Music from artistS such as Matt Muse, Laje, Nikko Baby, ApolloSoGodly, Lyric + more!
Had the pleasure of sitting on a panel to help give feedback on music from students who attend SAE. I heard a lot dope music from some inspiring artists. I liked the music so much I wanted to share a few with you. I hope you enjoy the entire selection for the week.
JOHNNY - JOHNN IN LOVE
WHO PUT YOU ON: THIS KID PLAYED THIS TRACK AT THE SAE PANEL, HE HAD A PROBLEM WITH AUDIO. THE TRACK HE PRESENTED TO GET PLAYED SOUNDED DISTORTED, WHICH MADE IT HARD FOR US JUDGES TO REALLY HEAR IT CORRECTLY TO GIVE THE APPROPRIATE FEEDBACK. BUT ON A ROUGH LISTEN I KNEW THE SONG WAS NICE.
TXJ - WITH ME
WHO PUT YOU ON: SITTING ON THE SAE PANEL I HAD THE PLEASURE TO HEAR THIS TRACK, THIS. THIS ARTISTS PEN GAME IS NICE I WOULD LOVE TO GET HER IN THE STUDIO WITH SOME RISING FEMALE ARTISTS IN THE CITY. FOLLOW TXJ
ELIJAH LOVE - ASHLEE
WHO PUT YOU ON: LOVED THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF THE ASHLEE SONG. ELIJAH LOVE IS REALLY ON TO SOMETHING, HE HAD ONE OF THE BEST SONGS THAT WAS PRESENTED AT THE SAE.
TRIGGA - ART OF POVERTY
WHO PUT YOU ON: I BEEN WAITING ON NEW MUSIC FROM TRIGGA, AND HE DELIVERED.
OG Stevo - Blu Cheese
WHO PUT YOU ON: I WAS VIBING TO THIS RECORD FOR WEEKS, FINALLY HAD THE TIME TO SHARE IT WITH YOU. OG STEVO DID HIS THING WITH THIS ONE.
Lil Mouse x D Money - Playtime
WHO PUT YOU ON: GLAD TO HEAR LIL MOUSE RAPPING AGAIN THIS JOINT KNOCKS.
Rubi Rose - Big Mouth
WHO PUT YOU ON: JAY LU LU SENT ME A BUNCH OF RECORDS TO CHECK OUT TO PUT ON THE LIST. ON THE FIRST EAR I KNEW THIS WAS A RECORD YALL NEEDED TO HEAR.
Ann Marie - My Body
WHO PUT YOU ON: N/A
Woman is the name of Syleena Johnson’s sixth studio album. This passed July she previewed the unreleased album with a small audience at the Alpha Space on 2014 South Michigan.
The event was intimate, with food served, a flat screen TV placed in front for visuals, and a DJ to preview the tracks of the album. Johnson sat in front of her audience to give an in depth synopsis for each song that she shared. Some of the producers and writers on the album joined her in speaking on certain tracks.
Syleena Johnson and her team showcased behind the scenes footage of the making of the Woman album and the music video for the song of the same title.
Fans were able to take pictures with Syleena after the listening portion of the party was finished.
What’s The Word got a chance to speak with Syleena to ask her about her thoughts on some of the issues going on today as well as her new book, The Weight is Over.
Listen to the interview and check out more photos from the night below.
A lot of dope tracks this week to listen to, which is a great way to launch our new voting system that allows people vote on the songs they want to be added to our official WHATS THE BUZZ? Playlist. Listen below and let us know which tracks should make the playlist.
Lil Tjay - LANESWITCH
Who put you on: The rising bronx MC never disappoints
Dee Watkins - Bad Ass Jit
Who put you on: Got hip to the Florida rapper, scrolling through random music on YouTube. nice sound, looking forward to hear more records from him.
MLB Drippyy - No More
Who put you on: This track kinda fell on my lap, I saw it on instagram, can’t remember whop posted it. but I love the sound. I believe this kid is from the westside of Chicago. I got an eye on him for the rest of the year.
