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.
In July, local rapper Bekoe told told Reader contributor Matt Harvey that he founded multipronged hip-hop company Illanoize in 2012 because he saw a void in coverage of the local scene. “During that time Chicago was the center of hip-hop culture,” Bekoe said. “Even so, there still was a lot of really good artists being […]
“Social media can sometimes be superficial but it can also show you who’s putting in the [groundwork] to get themselves heard.”
Chicago rapper the Boy Illinois headlines his first show since dropping the triumphant Windy EP, three current and former Chicagoans set a piece of Finnegans Wake to music, and more.
On his new mixtape The 6 Page Letter, Ausar Bradley addresses his faults and insecurities with professional aplomb.