Music 101, PlatinumVoice News

Artists that placed Chicago on the Hip-Hop and R&B MusicMap

Hey Y’all!

It’s Your Gyrl, Ms Carmen aka Platinum Voice PR bringing another article to you!

I wanted to pay homage to the artists that are from Chicago and made it possible for the local artists to be heard!

Respectfully, I hope that I mention everyone that has contributed to the game! I now present the Chicago Artists(In no particular order)…..

My City….Chicago!

Crucial Conflict


Crucial Conflict is a Chicago hip hop group best known for its 1996 single “Hay” (from the album The Final Tic) and “Scummy” (from the album Good Side, Bad Side). The members of Crucial Conflict are Coldhard, Wildstyle, Kilo, and Never. They often collaborated with fellow Chicago rappers, Do or Die and Twista. They recently finished their album, Planet Crucon, with their newest single, “Barn Fire”.

Crucial Conflict, with the help of Do or Die, made the Chicago rap community more visible. With fast-paced raps, the band was compared to Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, with whom they later ended up feuding. When the smash hit “Hay” was released, it improved the sales of the band’s album, The Final Tic.

They have collaborated and worked with such artists as Three 6 Mafia, Do or Die, Twista, R. Kelly, 2Pac, Warren G, The Outlawz, George Clinton, Project Pat, Da Brat, Busta Rhymes, DJ Quik, Big Sha, ACE The Yung Heavy and many others. Crucial Conflict has also recorded tracks for movie soundtracks such as How To Be a Player, Rhyme & Reason, Belly, and Thicker Than Water. They also made a cameo appearance in the 1998 Hype Williams movie Belly, which starred DMX and Nas.

R. Kelly

R Kelly

Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967), better known by his stage name R. Kelly, is an  singer-songwriter and record producer. Often referred to as the King of R&B, Kelly is recognized as one of the most successful R&B artists of all-time.

A native of Chicago, Kelly began performing during the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with the group Public Announcement. In 1993, Kelly went solo with the album 12 Play. He is known for a collection of major hit singles including “Bump n’ Grind”, “Your Body’s Callin'”, “I Believe I Can Fly“, “Gotham City”, “Ignition (Remix)”, “If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time”, “The World’s Greatest”, “I’m a Flirt”, and the hip-hopera “Trapped in the Closet”. In 1997, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for “I Believe I Can Fly”.

Kelly has also collaborated with, written, produced, and remixed songs for many artists including The Isley Brothers, Charlie Wilson, Quincy Jones, K-Ci & JoJo, Aaliyah, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears, Usher, B2K, Twista, and others.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), has recognized R. Kelly as one of the best-selling music artists in the United States with 33.5 million albums sold.In March 2011, R. Kelly was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard.Kelly has released 10 studio albums, sold 35 million albums in the U.S., 15 million singles, and over 50 million albums worldwide making him the most successful R&B male artist of the 1990’s.

The anticipated releases Black Panties and  Write Me Back are scheduled for  April 2012.

Black Panties is the upcoming eleventh studio album by R&B singer R. Kelly. It will be released in 2012, via RCA Music Group. Jive Records released all of R. Kelly’s previous albums, but after Sony Music Entertainment dissolved it along with Arista and J, every artist, including Kelly, signed to RCA will release their albums from the group.

The album’s first single will be “10 Minutes”.Black Panties, says Kelly, “is the new 12 Play“, and that it will be different from his previous album Love Letter.

The status of this album is now unknown; on February 1, 2012, Kelly released the first single, “Share My Love”, off his eleventh studio album, Write Me Back.



Common’s success as an underground rapper in the nineties was the first time that significant attention was paid to Chicago hip hop as a separate entity. The singles from his first album reached the top ten in the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks and the attention of music critics and fans alike shifted to the midwest based on Common’s lyricism. This opened the door for other blossoming MCs from Chicago in the mid-nineties (such as Da Brat), but Chicago hip hop was still vastly overshadowed by the West and East Coast hip hop scene. Still, Common has found mainstream success in the 21st century with Grammy winning albums like Finding Forever and Be, and is recognized as an icon of midwest hip hop.

Kanye West

Kanye West

Kanye West’s lyricism, then not prevalent in rap music, disregarded any talk about how well-respected, or “hard” the rapper was on the street. As Kanye became successful, many other rappers from other places like Drake and Kid Cudi realized that they could use alternative hip hop to gain mainstream success as well, and many rappers re-orientated their styles from a gangsta rap persona to an emphasis on other things. This was significant for Chicago, as many rappers from there do not have hardcore styles, having been influenced by Common or Kanye West.

The recent surge in popularity for alternative hip hop finally gives Chicago artists an opportunity to be successful. As the violence in hip hop toned down during the late 2000s, conscious rappers such as Lupe Fiasco and The Cool Kids became a regular in the Chicago rap scene.

