One of my favorite Chicago rappers to keep an eye out for is Qari. Formerly of the now defunct Hurt Everybody, Qari has spent 2017 stepping out on his own. He started the year with Space Jam, a joint EP with producer Mulatto, and now the two are back with the single “Revenge”. It’s the lead single for Qari’s upcoming EP, one that is right around the corner.
Earlier this month, LA based artist Nedarb Nagrom broke away from his heavy trap production and created a lofi emo project called 080192. Done under the moniker The Cigs, it’s a four song sadboy symphony, full of guitar and Nedarb’s vocals ranging from mumbles to screams. Singalong and cry one out and if you need more from Ned, be sure to check out “Bad Luck” which comes complete with fitting artwork.
Martin Sky is preparing to release something special right around the corner. His album Stay True is to be released on October 26. For now, you can stream and enjoy the lead single “Right Place”, a thumping instrumental taking you off into the night. If you need more, be sure to check out the loosie “Type Shit”, an instrumental off of Martin’s side account, properly known as Martini Glass.
This is a one-way ticket to a bar fight. Minnesota-based MC CRASHprez unleashes with “Watch This” featuring fellow rapper Student1. Both go in on the BoatHouse production. “Lost my mind, found God in the mosh pit.” This shit will rip your home in half. If you need more from CRASHprez, check out the two minute whirlwind “FASCISTS DON’T CRY”, which was released last month.
Something relaxing for a late night smoke session. Yet another high quality instrumental from Boston’s VAGUE003, who has been providing plenty of moving floral arrangements (in MP3 form) throughout the year. Check out his most recent beattape, Anime and Heartbreak, below.
The name of this song is the unfortunate truth: summer is, in fact, over. Swedish producer Vozla takes to the woods in the visuals for his fittingly titled instrumental. Enjoy the lofi “video diary” up above and be sure to stream the song down below.
Lucki kickstarted the summer with the 18 song project Watch My Back. With production from Clams Casino, Plu2o Nash, Grimm Doza, and more, the project was perfect for the June and July heat. Just last month, he released another heater in the form of “You Called Me” which comes produced by 16YROLD and YUNGLUNCHBOX. It’s a two minute smoke break, one I promise you desperately need.
Mick Jenkins has been touring heavily these last couple of years, and this song is a testament to the ‘in transit’ hours that can truly test patience. Rather than scroll the web into a wormhole of boredom, the Chicago MC turns the purgatory into a ‘2 minute drill’ where he goes in on THEMpeople production and gets geographic inside dense bars. Don’t sleep.
San Francisco (by way of Chicago) producer Joe Nora released the track “Jaguaar” earlier this year. Featuring the famous vocals from Jay Z and Jermaine Dupri, the song initially took me into a whirlwind of past experiences and verses. Thankfully, UK artist Kelvo acquired the instrumental and did his own thing on the track, replacing the vintage verses for something new and refreshing. I can’t get enough of this song, which is the second time that Nora and Kelvo have worked together, and hopefully not the last.
It's been about three years since we heard from the NYC rapper Lakutis, but he has zoomed back like Ghostrider on the ridiculous banger "Motorcycle." Lakutis' style has always been a balance dark and aggressive, lyrically and technically impressive but also the totally absurd. And "Motorcycle" is no different.
"Motorcycle" is very minimal. The beat's mostly drums, bass, street fighter taunts and horror movie screams. The hook (which is most of the song) is really just "Motorcycle, bitch rrrroooooowwww!" He does get into a quick, and super witty verse –"Your shit fake Saucony Only," "Bitch it's over…walkie talkie" –before zipping back off into the dark night. The hilarious onomatopoeia adlibs are the real highlight of "Motorcycle" though. In the background Lakutis vrooms, glugs, beeps and even makes 8-bit punching noises all over the place. It's great to hear a new track from him, and I'm hoping this is a sign of more Lakutis tunes to come.