Tag: King Louie
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:
Back in late 2011, Rello dropped one hell of a collabo record with King Louie titled “Deep Cruisin.” It was released just as the Chicago scene as a whole was taking off, and especially Lou. They definitely made magic happen on that record, and in 2015 (yikes!), they emerge with a brand new version. Yes, the second installment of “Deep Cruisin” is here close to four years later. Funny how time flies.
How does it measure up to the first? Find out below. Shouts to DJ Honorz on the assist.
Keef. Louie. Bibby. Herb. Pharris.
Last night, DJ Pharris took to Instagram to unveil the artwork for Keef’s “Faneto” remix featuring Lil Bibby, G Herbo and King Louie. That’s right — Chief Keef Mozart’s self-produced banger has gotten the remix treatment thanks to DJ Pharris and features verses from some of the Chi’s best spitters.
Excited yet? You should be. No word on when the track is set to impact, but expect to it surface sooner than later. Stay tuned.
Chance The Rapper continues to be a torchbearer for uplifting Chicago youth, as earlier this week he hosted his first #OpenMike series alongside Young Chicago Authors, which highlights and promotes artistry for young adults and high school students. The event is titled #OpenMike in honor of Chance’s mentor and friend, Brother Mike, who brought Chance through YouMedia and other various local creative avenues. This is a great way to memorialize a great man.
Chance packed out the Chicago Cultural Center with over 300 kids, who came out to try their hand at poetry, spoken word, rapping and comedy. And in true Chance fashion, he brought some of his friends along for the ride including Hannibal Buress, King Louie and Vic Mensa, who all showed their support in one way or another.
We’re told this is the first of many similar events from Chance, so if you missed out, hit the jump to check out the photos by Andrew Baker. Stay tuned for details on the next event.
Produced by DJ L.
Another week, another new joint from Spenzo. Spenz reunited L.E.P. for “Dripping In Gold” last week and this week, he effortlessly kills a jazzy soundscape from DJ L alongside King Louie. No, really — Spenzo and Louie both bring their A-game here.
Another win for Spenz. Give “Effortlessly” a listen or three below and look for both Spenzo’s Ahead Of My Time project and Louie’s Drilluminati 3 project to impact later this year.
King Louie. Kanye West. In a studio. Which may or may not be Kanye’s home studio.
What we know: King Louie is currently in Los Angeles
What we know: Kanye West is working on his new album in Los Angeles
So is it safe to assume that these two have connected to craft some music for Ye’s new album? I mean, Louie was on Yeezus, after all. I think we can do the math here. Hopefully, they “Send It Up” yet again. Ha!
Up and out of nowhere, the King has dropped two brand new and unreleased tracks. The first of the two releases is “Right Now,” with the second being “I’m In Love Wit Canada,” which you probably think is a “Coco” remix, but it’s actually an original song produced by DJ L.
The latter is a dedication our neighbors to the North, and all of the towns Tony frequents while he’s there. Gets his braids licked in Ottawa? Saw whattawa?
D3 on the way.
Only Lil Mouse could bring back together King Louie and Lil Durk. And yes, all three of these gentlemen were in the lab together to make this magic happen. Durk, Mouse and Louie on the same track? This is actual facts — and it’s great to see these guys coming together.
So enjoy this final leak from Lil Mouse’s Mouse Trap II, which drops later today.
Shouts to DJ Bandz