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08.25.2014 | 92 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 | 118 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 | | 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...
05.29.2014 | | Posted at 04:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Milwaukee's AUTOMatic are masters of the kind of true-head hip-hop that completely proliferated the local rap scene for most of the '00s. Back then there were more rappers claiming to represent "real hip-hop" than there were being accused of making whatever the fake stuff was, but that's gradually changed, as the scene has grown with the times, adopting new, more modern styles and moving past old ...
Monday, May 26, 2014

May 23, 2014



It almost didn’t matter how Future was rapping, or what he was rapping about, at The Rave Friday. A tall, commanding presence with a shock of dyed cornrows bunched like a blonde volcano exploding
05.13.2014 | | 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

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