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Michael Jackson - "Chicago" (Prod. Timbaland) | New Music

Years ago prior to his death, word of legendary collaborations between Michael Jackson and superproducer Timbaland hit the universe, but the final products never saw the light of day... til now. Read more


Ibn Inglor

Ibn Inglor: King of the Lost Children | Interview

Ibn Inglor doesn't live here in the present. There's a place in the distant future where sunlight has vanished leaving only neon lights, decaying buildings and apocalyptic soundscapes. This is where Ibn Inglor lives.

Over the past year the Chicago emcee has been able to paint this dynamic, ominous picture with two highly-acclaimed pieces in the form of GawdsSpeed and New Wave and as we enter 2014, Ibn's rise to relevance may not be that far away in the future as first thought. Interested in the unique persona Inglor has crafted and music that could quite easily feature as a soundtrack for a possible Spike Lee Sci-fi horror, Dave Reid set out to find out what the Chicago artist is all about. From Akira to obnoxious bloggers to a project that almost never happened, Ibn Inglor needs to be heard and the time is now. Read more


Ibn Inglor - "Black Print" | Music Video

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While his refreshingly experimental mixtape New Wave still lingers in the most perceptive of Hip-Hop heads among us, Ibn Inglor finally adds a visual to the boundless project in the form of "Black Print".Read more


Vic Mensa f/ Eliza Doolittle - "YNSP" (prod. DJ Dahi) | Music Video

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Fast rising Chicago rapper Vic Mensa unveils the official music video for his upbeat DJ Dahi produced track "YNSP", taken from his highly acclaimed mixtape release INNANETAPE.Read more


Vic Mensa - INNANETAPE [Mixtape] | Stream/Download

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Vic Mensa has been an 'I've seen your face before' kind of guy through such appearances as Kids These Days and a friendly rivalry (and features) with Chance the Rapper, but over the past 6 months we've now been properly introduced to the Chicago up-and-comer.

The culmination of this fruitful encounter is Vic's highly anticipated INNANETAPE that he finally dropped today to a frenzied clamor of hands curious to know what Chicago's newest talent has to offer. And hopefully some indication as to what they're feeding those kids over there.

The project itself  features previous releases such as "YNSP" and "Time Is Money" while harboring acts like Ab-Soul, BJ The Chicago Kid, Chance the Rapper and Thundercat in a solid body of work displaying plenty of end product to justify the hype that’s been heaped upon him lately.

It's time to make your own mind up though and we're on hand to help as you can stream INNANETAPE in its entirety down below and if you're feeling especially kind to your iTunes library, here's the download link too.


Ibn Inglor - "Black Print" | New Music

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It doesn't take two seconds before the new artist on the block get comparisons fired at them. Then seemingly another 2 seconds pass and they're victim to their own comparisons to the even newer kids on the block. It’s all a vicious circle and Ibn Inglor doesn't appreciate it.

These are the thoughts echoed on Ibn's new track "Black Print", his last release before the heavily anticipated New Wave drops. Produced by Tom Tripp, "Black Print" issues a warning shot to anyone who dares to juxtapose his talents to anyone, especially his Chi-Town superior, Kanye West.

Unfortunately these comparisons are inevitable, especially when an artist of such talent as Ibn steps in, however it’s refreshing to see a new kid on the block as himself address the issue. Whilst most artists revel in such commendations until they implode - as many do - Ibn uses the oozing creativity of his to put a daunting, synth heavy spin on things.

Call him the new… Actually we better not.

This is Ibn Inglor.


Mick Jenkins - "The Water" | New Music

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Chicago's production of Hip-Hop hit makers and lyricists recently has been amazing and Mick Jenkins looks likely to follow suit, especially amongst the latter group. Produced by highly rated Montreal producers High Klassified and Da-P, "The Water" is the first single from Mick's upcoming project, The Water[s]. Read more


Ibn Inglor - "New Wave" | New Music

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The dystopian, ominous sound of Ibn Inglor returns today with another shrouded landscape of haunting synths, fearful drums and forceful wordplay featured on his new track "New Wave." Read more


Willis Earl Beal - "Black Beauty" | New Music

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In response to a Lana Del Rey demo track that recently surfaced, Willis Earl Beal shares his rendition of the demo titled "Black Beauty."

While the Chicago singer reiterates the same lyrics as Lana, he sings in a more engaging manner as if he was responding to her woes in the original demo track. She isn't completely gone from the single as he uses pieces of her voice to accompany him in the chilling cover. Willis Earl Beal is raising the excitement for his upcoming sophomore album, Nobody Knows, out September 10. Pre-order here.

