I cover quite a bit of music on the bloglin, but it should be obvious that Chicago hip-hop is the main interest. In my defense, I also cover bluegrass, southern rap, and Moby on the regular. I love Moby. Anyway, here are some random Chicago loosies that I’ve had on repeat. Feel free to leave singles and videos in the comments that maybe I’ve missed.
God – “Chiraq II”
I listen to this song constantly. This whole EP, Before the Bible, is outstanding. “I’m 60 seconds from hell, 30 seconds from jail. I hope I never get caught, but I’m savin’ money for bail.” Look out for God.
Vic Mensa – “Feel That” (Prod. Smoko Ono)
While Vic and Smoko are running through the streets of Europe right now and “Feel That” is looping in my car. Embrace that bass. I feel that. I can imagine this is one of the more hype tracks at the live shows.
Jarred A.G. – “Errands” (Prod. BoatHouse)
Jarred A.G. returns and runs some errands with producer BoatHouse, marking a successful first collaboration for the pair. This track is dark as hell. I want that artwork on my wall.
THEMpeople – “Retrograde” (J. Blake-Refix)
THEMpeople have been dominating my iTunes and this track is one of the many standouts. James Blake operatic harmonies slowed down with plenty of bass and drums and reverb. It’s all about that Soul-Fi.
Mick Jenkins – “Martyrs”
One of the more captivating hip-hop music videos I have ever seen. Featuring production from OnGaud that samples “Strange Fruit” as covered by Carmen McRae. It will have you thinking “strange fruit hanging” all day long. The video speaks mountains. No matter how many times I listen to it, I will never be able to say, “We are not on the same plateau, Chateau de Chenonceau, you just throwin’ shade in my shadow.” My mouth doesn’t move that quickly. Listen closely, especially to the clips of Interview With a Monster. “Hangin’ on for dear life.”
Bonus: Saba – “Secondhand Smoke”
This is the lead single for Saba’s highly anticipated upcoming album, ComfortZone. NoName Gypsy assists on the vocals and Saba runs around the city of Chicago, covered in the smoke of his friends. These lyrics need multiple listens. The reason it is the “bonus” part of this segment is because it just came out, but it’s a perfect blend of Chicago and cosmic traveling. Give your eyes a gift.
If you’re in Chicago and you’re reading this, be sure to check out Saba, Mick Jenkins, and Leather Corduroys (Joey Purp x Kami de Chukwu), all opening for Ty Dolla $ign at Reggie’s on Thursday, March 6. It’s only $3 if you RSVP. No brainer.