After A Year’s Hiatus, Tom Moore Has Returned With Lyrical Workout ‘Sunday Fun Day’

Tom Moore is one of the biggest hip hop heads I know. He reps the most important qualities of being a true MC – lyrical dexterity, upright flows, compelling content, a unique voice, and a keen ear for beats. It’s been a full year since we’ve heard from Tom after putting out his Discontent EP executively produced by FFD favorite banksthegenius. The long wait is finally … Continue reading After A Year’s Hiatus, Tom Moore Has Returned With Lyrical Workout ‘Sunday Fun Day’

Chicago’s MPulse Drops Another Stellar EP In ‘Self-Awarness’

MPulse has been on fire this year, putting out a brand new EP every single month. This will last till the end of the year – similar to last year’s one song a week campaign. You can’t tell the Chicago MC he doesn’t put in work. Self-Awarness hit SoundCloud at the end of June – an EP full of music that captures the importance of … Continue reading Chicago’s MPulse Drops Another Stellar EP In ‘Self-Awarness’

Sebastian Kamae Drops Monumental New Project ‘Waves’

SoundScape Studios and Closed Sessions are staples in the Chicago hip hop scene. Soundscape has a solid reputation as one of the best studios in the city, while Closed Session houses talents such as femdot., Ajani Jones, Kweuku Collins, and more. Sebastian Kamae, a producer, audio engineer, and composer, was lucky enough to intern with both this year. Through his work, he discovered artists that perfectly fit … Continue reading Sebastian Kamae Drops Monumental New Project ‘Waves’

Wil Akogu Drops His Long Awaited EP ‘Zone 1’

Taking the time you need to finish a project is key to longevity in this industry. FFD favorite Wil Akogu put his heart and soul into Zone 1, a new EP that he refused to rush. He started the year right with an incredible two parter titled Riches/The One followed by some looses, a single, and a handful of experimental collaborations. Wil Akogu’s long-awaited Zone 1 EP was worth … Continue reading Wil Akogu Drops His Long Awaited EP ‘Zone 1’

SAVEMONEY’s Brill Drops Another Vintage R&B Gem In ‘Too Serious’

SAVEMONEY vocalist Brill never stops working. Visuals, a stunning debut, and a year end single and show has made him one to watch this year. The last we heard from the talented Chicagoan was when he dropped Don’t Tweak, produced by our man 25th Hour. The track was another solid addition to his ever growing discography. After countless shows and studio sessions, Brill is back with another 25th Hour collab … Continue reading SAVEMONEY’s Brill Drops Another Vintage R&B Gem In ‘Too Serious’

After Matt Maratea’s Brief Absence, He’s Back With His Best Song Yet, ‘GRAPEVINE’

It’s been a good solid month since we’ve heard from Matt Maratea. The first half of the year was good to him, with a slew of records that turned heads in the blogosphere and on SoundCloud. Matt can’t stay away from the studio too long, hence the release of his new track GRAPEVINE. From the jump he explains his brief absence, detailing a broken heart … Continue reading After Matt Maratea’s Brief Absence, He’s Back With His Best Song Yet, ‘GRAPEVINE’

Chicago MC Fairplay Drops Another Dope Visual In ‘Who Run It’

Fairplay’s newest visual, Who Run It, is the MC in attack mode, flowing over the popular G Herbo instrumental with lyrical twists and turns. This is raw, uncensored hip hop with an energetic video to match. Videographer Rickee Arts captured Fairplay’s rapid fire bars with quick cuts that are as eye catching as they are  impactful. We see Fairplay in the city streets, speaking truth … Continue reading Chicago MC Fairplay Drops Another Dope Visual In ‘Who Run It’

Tobilla Drops An Impressive Demo In Preparation For Upcoming Album ‘Currently Loading, BRB’

We’ve been rocking with Tobilla’s music for awhile now, and whenever he hits my inbox with new music he doesn’t disappoint. The Columbus, Ohio native has been dropping gems for years, and his sound has only progressed. Tobilla incorporates a host of genres and instrumentals into his music, half singing and rapping for easy listening. He’s gearing up for his upcoming project Currently Loading, BRB (pre-order here) … Continue reading Tobilla Drops An Impressive Demo In Preparation For Upcoming Album ‘Currently Loading, BRB’

Producer, Rapper, and Poet Bless 1 Is Back With Inspirational Single ‘No Looking Back’

“The life that I’ve been living, ain’t pushing me towards the ceiling.” And just like that, I’m introduced to Bless 1. Originally a rapper from Chicago, Bless soon turned to producing and licensing music for TV and ads. He released an instrumental album titled Urban Growth  back in January, showcasing his chops on the production tip. Bless is equally talented on the mic, and he’s back … Continue reading Producer, Rapper, and Poet Bless 1 Is Back With Inspirational Single ‘No Looking Back’

Daylight Tone Drops Another Flawless Project In “What Would Daylight Do”

Back in January, Chicago’s Daylight Tone dropped one of the best projects of the year – and it just happened to be his debut. I predicted he would be huge by the end of the year which I still stand by. If anything, my confidence in him has only grown deeper thanks to his new EP What Would Daylight Do. Not only has he crafted … Continue reading Daylight Tone Drops Another Flawless Project In “What Would Daylight Do”

