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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.
It might be a few days late but we’re back with another weekly Chicago playlist. New artists this week include some very dope MCs including Austen Nobles, Snowy Joey, Kaliyah X, Dfree Da Vinci, Matt Muse, and Lord Haiti. Everyone on the playlist this week dropped some very solid music and with new projects from Taylor Bennett and Smino, it was bound to be a good week. Other artists featured on the playlist include Ro, who has remained incredibly consistent the past few weeks, Kahrion, Juice WRLD, Valee, NickG, Young Chop and more. Listen to all 30 tracks below and tune in again next week for more Chicago music.
Many artists in Chicago think leaving for places like Los Angeles, New York or Atlanta is a necessary step in building their careers, and it’s an understandable notion. While the Windy City may not be known for its music industry infrastructure, Fred “Toxic” Taylor and Cayex Illah are changing the idea that the city needs to be left in order to find big time success.