Each of these reissues helps unfold a different chapter in the rich narrative of the Chicago hip-hop scene.
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Fighting for Chicago’s place in hip-hop history
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.
Hip-hop taught Andre Vasquez about community—and he wants to take those lessons to City Hall
In the 90s Andre Vasquez rapped as Prime and joined underground collective the Molemen. Now he’s a socialist candidate for 40th Ward alderman, hoping to unseat entrenched incumbent Patrick O’Connor.
The classic Smoking Popes lineup releases its first full-length in nearly two decades
The classic Smoking Popes lineup releases its first full-length in nearly two decades, not-quite-retired Chicago rapper E.C. Illa reissues two old Kanye collabs, and more.
The Palmer Squares defy the stereotyping of Chicago hip-hop with the new Planet of the Shapes
Local rappers Acumental and Terminal Knowledge, aka the Palmer Squares, don’t fit any prefab notion of a Chicago MC, but their new album is selling like hotcakes.
A Chicago street film calls out Chi-Raq over its portrayal of local hip-hop
Trust None, a 2004 Chicago street film that finally saw proper release last month, captures the local hip-hop scene better than Chi-Raq.
Listen to Kid Millions’s latest Chicago rap mix
One of the guys behind rap reissue label Dope Folks Records drops another Soundcloud mix filled with throwback Chicago rap tracks.