Top 10 Chicago Artists To Check Out If You Like Chance The Rapper

Chance the Rapper is having a great year. The rapper has a hot album "The Magnificent Coloring Book", had a successful tour, and will even perform at the White House later this year. Even more importantly, his creative and hopeful music has shown Chicago hip-hop is more than drill music.  Here are 10 other artists from the Chi to check out if you like Chance the Rapper.


Vic Mensa

Vic Mensa is an energetic rapper that isn’t afraid to take on controversial issues. Powerful songs like '16 Shots'’ on his latest mixtape "There’s A lot Going On" deal with the police shooting of Laquan McDonald and showcase his mature lyrics.

Jamila Woods

Jamila Woods is black girl magic in song.  Her empowering and soulful songs like 'Blk Girl Soldier’' celebrate African-American womens' lives. Her latest release, "Heavn", envisions a better future for Chicago.


Dreezy first made a name for herself with an impressive flow on fellow Chicagoan Common’s song 'Hustle Harder’. Now she strikes out on her own with her debut album, "No Hard Feelings".

Jean Deaux

Although Chicago is a place to live in, it’s never been easy for me at any point in my life. I’ve been homeless when I was little so, being my age and taking care of myself, I know that I have to get it done,” said Deaux in an interview( pronounced doe). Deaux has shown that her fearlessness has led to success on mixtapes like "Soular System". 

Taylor Bennett

Yes, Taylor Bennett is Chance’s little brother, but he’s a proper emcee in his own right.  Bennett bridges the gap between drill and conscious hip-hop on his latest album "Broad Shoulders". 

Dinero Dynasty

Shazey and Runna Garcia are an impressive duo in the Chicago hip-hop scene. Their "Everything Local" EP is a refreshing mix of laid-back California hip-hop and Chicago rap. 

Noname Gypsy

Noname Gypsy is a great mixture of spoken word and hip-hop. "Telefone" is a unique debut mixtape that hip-hop fans should check out. 

Leather Corduroys
Joey Purp and Kami de Chukwu make up this creative duo and are gaining fans with their genre-spanning hip-hop. 

Kweku Collins

Kweku Collins is an artist who combines trap, hip-hop, and soul to create an emotional and introspective album, "Nat Love".

BJ The Chicago Kid

This RnB singer brings old-school soul to a new audience. Songs like 'Church’ and 'It’s a Woman’s World’ on "In My Mind" prove that BJ The Chicago Kid is an artist to watch.