Chicago rapper Kami and Chicago producer Smoko Ono teamed up for the collaborative EP known as Very Slight. Featuring plenty of familiar Windy City names like Joey Purp, Chance the Rapper, and Valee, the project is one to spin over and over as you attempt to hold on to summer.
Chicago’s Supa Bwe is a man of many styles. From in-your-face aggression to atmospheric reflection, his tracks are always a mystery until pressing play. His newest single, “Entropy”, falls into the latter category (see: up in the sky) and comes complete with a feature from Dounia and production from Shepard Sounds. Press play and feel this one wrap you whole.
Is this the best driving album of the year? Quite possibly. Joey Purp flips from soulful to stoned to aggressive with impressive cohesion. Chicago names like CDot Honcho and Ravyn Lenae stop by, while larger acts like RZA and GZA open and close the project. It’s one to play over and over and over. With the best speakers you can find.
Chicago’s Cdot Honcho first caught my ear on Joey Purp’s project, Quarterthing, and upon discovering his SoundCloud, I saw that he had just released a project. H4 is the ten song album from the Windy City artist with features from Chief Keef and Lil Durk. It’s driving over the speed limit, punching you in the face, and absolutely annihilating your ear drums. What a ride.
Chicago poet/writer/MC Mick Jenkins is moving at 100mph. After releasing two free EPs, he then dropped the loose single “Bruce Banner”, a bar-heavy heater produced by Nez & Rio. All of these releases act as further anticipation for Jenkins’ upcoming album, which should be arriving this year. He’s doing one hell of a job holding us all over until then. If you need more, be sure to check out his last two EPs, in particular the track “Earl Sweatshirt Type Beat.”
Repeat after me: SICK SAD WORLD. The newly formed collective of frequent collaborators Vela Seff, Nancy, and Tombo have been churning out music at an alarming rate. Vela Seff, in particular, just released Tears on the Fronto, a five song EP fully produced by Tombo as well as a single with Nancy and Bigbodyfiji. From what I can gather, everyone involved has much more on the way.
A new single from Z Money is always appreciated around the parts. Produced by Lil Mexico, the newest track is “80 Bands” and acts as the lead single off of Z Money’s upcoming project, ChiraqMogul, which will be dropping later this month. Stay tuned.
Chicago artist Moon Beby has quietly let loose two quality EPs this calendar year. With 23 dropping earlier this year, he recently followed it up with Only For a Season. Treated as a rough EP of demos, these thirteen songs (as well an an additional twelve that were released in the between time) showcase an artist honing in on his craft and his style. Prolific, lofi, ambient, dreamy, nd authentic, these are tracks to play once the sun goes down and the world is fast asleep. “Sequence of Events” demands some grass.
We’re still listening to Lucki’s project Watch My Back from last year, but in the last two weeks, he’s dropped two tracks with the producer Marcus Basquiat. The tracks “4everybody” and “Sports Mode” are exactly what you need to soundtrack your end of the night blunt. Even the artwork is cold.
It’s been out for a couple of months, but it’s necessary that we talk about this ZMoney tape right now. The seven song project is fully produced by ChaseTheMoney and features heater after heater. The standout here is “Look Up” with Chicago rapper Valee. Enjoy the video above and the full project below. Stay awake forever.