Shy Girls – Right, Alright (Single)
28 January | | producer

Through a premiere from Billboard, Portland based Shy Girls unveiled a new tune from his forthcoming mixtape, 4WZ. Titled Right, Alright, the sultry, bass-heavy single finds him sticking to what worked so well on his Timeshare EP from 2013. Expect Shy Girls’ 4WZ mixtape to drop “any day now” with contributions from Rome Fortune Tei Shi, Antwon and more.

Nacho Picasso & Blue Sky Black Death – Sex, Drugs & Rock N’ Roll (Video)
28 January | | producer

Behold, the first video from Nacho Picasso and BSBD’s latest album, Stoned & Dethroned. The visual is for Sex, Drugs & Rock N’ Roll, an instant standout from Nacho’s first release on Harry Fraud’s new Surf School Recordings imprint. Hit the link below to stream Stoned & Dethroned in full.

Stream: Nacho Picasso & Blue Sky Black Death – Stoned & Dethroned (Album)

Alloy-X – Alloy-X Vol. 2 (Compilation)
27 January | | producer

The always-progressive Alloy-X camp unveiled their second compilation today. Appropriately titled Alloy-X Vol. 2, the ten track project explores “the worlds of beat music, synth funk, hip-hop, house & techno and blurring the lines between them all.” Listen to new heat from the likes of Smoke Screen/Smoke Noises, Urbindex, Ghost Noises, Matayo, Broken Keys, Hokes, as well as the rest of the crew. With the whole team sounding as polished as ever, it seems as if they’re just waiting for the rest of the world to catch up.

Buy: Alloy-X – Alloy-X Vol. 2 (Compilation)

Marvel Alexander – Don’t Die Yet (Mixtape)
26 January | | producer

Los Angeles rapper/producer/engineer Marvel Alexander continues to pop up more frequently after lending production to A$AP Ferg’s single, Shabba, followed by a collaboration with Penthouse Penthouse and credits on A$AP Ferg’s Ferg Forever tape. Then I learned about his latest release, Don’t Die Yet, which dropped unexpectedly the other day. Marvel not only raps throughout the whole tape, he also produced a couple joints alongside beats by Kaytranada, Gravez, Sango, BBNG and more. In addition, Wiki (Ratking), Michael Christmas, Hodgy Beats, Louie P (The Celestics) and D.R.A.M. contribute guest verses, making for one of the most exciting new rap releases in recent memory Head below to stream/download Don’t Die Yet and expect to hear more from Marvel sooner than later.

Download: Marvel Alexander – Don’t Die Yet (Mixtape)

MondreM.A.N. – Tha Withdrawal (Mixtape)
23 January | | producer

MondreM.A.N. just made my day by unexpectedly dropping off a new mixtape. Featuring 16 tracks total, Tha Withdrawal is full of all new and unreleased material from 1/2 of the best duo ever. Production is provided but the usual suspects, including EPMDenny, Marlee B, Uptown Greg, Tommy Kruise, B00RADLEY, Keyboard Kid and more. Hit the link below to download Tha Withdrawal and make sure you don’t sleep on those bonus tracks. 808′s III coming soon!

Download: MondreM.A.N. – Tha Withdrawal (Mixtape)

Ryan Hemsworth ft. Alex G – Too Long Here (Video)
23 January | | producer

Check out Ryan Hemsworth’s new “selfie-obsessed” video for album cut, Too Long Here. Premiered by Dazed Digital, the Alex G assisted track originally appeared on Ryan’s full length LP, Alone For The First Time, which came out last fall on Last Gang Records/Secret Songs. Watch the Alex Girav directed video for Too Long Here above.

Buy: Ryan Hemsworth – Alone For The First Time (Album)

Deniro Farrar – Burning Bills (Video)
22 January | | producer

Deniro Farrar releases another video from the vaults, this time for the Lunice-produced, Burning Bills. The single was a standout from his Rebirth EP, which also served as his debut release on Vice/Warner Bros. Records. Watch the video for Burning Bills above and witness “Cult Rap” at its finest.

Buy: Deniro Farrar – Rebirth EP

Secret Songs – shh#000000 (Compilation)
22 January | | producer

Listen to the second Secret Songs compilation, shh#000000, featuring music from 11 different artists from around the world, all hand picked by Ryan Hemsworth. Contributions come from Beat Culture, Fifty Grand, Patchrik, Eric Dingus, Kid Smpl, Yung Gutted x Wiki (of Ratking) and Dro Carey to name a few, making for a much darker and more ambient undertone in comparison to Volume 1. Grab a free download of shh#000000 below and expect 2015 to be an even bigger year for the Secret Songs crew.

Download: Secret Songs – shh#000000 (Compilation)

Broken Keys – Jump In The Air x Smoke Screen – Whippin’ (Singles)
21 January | | producer

Listen to two tracks taken from the Alloy-X crew’s forthcoming compilation, Vol. 2. The Broken Keys produced Jump In The Air is a dingy dance tune that picks up right where Black Sand Beach left off. The Urbindex produced Whippin’ is a glimpse into the gritty streets of Cleveland narrated by Chemist and Mooke Da God of Smoke Screen. Both songs will appear on the Alloy-X Vol. 2 compilation, which is set to drop on January 27th.

MAD CAKE Showcase at Quencher’s Saloon (Photos)
17 January | | producer

Below, check out photos of last Thursday’s MAD CAKE show at Quencher’s with Chicago rappers, Defcee, Jordan Looney, Lamon Manuel of the Tomorrow Kings collective, and headliner, Ash Wednesday. This show was one for the books. $7 got you practically unlimited homemade birthday cake, a taste of all the artists’ unique flows and rhymes, and all around good vibes. I have to say, there is such a thriving underground hip hop scene here in Chicago teeming with storytellers, lyrical wizards, and talented producers and I wish I could keep up with all of it. Luckily, the MAD CAKE show introduced me to some new voices, thought I must reiterate that these guys are not rookies by any means. If you’re looking for something fresh or something straight out of the underground scene, then you’re doing yourself a favor by checking out all of these acts. A little rundown of the show after the jump…

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MondreM.A.N. – Ancient Times (Video)
15 January | | producer

While patiently waiting on release details for 808′s & Dark Grapes III, MondreM.A.N. unearthed a video from his proper 2013 debut, They Say I Struggle Rap. The video is for the Al Jieh produced Ancient Times, which finds a shirtless Mondre dropping knowledge in his natural habitat. Hit the link below to pick up TSISR and get ready for new music from the Main Attrakionz soon.

Buy: MondreM.A.N. – They Say I Struggle Rap (Album)

Kyle Woods ft. Keiya & Khallee – Runaway (Single)
15 January | | producer

A few of Chicago’s most talented artists come together on Kyle Woods new single, Runaway. Featuring vocals from Keiya and Khallee (of JODY), the single is for “calling off of work and embracing seasonal subtleties with your boo.” A very fitting collaboration considering Woods has already worked with both Keiya and Khallee separately. Grab a free download of Runaway below and use it to help “battle the brutal Chicago winter” for these next couple months.