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FSD Feature: 30 Best Chicago Projects Of 2014

| December 18, 2014 | 6 Comments


Words by Ty Howard (@someguynamedty), Holiday Kirk (@HolidayKirk) and Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive)

2014 is a wrap. Finito. And despite what the peanut gallery at large might tell you, we’ve received some incredible music from the Chicago scene.  From newcomers, to vets — it appears just about everyone has put their best foot forward this year — and many artists have churned out the best work of their careers.

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FSD Feature: 5 Underrated Projects Of 2014

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments


Despite what others might tell you, 2014 was a pretty great year for rap. At least in the Midwest. And as most of the influential bloggers and rap writers reside on the coasts, they tend to overlook the gems the Midwest has to offer. But that’s where we come in. That’s where we thrive. That’s our bread and butter.

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FSD Feature: 10 Essential Bop Songs Of 2014

| December 10, 2014 | 1 Comment


Words by Holiday Kirk (@HolidayKirk)

As 2013 gave way to 2014, the excitement and enthusiasm that ran through Chicago’s bop scene began deflating. The energy and attention generated by Sicko Mobb’s high profile deal with Sony & RCA and the DLow Shuffle’s virality gave way to rumors of bad contracts and stagnation as no other artists were signed. Few new bop songs entered regular rotation on DJ playlists leaving artists desperate to escape the shadow of their big hits. None of this was the fault of the bop scene itself really. None got signed because nobody’s getting signed, anywhere, at all. This is the hardest rap economy ever to break into the major label system and after the Chicago gold rush of 2012 the major labels have all but abandoned the city.

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FSD Feature: 15 Essential Doughboyz Cashout Songs From 2014

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments


Words by Taylor Made (@taylormade_hbm)

Quiet as kept, Detroit’s Doughboyz Cashout faction had an incredible 2014. Simply put: these guys were (and still are) WORKING. At the top of the year they dropped one of the most slept on projects of ’14, We Run The City Vol. 4, which was chock full of quality Detroit street music.

On top of the group outing, every member dropped a solo project (with the exception of Doughboy Dre) and each project had its shining moments. From Big Quis’ My Turn, to Kiddo’s Breaking All The Rules Vol. 1, to Payroll’s Get Money Stay Humble, to Doughboy Roc’s Beast Mode — these Motor City madmen kept us in great music.

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FSD Feature: 10 Essential Chief Keef Songs From 2014

| December 5, 2014 | 2 Comments


Words by Ty Howard (@someguynamedty)

Chief Keef has been flooding the e-streets with new music since the beginning of 2014 and it doesn’t look like he’s going to stop anytime soon. Aside from the countless loosies that Keef has dropped, he also served up his Back From The Dead 2 mixtape and plans to drop at least three more projects by early 2015.

You could’ve easily blinked and missed two or three joints from Sosa this year, but there’s no need to worry — I got you covered.

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FSD Feature: 5 Things People Need To Stop Doing At Concerts

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments


Words by Ty Howard (@someguynamedty)

One thing I’ve learned is that rap shows can either be really fun or really suck. The artist isn’t always to blame either. I’ve been to more concerts and events that I can count over the last few years, but what I do recall from a majority of them is how annoying some of the people and the things they do at events can be.

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FSD + Noisey Present: Music To Fake Shore Driveby Vol. 2: Midwest Is The Best

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments


via Noisey, who we’ve partnered with for our new series: Music To Fake Shore Driveby

Last month, we introduced Music to Fake Shore Driveby, a mix series partnering with our friends at the Midwest’s pre-eminent hip-hop blog, Fake Shore Drive, in which Andrew Barber and Ty Howard share and weigh in on some of the hottest songs coming out of their part of the country.

We’re big fans of Chicago hip-hop, and we’ve been watching artists like Dreezy and Saba, but, as big as the City of the Big Shoulders is, the Midwest has even more to offer, whether in the form of Gary, Indiana’s Freddie Gibbs or Detroit artists like DeJ Loaf and Doughboyz Cashout. In the latest installment of the mix, you’ll get familiar with these artists and others. Read on to learn about the latest sounds from the Midwest and listen to Music to Fake Shore Driveby Volume Two.

Hit the jump for the tracklist + descriptions and link to tape.

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FSD Feature: Chicago Summer Records We Loved In 2014

| September 10, 2014 | 1 Comment


A list by Matt Albin (@malbin34)

Summer in Chicago will always supply you with these three things: unpredictable weather, many losses from the Chicago Cubs and a boatload of great new music. Summer 2014 was no different, as we were hit with an influx of music from both veterans and emerging stars. Chicago was able to provide the world with quality conscious tracks, some dope drill joints, and breakout singles from familiar stars and new artists alike.

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FSD Feature: 20 Dope Songs In Chicago-New York Collaboration History

| August 27, 2014 | 1 Comment


Words by Todd Levy & Andrew Barber

NYC and Chicago share a rich hip-hop history. From Jay Z’s work with numerous Chicago legends including Kanye West and R. Kelly, to the early bridge builders like Grav, Twista and Common — the Big Apple and the Windy City have banged out numerous classic rap records from our various heads of state.

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FSD Feature: 15 Artists We’d Like To See At Lollapalooza 2015

| August 6, 2014 | 2 Comments


Words by Ty Howard (@someguynamedty)

Time flies. Lollapalooza 2014 is already over and before you know it, we’ll all be gearing up for next year’s festivities. This year’s lineup featured some of our favorite artists, but we have a few others that we would like to see performing live in Grant Park for the city’s largest music festival. There’s always next year, right?

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