KAMI Taps Vic Mensa For “Right Now”

Chicago collective Savemoney dominated 2016 with albums from the likes of Chance the RapperJoey PurpBrian Fresco. Continuing their hot streak, KAMI recruits Vic Mensa for an introspective cut titled “Right Now.” KAMI’s latest track arrives on the heels of “Home Movies” and “Foundation,” standing as his third solo release of the year. With gritty production from Smoko Ono and Knox Fortune tying the tune together, KAMI showcases another leap forward in his sound with his Savemoney crew by his side.

Vibe out with “Right Now” below.

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KAMI Returns With “Home Movies”

Back in early 2015, KAMI teamed up with Joey Purp as the Savemoney duo Leather Corduroys on Season. Since then, KAMI has been fairly quiet in terms of solo releases, but after teasing anxious fans with the artwork last week, has returned with latest track. “Home Movies” is a nostalgic trip featuring KAMI belting over synth-led production from Knox Fortune, who also laid the foundation on “Girls @.” KAMI provides the soundtrack to a waitress (Kelly Bode) and her crush (Uduimoh Ellis Umolu) dancing the night away in an empty diner, backed by cameos from Vic Mensa, Purp, and Knox. Seeping with talent from around Chicago, the song is refreshing and reminiscent of what you might find in a classic jukebox.

Check out the Andre Muir-directed visuals below and stay tuned for more from the Savemoney collective.

Towkio & Joey Purp Take It To The Court With “Playin’ Fair” Visuals

With World Wide .Wav on the way, Towkio of Savemoney has returned with the visuals for “Playin’ Fair.” Towkio kicks things off by spilling his verses on the court, before handing off the mic to Joey Purp who rips a few lines of his own. Topped off with cameos from Vic MensaDJ Oreo, and more, Savemoney summer remains in full-effect.

Check out the visuals below and revisit Towkio’s Community Service 2! EP.

Stream Brian Fresco’s New Album, ‘Casanova’

Earlier last week, Brian Fresco unveiled “Higher,” his upbeat, dance floor-ready collab with Chance the Rapper and Blue Hawaii. Today, we can finally indulge in the product of countless nights in the studio, Fresco’s Casanova album. The Savemoney soldier recruits the talent of BJ the Chicago KidCJ Fly of Pro EraSterling Hayes on vocals, with Trevor $Two Fresh, and Boi-1da laying the foundation on production. Balancing high-octane tracks like “Bussin” with slower jams “Left Liquor” and “Call,” Fresco showcases his range on the mic throughout his well-rounded album.

Vibe out to Casanova below.

Brian Fresco: Twitter // SoundCloud

Brian Fresco Recruits Chance The Rapper & Blue Hawaii For “Higher”

Savemoney summer is in full effect—following recent drops from Joey Purp and Vic Mensa, Brian Fresco of the Chicago collective is prepping his next mixtape, Casanova. While we wait for the project to drop, Fresco has debuted his latest single, “Higher,” a bouncy track featuring production from Trevor $. Also along for the ride is Chance the Rapper, who delivers a sweet verse of his own, as well as Blue Hawaii, who ties the track together with their chilling vocals on the hook.

Get hyped for Casanova below, out July 5. If you’re in Chicago, catch Fresco with the Savemoney crew performing at the Portage Theater on July 7.

Brian Fresco: Twitter // SoundCloud

Chance the Rapper: Twitter // SoundCloud

Blue Hawaii: Twitter // SoundCloud

Trevor $: Twitter // SoundCloud

Joey Purp Is Next Up With ‘iiiDrops’

After leading with hit singles “Cornerstore” and “Girls @,” Chicago emcee Joey Purp has unveiled his latest tape, iiiDrops. Laced with his gritty flow and introspective verses, the 11-track collection taps talent from around Chicago, including Mick JenkinsChance the RappertheMIND. Coupled with a mixture of boom bap and electronic production from the likes of Knox FortuneThelonious Martin, and The Gift, Purp carries the torch high for his city with his newest project.

Stream iiiDrops below.

