Montana of 300

Sept. 23
5 p.m.

More and more rap fans are beginning to believe Chicago’s notorious “drill music” is dead. But then there’s Montana of 300. The Windy City MC has emerged as a street rapper who’s built to last, with an impressive craftsmanship that distances him from the narcotized mumbles of Chief Keef and the blunt barks of Fredo Santana. In 2014, Montana rocketed to internet fame with his instantly legendary version of Nicki Minaj and G Herbo’s “Chi-Raq,” his voice escalating in intensity while his lines connected in memorable ways: “Put the 9 to ’em with the long clip, DeAndre Jordan.” (Look that one up on Rap Genius if you have to.) The 27-year-old’s original material, too, is best when he’s in attack mode and/or conveying the pain and struggle that’s associated with his native Chicago these days. He’s also potent when working with Auto-Tune and Fetty Wap-esque hooks, giving his records an array of different sounds. After one solo tape and a joint project with fellow Chicagoan Talley of 300, Montana dropped his debut album in May, the nearly 80-minute Fire in the Church, featuring Baton Rouge superstar Kevin Gates on “Goonies.” 15+.