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12.17.2013 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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...
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...
10.08.2013 | | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
There are a lot of Milwaukee rappers cranking out club-friendly mixtapes in hope of catching some traction inside the city or beyond, but not too many are making ones as good as Floozy (formerly Flare The Floozy). He's not breaking any new lyrical ground—on his recent single "PMS" he outlines a less-than-inspired mantra: pussy, money, syrup—but he's got a hard-charging flow, an ear for slick, ...
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013
 Rapper Wale has never made a secret of his desire to have each of his albums outsell the last. He titled his second album Ambition after all. On his latest album, The
08.28.2013 | | Posted at 05:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
The Rusty Ps aren't as active as they used to be, but then again, very few Milwaukee acts are as active as The Rusty Ps used to be. Lest anybody think the veteran hip-hop duo has thrown in the towel, though, Dope Folks Records posted a new single from the group this afternoon, and it's a hot one: a scratch-heavy slab of old-school funk featuring local soulman Evan Christian. It's a summer jam that...
07.16.2013 | | Posted at 10:00 AM

With Tyler the Creator

By Shepherd Express Staff
Buoyed by the support of Kanye West, who signed the Cleveland rapper to his GOOD Music label, Kid Cudi emerged as one of 2009’s breakout artists with his Internet hit “Day ’n’ Nite.” Cudi’s debut album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, wasn’t the precious sung/rap album some might have expected from that single, though. Instead it was an epic, hyper-conceptual, experimental mood piec...

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