Chicago is full of talented artists pumping out some of the world’s best music on a daily basis. The music scene is one of the best in the country and its impact has been clear with the rise of artists such as Chance the Rapper, Chief Keef, Mick Jenkins, Famous Dex, Vic Mensa and many others. While these artists have shown what Chicago is capable of, they are only the tip of the iceberg of the excellence Chicago holds. The city has literally hundreds of artists making quality music daily and the next wave out of Chicago is sure to solidify the Windy City as a hub for new hip hop talent. With the amount of great music to be found, it was hard to boil down this list to only 50 names and there’s many more artists also deserving of attention, but I had to stop somewhere. Check out the best the city has to offer below. Did I miss someone? Comment below to let me know! This list is in no particular order. … More 50 Best New Chicago Rappers/Artists
Jyroscope And Jason Gatz Team Up For Dope New Single “Quasi” Looking for some incredible flows on this October day? Look no further than Jyroscope and Jason Gatz’ new track Quasi. The Chicago duo Jyroscope have been dropping high quality music for a while now and Quasi is another example of their vibrant, full bodied … More Jyroscope And Jason Gatz Team Up For Dope New Single “Quasi”
ILOVEANIME and the whole Nwotchi Complex crew have been on my radar for quite some time and they keep on impressing me with their music. The latest drop from this group is ILOVEANIME’s Circa ’97 which is the culmination of months of work and progress. … More ILOVEANIME Becomes Part Of Chicago’s Next Wave With New Project “Circa ’97”
It often takes artists a little while to find their stride but CYT has hit the ground running with a handful of high quality videos and catchy songs. His latest offering, Lucky With Me, is another solid example of the Chicago MC’s skills and shows that he has the consistency to stick around on the scene. … More CYT Keeps His Hot Streak Going With Video For “Lucky With Me”
JalapenoPapii Releases New Music And Introduces Himself With Q+A There is an abundance of new artists who consistently cycle through the Chicago scene but Woodside’s JalepenoPapii has shown he has the potential to stick around thanks to his nonchalant flows and excellent, uptempo production choices. We got the chance to ask him a few questions … More JalapenoPapii Releases New Music And Introduces Himself With Q+A
Shepard Hues Drops “Come On Home” And Discusses Status As Chicago’s Underground Secret Talent can be a hard thing to ignore, especially when it is as vibrant and polished as what Shepard Hues has been bringing to the table. The Rockford native has proven his ability as an MC, songwriter, producer, singer, and engineer and … More Shepard Hues Drops “Come On Home” And Discusses Status As Chicago’s Underground Secret
Who In The World Is “Love At First Sound”? Running a blog means I spend hours a day scouring the internet in search of new hip hop talent from Chicago and I am often pleasantly surprised by what I find, but no artist has caught my attention like Love At First Sound. Cloaked in mystery … More Who In The World Is “Love At First Sound”?
Hip hop is one of the most eclectic genres in the world and at times it can even be hard to define. Nnamdi Ogbonnaya makes things even more difficult to pinpoint with his highly fascinating, essentially genre-less music that ranges from rock inspired tracks to pop-art funkiness that seems to have a mind of its own. Often times the Chicago artist’s music feels like pure ideation put onto wax and his unique sound breathes creativity in a way few bodies of work do. You never know what to expect when Ogbonnaya drops music and that’s a beautiful thing. … More New Featured Chicago Artist: Nnamdi Ogbonnaya
Check out ICYTWAT, our new featured Chicago artist. You can see his full artist page here.
To put it bluntly, Chicago is packed with talented hip hop artists. While the scene is crowded, ICYTWAT has proven to be a force in the Windy City thanks to his highly interesting, catchy music that is a divergence from the typical hip hop sound. Full of melancholy, extremely confident concepts, ICYTWAT has shown that he makes music he likes and it doesn’t matter if that’s different from what’s trending at the moment. Luckily for him, the aesthetic he has cultivated has resonated with a wide audience and he’s found great success with his craft. … More New Featured Chicago Artist: ICYTWAT
[Premiere] CYT Shows Off Polished Video For Catchy Track Celebrate You Making a dope music video is no easy task but Chicago’s CYT (Clear Young Talent) has burst onto the stage with a polished, professional visual for his track Celebrate You. Shot by Paul Elliott, the video does a good job of bringing the R&B influenced … More [Premiere] CYT Shows Off Polished Video For Catchy Track “Celebrate You”
D2X is an artist who’s been on my radar for the past few months thanks to his strong presence on the mic and consistent progress he’s shown every time he drops music. He’s back this time with Might As Well, a hard hitting track that features bumping production from GLOhan Beats and Jon G. who come together to create a brooding landscape for D2X’s forceful flow. GLOhan also makes an appearance as an MC and shows that he can both spit and produce beats with authority. The chemistry between these artists is clear and this energetic song should get everyone excited for D2X’s EP Enjoy Life which is dropping August 10th. After giving the whole project an early listen I can honestly tell you it’s some of the Chicago MC’s best work to date and showcases an eclectic mix of sounds and styles, ranging from jazzy and personal to more aggressive, as exampled on Might As Well. Listen to the single below and definitely be ready to check out the Enjoy Life EP on August 10th. … More [Premiere] D2X Gears Up For New Tape With Hard Hitting New Single “Might As Well” Featuring GLOhan Beats