Hip-hop has welcomed a platoon of talented emerging artists over the past five years or so, but few exhibit their love for the art of rapping quite like North Carolina’s Marlanna Evans, better known as Rapsody. In the late 2000s, she formed a crucial bond with star producer 9th Wonder, who signed her to his […]
Current musical obsessions of ESS codirector Olivia Junell, curator Adia Sykes, and Reader music editor Philip Montoro
After an injury ended Ben Burden’s soccer career, he came to Chicago and found his true self in a distinctive, open-hearted fusion of hip-hop and R&B.
Current musical obsessions of Reader critic Peter Margasak, SAIC assistant professor Seth Kim-Cohen, and U. of C. assistant professor Seth Brodsky
As a collection of one-offs and loosies, Kendrick Lamar’s Untitled Unmastered isn’t as cohesive as his previous albums, but its individual songs still resonate.
Veteran Reader critic Peter Margasak begins counting down his 40 favorite records of the year—this installment includes Sleater-Kinney, Julia Holter, and Kendrick Lamar.
The success of recent releases by Run the Jewels and Kendrick Lamar suggests that, commercially speaking, the tide may turn for political-activist hip-hop.
It’s one of many deep, tense, and dynamic songs that make the brand-new To Pimp a Butterfly a treat.