By Randall Colburn

20 Must-See Artists at EMERGE Music and Impact Conference 2017

Photo by​ Philip Cosores From November 16th to 18th, the EMERGE Music and Impact Conference in Las Vegas is set to turn festival culture on its head. More than just an amalgamation of headliners and buzz bands, the conference is taking the idea of “emergence” to heart. That theme extends to every corner of the […]

By Michelle Geslani

The Weeknd’s new video for “Secrets” makes the library look very sexy — watch

Leave it to The Weeknd to make a visit to the library look sexy and stylish as heck. In his new music video for “Secrets”, the R&B crooner heads to his local Toronto Reference Library, whose interior features a gorgeous mix of mirrors, lush carpeting and furniture, and a couple that can’t keep their damn […]

By Michelle Geslani

Donald Glover confirms the end of Childish Gambino, says it’s not “punk” enough

During his set at Governors Ball Music Festival last weekend, Donald Glover hinted that his Childish Gambino project was in its final days. “You’re in my heart,” he said to the crowd. “I’ll see you for the last Gambino album.” Now, Glover has revealed just why he’s chosen to shut down the hip-hop alter ego that’s released three […]

By Ask the Urban Daily

How The Clash Can Lead to a Great Record Collection

Photo by Adrian Boot Forty years ago this month, the UK edition of The Clash’s debut album dropped like Spanish bombs on the punk rock world. To celebrate, all week long we’ll be lost in a supermarket of exclusive features that remind us why The Clash continue to rock our Casbah and remain the only band […]

By Kevin McMahon

Mykele Deville unveils powerful new mixtape, Peace, Fam: Stream

Mykele Deville is nothing if not prolific. The Westside raised MC has dropped three full length projects in the last 12 months, each written and recorded in less then a one month span. Peace, Fam marks an ascension from the down and dirty apartment floors and closets where he recorded his first two projects, 2016’s […]

By Kevin McMahon

Meet Mykele Deville: Chicago’s DIY Rap Phenomenon

Photography by​ Zakkiyah Najeebah When speaking about Chicago poet-rapper Mykele Deville, it’s easy to delve into hyperbole. To many entrenched in Chicago’s DIY community, he represents change, a rising tide that spilled over the dam separating homogeneous scenes. A tide that created the diverse blend found today in the city’s most popular below-ground art spaces. From […]

By Alex Young

Fox News host: Secret Service should “kill” Snoop Dogg and Bow Wow for their Trump attacks

Instead of publicly condemning the rising number of hate crimes perpetuated against people of Jewish and Muslim faith, this week President Donald Trump used his Twitter account to fight Snoop Dogg. In case you missed it (and be glad if you did), Snoop’s latest video features a scene in which he mock shoots a clown who […]

By Alex Young

Drake, ASAP pop up in The Weeknd’s video for “Reminder” — watch

Today marks The Weeknd’s 27th birthday, and the Canadian crooner is celebrating with the release of a high-budget music video for “Reminder”. It features all the usual tropes: guest stars galore (Drake, ASAP Rocky, and Travis Scott make cameos), fast cars, gorgeous women, and drugs. And all I did for my 27th birthday is get blackout […]

By Michelle Geslani

Vitamin String Quartet premiere cover of The Weeknd’s “Starboy” — listen

On his smash hit “Starboy”, Abel Tesfaye weighs out pros and cons of his success as The Weeknd. Indeed, beneath Daft Punk’s slick, polished production, the swaggering and indelibly catchy track — like much of Tesfaye’s work — houses something much darker, a snapshot of a human battling demons both internal and external. The melancholy of the song’s core isn’t […]

By Michelle Geslani

Dave Grohl, A Tribe Called Quest, Anderson .Paak supergroup to perform at the 2017 Grammy Awards

Photos by David Brendan Hall / Philip Cosores The 2017 Grammy Awards look to be doing everything in their power to ensure a high viewership, especially amidst high-profile boycotts from hip-hop and rap darlings Kanye West, Drake, and Frank Ocean. Along with booking Daft Punk’s first live gig in three years, the awards ceremony plans to stage […]