Music Metrics Vault

Chicago rap

Most popular artists in Chicago rap

This chart is based on the monthly listeners metric for all artists tagged with the genre chicago rap by Spotify. It may contain some errors or some data may not be up to date. You can check the artist profile to update data if necessary.

# Artist Monthly Listeners Followers
1
66,500,300
25,725,460
2
28,987,803
34,048,138
3
21,804,835
7,605,139
4
21,186,469
11,391,621
5
12,932,861
6,586,774
6
12,243,417
4,922,992
7
9,718,943
5,986,432
8
9,244,366
4,655,762
9
6,213,663
2,131,395
10
5,271,068
1,874,355
11
4,212,330
1,090,278
12
3,477,627
503,326
13
2,320,351
1,133,444
14
2,178,654
2,471,351
15
2,159,527
917,716
16
2,075,645
950,951
17
1,897,970
175,780
18
1,435,689
762,007
19
1,342,121
636,508
20
1,151,242
882,344
21
995,492
614,740
22
995,099
448,398
23
974,022
413,488
24
Prince Dre
961,821
35,970
25
Ballout
820,929
58,206
26
BigKayBeezy
789,140
104,038
27
Noname
758,875
738,862
28
Booka600
670,943
120,921
29
Joey Purp
596,411
137,638
30
Dreezy
526,815
711,980
31
Da Brat
508,223
571,142
32
Lil Zay Osama
479,368
338,676
33
Omen
384,698
37,324
34
Chali 2na
360,481
76,345
35
Do Or Die
355,627
424,348
36
Montana of 300
319,386
752,247
37
Lud Foe
301,535
546,631
38
Hott Headzz
299,325
48,477
39
Valee
257,470
186,199
40
Warhol.SS
240,671
156,300
41
Young Pappy
229,577
339,688
42
FBG Duck
205,995
316,409
43
Canon
198,806
74,854
44
Taylor Bennett
196,512
122,253
45
Fast Eddie
163,655
10,732
46
Lil Reese
162,057
379,608
47
Fredo Santana
135,037
466,656
48
Yung Berg
133,306
50,355
49
Shawnna
119,002
147,445
50
Serengeti
99,391
25,776
51
Alex Wiley
99,272
88,639
52
Towkio
98,676
58,382
53
Molemen
97,384
7,915
54
The Cool Kids
94,708
145,976
55
brandUn DeShay
93,846
26,138
56
Lil Bibby
82,814
617,466
57
Crucial Conflict
82,085
126,328
58
Malik Yusef
76,423
2,920
59
La Capone
73,576
170,360
60
The Palmer Squares
67,720
37,053
61
Rockie Fresh
62,497
44,889
62
S.dot
59,394
54,758
63
DooWop
57,184
6,491
64
Cdot Honcho
53,861
165,201
65
Tadoe
49,882
55,182
66
Rhymefest
48,138
15,485
67
Lil Mouse
47,404
102,727
68
Adriel Cruz
44,072
12,949
69
SD
41,646
59,485
70
Billionaire Black
41,531
38,457
71
Talley Of 300
40,499
9,333
72
Rondonumbanine
39,891
83,401
73
King Louie
39,713
143,748
74
Hona Costello
38,720
11,257
75
600 Breezy
34,309
105,690
76
DJ 45
31,774
9,679
77
No Fatigue
30,507
5,755
78
Young Chop
29,722
114,392
79
Duke Da Beast
29,442
9,922
80
Elvy The God
28,952
22,622
81
Fat Money
27,316
8,011
82
TrenchMobb
25,481
22,012
83
DCG Shun
25,164
10,538
84
GMEBE Bandz
23,243
20,179
85
Jayaire Woods
21,930
5,064
86
Edai
21,200
37,396
87
Mr. Lee
20,761
4,451
88
DJ Lucky L
19,200
17,475
89
Taysav
18,986
48,011
90
'Lgado
18,520
5,425
91
Heavy Steppers
15,225
7,875
92
All Natural
14,400
9,353
93
Shootashellz
14,078
3,585
94
P.Rico
13,993
29,181
95
Tay Capone
13,886
8,509
96
Team600
13,345
37,315
97
Lil Chris
13,064
5,780
98
Ajani Jones
12,944
5,346
99
Tay 600
11,810
25,018
100
La Tone
11,321
11,193
101
Stunt Taylor
10,925
3,574
102
Rioo Cheeny
10,870
7,499
103
Lil romo
10,728
5,062
104
Rico Recklezz
10,631
97,829
105
El Hitta
10,168
11,241
106
Kid Sister
9,859
15,902
107
Kadoe
8,670
3,258
108
Pronto Spazzout
8,232
8,856
109
GLC
8,001
5,020
110
Johnny May Cash
7,508
6,348
111
Qwel
7,439
6,997
112
King Ace
7,409
7,562
113
Katie Got Bandz
6,921
10,018
114
Smiles 773
6,473
5,632
115
King K.O
6,331
4,170
116
The Legendary Traxster
6,163
3,109
117
Cdai
6,017
22,865
118
Bump J
5,932
10,822
119
Lil Flash
5,248
22,398
120
E.C. Illa
5,115
2,160
121
Smylez
4,555
14,359
122
Keezo Kane
4,386
670
123
Verbal Kent
4,296
4,437
124
Diverse
4,253
1,404
125
Snypaz
3,797
4,370
126
King Yella
3,352
18,831
127
Z Money
3,280
54,371
128
Swagg Dinero
3,216
16,450
129
Doa Beezy
3,111
2,843
130
Vakill
3,068
4,817
131
Bo Deal
2,862
8,676
132
Gino Marley
2,425
11,224
133
Psalm One
2,418
4,718
134
Lil Jay
2,347
18,055
135
Naledge
2,204
2,616
136
Jusblow
2,097
15,978
137
FleeJay
1,403
1,485
138
Ms. Toi
1,401
2,473
139
Qwazaar
1,251
1,251
140
Boo And Gotti
1,114
558
141
Marz
1,099
1,397
142
King L
1,060
1,713
143
BuDouble
1,052
1,819
144
Wooski
1,038
2,671
145
Buk Of Psychodrama
1,020
4,155
146
MC Juice
854
892
147
The Hood Internet
757
14,118
148
Benji Glo
501
7,498
149
Sharkula
181
937
150
Twista & The Speedknot Mobstaz
103
95,099
151
Earatik Statik
85
102
152
Saurus and Bones
7
31

