From: Chicago, Ill.
Has Produced For: Tree
Signature Beat: Tree "Devotion" (2013)Gravelly-voiced, emotive Chitown rap sensation Tree refers to his self-produced oeuvre as "soultrap." One trip through either of his Sunday School mixtapes makes his reasoning perfectly clear. Tree's production strikes an unprecedented balance between hi-hat heavy street rap and classic sample-based boom bap over tracks like "Tryawnin" and "No Faces" that overlay busy 808s with haunting vocal samples. It's a sound with one foot firmly planted in Chicago's soul-infused rap past and the other in the nihilistic drill scene of today.