• Lil Herb is the face of streetwear brand Rocksmith NYC's new 2015 Lookbook, and along with modeling their new looks in Chicago, Herb has also released a new record with the brand. "I'm Rollin" is built off of a buzzing bassline, complimented by plentiful samples of Juicy J's iconic "Yeah, Hoe" ad-lib.
  • Chicago's Johnny may Cash has been prepping his My Last Days tape for months now, dropping off tracks from it as far back as September, but now a release date has finally been set. Announced via the SoundCloud page for a new track, the drop date is February 24th.
  • Spenzo released his breakout cut "I'm So Sorry," which featured Young Thug and Meek Mill, last December, and it looks like his career is only picking up speed in 2015. He gave us five tracks last month, and here's his first new joint of February.
  • Chicago native Spenzo has been on a roll this January. Having already dropped off four new tracks this month-- the most recent being the Tree-assisted "Doin' Lines" -- he gives us a new one by the name of "Dripping In Gold" (not to be confused with Gucci Mane's "Dipped In Gold").
  • Sasha Go Hard has previously been more of a minor presence in the drill scene, only because she's been a little less prolific than her peers, and hasn't had a hit that really broke out of the regional scene.
  • Although she might have been a little overshadowed by those who took the stage after her (Audio Push, iLoveMakonnen, Rae Sremmurd, Father), Chicago's Dreezy was one of sure highlights of New York's CMJ Festival this year.
  • Saba makes his HNHH debut as a solo artist today with "Next Door," a track that features fellow Chicagoan Lucki Eck$. Featuring artwork that shows a trippy rendering of "Black Lives Matter" signs, the song is a unique take on racial profiling and growing up on Chiraq's notoriously violent South Side.
  • A little while back, Alex Wiley was working on a project called Generous Dubsack that he later scrapped. Today, he gives us a track that was originally made for that tape, but is released today as a loosie. Speaking to Huffington Post about the scrapped project, Wiley said:
  • Smoko Ono is a Chicago producer you're probably not too familiar with yet, although he once produced a dope collabo between two Chi-town staples Tris J and Sir Michael Rocks, which we featured, "Good Shit Talkin," and even if you didn't hear that, it's likely you heard his production on Vic Mensa's "Feel That." Apa
  • Chicago-via-Paris rapper/singer MJ is currently hard at work on a debut project that will include the best of both of his worlds. Entitled ChicagoParis, the album is currently without a release date, but today we get to hear the first track from the project.
  • Strangely enough, Chicago production duo Odd Couple aren't the most unlikely pairing on their newest track.
  • Last week, we introduced you to SpiT-Tacular and his Lex Luger-assisted track "100th Time". Today we get a new cut from the kid called "Young Kid" from Spit. This one's got a different vibe and finds Yung Spit talking about his progression as an artist and a man.
  • SpiT-Tacular hails from the Midwest, right outside of Chicago, and he makes his HotNewHipHop debut today with "100th Time". The 20-year-old emcee has a lightning quick flow on the song, and gets a major league feature from Lex Luger, who blesses the chorus and lays down a verse of his own.
  • If seeing the 17-year-old Chief Keef rapping about gang violence and pointing guns at the camera made you feel uncomfortable, it was likely an even stranger experience to see similar behavior coming from the 13-year-old Lil Mouse when he first arrived on the scene.Also a Chicago resident, Mouse is now 16 years old, and
  • On September 25th, SAVEMONEY's Brian Fresco will release a joint EP with "soul trap" artist Tree, who's also from Chicago, entitled SoulMoney. We've already heard one cut, "Rose," from the upcoming release, and now the Windy City duo have shared a second.
  • MC Lyte makes a triumphant return to the game with a moving new track called "Dear John". She enlists the help of fellow OG Common on the classic sounding song. 10Beats evokes memories of Puff on "All About The Benjamins" with his hook, while LoudBox crafts the clap and bass heavy instrumental.
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