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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, …

Distraction – [Polo G]

There was a moment in time when I had no clue who or when the next actually massive artist was going to emerge from the Chicago scene, which was exciting but also left a lot of people questioning who was going to be the next person to step up. We knew it would happen eventually, but we had no idea what the time frame would be or what they would sound like. Then came Juice WRLD, an artist of uncountable talents who truly changed the world of music as we knew it. Juice was hip to everyone, so when he and Polo G released some music, it was clear that it was Polo’s time to make a statement, and he did time and time again throughout his tenure. This hasn’t changed, either, because he has consistently been one of the hardest, most consistent emcees in the city, so it’s basically a holiday whenever he puts out something new. Although it has been some time, just a handful of days ago he released a brand-new song called “Distraction” as well as a fantastic accompanying music video directed by Christian Breslauer. Southside and Cubeatz teamed up for the production on this one, …

Gift From God – [Lil PJ]

Every few years the Atlanta rap scene goes through an almost implicit changing of the guard largely because there is a new exciting talent emerging out of nowhere every month or less and as these new artists breakout, the underground scene only grows stronger and stronger until these locally loved artists crossover into music’s mainstream consciousness. It is the classic idea of a rising tide lifting all boats and young artists showing potential are supported and assisted by the city’s rap royalty since their teenage years. Southside Atlanta’s Lil PJ is no exception and over the past year or more he has been captivating the attention of the youth and the top figures in his city’s scene that can be seen all over his catalog as features and throughout his Instagram comments. He recently just unloaded his debut mixtape Gift From God that showcases his unique melodic gifts and features many big names from his hometown. PJ shows off his incredible versatility throughout the project, gracing a variety of instrumental styles and revealing a number of different flows. He called upon CEO Trayle, Lil Keed, Lil Gotit, Slimelife Shawty, and BSlime to support as guest verses and PJ sounded right at home …

Trophies – [Prince Ink]

Southside Atlanta’s Prince Ink has been rapping since the early-1990’s but it wasn’t until after his long prison stint that he started to take music more seriously and had experienced a side of life in prison that hopefully most should never have to experience, but it was this hardship that made him realize that he could be the voice to the voiceless and make music that can help those going through the same things he was. The years of incarceration even have an affect on the actual sound of his music that he would describe as “stir-crazy,” tightly wound from all of those days locked away. His newest single “Trophies” features Ink enjoying the success that has followed his tribulation and highlights how much sweeter the victories taste after having been at rock-bottom.

Godby Road – [LoLifeBlacc]

Atlanta’s music scene has been going through a transitional phase of sorts as many of the superstars of yesterday are phasing out into corporatized major label releases, representing the city well no doubt but removing their finger from the pulse of what is trendy at the moment. The last few years saw many new faces get introduced to the city and also saw their graduation into the realm of mainstream consciousness, but there is a strong underground scene bubbling now, full of new faces with the same ambitious mindsets as those who carried the torch before them. LoLifeBlacc has been at the forefront of the underground for nearly five years now, steadily releasing well arranged projects laced with motivational bars and hustle tactics and this consistency has him poised to take a major leap this year to ears far beyond Georgia. He came together with Nashville’s TanaFullyLoaded who has time and time again proven to be an indispensable identifier of new talent and subsequently has been instrumental in helping with the artist development of many of his peers at his young age. Their latest track “Godby Road” honors the treacherous stretch of Atlanta’s Southside that is one of the main …

Broom – [HerDrug]

Southside Atlanta’s own HerDrug made his Lyrical Lemonade debut last month with his tape Adventures of an Addict which flew under the radar of many in the city and online, but what the tape lacks in notoriety it is made up for by Drug’s incredible versatility and artistic direction that shines through across the ten tracks on the project. “Broom” was one of my favorites from the release and just this past week he unloaded a visual to pair with the song, brought to life by the trio of DonnDigital, Tip Skywalker, and DeadPurpp who shot, edited, and handled the VFX respectively. Jootsu handled the production on this track and the bulk of the other installments on Adventures of an Addict and his chemistry with Drug is obvious as he supplies a bevy of varying sounds that all fall comfortably into Drug’s range. I hope we see more visuals from this project and can confidently say that HerDrug is one of my favorite diamonds in the rough in a city packed full of incredible new talent.

