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Odd Future at the Vic
Shred One looks to make her mark
With a desire for more, this entrepreneur looks beyond the norm
DJ/Producer Meaty Ogre adds label exec to his resume
A veteran producer returns anew
With his new album, a balance has been struck
An Aesthetic Anaesthetic
From Colorado to Chicago, this band has come a long way
This duo envisions a new balance.
From one medium to the next, Ray Noland's vision continues.
Newcomers with ambitions
A new voice in instrumental hip-hop
NOMO Front Man Marches Forward
The Fly Phoenix sound rises.
Windy City inspired.
Meet one of Chicago's premier hip-hop labels.
This emcee is helping to usher in a new era for the Molemen.
This influential artist is always moving forward.
Hip-hoppper steps out of his comfort zone
Primeridian founder is a busy man on the local hip-hop scene.
Emcee, teacher looks to break down gender, cultural barriers.
The Opposition Party
Ten-piece afrobeat ensemble looks to get your feet (and butt) moving.
Longtime emcee talks about his experiences and gives his take on the Chicago hip-hop scene.
On The Scene. 09/20/2010.
South Side cartoonist is taking his show on the road.
Ohio rockers have transformed their haunting sound into the Chicago scene.
DJ Rude 1
Old-school DJ has been on the scene for more than two decades.
Jesse De La Pena
Local DJ has seen it all in the Chicago music scene.
The esteemed producer tells us why he had to forget most his musical training to make beats.
West Side emcee has performed with the best of them and is ready to take it to the next level.
Humboldt Park-bred DJ talks about his career and the Chicago hip-hop scene.
The always-evolving rapper reflects on his past and hints at a Typical Cats return.
Mr. Peabody Records
Two local guys have made a small record shop into an international destination.
On The Scene. 05/10/2010.
The Saint Alfred collaborator tells us where sneaker culture is headed...and why rap may be the next disco.
What's the difference between spoken word and hip-hop? Not as much as you think.
The RubyHornet editor tells us how much second graders care about the Beastie Boys.
Living in almost every area of Chicago has given this rapper a lot of inspiration.
Creative raps made this South Side native popular in high school; her long-awaited new project should provide a similar boost.
The Jordan Years
The funky five-piece discusses hotties, fat analog sounds and spending time in the 'spliff-bunker.'
The duo's mix of humor and soul has Lollapalooza bookers interested - even if they don't realize it yet.
Black Bear Combo
The Gypsy-brass group has been to the White House and back.
The songstress gives credit to Marky Mark, her church and Chicago gold-diggers.
Class is in session for this Pharcyde-approved hip-hop band.
The enigmatic rapper tells us where he's been and why his new album will be worth the long wait.
This local hip-hop group remembers when Bucktown was still buck.
Winning the Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle has given this producer wings.
This sci-fi funk collective owes everything to Orson Welles.
A career that started at a high-school strip show now includes projects with some of the West Coast's top producers.
The well-educated musician tells us why beat-making is pointless -- and why Kenny G ain't jazz.
Haters are just fans in disguise, says this versatile singer.
The graphic designer/fine artist tells us about designing album covers and eating hot dogs.
The b-boy and filmmaker has established himself as the eye of Chicago's hip-hop scene.
The golden-era hip-hoppers are big in Japan, but they'll always call Chicago home.
No matter what name he goes by, this Chicago native lives to express.
Tone B. Nimble
All Natural's past, present and future belong to this versatile DJ and producer.
The artist's "new brow" work owes a lot to his rides on the L.
There's nothing classier than shooting a video at the Sybaris.
What's in a name? Defiance of categorization, that's what.
Don't mess with these divas unless you're prepared for a big hit of hip-hop and soul.
The veteran DJ won't take requests...but he will answer our questions.
Tall Black Guy
The '80s baby talks about what's coming up in '09.
The in-demand hip-hop producer will never forget his first love: Kiss.
The man of eight residencies gives us his list of prized records.
Black Stone Theatre Collective
All Natural's disco denizens draw inspiration from '50s jazz and house chores.
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
Chicago's newest soul revivalists talk sailor suits, jet packs and Wu-Tang lovin' sexagenarians.
Meat Number 5
The duo's protein-filled beats will do a body good...if they don't disgust you first.
One of 2008's most exciting producers talks about winter, women and why life was tougher 10 years ago.
Super Heroes of Sound
A loose collective of local musicians is out to save hip-hop from the forces of evil.
The graffiti artist is well on his way to being Chicago's most wanted.
This eight-piece band takes neo-soul to new heights.
He's impressed everyone from Def Jam to Studs Terkel, and he might be coming to a high school near you.
Polyphonic the Verbose
Catch this well-trained musician before he absconds to Alaska.
Here's one rapper who wouldn't mind getting laughed off the stage.
The West Side MC isn't afraid of a little controversy in his music.
The Laotian rapper behind Maintenance Crew talks about Chicago artists, both the good and the wack.
The seven guys in this hip-hop band have a lot of opinions, and a lot of love for Chicago.
Lowdown Brass Band
Get down and funky with these self-proclaimed horn nerds.
The prolific MC has three new albums on the way, and, appropriately, a lot to say.
The producer finds a happy medium between the keyboard and the MPC.
The rapper/producer is a busy man...but not too busy to invent new ways of killing rats.
This creative quartet pays homage to the mighty avocado with its dance grooves.
This party-starter beat bone cancer; surely he can help Chicago ditch its 'Haterville' tag.
The MC and the DJ are just two small parts of this ever-evolving hip-hop band.
Can You Dig It?
Thanks to the Numero Group, the "Brotherman" soundtrack is finally being heard.