Audio: Kero Uno f/ Kelsey Bulkin - "Princess Diamond"
RJ: Following a breakup from a serious relationship in 2012, Kero Uno (formerly Kero One) decided to pack up his recording studio in San Francisco to start a new chapter of his life in Los Angeles. It was in this uncharted territory where Kero Uno was able to focus on making new music, soaking up inspiration from the plethora of music events in Southern California, ranging from hip-hop and soul to electronic music.
KIPM: In the early years of college, J Will was faced with many challenges regarding the loss of his father, the pressure of being the head of his household, and tarnished relationships. These challenges influenced him to break out if his shell and uncover his hidden talent of writing/rapping. As a product of these challenges and connections formed from longtime friends, the movement keep it playa was put into action. Keep It Playa is more than its music, it's a motto, a lifestyle that inspires a culture of adapting to changes while continuing to progress in the direction of your dream.
Audio: DNigel f/ Drakes, Tokes & Smoky - "In Love With the Money"
DMV: Four dope artists just teamed up to drop a new track on us, "In Love With The Money". The track is bound for success as it showcases their ability to drop music for both the streets and the masses.
Fionda: I'm passing along the official lyric video for "BlackOut", which is one of the singles from the "We Are Your Friends" soundtrack in theaters today. This was also the debut from DJ Felli Fel's new DJ group The Americanos.
CunninLynguists: In anticipation of Deacon The Villain's solo debut, Peace or Power, he has decided to release a free (name your own price) series of instrumental records that showcase the instrumental versions of songs he has produced over the years. The first release features instrumentals from Natti's Still Motion, Niggaz With Latitude, JustMe, PackFM & The Remnant as well as an original sung intro and two unreleased instrumentals!!!
A.T.: The Chicago Rapper Teams Up With Local Talent For His New Album and Upcoming Tour, Debuted by Red Bull Music.
Chicago rapper ProbCause’s Drifters thrives in its versatility, with a thread of enthusiasm and self-satisfaction remaining constant throughout the 12-song album. Live instrumentation is sprinkled into the production with sprawling subject matter that ranges from enchanting explorations of romantic companionship on “Portrait” to a dream state of skepticism on “Wake Up” and later the slacker-friendly serenading of “The Woods.” Debuted by Red Bull Music, Drifters reveals the highly collaborative and vibrant musical community within the city of Chicago. ProbCause remarked, "I work with a lot of really talented musicians in Chicago so it was a very organic thing to involve them in the production process. Will Miller from a band called The O'My's plays horns on a lot of the songs and really helped take the album to another level," he added. "[This album] is much more musical than anything I've made in the past." The album contains production from Gramatik, the Geek x Vrv, Exmag, GRiZ, Drew Mantia, Cofresi, Wes P, Breakscience and Mike Irish.
Drifters follows an 18-city tour that spanned the East Coast and South in June, and comes prior to a performance at the North Coast Festival and hitting the road in the Midwest for his own headlining Drifters Tour. The Chicago rapper announced the project via Consequence of Sound in July with “I Feel U,” the first single that’s since eclipsed 180K plays on SoundCloud. Released via Gramatik's Lowtemp Music, the final teaser came earlier this week when Complex shared the juke/footwork-inspired “M.I.A.,” the project’s second track and a tone-setter of Drifters. Influenced in equal parts by punk groups like Chicago’s Screeching Weasel and jazz greats like Charlie Mingus, ProbCause gravitated toward hip-hop as a teenage - he liked classic ’90s hip-hop groups like A Tribe Called Quest and The Roots, but he was especially inspired by the rappers he saw participating in open mics and other events as part of the active Chicago underground. ProbCause's Drifters is now available for stream and purchase.