Stream Alex Wiley’s New Album, “Village Party 2: Heaven’s Gate”

Chicago’s Alex Wiley just dropped the sequel to his Village Party mixtape from last year, Village Party 2: Heaven’s Gate. The 12-track album features guest appearances from all around the Chi, including vocal work from Calez, Chance the Rapper, Emil and Twista, as well as collaborations with the Golden State’s Mike Gao and Hippie Sabotage.

VP2 illuminates Wiley’s liquid flow and versatility on the mic over hazy-yet-smooth production. His sudden bursts of warranted braggadocio are balanced with hypnotic intonations to formulate an overall cohesive album I’ll have on repeat for a while. Don’t forget to grab your own copy via iTunes!

Favorite Tracks: “Play,” “Navigator Truck,” “Japanese”

Alex Wiley: Twitter // SoundCloud


Jean Deaux Surprises Fans With “Outer Body EP” (Stream)

Favorite Line: “How ironic we on Pluto but we not platonic…” – Jean Deaux

You may have heard of Jean Deaux from her solo project last year, Soular System, Volume 1: Dark Matter[s], or through her several collaborations with artists including TDE’s Isaiah Rashad and Chicago’s embracer-of-truth Mick Jenkins. Deaux captured the attention of music junkies around the world tonight by dropping her Outer Body EP. The sweet and succinct three-track EP is a futuristic ride led by Deaux’s hypnotizing vocal work laid over echoing instrumentation from THEMpeople, the executive producers of the project. Sean Deaux of THEMpeople also makes a vocal appearance on the final track, “Mickey, Mallory, and Deauxality.”

Spoil yourself with some wavy Chicago-fueled tunes above and stay updated with them below.

Jean Deaux: Twitter // SoundCloud // Download SS1

THEMpeople: Twitter // SoundCloud

Duckwrth & The Kickdrums | “Nowhere” (Album Stream)

“The concept is something like traveling on a road called ‘No Where.’ The destination is ‘Now Here,’ but before we get there, we have to destroy some things along the way.” – Duckwrth & The Kick Drums

Anyone that knows me personally or has stumbled upon my blog knows that there’s a special place in my heart/iTunes/SoundCloud for Chicago music, but as of late, I’ve been hooked on music hailing from the Bay Area– LA-born, Bay Area-based Duckwrth‘s collaboration with Brooklyn producer The Kickdrums is no exception. Nowhere is a sonic journey showcasing Duckwrth’s fluid vocal dexterity over an eclectic range of beats. The whole atmosphere from the project is reminiscent of an early Frank Ocean from the nostalgia/ULTRA days that decided to prioritized rapping but continued to nurture his singing abilities, too.

As Duckwrth suggests, the standout track is “Unagi,” which captures his abilities as an artist to constantly push the envelope while retaining his discrete image. The cut touches on social commentary through his discrete image and keen wordplay over a punchy guitar melody.

Stream the project below and cop it on iTunes. Also peep his live performance of “Magic Bullet” from the album on TeamBackPack.

Artist Interview // Caleborate Takes Crown As Bay Area King With “Hella Good”

In the overcrowded music industry, it’s rare to find a gem as talented and driven as Caleb Parker. On stage, Parker is known as Caleborate, the Bay Area artist that channels honesty, energy, and optimism dressed in dad hats, denim jackets and skinny jeans. The self-proclaimed TBKTR (or That Black Kid That Raps) proves that dreams can be manifested by genuine passion for the craft, resilience, and persistence without jeopardizing character. The current age of hip-hop has paved way for artists to simply be themselves instead of aimlessly attempting to fulfill the expectations of the industry and its audience. As one of the prominent leaders of this movement, unfazed by the boundaries set by his predecessors and peers, Caleborate has grabbed the music business by the throat and set his own terms to foster a dedicated fan-base through transparency in his tracks.

In retrospect, TBKTR earned his stripes as a spam rapper, but not once have I ever regretted discovering his music. While many will denounce those on this particular road of promotion, Caleborate stands out from the crowd; alongside balancing his time between school, work, music, and relationships of every kind, TBKTR has invested countless hours into his craft before attempting to garner his following– an often overlooked characteristic.