KOSHI - BANDAGE
Who put you on: My homie DJ Ominaya played this track on his instagram story, which made me inquire more about the artist and the song. This Koshi kid got something.
Femdot Coming Up (feat. Rockie Fresh)
Who put you on: Femdot been killing em with the Tuesday releases, linking up with Rockie Fresh on this track is a great way to apply pressure.
TOBI LOU - LIVE ON ICE (ALBUM)
Who put you on: Been a fan of Tobi Lou for a while now, was really anxious to see what his debut album was going to sound like. Tobi Lou really delivered on this album. Probably one of the best albums I’ve heard this year.
Seddy Hendrinx "Low Key"
Who put you on: BAM, the Music Director at Power 92.3 was listening to it in her office. Seeing that her office is right next mines, I get hipped to a lot of dope tracks such as this one .
Last week I got the chance to attend the inaugural ComplexCon that took place at Chicago’s McCormick Place on July 20-21st.
The music conference/festival/fashion convention usually takes place in Long Beach California but decided to switch things up by bringing the exhibit to Chicago this year (There will still be a ComplexCon happening in Long Beach this November).
ComplexCon brought lots of excitement for the city, for more reasons than one. First, this would be the first time hypebeasts in Chi City would be able to participate in the large convention that is specifically targeted at them. Secondly, local streetwear brands would be able to showcase their clothing and have it available for purchase during the event.
ComplexCon was full of excitement with panels that included Questlove and Black Thought to Juice Wrld, Killer Mike, and T.I. The attendees were full of excitement to hear people spit game and to enjoy performances from artists like Rick Ross, ScHoolboy Q, Ella Mai, and Saweetie just to name a few.
Juice WRLD joined Sean Evans LIVE at ComplexCon Chicago this past weekend, just hours before shutting down the Pigeons & Planes stage. The Chicago superstar is a platinum-selling artist whose latest album, Death Race For Love, debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, and he has a new single with Ellie Goulding called "Hate Me" out now. But how is he with spicy food? Find out as the hometown hero takes on the wings of death in front of a live audience. Along the way, he talks about his dirt-bike obsession, the appeal of Percy Jackson novels, and the reason you shouldn't pigeonhole SoundCloud rappers. via Complex
There were lots of things to gaze upon at the exhibit like special appearances from Allen Iverson, exclusive sneaker drops from Puma and Reebok, and even a dunk contest. The most exciting thing for me was the panels and getting to hear artists like Smino drop gems about not taking advice from too many people.
It was also dope to see Chicagoan fashion designers like Joe Freshgoods get representation. Other Chicagoans in the fashion world that were represented included were Sheila Rashid and Kristopher Kites.
Sadly, this is where some of the criticism comes about ComplexCon. Lots of locals feel like the convention misrepresented the true essence of the city. The biggest mistake, not inviting Leaders 1354 to be there. They had a collaboration with the Hundreds, but the iconic Chicago brand deserved to be highlighted more.
If you know Chicago fashion then you know how much of influence Leaders 1354 has had on the culture. Starting in 2002, the clothing store got its start in Hyde Park. Founder Corey Gilkey says, even though they felt cheated out of the experience, it has pushed clothing brands to want to work together even more.
I’m also not too sure that I saw any of the brands represented in our article for Chicago brands to watch out for.
View this post on Instagram
In honor of it being #ComplexCON week here in #Chicago we are highlighting some dope #Fashion brands to watch out for‼️ they are heating up in the city, soon the 🌎 #BuildTheCrib #SupportTheCrib : : : : : : #Hiphop #rap #music #art #complex #media #news #whatstheword #whatsthewordtv #trap #vegas #miami
While ComplexCon was one of the main events that took place last weekend, it wasn’t the only one, which could have hurt the success of the event. Pitchfork Music Festival and the Silver Room Block party were also on the agenda for many Chicagoans.
I attended both days of ComplexCon, the only thing I regret missing out on is Silver Room Block Party. Especially after news that Pitchfork got rained out on Saturday. Critics of ComplexCon Chicago have also stated that the floor also seemed a bit empty, compared to the one in Long Beach.
