On Tuesday (January 17), rap blog Raphousetv2 shared a photoshopped image of his choice for a Mount Rushmore to represent the Windy City’s rap scene. With G Herbo, King Von, Chief Keef and Lil Durkthe post’s caption read: “Is this Chicago/Chiraq Rap Mt.Rushmore valid?”
The responses immediately started pouring in, noting that Chicago heavyweights like Ye, Twista, Common, Lupe Fiasco and more were missing.
“You’re going to have to do an older/newer generation Mt. Rushmore. Because no Ye, Common, Twista & Lupe are nuts,” Fake shore drive‘s Andrew Barber responded. “Also, people need to stop acting like Chance doesn’t belong in this.”
you will need to make an older/newer generation Mt. Rushmore. Because no Ye, Common, Twista & Lupe are nuts.
Also, people need to stop acting like Chance doesn’t belong in this
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) 17 January 2023
“Nah, it’s the practice scene,” another Twitter user replied. “the real one is Ye, Common, Lupe Fiasco & Twista.”
“I don’t care if Kanye says he wants to own slaves, we don’t want to just dismiss his entire body of work. Side note: does G-Herbo even have a hit song???” read another tweet.
Nah, it’s the tease scene, the real one is Ye, Common, Lupe Fiasco & Twista
— 𝓧𝓩 (@SIGMA_KEXXZ) 17 January 2023
I don’t care if Kanye says he wants to own slaves, we’re not going to just dismiss his entire body of work. Side note: does G-Herbo even have a hit song???
— Dom (@Underrated_Dom) 17 January 2023
Both Common and Twista were instrumental in putting Chicago’s music scene on the map in the 1990s. The latter popularized the chopper style of rap – even once holding the Guinness World Record for the fastest English-speaking rapper in the world in 1992 with 598 syllables in 55 seconds.
Common took a more deliberate path, garnering critical acclaim for his vivid storytelling in his lyricism on his 1994 second album, Resurrection. He has won numerous awards in both music and film, including Grammys, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award.
And at the same time, a then budding Kanye West made beats for both rappers along with a host of others before going on to become one of the world’s best-selling music artists with over 160 million records sold. He has won 22 Grammy Awards and 75 nominations, tying with Jay-Z for the most Grammy Awards of any rap artist.
The three are pioneers of the Chicago rap scene, and heralded the subsequent drill hour, which was no doubt led by Chief Keef.
While the viral tweet from the city’s Mount Rushmore could be considered blasphemous to some, it could be considered accurate if it was solely intended to represent the drill scene.
See more responses to the Mount Rushmore debate below:
Is this current? Straight drill? How are you not here?
— Shuteye Thee Trooper (@shuteyeTC) 17 January 2023
see you should have said for new age & old age. because this is chicago rushmore 2010- present but twista, y’all, regular, lupe late 90’s- 08′ rushmore
— ღ (@sauceladrip) 17 January 2023
No Kanye, No Twista, No Brat pic.twitter.com/fLTdibsypX
— Ca$ino (@kanyelilbrother) 17 January 2023
It is blasphemy.
The last place is probably Lupe. With all due respect to Juice, EC Illa, Da Brat and Chance.
Drill music is a completely different thing.
— Sherron Shabazz (@SherronShabazz) 17 January 2023
If we talk more recently, I think it’s good. Sure you could throw Juice Wrld in there, but all the time? It’s missing Kanye, Lupe and Twista.
— jaywzrd (@jaywzrd) 17 January 2023
Kanye, Juice WRLD, Lupe, Chance? I’m not saying they’re my 4, but I’m saying these 4 did more for Chicago music itself than 3 people on this list have even done for Chicago music in general.
— Kidday Hyuga ♉️ (@KiddayFX) 17 January 2023