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Trim – [Lil Zay Osama] ft. [PGF Nuk]

Lil Zay Osama has been a legend in Chicago for more years than I could probably count, but it seems like, over the last few years, he has really blown up more than ever before. It seems like anyone who matters in the rap world here is on his side, and anyone who doesn’t ride with the Windy City spitter is behind the curve. Although he has come across my radar for a while, it wasn’t until recently (in the grand scheme of things) that I really started to pay attention, and I am sure glad I did. Zay has worked with the biggest names in drill music including Lil Durk, G Herbo, and more, but he has also collaborated with superstars not necessarily classified in this subgenre like Icewear Vezzo, Benny the Butcher, Sada Baby, Sheff G, Jackboy, Lil Tjay, and even Sean Kingston, amongst way too many others to count. His connections don’t stop there, though, because especially recently, he has been tapping in with some of Chi-Town’s most prominent young icons including the DCG Brothers, Fastmoney Ant, and even PGF Nuk, an emcee who is considered to be one of the most exciting up-and-comers in many years. …

Say Datt – [Fastmoney Ant] & [Lil Zay Osama]

There was a moment in time a few years ago when I realized that I began to fall out of love with the drill scene in Chicago. There wasn’t any overtly specific reasoning behind my loss of interest, but I just felt like I had found my time being consumed by other genres and different types of music. I also just felt like I was spoiled by that initial explosion I got to witness first-hand a decade ago when Chief Keef, Lil Durk, G Herbo, and all of those guys first blew up. Well, there is a new generation of drill musicians here, and I am beyond happy to say that my interest is at least where it was back then, if not maybe even a little more eager to see where these young talents are going to go. The DCG brothers were the first duo to draw me back in thanks to their IDGAF attitudes and unique spin on the classic sound. Lil Zay Osama is someone who has been a local legend for years, but I just got heavily in tune with him over the past few trips around the sun, so his skills have excited me all …

WYO – [DCG Brothers] ft. [PGF Nuk]

Although drill music may have just started to pop off around a decade ago here in Chicago, it’s absolutely insane to think about how much it has impacted the entire music industry as a whole. Drill artists may have once been regarded by outsiders as aggressive, hostile music, but if you really listen to the words, it’s a story about the lives of these emcees. While there are clearly threats, violence, and antagonism throughout any drill song you tap in with that I may not condone myself, it is a part of the art and I feel like that needs to be respected in its own right. It also feels like this subgenre is one of the fastest moving and quickly transforming styles because usually you can track the evolution of a style and see how it has progressively changed, but that’s tough to do with drill considering how recently it was conceived and how much it has changed in only a handful of years. Classic drill and songs that came from the early 2010s will never go away luckily, but the new wave of the subgenre is here, and it is spearheaded by emcees like the DCG Brothers. These …

Get Money – [DCG Shun] & [DCG Bsavv] ft. [Moneysign $uede]

Not everyone has the same rise to fame or game plan of how to reach the spotlight, but these unique stories are things that I love to learn about, and I appreciate the events even more when I am there to witness them in real-time. Drill music is clearly a staple of the Chicago music scene’s history, and while it has taken many different forms over the years, it has always been a subgenre that I love to study because the saga behind it is just so intriguing. The DCG brothers are the latest success story coming out of the Windy City, but considering they dropped singles for well over a year prior to their mixtape Jungle Life’s release, it was certainly a different approach that not many other artists in similar situations opted to take. Going even beyond this, they also have never really recruited a ton of features compared to the amount of music they have put out. I think this is most likely because they have each other’s enthusiastic personalities to play off of, but also due to the fact that they didn’t need anyone else to get listens or views because they were the stars of …

The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash Through My Eyes: Full Weekend Recap

Preface Yes, this article is super long and tedious, my bad…. Forewarning, if you’ve already read my other recaps for each individual day, skip to the end for a few words of admiration to the LL family, from me! Every year, the Summer Smash seems to get bigger, better, and more insane than ever before, and 2022 is definitely no exception. Unfortunately, I missed the first year or two because of one reason or another, so 2021 was actually my first time experiencing this event live and in person. At the same time, though, I had been to various other concerts hosted by LL dating all the way back to Lil Uzi Vert’s first-ever Chicago performance way back in April of 2016, so I know how we throw down at live events, and I also know just how loyal, supportive, and turnt up our fans get every chance they get. 2022 had some curveballs thrown at the team including a detrimental storm that almost paused the entire festival, but thanks to the consistently hard-working and ride-or-die group of individuals who put this fest together, the show went on without a hitch! I just want to clarify that this article is …

The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash Through My Eyes: Sunday Recap

