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Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Last month Polo G's major-label debut, Die a Legend, ranked number 46 on the Billboard 200 while Chance the Rapper's The Big Day sat at... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist...→

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Last month Polo G's major-label debut, Die a Legend, ranked number 46 on the Billboard 200 while Chance the Rapper's The Big Day sat at... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist...→

Veteran hip-hop producer Blockhead knows how to reenergize instrumental music

Veteran hip-hop producer Blockhead knows how to reenergize instrumental music

New York producer Tony “Blockhead” Simon has invigorated America’s underground hip-hop scene for two decades—he started out as a close collaborator of famously slippery lyricist... Read full article: Veteran hip-hop producer Blockhead knows...→

St. Louis Rapper J’Demul Reflects on Mental Health in Hip-Hop Ahead of Debut LP

St. Louis Rapper J’Demul Reflects on Mental Health in Hip-Hop Ahead of Debut LP

Most people who grew up in the St. Louis area have been to the Missouri History Museum at least once, either for a school field... Read full article: St. Louis Rapper J’Demul Reflects on Men...→

Chicago’s Bad Ambassadors use hip-hop as the glue for their genre-jumping debut

Chicago’s Bad Ambassadors use hip-hop as the glue for their genre-jumping debut

You might mistake Chicago duo Bad Ambassadors for a new group, since they’re just now dropping their debut—a self-titled EP of easygoing hip-hop filtered through... Read full article: Chicago’s Bad Ambassadors use hip-hop as...→

Man shot while driving on Highway 509 identified as aspiring hip-hop artist Tanaa Money

James Richardson was shot in the face while driving south on Highway 509 near Seattle's South Park neighborhood. He died from his injuries at Harborview Medical Center. Read full article: Man shot while driving on Highway 509 id...→

Hip Hop Nutcracker

Hip Hop Nutcracker

Hip Hop Nutcracker For many, The Nutcracker, the 1892 ballet production set to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, conjures imagery of pristine ballerinas and elaborate costumes — pretty much whatever the opposite of break-dancing is. Entering its sixth year is the Hip-hop Nutcracker, a community-centric remix of the holiday classic turning Maria-Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, and a gang of mice on their heads. Though the plot and score stay true to the original production, The Hip-hop Nutcracker sets the story in vibrant contemporary New York City, featuring a cast of high-energy dancers, DJs, a violinist, and hip-hop founding father MC Kurtis Blow, who will kick off the performance with a short set. Read full article: Hip Hop Nutcracker...→

A Hip-Hop Museum is Coming to the South Bronx in 2023

A Hip-Hop Museum is Coming to the South Bronx in 2023

The museum, which already has the support of artists like Nas and LL Cool J and corporate backing from Microsoft, will eventually find a home in Bronx Point. Read full article: A Hip-Hop Museum is Coming to the South ...→

FIRST LOOK: Hip-hop icon E-40 teams with 49ers on new music video

FIRST LOOK: Hip-hop icon E-40 teams with 49ers on new music video

Watch “Niner Gang” video, which was Bay Area hip-hop legend E-40 and the San Francisco 49ers recorded at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Read full article: FIRST LOOK: Hip-hop icon E-40 teams with...→

Hip-Hop | Denver Westword | The Leading Independent News Source in Denver, Colorado

The Denver rapper discusses second chances, surviving a gun battle, the power of the DIY music scene, and his latest album, #Underrated.... Ahead of his new residency at Beta 2.0, Squizzy Taylor talks about the future of Denver hip-hop. Read full article: Hip-Hop | Denver Westword | The Leading ...→

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Among the contenders for the title "Best pizza" this year, you might have been surprised to see the name of Reader staff writer Leor Galil.... Read full article: Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza...→

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Years ago at the bar, a man named Paulie told me all about the neighborhood that I live in now. It's west of Canaryville, north... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best neighborhood...→

Best hip-hop club

Best hip-hop club

Subterranean   Runner-Up Metro   Finalist: Deadbolt... Read full article: Best hip-hop club...→

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

The best professional baseball games I've experienced in recent years have all taken place at an unusually tidy ballpark wedged between I-294 and the Metra... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team...→

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

It might seem strange to think of the Poetry Foundation as in need of a booster—after all, it was one of two top finalists for... Read full article: Staff pick: Best poetry organization...→

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

This year marks the 27th in a row I've contributed, in one form or another, to an alternative weekly's Best of issue. Most years, the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant...→

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Great DJs keep their ears open to the world, and Duane Powell knows how to listen. He's been plugged into local music since 1983, when... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best house music DJ...→

[R]Evolution of Hip Hop Pop-up exhibit opens in the Bronx

[R]Evolution of Hip Hop Pop-up exhibit opens in the Bronx

From Curtis blow to DJ Kool Herc, the pioneers of hip hop are converging on the Bronx Terminal Market.... It’s where the early years of hip-hop are being celebrated at a new interactive exhibit called the [R]evolution of Hip Hop. Read full article: [R]Evolution of Hip Hop Pop-up exhibit o...→

Back With a Bang! A Hollywood Hip Kid Dance Bash Celebrates 20 Years (Party Pick & Photos) - LA Weekly

Y2K may have brought tech-steria to pop culture but it also ushered in an exciting wave of indie rock sounds and stylish nightlife to go with it. Forecasting the era to come, revered club promoters Joseph Brooks, Shalyce Benfell, Jason Lavitt and Piper Ferguson kicked off the millennium with a bang… Club Bang! The 18 … Read full article: Back With a Bang! A Hollywood Hip Kid Da...→

Hip-hop artists Jay-Z, Yo Gotti file federal lawsuit over Mississippi prison deaths

Hip-hop artists Jay-Z, Yo Gotti file federal lawsuit over Mississippi prison deaths

State officials have little to stop an outbreak of violence that left five inmates dead over two-week span, according to the suit. Read full article: Hip-hop artists Jay-Z, Yo Gotti file fed...→

Detroit’s Slum Village releases two orchestral tributes to its early hip-hop records while keeping an eye on the future

Detroit’s Slum Village releases two orchestral tributes to its early hip-hop records while keeping an eye on the future

Slum Village has been through numerous lineups over its 23 years, but unlike other legacy groups that keep rehashing the hits long after key members... Read full article: Detroit’s Slum Village releases two orch...→

Chicago’s best overlooked hip-hop of 2019

Chicago’s best overlooked hip-hop of 2019

The shrinking of music media requires a new definition of “overlooked,” but even the strictest criteria admit a vast unexplored trove of riches. Read full article: Chicago’s best overlooked hip-hop of 201...→

Staff Pick: Best local label

Staff Pick: Best local label

Punk musician and engineer Blake Karlson launched Chicago Research in late 2018, and since then he's used the label to document every scrap and fleck... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best local label...→

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

When the big theaters have a changing of the guard in artistic directors, it's understandably big news. But in a city as dependent on the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best transitions to new lead...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

On its website, Jefferson Park's tiny the Gift Theatre states as one of its founding beliefs that "a play never closes until everyone who saw... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Muntu's ambitions are vast, both in terms of space and time. Helmed by executive director Sekou Tepaka Lunda Conde, the 47-year-old South Shore-based company aims... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of...→

Rapbrarian Roy Kinsey finds his voice in queer hip-hop

Rapbrarian Roy Kinsey finds his voice in queer hip-hop

With his next album, he wants to make the music he wishes he’d heard as a young man. Read full article: Rapbrarian Roy Kinsey finds his voice in...→

Hip-Hop | Phoenix New Times | The Leading Independent News Source in Phoenix, Arizona

The Valley MC recently teamed with Xavier Woods for a new song, "Sunset Flip."... The Pressroom in downtown Phoenix became the focal point of the local hip-hop community on Saturday, November 16, and Sunday, November 17, during the Arizona Hip Hop Festival 2019. The two-day event featured performances by more than 350 lo Read full article: Hip-Hop | Phoenix New Times | The Leadin...→

Best hip-hop producer

Best hip-hop producer

Monte Booker   Runner-Up Peter Cottontale   Finalists: Boathouse, Bean Carrots... Read full article: Best hip-hop producer...→

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Chicago is a lucky spot for people who like emerging and otherwise overlooked visual art. We have a bunch of college programs in the area... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best art gallery...→

Fat Joe returns to The Bronx for hip-hop awards ceremony - amNewYork

BY KYLE VUILLE Hip-hop's Boogie Down birthplace leaned back last night. Fat Joe and many others return to their native borough of The Bronx to host the Read full article: Fat Joe returns to The Bronx for hip-hop...→

