Chicago Rapper Hunnid Attempts to Bridge Dancehall and ‘Back That Ass Up’

Chicago rapper Hunnid brings together dancehall and rap in 'Buss That' (Image: Courtesy of Hunnid)

Chicago has been in the spotlight lately as poet Eve Ewing was tapped to write Marvel’s Ironheart, Chance the Rapper continues to flourish in his career, and its mayor, Rahm Emanuel, decided not to run for another term. Now, rapper Hunnid is aiming to stake a claim in Chicago’s legacy.


His new single, “Buss That,” which is produced by Mantra, bridges the dancehall with rap. But while the beat rides and could easily make a listener want to move, Hunnid’s voice leaves something to be desired. Whether it’s not having a strong voice or a lack of presence, Hunnid will need to step it up in future tracks to make a mark.

In a press statement, Hunnid spoke about the inspiration behind the song: “This record has so many elements to it technically and creatively,” he said. “The foundation of the record is afro-beat based but was inspired by Lil Wayne ‘Back That Ass Up’ [author’s note: this song is actually by Juvenile but features Lil Wayne and Mannie Fresh] with a touch of other 90’s hit music. The above influences helped to create something truly unique but an easy/enjoyable listen to anyone.”

It’s almost there, but not quite yet.

Victoria Johnson
Freelance entertainment and politics writer. 1/2 of the #NerdsOnHipHop podcast. I'm also known to dabble in photography and graphic design.

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