Soundcloud
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SoundCloud Go offers offline listening and is ad-free

SoundCloud just recently announced another way for users to stream SoundCloud content – SoundCloud Go. The platform is offers offline listening and is ad-free, two major draws for the streaming crowd. Signing up will get you access to 120 million songs. Not to mention – the subscription cost is only $4.99 a month. This seems like a pretty sweet deal, and could definitely be mutually beneficial amongst artists and listeners alike. While this may cater to more mainstream artists, SoundCloud Go will surely serve the indie and underground communities just…

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Law Tha Dragon
Reviews 

Law Tha Dragon drops “I’m Good” first single from his upcoming EP “Free Spirit”

The bubbling cauldron of Chicago underground hip hop spawns another one – this time coming from rapper Law Tha Dragon. The tack, “I’m Good”, captures an interesting tone – It’s a mix of light-heartedness and seriousness. It’s the first single off of his upcoming EP “Free Spirit, which will be releasing on March 15th. Not to take away from Law’s contributions to this, but the production by Mr W Beatz on “I’m Good” is just crazy. Law then takes this and layers a couple of fun and hard hitting verses…

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Sampha
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Sampha releases debut album “Process”

The U.K.’s Sampha finally came off of his debut album and it is called Process. The project’s release coincided with his tour stop in Chicago at the Metro Theater – definitely an exciting time for the man. The album itself, available on iTunes, features no other artists and is ten tracks long of uniquely British R&B flavor. It’s a dope offering that covers a lot of bases as far as debut albums go. Still, I’m not sure it’s the best introduction to Sampha for those looking for one. It’s a colorful…

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Breeze
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Video: Breeze – “Trillmatic Freestyle”

In an effort to cast light on deep underground Chicago rappers deserving of much more attention we bring you “Trillmatic Freestyle”. The artist is 25 year old rapper named Breeze. This one comes with a groovy visual as well. It uses the beat from ASAP Mob’s 2013 song “Trillmatic”, and the energy of this freestyle is very 90s. The vibe is lively and brash, much like many acts from the 90s. [iframe id=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/dqyF6XH6858″] From watching the video you can see that it starts with a more modern spin. However, it switches to a more…

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Kincy 20s
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Chicago’s own Kincy releases debut album 20s full of R&B vibes

Grammy nominated, Chicago-based producer and singer Marcus Kincy is making serious rounds right now. In the past, Kincy has been more of a behind-the-curtain influencer. He plays for, and has worked on production with artists like BJ The Chicago Kid, Mary J. Blige, Nick Jonas, Puffy, and Jay Z. His work on production is certainly successful, but he’s making a debut in another way. His album, titled 20s, just dropped and it is a dope body of work from a very musical artist. Kincy definitely wears his influences on his sleeve,…

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Sampha
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Sampha’s incredible soulful and original R&B filled the Metro

British singer/songwriter Sampha first graced the ears of many by featuring on Drake’s song “Too Much”. He’s been stirring the pot in the UK for some time now, but the U.S. is just starting to taste what’s been cooking. Sampha’s specialty is incredibly soulful and original R&B. There’s a good reason so many artists have reached out to Sampha to add that touch of innate sensitivity and melodic mastery to their own work. In light of his new album release, Sampha touched down at the Metro in Chicago yesterday for…

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Interviews Reviews 

Mallow releases new video “Spaceshp Koupe” inspired by Chicago Footwork Music

Live bands and footwork music are not necessarily what you’d call synonymous. There is usually more of the production component in footwork, musically, than anything else. A group of recent grads from Berklee College of Music in Boston are successfully challenging these perceived limitations. The group, called Mallow, now based out of NYC, appears intent on taking their vision for the genre to the moon and back. Footwork was originally a Chicago invention dating back to the 1980s. It’s become exponentially more popular in the past decade, with much more of a global reach. Seeing…

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Interviews 

Interview: Rob Jones Winn The Creator talks Music, Production and More

Rob Jones Winn The Creator could be the poster child for versatility. In the above video, the Chicago-based multi-genre singer, songwriter and producer sits down to chop it up with us regarding his come up, and his insights on the game. He had much to discuss as a music industry veteran, having put over 15 years of work in, but here is a brief recap of a few of the things he had to say. [CM]: How long have you been producing music? [RJC]: I was introduced to music at an early age. I…

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