Some info about chicago rap

Chicago rap, a pivotal subgenre of hip hop, epitomizes the rich, diverse cultural tapestry of its namesake city. Emerging in the late 1980s and early 1990s, this style mirrors the complex socio-economic narratives and resilient spirit of Chicago, often characterized by its introspective lyricism, innovative beats, and a distinct social consciousness. Unlike its Southern and East Coast counterparts that heavily focus on the 'bling' culture or boastful tales of street life, Chicago rap uniquely blends storytelling with activism, making it a profound mouthpiece for both personal and communal narratives.

The roots of Chicago rap can be traced back to the local club scenes, where DJs and emcecs shared the stage, spinning records and rhyming to beats. Pioneering this movement were artists like Common and Twista, who set the tone with their lyrically dense, high-speed rhyming and nuanced urban storytelling. Common's albums, such as "Resurrection" and "Like Water for Chocolate," are masterful blends of intricate wordplay and philosophical musings, deeply anchored in the socio-political realities of urban Chicago. Meanwhile, Twista, known for his rapid-fire delivery, brought a dynamic energy to the genre, earning a spot in the Guinness World Records in 1992 for being the fastest rapper in the world at that time.

As the 2000s unfolded, Chicago rap gained momentum with the rise of Kanye West, whose debut album "The College Dropout" revolutionized the national rap scene with its approach to production and ward narratives that deviated from prevalent gangsta motifs. Kanye's impact was monumental, establishing a new branch of hip-hop that wasn't afraid to embrace vulnerability and creativity. His subsequent works continued to influence and shape the genre, marrying soulful samples with orchestral arrangements and often introspective lyrics.

The current soundscape of Chicago rap is perhaps best represented by artists like Chance the Rapper, Chief Keef, and Noname. Chance the Rapper, with his gospel-influenced cadence and freestyle fluency, brings optimism and social activism to his music, particularly seen in tracks like "No Problem" and his critically acclaimed mixtape "Coloring Book." On the other hand, Chief Keef and the drill music scene represent a rawer, more aggressive strain of Chicago rap. This sub-genre emphasizes gritty, minimalist beats and stark, often bleak narratives that reflect the hardships of inner-city life.

Furthermore, artists like Noname fuse spoken word poise with jazzy, laid-back beats to discuss complex issues of race, gender, and inequality, expanding the boundaries of what rap can address. Her album "Room 25" showcases this blend of personal and political themes, solidifying her role as a crucial voice in contemporary hip-hop.

Internationally, Chicago rap has resonated particularly well in urban centers that identify with its themes of struggle, resilience, and redemption. From London and Paris to Johannesburg and São Paulo, the genre's influence continues to grow, finding new audiences and inspiring a new generation of artists globally.

In summary, Chicago rap is not just a music genre; it's a powerful social commentary and a mirror to the life in Chicago's diverse neighborhoods. Its artists do more than entertain; they provoke thought, challenge societal norms, and inspire change, making it a quintessential voice of modern America.