GBE baby. Teaming up with Chief Sosa and Lil Reese, Big Boss Fredo delivered one hell of a banger. Following drill music’s literal meaning, “My Lil Niggas” has explicit lyrics and a thundering beat. Reese, Keef and Fredo rap like three brothers on the beat, which makes it that much more authentic.
Top 10 Chicago Drill Songs
#9 Lil Mouse - "I'm Da Man"
"I be on my Lil Mouse drill shit." Lil Mouse has had no shortage of co-signs, from Drizzy’s “0-100” shoutout to Lil Wayne’s Dedication 4 remix of “Get Smoked”. Despite these major co-signs, Mouse Myers’ brightest moment came on his own. His confidence is way up on “I’m Da Man,” just listen to these lyrics: “I’m shootin’ like Austin Rivers/ My money is coming quicker/ I’m riding with a bunch of killers/ They shootin’ like movie filmers.” Young & gettin’ it.
#8 Lil Durk - "52 Bars (Part 2)"
“52 Bars (Part 2)” might be the hardest Lil Durk has ever went. A highlight track off Signed To The Streets, Durk raps with fury over the hand-clapping instrumental. “If I can't make you dance, I bet that uzi can.” Produced by Young Chop (who else), the beat goes just as crazy as Durk does.
#7 L’A Capone x RondoNumbaNine - “Play For Keeps”
Last year, two of Chicago’s most promising rappers linked up for “Play For Keeps”. 6hunna gang members L’A Capone and RondoNumbaNine trade scorching verses aimed at their opps. “Cause I’ll ride or die for my niggas/ I’ll get crucified for my niggas”. R.I.P L’A Capone.
#6 King Louie - “My Niggas”
The common rap fan may not be too familiar with King Louie. The Chiraq, Drillinois rapper has been a major part of the sub-genre’s growth, dropping mixtape after mixtape. King L even appeared on Yeezus. Although he doesn’t have any nationally known hits, King L definitely struck gold with “My Niggas”. The beat is hot, the flow is dope, and the music video doesn’t disappoint. Don’t pass up this trunk knocker.
#5 Lil Herb x Lil Bibby - “Kill Shit”
Though Lil Bibby doesn’t like to be categorized as “drill,” this track can definitely be described as such. “Kill Shit” is a fiery, vicious collaboration with Lil Herb that put the two Chi-town spitters on the map. A full two years later, it’s still tough to decide who had the better verse. No hook, straight bars.
#4 Chief Keef - “Everyday”
Chief Keef and Young Chop are an unstoppable duo. A highlight cut off Keef’s Back From The Dead mixtape, “Everyday” is an A1 example of their explosiveness as a pair. Backed by Young Chop’s electrifying production, Keef raps like he has something to prove: “Can’t compare to I, ‘cause I’m hot as fuck.” Drill music doesn’t get much better than this.
#2 Lil Durk - “Bang Bros”
“Bang Bros” is simply one of the top drill songs ever created. Lil Durk uses Auto-Tune to his advantage as he sing-raps all over the tropical instrumental. Compared to most drill music, “Bang Bros” is much less lyrically violent, which is nice. Durk’s melodious verses are extremely catchy and hard not to sing along to. GANG!
#1 Chief Keef - “Love Sosa”
“Love Sosa” is the culmination of all things drill. In a sense, the Finally Rich standout is a less aggressive, sonically refined version of Keef’s breakout hit “I Don’t Like”. The acclaimed street anthem quickly caught the attention of Drake, who in October of 2012 tweeted “Love Sosa has at least 130 plays in the last 3 days”. Recorded at the young age of 17, “Love Sosa” will forever be remembered as the track that elevated Chief Keef to the top of his city.
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While we await new albums from Lil Durk and Chief Keef respectively, we break down the most essential drill records.
King Louie speaks the truth: “They say you can make it anywhere, if you make it in Chicago.” The city notoriously known as Chiraq has been long overshadowed by gang violence, and those fortunate enough to make it out the trap are considered heroes. You know the statistics; Chicago has more murders than the war in Iraq. To cope with the violence, the city’s youth created drill music. Defined by Gawker’s Justin Charity in his article The Occupation of Chiraq, drill is “doomsday dance tracks with trap drums, subterranean beats punctuated by .38 blowback and electrocuted snares, videos shot in the barren living rooms of project apartments; dreadlocks whiplashing in weed smoke saunas.” A scary sight, indeed.
A couple years after its explosion, drill hasn’t cooled off yet. Lil Durk and Chief Keef are gearing up to release their major-label albums Remember My Name and Bang 3, respectively. Before these albums hit stores though, let’s take a moment to reflect on the sub-genre’s hottest tracks. What better time than now? Counting ‘em down in order, here are the top ten best Chicago drill songs. Let’s get it.
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