King Louie

Twitter: @1987RudeBoiKing

Pros: Louie already knows how to craft hooks, pick beats, and inject hilarious ad-libs. Has industry luminary John Monopoly on his side.

Cons: We’ve yet to hear his long-awaited and longer-delayed potential breakthrough, Dope & Shrimp.

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With a style best described as a pot of gumbo, Louie hails from Chicago’s notorious Dro City neighborhood, and hopes to bring his arrogant attitude and unique dialect to an industry that has somewhat shunned Chicago street rap.

Louie’s local hit “Too Cool,” made a splash on radio and has been a club staple for months, prompting 2 Chainz and Red Café to jump on the remix. Most recently he partnered with a local pizza chain for a limited edition pizza box, and has created a small frenzy with his new dance, “The Val Venis,” which spent days as a Twitter trending topic (in Chicago), prompting the actual pro wrestler Val Venis to contact the rapper.

Recently inking a deal with John Monopoly (Kanye West, Shawnna) and Larro Wilson’s indie label, Lawless Inc, Louie plans to drop his drill-hop masterpiece, Dope & Shrimp in the Spring.