Fans longing for an Outkast reunion should imagine how Big Boi feels. The rapper has made no secret of his desire to see his pioneering Atlanta hip-hop duo end its indefinite hiatus, but his estranged collaborator André
Kevin Hayden has a love/hate relationship with jazz. He loves the music, which he’s been listening to since he was a toddler, when his father began teaching him to play drums. Over time, though, he’s learned to hate the culture
A hand adjustment on a drum kit, a suggestive
slow bass-snare groove, a rubbery bottom-strings jive and then the voice—all
late-night, hushed and come here, girl—before
the sinewy trumpet lines lock it in. So begins the drawers
You’d be hard pressed to find a pair of local rappers more mismatched than Dana Coppafeel and SPEAK Easy. The living embodiment of an early Beastie Boys single, Coppafeel is one of the Milwaukee rap scene’s great misfit
The Shorewood High School Orchestra,
swinging since 1925, has blown up to amazing proportions. Today, roughly 25% of all students in
the district play an instrument. The roster includes 520 musicians (grades
The retro soul revival of the last few years, led in large part by the likes of Daptone Records, has produced its fair share of quality music, but even at its best it comes with some persistent philosophical questions that get in the
The Milwaukee producer/rapper duo Pharaoh Mac & DMT specialize in the kind of all-inclusive pop-rap that critics tend to snub even though audiences can’t get enough of it. It’s a sound that’s deceptively difficult to pull off; where stars like Lupe Fiasco and B.o.B have an army of songwriting and production hands at their disposal to help them polish their earworms, Pharaoh Mac & DMT...
When he's not directing, editing, writing or appearing in short films and music videos—and judging by his output, he spends a lot of time doing those things—Milwaukee's WC Tank also dabbles in hip-hop, rhyming over wonky, lo-fi beats with shades of Beck, MC Paul Barman and Scapegoat Wax. Like so many rappers schooled in the Grand Royale wing of alt hip-hop, Tank's music can tend toward the whi...
It's been a while since we've heard anything new from Kid Millions, the old-school-minded Milwaukee rapper who delivered one of the city's all-time summer party jams with his 2009 local hit "Victim to the Beat." He follows in the footsteps of that song with his hard-shutterbugging latest single, "Lift Off," a thick slab of electro-funk channeled through 1984, with a pit stop at Outback Steak House...