Hometown: Chicago, IL
Active Since: 2013
Twitter Handle: @LuckiECKS197
Essential Listening: Alternative Trap
Pros: Wordplay, interesting production choices.
Cons: People might have a hard time knowing what the hell he's talking about.
Chicago keeps surprising people. Lucki makes music in the respective wakes of Keef and Chance, but wants to sound like neither. He doesn't want to be "another Chicago rapper," but he definitely carries with him the influence of his city. This might not come through directly in his music, perhaps because his sound is more a response to the state of rap than the next logical step from his predecessors. His mixtape, Alternative Trap, is full of some very different beats, a few of which get by (and benefit from) having no drums at all. He weaves in enough wordplay ("I want to play with that cash like it's clay, Ali,") to lose you every few bars, but the best way to enjoy his songs is probably to catch what you can instead of actively paying close attention to each bar. The kid just turned 17 recently, but seems to already have a calculated intent when it comes to how he wants to present himself. His city's buzz machine is already crowding around him, and it looks like he has his sights set for big moves in the near future. Look out for Luck. —Alexander Gleckman