Lupe Fiasco


Lupe Fiasco was a guest artist on “Touch the Sky” with Kanye West. His début album was Food & Liquor. Receiving both critical and public praise, Food & Liquor peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200, and at one point was at #2 on the Hip Hop Billboard Charts. It was nominated in 2007 for three Grammys, including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song, and Best Solo Rap Performance. Fiasco’s The Cool was released in late December 2007. His single “Superstar” peaked to #10 on The Billboard Hot 100,making it his most successful single on the chart until 2011, where he released his most successful album to date, Lasers along with his most successful single to date, the Kane Beatz-produced track, “The Show Goes On”.

Lupe Fiasco’s love for electronic dance music was made terribly clear on his 2011 album, Lasers. But seeing how he’s clearly become hypnotized by the sounds of the wobble-wobble and oomp-tiss, the Chicago rapper has now taken on the role of DJ. He and DJ Sky Gellatly are SNDCLSH and relatively soon, we’ll be hearing a full EP that they have recorded together.

Their latest track, however, won’t appear on that project. It’s a one-off remix of one of their favorite tracks of all time, the Pointer Sisters’ classic single, “Automatic.” If somewhat predictable drops and rave scenes are your thing, you’re probably going to love this.

He’s working on his fourth album, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album.

Do or Die

Do Or Die

Do or Die is a gangsta rap trio originally from Chicago, Illinois. The group experienced mainstream success with the single “Po Pimp”, a collaboration with fellow Chicago rapper Twista, from the album Picture This. Group members are brothers Belo, Nard and AK-47. The trio has sold more than three million albums. Many of the tracks feature Chicago’s own Johnny P singing the hooks and The Legendary Traxster on production.



Twista is known primarily for his rapid-fire delivery. At one point recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s fastest rapper, Twista’s success has come largely with other Chicago acts (notably Kanye West and Do or Die). His most successful album to date, 2004’s Kamikaze, and its two singles, “Slow Jamz” and “Overnight Celebrity”, were all chart toppers.



Rhymefest hails from a Chicago neighborhood known as Jeffrey Manor. Although relatively new—he has only released one album, Blue Collar. He was a co-writer of Kanye West’s 2004 single, “Jesus Walks”. His début album, Blue Collar hit #61 on the Billboard 200.[

Da Brat


The Jermaine Dupri protégé had chart success in 1994 with her single and video entitled “Funkdafied,”(so so def) taken from her début album of the same name. During the rest of the decade, she remained somewhat low-key and came to be known more for her featured appearances on other rappers’ and R&B singers’ albums than for her own solo work.



Jeremih is a recording Artist, Songwriter and Producer signed to Def Jam Recordings. Jeremih’s début single, “Birthday Sex” (which was also recorded in French), peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. His first and self-titled album, Jeremih, debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, selling 59,000 copies in its first week. On September 9, 2010, he released his second album, All About You.

Jeremih cites Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and R. Kelly as his biggest influences.He described their music as “timeless”, calling them “true musician-artists”. With the release of his début album, Andy Kellman of Allmusic compared Jeremih’s vocals to Slim of 112 and Raphael Saadiq, noting that his “charmingly sly voice…is hard to not like”. In contrast, Ken Capobianco of The Boston Globe felt that Jeremih’s voice was “thin”, showing “little range”.Jody Rosen expressed that Jeremih “has a way with tunes and hooks”. He received comparisons to The-Dream, R. Kelly and Stevie Wonder.



Rashawnna Guy (born January 3, 1978), better known by her stage name Shawnna is a female rapper. She was the first female artist signed to Def Jam through Ludacris’ Disturbing tha Peace Records. She is a former member of the female Chicago rap duo Infamous Syndicate and she is also the daughter of the blues musician Buddy Guy.

She is known for her rapid fire delivery and her sexual themes. She is one of only four female rappers (others being Lauryn Hill, Lil’ Kim and Remy Ma) to ever have a #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 with 2003’s “Stand Up” with Ludacris.

She has done some collaborations with local artists like Ben One Jones on Jedi Whip that is now in rotation on WGCI.

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an American recording artist, actress and spokesperson. She came to prominence in 2004 as one of the finalists on the third season of American Idol coming in seventh place. She made her film début in the 2006 film Dreamgirls, which won her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

She won a Grammy Award for her eponymous début album, Jennifer Hudson, which was released in 2008 on Arista Records and was certified gold by the RIAA for selling over 800,000 copies in the US; sales exceeded 1 million copies worldwide. Additionally, it spawned the hit single Spotlight. Her second album I Remember Me was released in March 2011, and has reached number two on the Billboard 200, selling 165,000 copies in its first week of release.

In late 2008, after Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew were killed in a shooting, Hudson stepped out of the limelight for three months. Hudson resumed her public appearances in 2009, and has since performed at the Super Bowl XLIII, the Grammy Awards, American Idol, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Hudson has been described as a friend of President Barack Obama, who invited her to appear with him at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills in May 2009.She also performed at the White House at the “Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement” event.Her vocal range is mezzo-soprano.

Jennifer is now a spokesperson for Weight Watchers and she looks fabulous!

Thanks Fellow Chicagoans for taking the time to read this article! This represents my favorites and I know that there are many more that hail from Chicago!

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!


(PlatinumVoice PR is the source for the events and has no legal bindings with associated parties)


One thought on “Artists that placed Chicago on the Hip-Hop and R&B MusicMap

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.