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.
Psalm One, Akenya, Sisi Dior, Chimeka, and Mother Nature talk about sisterhood, mutual support, and the pernicious notion that hip-hop has room for only one female star at a time.
The jury’s still out on whether Kiki loves Drake or not, but it’s pretty clear that the rest of the world does, and with good reason. On his fifth official full-length release, this summer’s Scorpion, the Toronto child star turned rapper proves that he’s one of the most consistent artists out there right now; though […]
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.
The chief innovation Atlanta trio Migos have brought to rap music is using words as punctuation. (Period). Quavo, his cousin Offset, and his nephew Takeoff don’t merely rap or sing or rap-sing, they pepper their bars with stray words or onomatopoetic sounds that aren’t just stylistic quirks or sound effects (boom), but integral components of […]
Blink-182 helped connect the mainstream pop-punk of the late 90s to the Soundcloud rap of today.
“Off the Clock” is the first single from Jayaire Woods’s imminent third mixtape, Big Wood.
Atlanta rap trio Migos have experienced a lifetime of music industry ups and downs in less than half a decade. Rappers Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff first made it through the buzz of their breakthrough 2013 sensation, “Versace,” surviving a Drake remix that felt less like a cosign than a jump on something hot. They held […]
The local rap hero is one of the few bright spots on an otherwise anemic Lollapalooza lineup that also includes Lorde, Migos, the XX, Run the Jewels, and, um, Liam Gallagher.
The Reader collects some of the best and brightest bits from the past week’s music writing.
On Tuesday, Bellwood rapper Jayaire Woods dropped his first mixtape since signing to Atlanta indie label Quality Control, and he quickly establishes himself on his own terms.
Surf, the new album from Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment (aka Chance the Rapper’s backing band), is for sale on iTunes.
This 18-year-old vocalist could turn out to be Chicago’s answer to Nicki Minaj.