Underground Rap Will Never Die

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AzChikeWe’re entering a strange new period where there’s no meaningful distinction between rap’s underground and its mainstream. A regional scene can catch fire out of nowhere. A 16-year-old can blow up on TikTok. After the stultifying years-long dominance of Atlanta trap, other sounds are starting to get their moment in the rap sun. Things can … More »

Polo G And The New Chicago Blues

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Polo-GIt sounds like a mantra, a Zen koan: “We pop out at your party, I’m with the gang / And it’s gon’ be a robbery, so tuck your chain.” … More »

Ka’s Odyssey Into Greek Mythology

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KaThe story, in most of its tellings, goes like this: On the day of her wedding, Eurydice, trying to get away from an extremely horny satyr, falls into a nest of vipers. She is bitten, and she dies. Eurydice’s husband is Orpheus, the man who once sang so beautifully that his ship, the Argo, was … More »