale, Cam for J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Hit-Boy, Michael Uzowuru, and Om’Mas Keith to name a few. The tape is very melodic in which every track has it’s own mellifluous flow. Vic left us waiting for awhile, yet he would release songs and videos from the tape periodically leaving us on the edge of our seat. Needless to say, the time spent on the project was well worth it, congratulations to Vic Mensa on INNANETAPE, as he’s bringing a new sound to the music industry. Download Link