Songs of the Week ft. Chance The Rapper, Future, Mike Posner and More!



These are the highlights of this past week in music! Hopefully you can bump these tracks on your way to work to brighten up your Monday mornings, and to stay up-to-date on today’s music.

This week we have a track from Chance The Rapper and The Social Experiment’s new free album Surf, a new song from singer Mike Posner, a ‘Commas’ remix with Big Sean and Rick Ross, and a Jhene Aiko/Hudson Mohawke collaboration.


Drake and Chance The Rapper Hang Backstage Despite “Draft Day” Diss


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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Despite Drake’s jab at Chance The Rapper in his 2014 track ‘Draft Day’, the two were friendly last night as they hung out backstage at the United Center in Chicago. Minutes ago, Chance’s brother (Taylor Bennett) posted a photo with Drake, which he tagged his big bro Chance for the camera credits.

“If I’d leave this shit to chance, I’da picked a name like Chance the Rapper,” rapped Drake in ‘Draft Day’. To be fair though, Drake stressed in the next bars that there was no offense as he “doesn’t know that n*gga.” Well… he knows him now, and let’s just hope that this meeting leads to an eventual collaboration. A Chance verse on Views From The 6 perhaps?

Check out Taylor’s photo with Drizzy below (took by Chance himself).

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Listen to Hudson Mohawke’s Jhene Aiko Assisted Record “Resistance”


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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Hudson Mohawke’s forthcoming album, Lantern, officially releases in a couple weeks (June 16) and we have one of its top tracks, which features the beautiful and talented Jhene Aiko. The collaboration, titled ‘Resistance’, is just one of many great collabs on the LP, which also features appearances from Miguel, Irfane, Antony, and more!

Stream ‘Resistance’ below and pre-order Lantern now on iTunes.

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Watch Lion Babe’s New “Don’t Break My Heart” Music Video


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Lion Babe (Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman) has been hitting the ground running ever since the release of their ‘Jump Hi’ with Childish Gambino. Next up though is the New York duo’s music video for their self-titled EP’s track, ‘Don’t Break My Heart’. Jillian dances seductively in this Lucas McGowan-directed video, so you definitely will want to check it out!

Watch the official video for ‘Don’t Break My Heart’ below.

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Chance The Rapper Presents Awards to Chicago Public School Students


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Photo by Jesus Montero/The Early Registration

Chance The Rapper shared the release of his new album Surf (with The Social Experiment) last night, but that didn’t stop him from giving back to his community less than a day later. Today Chance paid a visit to students and faculty at Chicago’s John Fiske School and Scammon Elementary School to present awards for the “Get Schooled, Get Connected” challenge. The challenge, designed to help Chicago Public School (CPS) students stay motivated to finish the school year strong, ended last Friday and Chance did his part to help reward the students’ hard work.

Check our more photos, from our photographer Jesus Montero, below.

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Chance The Rapper and The Social Experiment Release “Surf” for Free on iTunes


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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

The wait is finally over as Chance The Rapper and The Social Experiment have released the highly anticipated album, Surf, for free on iTunes. The Donnie Trumpet led project comes in at 16-tracks and has an all-star cast (no exaggeration). As expected, Chance The Rapper is featured on most of the album’s tracks, however Surf also has appearances from Big Sean, J. Cole, Raury, B.O.B., BJ The Chicago Kid, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, Noname Gypsy, Jeremih, Quavo (Migos), Kyle, King Louie, Saba, Erykah Badu, Jesse Boykins III, Saba, D.R.A.M. and Joey Purp. Wow!

Download Surf now on iTunes.

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Chance The Rapper, Pretty Lights, DMC, Metallica’s Rob Trujillo and More for Bonnaroo’s Superjam


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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

What sets Bonnaroo aside from other elite music festivals, is its Superjam. For those who don’t know, the Superjam is just that, a huge jam session with some of music’s top artists from many different genres. And this year’s Superjam lineup is stacked! Joining the jam this year, Saturday June 13th at 1:30 AM, is Chance the Rapper, Pretty Lights, Run DMC’s Darryl McDaniels, Metallica’s Rob Trujillo, Reggie Watts, Jamie Lidell, Jack Antonoff (Bleachers, fun.), Eric Krasno, John Medeski, Cherub, and many more! Definitely don’t miss out on The Farm this year.

Watch a video from last year’s Superjam below.

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Watch Tame Impala’s Puppet Infused Music Video for “Cause I’m a Man”


Tame Impala
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From their forthcoming Currents album, Tame Impala has released another official music video for their track ‘Cause I’m a Man’. While this is the second official music video for the record, this one is definitely our favorite, as it stars puppets. Currents comes out on July 17th, and you can definitely expect to hear more from Tame Impala until then.

Watch Tame Impala’s ‘Cause I’m a Man’ video below.

