David Drake

Essays

Fredo Santana's Influence Is Immeasurable

Calling Fredo a "rapper" sells him short, not because the title can't be a worthy honorific in the right hands, but because Fredo's notoriety came as much from the character he played as the music itself.
David Drake
1.26.18
Premieres

Lil Durk and Lil Reese Reunited and Made the Project You’ve Always Wanted

Stream the Chicago rappers' new EP 'Supa Vultures' in advance of its Friday release.
David Drake
8.10.17
Premieres

Ty Money and Bump J Are Refreshing Chicago's Street Rap Story

We're premiering the video for "Yes or No," off Ty's recent 'Cinco de Money 3' project.
David Drake
7.27.17
Interviews

Husalah, Bay Area Legend, Returns to Rap with Limitless Wisdom

In his first interview in years, Husalah discusses his return to music and the legacy of The Jacka.
David Drake
7.11.17
Interviews

Ric Wilson Is Here to Continue Chicago's Musical Reign with the Premiere of 'Soul Bounce'

The energetic 21-year-old rapper is a product of Young Chicago Authors, the same poetry program that helped launch Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, and more.
David Drake
8.30.16
Interviews

Chicago Rapper Saint Millie's 'Adderall' Is a High-Energy, Positive Influence

On the heels of his proper debut project, the Chicago rapper discusses the wide range of music that helped him find his sound.
David Drake
5.5.16
Premieres

Watch "OD," Chicago Rapper JDott Trife's Final Video Before Passing Away from Cancer Last Week

Friends and collaborators Million $ Mano and O-Zone remember JDott Trife's life and music as we premiere his final video.
David Drake
10.17.15
Features

History vs. Radric Davis: Why Gucci Mane Is the Most Influential Rapper of the Last Decade

With his vast and complex discography, there's no easy Gucci Mane story, but that's proof of his place in history, not a reason to write him out of it.
David Drake
3.19.15