Vic Spencer – The Cost of Victory

The Cost Of Victory by Vic Spencer is finally here. He’s been leaking dope singles and videos consistently leading up to this, and the victory must feel sweet with this great review by Pitchfork. Stream first and then support Vic with a purchase. It’s 15 tracks deep and features Sulaiman, Sean Price, ILLA Ghee, The Primeridian, Black Spade + Yaw. The production is by DC, Doc Da Mindbenda, Fortified Sounds, Illeet, O. Bonjour, Ray White, Sen Beatz, Spanish Diego and Tony Baines. Andrew Barber of FSD said “His patented slick shit-talking is all over the project, not to mention his off-kilter rap style and lyrical wizardry.” Vic’s been working hard, listen and share in his victory.

Hurt Everybody – 2K47 (Prod. by @MulattoBeats x @SupaBwe)

“Fuck you, I’m amazing
This shit automatic
Pass it, I don’t need it
2K47 roll up all my habits…
All my hoes imported
They don’t need directions” – Carl

“Move against me and you stupid
Supa going stupid
Supa Issac Newton

2K47 is the name of Hurt Everybody’s upcoming debut full length project. It feels strange to say debut as they’ve released almost 100 songs already. “2K47” is the leading single and they start hard, Supa’s verse sounds punk rock to me, he reclaims his “Trident” verse and it is just as effective. Carl is one of my favorite lyricists in Chi now, a new verse from him is always well received! Mulatto and Supa share production credit and the sinister beat creates the perfect environment for the aggressive raps.

Purity Ring – Push Pull

Following their fantastic debut, the world has been waiting on Purity Ring to drop something great lately.  Make no mistake, they’re back – their second studio album Another Eternity is due out some time this year.  “Push Pull” is the first single off of their sophomore effort.  This track makes me excited about 2015’s music prospects – and it should make you feel that way, too. Cheers.

Tree – Trap Genius Documentary (Dir. by Aaron Perkins Jr.)

“This documentary is my attempt at clarifying what a trap genius is. Not one who is in the action of trapping or a victim of the trapping but one who is proficient in the wisdom and understanding of the trap. One who can adapt to and penetrate any trap!! This is not my trap! I do not know these individuals! So my understanding of the environment in general allows me to maneuver in any trap or trap-like environment.”

Tree illuminates what he has in store with his next project Trap Genius in this gritty documentary that shows the harsh reality of the life being lived in one of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods. In the visual by APJ Films Trap Genius which premiered on Mass Appeal, is described as “The street album from Tree.” With the experience and wisdom of the Soul Trap creator, we are guaranteed a unique and true view of that life from the perspective of someone who can get to the heart of it. Stay up on all of Tree’s upcoming releases at

Clairmont the Second- Flame Princess

“Our aura’s click
If they didn’t I’d be talking to an aura chick- I mean, another chick.
And you not a chick, you a lady
And I’m not a boy so you should date me
I swear I’m an 80’s baby”

Clairmont The Second may just sway you’re chick to lay next to him with the stars in her face with this romantic ode to Adventure Time fans and “flame princess” types everywhere. Make sure to check out the rest of his new project, Porject II, here:

Allan Kingdom – Glass Up (CHI x TC) (Prod. Odd Couple)

Closed Sessions, Chicago’s premier indie hip-hop label, dropped their latest Closed Sessions documentary today featuring Allan Kingdom of Minnesota’s most booming hip-hop group, thestand4rd. “Glass Up”, produced by Closed Sessions’ own Odd Couple, is a boastful track comparing the Twin Cities to Chicago. Kingdom does an impressive job showing the similarities of the two Midwest cities and Odd Couple’s production adds a nice, breezy feel to combat these freezing winter days. Make sure to check out the documentary itself too via Closed Sessions.

Death By Icon – Wake Up

Death By Icon, a Chicago collective that came together at Classick Studios where this track was created, premiered “Wake Up” via Pigeons and Planes. They are comprised of Vic, Dook and Ant and began working together in 2012. This is the first single from their upcoming album Hassah. I like their big and kaleidoscopic sound, am about to download “Wake Up” and suggest you do the same.

Kaytranada – Drive Me Crazy (Feat. Vic Mensa)

Historically, there are few rappers I like more than Chicago’s Vic Mensa, and there are few producers I like more than Montreal’s Kaytranada.  Though the two have tempted us before in 2014 with “Wimme Nah,” they’re back together again for a new single called “Drive Me Crazy.” If I could be back in London for their show in March, I would be, but until then, I guess this song will have to do.  Stream above. Cheers.

Travi$ Scott – Nothing But Net (Feat. Partynextdoor, Young Thug)

It’s not every day you get to wake up to a new track featuring three of your current favorite artist…so should I expect to meet the love of my life today, too? Probably not, but damn am I satisfied with this new La Flame. In pair with this joint, Travi$ dropped another song, “High Fashion”, simultaneously with “Nothing But Net” featuring Future. And as if he wasn’t satisfied premiering two new songs, Scott also announced a Spring tour with Young Thug and Metro Boomin’ (which hits Chicago March 8th at Concord Music Hall.) If you’ve never seen La Flame live, shame on you, but here’s your chance. I strongly suggest you don’t miss this opportunity.