View this post on Instagram
Hi everyone, were you one of the 40,000+ people who enjoyed the 16th Annual @thesilverroom Block Party last night, originated by Eric Williams of The Silver Room? It was an amazing time as usual, with the community coming together to enjoy curated music, art, dance, film, kid activities, and fun - and all of it FREE. Even though the festival has grown, you might not realize every year it's Eric putting his own $$$ on the line to organize it - it's a labor of love for him - and suggested donations don't come close to meeting the event costs. If you didn’t get a chance to donate at the gate last night, and want to show your appreciation to make it possible to continue with this local treasure in Hyde Park, please give generously at link in bio ⬆️. All photos courtesy of @stoptime.live
One thing for sure, ComplexCon racked up bank with this two day event. I just hope local brands were able to make a good profit off of the business it brought. The most memorable moment from ComplexCON was the Hype Beast Stampede. People literally ran out of the room during a Q&A with Allen Iverson to try and cop the Nike Air Fear of God 1 “Yellow” on the SNKRS Stash.
Did you attend?
Let us know your favorite or least favorite part of ComplexCon in the comments!
This past weekend was the Car and bike fest in south holland at South Suburban College. Hosted by XTreme Kustoms Wheels, Dtlr, Power 92.3 & yours truly Whats The Word. Hundreds of people came out to see some of the rawest rides, that cruises the streets. There was lots of food venders and plenty of good music. The event also hosted a contest with many different categories. Categories such as Loudest sound systems, Fastest engines & etc.
From the fancy and exotic cars to the spicy and loud bikes. We had some of the dopest people hit the stage. From Spardo , Nia Kay, Lyric, Cheaneall truu the list just goes on. Overall the event was very dope & peaceful. Other then the heat everyone enjoyed themselves!
Alot of dope albums came out over the weekend as well as some dope singles I discovered. Check em out Im pretty sure you are going to like them too.
CHANCE THE RAPPER - THE BIG DAY
WHO PUT YOU ON:
YBN CORDAE - THE LOST BOY
WHO PUT YOU ON:
BLACC ZACC - TRAPPIN LIKE ZACC
WHO PUT YOU ON:
TJ PORTER - VOICES OF THE TRENCHES
WHO PUT YOU ON:
BJ THE CHICAGO KID - 1123
WHO PUT YOU ON:
Rick Ross - Gold Roses (Audio) ft. Drake
WHO PUT YOU:
Doo Wop "19" Ft. G Herbo
WHO PUT YOU ON:
Young Chop X Future - Ammo & Juice
WHO PUT YOU ON:
With all the Chicago Artists going crazy right now I decided to highlight some dope artists that BUZZIN and some of their latest heat! listen below and don’t forget to download the playlist.
Cosha TG - No Friends
S7eaze - Panic
BJ The Chicago Kid - Worryin' Bout Me ft. Offset
Chanelle Truvillion - Day Ones
Stunt Taylor- "PHB"
Tes X - danceee
SONTA - FAVORITE GIRL
DOWNLOAD OUR PLAYLIST
A MIXTURE OF MUSIC TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEK. THE VIBES VARY FROM AFRO BEATS TO DRILL. YOU ALREADY KNOW IM A MAN OF VERY FEW WORDS ENJOY.
Afro B feat French Montana – Joanna (Drogba) Remix
WHO PUT YOU ON: REZA PUT ME ON THIS ARTIST DURING MY WEEKEND AT THE BET AWARDS. THE DJ R.DOUBLE PLAYED THIS IN HIS CAR THE OTHER DAY. CERTIFIED SMASH.
PopLord - Call Me Daddy (Official Video) ft. Lil Baby
WHO PUT YOU ON: NAYR CREATES
WAVY WAVE - BURNT FLAMES
WHO PUT YOU ON: Love Jones sent this one to the WHATS THE WORD group chat, she said its really hitting the burbs, I see why its nice.
