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.
Top Tracks Of The Week: March 23-30
This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio.
Album Stream: Young Chop Presents: YB- "Life Of A Boss"
Young Chop made his name with Chief Keef, but following the GBE rapper's debut album, Finally Rich, Chop has been focusing on developing his own team of artists. One of the rappers he's putting on is fellow Chicago native, YB.
Underrated Audio: September 7-13
With the school year already in session we've been seeing rappers get busy too-- albums are dropping one by one, and there are more to come, with Drake's Nothing Was The Same in ten days, and MMG's Self Made 3 prior to that, Danny Brown's OLD finally on the way, plus Meek Mill's mixtape...You get the idea. Take a break from those big hitters with a four underrated pieces of audio from the past seven days.