My job is awesome because it lets me travel, and everywhere I go, I ask the locals to name the song guaranteed to get the party moving in their city that's virtually unheard of anywhere else. Throw on "Southside" in Houston and you might just start a riot. Put that song on in New York City and you'll only get blank stares. Play some Mac Dre in the Bay Area and you'll be loved forever. Mac Dre in Philly? Not so much.
Chicago's absolutely exploding with hip-hop talent right now, so I thought it'd be the perfect place to start this series with green-label. I asked every Chicago native I could convince to talk to me, added up the most popular answers, and came up with some jams only a real Chi native would know and love. From Bump J to White Boy and yes, even that Kanye West guy, it's all here.