Nimic Revenue - Paramount
WHO PUT YOU ON: NIMIC CAME INTO THE RADIO STATION FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH BREE SPECIFIC. OUTSIDE OF HER AMAZING ENERGY SHE CREATES AMAZING MUSIC AS WELL. THE WORLD WILL KNOW HER NAME SOON.
Young Chop - Lets Get It FT. Chief Keef (REMIX)
WHO PUT YOU ON: N/A
Bankrol Hayden - Brothers (Ft. Luh Kel)
WHO OUT YOU ON: MET BANKROL IN ISU AT A JUICE WRL AND GHERBO SHOW, BEEN FOLLOWING HIM EVER SINCE. HE HAS A NEW DEAL WITH EMPIRE LOOK FOR HIM TO TAKE OFF THIS SINGLE BROTHERS IS JUST THE BEGINNING.
8MatikLogan - "Blah Blah"
WHO PUT YOU ON: 8MatikLogan also known as Logan Cage recently released his first video "House of Pain" recently reaching over 350K views and remerging back into the Chicago music scene with a major feature in Lyrical Lemonade. Listen to “Blah Blah Blah”
FBG Duck - batman
WHO PUT YOU ON:
Fresh off My birthday weekend ran across these jams that set the tone for my Birthday Weekend. I would like to share them with the public, some dope tracks to get you though this week.
Dreamville - Revenge of the Dreamers 3
WHO PUT YOU ON: THIS WAS A MANDATORY PROJECT TO POP IN THIS WEEKEND.
BINO RIDEAUX - SORRY 4 THA WAIT EP
WHO PUT YOU ON: MY HOME BOY VIC CEO OF ACTRITE LOS ANGELES, SENT ME THIS PROJECT. HANDS DOWN ONE OF THE BEST BODIES OF WORK I’VE HEARD IN 2019. SHOULD OF BEEN A ALBUM. ITS ONLY AVAILABLE ON SOUNDCLOUD.
CLEVER FT G HERBO & POLO G
WHO PUT YOU ON: LIL BIBBY DROPPED THIS ON INSTAGRAM, A CERTIFIED BANGER. I LOVE THE ROSTER HE IS BUILDING AT GRADE A.
Rio Cheeny - READY
WHO PUT YOU ON: BLAKEMORE BEEN TELLING ME TO CHECK HIS BOY OUT FOR MONTHS, LEAVING MY MORNING WORK OUT I DECIDED TO GIVE HIM A CHANCE. I CAN HONESTLY SAY I BEEN SNOOZING.
TAY 600 - Red Light
WHO PUT YOU ON: PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST UNDERRATED ARTIST FROM CHICAGO, THIS SONG IS PURE FIRE. SHOUT OUT TO RICKEE ARTS FOR SHOOTING THIS VIDEO. THATS HOW I FOUND IT.
TR3 BANDZ - WAITIN’
WHO PUT YOU ON: SITTING IN A D1CMG STUDIO SESSION OVER THE WEEKEND, THE HOMIE TR3 BANDZ NAME POPPED UP, NOTHING BUT POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM THOSE IN THE ROOM. WHAT REMINDED ME THAT TR3 BANDZ HAD SENT ME SOME TRACKS TO CHECK OUT EARLIER LAST WEEK. OF COURSE WAITIN’ WAS ONE OF THOSE TRACKS.
JEEZY FT MASTER P - GONE
WHO PUT YOU ON: MY HOME BOY AND FUTURE ATTORNEY DRE KEPT REQUESTING THIS TRACK ALL WEEKEND. I’M A HUGE JEEZY FAN, THIS WAS A DOPE TRACK. I HOPE ITS ON TM104.
FREDDIE GIBBS & MALBIB FT PUSHA T & KILLER MIKE - PALMOLIVE
WHO PUT YOU ON: GOT TO CREDIT THIS ONE THE JOE BUDDEN PODCAST.
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PLAYLIST
2019 hasn’t delivered as much music as 2018, but we were blessed with some dope tracks. With the Chicago music scene constantly blossoming, its only right to highlight some of our favorite tracks through this halfway point of the year. No need for an explanation just press Play and Enjoy.
