The Boy Illinois f/ Trae Tha Truth & Twista “Black Male”

If you slept on this song in the summer, now’s the time to wake up.

The Boy Illinois links up with Twista in the hometown and Trae Tha Truth in his out in Houston for the new “Black Male” video — a crispy, fast-paced visual to match the break-neck pace of the song itself.

As I alluded to over the summer, even with the esteemed guest stars, Illi was the brightest star of ’em all.

I stand by that even though, again, Trae and Twista kill it. Maybe it’s the Sting in the rafters line that gives Illi the slight edge. But you simply can’t not appreciate some vintage Twista to close the song too. Trae sounds perfect in the middle and C.O.O.P. also kills it on the production, allowing for each rapper to flex their skill one right after another.

The video has its variety of scenes and plenty of eye candy throughout, but lowkey the slept on shots of the video are the early downtown looks with Illi. These landmarks seem obvious to capture, but are oddly not seen in any Chicago rap videos that I can think of. At least not like this, so the hometown pride beams. Watch, take it all in, and enjoy!

The Yer Tape drops on Tuesday so get ready for that too…