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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
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...
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...
Monday, March 24, 2014

March 21, 2014

The transition from credible rapper to comedic actor is so familiar as to almost be a bona fide career path, but while everyone from Ice Cube to Mos Def has gone from spitting
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...
02.28.2014 | | Posted at 01:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
There are more than 80 acts performing at Saturday's Eastside Music Tour, and yet somehow for its segment previewing the event TMJ4 ended up with Juiceboxxx, arguably the one least suited for live television. The enthusiastic Milwaukee rapper graced the station's newscast Wednesday, where he offered anchors Mike Jacobs and Carole Meekins a Thunder Zone energy drink, performed a barely audible song...
02.26.2014 | | Posted at 06:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Cue the Drudge siren, because Summerfest's latest Marcus Amphitheater announcement is a show that seemed all but impossible just months ago: The legendary Southern rap duo Outkast will headline the stage on Sunday, June 29. After resisting a reunion for years, André 3000 finally consented this year, revealing that him and Big Boi would headline Coachella and as many as 40 other festivals this sum...
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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