[AUDIO] MFN MELO – PASS THE EL

Pivot Gang’s MFN Melo drops off another #MFNMondays track titled Pass The El off his upcoming mixtape, Melodramatics due out next month. MFN rides this soulful wave of production with the help of Chicago singer Anthony Pavel and partner in crime John Walt. This is a train you don’t want to miss.

-@weekendgabe

[AUDIO] LUPE FIASCO – LILIES F/ SIRAH

Lupe may not have the best relationship with his record label, Atlantic Records, but for better or worse, the two seem to have a great track record of releasing singles and albums. After earlier today announcing Lupe’s new album, Tetsuo & Youth will be released in January of 2015, Lupe drops off the a new jawn, Lilies featuring some really fantastic vocals from Sirah. The track has a lot of soul and heart in it. Now give it your ear.

-@weekendgabe

[Commentary] How BOOM 92 is Bringing Back Forgotten Gems

Boom

This week, a Houston radio station decided to dump its all news format and go to an all Beyonce music format. That’s the bad news, the good news was that after 5 days and 24 hours of Beyonce music, KROI-FM, Boom 92 did something I been begging radio stations in Chicago do to for a long time, adopt an old-school rap radio station. Think about that for a moment. Aside from tuning in to satellite radio, how often do you hear the hip hop  jams of the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s? Maybe your favorite local station has a noon time mix where they play All About The Benjamins or maybe during the course of channel surfing in traffic you’ll hear O.P.P. Both of those songs are popular enough in history that you most likely will hear one or the other during a week of programming. But what about the real gems of hip hop like Geto Boys’ Minds Playing Tricks on Me? Or Nas’ World is Yours? Or Too $hort’s Get In Where You Fit In (fool! You’s a mark.. well you get the idea)? But a lot of the old school jams Clear Channel decides to play are played out like CB4 (see what I did there?). It’s time to go digging and Boom 92 is the first radio station to start gold mining through gems and diamonds of absolute greatness in Hip Hop’s near 40 year history. Was this a desperation move by Clear One, the owner of Boom 92? At this point who cares really. The sad fact is that these kinds of stations should not only be found on satellite and pandora radio stations, but on your car’s dial. And finally it has arrived. Heading over to the Boom 92 website, it’s already filled with videos like UGK performing live from the basement on BET’s iconic show, Rap City (RIP Pimp C). So someone over there knows what they’re doing because I’m already a fan. Sure it’s only the beginning, and will Boom 92’s Classic Hip Hop station last longer than a Beyonce 5 day marathon? Or will this move by Boom 92 be the first of soon to be many classic hip hop stations around the country? Time will only tell. But for the fans of this culture, it’s a moment we should all celebrate. Cheers.

-@weekendgabe

[AUDIO] SLOT-A – SHADES & FLAVORS

*In Lebron James voice* “Not 1, not 2, but 3 remix projects from Slot-A?!”

You’re damn right! The first installment in the forthcoming trilogy of remix projects from The Hip Hop Project’s Supreme Producer, Slot-A hits your internet door step this afternoon. There are remixes from the likes of Kevin Gates to classic jams from Camp Lo and Junior Mafia. Of course each song has that special sprinkle of Slot-A production that stands out from the rest. Get yourself a taste of this flavor in your ear above.

-Gabe

[NEWS] METHODMAN & REDMAN w/ MICK JENKINS – OCTOBER 23RD CHICAGO SHOW

Method Man

The World Wide Rollers Tour is stopping in to Chicago on October 23, 2014 at the Concord Music Hall in Logan Square. The highlight aside from headliners Methodman, Redman and B-Real of Cypress hill is seeing Mick Jenkins perform his latest mixtape, The Waters live. Go cop your tickets over here. $25 isn’t that much considering the level of talent you’ll be seeing. Go support that.

-Gabe