CJ Warren Makes His Comeback With Self Produced Track ‘Return Of The Dragon’

CJ Warren is a serious hip hop head. He produces unique records and has obvious skills on the mic. This year he’s only dropped instrumentals. To his credit, there are over 20, and all super interesting. It’s been awhile since he’s put out a track showcasing his lyrics, but now seems to be the perfect time. It’s The Return Of The Dragon, the comeback record that … Continue reading CJ Warren Makes His Comeback With Self Produced Track ‘Return Of The Dragon’

D2X Solidifies His Place In Chicago’s Hip Hop Scene With New DJ L Produced Track ‘Calling’

You can always depend on D2X for some heat. In just 4 months time, the Chicago native has dropped five solid tracks in various formats. A collab, remix, and 3 dope records have solidified his place in the city’s underground. More attention should be given for his consistency and work ethic, but life is not always fair. D has still racked up a good amount … Continue reading D2X Solidifies His Place In Chicago’s Hip Hop Scene With New DJ L Produced Track ‘Calling’

James Gardin’s Funk Inspired Hit ‘Complaining’ Finally Gets the Visual Treatment

James Gardin’s newest song Complaining has become a national hit. The track was featured on Hot97, NPR, ESPN’s “First Take,” and Spotify with critical acclaim. The attention is not a fluke – Complaining is a feel good, funk inspired single featuring groovy production from Young Heat. The Complaining music video has finally dropped, and is a perfect representation of the happy-go-lucky vibe James portrays. James sings, raps, and performs … Continue reading James Gardin’s Funk Inspired Hit ‘Complaining’ Finally Gets the Visual Treatment

DAVION Makes A Solid Effort On Debut EP ‘4 The Hell Of It’

Hitting our pages for the first time is DAVION. His debut project 4 The Hell Of It is a little rough around the edges, but has good in it. I’m impressed that the entire project was recorded within one week, and the first 2 tracks are bangers. He still has work to do on pronunciation and staying on beat, but the energy is there, and his … Continue reading DAVION Makes A Solid Effort On Debut EP ‘4 The Hell Of It’

Detroit MC A-Minus & Producer Chanes Drop Lead Single Off Upcoming Collab LP

OG lyricist A-Minus & producer Chanes are gearing up for their debut album Theraputic, and signs point to a legendary LP. Via a well crafted press release, I know everything about the project EXCEPT the music – as it should be. Both MC’s have spent significant time in Detroit’s rap scene, and have worked with heavy weights around the globe. They are Detroit to the core, and I … Continue reading Detroit MC A-Minus & Producer Chanes Drop Lead Single Off Upcoming Collab LP

Austin Poe Embodies Chicago In His Newest Visual ‘Cold Out’

That ill lyricism from Chicago seems to be fading away as of late. It’s been a minute since I’ve heard an artist lay down reality raps that spark emotion and cut through you like a knife. Enter Austin Poe. On his latest visual, Cold Out, he lays out raw emotions on loosing homies, struggles within the city streets, and his ambitions as an artist & man. Over … Continue reading Austin Poe Embodies Chicago In His Newest Visual ‘Cold Out’

Chicago Crooner Azizz Drops His Remarkable Sophomore Album ‘MOOD’

Earlier this year, Chicago crooner Azizz announced his sophomore album MOOD was dropping sooner than later. He then released the first single titled Alesha’s Interlude. It immediately drew attention with solid reviews, a plethora of plays, and the development of a devoted fanbase. It was soon followed by another cut that fully established his place in the growing Chicago music scene. Soon enough, supporters all … Continue reading Chicago Crooner Azizz Drops His Remarkable Sophomore Album ‘MOOD’

FreshfromDE Links With Michael Christmas For New Conceptual Track “Indigo Children”

I got in tune with Delaware up and comer FreshfromDE last year through a submission – resulting in a dissection interview. He had just dropped his seminal EP The Ritual that  mixed hip-hop, trap, boom bap, and even pop for an even keeled project that was featured on an abundance of blogs. 2018 has been good to the ever growing MC, and to keep his momentum going he’s dropped … Continue reading FreshfromDE Links With Michael Christmas For New Conceptual Track “Indigo Children”

D2X & Kid Marquis Compete Bar For Bar on New Collab ‘Quis & Demo’

D2X and Kid Marquis are some of Chicago’s brightest stars. While many are still unaware of D’s greatness, hopefully his newest track will seal the deal. D2X & Kid have worked together before, but their new collab Quis & Demo is easily their best work. On the bass heavy, high energy banger (produced by Kid himself) both MC’s try to outdo one another in just under 2 minutes. … Continue reading D2X & Kid Marquis Compete Bar For Bar on New Collab ‘Quis & Demo’

LiMM Finds His Inner Trap On New Track “How it B”

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from LiMM, but he’s back and better than ever. He’s come a long way from our first post of his mixtape years ago – finding an ever flowing voice over choice instrumentals that evoke R&B & grimy trap. His newest How it B is pretty vulgar, but I’m posting because LiMM has worked hard and deserves all of … Continue reading LiMM Finds His Inner Trap On New Track “How it B”