(Some tracks were released December of 2018)
50. DJ Pharris Feat. Young Dolph & G Herbo "Boss"
49. JUSTaimHIGH x RUN IT UP
48. Rooga - Blickathon
47. G Mac - Lit (Huh) G Tino & Jay Breezy
46. Chief Keef & Zaytoven "Spy Kid"
45. COSHA TG -MOVING ON
44. Polo G x Tay 600 - Growing Pains
43. 8MatikLogan - "House of Pain"
42. ASA 2Times - Church
41. King Louie - Tesla
40. memo 600 - Steppers
39. 147 Bubz & Calboy "Ghetto Lullabies"
38. Lil Chris x Matti Baybee -Ovadose
37. Cosha TG x Lil Zay Osama - War
36. Ty Money Feat. Calboy "Never Fair"
35. MVP Nasa - "Peak"
34. Queen Key Ratchet
33. Dreezy ft Kash Doll - Chanel Slides
32. Memo 600 x King Von - "Exposing ME
31. KD Young Cocky - Animal
30. Queen Key - Hey
29. MVP NASA - Vlive
28. SPRADO - PARTY
27. Lil Zay Osama - Survive
26. G Herbo - Wilt Chamberlin
25. Pivot Gang - Mortal Kombat feat. Kari Faux
24. Tink - Different
23. G Herbo - Hood Cycle
22. Calboy - Chariot ft. Meek Mill, Lil Durk, Young Thug
21. HappyBirthdayCalvin "No Friends" Remix Ft. G Herbo
20. Young Tee Tee - Mob Ties
19. Polo G - Battle Cry
18. Calboy "Tell The Truth"
17. Lil Durk - Neighborhood Hero
16. Lud Foe feat. Lil Uzi Vert “Show U Off"
15. Calboy - Unjudge Me ft. Moneybagg Yo
14. Fbg Duck x Rooga Exposing Me Remix
13. Dreezy – Love Someone ft Jacquees
12. Ann Marie ft Yung Bleu - Ride for me
11. Lil Zay Osama - "Trencherous"
10. Chance The Raper GRoCERIES (ft. TisaKorean & Murda Beatz)
9. Calboy - Adam & Eve
8. Ann Marie Feat. YK Osiris "Secret"
7. Juice WRLD - Hear me Calling
6. Juice WRLD - Armed & Dangerous
5. Lil Durk - No Label
4. Juice WRLD - Robbery
3. Lil Zay Osama - Changed Up
2. King Von - Crazy Story
1. Polo G Feat. Lil Tjay - Pop Out
This July we’ll be blessed with a Chance The Rapper “owbum”. Chance has been hyping us up with the anticipation of his debut album since February. From tweets, to instagram posts/stories, and even the fun “GRoCERIES” dance challenge. Everyone is excited to see what this project will sound like and who will be featured.
Although, he has blessed us with music over the past 8 years, this will be Chance’s first official album. As crazy as it seems, it has been 3 years since his third mixtape “Coloring Book”.
Chance’s mixtapes include 10 Day, Acid Rap, and Coloring Book but he also has honorable mentions such as Surf with The Social Experiment and Merry Christmas Lil Mama with Jeremih. Let’s take a look into those solo mixtapes of Chano, and really see what they were about.
The buzz around the newest Chicago rapper came after Chance’s introduction mixtape 10 Day. On 10 Day we learn that Chance got a 10 day suspension from school for having weed on school grounds. During the 10 day suspension he recorded the project which is critically acclaimed.
Tracks such as “Hey Ma” and “Prom Night” left his supporters desiring more. On the mixtape, we learn Chance is a good kid that gets caught up in a bad situation. We hear his innocence in the soulful sounds on this tape. The adventurous and gentle kid from Chicago just wants to be heard.
Chance also collabs with Chicagoans such as Vic Mensa, Alex Wiley, and Nico Segal (now known as Donnie Trumpet) on this piece. We see some of the Savemoney collectively bringing heat to these tracks, that have aged very well.
