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Towkio’s balloon trip to the stratosphere wasn’t just to promote his first album for Rick Rubin—the Chicago rapper also wants to talk about inspiration, perspective, and togetherness.
Chicago rapper Noname expresses her humanity through intimacy, and despite the crowds at Lollapalooza, she hit the right notes—when you could hear her.
After an injury ended Ben Burden’s soccer career, he came to Chicago and found his true self in a distinctive, open-hearted fusion of hip-hop and R&B.
For ages, Chicago rappers tore each other down, as though the city could produce only one star at a time—but in 2016 the whole scene seemed to grasp the value of community.
You don’t have to care about the Grammys to care about Chance’s nominations—you only need to care about the young people of color he mentors and inspires.
Monday’s Parade to the Polls outgrew its planned location before it even began, and Chance the Rapper ended up leading a crowd of thousands from Grant Park to an early-voting site.
Young Chicago singer Eryn Allen Kane, who’s helped elevate so many local rap songs—not to mention a tune by Prince—comes into her own.