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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. …

Dirty Money – [Rich Amiri]

Rich Amiri is one of the few emcees I’ve recently come across who has left me speechless after first tuning into his music. His versatility is tremendous, his imagination has no limits, and his execution is about as good as it gets. At only 18 years old, the Boston emcee has only been making music since 2020 when he began uploading songs that he recorded in his bedroom to SoundCloud, but he has obviously come such a long way ever since. Internet Money has helped him craft his sound, build a following, and extend his reach far beyond what a singular up-and-comer can often achieve themselves, but at the end of the day, I think Amiri would have done just fine for himself relying on his skills alone, even though a bit of help never hurt anyone. His dominance has been unignorable, but his most recent hit “Dirty Money” takes things to a new level thanks to the immaculate Rio production, fascinatingly ambient vocals, and an innocent confidence that Amiri has boasted every step of his journey. In the Tycho Burwell-directed video, the creativity continues as our first look at the musician takes place with him locked up behind bars. …

Digits – [Ron Grams]

“Digits” is the latest offering by DMV native Ron Grams, a track that talks about any and everything related to money, as you could assume with the title. Sometimes you just know you’re going to rock with a track in the first couple of seconds of the instrumental, which was definitely the case with this Oh Ross-produced track. “I get a bag and go to the finish, and you n***** can’t f*ck with us” Ron’s flow is masterful, packing punches with his deliveries and perfectly incorporating adlibs and lyric breaks to maximize the beat’s potential. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t find myself moving and bobbing to the track. Just over two minutes, the song’s length is overpowered by it’s energy, something you can feel, too, in the music video produced by Marleaux Desire. The visual is a dark, VHS-style depiction that accompanies the aggression and feel of the track well, it just felt like a perfect match of videographer to artist. Ron plans on adding a full project to his discography by the end of the year, something he said will surprise his fanbase and new listeners alike. If it’s anything like “Digits,” the people won’t be …

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 …

Lil Jairmy Releases The Second Iteration Of His Gas God Mixtape Series

Over the last few years, Texas has become a hotspot for emerging artists. Rising rapper Lil Jairmy has quickly gone from a local celebrity to now landing a deal with 300 Entertainment earlier this year. Since the age of 3, Jairmy began freestyling with his brother. However, everything changed once he turned 15, and decided to take music seriously. After releasing his first record “Trapped Out” with J Ward, everything became history. After completing a short bid in jail, Jairmy came out bigger than ever before. The first project he dropped was Excuse My Absence in 2019 with a feature from Lil Baby. Once Jairmy released his breakthrough single “No Luggage,” there was no denying that Jairmy had a special talent, and it was time for the world to find out. On September 9, Lil Jairmy released his highly anticipated new mixtape Gas God 2, the second iteration of the Gas God mixtape. This project featured guest appearances from Moneybagg Yo, EST Gee, Future, and the late Lil Keed. He also recruited GRAMMY® Award-nominated producer Hitmaka to assist on this tape. “It was great working with Hitmaka. It was a new experience for me but I enjoyed it,” he explained. “When …

Rising Chicago Artist Kayla B Drops “Bad Sh*t”

Female rappers have been on the rise for some time, but this past year, the ladies have shown out. From Latto, The City Girls, Flo Milli, Glorilla, and many others, the rap game is no longer just a male-dominated sport. Chicago rapper Kayla B is a rising artist who was inspired to make music after the death of her late brother King Von in 2020. While she fooled around with music in the past, Kayla finally decided to get in the booth. Since then, she has uploaded numerous tracks and freestyles online. On August 12, she released her new single “Bad Shit”. While she is still a new rapper, you can hear how much she has improved from her Instagram freestyles. The Streetz TV music video shows Kayla being herself in her element while she raps about her lifestyle, money, and being a flexer. “I’m finding my voice, I feel like I have improved a lot, and starting to love music even more! I’m starting to show off now and really get in my bag,” she stated. This year you can expect more singles and videos from the Chicago artist. Check out her latest single below.  

High As I – [Shawn K]

One thing you don’t often hear about in the hip-hop world is someone being selfless or not in it for attention. If you really take a second to think about it, most people get into music either for the money, the fame, the attention, and more often than not, a mixture of all three. Rarely does someone work in the shadows without asking for an ounce of the spotlight, and if they do claim this before putting in the work, they might change their mind once they see someone else basking in the glory that they had a part in building. Cleveland’s Shawn K is the one exception that I can think of because he opted to take a break from releasing his own music to be a vital part in the creation of some of your favorite artists’ endeavors without ever looking to be the face of the campaign. Shawn has played a part in things such as the Revenge of the Dreamers III collaborative album, Denzel Curry’s Melt My Eyez See Your Future effort, Meechy Darko’s (of Flatbush Zombies) Gothic Luxury, and even EARTHGANG’s GHETTO GODS album. When not directly creating music, he has acted as an A&R …

Where You Going – [Pi’erre Bourne]

Out of probably every 5-8 songs that you’ve listened to over the majority of the past decade, there is a good chance that Pi’erre Bourne had a hand in at least one of those song’s creations. Whether he produced it himself or has influenced the people who did produce it, Pi’erre is one of the most prominent artists of our generation, and that’s one thing I think can never go unappreciated. Ever since he started rapping as well, he has proven that his skill set is never-ending and he always breathes innovation into the world of rap, and that is something that I think will never change even long after he retires, whenever that may happen down the road. Whether he drops a single, a video, or a project, his fanbase is never anything less than a hoard of die-hard supporters, so when he dropped his album Good Movie at the end of last week, there was no way you could miss out on this project. With a whopping 23 songs that last just about an hour and ten minutes, there is no shortage of imagination or energy, and with only two remarkable features from Don Toliver and Young Nudy, …

No Mind – [Rot Ken] & [Jetsonmade]

Rot Ken has been buzzing all over my radar for even longer than I first realized, but as time has gone on, he is definitely being added to more and more radars as he continues to drop incredible music. When I first tapped in with him, I believe it was his song “007”, and while it was this record that really captivated me and got me enthused about the potential of the Augusta emcee, I quickly realized that he was only going to continue to get better with time. After working with Internet Money and all of their connections to really hone in on his one-of-a-kind strengths, Ken began to see his hard work and dedication pay off, and while his skill set goes much further than his individualistic voice, it is this facet that I think excited listeners every time they tap in was a new release. Most recently, he dropped a brand-new single for the first time in a few weeks with the help of Jetsonmade called “No Mind”, and it is a victory lap proving just how different and exhilarating the young spitter is. I just love Ken’s voice so much because instead of relying solely on …

Too Much – [Freddie Gibbs] ft. [Moneybagg Yo]

Flexing and showing off the lavish lifestyle that an artist lives is something that has always and will always be a part of the rap world, but this is expected and unsurprising at this point. The one thing that can be monotonous is how people do it, because they simply show off designer clothes, chains, foreign whips, and beautiful girls in their music videos and on social media, but even if the names of these things differ, they basically always boil down to the same equivalence. That’s one of the many reasons why I admire Freddie Gibbs so highly because he’s not only one of the most talented spitters ever, but he is able to incorporate his life of luxury into unique and uncharacteristically enthralling ways, showing that he is a baller but not in the sense that we’ve grown to expect. As he builds hype for his upcoming album $oul $old $eparately that’s set to release on September 30th, Freddie is back with a brand-new record called “Too Much” featuring Moneybagg Yo. Produced by IV Beats and Norva Va Denton, I was blown away by how consistently on-point Freddie was with his cadence. I mean, I know he is …