Chicagoans don’t need an excuse to talk about house music, but when the biggest pop star in the world drops a record indebted to house, you can expect more than just a conversation. Beyoncé’s Renaissance has effectively evangelized for this Chicago-born sound since the album came out in July, not least because she shaped it […]
Rapper and poet Mykele Deville signs on as the Hideout’s new booker, ghetto-house pioneer DJ Deeon makes his debut for the Teklife label, and more.
The pandemic kept us from celebrating the likes of Lil Durk and King Von the way they should’ve been—on a sweaty dance floor.
Social distancing can’t stop the beat for this beloved Chicago festival.
Some of the biggest names in ghetto house, juke, and footwork played for free at a relaxed party and cookout in Dolton Park.
Our culture generally doesn’t consider 22nd anniversaries especially momentous, but I’ll take any excuse to see some of the most important figures in footwork, juke, and ghetto-house history—and that’s exactly who DJ Clent has brought together for this year’s Litnic, a daylong picnic that celebrates the 22nd anniversary of his label and collective, Beatdown House. […]
Psych-pop group Roommate play their first Chicago show in more than two years, DJ Clent spins at another giant juke, footwork, and ghetto-house blowout, and more.
Chicago footwork producer DJ Clent celebrates his 38th on Saturday with a Throwback Juke Party that features some of the best producers in underground-house history.
Boylan and Pranas’s “Pick It Up” samples the latest smash single from lightning-rod Chicago rapper Famous Dex.
Chicago rapper Chris Crack breaks a yearlong silence with a single 36-minute track, DJ Paypal invites ghetto-house innovator Jana Rush to East Room, and more.
Mike Love and the Dizz launched Bad Boy Radio on WGCI in 1997, and their show’s decade-long run created cultural touchstones that still bring black Chicagoans together.
Sirr Tmo’s production work has been derailed by a computer failure, but Saturday’s Mucho Culo dance party will help him raise funds for new equipment.
Impulsive Hearts hurry up summer with their debut full-length, Juke Underground celebrates a huge new compilation, and more.
Chicago produced so much great hip-hop this year that some of it got through the cracks—here are some releases you might have missed that deserve your attention.
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