Catching Up On Submissions: Brill’s Latest Visual’s ‘Too Serious’ and ‘Envy Me (Remix)’ Add a New Layer to Chicago R&B

I was first introduced to Chicago vocalist Brill just under a year ago. At that point in time he  had already worked with Taylor Bennett, Smino and a host of Chicago OG’s. His submission to the site came via Pineapples, a single off his upcoming debut album, and music video Liqour Talkin. I became convinced dude would hit the city hard and make a huge impact on its progression of soul … Continue reading Catching Up On Submissions: Brill’s Latest Visual’s ‘Too Serious’ and ‘Envy Me (Remix)’ Add a New Layer to Chicago R&B

Young Deuces Drops His Most Powerful Visual Yet via Sway’s Universe

Last year I was introduced to prolific Milwaukee emcee Young Deuces through his first solo effort, My Unapologetic Black Thoughts. To say it was an impressive debut is an understatement. The project not only reflected Deuces lyrical and storytelling skills, it proved how impactful he could be culturally, socially, and politically. Since My Unapologetic Black Thoughts impacted, Deuces has dropped 3 incredible visuals off the project. But it is his latest, … Continue reading Young Deuces Drops His Most Powerful Visual Yet via Sway’s Universe

Catching Up On Submissions: Hunnid, Streetz and M.A.G. Show Undeniable Chemistry on ‘Like That’

As a veteran music blogger I’ve experienced a plethora of dudes who say they really live that life and their music should be more recognized. They are often full of shit. My thoughts are similar to Hunnid, Streetz and M.A.G.’s 2018 collab Like That. These 3 are a hip hop match made in heaven with undeniable chemistry. On this track, the trio share their perspectives on … Continue reading Catching Up On Submissions: Hunnid, Streetz and M.A.G. Show Undeniable Chemistry on ‘Like That’

Catching Up On Submissions: J. Lamar’s ‘Finish Line’ is Pure Ear Candy

Just 4 days ago I wrote up J. Lamar’s incredible visual to Construction Ahead. The promising Chicagoan knows how to take concepts, apply them to his goals and ambitions, and still come out with gold. Here we are again with Finish Line, another dynamite single that dropped last year. I’m catching up on as many submissions as I can, but it will take some time no … Continue reading Catching Up On Submissions: J. Lamar’s ‘Finish Line’ is Pure Ear Candy

JB Brings Hope and Healing To Chicago With Music Video ‘Get Em Lifted’

Listeners unfamiliar with the progression of hip hop may label it as violent, vulgar, and street oriented. In 2019, this couldn’t be further from the truth. But there are still artists often found in Chicago who make music videos toting guns, ready to obliterate cops and rival gangs. I find it embarrassing at this point. Luckily JB and his crew dropped Get Em Lifted, a … Continue reading JB Brings Hope and Healing To Chicago With Music Video ‘Get Em Lifted’

Skipp Whitman Blurs Fantasy and Reality on Music Video ‘SUNDAY’

If you’ve ever skipped over Skipp Whitman (pun intended) this is your opportunity to repent your sins. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve posted his visuals and even a project or two. Cinematic does not capture the true nature of the work he puts into his music videos. They range from hilarious to dark to shocking to contemplative with absolutely NO filler time. … Continue reading Skipp Whitman Blurs Fantasy and Reality on Music Video ‘SUNDAY’

Marko Stat$ And Aced Spade Expand Their Reach On Eclectic Collab ‘Never Be a Robot’

Whether you like it or not, Marko Stat$ has become a staple in the Chicago hip hop scene. He’s always had the bars, flow, and delivery to back it up, but that can only take a rapper so far. Lately, Marko has gotten super experimental and creative with the help and guidance of his right hand man, Aced Spade. Both artist and producer have the … Continue reading Marko Stat$ And Aced Spade Expand Their Reach On Eclectic Collab ‘Never Be a Robot’

J. Lamar Drops Knowledge on Hard Hitting Visual ‘Construction Ahead’

There is so much talent in Chicago it has become impossible to track. Another reminder came today when I finally watched J. Lamar’s Construction Ahead music video. The promising emcee can switch from a concocted flow to a fury of intelligent and descriptive bars that contain zero filler. Although Construction Ahead is a brief intro to the man behind the mic, it packs a punch. … Continue reading J. Lamar Drops Knowledge on Hard Hitting Visual ‘Construction Ahead’

Musa Reems Goes Into Raekwon Mode On New Visual ‘Quietus’

Musa Reems officially has that Raekwon flow. Just take a peep at his latest visual, Quietus, off his first full length Gamma Quietus. Although the track is just over a minute long, it packs a punch and shows off Musa’s ability to switch flows, put dizzying lyrics into different pockets, and his pen to paper skills. The feds want him to fail, but he rises above in … Continue reading Musa Reems Goes Into Raekwon Mode On New Visual ‘Quietus’

Adam Ronel Demonstrates Courage, Depth, and Confidence In Comeback LP ‘Best They Never Heard’ (Album Review)

Adam Ronel and I are kindred spirits; individuals who became unhappy when their hard work and dedication resulted in stress, anxiety, self-doubt, and more than anything, little in return. Adam was once known as Adam Reverie, and his story is as captivating as his album Best They Never Heard. We both took time off while supporters and the like asked us why. Why take a … Continue reading Adam Ronel Demonstrates Courage, Depth, and Confidence In Comeback LP ‘Best They Never Heard’ (Album Review)

