Vince Staples f/ Jhene Aiko on Fallon

Vince Staples gets a fresh look on the new Jimmy Fallon last night and he brought along Jhene Aiko who performed “Lemme Know” with The Roots providing some live instrumentation as well. ICYMI last night, watch the performance above.

Vince Staples “Tim Westwood Freestyle”

Vince Staples is the latest to chop it up with Tim Westwood and of course the legendary radio personality has him rip some bars off the top. The beat choice lends itself to a curious ear — Kanye West’s “Get Em High”. Gotta hand it to Vince Staples here. Watch below.


Vince Staples ‘Summertime ’06’ (Album Stream)

Vince Staples’ new double debut album is now available for stream through NPR ahead of its June 30th drop date. Jhené Aiko, No I.D., DJ Dahi, U.K. singer Daley, Joey Fatts, A$ton Matthews all contribute. I’m starting at the tracks where the first two assist. Stream underneath the full tracklist. Diggin’ that album name too, summer ’06 happened to be a memorable one for me, haha.

Disc 1:

1. “Ramona Park Legend Pt 1″
2. “Lift Me Up”
3. “Norf Norf”
4. “Birds & Bees” (Feat. Daley)
5. “Loca”
6. “Lemme Know” (Feat. Jhené Aiko & DJ Dahi)
7. “Dopeman” (Feat. Joey Fatts & Kilo Kish)
8. “Jump Off The Roof” (Feat. Snow Aalegra)
9. “Señorita” (Feat. Future)
10. “Summertime”

Disc 2:

1. “Ramona Park Legend Pt 2″
2. “3230”
3. “Surf”
4. “Might Be Wrong” (Feat. Haneef Talib)
5. “Get Paid” (Feat. Desi Mo)
6. “Street Punks”
7. “Hang N Bang” (Feat. A$ton Matthews)
8. “Coldest Nigga Breathing”
9. “Like It Is”
10. “’06″

XXL 2015 Freshman Class

XXL’s 2015 Freshman Class is revealed as the annual issue brings about the annual debate and highlights the up and comers from the rap scene that are prime for a big year.

This year’s class: DeJ Loaf, Fetty Wap, GoldLink, K Camp, OG Maco, Raury, Shy Glizzy, Tink, Vince Staples and Kidd Kidd.

Tink reppin’ for the Chi. Any surprises? Kidd Kidd? K Camp? They’re both trending at the moment in Chicago.

My personal favorite of the group: Raury. Lookin’ forward to what’s next for the young Indigo Child outta ATL.

Snoh Aalegra “Bad Things” (Live, Stripped)

All-new today from the Swedish singer is this artsy, well-executed stripped down live version of “Bad Things” — Snoh‘s well-received collab with Chicago’s own Common. Her voice and delivery really shined on this one with a new, complimentary live sound behind her compared to that of the studio version I’m too familiar with.

Not only that, but I also stumbled upon Hypetrak‘s new follow-around sit-down with Snoh Aalegra as they were on set for the “Emotional” video and the viewing party with cameos by No I.D. and Baron Davis to name a couple. More importantly, this may be the first interview you’ve seen with Snoh and I resonate with her vibe even more after being a fan of the music first.

Finally, joining that video below is the new visuals for Vince Staples “Senorita” which features Snoh and Future as well. These went deep, so be sure to stay tuned into the twist ending at the very end.

Stream: Earl Sweatshirt ‘I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside’

Another hip hop album out today is Earl Sweatshirt’s artfully titled, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. I honestly love that title for summarizing the collective mood of Chicago in the winter. In fact, as I type this, the ground outside is covered with snow. *checks date* What!?!

Anyway, Earl announced his new album during SXSW so he only used this week to promote that it’s out. The stealth album turns out to contain 10 tracks with a few features most notably being ole tourmate and overall running buddy Vince Staples. Listen below: