In 1991, Black A.G. made it onto TVs all over the country with the Quicksilver Cooley production “No Typa Drugdeala.”
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
Chicago’s beat scene has to do without the attention the city’s rappers get, but it’s a vital incubator for adventurous, ambitious instrumental hip-hop.
In the 90s Andre Vasquez rapped as Prime and joined underground collective the Molemen. Now he’s a socialist candidate for 40th Ward alderman, hoping to unseat entrenched incumbent Patrick O’Connor.
Beloved underground rapper Mic One passes on too soon, Donnie Biggins of Harmonica Dunn takes over as booker at FitzGerald’s, and more.
Writer, drummer, and emcee Brian Costello closes the book on two decades in Chicago, Nasim Williams throws a free 12-hour party at Madison Public House, and more.
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
Angela Zone, aka Ang13, was robbed days before Christmas, and the local scene is helping her cover the down payment for a new car.
Scheme raps with two tongues on Pocket Full of Pesos, the Lemons hit Chic-a-Go-Go, and more