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05.13.2014 | 127 days ago | Posted at 01:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Pizzle became the latest in an ever growing line of rappers to offer his spin on Tyga/Game/Lil Durk/Nicki Minaj/Meek Mill/Lil Herb's "Chiraq" today with his latest track, "#Kilwaukee," and unlike most of the remixes and freestyles of the track cluttering the Internet, this one uses an original beat, courtesy of Elusive Orkestra producer Derelle Rideout.
04.22.2014 | | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Since the genre’s earliest days, MCs have described rap as poetry, an assertion that once seemed bold but now seems indisputable. Of course rap is poetry. It's a uniquely insular strain of poetry, though, more interesting in quoting itself and inventing its own language and traditions than it is in quoting the classics, so it’s rare to find a rapper who cites literary poetry as a direct influe...
Friday, April 18, 2014

April 17, 2014

At the rapper's unusual Eagles Ballroom show, there were no special effects or any of the visual flash one’s come to expect from a high-profile rap tour, just his DJ, the man himself and a microphone.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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
03.28.2014 | | Posted at 04:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
At least somebody found a use for the Milwaukee winter. The city's snow-packed streets provide a fittingly cold backdrop for Milwaukee rapper Yo-Dot's new video for "I'm On It," a chilly standout from this January's A Winter's Ration EP featuring haunting production from Hart Gunther. You can stream the Spaz Gordon-directed video below....
01.23.2014 | | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
For a rapper who introduced himself as an easy-to-pigeonhole hard-head with a clear reverence for tough, '90s, New York-style rap, Milwaukee's Yo-Dot has spent the last few years doling out surprises. His last couple of albums, 2012's Red Mist and last year's Sherman Park Memoirs, were some of the richest local rap releases of the new decade, touched by forward-looking production choices and unexp...
03.13.2014 | | Posted at 06:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Milwaukee's Dope Folks Records specializes in vinyl pressings of rare and unreleased golden age hip-hop. Most of its releases, then, have come from relatively unknown names like Disco Beave, Reggie Capers and Bolaji, rappers who embodied their eras without finding stardom, but the label's 50th release comes from a decidedly known quantity: the perennially underrated Queens duo Black Sheep. Best kn...
03.10.2014 | | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
It’s generally bad form for music writers to dwell too much on an artist’s youth. It either diminishes the artist by implying their music has been critiqued on a curve, or it does just the opposite, overhyping the artist by creating a myth of prodigal talent. But since Milwaukee rapper IshDARR makes a point of calling out his age on his latest track “They Lost Me,” I might as well state th...
02.24.2014 | | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Gerald Walker's upcoming album Target still doesn't have a release date, but today he released something that should tide fans over for at least a little a while: an 11-track mixtape Yesterday You Said Tomorrow. It's not clear whether the title is a dig at the distributor and label delays that have postponed his album, but the tape definitely shows a testier side of the usually composed Milwaukee ...

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