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Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop of July 2015 (Audio)

July has traditionally been slow for Hip-Hop releases, but 2015 proved to be the exception. The month brought new music from a wide variety of artists and set the stage for a blockbuster August, with the return of Dr. Dre and Warren G. Here are the best Hip-Hop songs of... Read more

Do or Die Are Releasing a Sequel to Picture This. Love in the Sky is the First Single (Audio)

After a nine year hiatus since the release of their last album, Get That Paper, Chicago's Do or Die returned to the scene earlier this year with Withdrawal, a joint EP with Twista. Prior to that, in September of 2014, we spoke with group member Belo, who revealed Do or... Read more

Black Milk, Daz & Do Or Die All Featured On An Electro-Hip-Hop LP (Album Stream)

On his new album Fundamentals, Onra craftily fuses French Electronica with mellow vibrations spawning from his love for '90s Hip-Hop and R&B. The Franco-Persian producer merits the exclusive use of an Akai MPC in creating a sound that salutes the retro while fostering the futuristic. Hip-Hop Heads can look forward... Read more

Drive Slow Through Twista & Do Or Die’s Collaborative EP (Album Stream)

After more than 20 years of being recognized as break-out stars from Chicago, Illinois' Hip-Hop scene, Twista and Do Or Die's collaborative EP has released. Withdrawal is a six-song effort from the two plaque-baring stars of Chi's West side. Stream the effort, which was released on Twista's GMG imprint, available in full:... Read more

Twista & Do Or Die Give Fans That Classic Chi City Choppin’ (Audio)

The appeal in a Twista & Do Or Die joint EP lies in the fact that both of these acts have been pioneering voices from Chicago, Illinois. With that effort, these West Side Chi City stars helped define a style, an attitude, and a po' pimp grit that remains integral... Read more

Chicago Hip-Hop Heads Rejoice…Twista & Do Or Die Team Up For EP

For nearly 20 years, Twista and Do Or Die have worked together. Two icons of Chicago, Illinois music (Rap music, to be specific), these artists have helped define the framework now used and upheld by Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, and Sir Michael Rocks. After appearances together on major releases... Read more

18 Years Ago Today, Do Or Die Released Picture This. Belo Tells The Story & Reveals A Sequel (Food For Thought Interview)

Eighteen years ago today, on September 3, 1996, three fearless 20-year-olds from the Westside of Chicago, released a debut album that would forever assist in the establishing of the Midwest's presence among the already ingrained rap heavyweights of cities in the East, West, and South regions of the Country. In... Read more

Feel Like Chicago Rap Doesn’t Sound Like Chi-Town Anymore? Do Or Die’s Got That Loud Pack (Video)

It has been eight years since veteran Chicago Hip-Hop trio Do Or Die made an album. Belo, N.A.R.D., and AK are still in tact though, as the Rap-A-Lot Records vets recently premiered a video for "Loud Pack." What could be dismissed as a cliche weed anthem actually employs some of... Read more

Rap-A-Lot Records Re-Releases Geto Boys, Do Or Die, Scarface Albums To Vinyl

Dating back to 1986, Houston's Rap-A-Lot Records is from the era when Hip-Hop was more prevalent on vinyl than CD. Growing demand for J. Prince's catalog has made the "Hot Club Wax," as promos used to be called, scarce surrounding some albums. Just days after Universal Music Group's similar announcement,... Read more

Today It All Makes Sense: A Retrospective on the Chicago Hip-Hop Sound (Food For Thought)

Published by: Bandini “This the city of Chicago, the state of confusion The style I'm using is free or at least it would be if my mind was…” – Malik Yusef, “My City” (One Day It’ll All Make Sense) Since the 1990s, Common Sense has always been among my favorite... Read more