Geno Pacino Fights For His Rights On ‘Justice’

MC’s like Geno Pacino are the reason why I have such a soft spot for nasty, grimy, street-oriented hip-hop. It’s menacing, in your face and unforgiving. And his new single, Justice, is no exception. The instrumental is one of the nastiest I’ve heard this year. The bass is an intimidating grumble, followed by hard-hitting trap percussion with bleakContinue reading “Geno Pacino Fights For His Rights On ‘Justice’”

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B1GJuice Sounds Smooth As Ever On “99 Freestyle”

As a music nerd, my absolute favorite thing about the summer is all of the joyous, carefree music that comes along with it. A shining example of that is B1GJuice’s brand new single, “99 Freestyle.” There’s a wavy feel in the synths that embody the slow pull of waves to shore on a chill summerContinue reading “B1GJuice Sounds Smooth As Ever On “99 Freestyle””

Carlito Drops The Second Installment Of His #Lito12for12 Campaign

A month ago aspiring Chicago hip hop artist Carlito dropped Rolling, the first in his monthly series #Lito12for12. The second installation has arisen in Zoo, an accurate representation of Carlito’s multi-faceted artistry. The instrumental is minimal, leaving Lito to expound on the concept that is the name of the track. Lions, tigers, and bears are foundContinue reading “Carlito Drops The Second Installment Of His #Lito12for12 Campaign”

Take A Walk In ANXT’s Shoes On Gut Wrenching New Single ‘preSSure’

It’s been a minute since I’ve heard from FFD favorite ANXT. The Chicago emcee/producer has deleted all of his music on SoundCloud (except the one above) and has switched over to Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. On his SoundCloud profile he has no link to his Twitter page, and perhaps this is a deliberate move.Continue reading “Take A Walk In ANXT’s Shoes On Gut Wrenching New Single ‘preSSure’”

Eso.Xo.Supreme & DJ Capryy Drop Reggae Inspired Gem ‘Bad Ting’

Eso.Xo.Supreme has been doing numbers across the board in the Portland music scene and streaming sites worldwide. He is as versitalie as an artist can get, able to stretch his voice into slow jam croons, eccentric distortions, and now reggae inspired musings. He pays homage to the roots of the genre without being corny orContinue reading “Eso.Xo.Supreme & DJ Capryy Drop Reggae Inspired Gem ‘Bad Ting’”

Snowy Joey Reflects On His Past, Present & Future In New Music Video, ‘1 9’

Before his breakthrough album Snow 4, Snowy Joey put out a more reflective project called See You Soon. The 6 track EP was smooth, meditative, and reflective of where he’s been, and where he’s about to go. The slickest song on the project is 1 9, and produced by S. Rock. Joey resembles Chicago legend CommonContinue reading “Snowy Joey Reflects On His Past, Present & Future In New Music Video, ‘1 9’”

Musa Reems Comes Alive In Visual To New Single ‘Flodge’

I wrote about Musa Reems’ latest track Flodge’ about a month ago. Here’s an excerpt: ‘Flodge contains a lot of flexing, a fluid flow, and the youngin’ letting loose. He’s carefree, confident, and having a lot of fun.’ It was awesome to hear Musa less calculated, and full of joy. I had high expectations for the visual. I’m not gonnaContinue reading “Musa Reems Comes Alive In Visual To New Single ‘Flodge’”

ILL Gordon Drops Soulful Party Jam ‘Having A Good Time’

I’ve covered Ill Gordon, one of Chicago’s best kept secrets, for years now. He’s vicious on the mic, and a technically skilled emcee. Gordon’s biggest sell is his energetic tracks (and freestyles) that are best represented by last year’s Imma Beast. When I peeped his latest submission, Having a Good Time, I was surprised – butContinue reading “ILL Gordon Drops Soulful Party Jam ‘Having A Good Time’”

Vince Verza & Sherpa Quietly Drop One Of The Best Chicago Collabs Of The Year

Sherpa was first brought to my attention this March as a submission to his incredible beat tape. Sherpa’s instrumentals were dynamic, and a breath of fresh air in innovation. I recently opened up another submission, and saw Sherpa’s name in the mix. I immediately pressed play, the anticipation building as if I was about toContinue reading “Vince Verza & Sherpa Quietly Drop One Of The Best Chicago Collabs Of The Year”

The Rise Of Lam. – The California MC Who Beat All The Odds (Exclusive Interview)

I’ve always believed Lam. had the skill and confidence to make it in hip hop. He started off strong some time ago, dropping solid loosies and tapes. A lull took place when he moved to California, but after buying new studio equipment, Lam gave it another go. Ever since, he’s been killing freestyles, dropping singles, and pushing outContinue reading “The Rise Of Lam. – The California MC Who Beat All The Odds (Exclusive Interview)”