Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Chicago's Emerging Rap Stars
Special Correspondent: The Masked Gorilla
Female Chicago emcee Dreezy has only dropped one mixtape in her young career, but that sole project, Schizo. To cap things off, Dreezy recently took part in the BET 2014 Hip Hop Award cyphers. Before Alex Wiley even released his first mixtape, he became the first artist to sign with independent Chicago label Closed Sessions. Wiley built off the momentum of his new deal and dropped his debut mixtape in June 2013, Club Wiley, featuring guest verses from Freddie Gibbs, Action Bronson, Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa. A year later Wiley followed up his stellar debut with another mixtape, Village Party
Also on our list of Emerging Chicago Rappers is Mick Jenkins. In April of 2013 the Windy City rapper released his mixtape Trees & Truths. That mixtape ended up landing Jenkins a deal with Johnny Shipes' Cinematic Music Group record label. Chicago is a city awash in a rich musical history, and this generation is no different. This new genre of Chicago Rap came to be called Drill, and it propelled Chicago’s declining state into the media, highlighted by artists like Chief Keef, Lil’ Reese, Young Chop, and Fredo Santana.

In response to this, a new wave of Hip Hop have become the trend, and one need not look further than Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap, Vic Mensa’s INNANETAPE, or ThemPeople’s Smoke Break IV. There is a definite and palpable artistic renaissance happening in the Windy City and the Rap world may want to pay attention. With that said, here are a few other Chicago Rappers that listeners should be on the lookout for as the second city gears up for yet another run:

Taylor Bennett - Age: 18 / Affiliation: SaveMoney. Most Recent Mixtape or Album: Mainstream Music

Brian Fresco - Age: 19 / Affiliation: SaveMoney. Most Recent Release: SoulMoney EP

Sicko Mobb (Lil’ Trav & Lil’ Ceno) - Age(s): 18 & 20 (Respectively) / Affiliation: Most Recent Mixtape or Album: Super Saiyans Vol. 1

Vic Spencer - Age: 32 / Affiliation: Treated Crew. Most Recent Mixtape or Album: Vision Pipes

No Name Gypsy - Age: 23 / Affiliation: N/A. Most Recent Mixtape or Album: N/A

Jean Deaux (“john doe”) - Age: 19 / Affiliation: The Village 777. Most Recent Mixtape or Album: N/A

Dinero Dynasty (Shazey & Runna Garcia) - Age(s): 22 and 24, respectively / Affiliation: N/A. Most Recent Mixtape or Album: Everything Local EP

Honorable Mentions: Saba, Caleb James, Dally Auston, Defcee, God, Ibn Inglor, Jarred A.G., Kembe X, Logan, RondoNumberNine, SashaGoHard, Spenzo, Sulaiman, Tink, Towkio Shawn, Tree, ZMoney. The hip hop scene in Chicago has produced many artists of various styles.

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