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Bond Hold – [DCG Shun] & [DCG Bsavv]

A young man’s game is a phrase that people use to describe various different things, but it feels like over the past few years, it’s a saying that has taken over the music industry. I think there are some caveats to this, though. I say that because while it seems like artists are getting introduced into the hip-hop world at younger ages, they really come into their own as they have bobbed and weaved through the industry for a couple of years. The DCG Brothers are a perfect example of this because the two siblings took the world by storm a couple of years ago with their aggressively youthful personalities, but I feel like they have only gotten better with experience and maturity. Their album Jungle Life which dropped back in April is the only thing you need to hear to see their growth as artists and as people, because they are on a whole new level than they were even last year when they were dropping single after single. While these songs were awesome, they weren’t going to be able to necessarily get people to take them seriously in music despite the fact that they were certainly being taken …

Hanging With Wolves – [Lil Durk]

The empire that Lil Durk has built around his Only The Family label is truly magnificent, but I guess that’s what we should expect from an absolute veteran in the music industry. That’s not to take away from his accomplishments, either, because we’ve seen emcees who have tried to do what he has done, but they end up creating a little league team compared to his professional lineup of hitmakers. Simply put, Chicago wouldn’t be the same music mecca it is today without Lil Durk’s contributions, and he isn’t even close to being done. Along with the release of his brand-new Jerry Productions-directed video single “Hanging With Wolves” produced by Chopsquad DJ, Durk also announced that he and his OTF squad are planning to drop their Loyal Bros 2 album on December 16. We already know to expect a myriad of anthems, but with hometown heroes spitting verses alongside the lineup of features including Kodak Black, Future, Icewear Vezzo, and more, there’s no way that you can overlook this one when it drops next week on December 16th. While I’m not sure if his latest single is going to be included on the project or not, I could help but …

PULLBACK – [WHOKILLEDEXIX]

Hyperpop has always been a subgenre that I have been obsessed with since tapping in with these artists probably a year and a half ago or so, and that admiration has really become focused on a select handful of musicians as time went on. Obviously, I love glaive, ericdoa, Brakence, aldn, and that whole group of artists, but if you’re not traditionally mentioned in the same sentence as them, I just don’t often tune in as much as I would like. I say this with the exception of WHOKILLEDXIX, a Connecticut-raised, Los Angeles-based duo that took this already innovative genre and flipped it on its head entirely. I feel like they’re the antiheroes of hyperpop because while their music contains telltale elements that other artists feature, they take the chaos, energy, and strangeness of the musical style and entirely exploit the vitality that these things bring to the table. Although they’ve already dropped an EP earlier this year that was awesome, they decided to head into the end of 2022 with a strong push, releasing their debut album PULLBACK as a continuation to their string of wins. The 15 songs on this project run just over 40 minutes long, so …

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. …

Chief Keef Launches New Record Label 43B, Signs Lil Gnar

I know I usually strictly write about new songs, videos, and albums that come out in order to put some new listeners on or to show some love to artists that I feel truly deserve it. At the same time, there are just some pieces of news that are simply too intriguing to me to not write about, and I enjoy doing pieces like this because it helps break up the monotony of writing that comes along every now and then. Plus, I always love to see hometown heroes win, and I love to see artists that I heavily support get their own moment in the spotlight as well, so you can already assume that I wasn’t going to let the opportunity to talk about Chief Keef’s brand-new record label 43B slip through my fingers. In partnership with RBC Records/BMG, this label aims to give a platform and an opportunity to artists who are changing the trajectory of music as we know it, much like Sosa did when he took the world by storm over a decade ago. 43B actually stands for “Forget Everybody”, and this places heavy emphasis on being your own person, blazing your own trails, and not …

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 …

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 …

Backdoor – [PGF Nuk]

I love how Chicago is a city that never fails to let me down when it comes to learning about talented up-and-comers. Sure, since I live here, I should probably already have known about PGF Nuk and the insane movement that he has been bringing to life throughout his years as an emcee, but it wasn’t until a recent road trip that my brother turned on a song that I simply couldn’t help but look up myself. Since then, I realized that there is no shortage of output from the rising talent, and one of his most recent releases was called “Backdoor” which is a heater in and of itself, but it also comes with a No More Heroes-presented and J.Smithfilms music video that undeniably takes things to an entirely different level. The song sounds like a new, sinister take on a classic drill-inspired track that made me fall in love with the menacing subgenre about a decade ago, and while I feel like Nuk can easily draw comparisons to the DCG Brothers, I firmly believe that he is going to see his career take off in a similar way (if he hasn’t seen it already). The music video is …

Stompin – [NLE Choppa]

NLE Choppa is an emcee who I feel seems to transcend the current timing that is often placed on artists in his position. I feel like so many other talents that were in his shoes had a glow-up of about a year or so maximum, and then they kind of fall into their own niche, never to be talked about on a mainstream level really ever again. NLE is the exception, though, because he has made his presence known from the moment he entered the scene all the way up until now, and his presence has become more known as time has gone on. He obviously has massive hits already under his belt, but as he has grown in fame, he has also grown as a person, and this is more apparent than ever on his latest mixtape Me Vs. Me, an introspective project that shows off his inner workings more than we have ever seen before, and although his skills are obviously as sharp as ever, he has taken things another step further in order to truly show that he’s not just in this career for the money or the fame. At only 19 years old, NLE feels much …

Zone 2 Zone – [SenseiATL]

SenseiATL has been one of the unsung heroes of the Atlanta underground music scene, having his hand in countless songs and trends that have shaped his city, soundcloud, and even mainstream sonic trends, pushing the trap style forwards through the past decade and continuing to innovate as the ’20’s roll forwards. His bag is endlessly deep and he creates everything from bouncy and melodic r&b instrumentals to being one of the foremost architects of the ‘Atlanta-drill’ sound if you will. His catalog is formidable and has aided dozens of artists to finding their best sounds and has the consistency as well as variety to always suit whoever he is working with. I was very excited to see him recently unveil his latest EP Zone 2 Zone, giving us only three tracks but coming from a trio of his earliest and most frequent collaborators, Tony Shhnow, 10kdunkin, and ATLSmook and Sensei understands their styles and preferred pockets intimately, making this EP incredibly short in run-time but very potent in substance. He and Tony’s intro “Die Rich” is one of my very favorite Tony songs in what has become one of music’s deepest repertoires as Tony has flooded the streets with tape after tape …