FRANK LEONE – LOSER

Frank Leone’s ‘Loser’ sees the Chicago vocalist/MC/producer ruminates on an adolescent love story that could have been over live instrumentation from a host of old friends.  “I went to school with everyone on the record,” Leone explains.  “Guitar was my roommate [Grant Wu], opera singer [Madeline Whitesell] lives a block away, and Aaron [Gamalinda, trumpet player from Zaramela] worked…

MICK JENKINS – SIP!

Chicago MC Mick Jenkins releases ‘Sip!’, a two track EP consisting of ‘Grenade Theory’ and ‘$3,000 Advice’.  Both tracks feature FreeNation vocalist theMIND and are produced by THEMpeople.  Sonically, both tracks live up to the standard set by recent album ‘Wave[s]‘ – but it has to be said we’re a little let down by the presentation given…

ALEX WILEY – VILLAGE PARTY 2: HEAVEN’S GATE

Featuring recent single ‘Navigator Truck‘ with Chance, The Rapper and Calez, Alex Wiley’s ‘Village Party 2: Heaven’s Gate’ is out now.  It’s every bit as entertaining as its pre-decessor, but is strewn with quieter moments like ‘Holy Ghost’ that provide a nice contrast to Wiley’s up-beat style.  Stream below via Spotify, click here to download on iTunes. spotify:album:4e4E3cruorwsk3QnRwML84

CHANCE THE RAPPER – ANGELS [FT. SABA]

First performed on ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ earlier this week, ‘Angels’ is the latest track from Chance, The Rapper.  The Chicago rapper flows alongside Saba over euphoric trumpets and steel drums on the new cut.  Stream below via SoundCloud here to download free via iTunes.

SABA – SPARECHANGE! EP

We’re familiar with Saba as an MC, contributing great bars to Mick Jenkins’ recent ‘Wave[s]‘, but not so much as a producer until now.  The Chicago native drops his ‘SpareChange!’ EP, a surprisingly solid instrumental project that demonstrates some serious versatility.  A strong Trap influence presides, but the way that the mellow ‘Catpiss’ gives way to…

MICK JENKINS – GET UP GET DOWN [VIDEO]

Having only released ‘Wave[s]‘ at the end of last week [August 21], Mick Jenkins wastes no time in dropping a video for Kaytranada-produced single ‘Get Up Get Down‘.  We’ve come to expect a lot of things from the Chicago MC, but cute hasn’t necessarily been one of them!  The adorable new visuals see three kids play…