Anyone following drill has their eyes on Timo. With work dating back to 2016, rapper Timo is a Chicago native part of the post-Chief Keef era of drill. He has never stopped applying pressure from his beginnings and clearly has his sights set on real rap money. After amassing a collection of street anthems and millions of views, Timo is now signed to Lil Durk‘s record label OTF.

Origin story

Timo interview with 16 ShotEm Visualz

    Timo is from “39th Murdatown” in Chicago, a community of apartments in the south side of the city (Wentworth Gardens). This section belongs mostly to Gangster Disciples but is known to be cliqued up with Black Disciple neighborhoods like Lamron, O’block, and Front$treet. These gangs are the most well known in the city due to drill’s popularity explosion in 2012 caused by Chief Keef.

    The street politics in Chicago force divisiveness amongst local artist’s careers. Many rappers cannot work with others because of the gun violence, and almost everyone is involved in that drama. Luckily for Timo, his neighborhood has good history with every area in Chicago with huge listenership and financial success in music.

Google Street View showing the Wentworth Garden apartments (“Murdatown”) near 38th St. and South Princeton Ave

Timo’s Musical Effort

    The quality of everything Timo is doing has been increasing over the years. From the quality of his videos, to his lyricism, flow and confidence- Timo is working hard for his 15 minutes of fame. He is methodical and consistent with how he depicts himself in his music, in order to build an image for the fans to look forward too.

    There are some things we can assume about his lyrical content before listening, given that we are talking about drill music. Timo is deeply entrenched in the gang drama of Chicago. His rapping is an epic and sometimes emotional series of accounts pertaining to that lifestyle, far from unusual for drill.

“Kill Switch” is one of Timo’s most popular songs, currently sitting at 1.65 million views

Put your ass in a blender, smoke who really want it? Private jet, smoking dead opps, Melly really smoking

Timo on “Kill Switch”

Drugs, Guns, and Glock Switches

News release about Glock switches popping up in Chicago (from WGN news)

    In his videos, you will often see him sweating profusely and dancing in a robotic manner typical of MDMA. This is no speculation, however. Like with many modern Chicago rappers, ecstasy tablets are a huge part of the life and music for Timo. Many artists rap about their need for them, but for Timo they are just fun. Cough syrup and Oxycodone pills are also a common theme.

    Timo’s videos are famous for containing dozens of guns, from pistols to assault rifles. You won’t go through two Timo videos without seeing a hand cannon and chopper multiple times, with accessories to boot. Most videos don’t contain disclaimers regarding prop guns, which has been a damning factor for artists in the past. Something somewhat unique to Timo’s music is his love for the Glock switch: This is a tiny accessory made for Glock brand pistols that is configured into the slide, turning it to a fully automatic machine pistol.

The sequel to “Kill Switch” is currently at 700,000 views.

“Everytime I see an opp, get on my bully (woah woah), any Glock I get i’m turning that bitch to a fully (woah woah)”

Timo on “Kill Switch 2”

Fame / OTF Signing

    Timo’s hard work finally culminated to him being signed to OTF in 2020, making him the most recent artist on Lil Durk’s drill label (one of the most important outlets in the genre). Some of the rappers labelmates now include talents like King Von, Memo600, Jusblow, and Booka600. Timo capitalized on his fresh signing limelight and quickly released a video-accompanied single on OTF: “No Auto Timmy” happens to be his first WorldStar-hosted single, a huge milestone for any rapper.

Timo’s most recent banger on OTF “No Auto Timmy” (April 2020, 459,000 views) is titled after a Lil Durk anthem “No Auto Durk” (2019, 45 million views)

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Timo’s dancing GIF / meme, details about his gangland rivalries + more.