10 Rappers' Myspace Pages Before The Fame
If you were in your teens between the years 2003 and 2009, having a Myspace was a must. The predecessor to Facebook was a major step up from instant messaging platforms like AIM, the only form of social network any of us really had until the mid-2000s, and it also had a big impact on the music industry. For the first time, undiscovered artists had a means of sharing their music with millions of people across the globe (YouTube would come into the picture two years later), and the personal touch of a Myspace page gave eventual fans something more to latch onto.
Chief Keef Is Making All The Beats On Young Chop's Next Mixtape
Chief Keef has produced numerous songs on his own projects dating back to 2012. Now, Young Chop is enlisting him to produce the entirety of his next mixtape. Chop, of course, produced Keef's monstrous breakout hit "I Don't Like." “This bitch making all the beats to my next tape," Chop captioned an Instagram video in which he watches Sosa go to work in FL Studio.
Stream Young Chop's New Album "King Chop"
Young Chop is building Chop Squad Records from the ground up. Last night, the 23-year-old Chicago rapper released his new album King Chop. Like many producers, Chop has tired of letting rappers get all the glory. He proved his rapping chops on songs like "Bruce Lee" -- his slow, sure-footed flow is the source of his vocal charisma. You can't rush this man.
Lil Durk Apparently Declined To Spit A Verse On Chief Keef's "Don't Like"
Lil Durk's career has turned out pretty swimmingly, but it's possible that he could be an even bigger star at the moment, if he opted to rap a verse on Chief Keef's seminal 2012 drill anthem "Don't Like." In a new interview with HNHH, Young Chop described how "Don't Like" came together. The people in the room at the time were Durk, Chop, and Keef. Keef was writing furiously to the beat Chop had just played him. Lil Reese was on his way to join them.
Behind The Beat: Young Chop
It's been three and half years since Chief Keef dropped "Don't Like," produced by Young Chop. Although "Don't Like" remains the defining song of the Chicago drill scene, much has changed for Chop -- he has produced for dozens of artists, and he started his own label Chop Squad Records. Oh, and he raps.
Stream Young Chop's "Finally Rich Too" With Vic Mensa, Johnny May Cash & More
2012's Finally Rich may have been credited solely to Chief Keef, but you can't talk about the album without mentioning Young Chop. The producer behind Keef's breakout hits "Don't Like" and "Love Sosa" was an integral part of the rapper's jarring sound encapsulated on the project. While Keef has since continued into a more insular world, Chop has built a collective of producers and rappers with ChopSquad. Today, he's decided to provide a spiritual successor to Keef's debut with his current roster of artists, putting together Finally Rich Too.
Young Chop Brawls With Security At A3C Festival
Though it's not entirely clear why, Young Chop's A3C performance turned into a brawl with security Thursday night. A clip shows Chop calling out a specific guard during the show, saying "y'all bitch-ass security need to stop it," which inspired the guard to throw punches at Chop, at which point the producers whole crew got involved in the fight.
Staff Picks Playlist (October 9)
It's that time of the week again. The weather might be crap, but work's over, school's out, and that should be enough to get your mind in the right place. If not, then we've got your musical medication, which will, no doubt, pair nicely with whatever other treats, medical-grade or otherwise, you've got on deck.
Young Chop Calls Out Kanye West For Using Chicago Artists
Earlier today, Young Chop, the 21-year-old Chicago producer, inseparable from the come-ups of young artists like Chief Keef and Lil Reese, posted a series of Instagram videos, in which he called out an unnamed establishment of older Chicago industry folks who have a penchant for taking advantage of Chicago's young talent. He then specifically called out Kanye West, claiming that he is guilty of using Chicago artists for his own selfish reasons.
Stream Lil Durk's "Remember My Name"
We've heard "Like Me," "What Your Life Like" and "Tryna Tryna," and now comes time to stream the entirety of Lil Durk's Def Jam debut, Remember The Name.
Underrated Audio: May 24 - May 30
Underrated Audio is back on our mission to supply you with exciting new music you may have missed upon initial browsing, from artists who haven't quite broken the mainstream. The talent is there, the quality uncut.
Top Tracks: May 10 - May 17
Another week, another fresh crop of songs raiding our Top Ten. Let’s get to it. 10) Omarion ft. DeJ Loaf, Trey Songz, Ty Dolla $ign and Rick Ross – Post To Be (Remix) This re-working of Omarion’s hit was smart enough to keep its most famous, meme-spawning line. And like that line, it’s hanging around for another week.
Putting On For His City: Kanye West's Chicago Co-Signs
Although he once claimed to be "so Chi" that you thought he was bashful, Kanye West isn't frequently thought of as a quintessential Chicago rapper, with his global fame often overshadowing his ties to his hometown. Mr. West is unarguably the most popular rapper to ever come out of the Windy City, but the regional term "Chicago rap" is more likely to be associated with Common and No I.D., or even younger dudes like Chief Keef at this point.
Lil Durk & Young Chop Working On Joint Mixtape?
Before Lil Durk drops off his next album Remember My Name, the Chicago rapper maybe blessing the streets with a new mixtape, and its with a hit-producer too.
Young Chop On Chief Keef's Parting With Interscope: "How Did They Drop Him? He Sold 200,000"
Chief Keef's signing with Interscope records was reportedly worth $6 million dollars, but while the figure made headlines at the time, so did the conditions. Keef's deal was signed under the impression that his debut album, Finally Rich, would sell 250,000 copies by December 2013. Statistics indicate that the rapper may have been just shy of that number, but whether it be related to the tally or not, Interscope decided to cut ties with Keef last month.
Stream Young Chop's Album "Still"
Last night we highlighted one cut off Young Chop's new album Still, the Ty Dolla $ign and Cap 1-featured "Ain't Fuckin With Her." If that record peaked your interest as to what else Chop has in store, we've got you covered as Spotify has released an official album stream for the producer's project.
Young Chop Reveals "Still" Album Artwork & Tracklist
Young Chop has let loose the official tracklist and cover art for his upcoming sophomore LP Still. Ten tracks deep and including contributions from Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Fat Trel, Ty Dolla $ign, Cap 1, Lil Herb, and more, the project is slated to hit stores on October 28th.
Chief Keef Shares Tracklist For The Largely Self-Produced "Back From The Dead 2" Mixtape
While dropping loose tracks sporadically throughout the last year, it's been a while since we've been given a new project from Chief Keef, and even longer still, one that felt complete. Back From The Dead 2, the sequel to his breakthrough mixtape, has promise to be a rewarding set of songs from the Chicago rapper. With the Halloween release date fast approaching, Sosa has now delivered the full tracklist from the project.
Fredo Santana Reveals Tracklist And Cover Art For "Walking Legend"
Back in May, we learned of Fredo Santana's upcoming album Walking Legend when he released the track "Coming Up." "That's A No No," which featured Lil Reese, followed, and now we've got the full tracklist from the project. The artwork is in the gallery above, and check out the tracklist below.
Young Chop Says That Kanye West Knew People Wouldn't Like "Yeezus"
Depending on who you ask, Kanye West's 2013 album Yeezus was either among the best albums of the year or, as 50 Cent recently put it, "weird." The album sparked controversy for its harsh, experimental qualities, and now Young Chop, who worked on some of the album, says that Kanye knew that Yeezus would be less popular than his other albums.