A lot of theories about how Chicago hip-hop was supposed to operate have been shattered by the events of the past decade—the idea that only one local rapper in a generation could make it big, for instance, or the insistence that the city had a singular sound. While drill became the dominant underground wave, proving […]
On the new Bucket List Project, Saba reminds Chicago that the west side is more than just a source of crime statistics—it’s also a home.
West-side native DJ Oreo throws himself a birthday party at East Room on Sunday that doubles as an informal turntable battle with his best friend—and then he hits the road with Lil Yachty.
West-side duo Sicko Mobb became one of the most prominent artists in bop a few years ago, and their latest mixtape challenges the sound’s conventions.
The Chicago bop king has a new viral hit, and it’s racked up millions of YouTube views in a little more than two months.
The Chicago rapper brought his band and a few friends to the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to debut “Angels.”
“Big Sexy Slide” by DJ Maine @maineofficial In late 2013, bop kings Dlow and Lil Kemo combined their wild, euphoric dancing with the sort of party rap that’s made for it, releasing songs of their own with videos designed to teach you their moves. “The Dlow Shuffle” and “Kemo Step” were both regional hits, but […]
The MC cooks up some aggressive joy with local producer C-Sick on the title track of his new mixtape.
Now’s a good time to catch up on the latest releases from S.B.E., M.B.E., Breezy Montana, Dlow, and King Kemo.
Five honors students from Chicago rap’s freshman class: Alex Wiley, Saba, Spenzo, Taylor Bennett, and ZMoney
Take a listen to the exclusive premiere of an homage to this city’s bop scene by the dude behind last year’s New Wavey mixtape.
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WGCI on-air personality DJ MoonDawg just dropped a compilation mixtape of some of the best local rap songs to bop to, and you can watch a dude dressed as Elmo dancing to one of the tracks.
The talk-show host gives Chicago’s hot dance style a try with a little help from bop kings Dlow and Lil Kemo.
It’s been a fantastic year for Chicago hip-hop, and there are more ways to remember it than simply listing great albums; these are five details that, in some small way, helped make 2013 such an outstanding year in local rap.