Chicago emcee ProbCause returns with his latest project “Drifters”. The project features Angel Davenport, Pivot Gang’s Saba, The O’My’s, Twista, amongst others. This is Prob’s latest solo project following the releases of Waves and his ZRO Fox project with Psalm One. If there is something we can take away from ProbCause’s music is that he has been crafting a cohesive sound from beginning to end and continues to do so in this latest release as we join him for the ride and drift away.
The Boy Illinois continually impresses with each new project and his next chance to do so is Dusable below — 10 tracks including one of my favorite rap collabs when it dropped “BlackMale” f/ Twista & Trae Tha Truth.
On here, Illi primarily goes solo save for the collabs with a frequent guest singer of his, Drey Skonie. As such, “All I Want” and especially “Ruling Class ’15” are early favorites. The latter features some of the best raps from Illi on the tape and Skonie covering Lauryn Hill’s hook on “If I Ruled The World”. Very well-executed, and very fresh.
Overall? Illi’s flow is still one of the smoothest in the Chi. He adapts well to some new trap sounds that I haven’t always heard him on too. Some of those are a mixed bag to me, but it speaks to Illi’s versatility even moreso. You’ll find something you like so without further ado… press play below.
There is no trio like Hurt Everybody, that is composed of beatsmith Mulatto Beats, lyrical super-saiyan Carl, and producer/rapper/singer extraordinaire Supa Bwe, which return stronger than ever. The trio last released a full project on July 4th, 2014 and a year later triumphantly return with their first mixtape “2K47. Like the video game, Hurt Everybody too has become a franchise and staple of the Chicago Hip-Hop landscape. The trio’s project features the likes of Alex Wiley, Mick Jenkins, Logan, Saba, Twista, amongst many others. From beginning to end the project has been beautifully crafted and donned with individual cover art for every track in the project, which showcases the attention to detail that the trio has in its presentation and marketability to its listeners. Sup, Mulatto, and Carl make it very clear that there is no games played in “2K47” and that this insightful and brilliant group from Chicago is just simply creating something ahead of their times, but time will only tell of how prophetic the intellect of these artists will be as they continue to take the national Hip-Hop landscape by storm.
Longtime Chicago hip hop fans, here’s Christmas in May. Twista & Do Or Die’s new 6-track EP, Withdrawal, drops today and accompanying the full stream below is the new music video for “Aquafina”. Between this and the previous post, you guys should have a new playlist for the start of summer.
If you slept on this song in the summer, now’s the time to wake up.
The Boy Illinois links up with Twista in the hometown and Trae Tha Truth in his out in Houston for the new “Black Male” video — a crispy, fast-paced visual to match the break-neck pace of the song itself.
As I alluded to over the summer, even with the esteemed guest stars, Illi was the brightest star of ’em all.
I stand by that even though, again, Trae and Twista kill it. Maybe it’s the Sting in the rafters line that gives Illi the slight edge. But you simply can’t not appreciate some vintage Twista to close the song too. Trae sounds perfect in the middle and C.O.O.P. also kills it on the production, allowing for each rapper to flex their skill one right after another.
The video has its variety of scenes and plenty of eye candy throughout, but lowkey the slept on shots of the video are the early downtown looks with Illi. These landmarks seem obvious to capture, but are oddly not seen in any Chicago rap videos that I can think of. At least not like this, so the hometown pride beams. Watch, take it all in, and enjoy!
The Yer Tape drops on Tuesday so get ready for that too…