My favorite thing about this mixtape is the diversity, as we see more of during Chance’s progression. From tracks like “Fuck You Talm Bout” and “Juke Juke” Chance is able to use his creative ability to give us street tracks as well as songs we can dance to.
My favorite track from this project is “Brain Cells.” I find it intriguing because of the catchy hook and his lyrical ability.
What’s most important to digest is the fact that a 10 day suspension lead to a great body of work. Makes me wonder if we would’ve got the same result had it not happened.
Chance’s follow up to 10 Day is 2013’s Acid Rap. Acid Rap is the mixtape that many casual listeners know Chance from. Riding the success of 10 Day, Chance had many eyes on him to release this project.
Acid Rap is more of a music based mixtape than a story-telling one, as Chance stated himself. As you can tell in the opener with “Good Ass Intro,” the jazz influence on this project is in abundance.
He also garnered many notables collabs on this mixtape, including features from Chicago’s own Twista, Noname Gypsy and BJ The Chicago Kid. Other notable features on the project are Childish Gambino, and TDE’s Ab-Soul.
One of my favorites from this mixtape is “Juice”, I love the video and the track. Chance explains how much love he’s gotten from the drop of 10 Day and even shouts out Chicago’s own Chief Keef. This track is so dope, Chance knows that he has the “juice”, the clout, he is the wave, and as he once said “Nigga, I am the culture.” The way he executes it is arrogantly humble.
Chance has also stated that he named the mixtape Acid Rap, because he did experiment with the drug around the making of this mixtape. This is also apparent in the track “Acid Rain”.
Chance 3! Chance’s highly anticipated and greatly celebrated third mixtape. Some would argue that this is his first album. Even if you hadn’t heard his two previous project, you were still excited for this.
You really can tell how much Chance progressed by listening to this mixtape compared to his others. Between the three mixtapes this is the most polished project. However, I’d say 10 Day has a bit more consistency when it comes to content.
Coloring Book is definitely a feel good tape. It’s music that you can listen to that puts you in a feel good mood. In some ways, I actually believe that it is a gospel album. Chance is preaching!
The collabs on this are majorly huge. Chance opens it with the one and only Kanye West in “All We Got", bringing hella energy and sets the mood for the rest of the project. He also has features from Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, and even Kirk Franklin.
My favorite track from Coloring Book is “Smoke Break” this track is such a vibe. I don’t smoke but I can’t get enough of this track. I love how Chance uses smoking a bowl as an analogy to not being able to spend enough time with his now wife Kirsten Corley. “We just been smoking a bowl, we don’t got no time to roll” it’s simple, yet its meaning holds much weight.
If I had to rank Chance’s solo projects from favorite to least favorite. I would say 10 Day, Coloring Book, then Acid Rap.
I know that many may not agree, but I fell in love with 10 Day as I listened and learned Chance’s personality and story. In Coloring Book, I felt the lyricisms of a young man who spoke with so much merriment from the release of the first mixtape. Acid Rap solidified his fanbase and made us realize just how dope Chance is.
Tell us what you think in the comments below.
Blacc Zacc Feat. Stunna 4 Vegas "Goner"
Who put you on: World Star
Tee Grizzley Ft YNW Melly & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie "Young Grizzley World"
Who put you on:
NLE Choppa & TaySav "Problems"
Who put you on: LakaFilms
DJ Pharris ft Young Dolph & Gherbo - BOSS
Who put you on: DJ Pharris
Duke Deuce "Yeh"
Who put you on: Nayr Creates, the Chicago street A&R never disappoint when it comes to putting you on bangers.
tes x - Alrighttt
Who put you on: Met Tes X at the listing money for new Cash Money Midwest Artist Ace Wrld Listening party.
S7EAZE - “FUCK”
Who put you on:
K CAMP - Lottery
Who put you on: Cierra Monay
This week is full of Heat from bangers that’s banging throughout the street.
Lil Chris x Matti Baybee - “Ovadose”
Who put you on: Love Jones
147 Bubz & Calboy "Ghetto Lullabies"
Who put you on: Calboy posted it on his Instagram page.
