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 […]
Femdot’s nonprofit, Delacreme Scholars, has run the Scholars Slide By to deliver groceries to hundreds of people in need this summer.
Over the past few years, Chicago hip-hop duo Mother Nature have become so thoroughly embedded in several overlapping scenes that it could feel like they were always playing a show. And when the weather heated up, they sometimes got gigs bigger than any one scene: Subterranean booked them for Wicker Park Fest twice in a […]
Each of these reissues helps unfold a different chapter in the rich narrative of the Chicago hip-hop scene.
About six months before rapper-producer Kevin Abstract launched wildly popular hip-hop boy band Brockhampton in early 2015, he dropped his debut mixtape, MTV1987. Abstract had tapped a few guests to contribute vocals, including an aspiring pop artist from Chicago’s west suburbs named Jack Larsen—that’s him singing the sublime hook for “27.” Larsen has since joined […]
The Maypole Folk Festival builds a big tent, the Goldstars lead a crowded tribute to R&B icon Andre Williams, and more.
Local punks Droids Blood add new variety to their dark, deranged hardcore, DJ Kool Hersh drops the expansive mix Attack of the Chicago Boogie, and more.
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.
Zmoney sounds just as larger-than-life on the new “Getn Rich” as he did when he broke out in 2013.
With her video for “Holy,” soul singer Jamila Woods demonstrates how to show love for your community as well as for yourself.
Scientific Art + Karaoke, MAC & Cheese Cook-Off, and more happenings from March 24-26
Closed Sessions cofounders Alex Fruchter and Michael Kolar went into 2016 viewing it as a make-or-break year. Well, not only did the young hip-hop imprint put out two full-lengths that helped define the local scene during a period when Chicago’s hip-hop community made itself well-known nationally—that’d be Kweku Collins’s Nat Love and Jamila Woods’s Heavn—but […]
Eighteen-year-old Ravyn Lenae is more spellbinding on the new Midnight Moonlight than some of Mamby’s headliners have been in years.
ShowYouSuck builds on his omnivorous hip-hop with the Hood Internet collaboration Air Credits and the JBTV show Good Luck Hunting.