Treated Crew

Treated Crew f/ M$M, Gzus Piece, John James, Sulaiman “Love Me Sexy”

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Pros: No weak links, and a handful of members are already industry tested and approved. Connects in high places.

Cons: Will bubbling solo careers get in the way?

Essential Listening: Mic Terror Riverdale: The Musical

Coming together like a 2012 version of the Wu-Tang Clan (or more recently, Odd Future) is Chicago’s Treated Crew. Named after a popular Chi-Town slang term (treated = disrespected), members of the Treated Crew began making music together in high school, but the solo success of some derailed plans for a group project — until now.

Putting their flourishing solo careers on hold for the greater good of the group, Million $ Mano (Kanye West’s DJ), Hollywood Holt, and Mic Terror plan to use their international recognition and clout to help shed light on rising MCs like Sulaiman, Gzus Piece, Jon James, and Lee Majorz. Up-and-coming producers Nez & Rio (Schoolboy Q) and Thelonious Martin (Action Bronson) round out the collective, adding even more value to their debut, which is set to drop in the Spring. With their genre-bending production and edgy wordplay, this is one crew you’ll want to keep on your radar. The definition of power in numbers.