Local rapper Valee may be too idiosyncratic to sound specifically Chicagoan, but he couldn’t have made the concise, open-ended songs on his new 1988 mixtape anywhere else.
As Beyoncé and Drake’s big albums rule pop, Chicago rapper Sterling Hayes gets intimate
Save Money rapper Sterling Hayes gets bleak on his debut mixtape, but his music isn’t without its highs.
Five honors students from Chicago rap’s freshman class
Five honors students from Chicago rap’s freshman class: Alex Wiley, Saba, Spenzo, Taylor Bennett, and ZMoney
Cutting through the Noisey: A Gchat about Vice music website’s Chiraq video series
Vice’s music site just wrapped up its eight-part “documentary” series on Chicago’s hip-hop, so a couple Reader writers hopped on Gchat to discuss it.
Taking on The Field: A Gchat conversation about World Star Hip Hop’s new Chicago documentary
Two Reader writers talk about a new documentary on Chicago violence and the city’s rap scene.