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Review: Sicko Mobb – Super Saiyan 3

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Review by Rohit Loomba (@poombster)

The Chi has been responsible for several music trends, whether it be House music, double-tempo rap, Drill music, or most recently, Bop. Bop is the result of the large coexistence of footworking and rap in Chicago. More uptempo and pop-inspired, Bop is meant to make people dance. This is where Sicko Mobb enters. Compromised of two longtime friends, Lil Trav and Lil Ceno, Sicko Mobb has carved their own lane out in the world of music, establishing themselves as the leaders in Bop. They recently released their 13-track mixtape Super Saiyan Volume 3, the latest addition to their mixtape discography.

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Review: Roosevelt The Titan – I Hate Being High EP

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Words by Rohit Loomba (@Poombster)

It’s rare that I review a project by an artist that I know very little about. Not having ever heard of Roosevelt the Titan before I decided to listen to his EP 9-track EP, I Hate Being HIGH, based on cover art that caught my attention for whatever reason. It wasn’t after having listened to the EP a few times that I learned who Titan was, and I certainly can say I want to know more. IHBH is the first real body of work that Titan is releasing, with only one of its tracks having been released prior to the remainder of the EP. The title isn’t referring to a physical drug-induced high but rather a perfect state of being in which one is always happy, an interesting notion that demonstrates the depth of Titan’s thought that is apparent in his music as well.

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FSD Feature: Sir The Baptist: A Voice Crying Out From The Wilderness

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Words by Tiffany Walden (@Waldens_Block)

“’The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
prepare ye the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight’” – Matthew 3:1

Sir The Baptist isn’t a man of material things. He’s not dipped in gold chains and expensive shoes. There’s neither a fancy car nor some super boss pad out in the suburbs. All he has is his voice and his mission: breathing knowledge into this generation one song at a time. A breath desperately needed in a time when the Black body suffocates daily at the hands of police brutality and gun violence. “John the Baptist brought people to the wilderness to escape…” the preacher’s kid says slowly, pausing to complete his thought before speaking again, “to escape the politics of that day. That’s where Sir The Baptist came from.”

He speaks well beyond his 28 years. That’s because he feels much older, Centuries older, even. He grew up in his father’s church, Bright Star Church, a Christian mecca in the middle of the projects. “The Moes were on one side [and] the GDs were on the other side,” Sir remembers. His upcoming album, Preacher’s Kid, is a reflection of his Chicago journey. You can hear it in the songs he’s released so far. There’s his most publicized joint, “Raise Hell,” where he cries out about a mother saying she’s going lose him.

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FSD Feature: A Journey Through the Mind of C-Sick

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Words by Tiffany Walden (@Waldens_Block)

There’s a Dream Chasers, diamond-studded medallion and chain somewhere in Philly with C-Sick’s name on it. Well, not his name, per se. The chain does, in fact, say Dream Chasers. You’ve seen Meek Mill rock it on the daily. It’s the name of Milly’s – hood classic – mixtape series and record label under Maybach Music Group. But C-Sick’s chain is there, waiting on him to accept it as a gift; similar to J. Cole’s “chaining day” when Jay-Z gave the underground rapper a Roc-A-Fella piece. The chain represents a new addition to the label. Something that C-Sick, at this time, hasn’t accepted.

The chain talk came days after C-Sick blessed Meek Mill with the take-no-prisoners beat for “Pray For ‘Em.” The song hit the internet in a big way, making Meek a trending topic and C-Sick a buzzing new beat maker. Some credited C-Sick with spiking interest in Meek’s music, after his much touted tiff with Drizzy in 2015. But C-sick, a humble French and African American kid from the east side of Chicago, laughs at that idea. “It’s funny to me. It’s a good feeling,” C-Sick says over the phone from his home. “Honestly, I don’t think I brought Meek back. People are saying that just to be nice.”

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FSD Feature: Stunt Taylor – It’s Stunt’s Time

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Words by Tiffany Walden (@waldens_block)

Stunt Taylor wants next, so pass him he rock. He’s done sitting on the sidelines waiting for his turn on the world stage. It’s 2016 and the “Fefe On The Block” rapper is ready to get what he deserves, which he believes is the 2016 XXL Freshman title. You know, one of hip-hop’s most prestigious honors. It’s the annual listing of tomorrow’s rising stars – names some hip-hop heads have been bobbing to for months already.

With that said, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Chicago has been well represented on the XXL cover in recent years. Mr. Sosa himself, Chief Keef, put his Drill music on the map when he (kind of) made the cover in 2013. And in 2014, Chicago took over with Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Lil Durk and Lil Bibby. Last year, Tink joined the ranks.

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