As the last trickles of Grown Folk music comes out and the project is laid to rest, our attention now turns to Drew Kim (now producing as Druture) and Brendan Neal’s (now producing as Motions) respective solo projects. Yesterday, Druture released the long-awaited labor-of-love project Out Of Towner Vol. 1, his ode to Chicago rap. The tape features some of the most innovative artists to come out of the Windy City over production from Druture himself as well as Ryan Hemsworth and up-and-coming British producer Little Cloud. It’s a quick listen and spans a wide-range of vibes, but Druture’s vision is clear and, while far from cohesive, Out of Towner is a tantalizing look into contemporary Chicago rap and Internet production tropes (melding drill and grime/jungle). Head over to LiveMixtapes to download Vol. 1 and/or hit the jump for a few choice selections.
Lil Durk, like many of his Chiraq brethren, generally splits attention among the rap listening public. On the one hand, Durk has a knack for story telling and his hooks are always on point, not to mention his impeccable beat selection, but if you can’t get past the warbling use of autotune and sometimes lackadaisical technical ability, his music might be difficult to delve into. We count ourselves in the firm believer camp and the Englewood-bred MC has only solidified that sentiment with his latest tape, Signed To The Streets. Of the tape’s 15 tracks, the Zaytoven produced “Who Is This” was the first to immediately catch us. The track is a harrowing cinematic tale of government officials, phone taps and dope that, despite some fairly blatant plot holes, is one of the more interesting mob tales to come out of the hip hop canon in a minute. Stream “Who Is This” below and download the entirety of Signed To The Streets here.