Joey Purp: Twitter // SoundCloud

Joey Purp & Chance The Rapper Link For “Girls @”

Chicago collective SaveMoney continues their winning streak with their latest track, “Girls @.”As  Joey Purp and Chance the Rapper take turns on the mic over groovy production from fellow Chicagoan Knox Fortune, this one is sure to have you dancing.

“Girls @” is the second single we’ve heard from Joey’s upcoming iiiDrops album, alongside “Cornerstore” featuring Saba and theMIND. If these two tracks are any indication of what we can expect, Joey and his crew will only continue to climb the ladder.

Vibe out with Joey and Chance below, and peep the tracklist for iiiDrops.

iiiDrops Tracklist:

  1. “Morning Sex” (Prod. OddCouple)
  2. “Girls @ feat. Chance the Rapper” (Prod. Knox Fortune)
  3. “Money & Bitches feat. Mick Jenkins” (Prod. Ducko McFly)
  4. “When I’m Gone” (Prod. The Gift)
  5. “Photobooth” (Prod. Garren)
  6. “Cornerstore feat. Saba & theMIND” (Prod. Thelonious Martin)
  7. “Say You Do” (Prod. Knox Fortune)
  8. “Godbody” (Prod. Thelonious Martin)
  9. “Kids” (Prod. Knox Fortune)
  10. “Winners Circle feat. Vic Mensa” (Prod. Thelonious Martin and Smoko Ono)
  11. “Escape” (Prod. The Gift)

 

Towkio ft. Chance the Rapper // “Clean Up” (Visuals)

Towkio has delivered a set of fun-filled visuals for “Clean Up,” the second track off his latest project, .Wav Theory. The Savemoney general teams up with with fellow Chicagoans Chance the Rapper, who is also featured on the song’s catchy hook, as well as footwork connoisseurs The Era. Between synchronized dabbing and sliding, to juking and jiving, the positive atmosphere is undoubtedly contagious.

Unleash your inner dance moves below, and stay tuned for the latest on his upcoming release, World Wide .Wav. If you haven’t already, grab your free download .Wav Theory via his website.

Towkio: Twitter // SoundCloud

Chance the Rapper: Twitter // SoundCloud

The Era: Facebook

Vic Mensa Reminds Us He’s No Rookie | “I Been” (Stream)

Savemoney collective frontman and Chicago’s own Vic Mensa gave the world another track for your AUX cord parties, “I Been,” on Twitter earlier today. The track features an electro instrumental filled with grungy synths and pads, coupled with his direct, haphazard flow we’ve grown to know and love.

If you haven’t heard of Vic before, he literally took the Internet by storm with his 2013 mixtape, Innanetape, featuring a variety of fellow Chicago artists including Chance the Rapper and BJ the Chicago Kid, but also showed love to the West Coast with appearances from TDE’s underrated lyrical monster Ab-Soul and multi-talented Thundercat.

While in the early stages of his career, Mensa endured endless comparisons to his Gotenks counterpart Chance, but as of late the two have diverged in terms of their sound. The two haven’t released a track together since “Suitcase” and “Tweakin’,” but ties between them haven’t died down completely; earlier this year in May, Chance brought out both Vic Mensa and Kanye West at his Open Mike event. Catch some footage here.

As a recent Roc Nation signee, Mensa has entered the wing of modern visionaries including Kanye, Jay-Z and J. Cole just to name a few. If I had to guess a year ago where Mensa would sign to, Roc Nation would have been the top choice. Since inking his signature, he has collaborated with Kanye himself on the mosh pit-inducing rager “U Mad?” and electronic DJ Skrillex on “No Chill.” Following his latest mixtape from nearly two years ago (or two eons if you’re on the hip-hop calendar), Mensa has been undaunted by experimentation, always looking to push the envelope and jump in-and-out of his comfort zone.

Vic Mensa continues to grow and prosper, adding the finishing touches to his upcoming album, Traffic, while balancing his corresponding tour with fellow Savemoney member TowkioWhile signing to a label brings an inevitable tension and uncertainty of said artist’s future, we can’t be too hasty to judge the “new” direction Mensa is taking quite yet. To all the listeners out there doubting the new Vic, wait till the album drops.

Peep the visuals for his scorching-hot single “U Mad?” below and grab tickets for his Traffic tour and shows to follow here.