Lil Durk, the Guys, Sicko Mobb | Olympic Theatre | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

Lil Durk, the Guys, Sicko Mobb All Ages Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., June 27, 7 p.m. 2014

It’s common to see rappers use Twitter hashtags in mixtape titles—it’s an easy if unsubtle way to encourage fans to spread the music. West-side sibling duo the Guys are ahead of the curve, though, and use Instagram as their platform of choice; they refer to it in the title of their recent debut mixtape, IG: We the Guys, and rapper Smelly P ends his Auto-Tuned verse on the party track “More” with the words “Go on IG / Follow WeTheGuys underscore.” The Guys are plugged into trends in pop and hip-hop too, and their easygoing chemistry puts a distinctive stamp on up-to-the-minute sounds throughout IG: We the Guys. With its steel-drum bounce, “Flee” is a hyperdrive spin on the already upbeat bop sound, and one of the best tunes produced by that burgeoning west-side scene. The Guys also seem to be at the leading edge of a new development in local hip-hop slang—enlisting the Jesse White Tumblers in metaphors for selling drugs. On “Jessie White” they rap “I be flippin’ to work / Jesse White,” and the song’s colorful, low-key chorus goes “Jesse White / I be selling dope like every night.” Now I always think of the Guys when I hear other Chicago MCs make the same reference—as Lil Herb does on “Watchu Get,” his contribution to the recent Boondocks mixtape, and Stunt Taylor does on “Stuntraq,” his version of Nicki Minaj’s “Chi-Raq.” —Leor Galil

Price: $41, $51 for VIP

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