Chicago rap scene is about to explode. With an extremely large amount of young, talented up-and-coming rappers, Chicago seems to be The rap capitol for the time being, and it has got the whole internet buzzing. Local artist, Chief Keef, who is 16 and was just under housearrest at his grandmothers, is apparently inspiration for Kanye West’s recent single, “Theraflu,” and is in the process of recording a track with the Chi Town King himself. Yes, Chicago is next for sure, and Chief Keef is just one of the biggest explanations for that.
Today I want to highlight another artist whose on the scene and making just as big of a splash as Keef in the form of Lil Reese. Lil Reese is featured in Keef’s biggest joint “I Don’t Like,” but this is a solo track by Reese that has a really addicting sample of an R Kelly song. This single is important for a couple of reasons, one being that Chicago’s rap scene which sounds something like a poor mans Lex Luger beat is being transformed into something completely different with this sample heavy track; proving how versatile the scene is. This track is also importnat because its so good, and deviates enough from the norm to make a statement but still maintains the voice that Chicago is beginning to be known for. Check out Lil Reese’s, “Haters,” below, and be on the look out for Chicago’s bustling rap scene before it shows up at your front door and smacks you hard in the face telling you that your front door is some shit that they “dont like.”
Lil Reese – Haters
ALSO – read this article by Gawker explaining Keef’s rise to fame. And this article by theFader explaining the scene in more detail. AND play Keef’s “I Don’t Like,” (featured below) the entire time while reading this post to help you get in the right mood.