Each week the These Days staff comes across great music from Chicago artists that we could not provide individual features for. In an effort to keep our readers up to date with more of our recent favorites, the Round Up segment provides quick summaries and additional noteworthy content. Check out our latest picks below and feel free to submit a comment if you feel we missed something.
Boat House • "t̶a̶l̶k̶i̶n̶g̶"
Closed Sessions producer BoatHouse let's his beats speak for him on his new release, "t̶a̶l̶k̶i̶n̶g̶". He also samples some Chicago Drill lyrics, which allows Lil Reese to get a couple words in from his famous Chief Keef assisted track, "Traffic".
King Louie • "Goofy" (Music Video)
King Louie's latest single and video goes out to all the goofys out there, especially the ones calling the IO Hawk a "hoverboard". Grab yourself the closest Webster's dictionary within reach and review what the term "hover" means. Okay, I digress. Shot by Chicago's Brooklyn Wheeler, "Goofy" follows King Louie on what I can only imagine is a pretty standard evening for him. Posted up at the stop with friends, plenty of blunts being passed around, and rolling (not walking) around the city as he gears up for the release of Tony 2.
Monte Booker • "No No"
Monte Booker has a new, playful sound to offer young Chicagoans, so he gifts us again with his new take on Future's "Never Gon Lose" which he remade and renamed "No No". Monte Booker has been on fire lately, producing for some of the hottest new rising stars; Ravyn Lenae, Smino, Jay2, and Appleby. Zero Fatigue is undoubtedly a crew proving themselves among the crowded rap scene in Chicago.
Ohana Bam • "Oralgami"
The artist formerly known as BK Bambino from Chicago recently made the move out west to L.A., but also changed his name to reflect his strong familial ties to Chicago. The moniker and location may have changed, but as we can hear on "Oralgami", the work ethic has remained the same. With Tree Up on its way October 23rd, Ohana Bam serves up "Oralgami" as a preview of the project and his new west coast lifestyle.
Ransah • "Suicidal"
Producer Plu2o Nash has taken 197 rapper Ransah under his wing recently, blessing this young emcee with one instrumental after another as a backdrop to his still unfamiliar style. Adding to the dozen or more loose singles Ransah has dropped this past year is "Suicidal", a song with a similar name and a dark undertone that is eerily reminiscent of Notorious B.I.G.'s "Suicidal Thoughts". Although a tad morbid, rest assured that Ransah isn't going anywhere anytime soon. These suicidal tenancies are for those without hope or a plan, Ransah has both.
Roosevelt The Titan • "Bugatti" (prod. Noah Sims)
Rapper Roosevelt the Titan and producer Noah Sims began making music together over a year ago when they were both newcomers to the Chicago rap scene. After a good six month hiatus from releasing collaborative work together, they're back at it with "Bugatti". Rumor has it that Roosevelt is gearing up to release more music soon, so prepare for the Titan takeover.
YP • "Pimp Shit"
Backwoods Jones returns with another loosie after dropping two hot tracks earlier this month (see "Don't Know" and "What You Talkin"). This time around, he links back up with producer Xtreme Beatz who appeared throughout his most recent project Untitled. Sampling some Gato Barbieri, Xtreme provides a smooth backdrop for YP to lay down his midwest-playalistic-cadillac-muzik.