L.A. VanGogh Releases Multi-Faceted Full Length, ‘Drawback’

Over THREE years ago I put together an artist spotlight on L.A. VanGogh, an artist that continues to progress and innovate. His latest album, Drawback, is another example of what VanGogh can accomplish when put to the test. If you enjoy listening to hip hop, R&B, jazz, gorgeous instrumentation, and intelligent, free-flowing lyrics – you’re … More L.A. VanGogh Releases Multi-Faceted Full Length, ‘Drawback’

FFD Premiere: Chicago’s Young Maxwell Makes An Unforgettable Introduction on Debut EP ‘Ugly Egos’

“Trapped inside my mental prison” And so goes Young Maxwell’s monumental debut, Ugly Heroes. Maxwell is a young artist out of Chicago who has already presented us with one of the best projects this side of 2019. The city has become known for its emo, hazy, atmospheric hip hop which dates back to, arguably, Lucki’s Alternative … More FFD Premiere: Chicago’s Young Maxwell Makes An Unforgettable Introduction on Debut EP ‘Ugly Egos’

Rebel Legato Shares His 3 Years In The Making LP “Rebel Season”

We’re big fans of Rebel Legato over here at FFD. We weren’t expecting him to join new power group Tiny Chain Gang (Vantablac SOL, Will is Chillin’ producer Josh Grant and himself) but had no complaints. The E-Town native was also featured on our first compilation tape Riptide Vol. 1 – and easily grabbed the most streams out … More Rebel Legato Shares His 3 Years In The Making LP “Rebel Season”

Joel Q Drops His Best Project Yet In “Daniel: The Angel In Training”

Joel Q has put out a slew of dope visuals this year, all preparing for his highest-profile project yet, Daniel: The Angel In Training. Last year’s Tunnel Vision project was highly-regarded, but Daniel is a new stage in Joel’s career. He’s been performing across venues in Chicago, and the hard work and practice have paid off. Daniel … More Joel Q Drops His Best Project Yet In “Daniel: The Angel In Training”

Chicago’s Fairplay Takes A Refreshing Approach On His Second Compilation Tape “Family and Money 2 (City of Hate)”

Fairplay is a lyrical assassin, using his gritty street tales from the crime-ridden streets of Chicago to capitate listeners. He has a penchant for 90’s hip hop, utilizing the old school mentality with a new school flavor. In the last few months, Fairplay has perfected his skills behind the camera, dropping 2 well-received visuals in … More Chicago’s Fairplay Takes A Refreshing Approach On His Second Compilation Tape “Family and Money 2 (City of Hate)”

Chicago’s Fairplay Drops His Highly Anticipated Full Length “Friends, Enemies, Demons and Saints”

Fairplay has always repped for Chicago. Throughout his numerous visuals and singles, he’s continued to tell vivd street tales about his city. He isn’t afraid to speak honestly on poverty, shootings, and corruptness within the police force. Last year he dropped a compilation mixtape featuring his loose collective. While he was featured on a few records, I … More Chicago’s Fairplay Drops His Highly Anticipated Full Length “Friends, Enemies, Demons and Saints”

Austin Fair Drops The Project Of My Dreams In Debut LP ‘Everlasting’

My connection to Austin Fair’s music is DEEP. Let me explain. Our very first premiere AND interview came in one neat package thanks to TTrouble In Paradise. He rocked with us from the beginning, and saw the site’s potential. There’s a reason we’ve been showing love back. One, I despised that he didn’t have a large … More Austin Fair Drops The Project Of My Dreams In Debut LP ‘Everlasting’

Chicago’s Rick Stevenson Drops His Highly Anticipated Debut in #16 (Hosted by DJ V Dub)

Multi-talented artist Rick Stevenson has been in the Chicago art’s scene since a very early age. Starting his endeavors at age 14, he’s rapped, danced, produced music, and engineering. Rick has performed at venues all across the city, from the The Art Institute of Chicago, to charity events, to open mics. Magazine interviews have come in abundance, with press … More Chicago’s Rick Stevenson Drops His Highly Anticipated Debut in #16 (Hosted by DJ V Dub)

[neonpajamas] Records Presents: Sleep Vol. 1 (New Compilation Tape)

Chicago mainstay Ben Niespodziany (aka Neon Pajamas) is a wizard at putting together instrumental playlists. He’s done it more times than I can count in his long and fruitful career as a blogger. His newest, Sleep Vol. 1, isn’t just another SoundCloud release. It coincides with the announcement of his new label [neonpajamas] Records. The producers featured … More [neonpajamas] Records Presents: Sleep Vol. 1 (New Compilation Tape)

Casscade – #LivingInTheMoment (New Project + Review)

A flawless project is hard to come by, especially if it’s off SoundCloud by an artist that has barely cracked 250 followers. Casscade first drew our attention from his submission Favourite Girl which dropped this past February. We gave it a great review , and knew great things were on the horizon for the North West London emcee. Others … More Casscade – #LivingInTheMoment (New Project + Review)