“Anna’s Lament,” the leading single and raw cut from his previous work from 2014, #theusual, was the first song I ever heard from Caleborate. Rather than elect a “turn-up” track to gain a slice of ephemeral buzz, Caleborate decided to further combat the industry standards by directing his fans, both old and new, to a cathartic presentation that leaves no stone unturned. TBKTR crafted a track that likely hits home for listeners from around the world while maintaining a discrete style and sound. Peep the visuals for the track below and be sure to add this TBKTR classic and the rest of the project to your collection.

To ring in the new year, Caleborate presented his listeners with the Winter Break EP, a succinct six-track collection fueled by his detachment from social media and brought to life by his poetic vocals and production from close friends including Ian Mckee, Willem Ardui, and Wonderlust. Leading up to his full-length album, Caleborate curated a handful of guest verses, working with artists like fellow Bay Area-based MCs Cash Campain and Mike Martin.

With some shows around the Bay and a TeamBackPack feature freshly printed onto his résumé, TBKTR kept the ball rolling when he surprised Twitter with a new single, “El Portal.” The track shook stereos across the Internet with its well-deserved braggadocio, aggressive delivery and clever wordplay. In the words of one of his biggest inspirations, Childish Gambino, “it’s deeper than rap.”

Just a month and some change later, Caleborate both announced and released his full-length album, Hella Good. The 12-track project features instrumentation from familiar faces Ian, Willem, and Wonderlust, and further extends to production from Analog Luke and Heartbreak Gang’s Drew Banga1-O.A.K. and Kuya Beats. The album blends confidence and insecurities, topped off with social commentary, and presents the juxtaposition in a manner that every listener can relate to or at the very least feel something.

While it’s more than difficult to nominate my favorite tracks off the album, if I had to I would choose “Get the Green,” “El Bandito,” and “Youth in Revolt.” There’s something about these tracks that captured the slice of TBKTR I connect with most, from despising retail jobs and being a broke college student with dreams to trying to become a successful musician and show family that this music is something we can happily live off of, but it takes time. The obvious stand-out cut is “Smh,” Caleborate’s visceral take on future bounce that accentuates his versatility as an artist. The overall project solidifies TBKTR’s spot as an erudite vanguard of hip-hop that oscillates between confidence and vulnerability, ultimately unafraid to leave all his cards on the table.

While the album is yet to reach its two week milestone on the net, the tremendous landmark in his ever-flourishing career has already received an immense amount of recognition, including a premiere on Pigeons and Planes, a cosign from fellow Bay Area mogul G-Eazy, and a spot on the front page of the Source. After spending the majority of 2015 forgoing social media to hone his craft and sound, Caleborate and his team can finally relish in the spoils of their sonic grind. Whether you’re a casual listener or a dedicated hip-hop fan, give Caleborate a chance and you won’t be disappointed– I did two years ago and I found one my favorite artists to date. Stream Hella Good below and grab your copy on iTunes.

Earlier today, I was fortunate enough to interview the Bay Area King and dig deeper into his story, thoughts, and album (Big shout out to Caleb and Nic for making all of this possible, thank you!):

Coming from a long-time fan, your music has definitely been a huge inspiration for me! It’s been a great journey so far tracking your career and seeing how you’ve progressed!

TBKTR: Thank you bro, first and foremost I have to say thank you for listening and valuing the time that I’ve put into my art, it’s truly a blessing man for real. We’ve got a ways to go, but every single vote of confidence is important and also something I really appreciate.

First off, how’s life?

Life is… I’m gonna have to be cliché right now bro, you’re setting me up so perfectly, it’s Hella Good right now haha. 🙂

Why do you make music? What do you want your audience to take away from TBKTR?

I make music because I want to have the capacity to affect the whole world, to be grasped and absorbed by the people who need it. Not because I want to make a bunch of money, but I want to change lives. I want to help the kid who’s waking up this morning like “yep, I’m gonna go to that overpass and I’m jumping off.” Or, “I’m totally gonna come home after school today and take all these Percocet and be done.”

Who’s on your playlist right now?