Adventures of an Addict – [HerDrug]

HerDrug is back in our pages again today after first landing in them earlier this year alongside fellow Atlantan MoneyMakinMyles when the pair collided on their collaborative EP Makin’ Drugs that was my personal introduction to Drug, but his latest project Adventures of an Addict is definitely his most comprehensive and finest work to date, in my opinion. He clearly has really found his sound since we first wrote about him and put together a wonderfully introspective, entertaining, and sonically-varied project that I think will be the jumping off point to him gaining more notoriety in the artist-packed city that is Atlanta. Drug hails from the Southside and has been making, recording, and producing music for years now, steadily perfecting his craft and touching every facet of the creation of his art. Adventures is a ten-track project with no features that gives a very three-dimensional look into HerDrug’s outlook and mind-state, introducing the inquisitive, honest, and very high character that many I am sure will relate to. He received a bulk of production support from Jootsu who has been involved in the creation of many memorable tracks, most notably his track “Tell Em!” with $not and Cochise. HerDrug’s delivery will probably very quickly register to you …

Soufside – [Latto]

“Soufside” Latto is my favorite version of the BET “Best Female Hip Hop Artist” and “Best New Artist” winner. Any chance she gets, Latto reps her ‘Soufside’ hometown. Navigating through her city in a pink car she raps “I’m from the southside, poppin’ sh*t like I run sh*t. I’m from the southside, not the two I’m the one, b*tch.” Earlier this year she released her single “Big Energy” that sampled Tom Tom Club’s 1981 eclectic disco-infused “Genius of Love”. This single was unlike anything else we have seen from Latto this year. It had a very old-school vibe to it and it felt more commercial. “I’ve been trying all the type of sh– and that’s how we come up. That’s how we came up with ‘Big Energy’ [by] just being open ears, being a true creative, and being open to anything. [I’m] trying new things and taking myself out of my comfort zone [and] out my element to produce a better product for my fans,” she revealed to Essence Magazine. On the flip side, her ability to become a more versatile artist by trying new things fans wouldn’t expect to see from her is the reason Latto is constantly evolving …

Southside – [Ohana Bam]

It seems like I’ve been writing more and more about the music coming out of Chicago recently more than ever before, but that’s just because I feel almost as if it’s my duty to bring a spotlight to some of the artists here that deserve so much more recognition than they receive. While it’s no secret that there is talent oozing out of every crevice in this city, the rest of the world continues to sleep, but the support system that artists and music fans from the Windy City have is stronger than anywhere else, and I can back that up with first-hand experience. One of the things I love most about the musicians from Chi-town is the fact that not only do they rep the city but they’re very prideful in where they’re from, constantly shouting out their home blocks and the areas that they grew up in, giving us a virtual tour of their upbringing in the best form ever, which is music. Ohana Bam is one of the most notable local legends, and he brings us along on a journey with his latest song “Southside”, which also comes with an incredible music video directed by Jon Levert. …

A Q&A with the industry’s hardest young female producer, MoniqueWinning about her new eBook, being a woman in the music industry, and more.

The barriers to entry in the music world are more limited than ever, so it has always surprised me that we haven’t seen more female music producers rise to prominence over the past several years, despite women being some of the most legendary songwriters and producers in rap history. However there are certainly very many young women making a splash in the production world at the moment and MoniqueWinning (who you might recognize by her tag ‘Y’all gon’ have to put Monique in,’) who is blazing her own trail and creating tons of great music along the way. Monique doesn’t just stop at making great music however, but also makes sure to spread the wealth of information she has accrued over her time perfecting her craft with other producers looking to improve themselves, going as far as to release her own eBook detailing both the intricacies of production and also the blueprints on setting up multiple streams of income from their music and navigating the constantly shifting music industry and the personalities that come with it. She has worked with artists such as 42 Dugg, NLE Choppa, Jackboy, Taleban Dooda, Lightskin Keisha, Saucy Santana, and many more, demonstrating both her …