Been a while, but as is always, I'm always on time. New tunes, and super dope ish. The homey Schoolie V put me on to Dayne Jordan and that is how we are going to lead off this week is with this jawn. Super tough. Vic Spencer, RTJ, Stalley, Vega HBK & Indiana Rome are on it this week! Crookers feat STS, Sleepy Tom, Killer Mike rides it out on Rick Ross' Black & White. Khari Mateen,

One of my first loves in life is the art of DJing. It all started with DJ Jazzy Jeff, and its been all downhill since. With Trackstar The DJ blasting through the mid tiers of rock star status this year, it's been fun to witness. With a proliferation of high quality mixtapes. Trackstar has been the full time DJ for Killer Mike for the past 3 years and the DJ for Run The Jewels. Trackstar has a gift.
It's be a honor to have witnessed this rise. From being able to hire him for a private house party in 2009, to seeing him open for El-P in 2012. Then opening for Big Boi in 2013. Flash forward to 2014 to where he is DJing for Run The Jewels. Run The Jewels is the rap group of El-P, Killer Mike & Trackstar The DJ. Being in Chicago, I have been able to see a fair amount of shows.
Trackstar has released countless mixtapes, the most recent have been The best of Ghostface Killah & No I.D. That man has worked relentlessly at his craft and along the way created the #RapFan brand. The proliferation of #RapFan will soon be so ubiquitous that you'll find it at a Hot Topic next to RTJ logos. Be on the look out for the Run The Jewels 2 project launching October 27th. #IcyApproved
If there is another thing you should know about me, is my love of style, fashion, word play and just doing awesome shit. Sugar Tongue Slim is one of the most prolific song writers in the industry. Writing for Ciara, Writing for the Roots, having a Grammy nomination here and there. Bul can rap his ass off, flat out. Since 2010 Slim has been a part of well over 100+ high quality songs, three classic albums under his belt and tours that span the globe. I first ran into Slim here in Chicago back in 2012 while he and DJ Bear One (who also has a few platinum plaques under his A&R Belt) opening for Cypruss Hill at the Double Door.
Over the past two years Slims rhymes have gotten more dense, playful and light, while also being inquisitive and allowing you to turn all the up to. DJ Bear One & STS have an on stage chemistry that cannot be beat. Bear sets the platform and Slim grabs your attention and neither let go until you pass slim a joint and turn up with him.
The proliferation of #GOLD aka Gentleman Of Leisure & Deveolpement is about to jump into overdrive, he will be dropping a project soon called "White GOLD: 215's in my trunk" along with some shit with Stalley and a few other artists I am not at liberty to disclose. Sorry, but you are just gonna have to wait.

Right now STS is on a proliferation of amazing music. We keep telling ya'll it's GOLD Season. In fact the reality remains, its $5,000 Coat Shit Season. Slim has ya'll feeling like he needs to remind ya'll, you just bunch of Uncle Ruckus. Reach back soon, realize that STS is your favorite rapper. You are welcome. Dope beats, got it. great word play, got it. Great hooks, got it. White GOLD: 215's In My Trunk comes out soon.
Common is bringing something special to his hometown on September 21st. He will have his first annual fest called "Ahhh! Fest 2014". This fest is not one to miss since it is hosted by Dave Chappelle(!), The day will begin with a all-age commuinity showcase by Ryhmefest and Donda's House, which will have a perfomance by Diggy Simmons. Then, at 4pm, Common, Jay Electronica, Lupe Fiasco, MC Lyte, De La Soul, Lil' Herb, and "a Special Surprise Guest". Hmmm...maybe we know who it is. You will have to purchase your tickets here and learn more at their website.