Lately I’ve been bumping a lot of Mick Jenkins, some Vic, I been listening to Kool John and P-Lo’s last project along with some G-Eazy and Mac Demarco. For the past two days though I’ve done nothing but listen to Tribe Called Quest and Common (specifically BE and Midnight Marauders).

Has music/rapping always been in the picture? Was there ever a moment when you realized music was something you wanted to pursue extensively?

Music wasn’t ALWAYS something I knew I would be doing as a career; it was always an art form I loved and had an extensive connection with, but it wasn’t until I was like 16 that I knew I wanted to do this thing somewhat seriously. There was certainly a day where I sat back and listened to my rhymes and said, “Damn, I could do this hit for real!” I’d probably say that day came around the age of 17. Thats when I began to make sacrifices to make sure that I could always make music no matter what.


On another note, congrats on your album! What does the project, Hella Good, mean to you?

Thank you bra! This project obviously means a lot to me because it’s based off of so many personal experiences and moments. It serves as a timestamp for me I guess, similar to how most of music does. It will always remind me of the place that I was in at this time in my life and how I managed to sort through my problems to find happiness and thrive in the world. The amount of positive reception it has received means so much to me because I’ve always wanted to see my music received this well, and with this being the first project that has ever reached this sort of height and level of admiration, I’ll always remember it.

On your Hella Good week post last night, you thank two of your close ties for letting you “write those songs in [their] house.” What’s your writing process like? Does it differ between singles, mixtapes, albums, etc?

I’m glad you noticed that bruh! Haha. My writing process (ideally) happens really late at night/early in the morning around 1am-sunrise. I usually write at this time because

  1. I’m finally home from school or work or a show or a session
  2. It’s quiet, everyone else is asleep and I can think very clearly
  3. I can’t sleep lol

It doesn’t change based upon project at all, although now it has gone through some minor changes because with more notoriety I spend a lot less time at home and more time working. Either producing, rehearsing, meeting people, shooting videos etc. My time is being asked of me more now that I’ve dropped this project. Sometimes if I can’t write at home I’ll write in the car or on the bus.

You also shoutout Nipsey Hussle. How has he shaped your career so far and possibly the track “The Hussle”?

He totally influenced “The Hussle”, he’s also help influence my grind. There have been times that I’ve clung onto a few of his verses in moments of doubt or times where the going got a lil’ tough. I never quit though.

What exactly is the “sauce”?

The sauce is my music. I don’t play with that shit, I don’t skimp on it. You ever go get some nuggets, or tenders or chicken strips and they don’t give you enough sauce? Or they charge you extra for that shit?! How am supposed to enjoy my meal without the sauce?! How am I supposed to enjoy my life without music? So when it comes to my music i’m not gonna fuck around, the sauce is gonna be the best, and you’re going to be able to get as much as you need whenever you need it.

Of all the great producers on your project, can you shed some light on your relationship with Willem Ardui? He’s been one of your right-hand men from the start– how is it working so closely with someone that lives on another continent?

Man, my relationship with Willem is so unique. We met over Facebook because of a spam comment of mine he saw on YouTube. This happened about 2 years ago, we weren’t always making music together. However, once we got started we never stopped. willem is an amazingly talented producer just like everyone featured on the album and i’m lucky to have met the guy. We’ve organized a great workflow over the years, thanks to Facebook and Skype he and I can effortlessly throw ideas back and forth and work on beats, craft up ideas and explain our intentions for songs. Over time we’ve gotten better and better. I really want to meet him, like it’s really weird that this music is doing all that it is, and yet I’ve never met the guy who’s made some of my more influential tracks.

“Fuck being a rapper, graduate to keep from slaving.” Throughout this album and many of your other projects, you have referenced the duality of being a college student simultaneously pursuing a music career. I have a taste of what it’s like juggling similar priorities, but can you expand upon what it’s like divvying time between work, school, music, etc? Would you change any decisions you’ve made?

It’s hard man. It is really difficult. To explain it would take so much time. It can take so much energy from you at times and cause you to fall off in one of the three areas when one demands more than any of the other. The fact that I’ve made a financial commitment to 2 of the 3 is also a huge deal. I wouldn’t change any of the things i’ve done though because they all got me here. It’s just been incredibly hard.

