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09.24.2014 | 85 days ago | Posted at 10:30 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Between Milwaukee native Nick Sanborn doing big things with his North Carolina duo Sylvan Esso and Milwaukee rapper Wave Chapelle landing a record deal after moving to Memphis for school, there's been a good deal of discussion in the local music scene about whether artists need to leave Milwaukee in order to make a name for themselves. That's a debate that isn't likely to go away anytime soon, but...
09.18.2014 | 91 days ago | Posted at 09:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Collaborations are so common in hip-hop, and often so short-lived, that it can be difficult to predict which ones will have any real shelf life. A year and a half after releasing their debut EP together, the Milwaukee twosome Dana Coppafeel and SPEAK Easy seem to be in it for the long haul. They've got a new mixtape planned for next month, and in the lead up they've been releasing a steady stream ...
08.26.2014 | 114 days ago | Posted at 11:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The shortlist of young Milwaukee rappers preparing to make a mark on the scene is a whole lot less short than it was just a couple of years ago, thanks to a fresh crop of local rappers taking all the right cues from contemporaries like Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad and Vince Staples. One burgeoning local very much worth following is El-Shareef (sometimes credited as EL, E.L, Elvisionaire or El-Sha...
08.25.2014 | 115 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 | | 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

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