It’s obvious. Chicago HAS talent. DJs, producers, hip hop artists, bands, singers, painters, graffiti artists, dancers and more across the north, south, east and west side. But ever since unsigned artists like Chance The Rapper (10 Day, Acid Rap, Chance 3) started gathering national attention and headlining national events, the more motivated and unified these artists have become.
It’s created an inspiring movement in which kids as young as 12 start making music and art in a positive way. We’ve seen it for ourselves and heard it as well. Artists in Chicago on the rise have created a new, original voice to their own music, and aren’t afraid to show it.
Some of the artists I’ve seen recently have showed that they have what it takes to lead the city in one way or another, and I seriously recommend you check them out if you haven’t yet. We’ve been focusing on this talent for a while; not only are they amazing artists and performers, but they are amazing people that you’d want to hang around with. We’ve had the pleasure to talk to them, ask them questions and even have them on Thumpin’ Thursdays. With that being said.. this summer is about to be “LIT”.
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1) Chris Crack and Vic Spencer, both nominated for the 2016 XXL list, go as Chris $pencer. They’re newly released project: “Who The F*** Is Chris Spencer” includes gems like “Zebra Ave” & “Wanna See A Dead Body”. It was a rated as an 8.1 by Pitchfork (higher than Rihanna’s “ANTI & Future’s “EVOL”) and is just the tip of the iceberg for the duo. Chris Crack recently dropped “Last of the Lean”, with popular tracks such as “Coke Donuts”. Their versatile stile speaks for itself, and their performances leave audiences at a loss of words.
2) We met Erik Write about a year ago downtown at an end of the year festival at Columbia. The young, experienced artist (Like a real artist) is hungry for the craft and puts 140% in everything he makes. We’re lucky to call him our friend, and all we can say is that this is barely the beginning for Erik. He’s been working with @DJ Serdna on a few tracks (you can listen to them here) and works till perfection. This spring, he released “Complex American”(Prod. by Quality), one of the most inspiring, eye-opening projects I’ve ever listened to in my entire life (alongside “Section 80” by Kendrick Lamar and “The Revolutionary” by Immortal Technique). This is what Chicago should listen to in 2016.
3) Moecyrus X Jinerik X Aglox
These 3 really took me by surprise. I’ve had conversations with them separately and have listened to their tracks individually, but never interviewed them at once. The 3 are as real as it gets. Moecyrus talks about everything he does and acts (seriously!). Pay attention to the lyrics and you might laugh every once in a while, but it´s true, he is thirsty and chases the tail! Jinerik is a new artist we´ve been working with. The fact that he plays in a rock band and is a hip hop artist is definitely something different. He recently dropped ¨Beligerence Is Bliss¨, a project that features a story with vocals of him having conversations with staff at a bar through the night. Their buddy Aglox is one of the cleanest, fastest hip hop artists I´ve seen live. Representing the south side of Chicago, the 3 are the definition of ¨having no chill¨ when they´re all together. Their recent track titled ¨White Russians¨ is a prime example.. so ¨Wuz Good¨?
4) He´s performed all across the city with acts like Alex Wiley, Hurt Everybody, Taylor Bennett, and most recently Lil Uzi Vert. The energetic 21 year old has jaw dropping performances and his lyrics are relatable to anyone´s experiences. Logan began the 1636 Feo Mob movement for his fallen friend ¨Feo¨ back in 2013 and has not looked back since. Tracks like ¨24/7¨ talk about how he works nonstop to get to where he wants to be, while tracks like ¨All Real¨ talk about his life and different aspects of it. Last week he was in a music video with our friend known as Emmtee, titled ¨Day N´Night¨. Both are also from the Southside of Chicago, living through similar experiences and conditions. A more positive light for Chicago, artist Logan Cage talks about the good in life instead of the usual violence in the streets. Checkout ¨vibes¨, and let us know what you think about it below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m9Pxc-QxZ4
5) Freddy 2 Wox
I met Freddy at ALAS Fest 2016 at Jones College Prep last week. This kid not only has a love for real hip hop (Its rare now), but also speaks on life as a Latino in Chicago. While switching between Spanish and English, his raps consist of bringing more of his culture to hip hop. His performance at ALAS Fest showed how excited he was to perform for a big audience, and although he was unable to perform, I pulled him to the side and decided to checkout his bars (insert flame emoji’s). I´m not too into conscious rap but this kid blew me away with his fast paced style and verses on an ancient Aztec warrior. He constantly makes music with Manasseh Doso Champion, a current UIC student as well. Definitely an artist to look out for, let us know what you think below!