James Samuels (born May 21, 1995), better known by his stage name Dreadrock, is an American rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, businessman, and record producer. Born and raised on the Westside of Chicago, Dreadrock first started his music career in 2011. He began recording rap lyrics off his iPhone as an outlet to voice his emotions of battling trauma on the streets. 


During the summer of 2012, Dreadrock had a quick turnout in the group 2tu, but enough to record songs like Loud Pack and Real Niggas, including the song Getting Cash feat. Jbar.


His love for music only continued to grow, thus bringing the trials and tribulations of his life from paper to the stage. This led to the release of the Mixtape Swervgang in 2012. 






Lil Shit World was Dreadrock’s first professional mixtape released in 2013, with songs like On My Back and Fo Show on the tracklist. In 2014 Dreadrock dropped Tme x Swergang mixtape.  

From 2013 to 2016, Dreadrock was a member of the Swervgang, a hip-hop group from Chicago. His solo career began in 2015. Dreadrock teamed up with UK producers THLS & MaksBro in 2015 having worked on songs like Waited my Time, Warzone, and Too Many. 

On April 22, 2019, he founded Swervnation, a Chicago based hip hop record label . (www.swervnation.com) The goal is to assist undisovered and  under compensated rappers to have a voice and outlet.

In 2020 Dreadrock released two albums: BornBroke2, a follow-on from Dreadrock’s  2018 record ‘BornBroke’.   On the album by Dreadrock, Lil’ B (BasedGod)  participates with the song Pass.

The second album that dropped in 2020 was RocketPower2, his fifth album. The album brings a mix of flow with banging hooks bringing back that 2017 aesthetic of drill sound by RocketPower, the Dreadrock’s debut album.


You Can Whatever is one of the tracks on Dreadrock’s new album RocketPower2. The song brings a mix of flow with banging hooks bringing back that drill sound.


Pass by Dreadrock ft. Lil B ( BasedGod) from the album RocketPower2.

On December 1st of 2021, Dreadrock was the featured artist alongside Katie Got Bandz at the Forge, hosted by Steve @exclusive773 & spun by DJ Shon @worldfamousdjshon

In August 2022, Dreadrock released Sawervinglanes3. This is the follow-up to Swervinlanes, released in 2016, and Swervinlanes2, released in January 2020. Dreadrock’s sixth album contains 12 songs, including From Where I Started and Thots ft. Peso Peso.

This Year, dropped on October 15, 2021, which landed 135 on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts.


"Mile High Minute:" Growing up on the West Side of Chicago
Dreadrock Interview "It all Started on the LEX"
Street Newz Tv 1/3
Street Newz Tv 2/3
Street Newz Tv 3/3
“Kush and Coffee Podcast” (Part 1)
“Kush and Coffee Podcast” (Part 2)
“Kush and Coffee Podcast” (Part 3)





GOT BACK (2018)



BORNBROKE2 ( 2020)


LEX BLOCK EP ( 2021)


Chicago rapper Dreadrock