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"Young Giftz f/ Tree "Nino" — 25 Songs That Should Have ... - Complex"

Tree was one of Chicago hip-hop's big secrets in 2012, an old soul and man-out-of-time with impeccable lo-fi production chops and a distinctive rapper's rapper voice. Young Giftz, on the other hand, is a technical virtuouso crack rapper with East Side Chicago origins. Together, the two made a dynamic tag-team on "Nino," with Tree's chopped-church music production and unforgettable chorus balanced by Giftz's dense syllable play. - Complex

"Giftz ft King Louie & Rockie Fresh - "F*ck Em All""

As the frequent news coverage indicates, you’d better be tough to make it out of the cold Chicago streets. Giftz, King Louie, and Rockie Fresh, each tell their survivor stories on “Fuck ‘Em All.” The self-explanatory track benefits from Giftz’ energetic verse, which stands out even when surrounded by Chi-Town star power. “Fuck ‘Em All” is the first single from Giftz’ upcoming mixtape Position Of Power which drops in August.

Read more: - The Smoking Section

"FSD Feature: Giftz Raps"

Ask any of Giftz’s friends what sets him apart and they will say lyricism. “He paints pictures that no one can really match with his lyrical ability.” “It’s the emphasis on rap. His flow, and punchlines… bar delivery… grittiness…” “What’s making [him] stand out is the traditional rap. You’re hearing lyrics.”

Ask his 19-year-old brother, Kyle, and he won’t tell you anything. Kyle has cerebral palsy. He is nonverbal due to brain damage that, among other things, affects muscle control and his oral motor functioning. He has a limited monosyllabic vocabulary, and his brother is arguably the best rapper in Chicago.

Brandon Graham aka Giftz, 22, never thought about it like that before. He’s a selfless person and it shows, on a day like October 16, when Giftz makes a joke on Twitter at 7:48am (“Im about to go buy a paper and drink coffee…like a real nigga”), he’s just completed a morning routine that very few people his age have to go through.

Depending on their mom’s work schedule, occasionally, Brandon has to bathe his brother. He helps him get dressed, feeds him, and puts him on the bus for school.

There’s a famous story in the Bible about Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. Jesus said, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand… Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him” (New International Version, John. 13.1-17). Giftz understands this and it makes him one of the most considerate people you will ever meet.

Ask any of Giftz’s friends what sets him apart and they will say integrity. “When you listen to him, you get that feeling like, ‘I actually believe what he’s saying in his music.’” “What he rappin’ about is how he livin’… it’s not like he fakin’ nothin’.” “Because I know he’s not lying in his music, that’s ‘hip hop’ to me.”

If indeed it’s all true, Giftz has trafficked cocaine, cooked crack, made thousands of dollars selling drugs, and he might be carrying a gun. “I don’t really make the music for people that don’t [sell drugs],” he says. “I appreciate them if they listen to it, but that music is basically for motherfuckers that wake up in the morning… take some cocaine and put it in a pot and whip it up, you know what I mean?”

A lot of us don’t, but it doesn’t seem to matter. Giftz’s first solo mixtape, The Lake Effect, was released on Fake Shore Drive on October 24, 2011. It was shared on Twitter over 1000 times. Lake Effect 1.5 was released in August 2012 and has 3200 views on The Tom Brady EP has over 6400 views on DatPiff.

More so than artists in any other musical genre, rappers juxtapose integrity with glorification. You want to be truthful and describe real-life experiences, but if those experiences have a negative connotation, like death and drugs, you don’t want to glorify them i.e. encourage young people to take the same path. Giftz acknowledges there’s a fine line. He doesn’t apologize for his actions, but he isn’t foolish enough to defend them either. He embraces ambivalence.

Kids like me, the new hustlers, were going through something strange and twisted and had a crazy story to tell. And we needed to hear our story told back to us, so maybe we could start to understand it ourselves…

I wanted to tell stories and boast, to entertain and to dazzle with creative rhymes, but every thing I said had to be rooted in the truth of that experience. I owed it to all the hustlers I met or grew up with who didn’t have a voice to tell their own stories – and to myself.”

-Jay-Z, Decoded


"How local rapper Young Giftz improved his already great tune "Nino""

One of the best local rap tracks that dropped last year was "Nino," a tune that up-and-comer Young Giftz made with soul trap originator Tree; Giftz has an easygoing and playful flow that's a great match for Tree's grainy voice and wobbly, lean, and captivating production. It's a hell of a song, and I wasn't sure it could be improved upon until Giftz dropped a "Nino" remix yesterday—turns out all he had to do was make the song about twice as long and snag features from Save Money's Joey Purp, Kami de Chukwu, Dally Auston, Brain Fresco, and Caleb James. Now the track has a snide jab at Rick Ross's controversial lyrics about rape from "U.O.E.N.O.," shout-outs to Ida B. Wells and the Low End, and a tasteful touch of Auto-Tune. It's a great remix and a great time to drop it as the eyes and ears of the listening public outside of Chicago are getting tuned into local rap that isn't confined to the drill sound, and the remix has some of the scene's shining stars. Stream the "Nino" remix (via Fake Shore Drive) and check out the video for the original tune below. - Chicago Reader


Still working on that hot first release.



A very busy 2013 looks to be another big year for Giftz. The time has finally come for him to drop his first full length project since 2011's The Lake Effect, entitled Position of Power... Buzz as been building around the project since last year when FakeShoreDrive named it one of the "20 Projects We’re Anticipating In 2013" ...

Giftz made sure to keep the buzz going & name hot in the streets by leaking new tracks...
One Time ft. YP

Nino Remix featuring Tree & Save Money Army which has already been called the "remix of the year" by some...


"Go" featuring Lil Herb

Also 2 videos, "Death Wish"
prod by Thelonious Martin &
Dir by Davy Greenberg

as well as

"Money Makin' Mitch" ft Freddie Gibbs
Dir by Will Gates