With concerts and tours on hold for most of the year, Chicago’s music scene doubled down on mutual aid and fundraising for community groups.
Once again, it’s “Bandcamp day”—when almost all your money goes to the artists and labels you want to support.
Three years ago Chicago rapper Jay Wood (a member of the Freesole collective) dropped his debut full-length, Self Doubt, where he made mincemeat of hard-edged beats while sharing the mike with more established MCs, including Ajani Jones and Femdot. Since then Wood has polished his skills and reconciled his fierce vocals with his interest in […]
Femdot’s nonprofit, Delacreme Scholars, has run the Scholars Slide By to deliver groceries to hundreds of people in need this summer.
Did Chicago musicians booked for Lollapalooza know their sets might look like an endorsement of Mayor Lightfoot?
Wyatt Waddell drops a single to rally the fighters for Black lives, Nnamdï gives away more than $10,000 in “Bandcamp day” revenue, and more.
For its 15th year, the famously eclectic fest has booked headliners the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Run the Jewels, and the National.
Chicagoan Femi Adigun, aka Femdot, raps like he’s spent his entire waking life studying language and figuring out the best way to use words to suit his craft. He cleanly lays down bars with a confidence that makes it seem easy, and the work he’s put in to get there is obvious. Femdot treats hip-hop […]
Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash has grown into Chicago’s biggest rap festival in just its second year, but it needed a nudge from the elements to get its act together.
Brittney Carter thought she was just writing poems. Her classmates at Young Chicago Authors heard a great rapper in the making—and the rest of the city’s scene is starting to agree.
Despite the black exodus from Chicago, black artists are thriving and tell a story with a common thread: the city provides comfort and inspiration.
Chicago rapper Femi Adigun, better known as Femdot, has recently emerged as one of the city’s best storytellers. He’s certainly earned such a title with June’s Delacreme 2 (Closed Sessions), and according to some of the material on this full-length, he fought hard to get here. Femdot still sounds like he’s fighting on “Alright,” as […]
By showing love to potential stars as well as certified sensations, hip-hop outlet Lyrical Lemonade has built a community alongside its brand.
On Friday at the Portage Theater, rising local rapper Duffle Bag Buru plays a big summer showcase for Lyrical Lemonade, a powerful voice for the newest wave of Chicago hip-hop.
A Memorial Day parade, Baderbrawl, and more happenings from May 26-28