If you need an introduction to Defcee, you haven’t been paying attention to underground hip-hop in Chicago. The rapper had a banner year in 2021, thanks to three collaborative releases that nudged him further into the national spotlight: June’s We Dressed the City With Our Names, a collaboration with beat maker August Fanon; September’s Sunday […]
Rappers Klevah Knox and TRUTH, known collectively as Mother Nature, have worked tirelessly to ascend through the Chicago scene over the past few years. COVID-19 threw a gigantic roadblock in their path—the same way it did for almost anyone who isn’t a billionaire using a society-shifting pandemic to get billions of dollars richer—but the duo’s […]
Hip-hop site Ruby Hornet throws its first show in years, Lumpen Radio teams up with Sonorama for a bumping Día de los Muertos party, and more.
Before the Chicago hip-hop label Closed Sessions released Jones’s Cocoons, he talked to the Reader at length about bugs, his high school speech team, and finding his voice.
Eclipse viewing parties at the Adler Planetarium and more Chicago spots on August 21
Thoughtful young Evanston rapper and producer Kweku Collins celebrates a great freshman year at Closed Sessions with the release of his first album.
There’s a link between Hibernation, the new EP by Closed Sessions producer Boathouse, and Kanye West’s seventh album.
The young Evanston MC follows a string of thoughtful, promising tracks with a show at Subterranean.