“You think that’ll get me on the radio, it sound ignorant enough, don’t it?” Can you tell us about this line and moreover your approach to the industry?

The game is all fucked up man haha. In some ways that’s awesome and in some ways it’s bad. In the past (90’s) the stuff that used to play on the radio in terms of hip-hop was a bit more enlightening and carried a little more substance, now it seems that in order to infiltrate the mainstream market or influence the masses you’ve got to make vulgar types of songs to get looks. I refuse to sacrifice what I believe in for a check, or attention. In some ways the line speaks for itself.

At the end of “All Mine” from your Winter Break EP, you mention “social media withdrawals” and possibly “surviving one-hundred percent without it.” What’s the story behind this disconnect from the realm of social media? Would the world be better without Facebook, Twitter, etc?

I can’t say if the whole world would be better without those websites, what I can say for sure is that we’d enjoy life more. We’d be more in the moment, and less focused on living for the approval of our peers. In a sense, I guess that search for approval is an innate human instinct though, because we seem to always try to find ways to instigate our lives being more vibrant than they actually are. All I know is that for me as an artist, I work better without being connected to social media all the time. It sucks that it’s such a necessity.

As we wrap up the interview, I’d like to conclude with some broader questions. With another incredible project under your belt, what’s next for Caleborate?

More music, soul searching, graduation, more production, more overall growth as a person.

What are your thoughts on the current state of hip-hop?

I think it’s going through its second golden era for sure. I love that there are so many different types of hip-hop out and that the focus seems to be somewhat shifting to more honest rap. I think that as long as we don’t lose sight of the music that brought this genre into its glory, it will never die.

How do you define success?

As long as you are doing what you love, and you’re loving doing it, it’s lit.

Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?

Stay focused, stay hungry, study the game, don’t sacrifice your soul for anyone or anything, keep real people around you, and know yourself.

Anything else you’d like to tell your fans out there?

Thank you for listening, supporting and putting up with me and my gemini ways. I love you all, hope to meet each and everyone of ya’ll soon. Until then, stay positive and don’t let anyone rob you of your happiness.

Signed TBKTR.


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Artist Interview // Kami Kurisu is a Chicago Visionary

For the familiar faces out there, you know I’m all about showing love to any and every artist out there trying to be heard. In the competitive media-hype era, it’s not really enough to just be making “good” music if you want a taste of the spotlight; the frontmen of hip-hop have fleshed-out values driven by purpose. This past week I had the opportunity to speak with the rising Chicago artist Kami Kurisu just in time for the recent debut of his track “Peace” featuring fellow Chicagoan Vee Miyagi. The cut has the two MCs showcasing their skillful wordplay over a laid-back guitar sample. Check out the full track and interview below.

How would you introduce yourself?

Kami Kurisu. Formerly known as RaemonVip. I literally made the decision to change my stage name last week to Kami Kurisu. I’m a 24-year-old rapper, graphic designer, producer on occasions, and co-founder of an awesome collective by the name of AUXGOD.

Where did this new name come from?

In a lot of my songs I call myself “God” a lot. Not because I’m trying to provoke others who may fall into a religious belief, but because that’s what I feel I am and what everyone is. That’ll have to be a whole other conversation to dwell into why I feel that way. However, I wanted to be able to fuse how I feel about myself into a name. Calling myself God outright would not suit well in my progression to gain new listeners who aren’t exactly on my wavelength of understanding…so, since I love Japanese culture I decided to use the Japanese word for God…Kami. I also decided to add my gov name “Chris” in there as well. So, being that the Japanese translation for Chris is Kurisu I popped it in. It flowed well and I’m very big on creating names that another artist won’t have. I always want my face being the main and/or only thing that pops up when it’s searched.

That’s pretty dope, it’s tough to come up with an original name nowadays. Can you tell us more about your AUXGOD collective? How did this come together?

