It has been exceptionally exciting for Chicago’s rap scene. Artists have been hustling to grasp the nation’s ear and, finally, the spotlight has come back to shine brilliantly on the city. Chicago has a plethora of styles to offer and this buffet of new hip-hop has something for everyone to enjoy. Take a look at the top ten rappers to look out for in Chicago this year.
Treated Crew is a collective of creative artists, producers and DJs that all bring different elements to the table. Founded by Kanye West’s DJ, Million Dollar Mano, rappers Hollywood Holt and Mic Terror of the Treated Crew have started a movement in Chicago. The group garnered buzz by donning black fitted hats with white old script lettering of the word “Treated” that brings back memories of NWA. The Treated Crew has not dropped a mixtape yet, but they realease a single every Tuesday in their "Treated Tuedays" series.
Chief Keef, 16, is the youngest out of all the upcoming artists. His fame skyrockected through the roof within the past few months. The teenager heads his own crew, GBE (Glory Boys Entertainment). Keef has co-signs from some of the hottest artists out, including Kanye West who added a G.O.O.D. music remix to Keef"s "I Don’t Like." The original video for “I Don’t Like” now has over three million views on YouTube and has spread like wildfire, thanks to high school kids and people that love to shake their dreads every now and then. Although Keef is still currently on house arrest at his grandmother’s southside Chicago home, he is unsigned and sitting on his very own goldmine.
With an army-like following, King Louie is impossible to avoid in Chicago. He has promo stickers scattered all over the city so there is hardly any way to have not heard about this guy. Louie’s single, “Too Cool,” won’t let up with heavy rotations on the clubs. It caught the radio"s attention and the ears of 2 Chainz and Red Cafe, making them want to hop on the remix. Louie has also signed