Tag Archives: Chicago

Freestyle: Saba Pivot – “Kentucky”

10 Nov

Saba, of the Pivot gang recently dropped a freestyle on DJBooth.com’s relaunched freestyle series. We’ve been paying attention to Saba for sometime and if he’s been under your radar this freestyle makes a strong case of showing you how you’ve f*cked up. Produced by Saba himself, his flow on the track is vicious; with Saba proving to be one of the standout artists emerging from the highly competitive Chicago music scene. Check out the track  below as well as Saba’s sophomore tape, Comfort Zone and familiarize your self with Saba Pivot.


STYA Presents: The Chicago Cypher

13 Jul



The good folks here at SickerThanYourAvg.com proudly present our very first Chicago Cypher, put together by our (and Chicago’s very own) Toyosi Yusuf (@IamNinoBlanco). Just like our first cypher in D.C., we did this to shed light on some of the rawest Hip-Hop talent the Windy City has to offer. We’re giving you a taste of Chicago, not Chi-raq , and the city is brimming with MCs ready to leave their footprint on Hip-Hop.

Special thanks to the students at Columbia College, Chicago for helping us put this whole production together.

Without any further ado…we proudly present to you:The Chicago Cypher

Continue to check out the videos, and tell us what you think!

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Love At First Sound – Reckless

13 Jun

We love creative visuals here at SickerThanYourAvg.com. This 20-year-old artist from Chicago’s Southside delivers just that with his latest video, “Reckless”. He also produced the track himself. Impressive, I know…

If you like what you just watched, follow Love At First Sound on Twitter (@LoveAt1stSound)

New Music: Saba – “Burnout” Feat. Eryn Allen Kane

21 May

Talented up and coming rapper, Saba (of the Pivot Gang) recently released “Burnout”, the second single from his forthcoming mixtape #Comfortzone. On the track Saba delivers detailed observations in such a way that it brings immediate, vivid visualizations to the mind’s eye of listeners. The track was also produced by Saba himself and features Eryn Allen Kane’s soulful, church-tinged voice. #Comfortzone seems to be shaping up to be one of the records coming out of Chicago in 2014 worth definitely keeping an eye out for. Listen to “Burnout” below.


New Music: Mick Jenkins – “Who Else?”

14 May


Another day, another dope track out of Chicago. This track comes from Mick Jenkins, a young MC who hails from Chicago by way of Alabama. On the TJ Osinulu produced track, Mick Jenkins asks who else is doing it like him, backing up his boasts with intelligent wordplay. “Who Else?” serves as a single from Mick Jenkins’ upcoming mixtapeThe Water[s], due to drop next month. Be excited! Check out “Who Else?” below.


Mixtape: Taylor Bennett – Mainstream Music

9 May

Young Chicago rapper, Taylor Bennett recently delivered his sophomore effort entitled, Mainstream Music. Mainstream Music features everyone from MMG signee, Rockie Fresh to Chicago mainstay, King Louie. Although, we hear Taylor still attempting to find footing on certain tracks, Taylor shows a huge amount of growth since his debut release, The Taylor Bennett Show. While the majority of the songs on Mainstream Music were produced by Saint The Good Boy the tape still remains eclectic in nature; with standout tracks ranging from the hard “Ballin” to the laidback, surefire summer hit “New Chevy”. While Mainstream Music is not a classic by any stretch, it is successful because it gives us a valid glimpse into the life of a young man on the rise, sets Taylor apart as an artist with his own individual sound–despite of his vocal similarities to his brother (Chance The Rapper) and leaves us excited for what the future will hold, because we all know that dude will only get better as time goes on.

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New EP: Leather Corduroys – Porno Music Volume II: TSFR

1 Apr



Kami De Chukwu and Joey Purp aka Leather Corduroys used April Fool’s Day to drop their debut EP entitled, Porno Music Volume II:TSFR (PMVII). The energetic debut offering features their previous release, “Dat Strong”. Clocking in at just under fifteen minutes, PMVII makes for a quick yet entertaining listen that leaves you wondering about what the duo will deliver in the future. Check it out below.


“Horns And Thorns” – Lupe Fiasco Feat. Ab-Soul

4 Mar


2014 was destined to be a beautiful year for the Hip-Hope scene. Who would have predicted the return of Lupe Fiasco?? On the red carpet at the Grammy Awards last month, he announced that he is currently at work on a new album called Tetsuo & Youth. We don’t know whether or not this latest release of his will be on his new album, but we do know it’s FIRE. Hearing Lupe and Ab-Soul (my personal favorite West Coast MC) trade bars is nothing short of breathtaking. Show your respect.

On The Rise: Mayo – “Memories” (feat. Sydney Jay)

26 Jan


Being the busy college student I am, it’s a challenge listening to all the submissions SickerThanYourAvg.com receives on a daily basis. Today, however, I got the chance to sit down and take a listen. In the process, I discovered a 19-year-old MC from Chicago by the name of Mayo. The track is called “Memories”. Everything on this track is dope, from Sydney Jay’s vocals, to the smooth production (Shout out to Mr. Carmack), to Mayo’s flow. It seems Chicago has nothing better to do than crank out talented young artists. Download the track below, and follow Mayo on Twitter @ItsYaBoiMayo.

New Music: Taylor Bennett – “Ballin”

22 Jan

Musical talent might just run in the Bennett family. If you’re not already aware of it–Chance the Rapper aka Chancellor Bennett has a little brother named Taylor, who also happens to rap. At this point, he may or may not be tired of being referred to as “Chance the Rapper’s little brother”…but that’s beside the point of this post. Getting back on track, Taylor Bennett celebrated his eighteenth birthday by releasing a song called “Ballin”, produced by Saint The GoodBoy. “Ballin” serves as the second single for Mainstream, Taylor’s upcoming sophomore mixtape. Taylor Bennett holds a confident posture on the track, with quickfire bars and a catchy, sing-songy chorus. Overall the song is a good listen; fight the urge to compare him to his brother and enjoy it for what it is.

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