Photos: 49ers playoff halftime show a hip-hop throwback

Photos: 49ers playoff halftime show a hip-hop throwback

The halftime show at the San Francisco 49ers’ playoff game took fans back in time musically to decade when the team was dominant. Tone Loc, Young MC and the Sugarhill Gang — performers … Read full article: Photos: 49ers playoff halftime show a hi...→

Stepfather of hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd shot, killed

Stepfather of hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd shot, killed

A spokesman for hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd says their stepfather has been killed in Mississippi and their brother is being held in his death Read full article: Stepfather of hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd s...→

Controversial Mountain Dew Video Featuring Hip Hop Group Odd Future Denounced as Racist, Sexist

Controversial Mountain Dew Video Featuring Hip Hop Group Odd Future Denounced as Racist, Sexist

An online video promoting Mountain Dew that stars members of the Los Angeles-based hip hop collective Odd Future is being called racist and misogynistic. Read full article: Controversial Mountain Dew Video Featuri...→

Boston’s STL GLD reinvents, elevates hip-hop form

Boston’s STL GLD reinvents, elevates hip-hop form

Music journalists (including me) spent recent years cheering that Boston hip-hop had finally arrived. The problem: Boston hip-hop has been around for decades but only recently began to win a much-d… Read full article: Boston’s STL GLD reinvents, elevates hip...→

Staff Pick: Best attraction

Staff Pick: Best attraction

The Chicago Cultural Center sits in the middle of downtown—it's just west of Millennium Park, a stone's throw from the Magnificent Mile and the Art... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best attraction...→

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

In 1931, chewing gum entrepreneur William Wrigley Jr. gave an industrial building at 509 N. Union to the Salvation Army, which started collecting donated goods... Read full article: Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, a...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Under artistic director Charles Newell, Court Theatre is all over the place in the best possible way. Where else can you see both a rapturously... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

First off, let me concede that you gotta like Pat Hughes. Hate the Rickettses and what they've done to Rickettsville, hate the Cubs and what... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best sportscaster...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Unlike musicians, dancers never put their instruments down. That's especially true of Red Clay Dance, where the intersection of art and activism falls under a... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company...→

Best hip-hop artist

Best hip-hop artist

Chance the Rapper   Runner-Up Saba   Finalists: Glitter Moneyyy, Roy Kinsey... Read full article: Best hip-hop artist...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

It's not uncommon for newbies to leave Trap Door wondering what just hit them. Since founding the 45-seat Bucktown company over 25 years ago, Beata... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Lorena Cupcake is an arts and culture writer, social media expert, and—­according to the Reader's Best of Chicago poll—one of the city's top budtenders. Originally... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best budtender...→

'Love and Hip-Hop' star encourages New Yorkers to become foster parents

'Love and Hip-Hop' star encourages New Yorkers to become foster parents

A New York celebrity is encouraging people to consider opening their home to a teenager in need. Read full article: 'Love and Hip-Hop' star encourages New Y...→

Veteran hip-hop producer Blockhead knows how to reenergize instrumental music

Veteran hip-hop producer Blockhead knows how to reenergize instrumental music

New York producer Tony “Blockhead” Simon has invigorated America’s underground hip-hop scene for two decades—he started out as a close collaborator of famously slippery lyricist... Read full article: Veteran hip-hop producer Blockhead knows...→

Fat Joe returns to The Bronx for hip-hop awards ceremony - amNewYork

BY KYLE VUILLE Hip-hop's Boogie Down birthplace leaned back last night. Fat Joe and many others return to their native borough of The Bronx to host the Read full article: Fat Joe returns to The Bronx for hip-hop...→

Hip-hop artists Jay-Z, Yo Gotti file federal lawsuit over Mississippi prison deaths

Hip-hop artists Jay-Z, Yo Gotti file federal lawsuit over Mississippi prison deaths

State officials have little to stop an outbreak of violence that left five inmates dead over two-week span, according to the suit. Read full article: Hip-hop artists Jay-Z, Yo Gotti file fed...→

Stepfather of hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd shot, killed

Stepfather of hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd shot, killed

A spokesman for hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd says their stepfather has been killed in Mississippi and their brother is being held in his death Read full article: Stepfather of hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd s...→

