Zack Stoner, who was shot to death, documented every unseen corner of Chicago hip-hop.
Black Pegasus owner Marc Davis talks about how his microlabel managed to release two tracks from the sessions for Common’s 1992 debut, Can I Borrow a Dollar?
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.
Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins is ending his deal with Brooklyn indie label Cinematic, and he’s self-released two EPs that demonstrate where he’s going next.
Sage, the 64th Wonder was a promising Chicago rapper, but when he lost his creative thread he made the leap to become Lunxch—whose debut single, “Breathe,” dropped last week.
On the new “Grown,” queer rapper Lin-Z makes her peace with the physical and mental fatigue that comes with holding together an adult life.
Do you think you’ve listened to every important Chicago hip-hop release this year? Tony Cartel, Lulu Be, Backwood Jones, Legit, and Malci bet you haven’t.
Supa Bwe’s recent Saba-assisted single, “Down Comes the Spaceman,” demonstrates why he could break big with the new Finally Dead.
Pivot Gang cofounder Joseph Chilliams released his debut, Henry Church, in August, after months of career highs and personal lows—including the death of friend and collaborator Dinner With John.
Four of the eight tracks on the new Warhol.SS EP have hit Soundcloud’s “new and hot” chart in the past week.
Mulatto Beats and Qari began collaborating six years and two hip-hop groups ago, and they show how well they get each other on “Good to Lose.”
On Friday at the Portage Theater, rising local rapper Duffle Bag Buru plays a big summer showcase for Lyrical Lemonade, a powerful voice for the newest wave of Chicago hip-hop.
Phoelix coproduced two of the best Chicago hip-hop releases of 2016, but he saved plenty of magic for his own new debut EP.
Zmoney sounds just as larger-than-life on the new “Getn Rich” as he did when he broke out in 2013.
Thelonious Martin drops a collection of instrumentals to celebrate the life of peerless producer J Dilla.