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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 …

B Lovee’s “My Everything”: The Story Behind a Viral Hit and a Legendary Bronx Moment

Characterized by a rapid pace of output, uncontainable energy, a lawless palette of samples to rap on, and the personality of their buzzing section of NYC, the emerging scene of Bronx artists, from B Lovee to Kay Flock, Dougie B, and a host of others, is taking over NYC right now. They’re moving at breakneck speed, and with each passing minute, these artists are becoming more and more inescapable in their home city and beyond. This isn’t just the Bronx and this isn’t just NYC anymore — the scene is making serious waves on a national scale, and B Lovee is one of the names positioned right in the center of it all. Earlier this year, among his rich supply of solo releases and collaborations spread around YouTube, B Lovee released a song called “IYKYK,” turning a Wayne Wonder sample into an instantly memorable track that pushed the Bronx rapper even further into the spotlight around NYC. As the song continued to move and the demand for new B Lovee music only heightened by the day, new music — some officially released and some leaked — rapidly populated the internet. Among the songs leaked was a track called “My Everything,” …

Hawk Em – [FastMoney Ant]

In the Chicago music landscape, there are so many artists that it can be hard to really make a splash in the scene that others are going to notice, whether it’s in the city or out. That’s why, when an artist starts to make some noise no matter what stage of their career they’re in, I have no choice but to listen up. Not too long ago, I was put onto Chicago’s very own FastMoney Ant, and even though he really only has a handful of songs out at the moment, he is amassing some crazy numbers and even more loyal fans. Considering he hasn’t released a ton of music quite yet, I was beyond excited to check out his latest Spank on the Beat-produced song “Hawk Em” as well as the Diamond Visuals-directed music video. As it begins, we’re introduced to tiptoeing, almost haunting piano keys and impactful synths, but when the beat drops, off-kilter percussion and booming 808s enter into the picture for an unbelievably rowdy foundation. When Ant comes in, he enters with such enthusiasm and passion which I believe might be leveled up by his slightly higher-pitched delivery. While the beat might sound a bit more …

Not A Diss – [DCG Shun] x [DCG Bsavv]

To put it plain + simple, there aren’t any new artists out of Chicago who are hotter than DCG Shun + his brother DCG Bsavv. These two have been making some major noise for a minute now, putting out hit records one after another that are usually alongside excellent music videos, and today they are back with their latest visual for “Not A Diss”. The brothers teamed up with No More Heroes who presented this video, and they executed a genius idea where the two brothers did a spin-off of the famous movie Friday, and it’s a 10/10 if you ask me. The song itself finds the brothers trading bars for two minutes straight over some amazing production by their good homie SpankOnTheBeat, it’s an upbeat record where they talk their shit + create an all-around excellent release. Take some time below to get acquainted with some of Chicago’s finest! Directed by Mark Walters