MONT JAKE – I HAD MUSIC [FT. NONAME]

The mysterious Mont Jake follows up debut single ‘Shadow‘ with the equally soulful ‘I Had Music’.  While ‘Shadow‘ was blessed with a feature from Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, Mont Jake turns to Chicago’s Noname [formerly Noname Gypsy] to accompany his smooth, crystal clear vocals.  Stream below via SoundCloud.

KIRK KNIGHT – DEAD FRIENDS [FT. NONAME GYPSY & THUNDERCAT]

Kirk Knight’s upcoming album ‘Late Knight Special’ gathers momentum with the release of ‘Dead Friends’, the third track to be released from the project [following ‘Knight Time‘ and ‘Good Knight‘.  In terms of the self-produced beat, it’s a pretty smooth offering, but Knight doesn’t hold back in terms of bars, with Noname Gypsy providing a nice…

MICK JENKINS – THE WATER[S]

Mick Jenkins’ hotly anticipated mixtape ‘The Water[s]’ is finally upon us, and the thoughtful Chicago-based MC does not disappoint.  The fifteen track collection sees Jenkins expand on themes explored in his previous ‘Trees & Truths’, such as the pursuit of truth and happiness, with real clarity as well as a gift for delivery. Stream the…

CHANCE THE RAPPER – ACID RAP

Chicago’s Chance The Rapper returns with his second mixtape ‘Acid Rap’, and far surpasses any expectations set by his debut (2012’s ‘10 Day’).  In terms of his skill as a rapper, Chance has it all: a distinct vocal style, complex flow, and the ability to convey humour as well as introspection and social commentary.  The production…