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Video: Tope - "Church Girls" (@ItsTOPE)

Video: Tope - "Church Girls"

Courtesy Tope.

TOPE is back one week after his FAMILY AFFAIR leak with a brand new music video entitled, CHURCH GIRLS, from his TROUBLE MAN EP available for free download on July 9th! Produced by TOPE and directed by V1 CREATIVE's Kevin Hasenkopf and TOPE himself, CHURCH GIRLS provides the perfect soundtrack and visuals for the summertime weather. Be on the look for a very special Grandma-TOPE cameo!

Video: @CoolHandLukey1 @FameMOP & Lucky Tatt "I'm Gone" (@nomeasuremusic)

Video: Cool Hand Lukey f/ Lil Fame of M.O.P. & Lucky Tatt "I'm Gone"

Courtesy Matt B.

Nomeasure Music artist Cool Hand Lukey releases a new video for his new track “I’m Gone, featuring Lil Fame of M.O.P. and fellow Nomeasure artist Lucky Tatt. “I’m Gone” will be included on Lukey’s forthcoming mixtape My Way.

Video: @SuicideKings1 f/ Demigodz (@ApathyDGZ @CelphTitled) "Shotcallaz"

Video: Suicide Kings f/ Demigodz (Apathy & Celph Titled) "Shotcallaz"

Courtesy Matt B.

Suicide Kings consists of emcee Joey Knuckles and DJ/Producer King Cole and since there conception in 2011, the group has been steadily moving forward; opening for such acts as Mobb Deep, Demigodz (Apathy & Celph Titled), Tech N9ne, Obie Trice & Heavy Metal Kings (Ill Bill, Vinnie Paz) among others.

Audio: Nylo - "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (@hatenylo)

Audio: Nylo - "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Courtesy Audible Treats.

VICE's Noisey premiered the track, noting how the combination of her vocals and the "lush, pillowy arrangements" leads the listener to reflect on life. Nylo gives a little guidance about the sort of reflection she is encouraging: "People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Never throw anyone out." Nylo's full project Indigo Summer will be released for free on July 16th.

Video: @ShawnChrys - "Biscayne" (prod. @Timbaland)

Video: Shawn Chrystopher - "Biscayne" (prod. Timbaland)

Courtesy J.L.


Free Album: @JahzelMusic - "In God's Image"

Free Album: Jahzel - "In God's Image"

Courtesy Audible Treats.

Chicago's musical landscape is built around clear binaries, just like the city from which it has grown. While Jahzel draws from the soulfulness of the city's musical past, he is focused on showing the full range of his artistic complexity, contradictions and all, and breaking down possible categorizations.

"As a human being, I go through a range of emotions. Some days I might feel righteous, some days I might feel braggadocious," he says. "I wanted to communicate that range on In God's Image," his new album that drops today. This range is mirrored by the musical influences that pop up throughout the album, from breezy jazz to torturous soul to trunk-rattling trap-this melange comes together around his stories, giving them each their space.

As the album came together, Jahzel felt the difference from his previous works: "I took this serious as more of a full album release, while my last project Jet Lag was a true mixtape." The care is evident as he taps into the different strands of his city, collaborating with Noelz Vedere, Mathien, A-Cross, Meagan McNeal, and Whitney Rene. The project also features extensive collaboration with Maybach Music Group/Wale producer Tone P.
Video: @UglyHeroes - "Desperate" (@RedPillRap @ApolloBrown)

Video: Ugly Heroes - "Desperate"

Courtesy Mello Music Group.

Somewhere between poverty and fame - is the rest of us: Ugly Heroes. We're regular people doing what we've got to do to get by. That might mean working dead-end jobs; it might mean drinking a little too much; it might mean thoughts of petty crime. For many without a rope to hold onto to, without a way out to make that move, we wonder what we're supposed to do. It's enough to make you desperate.

@IAmMrRealEstate @YoGottiKOM @Marcus_Cooper "We At It Again" (@RapPublicist)

Audio: Big Unk x Yo Gotti x Pleasure P - "We At It Again"

Courtesy Nancy B.

Mr Real Estate aka Big Unk is at it again, along with cohorts Yo Gotti, BayBay & Pleasure P. This one's off of the upcoming project "Da Devil Is A Liar" for which a release date will be announced once Unk's vocal cords have recovered from his recent gun shot wound.

Video: @YCTheCynic "Molotovs At Poseidon"

Video: YC The Cynic "Molotovs At Poseidon"

Courtesy Matt B.

Before reading the press release for YC The Cynic’s new album GNK, I thought Kickstarter campaigns were something that only worked when supported by megalithic selfish celebrities in the vein of Zach Braff. However, having raised $5000 in funds, the Bronx MC is set to put out his new LP this summer.

Video: @Iamsu! - "Father God"

Video: Iamsu! - "Father God"

Courtesy Audible Treats.

Iamsu! and director HBKGADGET have teamed up once again to create a new visual for the latest track from Iamsu!'s KILT 2 mixtape, "Father God," which Rolling Stone premiered today. The mixtape, released on June 6th, has been catching the attention of new fans and earned a review from Pitchfork, who referred to Iamsu! as "colorful, catchy" and a "burgeoning star."

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