The zeitgeist’s thirst for nostalgia has driven otherwise sensible people to dig up some guys who haven’t moved the needle since the late 2000s, but meanwhile, one of the most exciting hip-hop acts of that period are making music like they never left their prime. Chicago duo the Cool Kids, aka rappers Sir Michael Rocks […]
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Alex Banin mixes pop with R&B—and memory with fantasy
Former college fencer Alex Banin uses her debut EP, Did I Imagine, to make peace with her old relationships.
Could DJ Taye make Chicago footwork the biggest music in the world?
The Teklife producer integrates rap so perfectly on his new Still Trippin’ that he could bring footwork to new heights.
Fake Shore Drive founder Andrew Barber on ten years of blogging and the evolution of the Chicago hip-hop scene
Fake Shore Drive has grown alongside Chicago rap, becoming an institution in its own right—and it celebrates its tenth anniversary by reuniting Big Tymers for a show at the Portage.
How Blink-182 gave hip-hop a refreshing Enema
Blink-182 helped connect the mainstream pop-punk of the late 90s to the Soundcloud rap of today.
Rhiannon Giddens, Ron Trent, D.C. blues, and blockchain: music stories from around the Web
The Reader‘s weekly roundup of music journalism that didn’t happen here
The Reader’s guide to Pitchfork afterparties
Pitchfork afterparties: There’s no Bitchpork this year, but there is Rotted Tooth, plus plenty more.
Chance the Rapper drops Acid Rap
Chance the Rapper drops Acid Rap—and it’s going to take him to places he’s only imagined.
DJ and editor Alex Fruchter on leaving Ruby Hornet to focus on Closed Sessions
The man known as DJ RTC: “Curren$y, he sent me an e-mail, just three words: ‘I’m with you.'”
The year in music: Wait, this isn’t over yet?
New free beats from Chuck Inglish and Flosstradamus
The Cool Kids make a break for it
Can their first album, long delayed by legal wrangling, galvanize hip-hop the way their early releases did three years ago?
Freddie Gibbs & Co. Get Some “Oil Money”
The new Gibbs video, plus bonus features
Never Mind the Critics
Here’s what local musicians (and other tastemakers) were listening to in 2009.