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.
Spenzo (Ft. Tory Lanez) • "I Want You"
Spenzo is like the Floyd Mayweather of Chicago hip-hop. The dude doesn't come out often, but when he does he definitely makes a statement. In 2014 we got the breakthrough hit, "Wife er" from Spenzo and this past week he tapped none other than Tory Lanez for the infectious "I Want You". The single is proof that the Chicago product can handle himself in the shadow of commercially-viable acts and he performs well here. Perhaps we'll see a Spenzo reboot soon, but for now enjoy this one. -- Jake Krez
Famous Dex & Famous Irv • "Yeaaa Yeaaa Yeaaa"
Whenever asked “Did you hear the new Dex?”, I often scratch my head hesitant to respond unbeknownst to whether or not he has dropped something new within the week.
Reminiscent of guerrilla exposure tactics from an early Chief Keef, Famous Dex continues his weekly music video stint with Laka Films for a constant stream of music which dominates blog feed. Famous Dex is a ball of straight energy who doesn’t show any signs of slowing down anytime soon, his latest endeavor is Yeaaa Yeaaa Yeaaa with squad mate Famous Irv. -- Peter Bonamici
ECOOP (Ft. IshDARR) • "Dabbin" (Remix)
We live in a time of fleeting cultural tropes and the current one has certainly been the dab. Bolstered by Cam Newton and The Migos, the phenomenon has permeated to increasingly awkward parts of society. This is not that. Relative newcomer ECOOP links up with the pride of Milwaukee in Ishdarr for this infectious remix that does much to get the repeat play. Check it out for yourself below.
Monster Mike • "Uber Everywhere" (Freestyle)
Late last year, Atlanta rapper Madeintyo dropped an indie track Uber Everywhere which gained the attention of Travis Scott. After a timely remix of the original, the track has skyrocketed into the mainstream. Enter Chitown mainstay Monster Mike, who delivers a vicious freestyle over the KSwisha original. Be sure to hit that link before the Uber surge hits 3x. -- Peter Bonamici
Saint Millie • "Hit My Line"
One hting you can say about Saint Millie is that he keeps the singles coming. Dude essentially lives at a cross-section of the studio and Jugrnaut so it's needless to say that he keeps his head in the game regardless of day or time. Here, Millie offers up that oft-used refrain in a sultry ode to a special someone. This one also comes served via Audiomack, which I expect to see a significant uptick in with all the changes happening over at Soundcloud. Oakstreetbeats handles the backing production, pretty smooth throughout. -- Jake Krez