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Aaron Johnson f/ The Boy Illinois “I Bet”

Here’s a Chicago collab you should lend your eyes and ears to. Up and comer Aaron Johnson links with The Boy Illinois for a motivational record to puff your chest out to while ridin’ in the car. It’s supplemented by a slow, trap beat by Dru B. that really connects with an addicting core melody. And for the video, they all linked with D-Gainz to give everyone the proper face-time for a song that stands out due to all the one-liners.

Aaron Johnson especially goes crazy with the similes that overall, I enjoyed. Perhaps the ‘less is more’ theory would make some of the punchlines pop a little more, but especially as an NBA fan I appreciated most all of ’em. He name drops Leon Powe after all. (The Luol Deng one was probably my favorite and choice for his most clever.) Illi does his thing as well on the 3rd guest verse and slows down the flow even more. This alone is worth a listen as Illi rides a successful 2014 into the new year. All artists involved come correct so when you need a break from today’s Kendrick song, queue this one up right after.

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Taylor Bennett “Everyday”

Taylor Bennett and upcoming Chicago producer Dru B have another one with “Everyday” — a drop off the new Bluntiq Records compilation album.

Taylor snaps on his lone verse, putting down a fast flow that compliments a beat that has a Chicago soul and upbeat R&B melodic vibe to it. In fact, the beat rides out for the latter half of the song, which I can listen to just fine. Lovin’ the sample and the melody, it’s simple as that. Tune in below:

Dru B ‘November 9th’

Dru B is one of my favorite new Chicago producers and he’s had a great start in 2014. November 9th marks a culmination of his work throughout the year, highlighted by fellow buzzing Chicago artists Taylor Bennett and Wheatie & Murph Watkins.

The 5-track tape also consists of the recently featured “Streets of Rage” by Carolina rapper SkyBlew and a track that flew under our radar until now: Aaron Johnson‘s “My Ego”. I included the music video for the latter — a smooth, lyrical and inspiring record and not the braggadocios record you may expect from just the song title.

Finally, Dru concludes the tape with a feel-good Summertime Chi beat that brings back the mood of happier times here in the Chi as we’re currently in the midst of some bitter cold winter weather, ha! Listen below and enjoy!

Who will believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself?

SkyBlew “Streets of Rage” (prod. Dru B)

Upcoming Carolina emcee SkyBlew has a good first impression for fellow first listeners with this new jam — the last one, in fact — off his album that dropped last week, SkyBlew’s UNModern Life. It got my attention in the first place because a fellow rising artist in his own lane, producer Dru B from Chicago, puts down some infectious melodies across a few layers on “Streets of Rage”. Because this is the last track on his album, SkyBlew has a concluding tone to his verses and it inspires a listen of the project from the start. Sometimes that’s fun — listening to the end first and then hearing the story that led up to it, afterwards. You can do that too here after previewing the album with “Streets of Rage” below.


Taylor Bennett “Brother Man” f/ Loyale Soulё

A hot new, soulful freestyle from Taylor Bennett impacts today with “Brother Man” seeing Chance’s lil brother man link up with soul singer Loyale Soule and a Chicago producer to keep an eye on: Dru.

Dru provides the smooth, soulful backdrop to match Taylor’s freestyle that he dedicates to his big bro, not Chance, but Thelonious Stokes. A nice, quick-hit add to the playlist today:

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