Yesterday the XXL Freshman list was released and some in Chicago are in awe of the lack of Chicago flavor in their selection. Now before we get our panties in a bunch, let’s remember the last several years have featured quite a bit of Chicago talent including Chance The Rapper, Lil Bibby, G Herbo and Vic Mensa to name a few. But I understand, that was then, and this is now. This week’s Gabe’s Corner features some folks who are ready to get on 2018’s XXL list or die trying. Let’s go.
Rick Stevenson – #16 (Mixtape: Hosted by DJ VDub)
Rick is a young man who has a ton of talent, and a lot of motivation to win at all costs. Only 16, he’s been rocking stages (Ahh fest!), designing his own clothes, working with choreographers that worked with Missy Elliot, and now finally has a mixtape out! #16 as you might’ve guessed is reflective of his age, but also is a snap shot of how ahead of this time he is. Get it tune or get left behind.
Phil G – Murderers f/ DRTS
Spider-man isn’t the only thing swinging through on July 7th, but also Phil G’s latest album,P.E.A.C.E (Proper Education Always Corrects Errors) is also dropping on that Friday, double bonus! Phil this week hits us with the lead single, Murderers featuring DRTS (Don’t Rush The Stage) and makes it clear he’s not following religion, trends or anything that’s going to steer him from his “independent wisdom.” I salute that, and you should to.
Chris Crack – Nobody Cares
Chris Crack celebrated his birthday this week, and despite his assertion nobody cares, we care Crack, we care. Crack blessed us with a new mixtape or collection of songs on his latest, Nobody Cares. I suppose it’s not important of song titles or production credits, as much as it is to have a project out with Chris’ that is both fun and entertaining to listen to. Chris is that guy, and it’s about time you start caring, if you haven’t already.
Vic Mensa – The Manuscript
Vic is busy at work on his upcoming album on Roc Nation this summer, but in the mean time in between time, Vic is like “yo until the album drop, take these…” and “these” is 4 heaters featuring Pusha T and Mr. Hudson along with fuego production from No I.D. and Pharrell Williams. Vic is rhyming hard, dishing out slick word play and bodying everything that moves on The Manuscript. This is a can’t miss.