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Chicago Renaissance Timeline

Chicago Renaissance

2016
February 13

THE EVOLUTION OF JAMILA WOODS

THE EVOLUTION OF JAMILA WOODS
It’s not all that difficult to read what Jamila Woods is thinking or feeling. To..Read More
2015
June 5

SURF’S UP! DONNIE TRUMPET, NATE FOX, AND PETER COTTONTALE DISCUSS ‘SURF’

SURF’S UP! DONNIE TRUMPET, NATE FOX, AND PETER COTTONTALE DISCUSS ‘SURF’
Last Thursday night, Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment’s album Surf appeared as a free download on..Read More
May 24

TOWKIO AND KEHLANI PACK OUT THE METRO IN CHICAGO

TOWKIO AND KEHLANI PACK OUT THE METRO IN CHICAGO
Two years ago I stood on the floor of The Metro in the shadow of..Read More
May 24

RECORD REVIEW: “.WAV THEORY” BY TOWKIO

RECORD REVIEW: “.WAV THEORY” BY TOWKIO
Chicago continued its dominance over new music last week as Preston Oshita, better known to..Read More
2014
October 6

SABA’S WEST SIDE STORY IS ONE WORTH LISTENING TO

SABA’S WEST SIDE STORY IS ONE WORTH LISTENING TO
“It’s go time! Y’all not acting like it’s go time,” Saba shouts to the people..Read More
August 22

[FEATURE] INTRODUCING: ERYN ALLEN KANE

[FEATURE] INTRODUCING: ERYN ALLEN KANE
We eased into our seats at the Boiler Room, a bastion of pizza in Chicago’s..Read More
June 10

CHANCE THE RAPPER SPEARHEADS #SAVECHICAGO CAMPAIGN

CHANCE THE RAPPER SPEARHEADS #SAVECHICAGO CAMPAIGN
On Chancelor Bennett’s sophomore mixtape, “Acid Rap,” he rhymes on “Paranoia”: “It just got warm..Read More
February 26

VIC MENSA WILL BE 2014′S BREAKOUT HIP-HOP STAR

VIC MENSA WILL BE 2014′S BREAKOUT HIP-HOP STAR
The clock had just rounded one in the morning and the party was still going..Read More
2013
December 26

MARROW: THE SECOND TIME AROUND

MARROW: THE SECOND TIME AROUND
Six months ago the dream was all but dead. Kids These Days officially broke up..Read More
December 26

AFTER WHIRLWIND YEAR, CHANCE THE RAPPER COMES HOME

AFTER WHIRLWIND YEAR, CHANCE THE RAPPER COMES HOME
The Chicago kid who released arguably the year’s hottest, free hip-hop album returns to town..Read More
November 11

Vic Mensa Takes Over with ‘Innanetape’

Vic Mensa Takes Over with ‘Innanetape’
It’s ten o’clock at night in late March and I’m fighting sleep. Sitting almost horizontal..Read More
October 23

|INTERVIEW| GETTING TO KNOW PRODUCER NATE FOX

|INTERVIEW| GETTING TO KNOW PRODUCER NATE FOX
A year ago, Nate Fox was living in Pittsburgh, working on a construction site. That..Read More
October 3

Vic Mensa Releases ‘Innanetape’

Vic Mensa Releases ‘Innanetape’
The thing that has always attracted me to Vic Mensa and his music has been..Read More
August 6

THE DAY I OVERDOSED ON ACID RAP (1st Lollapalooza)

THE DAY I OVERDOSED ON ACID RAP (1st Lollapalooza)
Since dropping Acid Rap in late April as the follow up to 2012′s 10 Day,..Read More
July 31

WHY IS THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT TARGETING CHIEF KEEF?

WHY IS THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT TARGETING CHIEF KEEF?
On June 17, moments after driving away from a courthouse in Skokie, Il., where he’d..Read More
June 6

ALEX WILEY TAKES IT SLOW AND STEADY FOR FIRST PROJECT

ALEX WILEY TAKES IT SLOW AND STEADY FOR FIRST PROJECT
Since the Internet turned the industry upside down more than a decade ago, “making it”..Read More
April 29

CHANCE THE RAPPER CONTINUES HIS ARTISTIC CLIMB WITH ‘ACID RAP’

CHANCE THE RAPPER CONTINUES HIS ARTISTIC CLIMB WITH ‘ACID RAP’
By Jake Krzeczowski for Chicago Sun Times April 29, 2013 8:21PM Chance the Rapper, “Acid..Read More
March 18

A Q&A WITH FAKE SHORE DRIVE’S ANDREW BARBER

A Q&A WITH FAKE SHORE DRIVE’S ANDREW BARBER
Andrew Barber of Fake Shore Drive hosts a sound showcase Thursday at the South by..Read More
March 3

BLEND OF GENRES MARKS LILI K’S STYLE

BLEND OF GENRES MARKS LILI K’S STYLE
Chicago musician Lili K (Kryzanek) is jazz with a nose ring — literally. Blending jazz..Read More
February 23

DIGITAL FRESHNESS CONCERT SERIES KICKS OFF

DIGITAL FRESHNESS CONCERT SERIES KICKS OFF
For Alex Fruchter, no day is like the one before. The 30-year-old Indiana University graduate..Read More