Chicago’s new breed of talent is quickly and surely becoming the dominant force in the industry. But not everyone is okay with the new generation of Chicago MCs.
One fan took issue with these new artists, namely Chief Keef and Lil Reese.
“How Chicago go from producing Kanye, Common, R. Kelly and Twista…. to n*ggas like Chief Keef and Lil Reese,” the fan asked.
Reese caught wind of the tweet and answered the question, simply writing, “easy 300.”
Chicago by far isn’t monolithic. The South Side, especially, is commonly misrepresented. The city is divided into 77 community areas with the South Side boasting some prosperous neighborhoods.
Chief Keef and Lil Reese come from areas very much different than Kanye West and Common’s upbringing. Ye and Common hail from affluent areas on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Sosa and Lil Reese got the short end of the stick. The two artists hail from Englewood, one of the nation’s most impoverish areas.
Kanye and Common dressed in sweater vests when presented to mainstream media. This image was then projected onto Chicago as a whole.
Dame Dash even regarded Chicago’s thugs as “trendy, fashionable” during Kanye West’s memorable scene in “State Property 2.”
“In Chicago, you had different kind of hustlers, the Kanye West and the Common,” he said.
Fans should appreciate the diverse talent Chicago offers. There are different stories that need to be told given the different socioeconomic backgrounds the artists hail from.
Lil Reese is currently prepping the release of his upcoming mixtape “10 Steps Ahead.” The project doesn’t have a set release date, but is slated to drop soon.
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