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Jazz drummer, beat scientist and bandleader Makaya McCraven keeps past music alive — but puts his own spin on it.

MCs Olskool Ice-Gre and E.P. da Hellcat entered the studio for the first time in more than a decade at the behest of Kanye West.

On his new self-titled record, Vince Staples is unapologetically himself — asking listeners “ARE YOU WITH THAT?” from the album’s outset.

North Side Chicago alternative hip-hop duo Stranded Civilians returns to the scene with their latest single “Midwestside.”

Juice Mazelee is an exciting young Chicago hip-hop artist with a unique flair and a willingness to delve into deep and challenging topics.

For the month of June, Bekoe shares his top 5 Poised To Break Though selections!

Stream June’s selections of Poised To Break Though artists chosen from underground acts that we love.

Vocalo’s Jill Hopkins checked out our June In Rotation playlist and chose some heat of her own: tracks that are perfect for a day at the lake or a night on the town.

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.