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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...
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...
02.24.2014 | | 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 ...
02.23.2014 | | Posted at 09:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Every so often a rapper surprises me. Who knew Klassik even listened to Young Thug? Specializing in cleanly produced jazz-inflicted hip-hop, the posh Milwaukee rapper is the temperamental opposite of Atlanta's manic, syrup-addled wildcard, but even he can't resist the pull of Thug's club hit "Danny Glover." This week Klassik became the 347th rapper to jump on the track, and it's a hoot hearing him...
02.18.2014 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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...
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...

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