Show & Prove is our section in the magazine where we highlight which rappers are hot in hip-hop now. Many who have appeared in S&P have gone on to launch successful music careers. With the goal to bring our hand-picked selections online, here are excerpts of the stories from Lil Bibby, Chinx and Vic Mensa, as well as their entire mixtape discography. Our April/May issue featuring Eminem, Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre is available on newsstands March 11.
For the past year the Chicago hip-hop scene has been bursting with rappers on the rise. The explosion first kicked off with Chief Keef, and now there’s a whole bunch of new MCs trying to lead their city to rap greatness including Lil Durk, Lil Reese and 19-year-old Lil Bibby. The rap rookie first came on in 2012 with the release of two lyrically brutal records, “Kill Shit” and “My Hood,” which he recorded with fellow Chicago upstart and friend Lil Herb. The tracks helped launch a buzz for Bibby who dropped his well-received debut mixtape, Free Crack, in November 2013.
With a knack for spitting street narratives, Bibby captivated rap fans with his raspy voice and straightforward lyrics. “[Songwriting] was always easy to me because I’m a good writer,” he says. “I guess it came naturally—the stories and the raps—because it’s like the same thing.”—Eric Diep