Chicago hip-hop

from Common – Sway in the Morning Freestyle Pt. 1 Lyrics on Rap Genius


Chicago hip hop, which gained relevance in the early 90s, is now a powerhouse city, for producing many legends and being home to a thriving underground scene.

Chicago hip hop does not have a distinct sound, but is known for its diverse gangsta, alt, conscious, and trap community.

Common, with the help of fellow producer No I.D., was the first artist to bring attention to the Chi hip hop scene in 1992, but Chicago was still overshadowed by the West Coast and East Coast scenes.

Following the success of Common Sense, artists such as Twista, Crucial Conflict, and Do or Die garnered attention.
In the 2000’s alternative artists Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West rose to fame. Today, Chicago’s diverse culture lives on in artists such as Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, and Chief Keef.

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