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New EP: ABRA – BLQ VELVET

26 Jan

Born in South London but raised in Atlanta, the “darkwaveduchess” ABRA joins Father’s (the mastermind behind the minimalist banger, “Look at Wrist”) own Awful Records to release her debut EP, BLQ VELVET. ABRA adds an R&B twist to the recent minimalist trend spearheaded by Father and other “New Atlanta” artists–showing serious promise in just under 30 mins. The standout track “U GO I GO” is almost guaranteed to be on repeat for the entirety of February 14th, while you lurk on your exe’s instagram. Needless to say, the debut release from the “darkwaveduchess” might just be the best thing that you haven’t heard yet. Listen to BLQ VELVET below.

-David Dixon

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Freestyle: Saba Pivot – “Kentucky”

10 Nov

Saba, of the Pivot gang recently dropped a freestyle on DJBooth.com’s relaunched freestyle series. We’ve been paying attention to Saba for sometime and if he’s been under your radar this freestyle makes a strong case of showing you how you’ve f*cked up. Produced by Saba himself, his flow on the track is vicious; with Saba proving to be one of the standout artists emerging from the highly competitive Chicago music scene. Check out the track  below as well as Saba’s sophomore tape, Comfort Zone and familiarize your self with Saba Pivot.

ChaunSAY Mackin’ – Everything’s Black (Feat. Tia P. & Obie Iyoha)

11 Sep

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This past Tuesday, upstart Buffalo MC ChaunSAY Mackin’ dropped an LP entitled Buffalo Brave. The tape features minimal guest appearances. However, the one song that does feature other MCs is one of the tape’s shimmering highlights. On “Everything’s Black”, ChaunSAY enlists two equally dangerous wordsmiths – Tia P. and Obie Iyoha (from Inglewood, CA and Ann Arbor, MI, respectively) for a 3-minute lyrical showcase. Check it out below, and be sure to check out Buffalo Brave.

Willie WAZE – “World Is A Ghetto”

28 Aug

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Northen VA MC Willie WAZE offers his take on police brutality and the situation in Ferguson, over a classic Geto Boys instrumental. Although the current racial climate is ugly, it’s beautiful to see artists using their craft to reach out and address the situation. Anyone who cares about the current state of affairs in this country will feel this one.

Follow Willie WAZE: @DaYunginWAZE

Gone Wallace – “CULTure”

13 Aug

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Check out this Philly native’s latest addition to his ‘Expansion Pack’. “CULTure” finds Gone Wallace attacking conformity within the Hip-Hop industry (and among fans and aspiring artists) over a simplistic, futuristic AVID iLL production. Check out the track below and follow Mr. Wallace on Twitter @GoneWallace.

ChaunSAY Mackin’ & Chisom Uzosike – “King”

10 Aug

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After dropping on of Spring 2014’s illest EPs, Buffalo Bill, ChaunSAY Mackin’ & Chisom Uzosike have returned to wreak havoc once again. This lethal MC/Producer duo (hailing from Buffalo, NY and the Maryland [Parts Unknown], respectively) joins forces for the anthem, “King”. Be prepared for their upcoming LP, Buffalo Brave, dropping on September 9th.

New Music: Uzoy – “Cold Fronts”

16 Jul

Ever catch yourself wondering what a female, Nigerian rapper might sound like?

Well, Houston’s own, Uzoy (pronounced Uzi, like the gun) is here to answer that call. Putting labels aside, Uzoy delivers a dope new song entitled “Cold Fronts” after somewhat of a musical hiatus. Uzoy comes out swinging on the NVRSLPS produced track–rapping nimbly about inconsistent people that breeze through your life. Check out the track below and get hip to Uzoy.

STYA Presents: The Chicago Cypher

13 Jul

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IT’S FINALLY HERE!

The good folks here at SickerThanYourAvg.com proudly present our very first Chicago Cypher, put together by our (and Chicago’s very own) Toyosi Yusuf (@IamNinoBlanco). Just like our first cypher in D.C., we did this to shed light on some of the rawest Hip-Hop talent the Windy City has to offer. We’re giving you a taste of Chicago, not Chi-raq , and the city is brimming with MCs ready to leave their footprint on Hip-Hop.

Special thanks to the students at Columbia College, Chicago for helping us put this whole production together.

Without any further ado…we proudly present to you:The Chicago Cypher

Continue to check out the videos, and tell us what you think!

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New Music: Amber London – “No Love Shown”

21 May

Raider Klan’s first lady, Amber London, the self proclaimed “hardest bitch in America” recently released the hard hitting “No Love Shown”. The Houston native lives up to her reputation, being hard and gangsta as ever, over a Sky Lexington beat. Check out “No Love Shown,” as well as the obligatory chopped and screwed version down below.

 

 

New Music: Saba – “Burnout” Feat. Eryn Allen Kane

21 May

Talented up and coming rapper, Saba (of the Pivot Gang) recently released “Burnout”, the second single from his forthcoming mixtape #Comfortzone. On the track Saba delivers detailed observations in such a way that it brings immediate, vivid visualizations to the mind’s eye of listeners. The track was also produced by Saba himself and features Eryn Allen Kane’s soulful, church-tinged voice. #Comfortzone seems to be shaping up to be one of the records coming out of Chicago in 2014 worth definitely keeping an eye out for. Listen to “Burnout” below.

 

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