Preface Every year, the Summer Smash seems to get bigger, better, and more insane than ever before, and 2022 is definitely no exception. Unfortunately, I missed the first year or two because of one reason or another, so 2021 was actually my first time experiencing this event live and in person. At the same time, though, I had been to various other concerts hosted by LL dating all the way back to Lil Uzi Vert’s first-ever Chicago performance way back in April of 2016, so I know how we throw down at live events, and I also know just how loyal, supportive, and turnt up our fans get every chance they get. 2022 had some curveballs thrown at the team including a detrimental storm that almost paused the entire festival, but thanks to the consistently hard-working and ride-or-die group of individuals who put this fest together, the show went on without a hitch! I just want to clarify that this article is solely based on my own experience and not from the point of view of anybody else. I know this isn’t the typical article I may normally write, but I figured it would be a good stroll down memory …

Buss It – [DCG Brothers]

It definitely doesn’t take a lot for me to get excited about the Chicago music scene, and it definitely doesn’t take very much to get me to write about it either. That’s not because my expectations are low or because I want to promote hometown artists even if they’re not totally polished quite yet. Instead, it’s because even the most underground, local emcees are doing their thing in an unignorable fashion, and as you move up the ladder of fame and fortune, these things don’t change, the overall sound quality of the music just seems to get better thanks to their access to more professional equipment. Ever since I found out about the DCG Brothers probably over a year or two ago, I was instantaneously mesmerized by their addicting personalities, their individual aptitudes, and most of all, their out-of-the-box take on Chicago drill music. It might’ve taken longer than I had hoped for, but I finally got the chance to see them this past weekend at the Summer Smash and let me tell you, Bsavv and Shun know how to put on an all-out clinic. Their energy seems to get brought to even higher levels in front of a crowd, …

Jungle Life – [DCG Shun] & [DCG Bsavv]

Chicago is one of those places that’s known for a few things. Outsiders look at it as a city built on sports, hot dogs, deep dish pizza, and Italian beef. While this is true to an extent, it’s also so much more than that, but only the locals seem to understand this fact. As a music fan growing up here, the drill scene took over such a prominent part of my life that I feel like it deserves to be included in that aforementioned list of things we’re known for, and although it seemed like there was a moment where this subgenre began to waiver or not be as impactful as it once was, people like the DCG brothers are here to breathe such new, entertaining life into it that there’s no denying its revival is in full force. They just take such a different approach when compared to other legends who came before them, and that’s why new releases like their latest record “Jungle Life” are so essential. Produced by their go-to hitmaker Spank on da Beat, this is actually a cut from their project of the same name, so the No More Heroes-directed music video is here to …

Getting to know: SPVNK ONNA BEAT

I recently caught wind of Chicago producer SPANKONTHEBEAT after getting further into the libraries of other Chicago talents like the DCG Brothers and CP.  His talent and creativity have garnered him respect and a solid following, especially in the city. As he continues to produce beautiful pieces with talented artists to supplement his skills, his name will become a household one well-beyond Chicago. We’ll jump right into it from here, so allow me to introduce, for those who aren’t already hip, Spvnk Onna Beat. Lyrical Lemonade (LL) : Spvnk, it’s a pleasure to sit down and have a brief introduction to you as a person and an artist. Let’s get this off the table first: do you formally go as SPVNKONTHEBEAT, Spvnk Onna Beat, justspvnk — what do you prefer? Spvnk: I started as justspvnk reason being it cost $0 to just be you, but the ppl coined the phrase “Spvnk onna beat” off the production tag so I stuck with that as a stage name long as you replace the A with a V. LL: Take us through some of your recent work? Spvnk: I’ve been getting more into mixing the traditional 90’s early 2000’s way of producing with …

Mr. Perfect – [SG Batman]

Chicago wouldn’t be even close to the behemoth that we are today without the originators of drill music who paved the way for so many of the up-and-coming acts to do their thing and make a name for themselves. Although there were quite a few years in the later 2010s and very early 2020s where drill seemed to be dying out, or at least it was overshadowed by other talents who were making equally as innovative music as their predecessors, I am beyond grateful that the current generation of drill hitmakers are really thinking outside the box and bringing this subgenre back to what it used to be. Artists like the DCG Brothers, Fastmoney Ant, Lil Eazzyy, and more have taken this sound and made it their own, each displaying their own trademark style that differentiates themselves from anyone else currently working on their sound in this genre, as well as anyone else that has ever done it in the past. Out of all the names I could list, though, SG Batman is someone I was slightly more unfamiliar with, but considering I’ve seen his name pop up so much recently and his recent song “Mr. Perfect” was sent my …