Chicago is finally being recognized as fertile soil for Hip Hop music and culture. Other cities love our sound and ability to take in influences from all over, and come away with something that is truly our own. Our Hip Hop music is diverse, yet distinctly ours. Whether it’s the drill sound that takes influence from the dirty south, or our own blend of underground beats influenced by both coasts, Chicago producers have done a tremendous amount to help our city grab the spotlight, which was recently punctuated with 8 artists being nominated for the 2013 XXL Freshmen cover.
Here we celebrate those behind the beats and take a look at 15 Chicago producers poised to break out in 2013. Hit the next page to see who made the list, and since I’m sure we forgot some, let us know who should’ve made the list in the comments section.