Englewood rapper Dre Izaya has recently emerged as part of a loose collective of pop, R&B, soul, and hip-hop artists associated with Loop Theory, a local indie artist-development and management company founded by producer Disrupt and rapper Navarro. (The agency also releases music by the artists on its roster.) Last year, Loop Theory put together […]
Bad Bunny not only helped Latin trap cross over in the U.S., he also established a new beachhead for Spanish-language hip-hop here— and the spike in visibility of these genres undoubtedly helps artists such as Chicago’s Ryen get a little closer to their dreams of mainstream success. He started out as a member of local […]
By early February, many Chicagoans don’t wanna do anything more adventurous than curl up under a blanket with a book and a mug of something hot. But Metro, WBEZ, Vocalo, and Young Chicago Authors could lure even the most cold-weather-averse hip-hop fans to Wrigleyville for Winter Block Party X: This Is Chicago. Unlike summer block […]
Chicago’s hip-hop scene overflows with such variety and abundance that it’s impossible to show enough love to every great release—but that’s no reason not to try.
Party Noire celebrates two years of sharing black joy, Pilsen gallery AMFM brings its jazz series to Dvorak Park, 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.
Recent music by the Boy Illinois, Navarro, and Taylor Bennett proves that “big name” narratives of Chicago hip-hop can’t do justice to its many personalities.
Chicago magazine’s story on current Chicago protest music overlooks some of the best, including the EP Who They Wish I Was by the Beats & Bars after-school program.