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There are a lot of things to love about Starlito’s newest tape (like the realest relationship-rap song in recent memory), but one reference in particular caught my attention on first listen.

Starlio – I Get Tired

The Game – My Life (feat. Lil’ Wayne)

When “My Life” came out it quickly became my go-to Exhibit A for defending auto-tune to all those mid ’00s haters who still took their rap cues from Jay-Z and hungrily grasped at any opportunity to dismiss an innovation or new direction in rap.  I liked T-Pain a lot too but that was a hopeless position to take toward anyone who I’d be having this debate with, but Wayne’s auto-tune use was harder to dismiss, especially on such an emotionally deep and vulnerable song.  Cher (or, more accurately, one of Cher’s producers) introduced it to the world, T-Pain built an entire style on it and made it a household name, but I think Wayne deserves a lot of credit for paving the way for a less-gimmicky and more expressive use of the infamous Auto-Tune.  It’s his work that set the stage for Future, Chief Keef, and Young Thug to make some of the most interesting emotionally powerful music of the past decade, and I think “My Life” is a prime and often overlooked example of this.  This reaches beyond rap too, if Wayne hadn’t taken Auto-Tune’s use as an expressive tool to the next level and it had simply out of fashion when T-Pain did, would Bon Iver have made “Woods“?  Doubtful.

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This track gets into some seriously weird “Bazaar Model” territory before Tyga buzzkills the whole vibe with his conventionality.

Chief Keef – Now & Later (feat. Tyga)

Lil’ B – Bazaar Model

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Chief Keef – Wait

Chief Keef – Wait

Chief Keef – Wait



 The Field – Violence, Hip Hop, & Hope for Chicago

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Rap pronunciation is getting pushed to the limit.

Chief Keef – They Know

Metro Zu – Dey Shunnin’

Future – My

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Remember when I found that Nas/Tyler the Creator interview and I was all crazy about famous people interviewing each other instead of being interviewed by journalist-types?  Well this is that idea but implemented in the most poorly thought out direction possible.  It is still VERY much worth watching though, I feel like it’s a pretty great microcosmic representation of just how diverse rap music is.  If you don’t know who these dudes are, you might wanna listen to a song from each of them before getting into the interview, because it really highlights the absurdity of putting these two dudes together in a forced conversation.

Childish Gambino – Heartbeat

Chief Keef – I Don’t Like

Ok, you ready for this?

Chief Keef x Childish Gambino – Back & Forth

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Somehow Chicago went from the city that has the fastest rappers with the fewest pauses possible to being the city with the slowest rappers with the most pauses possible.

1991 – 1998:

Tung Twista – Hokus Pokus

Crucial Conflict – Showdown

Do or Die – Just Ballin’


Yale Lucciani – Hit Da Block

Chief Keef – 3Hunna

Lil’ Reese – Us

Let’s see, this DRIVE SLOW blog started in 2011… coincidence….?  I see you, Chicago.

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