Archive for December, 2011
The FSD NYE Post. We started this tradition last year as a way to say thank you to all of the readers and aspiring artists in the city. The concept is simple: for one day, we’re giving every Chicago emcee the opportunity to have their music featured on the site–in this round-up style post.
I announced this yesterday on both Twitter and Facebook, so if you missed it, you should look in to following both (perks!). So check out some new talent below. The good news is that a handful of artists we posted last year have now entered current rotation on the site.
Happy New Year everyone, and thanks for your continued support of FSD in 2011. Here’s to hoping we can top what we did this year in 2012. Be safe out there tonight.
Seel Fresh – Curtis Mayfield (SF?)
M.i f/ Mikkey Halsted – Take A Loss
Lungz – Memories (Prod By FX)
Mike Nitty- Last Dollar On A Dream
Akeem Tariq & Larry LaMar- The Breakup
Levar Leflore – Lavender
2011 was an interesting year for Chicago hip-hop. Our biggest stars (sans Twista) dropped albums, with Kanye, Common and Lupe all scanning major label barcodes; while next up acts like L.E.P. Bogus Boys and Freddie Gibbs continued their respective paths towards mainstream success. Up and comers like Rockie Fresh, Kids These Days, YP & King Louie blazed trails, and have successfully set the tone for the new generation in 2012. But this is only a small portion of a larger story.
Dozens of local acts made waves in the last calender year, with thousands of songs and hundreds of mixtapes hitting the internets. It would be a huge disservice to our readers not to take a look back and give you guys some critical analysis, correct?
We haven’t done any year end coverage since 2008, so we return in a major way with our 2011 Writers Poll. FSD contributors TY KiDD, JSeyf, Pwelbs and Andrew Barber, have collaborated to bring you our individual 15 favorite Chicago rap tracks of the last 365. We all have different tastes, so these individual lists will give you a firsthand look into what we were feeling this year. Well rounded? We like to think so.
So clear your schedule for the day, and read about our favorites below.
A special NYE gift from DJ V-Dub & the Chief Bump J.
V-Dub was one of the first DJ’s in Chicago to embrace Bump and the Goon Squad during their triumphant journey to the top in the mid-aughts. During this time, V-Dub spun an astonishing amount of Bump freestyles and exclusives–many of which were never released–that he’s compiled for this mixtape.
20 new tracks and exclusives. A must download for any Bump fan. Download and stream below, plus check out some new pics of Bump behind the walls. All hail the Chief!
Something fresh from Lupe’s new side project/group SNDCLSH with DJ Sky Gellatly.
Lu’s back on his singing shit. Look for their EP to drop in 2012, with all of the albums proceeds being donated to children. Every single dime.
Lu was definitely the most charitable hip-hop artist in 2011, so I must tip my hat.
For more info on SNDCLSH head here.
Pugs Atomz jumps on the remix of Skooda & Naledge’s “We Gone,” for a special NYE treat. Pugs stunts all over the track, and lets the people know he has no more pages left in his passport. Try that one on for size. Ha!
Directed by Nick Brazinsky
Produced by Bionik
ANTiERTHANG is the new group consisting of Griffen, Big Wiz & Vic Spencer. An interesting grouping to say the least. All distinct artists with very different personalities and flows–looking forward to this full length.
This is their first leak. Album coming in 2012. Halsted, Suave and Nova all contribute here.
Updated with extended mix:
GRIFFEN feat. Onis, Soze, SuaveDaLyricist, Vic Spencer, Tommy Nova, Mikkey Halsted, Fat Boi Big Wiz & Arty Fresha – The Deadliest [Extended Mix] (Prod. by DIODATO)
I’m definitely looking forward to cracking this one open (so to speak). I don’t know much about Nemesis (other than his last name is Johnson. Get it?), but Tree produced most of these tracks so it’s gotta be good. Powder up below the cut.