The result is an often frustrating, convoluted vérité-style documentary that conflates access with intimacy. Stans may be wooed by the promise of never-before-seen footage, but anyone unfamiliar with Jarad Higgins and his music will likely be lost.
Azeez Alaka and Brandon Holmes run a music and video production company with a pipeline to the majors and a headquarters shaping up in Little Village.
Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Xavier Dphrepaulezz, better known as Fantastic Negrito, takes us on a trip through his consciousness on his latest album, Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? (Cooking […]
By the time Chicago rapper Juice WRLD died in December at age 21, he’d already made a gigantic impact on hip-hop. His meteoric rise started when he was just a […]
“I have a pinned tweet on my page that says, ‘“I fucked someone to that playlist you made” is the highest compliment you can give me.’”
I wish the right-wing miscreants in the federal government were as dependable as Chicago rapper G Herbo. For close to a decade, he’s released albums and mixtapes of rapid-fire drill […]
The MC born Jarad Higgins became a commercial juggernaut in less than two years, and passed away just days after turning 21.
Young Thug doesn’t need to prove himself to anyone anymore. In the early 2010s he emerged from the hotbed of Atlanta, the city that’s largely set hip-hop’s tone this decade, […]
Leaders from two generations of the local streetwear scene talk about ComplexCon’s pros and cons.
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.
My girlfriend has a Spotify playlist called “Emotional Bangers,” and it’s made up entirely of too-earnest, heart-on-the-sleeve hip-hop jams. Though it leans pretty heavily on Drake and the Weeknd, Chicago […]
Chicago’s hip-hop scene overflows with such variety and abundance that it’s impossible to show enough love to every great release—but that’s no reason not to try.
Minneapolis duo Atmosphere invented emo rap—now also called “Soundcloud rap”—15 years before the likes of Lil Xan and Trippie Redd picked up the thread.
Illinois native Cole Bennett launched the hip-hop blog Lyrical Lemonade in fall 2013, and it’s since become a blossoming entertainment empire that hosts shows (including July’s Hurt Everybody reunion) and […]
This show has been canceled. It would be difficult to find a single event that illustrates the scope and variety of voices that contribute to Chicago hip-hop in 2018, but […]