Some of the wittiest, most intelligent hip hop being released today is thanks to Joseph Chilliams. Every word he spits feels deliberate and will get you thinking about the message he’s trying to deliver. He often uses humor side by side with socially aware content, creating a unique juxtaposition that helps his ideas hit home in a way they wouldn’t otherwise.
Genre bending music is the name of the game for Jean Deaux. Her use of hip hop and electronic sounds creates robust music that is hard not to pay attention to. Coming from a more poetic background, Deaux is also a talented songwriter who knows how to convey her emotions authentically.
One of our favorite artists for the past few years, Kweku Collins has shown an immense amount of progression. His fusion of hip hop, reggae, and pop makes for some of the most refreshing music to be found anywhere today and he seems to level up his sound with every project he drops. Catchy melodies and tranquil production can often be found on Kweku’s music, making for a relaxing experience.
One of the most consistently dope artists in Chicago has been Xavier & The Thrill. His gruff, blizzardy voice is extremely recognizable and he makes his presence felt on any track he’s on. The densely produced sound he has also translates well to live performances where Xavier has shown he can command a stage.
If you’re looking for something different, Ric Wilson is the artist for you. His artistic, eclectic style manifests itself in his wildly creative music where Wilson puts his positivity on display. Upbeat and energetic sounds are easy to find on just about any Ric Wilson song.