The Year of Chicago Music has had less music in it than anybody anticipated, but we still have plenty to celebrate.
Rhymefest’s greatest moment in Chicago music history
Veteran rapper and activist Rhymefest remembers an all-star festival by and for the community.
Naledge brings his rapper’s brain back to academia
Jabari “Naledge” Evans of Kidz in the Hall talks about his doctoral dissertation, incorporating hip-hop into education, the drill scene hacking the industry, and more.
Building on the pillars of Blue Groove Lounge
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
Hip-hop taught Andre Vasquez about community—and he wants to take those lessons to City Hall
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.
Rhymefest works the links between hip-hop and the blues
Che “Rhymefest” Smith’s devotion to Chicago’s black cultural legacy finds a new outlet in a Billy Branch remix.
The Reader’s guide to the 2017 Chicago Blues Festival
The Chicago Blues Festival moves to Millennium Park for 2017, with an adventurous bill that includes Rhymefest, Rhiannon Giddens, and Ronnie Baker Brooks.
The complete schedule for the 2017 Blues Festival
Every set at the 2017 Blues Festival, from Friday morning through Sunday night on all five stages in Millennium Park
Chicago musicians speak up about the Affordable Care Act
Musicians are especially vulnerable to a repeal of Obamacare, and these Chicagoans went on the record to say how.
A Langston Hughes birthday celebration, Chicago Voices, and more things to do in Chicago this week
Rhino Poetry, Drive-By Truckers, and more happenings from January 30-February 2.
Chicago responds to President Trump
Artists, writers, musicians, academics, activists, and politicians—even Rahm!—weigh in on the new administration: the threats, the fears, the absurdity.
Diverse artists and activists come together at weekly Hyde Park series the Corner
Every Monday at the Promontory, Sam Brown and Sasha Tycko nurture a democratic, welcoming creative community.
CPD top cop takes strongest possible action against officer who fatally shot Kajuan Raye, and other Chicago news
Also, Rhymefest has bought Kanye West’s childhood home with plans to turn it into an arts incubator.
Rhymefest uses recordings of his ridiculous treatment by Chicago police on ‘Cops N Robbers’
After Rhymefest was robbed last weekend, the police responded to his report of the crime with apathy—and it’s all in his new song.
Rapper Rhymefest invites Trump to walk a Chicago block with him, and other news
Also, August is already the most violent month since 1996.