Chicago hip-hop had such a great year that even avid fans probably missed some fantastic new music—and these five releases definitely got less love than they deserved.
Local rappers who deserved more attention this year include Angel Davanport, Ric Wilson, and Shorty K.
The MC cooks up some aggressive joy with local producer C-Sick on the title track of his new mixtape.
The west side rapper and M.I.C member crafts an uplifting party track that’s sure to get plenty of people into the dance that’s spreading through Chicago.
Bopping has already swept the Chicago hip-hop scene—all the dance needs to break nationwide is a crossover hit.