Label: GOOD, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
With all of the attention Chicago rap has received in 2012, it was only right for elder statesman, Kanye West, to join in on the action and pass the torch to the new generation of Windy City spitters. Enlisting Chicago’s answer to Funkmaster Flex, the heavyhitter DJ Pharris, Yeezy spoke on the violence happening in his native city: “I’m from where shorties fucked up/Double cupped up/Might even kill somebody and YouTube it”—no doubt a nod to the recent surge in YouTube famous rappers in the Chi.
Yeezy went on to taunt PETA and his current boo’s ex, Chris Humphries, and of course to stunt about his superior style (Ye will embarrass you). But the real treat of the song—formerly known as “Theraflu"—was DJ Pharris’ shout-out of various Chicago neighborhoods you’d probably never heard of had you’re not from Cook County. Want a quick history lesson? Check out A Guide To All The Chicago Neighborhoods Named On Kanye West’s “Theraflu.”