SOUTH SHORE — Drill rapper Mello Buckzz welcomed Grammy nominee Latto to South Shore this weekend to film a music video for an upcoming remix to Buckzz’s local hit, “Mouskatool.”
Buckzz previewed the collaboration in an Instagram post Saturday showing her and Latto rapping on the corner of 79th Street and Essex Avenue with a crowd of supporters.
In the video, Buckzz and Latto share an unreleased verse for a “Mouskatool” remix.
The original version of “Mouskatool,” which dropped in February, features Buckzz and fellow Chicago rappers Amari Blaze, Moni Da G and Kashh Mirr.
“I had ended up hitting up Moni because me and her already was supposed to do something together; Kashh because I just think she’s a hard-ass female rapper … and then Amari, she going crazy too,” she told Illanoize Radio’s Issa New Wave Show last month. “On top of that, these is the girls who always support me.”
The original “Mouskatool” was highlighted Wednesday on Pitchfork as the site’s “must-hear rap song of the day.” The single references and samples a popular segment from the kids’ show “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.”
Mello Buckzz started rapping in 2020 after spending time in studios with her brothers and friends, she told the Issa New Wave Show. She’s an Over East native who counts rapper G Herbo, who named his son Essex after the street, among her early supporters.
Georgia-raised Latto, who is known for her chart-topping hit “Big Energy,” was nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy Awards. She opened for Lizzo at the United Center in October, and they’ll return to the United Center for a May 17 concert.
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