Chicago is my favorite city (besides Philly) that I’ve visited. Atmosphere, people, the vibes, and activities the city has to offer are too good. I’m sure a lot of you would agree completely with me on this idea. When it comes to hip-hop, a couple of artists come to mind from Chicago. Common, Lupe Fiasco, R. Kelly, Twista, and of course Kanye are probably all artists you have heard of from the city of Chi. I’m here to present you with a series shining some light on a group of rappers from the Midwest Capital that you should start to listen too.
To start it up, I present to you Add-2. Hailing from the southside of Chicago, Add-2 grew up playing football becoming an all conference running back for his high school. He first fell in love with rap when listening to Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt, specifically a song called “Bring It On” (which is a classic from a classic album). He describes his influence as early Jay-Z, Common, and Nas. You can really hear the influence in his rhymes based off of his rhyme schemes and flow. He is one of my favorite rappers, when it comes to true lyricism. One of my favorite songs is called H.E.R. Story, where he describes the story of hip-hop. Here’s a quote he said about writing the story,”
H.E.R Story took me a while to write, i wrote 4 lists with every single hip hop artist I knew, then wrote one with the ones I felt were usable, then wrote double meaning for all their names, then I said ‘f*** it, just write the song’ and then it started coming together”.
He is yet to release and album but has a series of mixtapes titled The Tale of Two’s City (containing four volumes in the series). Below are links for Volumes 2, 3, & 4 and a video that was featured on MTVu called Luxury from Volume 3. Hope you enjoy.
Thank to 2dopeboyz for the links.