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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most diversely talented artists in Chicago, Phor has made a name for himself through his music and his tattoo work on the TV show Black Ink Crew Chicago. Equipped with excellent flows and a creative spirit that is made clear through his Inspector Gadget-esque array of artistic tools, this Chicago MC has shown it’s impossible to pigeonhole him and his art. With a growing fanbase and plenty of industry connections, things are looking bright for this burgeoning creator and his future is as exciting as any Chicagoan’s.