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Luigi – [2KBABY] ft. [Chief Keef]

2KBABY is an artist who I heard so much buzz about, but I never got around to checking out his music, somehow. Although Jack Harlow is an artist who can be considered the face of Louisville rap, there are so many incredible talents hailing from the Ville, and 2K is definitely a name you should keep in your head, and this was made obvious to me after I finally tuned in and realized what I was missing out on. He might still be scratching and clawing his way through the ranks of the music industry, but he already has a solidified foundation in the scene after working with numerous other artists including G Herbo, Marshmello, and others as well as a few other promising collaborations on the way with names like Murda Beatz. Most recently, the song that finally got me to listen up and pay attention was “Luigi”, 2K’s latest track with Chicago icon Chief Keef, so when I saw this record and Jay Pusha-directed music video came out towards the end of last week, I couldn’t put it off any longer. In the instrumental, there are some optimistic, resilient piano keys that are brought to new levels once …

Winners – [Smoko Ono] ft. [Yxng Bane] [Chance the Rapper] & [Joey Purp]

Chicago never fails to impress me, and I know I say that in pretty much any article I write about a Chicago artist, but the simple fact is that it’s just so true. While Chief Keef created waves a decade ago and put the drill scene on the map, Chance the Rapper proved to the rest of the world that there is a different side of Chicago music, and so many other artists continue to make this point known with all of the diverse sounds coming out of the Windy City. Smoko Ono is a producer from Chi-Town who has been creating the soundtrack for so many different artists, and his versatility behind the production software is truly something that amazes me every time. Things only get better and better when you add in a few Chicago friends of his on any song, and most recently he recruited Chance and Joey Purp as well as British emcee Yxng Bane for their song “Winners”, and this is the perfect, lighthearted record that you need in your life sooner rather than later. Opening up with Smoko’s dancehall-inspired production, he incorporates fresh, joyous melodies alongside consistently tapping percussion and thumping, tempo-setting drums that …

Kill Bill – [Bigbodyfiji]

Although I’m a huge fan of various different regions within the hip-hop and rap scenes, nothing hits the same as music coming out of Chicago, in my personal opinion. I just feel so much more connected to the artists here, probably because this is the city I call home, but either way, I’m always paying attention to artists releasing new music and I’m definitely one of the first to support if I get the chance. Although Bigbodyfiji might be a name that out of towners could be unfamiliar with, local fans are always supportive and excited about his music no matter what. Despite the fact that he has taken some breaks in between releases in recent history, it makes me that much more excited to check out his work when I do see something new on his social media platforms and I make sure to peep every single song he drops. Most recently, he’s back with a song called “Kill Bill” that definitely shows a different side of himself, but I couldn’t have enjoyed this listen more than I did after checking it out today. Those who are familiar with Fiji know that he is typically an artist who likes …

Danny Block – [Lil Zay Osama]

Chicago is a city that I couldn’t be prouder to be from if I wanted to, and my pride continues to get stronger as more and more artists continue to put out great music. I’m a huge proponent of expressing my opinion about how underrated the music scene in this city truly is, and while there are tons of fans of the artists hailing from the Windy City, I think it always deserves so much more recognition than it currently receives. It’s obvious that drill music is what honestly put this city on the map, and even though there are countless artists outside of this genre that deserve more time in the spotlight, I am always rooting for the drill scene to continue to thrive, even if it has been almost a decade since artists like Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Lil Herb, and Lil Bibby first brought some recognition to Chi-town. These artists are obviously still going crazy and blowing up to epic proportions, but other artists are still grinding their way into the spotlight, and one of the most notable figures is definitely Lil Zay Osama. That’s why, I couldn’t be more excited about the release of his newest …

HARLEY QUINN – [Chief Keef] & [Mike WiLL Made-It]

It’s no secret that Chief Keef is the king of drill music, and when you pair him up with a master producer like Mike WiLL Made-It, there is no way that anything but magic is going to be made. Although Keef has had his ups and downs throughout his career, he has steadily dropped off so much music that manages to fly under the radar, I’m honestly shocked more people don’t talk about it. After teasing a joint project months ago by releasing a few singles off of the album, I couldn’t be more excited to share their latest collaboration entitled “HARLEY QUINN”, and after tuning in, you’re going to find out exactly what this duo is capable of. On the beat, Mike utilizes some interesting synths, deep, bellowing horns, and thunderous 808s that combine with the percussive elements of the track unbelievably well, giving Sosa all the room in the world to take this song in whichever direction he pleases. When he first comes in, he drops off some individual lines that are full of attack and aggression, and although his vocals contain a bit less autotune than normal, it makes the assault behind his delivery that much clearer. …

Pick Da Cash Up – [1banboy]

Richmond, VA artist 1banboy is in our pages again today with his new visual for “pick da cash up” which is some of my favorite music to come out of the underground in the past few months and he recently just unloaded a new EP titled “Ben Wallace” which was easily one of my favorite projects to come from Virginia this year. He takes a good bit of influence from early-Chief Keef in both his flows and beat selection, in the best way possible, and has a rather familiar sound but is still building it in a direction that very few other artists are doing and certainly not in his area. 1banboy’s delivery was quick and syncopated as he glides over the instrumental that is sure to bust out your speakers between the deafening percussion and trumpet selection. I really, really fuck with 1banboy and the entire scene in Richmond, VA and I am really looking forward to hearing more and more new music from him and his friends.

