So, what do we know about Chicago rappers? What’s the difference between Chance The Rapper and Chief Keef? How does one city produce this range of difference? The city of Chicago always had something new to offer when it came to rap music. Remember the soulful sounds of Common Sense and the smooth melodies of Do or Die? Twista, the tongue twister? Even when Kanye emerged, he was different. His whole style was different. Nobody was rocking the polo shirts and designer book bags. We was still rocking big ass pairs of Rocawear jeans.
Though, today’s Chicago music scene seems to be dying at fast rate. Seems like every week, a new rapper makes a new video mocking the death of a rival gang member and by next week, his death will be the new mockery. Fans will flock to the murder scene to take pictures, allowing social media to see the graphic way this artist lost his life. This is unlike any rap beef Hip-Hop has ever seen. Puff and Snoop survived the whole West Coast vs East Coast beef, but Snoop wasn’t smoking on a Biggie Pack. Rappers have dissed each other for years and it’s basically just become a part of hip hop. Now we have actual rap battle leagues across the US but, none of them in Chicago. That Smack DVD sh*t might get somebody smacked in real life – with a gun. I’m surprised an environment like this can even produce any easy going guy like Chance The Rapper. Even Vic Mensa is pretty angry. Kanye West is as angry as they come. This is a Chicago influence.
Though, shouldn’t we expect this? I mean we’ve argued about whether rappers were real or fake for years. These seem to be those real rappers. I mean we all judged Young Buck when he cried on the phone to 50 Cent but, we all saw the way he just choked the sh*t out of Starlito. So should we even be too quick to judge a rapper’s street cred when a new video surfaces of him getting his chain snatched? But rappers in Chicago don’t get they chains snatched. They get their lives took. I wonder how many of us really feel comfortable listening to this type of music. And what does that say about you.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we should go back to praising studio gangsters. I think we all respect rappers like 50 Cent & Gucci Mane. I think we all understand that they’re not to be played with. So can Chicago ever have a happy medium? I’m just saying, I like being fans of rappers who are still alive, so they can release new music but, that’s just me.
Earlier this year, rapper Bump J was released from prison after doing a 10 year bid for his role in a bank robbery. For those who don’t know, Bump was making music long before the Drill Muzik days. Affiliated with rappers like Sly Polaroid and L.E.P. Bogus Boys. Bump J’s wav was expected to be the next big thing to come out of Chicago. Back then, all we had was Kanye West and Twista. Chicago didn’t have a music scene like it has today. So Bump was expected to be in the position Keef is now.
But Bump was different. His wav created more fans than enemies. His music wasn’t disrespectful to rival gangs. He showed love to all gangs because everybody fxcked with Bump music. But that don’t mean he wasn’t gang affiliated. He was a 4 Corner Hustler from the East Side. Most of you may recognize that name from late rapper Young Pappy’s music, where he dissed rival gang member Munchie. But Bump could go to the Robert Taylor projects that was ran by Gangster Disciples. But let me not confuse you, Pappy and Bump are from two different sides of the city. The only person he seemed to bump heads with was Twista. They released a few diss tracks, but nobody knew how the beef started. A lot of people were spreading rumors that Bump got Twista robbed. It was rumors that Bump was robbing every rapper who came to Chicago. But Chicago didn’t have a real music scene back then, so there was never any official statements or interviews. Social media was just moving on from the MySpace days, so it’s not like the incident was recorded. It was all rumors and diss tracks. But these diss tracks didn’t include incriminating evidence about the incident like nowadays in Chicago but, then Bump got charged with the bank robbery. Anybody know what 2 + 2 equals ?
I attended WGCI’s Summer Jam where I saw Bump’s performance from back stage. And one thing I noticed was the way the crowed reacted. Bump didn’t have a major Wav before he went to jail. Imagine Chief Keef going to jail for ten years before he could shoot the I Don’t Like video. And it’s hard to keep up with Chicago’s rappers today because they may be dead by the time you finish watching the video. But Bump had every gang member on their feet as if Larry Hoover was speaking, ready to salute the real Chief of Chicago. And that’s no disrespect to Keef, but that was Bump’s way of saying he was the King of Chicago back then. So as a fan, we’re just waiting to see where he will fit in, in Chicago’s hectic music scene.
-Written By Santana Dinero –