There have been many renaissance moments in American history, but one of the most intriguing movements budding in the 21st century isn't progressing in the streets of Harlem, it's reigning from the Windy City.
Chicago's Hip-Hop Renaissance has swept the nation virtually overnight, and everyone is now wondering if Chicago will be the next city to reign hip-hop.
There have been so many great artists from Chicago, but never has there been a movement of Chicagoan artists emerging from the streets at the same damn time.
Out of all the artists mentioned, Chief Keef is undoubtedly the most recognizable of Chicago's budding music scene with his smash hit "I Don't Like."
His "I Don't Like" video boasts over 7 million YouTube views, and is an in-depth look into the life of a teenager reigning from Chicago's toughest neighborhoods.
Citing that his mother is the one who introduced him to hip-hop, Chief Keef is taking the music industry by storm with co-signs and inquiries from the likes of Kanye West and Birdman.
The 16-year-old rapper often dismisses the 16 years he's been on the planet, and refers to his age as being "300."
Besides the interesting fact that Chief Keef recently got off house arrest and is the father of an adorable baby girl, Chief Keef's charismatic, bad ass, yet oddly innocent demeanor, make him one of the most likeable new rappers in the game.
Chicago's gritty music scene, often referred to as "drill" music, represents the thousands of residents who are dealing with the crime war taking over Chicago's Southside.
The most fascinating thing about Chicago's hip-hop renaissance is the loyalty, camaraderie, respect, and support each artist has for their fellow Chicago talent.
If you're looking for neighborhood drama between these Chicago rappers, you won't find it here.
Most of these artists featured have worked together on numerous projects, or at least know each other in passing.
Wondering how street rappers like King Louie from "Dro City" can kick it with the more eclectic sort of hipster talent powerhouse like Treated Crew? Well, many of them either went to school together, or are virtually from the same hoods.
Check out the hottest 13 rappers reigning from Chicago in the gallery above and find out all the details on the next few pages!