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If you’ve been tuned into me on Vocalo Radio, Monday through Friday during 10am – 2pm CST. Then I’m pretty sure you’ve heard Chicago emcee Joel Q’s latest single “Big Dreaming” featuring Audrey Valentine in rotation. Not only is he in Vocalo’s rotation, but he’s also the voice and lyricist behind my radio intro produced […]

There was a strong undercurrent of love and community that every participant and attendee brought to the table that truly embodied our theme of “We the People.”

We’ve curated five playlists that celebrate the elements: Lyricism, DJing, Breaking, Graffiti, and Knowledge.

We sat down with MC and DJ Dirty MF to talk hip-hop history, the blue groove lounge, and passing the torch of hip-hop to younger generations. 

We sat down with Matt to chat Chicago’s open mic scene, the ever-changing landscape of hip-hop, and what our theme “we the people” means to him …

With 2019 coming to an end, I wanted to revisit some of my favorite Chicago independent Hip hop projects of 2019 you might have missed.

Chicago artist OG Stevo recently graduated Northern Illinois University

“Futsal Shuffle 2020” arrives after a year and a half of stop-starts in the album’s roll out, widely believed to be the product of a cold war between the rapper and his label.

After a decade of unbridled innovation, 2019 felt like a tightening of the reins in hip-hop, delivering stellar albums where artists rapped with back-to-basics clarity and precision.

The city has shaped my work in philanthropy through the many different people that Chicago has raised.