DR*G PARTY – [Vela Seff]

It always amazes me how incredible the Chicago underground music scene is, and even after getting away from certain artists’ music for one reason or another, I always get sucked back in, but you’re not going to hear me complaining even slightly about that. When thinking of local legends like BIGBODYFIJI, Jose Franco, and others, they bring me back to a time years ago when they’re all I was bumping, and I couldn’t stop telling my friends all about them. One of the many names that I was always listening to was Vela Seff, a talented artist who has been making waves in the local scene for years, yet he still doesn’t even get close to the amount of recognition he deserves.

While I have gotten away from his music in recent history for no reason other than my busy schedule, when he direct messaged me and told me about his Jose Franco-shot music video for his song “DR*G PARTY”, I was drawn right back in. This song comes off of his project First Round Pick, and while I need to make time to go back and listen through this tape, I couldn’t help but write about this song itself. Beginning with a MAXXKRUGERR-produced instrumental, there are some pungent kick drums that combine with crisp percussion and a soothing vocal sample that comes together for a tempo that’s along the lines of the flourishing New York City drill scene, and Vela goes crazy over this beat.

As he spits, he almost seems to catch himself off guard intentionally, giving us a ton of impactful bars that he breathes heavily through. His delivery almost reminds me of his fellow Chicago counterparts Valee and Lucki who use a similar style, although he seems to incorporate a bit more enthusiasm into his lines in order to perfectly differentiate himself and stand out amongst the crowd. The visual is fairly simplistic and contains a homemade, lo-fi aesthetic as he and his homies vibe out to the soothing track, and it’s something you’re not going to want to miss out on if you’re a fan of the constantly growing Chicago music scene, so make sure you take some time and peep “DR*G PARTY” so you don’t miss out on some of the most inventive music in the Windy City.