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Foe Lucy’s Vol. 4 – [Bandland ZZ]

In every city you go to or tap in with, you will understand that there isn’t one singular sound of music. Even in New York City where drill is huge right now, Atlanta where trap became a staple, or Los Angeles where smooth, hyphy music is what listeners expect, there is so much more than just those styles. Sure, these might be the most popular and what the rest of the world knows them for, but that shouldn’t undercut the other artists who are thinking outside of the box and trying something different. As I’ve made abundantly clear before, Chicago is probably the largest melting pot in terms of sounds and different types of music that I can think of, and while drill might’ve been the focal point here for quite some time, it isn’t the only genre that exists. Bandland ZZ is someone who was sent my way the other day, and although I had told the homie who sent a snippet that I was unfamiliar with him, I realized that I actually was aware of his presence after he was featured on the song “10nidwendu” by Valee, so he definitely has been on my radar in the past. …

10nidwendu – [Valee] ft. [Bandland ZZ]

Out of all of the musicians in Chicago that are making some of the most unique types of music, Valee is one of my all-time favorites. While outsiders might look at his effortless flows and lack of enthusiasm as a weakness, these qualities draw me in more than I could have imagined because he makes things sound so easy and natural when the different flows and cadences he utilizes are anything but easy. In his most recent record “10nidwendu”, he recruits Bandland ZZ who is a Chicago emcee I was previously unfamiliar with, but after taking a listen, it makes perfect sense why the Chicago sensation decided to incorporate this rising talent in his record. As for the instrumental produced by Ayochillmannn, a hasty and almost troublesome piano melody plays out behind some intense percussion and some pungent kick drums that provide a bit of swiftness to the track. On the hook, Valee pretty much repeats the title of the song over and over in his nonchalant demeanor, and while I’m still not entirely sure what this phrase or word means, Valee makes it sound as smooth and cool as can be. When Bandland goes in, he has a similar …

Chitty Chitty – [Bandland Zz]

There are certain rappers who have such a distinct style that they immediately engrave themselves into your memory from the first time you hear them, whether it be an iconic flow, an unconventional way of rhyming, or the quality of their voice. Bandland Zz just might be in possession of all of those qualities, and all of them are on display in his new song and music video “Chitty Chitty”. The Chicago-born rapper places listeners in his world, which he literally deems “bandland”, through his music in general and on this track and video specifically. He makes his reality the subject of his rapping through a barrage of monotonous, overlapping flows that come in the form of one long verse. He doesn’t rely on much to keep a listener invested besides the presence of his own voice, and he makes it work by switching things up just when you think you have his rhyme scheme pinned down. The production emphasizes Bandland Zz’s minimal style too, as Chicago’s Rio Mac (Valee, Calboy) comes through with his signature booming, brash 808s. Watch the music video for Bandland Zz’s “Chitty Chitty”, made by HighVisionFilms, below:

Q&A: Jay2’s Energy Brightens Zero Fatigue’s Roster

After taking a break from releasing new music, Chicago rapper Jay2 returned last month with a new EP aptly titled ‘4 Tha Wait’. The 7-song project features some of Jay2’s most energetic music yet, taking the same fast-paced flows and animated wordplay that’s remained consistent throughout his work and packaging it in a more melodic way–a natural progression for his already lively, lighthearted style. Jay2’s evolution as an artist has been an ongoing process, beginning when he first started working with engineer Chris Classick. Through Classick, he met Smino and Bari in 2012, and started working with Monte Booker not too long after that. Coming up with a tight circle of collaborators and friends, which later led to the formation of Zero Fatigue, has allowed Jay2 to hone his craft over the years. Now, the 24-year-old artist is gearing up for a headlining show at Schubas this Friday. Read about the upcoming show, his favorite Lil Wayne mixtapes, and his forthcoming album in our latest interview: — MDR: How/when did you get into music? Jay2: When I was maybe 15. I always liked it, and I used to do little freestyles when I was younger on a voice recorder. Then …