6 Chicago rappers to watch
This 21-year-old from Altgeld Gardens earned a lot of not-entirely-helpful comparisons to Kanye West when his breakout project, the darkly experimental "New Wave," dropped last September. (His first name is pronounced like "ribbon.")
Find him: On Twitter @IbnInglor
Check out: "New Wave 2," which dropped last week.
This nineteen year-old from Austin has only dropped one project, but he's a well-connected member of the up-and-coming Pivot Gang, and a verified FOC (Friend Of Chance). He specializes in soulful, woozy hip-hop.
Find him: On Twitter @sabaPIVOT
Check out: "Secondhand Smoke," from his long-aborning "COMFORTzone" project, due out later this spring.
Probably the most nationally hyped rapper on this list (Pharrell and Justin Timberlake have both talked him up on Twitter), and the one with the deftest, twistiest wordplay. And he's only seventeen.
Find him: On Twitter @LuckiECKS197
Check out: His "Alternative Trap" mixtape, the purest amalgam of drill and Chance-style experimental rap one could hope to find.
The South Shore rapper and major label escapee could have also made this list of almost-famous locals two years ago. He's that good. And that unlucky.
Find him: On Twitter @YP27
Check out: The King Louie collaboration "X n O's," from his new project, "Backwood Jones."
This Little Village/Pilsen rapper has only been taking a career in hip-hop seriously for about eight months but he's ridiculously good, and might need only one mixtape to go national ("1636," his debut, will likely be released later this year).
Find him: On Twitter @FeoMob_
Check out: No big breakthrough yet, but in March he dropped a track a week on Chicago-based website Fake Shore Drive, all of which are worth a listen.
A member of the Village, a rising local crew that also includes Isaiah Rashad and Kembe X, Deaux sings and raps. We'll know more when her first real project, "Soular System," drops, but all those Lauryn Hill comparisons so far seem reasonable.
Find her: On Twitter @ThatsJeanDeaux
Check out: The video for "Escape," directed by Deaux and featuring her cousin, Saba.