Kweku’s high-school involvement in slam poetry, including Louder than a Bomb competitions, was further training for the nascent MC.
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A tip from his diplomat dad led the aspiring musician toward rap’s socially conscious side.
As Inspectah Deck and his generation are “keepin’ the culture alive,” he’s glad to share the stage with rising stars Vic Mensa and Hurt Everybody
The singer returns to the festival for a second time, this time with his first full-out album in tow.
The Detroit artist freely admits borrowing some of his musical style and his mentality from the late great producer J Dilla.
Supa Bwe: “I used to lie, finesse, fight, jump fences, anything I could, to get in to Lolla – and now I’m playing there.”
For his forthcoming “Quarter Thing,” Purp says he drew on a year’s worth of imbibing “old soul, like [Chicago’s] Chi-Lites … and the Delfonics.”
K’Valentine next performs locally Jan. 6 at City Winery Chicago, billed alongside headliner Talib Kweli, a significant mentor of hers.
GoldLink is up for his first-ever Grammy award, in the best rap/sung performance category, for his platinum-certified hit single, “Crew.”
Now 25, he grew up in the leafy suburb of Oak Park, his house filled with Beatles, Beach Boys, Talking Heads, Prince.
A pair of emergency brain surgeries in January 2016 saved Tokimonsta’s life, and her ability to make and hear music.
Chance’s infectious and thought-provoking songs are equaled by his exuberant mike-wielding and effortless charisma.
Having grown up on Miles Davis and John Coltrane, among other innovative giants of jazz, Brown is drawn to rap’s trailblazers as well.
DJ Premier: “You come to the show, you’re gonna get the same energy as when [Gang Starr’s] Guru was there, trust me. And he will be there, in spirit.”
‘I loved my childhood in Sudan. I’d feel like Indiana Jones,’ says the hip-hop artist.