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02.18.2014 | 57 days ago | Posted at 05:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
For as long as I’ve been a music editor—almost 10 years now, including my eight years here at the Shepherd and two that I spent at a weekly in Madison—artists have been emailing me asking for coverage, and I've had to email many of them back telling them “no.” Disappointing somebody (anybody, even a stranger) with rejection is one of the hardest parts of any job, yet I’ve been doing it...
01.30.2014 | 76 days ago | Posted at 11:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
On this week's episode of The Disclaimer, I highlighted 2 Chainz and Pusha T's Feb. 8 concert at the Rave as one of my winter concert picks in part on the grounds that it was the only major rap show of the year announced so far. Funny how quickly things can change: Hours after that episode was recorded, the Rave announced a trio of big rap shows:Juicy J with Travis Scott, Saturday, March 29. Ticke...
12.17.2013 | 120 days ago | Posted at 11:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
A relative newcomer to the Milwaukee rap scene, Jae Ace perked ears earlier this month with his single "Quota," a hardened slab of street rap that banged with unspoken menace. As it turns out, that song was something of a red herring. Ace's new mixtape NOON is less interested in chest-beating bluster than it is in warm, openhearted confessions. With its lush, pillowy production and relationship-mi...
01.09.2014 | 97 days ago | Posted at 08:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Lately I’ve been a little obsessed with Trap-A-Holics’ Certified Trap mixes. If you’ve never heard them before, they’re gleefully ridiculous, featuring dubstep makeovers of recent trap-rap tracks. Basically, DJs take some of the loudest, least subtle rap of the moment and rework it in the style of some of the loudest, least subtle electronic music of the moment, but there’s something und...
12.18.2013 | 119 days ago | Posted at 11:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Silk Exotic is about as determined to open a Downtown Milwaukee location as anybody in Milwaukee has ever been determined to do anything, and the business shows no signs of giving up anytime soon. After being denied a Downtown location three times, the strip club is currently eyeing a possible location across the street from the BMO Harris Bradley Center—to the vocal objection of the BMO Harris ...
12.05.2013 | 132 days ago | Posted at 12:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
I can't say I've ever heard of Jae Ace before, but judging by his new single "Quota," the guy has a great hear for contemporary street rap. It's a banger in the Ace Hood mold, with more than a hint of Future in its crooned chorus, and it features a typically showy verse from Ace's neighbor Pizzle, another Milwaukee rapper who embodies the song's work ethic. The track is the first taste of Ace's mi...
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...
10.23.2013 | | Posted at 09:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Jahlil Beats is on the shortlist of rap producers who can do no wrong right now. Every beat the guy makes is just fire: fast, menacing and, most distinctively, demanding. These are beats that challenge rappers to hold their own, which is why the producer tends to attract fighters like Meek Mill and Ace Hood, rappers who tear into beats and don't let go. It shouldn't be too surprising, then, that M...

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