When: Sat., Aug. 17, 9:30 p.m. 2013
When drill broke out last year, Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Lil Reese, Young Chop, and their scenemates presented the world with a distinctly Chicagoan sound—their apocalyptic spin on trap is as rigidly defined as it is aggressive, which made it easy for outsiders who got hooked on “I Don’t Like” to find similar music. Of course there’s more to Windy City hip-hop than just drill, and artists such as Chance the Rapper and MC Tree are helping nonlocals realize that—plus their popularity is helping draw attention to other artists outside the drill scene, among them Probcause. With his tight, springy flow, the Evanston-reared rapper spends much of his recent mixtape, The Recipe Volume 2, gleefully bouncing off a wide variety of beats—sleek dance pop (“LSD”), lackadaisical boom-bap (“Sleepy Hollow”), even sensual neosoul (“Whiskey on the Rocks”). Probcause has the charisma to carry a mixtape on his own, but he also plays well with others, and The Recipe Volume 2 is packed with drops from local MCs, including Chance, Psalm One, and ShowYouSuck. For his part, Show has just released One Man Pizza Party 4: Slice After Death, which is more a remixtape than a proper mixtape—it’s mostly old tunes reworked by producers such as Cardo, Lazerbeak, and the Hood Internet. The freshness of the material notwithstanding, OMPP4 makes a great showcase for his twangy, relaxed flow and affable, down-to-earth persona. —Leor Galil Probcause headlines; ShowYouSuck and Chandler London open.