DCG Brothers, DCG Shun & DCG BSavv – “Jungle Life” (Album)

Chicago very own DCG Brothers, DCG Shun & DCG Bsavv, releases their new album entitled “Jungle Life”. “Jungle Life” is a fourteen track project that includes features from G Herbo on they new single entitled “Stomp”, Bronx, New York artist B-Lovee on “In The Raq” and Memphis, Tennessee artist Big30 on Hits Inna Daytime”. Also DCG Msavv appears on a couple of tracks, “Mmhmm” and “Aye Wassup”.

Thurgo – “Juug Star 2” EP

With Thurgo’s lyrical heat, expert delivery, and huge collaborations to round it off, “Juug Star 2” is high-octane hip-hop done right.

Detroit-based rapper Thurgo is rapidly on his way to becoming a household name in the American hip-hop scene. Now cementing that reputation even further with his latest offering, “Juug Star 2” is a heavyweight signpost of his artistic evolution over the past two years. With millions of streams accumulated over the past few years, and performances all throughout the US, Thurgo shows no signs of slowing down.

The second installment of his Juug Star series, “Juug Star 2” is a five-track hip-hop frenzy that lands exactly two years from the date that the original dropped on March 20th 2020, the very week that COVID-19 was declared as a state of emergency. Set for release this March 2022, the EP is being housed on Hollingsworth McCants Music Group, and features production from GLA Jaywiz and Asar and features a collab from rap legend G.T.

From the straight-talking, braggadocious lyricism of “Bubbly”, to the belligerently snappy “Percy Miller”, each avenue of “Juug Star 2” lays out yet another enrapturing aspect of Thurgo’s diverse hip-hop sound. The EP not only marks out the next chapter of his journey, but also signifies a period of growth and change for the Detroit-based rapper. ‘Man in the Mirror’ is a prime example of this, one of the stand-out tracks that gives deep insight into his personal evolution as a man and artist who’s made mistakes and grown from them.

“I chose the worst time to release my first project, but it was still a moment of growth for me which helped elevate my career. This release represents the growth and extension of the musical vibes from part 1”. – Thurgo

Shoebox Benny – “Car Bombs” (Album)

Chicago rapper Shoebox Benny has been making major strides in the music industry since releasing singles from his highly anticipated project “Car Bombs”. The 14-track project features songs with Benny The Butcher, Jon Woodz, Britt Edwards and production from Bravo Fake Decent and UGK legendary producer Cory Mo. Shoebox Benny has been building his label and brand Masterless Multimedia over the past few years and prides himself on blending melodies with lyrics to leave a lasting impression on fans. His blend of creative content is consistent in speaking to true hustlers from the streets and beyond.

Standout singles “Straight, “Be Like That” and “Shame the Devil” featuring Benny The Butcher, shows the versatility in his artistry and gives a unique preview into his sound. He was recently featured on DASH Radio, SiriusXM Fakeshoredrive Show #TheDrive, Thisis50.com and is performing at SXSW this year on the Urban Fetes and Core DJ’s Stage.

Lil Durk – “7220” (Album)

What better vessel for Lil Durk’s most personal raps to date than an album named for the address of his beloved grandmother’s home? “7220, that’s where I went through it,” Durk says on the album’s “Headtaps.” “Like my first life experience, know what I mean.” He then goes on to rap about the time he wished he could watch cartoons with his children when he was locked up and how news of a cousin’s passing once sent him into a state of disbelief. Durk has seen more than his fair share of loss over the course of his young life, and 7220 is peppered with references to the many friends and family members he’s already outlived.

Music-making has functioned as therapy for nearly every MC who’s ever picked up a mic, but you can’t help but feel for Durk listening to him talk about a real-life home invasion he suffered on “Shootout @ My Crib,” remind listeners that tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone on “Love Dior Banks,” or live out a revenge fantasy for friend and collaborator King Von on “AHHH HA.” Guests on 7220 include stars like Future, Gunna, Summer Walker, and, most peculiarly, country singer Morgen Wallen, who more than anything else serve as emblems of how far the MC has come since his childhood address. – Apple Music

King Von – “What It Means To Be King” (Album)

Upon the release of King Von’s “What It Means to Be King”, nearly a year and a half after his passing, a charting single from Lil Durk entitled “AHHH HA” finds him confronting the frustration of having to forge on without his friend. “Don’t respond to shit with Von!” Durk shouts on the chorus, imploring himself to ignore the near constant mentions of Von’s name that fill the comments of his social media posts. As difficult as it’s been for King Von fans to move on, as “AHHH HA” reveals, it’s been that much harder for those who knew the MC best. What It Means to Be King, though, is where those who did and did not know Von personally may find some semblance of healing.