Tyla Yaweh - High right Now
Who put you on: N/A
KiaGotaChoppa x Bread Doe - On Lock
Who Put You On: randomly found this song on YoutTube Music. Bread Doe, smoked this hook!
Lil Durk & Polo G - Possible (LEAKED SONG)
Who put you on: Its obvious this song was suppose to be on Love Songs For The Streets 2, but someone leaked it..smh
Kevin Gates - #Yukatan
Who put you on: N/A
Lil Keed - Oh My God
Who put you on: N/A
G.Count ft Pusha Pope vs Pontiff
Who put you on: Terry Mathews
View this post on Instagram
“It’s all just another day in the life ... Egg yolk-colored coupes do a dozen donuts in front of Dunkin’. He knows spending $3k on jeans isn’t wise, but that’s just what he does. It doesn’t matter— he already spent $2k on salads.” 🔶📈 Chicago rap star @valee has released his latest EP, ‘Runnin’ Rich’ exclusively on Audiomack. Listen now: amack.it/runninrich 🔶✍️: @brendanvaran Link in bio.
G.O.O.D music signee and Chicago naitive, Valee drops some new music to kick off summer 2019. He links up with the music streaming platform Audio Mack to exclusively release the Runnin’ Rich [EP}. Check it out below. The project includes features G Herbo, King Louie and Vic Mensa. With production from TYMadeIt, Narcowave, ChaseTheMoney, Young God, Rio Mac and Valee himself.
This is Valee’s first full project since he dropped the GOOD Job You Found ME EP, in 2018 after the announcement of signing to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music record label. It’s dope to see Chicago artists and producers to collaborate on a project of this magnitude
With major award shows approaching like the BET and NBA player awards, we felt is would be dope to handout out some awards to highlight those individuals who contribute in making Chicago hiphop culture great and unique. Awards were given out based upon each artist, producer and influencer performance in 2018-19. The award winners were selected by members of the media, DJs, PR reps and other local influencers. scroll down to view the 2019 Buzz Award Winners.
BEST ARTIST (MVP): JUICE WRLD
Riding the wave of his smash single “Lucid Dreams” Juice WRLD held his own, and earned the rights to be MVP.
Nominees: Gherbo, Lil Durk, Kanye West, Dreezy, Famous Dex
BEST SONG: Envy Me by Calboy
The envy me song was a track that took the city by storm. Released in late August as a part of the southside rapper’s Wild boy fridays rrelease, it instantly became a banger. FBG Slide was a record that came a close 2nd.
Nominees: SLIDE by FBG DUCK, LUCID DREAMS by Juice Wrld, POPOUT Polo G & Lil Tjay, SWERVO by Gherbo, JAPAN by Famous Dex, HOMEBODY by Lil Durk.
BEST PLATFORM: WHATS THE WORD
Many may think this is bias, but we didn’t have a vote. A committee of 20+ voters decided that we were the best platform this year pushing the Chicago culture forward.
Nominees: Illanoize Radio, Power 92, WGCI, Fake Shore Drive, Lyrical Lemonade, Urban Grind TV
BEST MALE INFLUENCER: DJ PHARRIS & TONE KAPONE
Two of the top radio personalities in the city, it came to know surprise that these two tied. DJ Pharris the king of the south and the most know influencer that Chicago has to offer, outside of Ryan Henry. DJ Pharris illustrated his influence numerous times over the past year by winning The Midwest DJ of The year at the Global Spin Awards, hosting an Iconic Kanye West Interview and officially launching his new label This Is Chicago Music Group.
Tone Kapone on the other hand is the downtown night life King, his deal with Hennessy has made him a national influencer and a hometown favorite. Tone biggest moments in came during an Iconic interview with Nipsey Hussle, addressing the clout chaser DJ Akademics. Tone won over the fans when he announced his relationship with Real House Wives of Atlanta’s Phaedra Parks. He is a Dish Nation television representative and frequent member of the the Fox 32 news crew.