Skipp Whitman – Freest’aisle (New Track & Video)

Skipp Whitman has done it again! FFD has featured the California MC at least a dozen times, but Freest’aisle may be his most impressive yet. If you’ve been keeping up with his output, it’s common knowledge that he is a master at putting together music videos that NEVER grow stale. ‘Freest’aisle shows Skipp grocery shopping while still putting together the slickest of bars. His secret weapon … Continue reading Skipp Whitman – Freest’aisle (New Track & Video)

Mani Jurdan – REVOLUTIONARY SUICIDE (New Track)

It’s been a year since ‘Da Conscious Savage’ AKA Mani Jurdan has released a new tune, and god damn it was worth the wait. Mani has sharpened his sword on new track REVOLUTIONARY SUICIDE; a deep dive into the mind of the Huey Gang affiliate. Titled after a book by minister Huey P. Newton, Mani spews blood over Sinawtra‘s horror flick inspired instrumental, securing his 2019 … Continue reading Mani Jurdan – REVOLUTIONARY SUICIDE (New Track)

West Coast Artist Macntaj Returns From International Tour With The New Single “Live Enough”

Aren’t we all a little crazy? Artists are able to channel that into their music, while us common folk have to listen to tracks that mirror whatever we are going through. I needed to hear Macntaj today. The West Coast rapper has had an amazing run this year, hitting XXL.com, collaborating with Gunplay, and even performing in India. Sure, his rap sheet is long, but … Continue reading West Coast Artist Macntaj Returns From International Tour With The New Single “Live Enough”

Portland Artist Sour Deez Goes Extraterrestrial In Visual To ‘UFO’

Creativity. The word has lost all meaning for me in the last two years – at least within the hip hop stratosphere. But when I see glimpses of it I do all I can to spread the word. A perfect example comes from Sour Deez, a well-established Portland MC who has opened for the likes of Kevin Gates, B.O.B., and Snow The Product. On UFO, … Continue reading Portland Artist Sour Deez Goes Extraterrestrial In Visual To ‘UFO’

Cool Nutz Drops Visual To His Ode To Envy and Greed – ‘Troutdale’

Cool Nutz is the best rapper name I’ve heard in awhile. Props. Luckily, he’s also a dope MC who has bars for days. Just peep his Troutdale visual, an ode to jealousy and envy. Nutz is shown ironically browsing at a dope streetwear store while rhyming about individuals who cop expensive clothes and still feel empty inside. He dives into the importance of being grateful for … Continue reading Cool Nutz Drops Visual To His Ode To Envy and Greed – ‘Troutdale’

Artist To Watch Scooty Exudes Confidence With Her Debut Single ‘The Difference’

Females are already starting to take over the music industry. 2019 will be our year, and my prediction is more of a fact. More evidence has been delivered to my inbox in the grace of newbie Scooty. Her debut single, The Difference, has already become one of my favorite tracks of the year. In just 2 minutes she glides in and out of singing, rapping, and … Continue reading Artist To Watch Scooty Exudes Confidence With Her Debut Single ‘The Difference’

Houston MC Bobbie & Big Ooh Call Out Dummy ‘Rappers’ In HeadKnocking Visual ‘Nosebone’

Bobbie and Big Ooh call it like they see it. Back in October I slept on the visual to their give no fucks song Nosebone. They know the clones, the phonies, and the MC’s who rap about a life they don’t live. Words hurt, but back it up with a fury of tongue twisting lyrics, bars that impress from the start, and a flow that … Continue reading Houston MC Bobbie & Big Ooh Call Out Dummy ‘Rappers’ In HeadKnocking Visual ‘Nosebone’

BA Announces His Return To Music by Dropping Silky Smooth Lifestyle Record ‘Get Down’

I was introduced to rapper/singer/songwriter BA by my old friend Jakar who has recently established his own management/production company. I am super proud of him and the progress he’s made since first meeting in 2016. BA is his first signee, and I’m already a fan. His first offering is Get Down, a get home from work, lay on the couch, and grab the good whiskey … Continue reading BA Announces His Return To Music by Dropping Silky Smooth Lifestyle Record ‘Get Down’

Free The Optimus Makes Carolina Proud In ‘Asheville Downtown Live’ Performance

I started posting Free The Optimus’ music last February off the strength of Catacombs, a peaceful, yet visually striking music video directed by Andrew Anderson. Optimus starred in Catacombs, walking through forests, but ripping it on the mic. As the submission’s flew by, I noticed how much he had improved on his already undeniable talent as an MC. Almost 2 years later, and Free The Optimus has released a full … Continue reading Free The Optimus Makes Carolina Proud In ‘Asheville Downtown Live’ Performance

Young Deuces Breaks Free On Uplifting Music Video ‘Watch Us ‘

Young Deuces is intelligent, and stronger than most. He uses poetry and bar for bar skills to convey what it means to be black in a white man’s world. His Watch Us music video, directed by Von Harris, shows us that there are power in numbers – especially when all refuse to play the victim There is no anger, just joy being amongst a group of … Continue reading Young Deuces Breaks Free On Uplifting Music Video ‘Watch Us ‘