Man shot while driving on Highway 509 identified as aspiring hip-hop artist Tanaa Money

James Richardson was shot in the face while driving south on Highway 509 near Seattle's South Park neighborhood. He died from his injuries at Harborview Medical Center. Read full article: Man shot while driving on Highway 509 id...→

Detroit’s Slum Village releases two orchestral tributes to its early hip-hop records while keeping an eye on the future

Detroit’s Slum Village releases two orchestral tributes to its early hip-hop records while keeping an eye on the future

Slum Village has been through numerous lineups over its 23 years, but unlike other legacy groups that keep rehashing the hits long after key members... Read full article: Detroit’s Slum Village releases two orch...→

A Hip-Hop Museum is Coming to the South Bronx in 2023

A Hip-Hop Museum is Coming to the South Bronx in 2023

The museum, which already has the support of artists like Nas and LL Cool J and corporate backing from Microsoft, will eventually find a home in Bronx Point. Read full article: A Hip-Hop Museum is Coming to the South ...→

Chicago’s best overlooked hip-hop of 2019

Chicago’s best overlooked hip-hop of 2019

The shrinking of music media requires a new definition of “overlooked,” but even the strictest criteria admit a vast unexplored trove of riches. Read full article: Chicago’s best overlooked hip-hop of 201...→

Hip-Hop | Denver Westword | The Leading Independent News Source in Denver, Colorado

The Denver rapper discusses second chances, surviving a gun battle, the power of the DIY music scene, and his latest album, #Underrated.... Ahead of his new residency at Beta 2.0, Squizzy Taylor talks about the future of Denver hip-hop. Read full article: Hip-Hop | Denver Westword | The Leading ...→

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

In 1931, chewing gum entrepreneur William Wrigley Jr. gave an industrial building at 509 N. Union to the Salvation Army, which started collecting donated goods... Read full article: Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, a...→

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

When the big theaters have a changing of the guard in artistic directors, it's understandably big news. But in a city as dependent on the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best transitions to new lead...→

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Years ago at the bar, a man named Paulie told me all about the neighborhood that I live in now. It's west of Canaryville, north... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best neighborhood...→

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

First off, let me concede that you gotta like Pat Hughes. Hate the Rickettses and what they've done to Rickettsville, hate the Cubs and what... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best sportscaster...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Muntu's ambitions are vast, both in terms of space and time. Helmed by executive director Sekou Tepaka Lunda Conde, the 47-year-old South Shore-based company aims... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of...→

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

The best professional baseball games I've experienced in recent years have all taken place at an unusually tidy ballpark wedged between I-294 and the Metra... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team...→

Best hip-hop artist

Best hip-hop artist

Chance the Rapper   Runner-Up Saba   Finalists: Glitter Moneyyy, Roy Kinsey... Read full article: Best hip-hop artist...→

Hip-Hop | Phoenix New Times | The Leading Independent News Source in Phoenix, Arizona

The Valley MC recently teamed with Xavier Woods for a new song, "Sunset Flip."... The Pressroom in downtown Phoenix became the focal point of the local hip-hop community on Saturday, November 16, and Sunday, November 17, during the Arizona Hip Hop Festival 2019. The two-day event featured performances by more than 350 lo Read full article: Hip-Hop | Phoenix New Times | The Leadin...→

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

This year marks the 27th in a row I've contributed, in one form or another, to an alternative weekly's Best of issue. Most years, the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant...→

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Lorena Cupcake is an arts and culture writer, social media expert, and—­according to the Reader's Best of Chicago poll—one of the city's top budtenders. Originally... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best budtender...→

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Chicago is a lucky spot for people who like emerging and otherwise overlooked visual art. We have a bunch of college programs in the area... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best art gallery...→

[R]Evolution of Hip Hop Pop-up exhibit opens in the Bronx

[R]Evolution of Hip Hop Pop-up exhibit opens in the Bronx

From Curtis blow to DJ Kool Herc, the pioneers of hip hop are converging on the Bronx Terminal Market.... It’s where the early years of hip-hop are being celebrated at a new interactive exhibit called the [R]evolution of Hip Hop. Read full article: [R]Evolution of Hip Hop Pop-up exhibit o...→

