I got an e-mail from a rapper the other day, I opened and read it (Public Enemy reference, FYI), it said: “Hi my name is Calez and i’m not a struggle rapper.”*

After laughing, I got to the part where Calez mentioned his crew Brkf$t Club; the formal collaboration of MCs out of Chicago that are part of a larger collective called 2008ighties. The name was already familiar and true to his words, Calez and the rest of his clique (Julian Malone, Fonz-E Mak, Legit, Johnny St. Cloud, UG and Sani) are from struggle rappers (and producers). They possess clean flows and a taste for fresh beats while their youthful exuberance on the mic feels like they’re spitting for the love, rather than a quick check. Peep Brkf$t Club’s video for “The Fellowship,” which samples Grizzly Bear (if you’re into those sort of tunes), below or download it here. Peep 2008ighties’ YouTube channel to hear more of their music now because with eyes on Chi-Town Hip-Hop, you certainly will hear more later.

Also, try to keep the inevitable Odd Future comparisons to yourself.

P.S. This tactic will not work again. The Brkf$t Club is nice, you struggle rappers, not so much.


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