The album is packed with former peers and supporters like Lil Durk, 21 Savage, G Herbo, Moneybagg Yo, Fivio Foreign, Tee Grizzley, and Dreezy. Their voices complement Von’s across the board, helping him to lay out Chicago drill culture in the way he’d become renowned for. Von’s personal rap style, excited and ever aggressive, carves through production from frequent collaborator Chopsquad DJ, as well as Kid Hazel and ATL Jacob. The storytelling that gave him some of his first acclaim is fully intact here (“Where I’m From,” “Trust Nothing,” “Get It Done”), as is a romantic side (“My Fault”). But what his fans and even his friends are most likely to take from What It Means to Be King isn’t something they didn’t already know. When it comes to the legacy of dearly departed King Von, the music we got during the MC’s lifetime had only barely scratched the surface. – via Apple Music

Katie Got Bandz – “DC4” (Mixtape) | Hosted by DJ Amaris

Chicago female artist Katie Got Bandz releases her fourth installment in her “Drillary Clinton” mixtape series hosted by DJ Amaris. The ten track mixtape includes features from YDotGDot, Phor, Baha Banks and Big6ix Monopoly. It includes records such as “Stand On It”, “Back It Up” and “Gang”

Calboy – “Black Heart” EP

Chicago artist Calboy releases his new project entitled “Black Heart”. The eight track EP is lead by his singles entitled “Rumors” and “Black Heart”. It also includes features from Fredo Bang, Joey BadA$$ and Jackboy. Go check out his music video for “Rumors” on this site and YouTube as well.

Edai – “6 Forever”

Chicago very owns DJ Young JD, DJ MilTicket and DJ Shon gets together to host the late great Chicago artist Edai’s “6 Forever” mixtape. “6 Forever” is a twenty one track mixtape that includes all of Edai’s smash records from the past to his most recent works. It includes features from Lil Durk, Rico Recklezz, 600 Breezy, Rondo NumbaNine, S.Dot, Young Famous and a few others.

Chief Keef – “4NEM”

Chicago native and Los Angeles based artist Chief Keef releases his new album entitled “4NEM”. “4NEM” is a fifteen track album that includes features from Tadoe on “Tuxedo” and Ballout on “Say I Aint Pick Yo Weak Ass Up”. It also includes Sosa’s singles entitled “Hadouken”, “Bitch Where” and “The Talk”.

Juice WRLD – “Fighting Demons” (Album)

Released nearly two years to the day after his tragic death, Juice WRLD’s second posthumous album sounds even more haunted than the first. As the title suggests, the songs here hinge on the rapper’s inner battles, and it’s a brutal listen. He goes round after round with his addictions, mental health, and self-destructive behaviors, seemingly fighting back and giving up in turns. Metro Boomin’s gorgeous string-propelled production on opening track “Burn” brims with melancholy to set the mood for what’s to come—as Juice declares midway through, “The truth hurts, let it bleed out.”

And there are many painful truths to reckon with on Fighting Demons. “Rockstar in His Prime” dispels the notion that money and fame are any match for inner turmoil and the quest to numb or escape it. His dance with death, whether as a lifeline or a foregone conclusion, exposes the depth of darkness that can poison a mind; what is a platitude to someone who, as he admits on the harrowing “Already Dead,” hasn’t felt alive in years? It’s uncomfortable but worthwhile to understand what a person is up against and to consider that the act of saying it aloud, without fear of judgment, may not be glorification but a potential path to healing.

When the possibility of better days seems tenuous at best, Juice still finds a way to summon something akin to optimism. “Understand, none of these drugs make the person I am/Sober up, I can, sorry but I can’t,” he raps on “Feel Alone,” before falling into his signature melodies: “Hope to see tomorrow, the potency of sorrow/I was thinking hopefully, maybe hopefully, there’s some dopamine I could borrow.” The candor in his lyrics, spilling out in detail like private journal entries, is relentless, but his courage to share anyway is inspiring. Fighting Demons is as much a cautionary tale as a heroic one—may we never forget that Juice fought for his life until the very end, as the tenacity of his artistry continues to shine beyond the grave.

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