Back With a Bang! A Hollywood Hip Kid Dance Bash Celebrates 20 Years (Party Pick & Photos) - LA Weekly

Y2K may have brought tech-steria to pop culture but it also ushered in an exciting wave of indie rock sounds and stylish nightlife to go with it. Forecasting the era to come, revered club promoters Joseph Brooks, Shalyce Benfell, Jason Lavitt and Piper Ferguson kicked off the millennium with a bang… Club Bang! The 18 … Read full article: Back With a Bang! A Hollywood Hip Kid Da...→

St. Louis Rapper J’Demul Reflects on Mental Health in Hip-Hop Ahead of Debut LP

St. Louis Rapper J’Demul Reflects on Mental Health in Hip-Hop Ahead of Debut LP

Most people who grew up in the St. Louis area have been to the Missouri History Museum at least once, either for a school field... Read full article: St. Louis Rapper J’Demul Reflects on Men...→

Photos: 49ers playoff halftime show a hip-hop throwback

Photos: 49ers playoff halftime show a hip-hop throwback

The halftime show at the San Francisco 49ers’ playoff game took fans back in time musically to decade when the team was dominant. Tone Loc, Young MC and the Sugarhill Gang — performers … Read full article: Photos: 49ers playoff halftime show a hi...→

Chicago’s Bad Ambassadors use hip-hop as the glue for their genre-jumping debut

Chicago’s Bad Ambassadors use hip-hop as the glue for their genre-jumping debut

You might mistake Chicago duo Bad Ambassadors for a new group, since they’re just now dropping their debut—a self-titled EP of easygoing hip-hop filtered through... Read full article: Chicago’s Bad Ambassadors use hip-hop as...→

Controversial Mountain Dew Video Featuring Hip Hop Group Odd Future Denounced as Racist, Sexist

Controversial Mountain Dew Video Featuring Hip Hop Group Odd Future Denounced as Racist, Sexist

An online video promoting Mountain Dew that stars members of the Los Angeles-based hip hop collective Odd Future is being called racist and misogynistic. Read full article: Controversial Mountain Dew Video Featuri...→

Hip Hop Nutcracker

Hip Hop Nutcracker

Hip Hop Nutcracker For many, The Nutcracker, the 1892 ballet production set to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, conjures imagery of pristine ballerinas and elaborate costumes — pretty much whatever the opposite of break-dancing is. Entering its sixth year is the Hip-hop Nutcracker, a community-centric remix of the holiday classic turning Maria-Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, and a gang of mice on their heads. Though the plot and score stay true to the original production, The Hip-hop Nutcracker sets the story in vibrant contemporary New York City, featuring a cast of high-energy dancers, DJs, a violinist, and hip-hop founding father MC Kurtis Blow, who will kick off the performance with a short set. Read full article: Hip Hop Nutcracker...→

Boston’s STL GLD reinvents, elevates hip-hop form

Boston’s STL GLD reinvents, elevates hip-hop form

Music journalists (including me) spent recent years cheering that Boston hip-hop had finally arrived. The problem: Boston hip-hop has been around for decades but only recently began to win a much-d… Read full article: Boston’s STL GLD reinvents, elevates hip...→

FIRST LOOK: Hip-hop icon E-40 teams with 49ers on new music video

FIRST LOOK: Hip-hop icon E-40 teams with 49ers on new music video

Watch “Niner Gang” video, which was Bay Area hip-hop legend E-40 and the San Francisco 49ers recorded at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Read full article: FIRST LOOK: Hip-hop icon E-40 teams with...→

Staff Pick: Best attraction

Staff Pick: Best attraction

The Chicago Cultural Center sits in the middle of downtown—it's just west of Millennium Park, a stone's throw from the Magnificent Mile and the Art... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best attraction...→

Staff Pick: Best local label

Staff Pick: Best local label

Punk musician and engineer Blake Karlson launched Chicago Research in late 2018, and since then he's used the label to document every scrap and fleck... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best local label...→

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Among the contenders for the title "Best pizza" this year, you might have been surprised to see the name of Reader staff writer Leor Galil.... Read full article: Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Under artistic director Charles Newell, Court Theatre is all over the place in the best possible way. Where else can you see both a rapturously... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

On its website, Jefferson Park's tiny the Gift Theatre states as one of its founding beliefs that "a play never closes until everyone who saw... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best...→

