The expression goes “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but in the context of the music industry, a picture just might indicate an inbound collaboration. Trap tastemaker RL Grime has set the rumor mill to work via his recent Instagram post, a photo of the producer with rapper Chief Keef.
Fans have taken RL Grime’s use of the devil emoji as the post’s caption as a suggestive signal that the two have been quietly working on a collaboration in the studio. Diplo’s response to the picture, a suggestive series of exclamation points, seems only to further augment the surmised potential for an RL Grime/Chief Keef release in the new year. RL Grime is memorable for his bass heavy take on the Chicago rapper’s “Love Sosa.”
RL Grime has been an enigma in 2017. The trap commander dropped a few singles through the year as well as a stunner of a mixtape this past Halloween, but he did not do what just about everyone expected him to, release an album. RL Grime’s hyped up the release of his forthcoming LP, ‘NOVA’
Streaming changed things. 2017 was the year that rap once again reaffirmed its stranglehold on the collective imagination of America’s youth. Like the moment when Billboard first started using Soundscan and inadvertently proved the massive popularity of N.W.A, the streaming services of the world showed just how powerful this music remains. Rap dominated streaming charts. More »
Chief Keef can’t go back to Chicago. The rapper has outstanding warrants in his hometown, but the authorities in Chicago have enmities against Keef that go deeper than that. Back when he still lived in Chicago, before he relocated to Los Angeles, Keef was effectively banned from performing in his own town; I’ve got friends … More »
End of 2017 be damned. Chief Keef just KEEPS GOING.
His inscrutable artistic whims have led him to drop a fourth mixtape of 2017, fittingly named Dedication. The tape shares its name with a series of mixtapes Lil Wayne released during his mid-aughts imperial phase, and the kinship between Sosa’s 2017 output and that part of Weezy’s career perhaps does not need to be pointed out.
And oh, just in case you’ve never read Tiny Mix Tapes before: Keef’s other three mixtapes of the year are Two Zero One Seven, Thot Breaker, and The W (which also shared its title with another album: Wu-Tang Clan’s The W!)
And don’t worry about 2018. A brand new mixtape, Mansion Music, has also already been promised for release this year.
Meanwhile, Dedication features guest appearances from Tadoe, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, and Lil Yachty, as well as production from D. Rich, StuntMan, Turbo, CBMix and K.E. on the Track. You can listen to the whole album RIGHT NOW on Spotify and Apple Music…or, BETTER YET, you can keep hanging out with us at TMT and just listen to it via the embed below. <3
02. Keke Palmer
05. Bad (feat. Tadoe)
07. Glory Bridge (feat. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie)
08. Get It
10. Less Speed
11. Come On Now (feat. Lil Yachty)
13. Told Y’all
14. Let Me See
15. Be Back