Just How Good of a Year Has It Been For Chicago Hip-Hop?

Just How Good of a Year Has It Been For Chicago Hip-Hop?
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2018 has been a very eventful year if you're a Chicago Hip-Hop fan. Chance The Rapper dropped 4 new songs back in July. Chief Keef dropped his highly anticipated album entitled "The Cozart," which has been in the works since 2015. Mick Jenkins and Noname both dropped highly anticipated records as well, as did Joey Purp, Saba and Smino. If you pay attention to the underground, there are a lot more artists who dropped projects as well.

If you're like me, you value lyrics and song concepts much more than crafting a club banger. In my opinion, this is Hip-Hop music at its essence, and writing a good 16 bars is something that validates Hip-Hop as an art form. As a result, Chief Keef's album simply wasn't for me because he simply does not provide much in the way of lyricism and "spitting fire."

However, quantifying the albums of all of the other aforementioned artists, I actually think it has been a pretty incredible year for Hip-Hop in the Windy City. "QUARTER THING" was another solid project from Joey Purp. Mick Jenkins' "Pieces of a Man" shows artistic progression. Saba and Noname both came out with arguably their best releases to date. Not to mention, all of the other underground artists who are making noise as well.

For me, I think the biggest selling point that 2018 has been a fine year for Hip-Hop in Chicago is the fact that so many quality projects have come out that I'm honestly having trouble keeping up with reviewing them. I listen to an album at least a handful of times before writing a review, and by the time I have digested one album, another one has come out.

All of that being said, I think the future of Hip-Hop in Chicago is really bright. The current generation of MC's is arguably the best this city has ever had, given the fact that there are so many new MC's out who value lyrics and the craft that makes this genre so special. Sure, Chicago had some prominent MC's before Chance The Rapper and friends blew up, but the newer generation has really put Chicago on the map.

However, all of this is just my opinion. My opinion just might differ from everybody who reads this article. This isn't a bad thing, though. The beauty of music is the fact that it's so subjective. What do you guys think? Do you guys think 2018 has been a good year for Rap music in the Windy City? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section down below!

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