As the seasons slowly begin to change, and the snow melts into dirty puddles throughout the town, many rappers — aspiring or otherwise — begin their plans for a summer rollout. Having a “song of the summer” is something most rappers aspire to attain, but almost all miss the mark entirely. When ya try hard, that’s when ya die hard. But most songs that actually pick up steam during the sunny months ended up there by chance, not by a calculated effort or putting an R&B singer on the hook.
Most of the time it just kind of happens, as after all, fans and random listeners are the people who anoint the hits. Sure, record labels and radio can brainwash you into liking something thanks to repeated plays and singles with actual budgets behind them, but with local hits that’s not the case. With local hits, there’s almost no radio play other than in the mix-show. Seriously, almost no local rap will make a station’s official playlist — no matter how big the song gets. That just doesn’t happen here. It’s unfortunate, but such is life.
Over the past few years, tracks like “Wife Er,” “Love Sosa,” “Hang Wit Me,” “Us,” “L’s Anthem” and anything from Chance The Rapper have dominated YouTube, Soundcloud and any other platform young listeners use to consume music. All the aforementioned tracks have been big locally (and sometimes regionally and nationally) in their own right, but one artist continues to pop up year after year with a song that dominates the city every summer. And that artist is King Louie. The proof you ask? Well, let’s take a look back:
Directed by Dave Meyers
First and foremost: they got the O.G. Dave Meyers for the new Tink video? Whoa. Timbaland is NOT playing when it comes to his new marquee artist. This is serious B.I.
Fresh off their highly-publicized and critically-acclaimed performance at the Fader Fort at SXSW, Tink and Tim bring us the glossy new video for her official first single, “Ratchet Commandments.” Timbaland truly believes Tink is the second coming of Aaliyah, so let’s check out their magic up top.
You know how we do. We do what kings do. Duh.
Closed Sessions stamped producer, Odd Couple, who is now just an odd person, is back with a new single from his upcoming album, Chatterbox, which is set to drop in June of 2015. For this new regal sounding release, he’s tapped Saba, Taylor Bennet and Carl, to assist. Crown them. All of them. Do the king thing below.
Another heater from Pouya’s new mixtape, Southside Slugs. This one features two of the Midwest’s top rising stars, Alex Wiley and Allan Kingdom. Take heed and proceed with caution.
Pou’s tape lowkey has some of the best in the midwest on it, so I suggest you go check it out right now. But first, check out some fly harmony from some soulful dudes on “Heed.” No Bone Thugs.
Ca$his’ County Hound 3 album is due out on April 7th, and in celebration of his third installment, he’s decided to let the cover art and track list fly, as well as this new joint featuring G-Unit’s own, Young Buck. Straight “Kingpin” music featuring Arez Cobain and June B.
Enjoy the song below, as well as the official track list with production credits. Pre-order that thang right here.
Produced by Blended Babies
From Illinois to Florida, the motto is to never fold. Never bend. Never blend. And today Pouya and Shorty K connect over this Blended Babies backdrop for the triumphant, “Never Fold,” off Pou’s recently released mixtape, Southside Slugs. Check it out below.
The full 2015 Lollapalooza lineup has officially been announced. Finally. Now we can all relax — kind of.
Early on, a source close to C3 told me Drake and ASAP Rocky were both confirmed to play, well that turned out to only be half true, as Drake is off the bill, while ASAP is included.
On the hip-hop side, it’s going to be another solid year as Young Thug, Travi$ Scott and Tyler, The Creator have all been slated to perform. Also, a big congrats to Chicago’s own Mick Jenkins for being added to the bill. Hit the jump to see what other hip-hop acts have been booked, and head over to the Lolla page to see the full lineup.
Produced by Vinylz and Boi-1da.
The rollout for Lil Durk’s Def Jam debut continues as the second single from the album, the Jeremih-assisted “Like Me,” has just hit the e-streets.
Remember My Name doesn’t hit stores May 12th, but you can check out “Like Me” below now. I suggest you to do just that too — Durk and Jeremih have a banger on their hands with this one.