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SZA – Babylon feat. Kendrick Lamar

SZA’s debut is due tomorrow, and to help keep the music world buzzing she dropped “Babylon” featuring TDE MVP Kendrick Lamar.

Really pumped for this full album. Take a listen below and let us know what you think. Prefer this track or the Chance the Rapper one?

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Bieber is Drunk in Love… Are You? 9 Valentines Day Cards

What better way to say I love you (or I like you) this Valentine’s day than with another round of ACITM Valentines. Send your boo one of the cards below, because we all know Kanye West can express his feelings better than we can ourselves.

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Joey Bada$$ – Hilary Swank (Official Video)

More visuals on this wonderful Monday morning! Joey B dropped the “Hilary Swank” video, showing a young 14 year old Joey in a cypher, a current Joey rockin a sold out show, and interestingly enough, the Kendrick Lamar Hot 97 interview. Make sure you stick around until the end too, there’s a nice tribute to the late Pro Era member, Capital Steez. Enjoy!

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ScHoolboy Q – Collared Greens (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

The latest drop from ScHoolboy Q’s upcoming Oxymoron features a verse from Kendrick Lamar, which he starts off by rapping in spanish. You read it right, better than your favorite rapper en español! The hook is great on this one and features a groovy Q ripping through 2 verses, setting the stage for what could be the release of the year. Check out “Collared Greens” below!

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Chance the Rapper @ the Metro [Review + Videos]

393 – DAMN -days in between Chance the Rapper’s 10Day mixtape and this year’s masterpiece Acid Rap. All that happened in between were sold out Metro shows, studio sessions with the RZA and Skrillex, profiles from Pitchfork, Vibe, Complex, a XXL Freshman nomination, a spot at Lolla 2013, and more. The Chathum, Illinois native celebrated his rise to the top of the Chicago rap, and music, scene this weekend with two sold out shows at the Metro. 
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Black Hippy – U.O.E.N.O. Remix + GKMC Tour

Kendrick Lamar kicks off his new tour with fellow TDE Black Hippy members ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab Soul, tonight in Las Vegas at The Cosmopolitan and concludes on June 26th in Arizona, and unfortunately there is NO Chicago stop. At least we have Kendrick at Lolla.

BUT WAIT. There’s a remix in this promo video and UOENO it!

The promo video comes with a Black Hippy remix of U.O.E.N.O.,  featuring a Schoolboy reference to Rick Ross’s infamous “molly” line and Ab Soul taking “the game by storm just to X-Men out.” It’s not the Kendrick/Yeezus rumored track, but this just might be better. Full tour dates after the jump. Enjoy!

Black Hippy – U.O.E.N.O. Remix

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5 Best Performances of SXSW

I’m back from vacation in Miami and ready to share my favorites from SXSW! While most festivals take place on large, open fields, artists at SXSW performed at multiple small venues throughout the city, often at small bars- allowing fans an intimate experience with their favorite bands. Austin was a very cool city filled with food trucks, pedicabs and musicians on every corner hoping to get discovered. I loved it and can’t wait to go back next year. Below is a list of my top 5 favorite performances of SXSW.

1. The Joy Formidable

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I had not heard The Joy Formidable before SXSW, so when I saw a cute little blonde girl walk on stage, I expected a sweet, bubbly pop sound from the band. I could not have been more wrong. When lead vocalist Ritzy Bryan started jamming, she looked like she was ready to rip anyone’s heart out and bash it to pieces with her guitar. At one point during the show, Ritzy Bryan dropped the c-word, and I promised myself I would never judge a band by their appearance again. Drawing from alternative rock and punk influences, The Joy Formidable put on a loud, headbanging, impressive performance.

