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10.22.2014 | 70 hours ago | Posted at 10:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Earlier this year Milwaukee rapper El-Shareef released a head-turning mixtape, Retrospective 2: Freeworld, that played a little like a talent reel, going out of its way to give a sense of the rapper's range and versatility. Now he's released a follow-up that narrows down and refines some of those same ideas. Posted to DJBooth.net this week, El-Shareef's Nonchalant EP resurrects some of the soulful...
05.30.2014 | | Posted at 04:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Young Milwaukee rappers are coming up all the time, so it shouldn’t be news that there’s a fresh crop of up and comers looking to make a name for themselves. That’s always the case. Still it’s hard not to look at the burgeoning talent in the scene right now and come away with the sense that there’s something truly exciting going on. This year has already seen the mind-blowing debut mixta...
10.14.2014 | 10 days ago | Posted at 10:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Milwaukee rappers Dana Coppafeel and SPEAK Easy may be temperamental opposites, but over the last couple of years they've proven natural collaborators. Since releasing an album together last year, the two have continued releasing a slew of new material together, attracting the attention of Rolling Stone and MTV.com in the process. And the music keeps coming: This week they released a party-minded ...
10.09.2014 | 15 days ago | Posted at 10:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
It was just nine months ago that IshDARR released his first single, and his latest single finds the nimble Milwaukee rapper feeling pretty damn good about how much he's accomplished since. "It's only August and we started in December," he brags on "August." The week he released a quick video to accompany the track, which he filmed last month while on the road for a short run of Midwest tour dates ...
10.08.2014 | 16 days ago | Posted at 10:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
On last winter's Loyalty & Betrayal LP, the Milwaukee rapper/producer duo Pharaoh Mac & DMT went full pop, channeling the crossover spirit of hook-gravitating rappers like Lupe Fiasco and Big Sean. On the group's latest single they channel a rapper who has seen even more Top 40 success recently: Macklemore. The rapper's sensitive duets lay the groundwork for "Frozen," Pharaoh Mac & DMT...
09.26.2014 | 29 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 | 32 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 | 30 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 | 36 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 ...

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