Nominees: Korporate, Ryan Henry, Hebrew Brantley, Andrew Barber, SeanDale,
BEST FEMALE INFLUENCER: KENDRA G
Kendra G is not a Chicago native, but the WGCI morning show host has made her name in the Chicago community. As a role model to African American women in media in the city Kendra G defines the colorism stigma that women with darker skin tones cannot flourish In entertainment.
Nominees: Ari Fletcher, Maha, Charmaine, Brooke Mackie, Englewood Barbie.
BEST PRODUCER - KANYE WEST
Kanye West’s fans may have mixed feeling about him because of his recent political views. If you separate the music from his political views Ye snapped. From The GOOD Music 7 song album run, creating hits with Migos, Travis Scott, Christina Augila, YNW Melly and More!
Nominees: Hitmaka, CBMix, D.Brooks Exclusive, C.Sick
BEST MUSIC VIDEO : JUICE WRLD “LUCID DREAMS” DIR BY COLE BENNETT
A Juice WRLD and Cole Bennett collab had no choice to win, these two creators provided a dope visual for one of the biggest records of 2018.
Nominees: Lil Zay Osama “Changed Up”, Chimeka - Champagne Showers, King Louie - Just Relax, Tobi Loui Ft Smino - Darling, Valee -“Womp Womp”
PUT ON FOR MY CITY: HOTROD
Hotrod is the Chicago radio rookie, December 2018 making a full year since he took over the full-time evening position on Power 92 Chicago radio. Once Hotrod got his seat, he never looked back, his Lit Pit and “What’s Hotrod” feature has provided a unique platform for rising musicians to obtain radio play. Outside of radio, Hotrod allow various creatives opportunities to display their talents. Creatives from photographers, videographers, bloggers and graphic designers. Hotrod is the creator of Pep Rally Take Over, a non profit organization that connects children with various entertainers resulting in a pretty amazing experience.
Nominees: DJ Pharris, Cody Mack, Nayr Creates, Andrew Barber, and Mark Hubbard.
BEST R&B PERFORMANCE: ANN MARIE
Ann Marie delivered the most trending R&B content during this time period, with singles such as Handle It & Little secret. She defiantly made her mark.
Nominees: Tink, Dreezy, Jeremih
BEST ALBUM: JUICE WRLD’S GOOD BYE AND GOOD RIDDANCE
After being sign to Interscope, Juice WRLD came out the gate swinging with his debut album that featured tracks such as Lucid Dreams, All Girls are the same, Armed and Dangerous Ft Lil Uzi Vert + More.
Nominees: Saba “Care for Me”, G Herbo “Swervo”, Lil Durk “Signed to the Streets 3” , Kanye West “Ye
BEST VIDEO DIRECTOR: COLE BENNETT
The Chicagoland area is filled with plenty dope music video directors, but Cole Bennett won this award by a land slide. His recent uploads included Juice WRLD, Kevin Gates, Cardi B, BlueFace , Wiz Khalifa, Future, Kanye West + More!
Nominees: Laka Films, Dgainez, J visuals, LakeShore HY, Royal. Media, Dog Food Media, Strip Mall productions.
BEST PROJECT NONE ALBUM: BIG DREEZ
The response Dreezy got from this project was stellar, many thought it was her album but it wasn't. She still didn’t fail to deliver.
Nominees: Valee “Good Job You Found Me”, Lil Durk “Just Cause Y’all Waited”, Tink “Pain and Pleasure EP” Queen Key “Eat My Pussy”.
TOP BREAKOUT ARTIST: JUICE WRLD
This freshman won MVP, so its without a doubt he was going to win this award. The votes were very close though, Calboy came an extremely close second.
Nominees: Calboy, Lil Zay Osama, Polo G, Ann Marie, Valee
BEST FEMALE ARTIST: DREEZY
Dreezy is the real deal and over the past year she has proven that she deserves to be mentioned with the elite in the hiphop game when it comes to female spitters.
Nominees: Tink, Queen Key, No Name, Ann Marie, Chimeka