The Talk – [Chief Keef]

Whether you’re looking at the history of modern-day music in Chicago or music throughout the entire world, Chief Keef is an artist that is simply a legend. While people might hate on him a bit in recent years because of his influx of releases, I think he’s still one of the most creative and inventive musicians in the entire game. Despite his wealth and life on the West Coast ever since leaving Chicago, he still remembers his roots clear as day and makes sure he specifies that he’s not someone to mess with no matter who you think you are. I truly believe Keef still has a ton of unbelievable music in the vault that old Sosa fans would enjoy, yet so many people have just closed their minds to a new age of Keef because it’s not Finally Rich, and that’s just unfortunate for them. Recently, he teamed up with producer Akachi Glo to bring his song “The Talk” to life, and this is a great example of an incredible song that haters are going to miss out on because they’re too busy dwelling in the past to look ahead at the future. As the beat begins, we can …

Sofaygo, The Boy Who Believed

When Andre Dontrel Burt decided to release the three-track EP, We Are Aliens, as SoFaygo, a new pseudonym to replace his former rap name, Trvllinese, the reception wasn’t exactly favorable. “I was getting backlash when I made that transition in 2018,” the 19-year-old rapper remembered, “People was not fucking with it. They liked Trvllinese better. I told them, bro, watch, y’all gonna see.” You make it seem like you knew what was going to happen? “I did,” he replied, “I always felt like I was going to be great, bro.”  Self-assurance doesn’t come in short supply for the Georgia-born teen. His need for a superstar’s resolve dates back to Junior year at Harrison High School. “I started caring less about people’s opinions in 11th grade,” SoFaygo recalled, “That’s when I started wearing different kinds of clothes, dyeing my hair in all different kinds of colors, just adapting to what Atlanta was on at the time.” “But niggas used to try me, bruh,” he asserted. “I don’t know why, maybe because I was different, but they would call me and my music weird.” With a light chuckle, the confident rookie added, “I was having none of that, bruh. I was always …

NEW BUGATTI – [Lil Gnar] ft. [Ski Mask the Slump God] [Chief Keef] & [DJ Scheme]

In the new age of rap music, there are a few stars that steal the show. That’s why, when I saw 4 of the most prominent names in music team up on a song together, I didn’t sleep for days leading up to the record’s release. The song I’m talking about is “NEW BUGATTI”, of course, by Lil Gnar featuring Ski Mask the Slump God, Chief Keef, and DJ Scheme. Scheme and Nuri teamed up to bring this instrumental to life with some almost sinister synths that are eventually bombarded with crashing percussion and thunderous drums, all of which are elements that all of these artists absolutely thrive on. As Gnar comes in, he drops off a hook that is unforgettable and considering this is how most of his choruses are, this doesn’t come as a surprise. In his verse, he sticks with a similar disposition and sonic style, yet he rotates through a plethora of various cadences that are incredibly captivating, to say the least. After another chorus that’s riddled with Ski’s trademark ad-libs, we’re led right into ski’s verse which is chock-full of entertaining wordplays, distinct and gritty personality, and some of the more entertaining cadences you’ll hear …

A Q&A with Chicago’s Speedyville Nardy

Chicago street music has been written about more perhaps than any other city’s scene in the past decade, focusing primarily on Chief Keef, Lil Reese, Lil Durk, and co. initially at first and eventually began to also encompass their “oops” into the fold of established Chicagoans who didn’t have to make overly-conscious or mosh-worthy music to take the city, and world, by storm, but unfortunately this one-sided angle that many on the outside looking in framed the Windy City with it greatly diminished the artistic contributions of many other artists purely because they had been left out of publicly-known beefs that have become a sick fascination to many Chicago outsiders who voyeuristically enjoy the violence and destruction of a proud community. One artist who hasn’t been able to quite grab the attention of the rest of the city despite his consistent musical output and unique perspective is Riverdale, Illinois rapper Speedyville Nardy who hails from “Speedyville” or the Paysetter Housing Projects that lie just beyond Chicago-proper’s boundary, but don’t you dare let that make you think shits sweet. Both Nardy and his neighborhood are named after his deceased brother Speedy who Nardy continues the legacy of through each song. Nardy’s …