Go! – [D2X]

Chicago artist D2X has been releasing some solid music and making a name for himself over the past year or so, tonight he is finding himself back on our pages with his brand new music video for “Go”. Not only has D2X been making himself known around the city, his music really slaps too, and he has been pushing it properly if you ask me. This time around D2X connected with Lway Inc who directed this video, ad together they created a feel-good jam that displays them having some fun around the great city of Chicago. If you’re into the Chicago hip-hop community or just a fan of the genre in general, I suggest that you keep an eye out for this kid, go ahead & peep his new visual below!

Go! – [D2X]

The last I spoke to D2X, he stressed how important experimenting with his songwriting process has been for him recently. “I’ve evolved as far as expanding my sound and making new things, and I will continue to do that,” he said in an interview last month. Today, the Chicago rapper illustrates exactly what he means with a new song titled “Go!”. Retrofitting a house music sample with bassy 808s, “Go!” channels the uncontainable, raw energy of a basement party. It may sound like an unconventional beat to rap on, but D2X sounds unfazed by the challenge as he finds flows that fit with the jagged-edged contours of the beat. While the beat might mark an experimental shift in D2X’s discography, his lyrical content and overall presence on the beat remain the same: he continues to prove he’s at his best when evoking motivational messages in his raps, executing them with unbridled conviction and a booming voice that demands a listeners attention. Listen to “Go!” below: produced by @TheKidMarquis

Evolving with Chicago’s own D2X

A year ago, I spoke to D2X over the phone. The then 20-year-old rapper from Chicago’s south suburbs was just about to release his debut EP ‘Enjoy Life’. The EP, as its title might suggest, communicated a mindset that the rising artist had finally settled on: after backing out of college basketball offers, recording in a professional studio for the first time, and finding confidence in his skills as a rapper, D2X was finally ready to pursue that which truly made him happy. Now, on a mid-July afternoon, as the sunlight starts to barely creep in through the boarded-up window panes, D2X sits next to me on a couch in the lounge of the Lyrical Lemonade office. He’s joined by his right-hand producer Glohan Beats and friends/photographers John and Tove. A can of lemonade in hand, D2X starts to catch me up on what has changed since we last spoke. His viral track “Woop Woop” got played on Chicago’s legendary Power 92 radio station, and recently he’s headlined his first concert as part of Illanoize Radio’s Let’s Get Social series. Though these career highlights stand out in our conversation, what’s most apparent is how D2X’s demeanor feels almost exactly the same …

Pressure – [SwaggGod2X]

Chicago bred artist SwaggGod2X drops in hot with a visual to his latest track “Pressure.” The track speaks of reality coming out of the trenches, and what applying pressure really is. “Yeah I came up from the trenches, yeah I came from nothing.” Many people have flawed views of what life is like growing up in the gutter, and he’s trying to portray to those people the danger that he’s encountered and has to be prepared to act on. The video produced by DylanSatherVisuals shows SwaggGod2X posted in a garage with a piece, an abandoned fire escape, and an old stairwell showing the rustic, forgotten energy that SwaggGod’s trying to point out in the track. Watch SwaggGod2X – Pressure (Official Music Video) below!

Watch D2X’s brand new interview on Illanoize

D2X was one of the latest guest on the solid interview platform that is Illanoize Radio, and it made for a dope interview you shouldn’t miss! Illinoins Jones, Pretty Riot and Bekoe asked D2X about plenty of interesting topics such as some of the songs he has created, making shorter songs, turning down a basketball career to pursue music, wanting to collab with Valee, what his studio sessions look like, his high school days, wine, social media, marketing himself, how the mind works, going to school for journalism and music business, being nominated for the McDonald’s All American team, crediting producers, Chicago basketball, being aware and more. Take some time out of your day to peep this brand new interview below!

VVS – [D2X] ft. [Kid Marquis] [Glohan Beats]

A lot has changed in the career of rapper D2X since I first encountered the Chicago emcee’s music last summer. From dropping his ‘Enjoy Life’ EP to getting spun on legendary Chicago hip-hop rap radio station Power 92, D2X has seen his stock rise steadily since he started fully committing himself to his craft in 2016, and he continues this growth on his latest track, “VVS”. While D2X has proven he’s capable of spitting more introspective bars when he wants to, he instead takes a moment to flex. Painting a rags-to-riches picture with his verses, D2X uses “VVS” to refer to the diamond-level luxury he’s been aspiring to while still making use of his impressive lyrical capabilities. He keeps his circle consistent too, working with frequent collaborators Kid Marquis and Glohan Beats who accentuate the rapper’s flows with their own.

Next Song (DaBaby Remix) – [D2X]

2019 has already been a breakout year for DaBaby. After inking a major deal with Interscope, dropping his Billboard-charting ‘Baby on Baby’ project, and embarking on a national headlining tour, it doesn’t seem like the Charlotte, NC native will stop heating up any time soon. His rise has drawn eyes and ears of hip-hop fans and other up-and-coming rappers alike, even inspiring one Chicago rapper to put his own spin on one of DaBaby’s hardest tracks to date. D2X is in the midst of his own come-up himself, and the seismic waves of his talent have already started reverberating through Chicago’s local scene. Last year, he released his ‘Enjoy Life’ EP and gained the attention of DJ Pharris at Power 92 with his song “Woop Woop”. For his latest drop, he’s remixed Da Baby’s “Next Song”—one of the standout tracks on 2018’s ‘Blank Blank’. The “Next Song” instrumental serves as an ideal blueprint for remixing, with its hard baseline and a simple yet remarkably menacing melody. D2X takes full advantage of this beat, filling in the gaps with his straightforward lyrical style and self-assured presence resonating throughout. He weaves in his own story to take possession of the track, referencing his …

XXL – [Levi Carter]

Despite being on Cousin Stizz’s One Night Only Tour for the past few months, Virginia artist Levi Carter is wasting no time in getting back into the swing of things with a new visual companion for his hypnotic track, “XXL” featuring cameos from a few of Boston’s premier names in Stizz himself, Dreaveli, Reefyeus, and Big Leano. The Roc Nation representative’s inimitable, futuristic sound has undoubtedly served him well throughout 2017, and heading into the new year, this is exactly the caliber of release that will ensure further success for Levi Carter in 2018. Directed by @thatvideokid, these visuals find themselves traveling through a colorful atmosphere of nostalgic yet futuristic feelings, emphasizing the illustrative nature of Lord Quan’s production on the track along with Carter’s introspective lyricism. Both the audio and visual components of this release mesh together with seamless chemistry, and with the things are looking, I highly recommend getting hip to Levi Carter as soon as possible – needless to say, he’s got next. Watch “XXL” below and let us know what you think the comments.

The Message – [D2X]

D2X has returned, this time with his latest track called “The Message.” Different from D2X’s usual style, he chose to slow this one down in order to match the tone of his solemn message. With a fanbase that is attracted to his aggressive style, this artist took a risk by showing another side of himself on a more melodic sounding instrumental. I hope we can hear a bit more of this style from D2X in the future, he handled this one well. Check it out down below.

Dreams – [D2X]

Last week, D2X decided to end the year with a new collaboration between him and his buddy GLOhan Beats called “Dreams.” In this one, GLOhan challenges D to take it to the next level by giving him a fast-paced instrumental. However, D2X did a great job showing his fans that he could handle the heat. Coming in at just under five minutes of continuous bars, this artist might just have one of his best songs yet. Be sure not to sleep, check out the latest from two artists that are destined to have a hot 2017.