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09.25.2014 | 5 days ago | Posted at 06:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Peruse the tracklist of Atlanta producer Honorable C Note's latest mixtape From Then Til Now and you'll find a host of luminaries from the Gate City rap scene, including 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Peewee Longway and Rich Homie Quan. Right along them you'll also find Milwaukee rapper Pizzle, who contributes the tense, to-the-point cut "Today" to the tape. This isn't Pizzle's first collaborat...
11.26.2013 | | Posted at 12:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Again and again this year, Pizzle has proved himself one of Milwaukee's hungriest rappers, and one of only a handful who is casting lines outside of the city. Earlier this fall he captured his mindset on "The Hunger," over a beat from Meek Mill/Ace Hood producer Jahlil Beats, but he's also working closely with another producer on the national scene: Wiz Khalifa/Curren$y/Big Sean collaborator Cardo...
09.22.2014 | 8 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 | 6 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 | 12 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 | 35 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 | 36 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...
07.30.2014 | 62 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...
07.02.2014 | 90 days ago | Posted at 07:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
By this point you've either succumbed to Iggy Azalea's summer hit "Fancy," or you're fundamentally put off by the rapper who's looking more and more like 2014's answer to Mackelmore (if Mackelmore were an Australian model who rhymed in a very practiced fake Atlanta drawl). Both are perfectly defensible positions. If you're in the pro-Iggy camp, though, you'll get a chance to see her live soon. Tod...

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