Loved ones reflect on the loss of partners, parents, siblings, joy givers, caretakers, and secret keepers.
It might seem bizarre to call Lucki the best conscious rapper in Chicago, given that the city is also represented nationally by the likes of Chance the Rapper, Saba, and Common. But hear me out. Conscious rap, which is loosely defined by the social commentary at its core, comes in two clearly identifiable forms: preaching […]
The Nigerian American MC hopes to help support his family by making music—and he’s filled his crew with cousins.
On his new third studio album, All My Heroes Are Cornballs, Brooklyn-born, Baltimore-based hip-hop artist Barrington Devaughn Hendricks, aka JPEGmafia (Peggy for short), offers an escape from the monotony of music that’s restricted by genre. Hendricks dives headfirst into his attention-deficit-fueled opener, “Jesus Forgive Me, I Am a Thot,” which is the album’s most concise […]
“We want to provide an opportunity for these kids to be off the streets during these times, in these neighborhoods.”
Nick Alder and Rae Chardonnay Taylor of Party Noire get to fun by going through respect, safety, community, and empowerment.
Amanda Harth and Runwayaddicts have set up a space to talk about how our city does fashion differently.
Baltimore rapper TT the Artist brings her high-energy set to the Black queer space of Renaissance One on Thursday.
With the May release of her unflinching debut, Shea Butter Baby (Dreamville), D.C. native Ari Lennox establishes herself as a vital voice in contemporary R&B. On album opener “Chicago Boy,” she muses about a guy she meets by chance in a Chicago CVS and the sexual escapades that ensue: “Might, might bend it over / […]
Brittney Carter thought she was just writing poems. Her classmates at Young Chicago Authors heard a great rapper in the making—and the rest of the city’s scene is starting to agree.
Christian JaLon performs at the Jazz Festival this Thursday and celebrates her new EP next month at Subterranean.
A former student goes back to visit.
Three Reader writers hash out the highs and lows of the Summer Smash, which showcased a young rap scene that’s innovating a vital new sound but also celebrating alleged abusers.
“I write, I act, and I try to do more with my photos than just capture moments.”
Dancers, DJs, and graffiti artists celebrated out in the open, not in train tunnels.