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Ireashia sat down in the Vocalo studio to speak about their love of Hyde Park, what led them to pursue arts, finding their place as a Black Queer artist, and their current work as Audio / Visual Productions Manager at University of Chicago’s C(i)3 lab.

Chicago is a city that grinds. From sports to politics, it takes pride in being the formative stomping ground of icons like Michael Jordan and the Obamas. Chicago works hard and plays hard, and this is also true of its creative community.

Throughout this month’s Slingshot Scenes, Vocalo Radio will highlight local artists to offer a sense of what Chicago sounds like. Listen and read below for six of Chicago’s finest emerging hip-hop and R&B artists to watch in 2019.

Tanji Harper sat down in the studio with Vocalo to chat growing up on Chicago’s South Side, fascination with Lake Michigan, and her evolution from dance instructor to youth mentor.

Ali dropped by the Vocalo studios to chat Whole Foods, the honesty of Chicago, and improv’s roots in social justice work…

For this excerpt of Emily’s visit to Reclaimed Soul, Ayana pulls from her expansive vinyl collection to make music selections tailor-made for soulful singer/songwriter Emily King.


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