The Reader caught up with Kerman to talk about what connects South Side and Bust Down, being reasonable in an insane world, and working with Freddie Gibbs.
Semiratruth Garrett remembers the exact day her creative life opened up. It wasn’t the afternoon in 2014 when she first recorded a song at Harold Washington Library’s YouMedia lab, or the day several years later when she rapped her way onto Netflix’s 2019 hip-hop competition, Rhythm + Flow—though both those moments are also burned into […]
How allegations of sexual abuse exposed cracks in the foundation of Young Chicago Authors, Free Write Arts & Literacy, and the city’s spoken word community
CPD has tried to turn rapper and comedian Mohawk Johnson into a cautionary example to social justice protesters. He has other plans.
“For a couple months, I was just DJing for tips. Luckily the community that I have around me, they were pouring into me as much as I give out to them.”
The musician, poet, and LTAB alum takes the stage during halftime.
Even on a weekend it shares with the Silver Room Block Party and the debut of ComplexCon Chicago, Pitchfork stands out for its far-sighted, eclectic bookings.
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.
Young poets describe its explosive effect on their lives.
Woods contributed a song inspired by a Coval poem about the blues going electric, and Coval enlisted Tasha for a wintertime answer to Woods’s “LSD.”
Books! Books! Authors! Food! Books!
Sci-Fi Spectacular movie marathon and more goings-on March 16-18
Louder Than a Bomb cofounder Kevin Coval in the words of people in Chicago’s poetry, spoken-word, and hip-hop scenes whose lives he’s touched
Chicago rapper Femdot attacks systemic injustices that harm the black community on “Goodcops.”
Louder Than a Bomb, the We Watch Wrestling podcast, Claudia Pop-Up dinner, and more happenings from March 10-12