During the second iteration of COMMON canvas, bodies circled around a center point: a pile of clothes in an upstage corner. For a moment, the pile of clothes moved, as if to take a breath, and the bodies around it held still. The performance, which Chicago dance artist and current Hubbard Street member Alysia L. […]
In Brian Coleman’s liner notes for the 2010 Get On Down reissue of Common’s Resurrection, producer No I.D. (aka Dion Wilson) talked about his early collaborator, the Twilite Tone, who was also Common’s DJ. Specifically he credited Tone, born Anthony Khan, for helping catalyze the growth of Chicago’s hip-hop community in the late 80s and […]
Soul Train veteran and Attack of the Boogie host Andrew Kitchen celebrates the reissue of his dance show’s 1984 theme song.
The Chicago-based documentary flips the script on the white savior story.
The Year of Chicago Music has had less music in it than anybody anticipated, but we still have plenty to celebrate.
Veteran rapper and activist Rhymefest remembers an all-star festival by and for the community.
Hip-hop activist Jamie “J. Milla” Sevier dies at 47, and Well Yells drops a new darkwave album that trafficks in the sonics of isolation.
An oral history of DJ Jesse de la Peña’s foundational Blue Groove Lounge hip-hop night, on the occasion of its belated 25th birthday parties
Each of these reissues helps unfold a different chapter in the rich narrative of the Chicago hip-hop scene.
Darrell “Artistic” Roberts of Chi-ROCK Nation has worked to document Chicago hip-hop culture for more than three decades—and now he’s finally publishing a book.
Inspired by the release of John Wick: Chapter 3, we present five of the best choreographed films ever made.
This summer’s Highland Park highlights include Queen Latifah, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan, Kesha, T.I., Buddy Guy, Jennifer Hudson, and Lyle Lovett.
Crisp but comfortable is key.
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?
Rising rapper Vic Mensa considers his old Hyde Park neighborhood home, even though gentrification has killed his favorite hangouts.