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 with reassuring frequency, and even his most run-of-the-mill offerings benefit from his pragmatic empathy and lucid descriptions—he brings a distinctive emotional gravity to his detailed […]
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, and his every heart-wrenching warble and hair-raising screech seemed to add speed to his ascent. His fluid flow has inspired some of Atlanta’s latest rising […]
This year hip-hop, long a dominant cultural force, went pop in terms of both setting trends in contemporary music and leading music sales. Philadelphia rapper Lil Uzi Vert is at the apex. His debut studio album, Luv Is Rage 2 (Atlantic), is the most important release of 2017, which has as much to do with […]
By showing love to potential stars as well as certified sensations, hip-hop outlet Lyrical Lemonade has built a community alongside its brand.
Blink-182 helped connect the mainstream pop-punk of the late 90s to the Soundcloud rap of today.
On Friday at the Portage Theater, rising local rapper Duffle Bag Buru plays a big summer showcase for Lyrical Lemonade, a powerful voice for the newest wave of Chicago hip-hop.
Current musical obsessions of O’My’s cofounder Maceo Haymes, singer-songwriter Kaina, and Reader music critic Leor Galil
At Magnificent Coloring Day, not even the frenzy provoked by Kanye West’s surprise appearance could take the focus off Chance the Rapper’s message of love and blessing.