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09.26.2014 | 5 days ago | Posted at 05:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly panel with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we're questioning the wisdom of a prominently displayed billboard touting Milwaukee's arts scene with a photo of six white, middle-aged men in charge of the city's largest live-entertainment institutions. This isn't the image of the city we want to project, is it? Then we talk about one of the limitations holdi...
09.22.2014 | 9 days ago | Posted at 04:00 PM

The Yo Gotti-backed rapper releases his latest mixtape, "Only The Beginning"

By Evan Rytlewski
There’s a surplus of talent bubbling in the Milwaukee rap scene right now, including probably about a dozen or so truly deserving rappers all trying to position themselves for a big break. Wave Chapelle has a leg up over all of them. After moving to Memphis for school about a year ago, Chapelle caught the ear of local star Yo Gotti, who signed the Milwaukee native to his CMG label. And while a...
09.24.2014 | 7 days ago | Posted at 10:30 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Between Milwaukee native Nick Sanborn doing big things with his North Carolina duo Sylvan Esso and Milwaukee rapper Wave Chapelle landing a record deal after moving to Memphis for school, there's been a good deal of discussion in the local music scene about whether artists need to leave Milwaukee in order to make a name for themselves. That's a debate that isn't likely to go away anytime soon, but...
09.18.2014 | 13 days ago | Posted at 09:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Collaborations are so common in hip-hop, and often so short-lived, that it can be difficult to predict which ones will have any real shelf life. A year and a half after releasing their debut EP together, the Milwaukee twosome Dana Coppafeel and SPEAK Easy seem to be in it for the long haul. They've got a new mixtape planned for next month, and in the lead up they've been releasing a steady stream ...
08.26.2014 | 36 days ago | Posted at 11:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The shortlist of young Milwaukee rappers preparing to make a mark on the scene is a whole lot less short than it was just a couple of years ago, thanks to a fresh crop of local rappers taking all the right cues from contemporaries like Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad and Vince Staples. One burgeoning local very much worth following is El-Shareef (sometimes credited as EL, E.L, Elvisionaire or El-Sha...
08.25.2014 | 37 days ago | Posted at 01:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
One of the most impressive debut rap releases of the year is a 93 'Til Infinity-inspired EP from a Milwaukee rapper who wasn't even alive to experience '93 firsthand. IshDARR released his The Better Life EP this spring just as he was graduating high school, vowing to spend the summer before college recording and promoting his music. As part of that push, the 17-year-old rapper filmed a video medle...
08.13.2014 | 49 days ago | Posted at 01:38 PM

Album release show Saturday, Aug. 23 at Mad Planet

By Evan Rytlewski
The Rusty Ps have been staples of Milwaukee's hip-hop scene for nearly 20 years now, and while they don't release music at the clip they used to, when they do they usually make it count (check their 2013 single "Frequency," which is still a jam). Next week they'll release their seventh album, Pull The Trigger, which they describe as "just a straight-up, no frills front-to-back hip-hop album." And ...
07.30.2014 | 63 days ago | Posted at 01:28 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
It's been quite a while since we've heard anything new from the Milwaukee hip-hop duo The Hollowz, who released their last album in 2011, but they've been busy in the interim. Rapper Logic has stayed visible as half the duo Logic and Raze (now known as L&R), while beat maker Ed Cayce has continued producing on the side. It's tempting to say the twosome picked off right where they left off with...

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