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First-wave drill producer LeekeLeek dies at 27

Plus: Veteran Chicago rapper Longshot celebrates his collaboration with Lazerbeak, and Drum Corps International hosts a world championship in Michigan City.

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LeekeLeek worked with some of the biggest names in the early drill scene, including Lil Durk and Chief Keef. - VIA LEEKELEEK’S TWITTER
  • Via LeekeLeek’s Twitter
  • LeekeLeek worked with some of the biggest names in the early drill scene, including Lil Durk and Chief Keef.

On Thursday, July 26, 27-year-old rapper and producer Al-Khaaliq Lawrence, aka LeekeLeek, was struck and killed by a train in Danville. He's best known as a drill producer, having worked with the best MCs from the genre's first wave, including SD, Lil Durk, Lil Reese, and Chief Keef. But LeekeLeek's legacy extends beyond that role: he had a hand in the rise of the west-side bop sound (that's his beat on Dlow's "Dlow Shuffle Part 2"), and he was also a budding rapper (his track "Banana Boat" with King Louie is a minor Chicago classic). LeekeLeek recently partnered with rapper NoSleepCity to form the Mudbrothers, who dropped their debut mixtape, Beat the Block, in June.

Veteran local rapper Longshot is no stranger to collaboration. Two years ago he teamed up with Ang13, one of the longest-grinding women in Chicago hip-hop, for an album as Army of 2. In June he and Doomtree producer Lazerbeak dropped Parades, and on Friday, August 3, Longshot plays a belated release show for it downstairs at Subterranean. Also on the bill are Rachel Jihan, Encyclopedia Brown, Pinqy Ring, Navarro & DJ Scend, Jovan Landry, and DJ Moz Definite.

It's been a long time since Gossip Wolf was in high school (or college, for that matter), but the precise, brassy sound of a serious drum-and-bugle corps is still thrilling. This wolf loves watching several dozen drummers, horn players, and dancers (plus whatever those people who spin fake rifles in the air are called) absolutely peel the paint off, say, the Mission: Impossible theme while marching in elaborate formation, maybe with a detour through a Miami Sound Machine jam. On Tuesday, August 7, Drum Corps International hosts its Open Class World Championship at Ames Field in Michigan City, Indiana, and among the final 16 competitors are squads from Minnesota, Wisconsin, California, and the Netherlands. Earplugs aren't provided, so bring your own!  v

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