Each of these reissues helps unfold a different chapter in the rich narrative of the Chicago hip-hop scene.
Chicago nonprofit Open the Circle works to spread a local Black dance culture that can knit together youth communities.
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. […]
DJ Chip made the ghetto-house cut “Aw Shit” with his neighbor in 1999, and last week it soundtracked a downtown inauguration protest.
Five honors students from Chicago rap’s freshman class: Alex Wiley, Saba, Spenzo, Taylor Bennett, and ZMoney
During an April interview on WNUR’s Streetbeat, local producer DJ Earl described these scenes as ‘blowing up’ in Japan.
Dance Mania Records helped birth ghetto house, juke, and footwork music—now it’s back to court the EDM crowd.
Chicago house music is the sound of global pop today. In the 90s, though, it was on life support—until a new wave of producers got its groove back.
Juke’s finest tonight and tomorrow