Chicago underground heavyweight, Monster Mike, kicked off the new year with a surprise EP simply titled, 1-1-2018, produced entirely by Faded Kye with some help from Blank Body on “Minivan”. The 7-track project flexes Mike’s ability to drop gritty, authentic bars over a range of beats that hit hard on any speaker. The sole feature on the tape is none other than Stunnaman Stacks, Decent Militia superstar, on “D-Block Zone 1” which finds both Chicago rappers coming together for one of the more catchier offerings. By far my favorite track however is “Gas”, where Mike raps, “Yeah I’m smoking on this gas/let her hit it now she gassed up…” Anyone with the shits will have no problem vibing to these fresh sounds, and always one to level up- we can surely expect a year of elevation for the veteran lyricist. A true Chicago gem, be sure to start your year on a positive note and get in tune with Monster Mike’s latest EP 1-1-2018 now by hitting play below!