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Throwback Thursday Review: The Rising Tied | Fort Minor

Fort Minor Album Cover

Making a statement is a common goal for many artists. It has to be. With so many different people vying for their credibility in such a polarizing medium, there has to be a way for you to stand out and apart from the exponentially increasing herd. Songwriter/rapper/producer Mike Shinoda is no stranger to the need of proving himself; in fact, for him, it has been ever-present throughout his career. Even though his name may not be readily identifiable by you, you likely know him as one of the frontmen for rock group, Linkin Park.

Shinoda is the technical engineering guy when it comes to Linkin Park’s music, as well as – to put it simply – the guy who raps. No one thinks of Linkin Park as a rap group, yet this is where Shinoda found his niche, as a rapper. When the group formed, the label executives even considered confining Shinoda to the keyboards and production, saying the band didn’t need the added hip-hop element. So started this need to prove himself as a necessary element to Linkin Park’s sound and I don’t think anyone can say the group would be anywhere near as successful if their formula had changed.

Eventually, this proving of himself as a useful co-vocalist to one of this generation’s most successful bands led to the awareness of himself as a more than competent rap artist. This awareness manifested itself as a solo hip-hop LP from Shinoda that would prove to be better than many of the genre’s other offerings and dismantle any talk disputing his musical abilities across the spectrum. Wanting to put all of the public’s attention on the music, he refrained from using his own name and came up with the alias of ‘Fort Minor’ for the album entitled The Rising Tied.

Shinoda’s hands are all over this project, literally. He played every instrument himself, did all of the production and engineering as well as the songwriting and rapping. From the get-go it is apparent that this album was going to be hard-hitting, raw and rooted in hip-hop culture. There is an audible sense comfort in Shinoda’s low-toned, angsty vocals that fit perfectly with the tone of the album. Shinoda is in no way, shape or form trying to amaze you with complex lyricism or expertly dynamic delivery, and that is perfectly okay. The lyrical content is typically not as deep, brooding or dramatic as it wants to be, but it does get every point and image across perfectly clearly. In its brightest moments, it is a testament to what hip-hop culture truly is. The storytelling that Shinoda implements on songs like “Kenji”, which is about his family’s’ struggles during World War II or “Red To Black”, where you can visualize the life of one of his closest friends unravel before you, is really where you feel most empathetic towards him.

Songs like “Feel Like Home” and “Cigarettes”, while great songs, are difficult to get as invested in when the lyrics seem to be looking for sympathy,

“I’m not trying to bum anyone out,

Not trying to be dramatic, just thinking out loud,

I’m just trying to make sense in my mind,

some defence from the cold I’m feeling outside.”

All in all, the lyrics serve their purpose as way for Shinoda to finally get all of his feelings out into a diary of sorts. He speaks on the music industry, people’s opinions of him and how he doesn’t give a single shit what anyone thinks. You can tell how liberating it is for him to finally be able to get this all off his chest. Some of that feeling is lost in translation on its way from him to you as he describes how bad social conditions are in certain areas of the country and he just “takes it all in”. Luckily the analogies and depictions in the lyrics are all relatable on most levels and attached to wonderful production so it is easy to overlook these shortcomings.

The beats traverse a plethora of sonic space. From classic boom bap to synthesized scratches and keys and live instrument appearances from violins and guitars. To address the hard, gritty hip-hop bass present throughout the album, it is simplest to say that every song on this album was created to be blessed by every audio-junkie’s elaborate car stereo system. The bass knocks like a high-speed bus collision and the turntable scratches are crisp which all get laid over light piano arrangements or chaotic synth.

Another consistent element on the project are guest features. From Common to Skylar Grey and John Legend to Styles Of Beyond It’s as if Shinoda wanted the added firepower on the project to keep it fresh. The issue is not with the guest spots being plausible and of a high-caliber, it is an issue of necessity. Many of the songs would have been fine, if not better without the features. The album is filled with more passion and direction than probably 90% of the albums released today. Though it does have its missteps, it fulfills its purpose in showing Shinoda’s legitimacy as a solo hip-hop artist and producer. The sound is unique enough to maintain relevancy ten years later and it all begs a simple, yet eager question. Will we hear another Fort Minor album in our lifetime? I sure as hell hope so.


EP Review: The Truth | Mike Posner

The Truth

The Truth, a new four-track EP from singer Mike Posner, is described by the man himself as “four songs selected from my upcoming album. They are best listened to the way they were written: at night, and alone. I hope you enjoy.” Well it is 12:45 AM in Chicago, and I’m laying in bed with just my laptop, while the four records play on repeat. And that’s the truth. Taking Mike’s advice, and even if you don’t, The Truth, is an amazing introduction to Mike Posner’s sophomore album, a sophomore album that fans have been waiting for (and for many years). And if this is your first introduction to Posner, or if you want a reminder, Mike Posner is a singer from Detroit, whose solid fan base (which he built from rap-influence pop mixtapes, made during his time at Duke University) help launch his first big hit, ‘Cooler Than Me’, the summer anthem of 2010. After a long solo hiatus, producing hits for artists like Justin Bieber, scraping a number of sophomore album attempts, and his first number one record (with Maroon 5’s ‘Sugar’), we now are finally on the verge of “the new Mike Posner” with The Truth.

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