Chicago architecture goes underground....in hip-hop videos

September 24, 2010

I remain impressed by the way Chicago rap artists unashamedly use the city's architecture in their videos.

Last time I spoke on the subject, I showed videos by top tier acts like Common and Kanye West. Today we kick it off with an underground track, "Spit that Fire" by ILL Clicks Militia, featuring Big Hook & Lay Low. The lyrics are not for younger or more sensitive listeners, but the use of architecture in the video is the business. Mies van der Rohe's 860/880 Lake Shore Drive, the Lake Street EL, the highrises of River North, Willis Tower, Wrigley Building, the LaSalle Street canyon, Trump Tower and more whiz by amid the beats and the rhyme. And was that the Hubbard Street Cave and a Blue Line stop on the Eisenhower? Nice. And that's 's just the first minute and a half.