Best hip-hop club

Best hip-hop club

Subterranean   Runner-Up Metro   Finalist: Deadbolt... Read full article: Best hip-hop club...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Unlike musicians, dancers never put their instruments down. That's especially true of Red Clay Dance, where the intersection of art and activism falls under a... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company...→

Rapbrarian Roy Kinsey finds his voice in queer hip-hop

Rapbrarian Roy Kinsey finds his voice in queer hip-hop

With his next album, he wants to make the music he wishes he’d heard as a young man. Read full article: Rapbrarian Roy Kinsey finds his voice in...→

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

It might seem strange to think of the Poetry Foundation as in need of a booster—after all, it was one of two top finalists for... Read full article: Staff pick: Best poetry organization...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

It's not uncommon for newbies to leave Trap Door wondering what just hit them. Since founding the 45-seat Bucktown company over 25 years ago, Beata... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Best hip-hop producer

Best hip-hop producer

Monte Booker   Runner-Up Peter Cottontale   Finalists: Boathouse, Bean Carrots... Read full article: Best hip-hop producer...→

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Great DJs keep their ears open to the world, and Duane Powell knows how to listen. He's been plugged into local music since 1983, when... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best house music DJ...→

'Love and Hip-Hop' star encourages New Yorkers to become foster parents

'Love and Hip-Hop' star encourages New Yorkers to become foster parents

A New York celebrity is encouraging people to consider opening their home to a teenager in need. Read full article: 'Love and Hip-Hop' star encourages New Y...→

Veteran hip-hop producer Blockhead knows how to reenergize instrumental music

Veteran hip-hop producer Blockhead knows how to reenergize instrumental music

New York producer Tony “Blockhead” Simon has invigorated America’s underground hip-hop scene for two decades—he started out as a close collaborator of famously slippery lyricist... Read full article: Veteran hip-hop producer Blockhead knows...→

Back With a Bang! A Hollywood Hip Kid Dance Bash Celebrates 20 Years (Party Pick & Photos) - LA Weekly

Y2K may have brought tech-steria to pop culture but it also ushered in an exciting wave of indie rock sounds and stylish nightlife to go with it. Forecasting the era to come, revered club promoters Joseph Brooks, Shalyce Benfell, Jason Lavitt and Piper Ferguson kicked off the millennium with a bang… Club Bang! The 18 … Read full article: Back With a Bang! A Hollywood Hip Kid Da...→

Fat Joe returns to The Bronx for hip-hop awards ceremony - amNewYork

BY KYLE VUILLE Hip-hop's Boogie Down birthplace leaned back last night. Fat Joe and many others return to their native borough of The Bronx to host the Read full article: Fat Joe returns to The Bronx for hip-hop...→

St. Louis Rapper J’Demul Reflects on Mental Health in Hip-Hop Ahead of Debut LP

St. Louis Rapper J’Demul Reflects on Mental Health in Hip-Hop Ahead of Debut LP

Most people who grew up in the St. Louis area have been to the Missouri History Museum at least once, either for a school field... Read full article: St. Louis Rapper J’Demul Reflects on Men...→

Hip-hop artists Jay-Z, Yo Gotti file federal lawsuit over Mississippi prison deaths

Hip-hop artists Jay-Z, Yo Gotti file federal lawsuit over Mississippi prison deaths

State officials have little to stop an outbreak of violence that left five inmates dead over two-week span, according to the suit. Read full article: Hip-hop artists Jay-Z, Yo Gotti file fed...→

Photos: 49ers playoff halftime show a hip-hop throwback

Photos: 49ers playoff halftime show a hip-hop throwback

The halftime show at the San Francisco 49ers’ playoff game took fans back in time musically to decade when the team was dominant. Tone Loc, Young MC and the Sugarhill Gang — performers … Read full article: Photos: 49ers playoff halftime show a hi...→

Stepfather of hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd shot, killed

Stepfather of hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd shot, killed

A spokesman for hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd says their stepfather has been killed in Mississippi and their brother is being held in his death Read full article: Stepfather of hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd s...→

