What: Music originally made to soundtrack loose-limbed, hard-angled, elbow-throwing dances burning up the Chicago streets — think a mix of vintage popping and mime. Bop is essentially highly melodic hip-hop that owes equally to the Auto-Tuned melodies of Atlanta and the YouTube-traded repetition of the Chicago underground. It originally exploded around 2011; but steady attention from hipster websites and sonic similarities to cultural sensations like Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" and Silentó's "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" have kept it pumping far beyond the Chi.
Who's Doing It: Sicko Mobb, MBE, Stunt Taylor
Key Track: Sicko Mobb's "Kool-Aid" brags about keeping a rifle with a laser, but its sugary sweet melody could have come straight from keening early Sixties R&B.
Crossover Chances: Sicko Mobb are signed to RCA, who is banking on their candy-coated alien croon. Stranger things have happened.