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Chance The Rapper Surprises Fans With The Release Of “I Am Very Very Lonely”

Chance The Rapper has kept quiet whenever someone has approached him about the release of a new mixtape, but every so often he stops by this crazy thing called the internet and unleashes a little something special just to keep fans, and more importantly other members of hip-hop, on their toes.

Earlier tonight, a new track found its way online titled “I Am Very Very Lonely.” The song finds Chance recounting the thoughts and experiences from a night spent alone, with minimalistic production and signature ‘ah’ samples. I would not go as far as to call it a ballad, but …

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Riot Fest 2014 Announces Dates

After a huge year in 2013, Riot Fest is back this year for its 10th Anniversary.

The carnival released the dates of its three-weekend tour through Denver, Chicago and Toronto. As per usual, it will go on in September, with the Toronto stop being September 6-7, Chicago (the 10th Anniversary weekend) on the following weekend of September 12-14 and Denver being September 19-21.

They have some big plans for improvements and more rides to the Toronto and Denver locations, as well as renovations to the parking and camping grounds. There will also be some huge plans regarding the anniversary for …


Chicago Rapper Lil Marc Killed Days After Releasing Music Video Mocking Rival Gang

There are a lot of eyes on the Chicago rap scene right now, specifically around those leading the drill music movement. This is more than a trendy sound in rap. It’s a way of life for those spitting rhymes and nearly every teenager blasting their tracks on the street. For outsiders the violent lyrical themes and imagery may seem like a gimmick, but unfortunately that is often not the case.

Up and coming lyricist Lil Marc was shot and killed in the Washington Park neighborhood of Chicago last Friday. According to DNAinfo, the 20-year old rising star and self-confessed …


Freddie Gibbs Disses Jeezy On “Real”

Shots fired.

Two days ago, buzzworthy rapper Freddie Gibbs debuted a Jeezy diss in Chicago titled “Real” that blogs and music fans could not stop discussing. Today, Gibbs shares the studio cut of the track with fans, and the so-called ‘snowman killa’ proves he is out for blood.

Showcasing his wordplay on the first verse before cutting to the chase on the second, “Real” is – if nothing else – another strong entry in Gibbs’ record collection. It may be hard to think about that when you’re laughing and gasping at the shade thrown toward Jeezy on the back half …

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Lionfight Release “Uncle Ben” Music Video

Just a week after releasing their debut EP, Chicago rock outfit Lionfight have released a brand new music video.

Built around a single performance, “Uncle Ben” showcases that eye-catching stage presence of Lionfight against bright lights and dark backdrops. The track is essentially a riot set to music, and the energy shown from the members in the clip is fittingly frantic. You can view the video below.

We featured a track-by-track with Lionfight earlier this month. Click here to learn the story behind their debut EP.

Speaking of that new release, anyone interested in learning more about Lionfight’s music can …

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UTG Track-By-Track: Lionfight

We love helping up and coming bands get a little extra time in the spotlight, and today we’re thrilled to share with you the official track-by-track for the new EP from Chicago hard rock outfit Lionfight.

Available as a free download starting this week, the debut release from Lionfight showcases a band with passion and energy to spare. From the opening moments of Vortex, to the final crushing minute of “Vine,” this release packs a punch that all but assures us Lionfight are destined for great things. You can stream the album, access a download, and read the full …

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EDITORIAL: When Keeping It Drill Goes Wrong

There was a voice in the back of my mind that told me as soon as I ran a piece on my love of ludicrous hip-hop that I would then find myself inundated with tracks that would make me regret having ever opened my mouth. If you read UTG on a regular basis you already know we ran that editorial, and today I am here to tell you that little voice was right.

Yesterday afternoon, a song by the name of “Go Crazy” was brought to my attention by someone familiar with UTG’s appreciation for over-the-top rap music. The …


Lil Durk, Young Chop, King Louie, & More Discuss Chicago In New Documentary

WorldStarHipHop has become a go-to destination for fans of urban music and ridiculous viral videos of people getting in scuffles. 2014 will see the video platform expanding its offerings to include original content, and today the site’s first documentary made its debut online.

Featuring appearances from some of Chicago’s best lyrical assassins, The Field: Chicago finds WSHH dipping their toes into the world of dramatic narrative with an engaging and thought-provoking look at life on the streets of one of the world’s most dangerous cities. Through interviews and freestyles, the artists who have fought to survive a life surrounded by …


Hear Newly-Discovered Chance The Rapper Mixtapes That Sample Adele and Coldplay

Perhaps the biggest news to come out about Chance the Rapper since his collaboration with the Biebs on “Confident” has just been unveiled. Two Chance The Rapper mixtapes from 2009 have emerged online in their entirety. Listen to both mixtapes after the jump.

Titled Good Enough and Back To School Pack, the mixtapes came out in 2009 — that’s three years before the Chicago rapper’s debut mixtape, 10 Day, came out and four years before this year’s breakthrough Acid Rap. Looks like we have a Reddit user to thank for scouring through the Chicago rapper’s old Facebook page. …


3/4 of Quiet Out Loud Quit Band

It’s not every morning you wake up to learn a band you featured less than three months prior essentially imploded while you were asleep.

Three of the four members comprising Chicago pop rock outfit Quiet Out Loud have reportedly quit the band following ongoing friction between themselves and vocalist Nick Forbes. You can read a full explanation from now former member Matt Lillie on Tumblr, including screenshots of a conversation between himself and Nick, but for those looking for something a bit simpler, we’ve highlighted a key section below:

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WATCH: Saves The Day’s Audiotree Session

Audiotree, which in my opinion is one of the best live session outlets for bands today, has released their session video for Saves The Day. The session, which was filmed on September 16, 2013, features tracks from the band’s killer latest release, Saves The Day, which I loved, and you can check out my review of it here.

The band’s session features some of my personal favorites from the latest release, along with “Anywhere With You,” from the much loved In Reverie. Audiotree brings some new vibes to the palate, with questions that most interviewers don’t typically …

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UTG PREVIEW: Eight Reasons Riot Fest Is The Best Lineup Of The Year

Riot Fest Chicago is everything an alternative music lover of the past 3 decades wants in a festival. It is arguably the most buzzed about, tweeted at, liked and talked about festival of 2013. It has the potential to be legendary. 

Riot Fest Chicago will be a weekend full of unforgettable sets and unrealistic appearances. Here at UTG, we understand this is the festival of 2013. Over the next week and a half, we are going to be bringing you a multiple-part series dissecting the lineup of Riot Fest Chicago and telling you why we think this particular event in …