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11.24.2014 | 3 days ago | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
There’s an expression popular in certain hip-hop circles that speaks volumes: “spitter shit.” It’s a term that can be applied to any lyrics-first hip-hop, especially ’90s inspired hip-hop, and for many rap purists it describes a perfect ideal. For this small but vocal minority of rap fans, nothing matters as much as the rhymes—not the production, not the songwriting, not the choruses (...
10.22.2014 | 36 days 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...
10.27.2014 | 31 days ago | Posted at 01:15 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
For nearly a decade, Milwaukee’s Miltown Beat Down has been bringing producers from the local hip-hop scene together—then pitting them against each other in beat battles judged before a live crowd. When the battles started in 2005, Milwaukee hip-hop scene was a good deal more segregated than it is now, separated by both neighborhood and race. The Beat Down helped bridge some of those divides, ...
10.30.2014 | 28 days ago | Posted at 12:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly crossfire with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we're joined by Jordan Lee (AKA DJ Madhatter), who previews what he explains on paper should be the most boring event you've ever attended: the Miltown Beat Down. Of course, in execution the event is anything but boring. Over the last nine-years the producer battle series has hyped crowds while helping to b...
10.30.2014 | 28 days ago | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
No Milwaukee rapper has had more success linking up with nationally renowned producers than Pizzle. Over the last couple of years, the workaholic rapper has recorded with Wiz Khalifa/Curren$y beatmaker Cardo and Ace Hood/Bobby Schmurda firebrand Jahlil Beats, but his recent partnership with Atlanta mainstay Honorable C Note may be his most fruitful yet.C Note is readying a new mixtape with perhaps...
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 | 44 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 | 49 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 | 50 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...

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