Tag: Blue Chips

BLK ODYSSY’s Vintage Contemporary

Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that highlights exceptional rising rappers. To read previous columns, click here. Soon, a music critic will write an essay on the glut of “new” artists copying their influences wholesale. Said critic could quickly point to the hordes of double cup-clutching Future aspirants with higher chances of rehab stints […]

July 29, 2022
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Defcee Pays It Forward

Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that highlights exceptional rising rappers. To read previous columns, click here. Water sloshes in the background when Adam Levin answers the phone. Bath time ran longer than anticipated, so the 32-year-old Chicagoan calls back when his infant daughter is occupied with episodes of Sesame Street. Teacher by day, […]

May 31, 2022
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T.F Blames Kansas

​​​​Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that highlights exceptional rising rappers. To read previous columns, click here. T.F’s memoir could open in a blazing Southern California wildfire. At 18, he and fellow incarcerated firefighters cut smoldering brush and dug parched soil to prevent towering flames from incinerating more acres of hillsides and mountains. He […]

April 29, 2022
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Baby Stone Gorillas Keep Going

Is it sacrilegious to smoke weed inside a decommissioned church? This seems to be the central question for Baby Stone Gorillas on the set of their “Keep Goin” music video. Dress shirts for the video, the ticking clock on the church rental, our interview — these are afterthoughts for the burgeoning Los Angeles rap group […]

April 1, 2022
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EBK Young Joc’s Song of the Nightingale Legend

San Joaquin County Jail, like most jails, records and monitors inmate phone calls. When EBK Young Joc calls for our interview, the Stockton, California-born rapper is understandably wary of saying anything the Sheriff’s Department might characterize as incriminating. (See the recent case of Baton Rouge rapper Lit Yoshi, whose recorded prison phone calls were played […]

February 28, 2022
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BounceBackMeek’s West Side Story

​​​​Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that highlights exceptional rising rappers. To read previous columns, click here. If you know Stockton, California’s high homicide rates and the gang activity, poverty, and institutional neglect that account for them, Louis Park seems located in a different zip code. The lush, green park is interspersed with towering […]

January 28, 2022
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The Bin Reaper

The best NBA players outwork their peers in practice. They shoot more jump shots, run extra sprints, hit higher reps in the weight room. Since emerging as the breakout star of Detroit rap trio Shittyboyz, BabyTron has approached recording projects like Sleeve Nash and Luka Troncic (both puns on NBA all-stars past and present) with […]

December 3, 2021
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God’s in the Mirror

Trauma can be inherited, generationally compounded by relatives who pass on their pain through destructive action or the self-destructive coping mechanisms they impart. Lukah has made music for two-thirds of his life, but when the 30-year-old rapper/producer finally found his sound, he honed in on the accretive effects of trauma. On January’s When the Black […]

November 1, 2021
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The Trap Door

​​​​Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that highlights exceptional rising rappers. To read previous columns, click here. If you’ve watched televised sports since late May, you’ve heard Solemn Brigham rap. His energetic southern voice soundtracks a Gatorade commercial that runs more often than Sydney McLaughlin and the ad’s other athletes. Every rerun finds you […]

October 1, 2021
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