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Intelligence was a point of pride in ’90s hip-hop. From Q-Tip, Nas and Common on down, many of the best rappers of the era spoke important truths, contending that rap could and should be a force for societal betterment. By the mid-’00s, though, conscious rap had grown hopelessly
04.09.2014 | | Posted at 06:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
EMP Entertainment's album Good Misery, Bad Company has been a longtime coming. The artists in the Milwaukee rap collective—Streetz-n-Young Deuces, Eazy Hayes, Maal Himself, Payroll, Patski, Ferro Haze and P. Stackz—have been working together in various permutations for years, stirring some excitement in 2012 with their Bangladesh-esque posse cut “Savages.” Good Misery, though, is their fir...
06.26.2013 | | Posted at 04:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Though he hasn't attached much attention for it yet, Milwaukee rapper Flare the Floozy—now known as just Floozy—has been cranking out some of the city's punchiest club rap over the last year or so. His 2012 mixtape Press Conference was loaded with rumbling, trap-rap earworms, and his latest single, "Flex," is one of his nimblest yet, a fleet, four-minute fist-bump of a track featuring verses f...
05.22.2013 | | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
“Got it on my own like Oprah’s network / Now I’m just trying to make Oprah’s net worth,” Pizzle raps on his latest mixtape, Insomnia 2, which DJBooth.net debuted last month. Yes, last month, meaning I’m a little bit late to this one, but perhaps that’s just as well, since Insomnia 2 is solidly warm-weather, windows-down music—all expensive cars, popped champagne and upward mobility...
02.06.2013 | | Posted at 04:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
The Milwaukee producer/rapper duo Pharaoh Mac & DMT specialize in the kind of all-inclusive pop-rap that critics tend to snub even though audiences can’t get enough of it. It’s a sound that’s deceptively difficult to pull off; where stars like Lupe Fiasco and B.o.B have an army of songwriting and production hands at their disposal to help them polish their earworms, Pharaoh Mac & DMT...
01.16.2013 | | Posted at 02:30 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
It's just a coincidence that three of Milwaukee's most gifted rappers, Pacino, Prophetic and Pizzle, all have handles that begin with the same letter, but it's the kind of coincidence that's not easily ignored in hip-hop. On the "16th Letter," a potential track from Pacino's slow-coming album Chasing History, the trio pay homage to their favorite consonant over an antsy, orchestral KnoqPhenom beat...
11.21.2012 | | Posted at 10:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Xavier Ruffin is quickly establishing himself as one of the city's most prolific rap-video directors. In the last week the director has debuted two very different videos that showcase his versatility. Klassik's "Anything" is framed as a short, partially animated art film about a couple whose relationship has run its course. Prophetic's "On Ten," meanwhile, is a classic location video, following th...
11.08.2012 | | Posted at 02:40 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Milwaukee rapper Prophetic looked outside of his regular circle of local producers for his latest track, "Steady Chasin'," the second song he's teasing from a new album planned for early next year, teaming instead with Miami producer Hart Gunther. The result is unlike anything he's ever recorded, an entrancing slab of chilled-out Miami bass. Stream it below....
11.02.2012 | | Posted at 05:30 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
A 24-year-old Milwaukee rapper with a fleet tongue and a Drake-esque sing-song flow, M-Nat released his debut album, DreamCity: The Patience, last week. Like most debut albums, from rappers or otherwise, it's a bit rough around the edges, and it can't completely disguise what must have been a fairly modest production budget. But there's clear promise here, nonetheless: M-Nat has strong pop impulse...

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