Pusha T and Rapsody, alongside WNBA star Liz Cambage, encouraged student-athletes to chase their musical dreams at adidas Legacy's “World’s Best Career Day.”
Despite not releasing an album since 2006, everyday hip-hop discourse still includes OutKast. From ill-advised comparisons to an emerging duo to flimsy rumors of a long-awaited André 3000 solo record, to well-deserved celebrations of their past work, the legendary Atlanta duo remains relevant.
Weeks following the release of “Virgo” – one of the most stripped-down and tense records in Atmosphere’s expansive catalog – the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed the planet could reach a point of catastrophic effects from global warming by 2030.
Producer and rapper Montana Macks appreciates an overlooked era of Chicago hip-hop.
Sen Morimoto’s been a real force to be reckoned with in Chicago music recently. The Kyoto, Japan-born rapper/singer/producer/saxophonist moved to Chicago from western Massachusetts in 2014 and almost immediately fell into a rich pool of musical talent.
Before officially joining forces in late 2016 as AIR CREDITS, The Hood Internet and SHOWYOUSUCK were already two of Chicago’s most innovative and unique artists. The Hood Internet (Steve Reidell and Aaron Brink, famous for their mash-ups) and rapper SHOWYOUSUCK (Clinton Sandifer) are a natural pairing.
Evidence’s latest LP, Weather or Not, is one of the year’s first great albums. The L.A. indie-rap vet remains as consistent as they come, and his third full-length is 40-minutes of pure, unadulterated boom bap production, textbook in-the-pocket flows and a stream of quick-witted punchlines. However, Ev digs a little deeper on his first solo LP in seven years, as he worked on the project while his girlfriend (and mother of his child) battled cancer.
“I’m growing as a person. I’m growing as an MC,” Chicago rapper, photographer, and filmmaker Jovan Landry, who raps under the mononym Jovan, says outside of a Wicker Park bar where she’s just wrapped a lively set. She released her fourth album, Growth, at the end of October, and she’s speaking about the title’s relevance.
Eminem’s “The Storm” freestyle has shaken hip-hop to its core, so we decided to look back at past moments when Slim Shady got political.
Popular stand up comic Hannibal Buress is planning on crossing over to music with a new album, according to his DJ and friend. Buress will team up with his Handsome Rambler podcast co-host DJ Tony Trimm for a new record with original songs (as opposed to his standup albums). Details are scarce at the moment, but it is expected to be released later on in the year.
If you’ve paid any attention to the Chicago hip-hop scene since 2013, you’ve probably come across west side native ShowYouSuck in some way. While he may not have the national accolades as rappers such as Chance the Rapper, Noname, Saba or G Herbo, he has consistently released popular songs and projects, booked shows at large venues and performed at notable music festivals.
Ash Wednesday is one of the most fearless rappers within Chicago’s expansive rap scene. Hailing from Ankeny, Iowa, Ash immersed herself into Chicago hip-hop by attending weekly open mics and accepting a cold invitation onstage at a C-Rayz Walz show. Ash’s first time rapping onstage came when the Bronx rapper asked her to freestyle with him after he saw her rapping to herself in the crowd. She has been relentlessly rocking stages ever since with her unique swagger and wordplay.
Chicago rapper Saba has accomplished more in the last few weeks than most rappers do in their entire careers. Watch Saba speak with Zach (Goose) Gase about his recent appearance on "Colbert" alongside Chance the Rapper.