Pivot Gang cofounder John Walt is memorialized in Saba’s Care for Me—and by an arts nonprofit that bears his name, which holds its flagship concert fund-raiser this weekend.
By showing love to potential stars as well as certified sensations, hip-hop outlet Lyrical Lemonade has built a community alongside its brand.
The Vic screens the Wax Trax! Records documentary before it’s even finished, Chicago expat Alex Wiley returns to headline a hip-hop party at the Promontory, and more.
In June rumors spread that Kembe X had signed with TDE—and even though he didn’t, you should still listen to his new album, Talk Back.
For years Monster Mike has been contributing to Chicago hip-hop as part of two promising young crews, but he comes into his own on his new mixtape.
A dozen Chicago artists make their Riot Fest debuts this year. How did we pick just five? Completely arbitrarily!
The soul-heavy single “Me Time” is one of the finer moments from the producer’s new debut full-length.
Wiley is one of seven Chicagoans up for the coveted final spot on XXL‘s forthcoming eighth annual “Freshman class” issue.
Six Reader music writers share their favorites from 2014 with year-end lists that do more than just put the same records in a different order.
Funk Trunk Records opens in Rogers Park, Stefan Ponce brings a hip-hop who’s who to the East Room, and more.
Scion AV drops a five-song release from the Village collective member, which features Alex Wiley and Ab-Soul.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Thursday, June 19
Four of the rising rappers XXL put on its seventh-annual “Freshman cover” are from Chicago—and they’ve been in the Reader before.
Five honors students from Chicago rap’s freshman class: Alex Wiley, Saba, Spenzo, Taylor Bennett, and ZMoney
Music headliners at CIMMfest 2014 include Yo La Tengo and Goblin soundtracking Suspiria.