Smino is simultaneously experimental and intentional—it’s a trip. His music feels better with each listen. The midwest breeds multitalented artists, including rappers who love to sing, but Smino (born in Saint Louis with roots in Chicago) is more than a rapper who sings or a singer who raps. With his endearing falsetto, undeniable charm, and […]
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After years away from the game, Chicago rapper and producer Omen returns to Dreamville Records’ active list—and to the south-side park where he learned to play.
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The local R&B star celebrated the unexpected release of his new album with a last-minute show at Double Door.
Surf, the new album from Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment (aka Chance the Rapper’s backing band), is for sale on iTunes.
You may have mixed feelings about what Kanye has become since 2004, but don’t forget about the sea change he helped work on pop rap when he broke out.
Critics’ Choices and other notable shows: Night Gallery, Phosphorescent, Cephalic Carnage and Decrepit Birth, Vox Arcana, and more
The lay of the land, critics’ picks, and afterparties