AUXGOD (Golden God) is a collective of creatives. I came up with it last year as something for my best friend (Videographer “Canon Montana”) and I to partner up and help each other with our passions. She shot my videos, I did her logos, she took my photos, I created her business cards, etc. It was just us two for the remainder of 2014. January of 2015 things started picking up with her videos and my music and we had others who wanted to join the team throughout this year. Long story short we have a total of 11 people in the group including 5 of the dopest producers ever. Two of which don’t even live in our area; Monsterr Muzik in New York and Seary in the UK. I wanted to create something that’ll eventually spread worldwide. The label/collective ‘Soulection’ is a big inspiration of mines and is more so the direction I want to go for our collective. The fact that I’ve always been entrepreneurial helps as well because I am not the type to work a 9-5 the rest of my life. I believe in everyone on my team and want to see everyone prosper. Another thing we do is offer services. This is what separates us from being somewhat a “label”. It’s more so a collective/business. A lot more updates will be coming to the site soon with more information on the many services we’ll have.

That’s great! It’s like a movement of people that each have their own strengths to bring to the table and work together to ascend the ladder. Speaking of inspirations, who would you say has shaped you as an artist?

That’s exactly what is is. Everyone has something to offer.
I started rapping when I was 7-years-old. I do not know why, I just did it. I can say listening to Lil Wayne helped me focus on the method of using metaphors in my early teens. However, as far as shaping me as an artist it was just my life experiences and my growth as a human being. Being so open minded opened a Pandora’s box to things I could rap about. I naturally have a gift for music. Whether I make it in the industry or not I’ll still be making music. I listen to so many genres and artists there’s no telling who helped me shape what if anyone did…lol…I just know life certainly shaped me to be who I am today.

Cool man. Coming from my musician side, I used to have trouble finding inspiration to write, but recently I figured out I just wasn’t looking in the right places– you can find inspiration everywhere. Dope to see you discovered that early on. Being based out of Chicago, how have your surroundings helped (or hurt) your career so far?

It’s not much support out here by the local blogs. You have to be “on” somewhat or pay to even get their attention even when the music is super good. Some artists just look out for themselves too. It just seems like a city full of hate and bandwagon jumping from my point of view. The total opposite of Los Angeles or Atlanta where it seems like there’s more support for the local talent. It’s the main reason why I’ve only been online based for so long. I only recently started performing this year, which has helped me network and build connections with other artists and creatives. I’ve performed about 4 or 5 times now. I can say my environment has given me more character and it only makes me work harder to break through such a tough city.

Hmm, I see. The Internet is overcrowded especially in the realm of hip-hop and the fact of the matter is not everyone will be heard regardless of how good their music is. What sets your music apart from the competition?

I know myself and what I’m capable of. I know I’m capable of being one of the greatest. I have an ear for great production, which in turn allows me to create some of the craziest lyricism and wordplay. Where I’m at mentally is a lot different from other artists. Dwelling into psychedelics, reading, constantly gaining knowledge, and knowing myself all play a part in my music.

Are you reading anything right now?

At the moment I have 5 books I bought, but haven’t had the chance to sit and read. Well maybe I’ve had the chance, but procrastinated. The books are ‘The Way of Zen’ by Alan Watts, ‘Become What You Are’ by Alan Watts, ‘Food of the Gods’ by Terrence McKenna, ‘The 48 Laws of Power’ by Robert Greene, and Fingerprints of the Gods’ by Graham Hancock. I think once I move into my apartment next week I’ll finally be able to read them all.

Sounds like quite the list! That’s dope man. On another note, you dropped a new song, “Peace,” earlier this week. Can you tell us about this track, how it all came together, and your relationship with Vee Miyagi?

It all started with Monsterr Muzik flooding my email with some of the greatest beats ever as usual, and I’ve been holding on to that ‘Peace’ beat for quite some time. After listening to Vee’s music via SoundCloud I was very impressed. Even more so after I saw him perform live. I knew we would compliment each other well if we did a collaboration. So, in that regard I wrote a quick verse which is the verse that lives on Peace. I wrote it in about 30 minutes cause my manager was on me about getting it down ASAP…lol…So, I wrote it, sent it, and he got it done. The first version didn’t have a hook at all. It was just my verse and then Vee’s right after my verse ended. The selected few who heard it prior to release suggested a hook and so with that I freestyled a little hook and got it done. Now it’s out! In all of its glory. In my opinion Vee killed it. He had a lot more time to write his verse, so I’m going to have to get him back for killing my song…lol

Cool stuff man, solid track nonetheless. Seems like this was a special case since you had to whip it up under a little bit of pressure– what’s your usual writing process like? Look for beats first? Lyrics first? It depends?

