How Young Chop Helped Create Chicago Drill Music | Genius News

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TIA: Over the last decade, one of the most
notable additions to hip-hop has been Chicago’s drill scene. The dark undertones and murky sound of the
genre left its mark thanks in part to producer Young Chop. Young Chop: Whatever I was doing, I was just making sure my craft was right. Making sure my beats was on point, that I sounded as different as possible from anybody that was making beats at that time. TIA: Along with other regional producers like
the late Smylez and DJ L, Young Chop had a huge role in bringing drill to the foreground
of hip-hop. And what attracted many fans to the genre was the production. Young Chop: It’s just like dark and um, sometimes melodic and happy and sometimes. I don’t know, it’s just a variety of everything. Young Chop: It all started with me lowering my shit, making my shit deeper and scarier, hit harder. We brung the darker deep keys, when niggas was playing the C, we was playing the F and shit like that. TIA: Part of what made Young Chop’s sound
so unique were his signature beats, often mixed with some piano to create an intricate
melody, a skill he picked up early on in his career. Young Chop: My lil brother had took piano lessons, that shit crazy, and he showed me the basics of that shit. It was an older church lady she do that shit for real, showed me the basic shit I’m like, ‘I got it.’ TIA: And of course, one of the most memorable
parts of any Young Chop song is his producer tag. Young Chop: I was just in the crib like damn I need a tag. And then I got my lil’ cousin he was like I think 4 at the time, and I made him say it. TIA: Many know Chop as the producer behind many of Chief Keef’s early hits, like “I Don’t Like.” TIA: The pair rocketed into the national spotlight
in late 2012 with the release of Chief Keef’s debut studio album ‘Finally Rich,’ executive
produced by Young Chop himself. And the album’s intro, at the beginning
of “Love Sosa” captured the listener’s attention from the minute it starts, thanks
a little nudge from an Interscope Records executive. Young Chop: Me and Larry Jackson, when we were putting the album together…So Larry comes he “Why don’t we put some skits in the video?” I started going through interviews and stuff then I came across the video and I said I’m going to put this in front of “Love Sosa.” TIA: And as for the rest of the song, according to Chop it just came together randomly one day in the studio. Young Chop: I don’t think we had a thought process, we were just in the studio one day, tired, because we’d been in the studio working on the album for a whole two months. Just working and all of a sudden I just was tapping on the beat…I didn’t play nothing out, I just typed it in and it just came out “Love Sosa.” I wanted to make the album sound like an album, and I ain’t want it to sound like any album that was coming out of Chicago. TIA: Besides a number of legendary tracks
with Sosa, Chop has produced for everyone from Big Sean to Kanye, and he’s also grabbed
the mic himself. Young Chop: Niggas be tryna stay hot forever. We can’t stay hot forever. We gotta come in, do some different shit. That’s why I started rapping. TIA: Chop’s dropped a
number of solo projects over the years and still makes sure to put on for other local
rappers. Young Chop: I’m working on a little project and I got a compilation album where I got all of your favorite rappers on there. I ain’t gon’ say too many names. I’m working on some new stuff with some Chicago rappers and stuff like that. TIA: Since the birth of drill, other regions outside of Chicago, from the UK to Brooklyn,
NY have put their own spin on drill music, and the genre’s blossomed into separate
regional movements. Like Brooklyn’s Sheff G…. Sheff G: Drill music been in the music but it’s just like how you tuning into it. You see how everybody reacts to the music. They really fuck with it, it gives you a different type of feeling. TIA: And the UK’s 67. 67: We’ve got a faster tempo and we did it with a faster rap. This country at that time was loving Grime and this was like the new Grime. And we come with our own slang that bare people start copying. TIA: While there’s been the occasional back and forth about the drill pioneers, there’s no denying Chicago and Young Chop’s role in the rise and the spread of drill music. Young Chop: That was seven years ago when we did that though. So now it’s come back with some DJ L drums with Young Chop melodies. I rock with it though. They know I’m The Godfather father father father father. TIA: Young Chop’s legacy has been cemented
in hip-hop as one of the most influential producers of this generation, and he’s still
innovating. Young Chop: I just live in my own world. I don’t be trying to fit in with what’s going on. I ain’t trying to do none of that. Because I’m my own trendsetter. I already did. I trendsetted. That’s all you need to do, then everything else is gone’ come. ‘Cause whatever God got planned for you, he got planned for you. TIA: I’m Tia with Genius News bringing you
the meaning and the knowledge behind the music.


  1. its just drill not Chicago drill, Chicago created it and all the other places copying/taking inspiration (looking at you UK and NYC)

  2. Yall putting up how he helped create drill music like it's is a good thing. This man is making beats fore kids to get killed to and ya'll call this genocide success sad.


  4. The original “Don’t like” beat before the Kanye west remix was 🔥 that lil creepy buzz noise in the background

  5. Dear nyc and London niggaz give credit were credit is do if Chicago didn’t make drill music we only hear about skepta in London and the nyc scene woulda still been dead not sayin they have the same sound jus sayin y’all stay disrespecting da foundation

  6. Chop That Nigga Frfr , When I first start making beats he was one of da niggas dat influenced a nigga. They should make a part 2 with DJ L too 🔥

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