Coming fresh off of a couple week break, lots of new tracks have been dropping. A couple brand new jawns off of Lil Bibby's #FreeCrack2 and new Run The Jewels, Crookers #GetExcited remix feat STS, Stalley, Kembe X, Kollateral and few others as we go!!!! Lets get to the music!!!!!
Stay Icy

This has been a very difficult last ten days for me. I've been wanting to share music, but this incident in STL has muted the music in me a lot. I have not felt comfortable even posting new music or promoting new music, knowing that people I know and love are in danger fighting for justice.
I realize that this is not what most people come for, but this is what hip hop is based upon. Street stenography. My peers, colleagues and friends have been fighting a number of different battles. Media perception and the people who are looking to riot, often at the same time. I only feel it's appropriate to now, post something. But, It's the artists in their own words.
Stay Icy
Hustle Gang/G.O.O.D. Music Artist & Producer Travi$ Scott released a new EP for the Free.99 last night. While everyone(including yours truly) was waiting for a while to get it, it didn't dissappoint. While the first single, "Don't Play" feat. Big Sean & The 1975, is getting the hype, the rest of the tape serves a solid overall product from La Flame debut EP of yesteryear, "Owl Pharaoh". Features from Migos,Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, PeeWee Longway, and a suprise verse from T.I.(can't tell you which song though. You'll have to listen). Peep and download the EP Below. Bless Up!!
Well, if this isn't one of best collabs of the year, then i don't know what is. Lil' Herb song, off from the standout "Welcome to FazoLand" mixtape, will get visual treatment but it's a remix with Common and Chance the Rapper. Nothing but pure greatness should be the expectations from this track/video. The trio shot footage around Chicago and we have a behind the scenes clip of Common rapping a few bars while Herb is in the cut. Peep it below and look out for the full length soon.

A very sought after Jordan retro will be hitting selves this holiday season. Making their second appearance since their 2005 debut, the Air Jordan XIII "Grey Toe" will feature a varsity red, white, and a grey toe upper while a white midsole and black sole finishing the design of the shoe. Will you be copping once they release? We will have a release date soon.

Twista's newest(and ninth)album, DarkHorse, isn't going to be in stores or itunes til next week. However, you can listen to the Legendary Chicago MC album through Billboard. It's a clean version of the album but you know it still sounds great as Twista delivers yet again. Production and features from the Legendary Traxster, Wiz Khalifa, Tia London, Tech N9ne,among others. Check it out below.

After much deliberation and consideration, I'm going to condense all my postings on music singles into a once a week activity. Why you may ask? Because I am busy and I have a lot of music over the week that makes it into my ears and eyes. Hard to always tell ya'll whats going on.

So much amazing music is being released from my peers, friends and other Musicians I greatly appreciate. Working on so many other projects, I am beginning to get stretched a bit thin. I have a duty to showcase all the art that meets my #IcyApproved signature.

To quote Dr. Rev. Common Sense from the East Side Stony Island Poets Society. "If I do not like it, I do not like it. It does not mean that I am hating." to paraphrase the late Dr Suess "I would not like it in a car. I would not like it over tharrrrr. I do not like your raps you see. Your production and rhyme scheme is weak to me."

Lets get to the music this week:

Two Tracks from STS from his weekly In The Lab GOLDrush, first track is his flip on Tyga-Hookah. Track two is Astr-Operate feat everyone's favorite Bearded Globe Trekker, Sean Falyon.

Chance The Rapper drops his flip of the Arthur theme song called Wonderful Everyday

Freddie Gibbs drops his video for Harold's

Stalley releases his 1 For Da Money single.

Common Diamond feat Big Sean.

Indiana Rome comes through with his latest video Yes Lord from his project #DopeDealer feat Theresa Payne along with Tabernacle...Rome is one to watch for...goodness...Also check out World End feat Rockwell Knuckles & Family Affair

Raydio G releases his song from a project he technically dropped last year called Look At Her Feet which is hilarious

Englewoods Finest Griffen comes through with is latest video Authentic...yung bul has been gaining some serious traction with his latest project. The dude has been thorough and consistent

My personal favorite Southern Rapper that is next to rise to the next tier Big KRIT releases Pay Attention. On the real, you shoulda been familiar with this cat a minute ago.

Juicy J & Lil Bibby - Holy Ghost all I can say is #icyclassic #WhoYouKnowMoreBlessedThanMe #jesus hahahaha!!!


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