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A few years back, Charlie Coffeen put together an ensemble to pay live tribute to one of his greatest influences – the legendary producer J. Dilla.

Summer is upon us. Random fireworks, cookouts and (hopefully) sun-drenched relaxation populate the too-short days and nights. And our fresh In Rotation tracks, selected by #TeamVocalo out of hundreds of artist submissions are ready to serve your personal soundtrack. Check out some of the cuts we’ll be spinning on air all month long on our playlist below — and don’t forget to add it to your library so you can stay up to date on handpicked new music, refreshed every month.

The rapper’s upcoming album Haram! (which boasts a diverse set of features from Flo Milli, Santigold, Jesse Boykins III and more) is set to release June 18th.

A growing chorus of artists are speaking out, claiming Rosebud cultivated a toxic environment and unfair business practices.

The single, his first since 2020’s “The Return”, is scheduled for release Friday. This week, Chance announced the release of a new single, scheduled to drop Friday March 5. He expressed the release with his characteristic Black Boy Joy in a moment when a lot of press concerning him has revolved around his ongoing, acrimonious […]

If you’ve yet to tune in and hear me live Monday – Friday from 10am-2pm – you’re truly missing out. But no worries, I’ve put together a small list consisting of five songs that have turned into my favorite records to listen to throughout your upcoming week. For the full experience stream the podcast via […]

Chicago rapper, producer and vlogger LILBOYROC chats with us about “Honey,” keeping creative control, and unreleased music on the way.

Afro-Cuban singer and musician La Dame Blanche is featured in this month’s first mini music profile.

Chicago-based singer and activist Pradia Rhymes talks “Starz,” her musical beginnings, and manifesting inner peace.

Episode 15 and it’s a big one! New music, a new correspondent, and an old problem addressed by a (not-so) new representative.