Friday, April 18, 2014
Rockboy K9 returns with another hot single featured on his upcoming "187" mixtape. He's aided by some incredible vocals from both BJ The Chicago Kid and Ashley Washington in the ballad "Wild Horses". "187" drops in June, take note.
Directed By Elijah Alvarado
A stand out track from HighLife's self titled debut featuring Vic Mensa and Caleb James would deserve a video, but this short clip might not be what you would expect. In true Chicago fashion, HighLife cooked up a new dance craze that he calls the MySpace Boogie. Click play and see what it's all about up top.
Video By RedEye
Sean Ely, Lenny Gilmore, and Ernest Wilkins of The RedEye spent a couple months following around Treated Crew's Saint Millie to capture what it's like to be on the rise in this crazy thing called Chicago hip hop. Check out the teaser above, and look for the full documentary April 23rd. "Glory" is of course still on the way, as is an exclusive interview with the Saint himself.
Murph Watkins surprises us with his first solo track in several months, and does not disappoint. Jugg may be all some people know, but Murph has a few more talents up his sleeve. A new album called "Yun" is on the way later in the year, but no word on if this will make an appearance, so download it now.
Directed By Austin Vesely
I've heard Caleb perform this a couple times live at recent events, but "Honesty & Loyalty" makes its official debut with a cameo heavy Austin Vesely creation. The track is set to appear on the forthcoming "Jones 2.0" that drops later this summer. Definitely the first time I've seen subtitles used in a music video that weren't the lyrics to the song. May want to give this one a watch twice. Listening to the verse and reading the story at the same time can be tough.
Jugrnaut whipped up a Half Baked inspired design just in time for the upcoming holiday, and no, I'm not talking about Easter. Check out two colorways after the jump and grab yours online now, or in store tomorrow. Awesome scene, cool tee!
A rumored 2014 Freshman list surfaced today, and it seems like it could be legit. There are several Chicago names mentioned, but maybe not the ones you may have expected. Hit the jump for the list, and please leave a comment, or hit me on Twitter, I want to discuss this! One through nine are after the jump, and ten is still to be determined.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Directed By Marques Jones
Nick Astro for CAKEaters TV wraps up his "Black Canvas" project by dropping the final two installments featuring Auggie The 9th and ShowYouSuck. Talk about going out with a bang. Auggie and Show both deliver above par verses, but each are quite different, showing exactly why this duo compliments each other's style so well. The ying and yang of this rap thing strike again.
In celebration of the return of The Boondocks, DJ Drama and Don Cannon dropped a compilation tape featuring some exclusive joints, you're likely going to want to hear, but sometimes you can't get everything you want. Although the project does feature a new joint from Herb, those of you who may have seen the tracklist graphic may be a little confused. The back graphic has track 13 listed as a track called "Knucklehead" featuring Lil Herb and Earl Sweatshirt. Herb and Earl performed together in Austin this year, so it's logical that they made something together, but I guess we won't be hearing it just yet. Download the complete project HERE, featuring new music from Michael Christmas, Two-9, Problem and more.
Pete Sayke and producer TheKidMyself are readying their "Forever" LP for a late April release, and let go of their second single in the meantime with the help of some friends. Pete enlists the skills of Kansas soul singer Brail, and fellow Chicagoans Neak and Slot-A for a tale of surviving the hell presented on the highway of life.