In the past decade, Chicago hip-hop has elevated many talented acts to the national stage, among them rapper-producer Tremaine Johnson, better known as Tree—and his wildly idiosyncratic sounds set him apart from most of those newly minted stars. The Cabrini-Green native specializes in calamitous productions whose tough-as-nails percussion frames honeyed vocal samples warped till they […]
Jabari “Naledge” Evans of Kidz in the Hall talks about his doctoral dissertation, incorporating hip-hop into education, the drill scene hacking the industry, and more.
Here’s where to see who voted for what and how the points got divvied up.
The Reader polled dozens of critics to arrive at an absolutely indisputable ranked list of several hundred records that will definitely not start any arguments.
Each of these reissues helps unfold a different chapter in the rich narrative of the Chicago hip-hop scene.
Zack Stoner, who was shot to death, documented every unseen corner of Chicago hip-hop.
The crowds at Adrianna’s wouldn’t rock for just anybody, but as a Calumet City teenager Tink won them over with a mix of drill rap and R&B.
Fake Shore Drive has grown alongside Chicago rap, becoming an institution in its own right—and it celebrates its tenth anniversary by reuniting Big Tymers for a show at the Portage.
Chelsea Reject’s “Counterfeit,” which features Chicago hip-hop dream team Noname, Saba, and Phoelix, came out Monday via 119 Productions.
The Arts of Life Band raise funds for their first album, postpunks Ganser continue a busy 2016 with a new EP, and more.
DJ Rude One, formerly of Single Minded Pros, returns after a decade away from music making with Closed Sessions’ release of the full-length Onederful.
Stereogum’s recent survey of Chicago hip-hop gets a lot of things wrong, but it also serves as a reminder of how much there is to discover here.
Trust None, a 2004 Chicago street film that finally saw proper release last month, captures the local hip-hop scene better than Chi-Raq.
The veteran local rap producer recruits a bevy of Chicago MCs to record “Put the Guns Down.”
Two great Chicago rappers take on the runaway hit from Drake and Future’s recent collaborative album, What a Time to Be Alive.