2. Frank Turner

Frank Turner stumbled onto stage Saturday night for one of the last performances of SXSW and announced he was drunk. I have never seen a more charming drunk man. Armed with a heavy English accent and a guitar, Frank Turner proved he was an entertainer. The audience belted out the lyrics to every one of the folk-rock songs, and I felt like I was standing in the middle of a campfire sing-along. At one point during the show, Frank Turner admitted that his original love for punk came from Blink-182 and performed an acoustic cover of the 90s classic “Dammit.” Performing in front of The Revival Tour banner, Frank Turner invited the rest of the members of the upcoming tour onto stage with him to sing “Photosynthesis.” A drunken, happy group of musicians sang/screamed into the mics “And I won’t sit down, and I won’t shut up, but most of all I will not grow up.” It was great.

3. Fitz and the Tantrums

The Fitz and the Tantrums live performance was phenomenal. Lead singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs killed each soul-infused song vocally. They let the audience know that they loved to dance (as if that wasn’t evident already by their non-stop insane dance moves throughout the show – the band had serious moves), and the tent became a sweat machine as the audience joined in on the dance party. Noelle Scaggs’ tambourine skills were unreal as she morphed her body into a rhythm machine, swinging and swaying her body together with her instrument. The band also admitted that they had a special place in their hearts for SXSW, because they were discovered at the 2010 music festival. There is no doubt that Fitz and the Tantrums put on the wildest and most energetic performance of the entire festival.

4. Solange

There has been a lot of buzz about Solange Knowles lately, and rightfully so- the girl has soul. Her music is unique from her sister Beyonce’s, but her dancing abilities aren’t; Solange grooved on stage in her bright orange getup on the Stubbs stage and jammed with her band. This performance made my top 5 list, because it was a nice added spice to the rest of the shows. Solange’s sound is smooth with a bit of funk and a lot of soul and it was fun to watch an artist have so much fun on stage.

5. Twin Falls

Twin Falls is Chris Carrabba’s (better known as “The Dashboard Confessional Heartthrob’s”) new band. With bluegrass influences and a folk-infused sound, the band is composed of 3 guys and a girl – Chris Carrabba, Jonathan Clark, Ben Homola and Suzie Zeldin. The recently formed band put on an intimate and sweet outdoor performance at the Cedar Street Courtyard late Saturday night. My favorite part of this performance came right at the end, when Chris Carrabba answered an audience member’s request, basically told his haters that they could screw themselves, and sang the 10-year-old hit “Hands Down” for a mesmerized crowd. Chris Carrabba crooned the emo song into the mic, and the audience sang along to every lyric. It may have taken 10 years, but it was kind of amazing to have Chris Carrabba perform the song I obsessed over during my middle school days a foot away from me; it was a welcome surprise to have a teenage dream realized during SXSW.

Other notable performances: Kendrick Lamar, Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players, Phosphorescent, Flume, Goldfields, Baths, Wild Belle

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Week that Was (2-21-13 to 2-27-13)

More hip-hop than you usually see on the “Week that Was,” thanks to some strong features from Chance the Rapper, Action Bronson, and Kendrick Lamar. AlunaGeorge keeps cranking out awesome tracks, really setting themselves apart from the rest of the music world. I am dying to see that duo live. Make sure to check out more of Hundred Waters and Ghost Loft if you get some time, the remixes here don’t completely do the bands justice. Expect big things from them. Keep sending new music! We really appreciate it, and love hearing new things. Enjoy!

AlunaGeorge – Attracting Flies

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50 Cent – We Up (feat. Kendrick Lamar & Kidd Kidd) [Video]

Missed this one because of a weekend in Belgium, but had to post because of the Kendrick verse in the middle of the song. 50’s Street King Immortal is coming soon, and this is expected to make the cut. Check out the music video below.

I made my first million fucking dollars
Brought a Bible, oh yeah, God got me
Made my second million dollars, bought a chopper and a binocular
I’m scared, this shit don’t happen to everybody

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Don’t Say “I Love You” this Valentine’s Day

Don’t say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day, tell your honey how you really feel. Does your baby make your heart go bang bang? Do you think your girl is hotter than Kim Kardashian? Let your significant other know the truth. Send your valentine one of the cards below, inspired by music’s biggest stars.  Make sure to let us know which cards are your favorite, and any card ideas you may have. Who knew there were so many ways to say I love you?

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