I listen to beats first. If a beat doesn’t make me freestyle something when I first hear it, it’s not meant to be. I look at it like this…the beat gives me a vibration and the universe gives me the words to place on that vibration. It has to be organic every time. I notice if I try to rap on a beat I don’t like so much I get writers block ASAP! Now I don’t force anything, I just make sure I have the best production possible and I’m glad I have producers on my team who get MY SOUND. There’s like two other producers I outsource from, but that’s it. I keep my circle small because the few producers I mess with just make the perfect music for me. There’s also times I can be chilling, working, or doing something random and lines will just flood my head without warning and I write them down in my phone immediately. Later when writing to an actual beat I’d go to my “Lines” file and take some random line I came up with and throw it in a song. That’s when I feel like this is really my calling and what I’m supposed to be doing.

I respect you for that. It reminds me of Vince Staples– he doesn’t want to collaborate with anyone just for the fun of it; he only grabs a feature from someone if he thinks it suits his vision for the song overall, not because of a name. That’s dope you have people that you can create music with naturally, rather than have it be like two people sitting together trying to force something. What’s up next for Kami? 

As far as what’s next…more music. I’m not planning any projects…just music and videos. I just want to consistently drop music and build a more solid fan base so when a project does arise it actually gets a response. All I can say is keep an eye out because what I have coming will have all eyes on me.

As we wrap up the interview I’d like to ask you a few last questions. How would you define success?

Success to me is when you’re happy with your life and doing whatever makes you happy. For some that’s working a 9-5, playing cards, raising kids, or whatever. My success is just being able to constantly create and become better at whatever I venture into. As long as I’m happy with what I do, I’m successful.

Where do you see your music taking you in the next few years?

Across the country is the goal. If I continue to do more performances and network I hope to find myself connecting the right dots to move on to bigger platforms.

Anything else you’d like to tell the world out there?

It’s my time.

Pell Kicks Into Overdrive | “Ukiyo” (Stream)

Just when we thought Pell was ready to head back to the studio and finish up his to-be-named album, the New Orleans genre-bender shows no signs of slowing down. Minutes ago, Pell debuted on Noisey magazine yet another new track, “Ukiyo,” in collaboration with Australia’s electronic duo Hermitude. The cut features Pell continuing to hone his sound characterized by seamless transitions between echoing, sultry vocals and his punchy, occasionally rapid-fire verses over an eerie electronic beat. Be sure to head over to Noisey to check out the full article and track.

Also, in case you missed it, here are two of his newest tracks, “Vacation (Whole Week)” and “Vanilla Sky.”

[Image from Complex]

Mac Miller is Back, Releases “100 Grandkids” From Upcoming Album

Mac Miller has taken over the Internet tonight. Alongside his appearance on Dash Radio, Miller has confirmed his third LP, GO:OD AM, set to be released on September 18th. The album cover appropriately features a yawning Miller, who’s likely a bit exhausted after tearing through nine other albums along the way to crafting his major-label debut:


Late last year, Miller left his longtime home of Rostrum Records and made an effort to partner with Warner Bros. Records, which took the multi-alias artist and his label REMember under their wing. The 23-years-young and already hip-hop veteran unveiled the first single off his upcoming 17-track project, “100 Grandkids.” Another song title, “Break the Law,” can be found on the otherwise mysterious track-list. Make sure to check out the trippy-yet-refreshing visuals for “100 Grandkids” below.

But wait, there’s more!

Mac also announced a series of album release shows that kicks-off in his hometown of Pittsburg, hits major cities like Hollywood and New York, and even lands a few shows in Europe:

  • 9/20 – Pittsburg, PA – Stage AE
  • 9/22 – Hollywood, CA – The Fonda
  • 9/23 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
  • 9/26 – Laval, Canada – Espace Montmorency
  • 9/27 – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom
  • 9/29 – London, UK – The Garage
  • 9/30 – Brussels, Belgium – VK Club
  • 10/1 – Paris, France – La Trabendo
  • 10/2 – Utrecht, Netherland – TivoliVredenburg Pandora
  • 10/4 – Berlin Germany – Bi Nuu
  • 10/31 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Ampitheatre
  • 11/1 – Bridgeview, IL – Toyota Park

If you don’t see your city here, don’t give up just yet; Miller clarified that these (relatively smaller) shows are not the official album tour, which will be announced later this month on August 17th. Tickets for the dates above go on-sale later today (time unknown), so be sure to keep your eyes peeled on his Twitter and on for updates.

Update: Tickets are now live for the album release parties.

You can pre-order GO:OD AM on iTunes and secure your physical copy here. For the diehard fans and hip-hop collectors (like myself), make sure to snag the “Breakfast Special Edition” of the project, which includes a handful of GO:OD AM-themed goodies, inclduing a serving of Miller-curated cereal, a matching cereal bowl, a physical and digital copy of the CD, an instant download of “100 Grandkids,” and a last surprise, all in a promising case that is yet to be revealed.

Welcome back, Mac, it’s nice to hear from you again.

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More Than Your Average | Chelsea Reject Unveils “Based”

“What they gon’ say to me if they are not who created me?” – Chelsea Reject

Brooklyn MC Chelsea Reject released a new single today, “Based,” featuring production from Texas producer Romby and her as-always raw vocals as she continues to hone her voice and perfect her craft. This is the first solo effort we’ve heard from Chelsea since she dropped her second project earlier this year, CMPLX. Her sophomore tape contains collaborations with fellow Brooklyn natives T’Nah Apex, ATOWNomas, a handful of Pro Era frontmen, as well as sultry Chicagoan Jean Deaux. All about embracing imperfections through her transparency and refreshing references (see “Planet Namek”), the self-proclaimed Reject is not to be slept on.

As she wraps up her New York show tonight at the Botanic Lab, Chelsea is set to resume her tour in Japan next week. Check out the dates and peep the single below.

  • 8/14 – Kobe, Japan – Yellow Gold
  • 8/15 – Nagoya, Japan – Lover:z

Chelsea Reject: Twitter // SoundCloud // Website

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Lil B & Chance the Rapper Drop Freestyle Mixtape (Stream + Free DL)

A match-made in heaven, the unorthodox tag-team unveiled their Free (The Based Freestyles) mixtape earlier today. The two have been taking the Internet by storm lately, with Lil B iconic as always and Chance announcing both his status as an expectant father and his upcoming Family Matters tour alongside fellow SaveMoney member Towkio, Cha Cha enthusiast D.R.A.M., and acclaimed Atlanta-based producer Metro Boomin. A few weeks ago, the two were found pictured together:

Made an album with Lil B

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After confirmation of the rumors and some patience, we finally have the opportunity to hear what the Based God and Chance have whipped up. As the title suggests, the six-track compilation is built upon freestyles with words of wisdom sprinkled in-between their verses. The project samples a little bit of everything, from laid-back piano melodies to speaker-shatterers, and showcases the adept artists weaving in-and-out of their comfort zones.

Stream and download the project for free below.

Chance the Rapper: Twitter

Lil B: Twitter

A$AP Rocky & Tyler the Creator Announce Tour | Special Guests Danny Brown & Vince Staples

You read that right. Just minutes ago the powerhouse line-up of announced they will set off a fall tour late next month. The tour kicks off in Lowell, MA, and travels to places like New York, Chicago, and Dallas. Luckily, we can presume this is only the beginning as more dates promised to be in the works. With Rocky, Tyler, and Vince fresh off their respective album releases this year and Danny his track with Clams Casino for Adult Swim (which you check out here), this dream team will definitely host a tour to remember.

9/19 – Lowell, MA – Tsongas Arena
9/22 – New York, NY – Theater at Madison Square Garden
9/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Penn’s Landing – Festival Pier
9/26 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/27 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
9/30 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
10/2 – Houston, TX – NRG Center
10/8 – New Orleans, LA – Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
10/9 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom

Tickets on sale this Friday and remember to stay posted on the latest from the tour here.

Oh yeah, and in the words of Vince:

“Go Crazy.”