Chicago’s Bad Ambassadors use hip-hop as the glue for their genre-jumping debut

Chicago’s Bad Ambassadors use hip-hop as the glue for their genre-jumping debut

You might mistake Chicago duo Bad Ambassadors for a new group, since they’re just now dropping their debut—a self-titled EP of easygoing hip-hop filtered through... Read full article: Chicago’s Bad Ambassadors use hip-hop as...→

Controversial Mountain Dew Video Featuring Hip Hop Group Odd Future Denounced as Racist, Sexist

Controversial Mountain Dew Video Featuring Hip Hop Group Odd Future Denounced as Racist, Sexist

An online video promoting Mountain Dew that stars members of the Los Angeles-based hip hop collective Odd Future is being called racist and misogynistic. Read full article: Controversial Mountain Dew Video Featuri...→

Man shot while driving on Highway 509 identified as aspiring hip-hop artist Tanaa Money

James Richardson was shot in the face while driving south on Highway 509 near Seattle's South Park neighborhood. He died from his injuries at Harborview Medical Center. Read full article: Man shot while driving on Highway 509 id...→

Hip Hop Nutcracker

Hip Hop Nutcracker

Hip Hop Nutcracker For many, The Nutcracker, the 1892 ballet production set to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, conjures imagery of pristine ballerinas and elaborate costumes — pretty much whatever the opposite of break-dancing is. Entering its sixth year is the Hip-hop Nutcracker, a community-centric remix of the holiday classic turning Maria-Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, and a gang of mice on their heads. Though the plot and score stay true to the original production, The Hip-hop Nutcracker sets the story in vibrant contemporary New York City, featuring a cast of high-energy dancers, DJs, a violinist, and hip-hop founding father MC Kurtis Blow, who will kick off the performance with a short set. Read full article: Hip Hop Nutcracker...→

Detroit’s Slum Village releases two orchestral tributes to its early hip-hop records while keeping an eye on the future

Detroit’s Slum Village releases two orchestral tributes to its early hip-hop records while keeping an eye on the future

Slum Village has been through numerous lineups over its 23 years, but unlike other legacy groups that keep rehashing the hits long after key members... Read full article: Detroit’s Slum Village releases two orch...→

Boston’s STL GLD reinvents, elevates hip-hop form

Boston’s STL GLD reinvents, elevates hip-hop form

Music journalists (including me) spent recent years cheering that Boston hip-hop had finally arrived. The problem: Boston hip-hop has been around for decades but only recently began to win a much-d… Read full article: Boston’s STL GLD reinvents, elevates hip...→

A Hip-Hop Museum is Coming to the South Bronx in 2023

A Hip-Hop Museum is Coming to the South Bronx in 2023

The museum, which already has the support of artists like Nas and LL Cool J and corporate backing from Microsoft, will eventually find a home in Bronx Point. Read full article: A Hip-Hop Museum is Coming to the South ...→

FIRST LOOK: Hip-hop icon E-40 teams with 49ers on new music video

FIRST LOOK: Hip-hop icon E-40 teams with 49ers on new music video

Watch “Niner Gang” video, which was Bay Area hip-hop legend E-40 and the San Francisco 49ers recorded at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Read full article: FIRST LOOK: Hip-hop icon E-40 teams with...→

Chicago’s best overlooked hip-hop of 2019

Chicago’s best overlooked hip-hop of 2019

The shrinking of music media requires a new definition of “overlooked,” but even the strictest criteria admit a vast unexplored trove of riches. Read full article: Chicago’s best overlooked hip-hop of 201...→

Staff Pick: Best attraction

Staff Pick: Best attraction

The Chicago Cultural Center sits in the middle of downtown—it's just west of Millennium Park, a stone's throw from the Magnificent Mile and the Art... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best attraction...→

Hip-Hop | Denver Westword | The Leading Independent News Source in Denver, Colorado

The Denver rapper discusses second chances, surviving a gun battle, the power of the DIY music scene, and his latest album, #Underrated.... Ahead of his new residency at Beta 2.0, Squizzy Taylor talks about the future of Denver hip-hop. Read full article: Hip-Hop | Denver Westword | The Leading ...→

Staff Pick: Best local label

Staff Pick: Best local label

Punk musician and engineer Blake Karlson launched Chicago Research in late 2018, and since then he's used the label to document every scrap and fleck... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best local label...→

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

In 1931, chewing gum entrepreneur William Wrigley Jr. gave an industrial building at 509 N. Union to the Salvation Army, which started collecting donated goods... Read full article: Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, a...→

