Moira McCormick - For the Sun-Times
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.
Dreamy yet dancefloor-packing selftitled “Phantoms” is the pair’s latest recording, after two previous EPs, multiple singles – and a raft of remixes.
An audacious 23-track conceptual project, “Drunk” showcases Thundercat’s celebrated bass-wrangling prowess as well as his songwriting and vocal chops.
Influential hip-hop duo EPMD still keeping it ‘Strictly Business.’