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Hip-Hop in 2013… for Dummies (Part 2: The Producers)

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YOUNG CHOP

See also: DJ Kenn

If there could be one single representative of Chicago’s drill sound it would probably be 19 year-old producer Young Chop. Chop started making beats at a startling 11 years of age and got his breakthrough throwing his characteristic blend of rolling snares and gunshots at high school mate and Chicago scene breakout Chief Keef. It was 2012’s ‘I Don’t Like’ that put Chop on most rappers’ radars (when you’re calling out Kanye West for fucking with your beats you’ve probably made it), and since then Chop has gone on to produce for a host of national names (Big Sean, Soulja Boy, Ace Hood, French Montana), while still keeping one eye on the Chicago scene. His output has slowed down a little in 2013, but with a track for ex-Clipse man Pusha T on his Wrath of Caine tape, and a truly standout cut on Cassie’s RockaByeBaby showing his potential scope as a producer, it proves that it’s quality not quantity that matters in the end.

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