On September 29, Chicago rapper Brittney Carter posted a video of herself freestyling with a casual cool, rounding off her crisp verses precisely so that they’d blend with the instrumental’s glassy vibraphone melody and nimble, funky beat. Her synchronicity with the music could make you swear it’s an extension of her voice. The next day, […]
An oral history of DJ Jesse de la Peña’s foundational Blue Groove Lounge hip-hop night, on the occasion of its belated 25th birthday parties
Lizzo’s single “Truth Hurts” dropped in September 2017, but it didn’t hit number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart until this month. That sleeper-hit narrative fits her: ever since her first album, 2013’s Lizzobangers, the singer and rapper has been slowly but steadily growing her following thanks to her incredible bops, celebratory music videos, and […]
This weekend Alabama transplant KC Ortiz performs at a showcase hosted by local label Futurehood, which supports gay and trans musicians of color.
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 Blue Groove Lounge returns to celebrate its 20th birthday, scene treasure and sound engineer Bob Popp dies at 49, and more.
If you’ve been missing En Vogue, this should make you happy.
Two important videos to get your day going
Sunny pop, 80s brilliance, and a limber young jazz trio
The Chicago dance style footwork already has MTV’s attention. But footwork music may be too weird for mainstream ears.