Noname
New Music Apr 3  |  

Watch Noname’s beautiful ‘Telefone’ performance for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series

Noname is one of the most unique talents in the game, and her charm was on prime display during her recent NPR Tiny Desk Concert performance. She joked during her performance, “I watched so many of these, I want to be as good as T-Pain.” The Chicagoan emcee delivered beautiful performances of Telefone standouts “Diddy . . .

Counterfeit
New Music Nov 22  |  

Noname, Chelsea Reject, Phoelix and Saba – “Counterfeit”

119 Productions loops in Noname, Chelsea Reject, Phoelix and Saba for “Counterfeit,” which will feature on their forthcoming compilation project. Expect a host of talented artists to feature on this project. Get more information on the project at countdown2midnight.com, and look for it to release before the year is over with. Stream “Counterfeit” below.

Church
New Music Oct 19  |  

Saba and Noname use “Church / Liquor Store” to deliver a poignant message

Churches and liquor stores are often found right next to each other, especially in cities, serving as a physical reminder of how many different things the world has to offer. Saba uses “Church / Liquor Store” to remind people how his native city of Chicago is home to a lot of peaceful, law abiding people . . .

Telefone
New Music Aug 1  |  

Noname – ‘Telefone’ (Album)

There’s something to be said about music that gives you a nostalgic feeling, even when you hear it for the first time. Noname hits that sweet spot with her debut mixtape, Telefone. The project features an array of other Chicago-based artists, including Saba, Eryn Allen Kane, and theMIND. Stream Telefone below.

freedom interlude
New Music Apr 4  |  

Noname (f.k.a. Noname Gypsy) Lets Loose “Freedom Interlude”

Noname‘s lyrics fall precisely in line with the driving percussion that serves as the foundation of “Freedom Interlude.” The Chicago emcee’s unorthodox flow entices us once more, as she crafts a verse that is as of the wall as her delivery. Stream “Freedom Interlude” below.

all i need
New Music Jan 18  |  

Noname Gypsy – “All I Need” ft. SPZRKT

Noname Gypsy and SPZRKT run in different circles within the music community, but they are a match made in heaven on “All I Need.” Noname Gypsy is most well known for her appearance on Chance The Rapper‘s Acid Rap, while SPZKRT is known for his collaborative efforts with experimental producers such as Sango. The soulful, . . .

Open Apology
New Music Nov 5  |  

Noname Gypsy – “Open Apology” ft. Saba

With a delivery that gracefully pirouettes between that of an emcee and a vocalist, Noname Gypsy continues to display an impressive brand of artistry via her latest drop, “Open Apology,” which features a guest drop from fellow Chicagoan Saba. “Open Apology” is eloquent and light in nature, with neo-soul-influenced acoustics that add to the song’s . . .

dear friends
New Music Sep 30  |  

Kirk Knight – “Dear Friends” ft. Noname Gypsy & Thundercat

“Left my comfort zone for two years now.” Kirk Knight does just that with his latest drop, “Dear Friends,” which features a guest verse from Noname Gypsy and instrumentation from Thundercat. The warm, mellow release features both expressive verses and smooth singing on the chorus from Kirk. Stream “Dear Friends” below. Kirk’s forthcoming debut album, . . .

tenderheaded

Cam O’bi teams up with Smino for “TenderHeaded”

Chicago bred, Los Angeles-based producer Cam O’bi has an extensive discography as a producer, but he embraces his role as both emcee and producer on his latest release, “TenderHeaded.” Featuring a guest verse from Smino, the smooth single pays homage to simpler days characterized by key childhood experiences. This is the first single from Cam’s . . .

Merry Christmas Lil Mama

Chance The Rapper and Jeremih – ‘Merry Christmas Lil Mama’ (Mixtape)

Last night, a pleasant surprise came our way in the form of a surprise mixtape from fellow Chicagoans Chance The Rapper and Jeremih, Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama. The project is full of vibrant, soulful sounds that serve as the perfect addition to your holiday soundtrack. Guest features include Noname, Hannibal Buress​, and Lud Foe. Stream . . .

Bucket List Project
New Music Oct 27  |  

Saba is versatile and focused throughout ‘Bucket List Project’

The Chicago hip-hop scene is one of the deepest and most talented that you’ll find. Saba stands in his own lane as one of the most talented and most versatile, and he brings his most recent efforts to a culmination with the debut of his Bucket List Project album. We hear Saba let his vocals . . .

The Healing Component

Stream Mick Jenkins’ ‘The Healing Component’ debut album

Between his lyrical talent and knack for creating catchy songs over ear-catching production, Mike Jenkins has built up a lot of interest for his debut album, The Healing Component. The Chicago spitter has come through as expected with the release of the fifteen track project. Guest appearances come from the likes of theMIND, Xavier Omar, . . .

Mick Jenkins album
New Music Aug 25  |  

Mick Jenkins drops “Drowning” video ft. BADBADNOTGOOD, releases album tracklist

“When the real hold you down, you supposed to drown right?” Mick Jenkins has done a great job of keeping the fans happy between projects, and now we get the first song off his upcoming album The Healing Component, “Drowning,” with production from BADBADNOTGOOD. As bonus, Mr. Jenkins also dropped off the tracklist for his upcoming debut . . .

Female Emcees

10 female artists poised to become top-tier emcees

With the growing diversity and sub-genres in hip hop today, you would think that we would have just as much diversity in the type of artists as the music. One alarming thing that I find lacking is the presence of more female emcees in the top tier. Besides Nicki Minaj, are there any other women that . . .

Late Knight Special
New Music Nov 6  |  

Stream Kirk Knight’s ‘Late Knight Special’ LP

Kirk Knight has been honing his skills on both sides of the game for years. We can feel his improvement behind the boards and in the booth on his newly released LP, Late Knight Special. The Brooklyn native and Pro Era representer presents a dark, fully formed, boom-bap-influenced sound throughout the twelve-track project. The project . . .