The homies over at Fake Shore Drive did an incredible job compiling their list of 100 Great Chicago Rap Songs of 2013. Seriously, the list is amazing, go check it out. They wisely added the stipulation that each lead artist was awarded at max, 2 tracks on the list.
However, it also meant that some really dope tracks didn’t make the cut. Especially from some artists who are right around the corner of breaking through big time! As an amendment to Fake Shore Drive’s Top 100, we’d like to list…
7 Chiraq #DRILL tracks from 2013 not to be missed!
1-3. Chief Keef – “Love No Thotties” “Ain’t Done Turnin’ Up” & “Baby What’s Wrong With You”
“Macaroni Time” was probably Chief Keef’s biggest song of 2013, but “Love No Thotties” started a movement with the word “Thot”. Thot stands for “That Ho Over There” and “Thottie” is simply a derivitive. The song itself is dope with the cell phone bleeps-inspired production and Keef’s 3:00 minute convo with the thot in question. Sidenote: Do you usually have to tell your girl to brush her teeth? Prob a sign that it won’t work out, just us tho…
2012 was such a huge year for Chief Keef and 2013 was kind of an inconsistent year for Keef. However, he put out just enough dope, trippy, weird, jammin tracks to keep fans on the edge of their seat. “Ain’t Done Turnin Up” is awesome for the Mike Jones reference alone, one that is hilarious and very sincere at the same time. “Baby What’s Wrong With You” has such a hypnotic beat that his story kind of runs together, but in a good way? Keef can really do no wrong as long as he remains inventive:
4. Tink – “Money Money” ft. Mikey Dollaz
Good gracious, Tink is an absolute beast! She is definitely the best technical female rapper in Chiraq, and I argue she could hold her own with just about any female rapper out. What makes her even better is the fact that her money talk goes harder than most male rappers out as well. Oh yea, listen to the hook. That’s Tink singing and doesn’t scratch the surface of her vocal ability. Whew!
5. Ballout – “What U Got” ft. Yung Gleesh & Capo & “I Got A Bag” ft. Chief Keef
“What U Got” will not dazzle you with lyricism and wordplay. It will however knock in the Jeep and in the Dre’s thanks to Zaytoven’s laidback and oh so funky production. Each rapper brings their equally laidback trap-talk but the standout here is Ballout, who is quickly becoming an enjoyable character in the vein of the big homie Guwop aka Gucci Mane. Quick and to the point, you will find yourself rapping along with the entire song by the 3rd listen. And loving all 2 minutes and 36 seconds of it:
Showing a lil versatility on “I Got A Bag”, Bally creates a very fun sing-a-long hook that poses a very good question indeed: “You say they ain’t mad/Tell me why they mad then?”. He’s not braggin tho, but he’s got a bag (of money). Keef sounds trippy and happy and the Leek-e-leek banger knocks:
7. Matti Baybee – “Thumbin” ft. Lil Durk
The youngest drilla on the list, Matti Baybee enlists big brother figure Lil Durk for a melodic lesson on retail therapy. Listen to Matti Baybee vocals. The precision and complexity of the layers is downright prodigious and his lyrics are already superior to some of his older Chriaq counterparts. Not to be outdone, Durk sets the Guinness record for holding the word “Nah” the longest on any #DRILL record:
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