Listen to Beal's "Black Beauty" ballad below.

Lana Del Rey's original demo version.


Jeremih ft. Twista - "Battle of the Bands" | Music Video

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Jeremih brings fellow Chicagoan Twista into the mix for "Battle Of The Bands" - which originally featured on FunkMaster Flex's April mixtape, Who You Mad At, Me Or Yourself, under the title "Bump That Ass." Read more


Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap Live | Short Film

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It’s been a month since the arrival of Acid Rap and like many of you out there, I'm finding it hard to take it off repeat.

As expected, with one of the best releases of the year so far, Chance the Rapper is riding a justified wave of success from the project including two sold out gigs in his hometown of Chicago. Luckily today we receive some footage from said performances as he presents "Smoke Again," "Chain Smoker" and "Paranoia" proving the newcomer can more than handle a live performance alongside his live band. Read more


Add-2 – More Missed Calls | Stream/Download

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After dropping the Save Our Souls mixtape back in 2012, Chicago lyricist Add-2 returns to the scene with More Missed Calls.

Serving as a dedication to his loyal fan base - One Missed Call even features voicemails from some of his dedicated followers - the 2DopeBoyz presented project is an 18-track offering that features names such as ANTHM, Sean Boog, Asia Monique, DJ Scend, and Wes Restless.

Originating from the Windy City, Add-2 is an emcee with a Kanye [West]-twang yet varied delivery. His 2009 hit "Luxury" - taken from his third mixtape Tale Of Two's City - featured as part of MTV's MTVU and VH1's Top 5 Freshmen. Stream and download his latest effort below.


Yasiin Bey performs "The Light Is Not Afraid Of The Dark" in Chicago (prod. Kanye West) [Video]

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When you get to legendary status like Yasiin Bey has, your album songs aren't necessarily the only good material you have, as some of what you didn't even deem right to make the final cut on your LP could actually still be better than a lot of what's out there - and that's exactly what Chicago got to hear when the rapper formerly known as Mos Def performed "The Light Is Not Afraid Of The Dark." Read more


Tink: Get Familiar

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Ladies and gentlemen (and everybody else that doesn't quite fit into those categories), meet 17 year old Trinity Home aka Tink and keep both eyes and ears locked on this young lady, because she is set to become the next big export from the same city that gave us Kanye West, Common, Lupe Fiasco and many more.

Coming from a different lane entirely to the recent Chief Keef, Lil Reese, GBE representations of the Windy City hip hop scene, The Calumet City, Chicago raised fast rising rapper and singer, who cites the likes of TLC, Alicia Keys and fellow Chi-town representative Da Brat amongst her influences, already has three mixtapes under snapback displaying the impressive ability to craft and execute emotive R&B songs and then effortlessly switch it up with scene-stealing, triptronic flow powered rap verses covering a variety of subjects.

A perfect example of her ability to balance both skills with outstanding results can be witnessed on her standout track "Background Music", a sensual narrative where she flips between singing and rapping without missing a beat over bedroom ready soundbed.

Watch: Tink - Background Music
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwF3b-atEP4

I've already heard her being described as the 'Female Drake', which I can understand as Drizzy has carved out a successful and influential career utilizing both hip hop and R&B, but I think Tink has the potential to become a stronger force than that. With her undeniable charisma and a maturity way beyond her years, she manages to bounce from tracks about relationships and emotions, to spitting hard & hungry ready verses without ever coming across as contrived or unbelievable as evidenced on her "No Competition" freestyle.

Watch: Tink - No Competition
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I urge you to go and download Tink's Winter's Diary (her mainly R&B debut mixtape), Alter Ego (the rap orientated follow up) and absorb her latest release Ballads & Blunts below, then go thank Tink... tell her SoulCulture sent you.

Tink online: @OFFICIAL_TINK // FACEBOOK


JODY - 'Magique' EP | New Music

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Hailing from Chicago we have a new R&B supergroup JODY, comprised of three singers - David Robertson, Khallee Standberry-Lois and James King of The GTW - who are here with their brand new EP Magique, which will work as the first in a series of three projects leading up to their debut album. Read more


Mike Will Made It f/ Chief Keef, Young Scooter - "On It" | New Music

With his mixtape Est in 1989 Pt. 2.5 set to drop on December 24th, Southern production sensation Mike Will Made It links up the ATL and the Chi-Town for his new exclusive, a collaboration with Chief Keef and Brick Squad's Young Scooter, entitled "On It." Read more