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May 31, 2012|By Kyle Kramer, RedEye

Chief Keef

"We created the New Chicago thing now that'll probably have everybody from Chicago rapping like this in the future."

Key video: "I Don't Like (feat. Lil Reese)"


King Louie

"All the talent is raw talent, organic, real. It's not like no made up stuff, no facade. Everything is raw and that new type of raw talent coming that ain't nobody got a taste of yet...I see us on the rise as a city."

Key video: "Loud Pack"


Lil Durk

"We're like all real close friends. We're close friends, so anything Keef do, I support. Anything King Louie do, I support. They support me, so it's like a movement."

Key video: "L's Anthem"


Sasha Go Hard

"Louie and Chief Keef put the spotlight on Chicago. People are starting to see what we've got to offer too. It's not only guys, it's females doing it too."

Key video: "Welcome to the Real World"



"We'll be on Twitter with people we know from different schools – there's more chance to network...Nobody's trying to hand out CDs in schools [anymore]."

Key video: "Go In Freestyle"


Lil Reese

"Everybody's that's in my crowd, we young. Nineteen, 20. We all young and [bleep], so it's gonna get better. The music ain't got no choice but to get better 'cause it's been getting better from the start."

Key video: "Us"


Fredo Santana

If there is a standout lyric in Chicago right now, it's Lil Reese's declaration on "I Don't Like": "Fredo in the cut that's a scary sight." T-shirts bearing the slogan are on the way.

Key video: "Gang Bang"


Chin Chilla Meek

"This is pure talent and raw Chicago swagger. We're trending! But as far as female rap, I don't think we get as much attention – or the attention we deserve, rather...We get the shorter end of the stick regardless of the fact that we do have the talent. But there is a big underground female rap scene in Chicago."

Key video: "I'm ILL"

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