There is a beautiful monthly event held at Subterranean dedicated to women in Hip-Hop called I Still Love H.E.R. LadyGemStar and KickAssAlyssia created this vibrant night “dedicated to the love of Hip Hop and its elements through the feminine experience. The four are represented by featuring a variety of Chicago female DJs, MCs, Breakers and Graffiti artists. Their mission: “to create a platform and raise awareness to the importance of the feminine contribution in the Chicago hip hop community as well as in it’s culture.” Word.
Recently, they put out a mixtape (mixed by DJ ALO) highlighting some of Chicago’s flyest Emcees. The mixtape features: The First Lady Of Rhymesayers: Psalm One, Rita J (Of All Natural), ANG 13, Amina, Jade Ivy, SPQ-HER, and many more. The ladies have diverse styles, content, and such. They are on point. If you love Rap check it out and if you’re in Chicago drop by Subterranean and soak up some culture. Visit their website: istillloveherinc.com to download the mixtape.
Let me hip you to somethangs you need to know. Chicago has a diverse Rap scene that does not get the attention it deserves. Case in point: the nine (yes nine!) piece hip-hop band Abstract Giants have been making beautiful music for over ten years. Continue reading →
One thing I must say I enjoy about the overblown, super glossy rap video era fading is the fact that not only is the playing field more leveled but for rap the medium is forced to use stronger concepts. I liked this one from lyricist Illtone of Port Huron, MI and producer Shade Cobain of Pittsburgh, PA whom I interviewed before. Together they form (no, not Voltron) Blacktivity. They make a nice duo and as you can hear each one holds up their end of the bargain here. Download “Knuckle Sandwich” and check out more of their work below.
I almost took a pass on this album. The frankly underwhelming “dreams” of “Ghetto Dreams” and the rant at the end of “Sweet” left a sour taste in my mouth. Although the beats had my head nodding, I just couldn’t get with the superficial and banal lyrical display on “Ghetto Dreams”. Common raps “I want a bitch that cook good and look good” while Nas raps “call me a pro in the pussy category.” This was the best two of Rap’s greatest wordsmiths could come up with for their dreams? Bah. Continue reading →