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Among the contenders for the title "Best pizza" this year, you might have been surprised to see the name of Reader staff writer Leor Galil.... Read full article: Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza...→

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

When the big theaters have a changing of the guard in artistic directors, it's understandably big news. But in a city as dependent on the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best transitions to new lead...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Under artistic director Charles Newell, Court Theatre is all over the place in the best possible way. Where else can you see both a rapturously... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Years ago at the bar, a man named Paulie told me all about the neighborhood that I live in now. It's west of Canaryville, north... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best neighborhood...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

On its website, Jefferson Park's tiny the Gift Theatre states as one of its founding beliefs that "a play never closes until everyone who saw... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best...→

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

First off, let me concede that you gotta like Pat Hughes. Hate the Rickettses and what they've done to Rickettsville, hate the Cubs and what... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best sportscaster...→

Best hip-hop club

Best hip-hop club

Subterranean   Runner-Up Metro   Finalist: Deadbolt... Read full article: Best hip-hop club...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Muntu's ambitions are vast, both in terms of space and time. Helmed by executive director Sekou Tepaka Lunda Conde, the 47-year-old South Shore-based company aims... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Unlike musicians, dancers never put their instruments down. That's especially true of Red Clay Dance, where the intersection of art and activism falls under a... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company...→

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

The best professional baseball games I've experienced in recent years have all taken place at an unusually tidy ballpark wedged between I-294 and the Metra... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team...→

Rapbrarian Roy Kinsey finds his voice in queer hip-hop

Rapbrarian Roy Kinsey finds his voice in queer hip-hop

With his next album, he wants to make the music he wishes he’d heard as a young man. Read full article: Rapbrarian Roy Kinsey finds his voice in...→

Best hip-hop artist

Best hip-hop artist

Chance the Rapper   Runner-Up Saba   Finalists: Glitter Moneyyy, Roy Kinsey... Read full article: Best hip-hop artist...→

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

It might seem strange to think of the Poetry Foundation as in need of a booster—after all, it was one of two top finalists for... Read full article: Staff pick: Best poetry organization...→

Hip-Hop | Phoenix New Times | The Leading Independent News Source in Phoenix, Arizona

The Valley MC recently teamed with Xavier Woods for a new song, "Sunset Flip."... The Pressroom in downtown Phoenix became the focal point of the local hip-hop community on Saturday, November 16, and Sunday, November 17, during the Arizona Hip Hop Festival 2019. The two-day event featured performances by more than 350 lo Read full article: Hip-Hop | Phoenix New Times | The Leadin...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

It's not uncommon for newbies to leave Trap Door wondering what just hit them. Since founding the 45-seat Bucktown company over 25 years ago, Beata... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

This year marks the 27th in a row I've contributed, in one form or another, to an alternative weekly's Best of issue. Most years, the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant...→

Best hip-hop producer

Best hip-hop producer

Monte Booker   Runner-Up Peter Cottontale   Finalists: Boathouse, Bean Carrots... Read full article: Best hip-hop producer...→

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Lorena Cupcake is an arts and culture writer, social media expert, and—­according to the Reader's Best of Chicago poll—one of the city's top budtenders. Originally... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best budtender...→

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Great DJs keep their ears open to the world, and Duane Powell knows how to listen. He's been plugged into local music since 1983, when... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best house music DJ...→

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Chicago is a lucky spot for people who like emerging and otherwise overlooked visual art. We have a bunch of college programs in the area... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best art gallery...→

'Love and Hip-Hop' star encourages New Yorkers to become foster parents

'Love and Hip-Hop' star encourages New Yorkers to become foster parents

A New York celebrity is encouraging people to consider opening their home to a teenager in need. Read full article: 'Love and Hip-Hop' star encourages New Y...→

[R]Evolution of Hip Hop Pop-up exhibit opens in the Bronx

[R]Evolution of Hip Hop Pop-up exhibit opens in the Bronx

From Curtis blow to DJ Kool Herc, the pioneers of hip hop are converging on the Bronx Terminal Market.... It’s where the early years of hip-hop are being celebrated at a new interactive exhibit called the [R]evolution of Hip Hop. Read full article: [R]Evolution of Hip Hop Pop-up exhibit o...→