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
Each of these reissues helps unfold a different chapter in the rich narrative of the Chicago hip-hop scene.
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.
We’ve got an exclusive stream of an out-of-print 1995 Chicago rap compilation called Talent Fest and an interview with the man who released it.
One of the guys behind rap reissue label Dope Folks Records drops another Soundcloud mix filled with throwback Chicago rap tracks.