Tag: Local Chicago Artists

SSMG - 5 Years Later

SSMG - 5 Years Later
SSMG – Five Years Later If you’ve ever spent any time on the scene in Chicago, you know that 95% of the people you’ll meet will tell you that they’re a music producer, rapper, or both. If you spend a little more time, you’ll find that most of them are in fact neither of those.... Read more »

What's A Rap Battle Anyway?

What's A Rap Battle Anyway?
For years I’ve been a fan of rap and hip hop music. While I’m not as well versed in either genre as some of my peers, I feel as though I know enough to have been interested in seeing a rap battle way before now. But the truth is, I really wasn’t. I just didn’t... Read more »

Doc Mananoff - He Really Isn't A Dic$

Doc Mananoff - He Really Isn't A Dic$
Doc Mananoff – He’s Really Not A Di@& Doc Mananoff has quite a reputation, most of it stemming from the explicit lyrics in his music. I’m not in love with every song in his arsenal, but I like more than enough of it to be to very interested in his newest project, the “Addiction” series.... Read more »
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Chicago Artist Update on "Sycosis"

Chicago Artist Update on "Sycosis"
A few weeks ago we featured a local Chicago artist, Erik “Sycosis” Forte Roberts. He’s been busy since we featured him. In fact, he has an artist video premiering tonight! And, you’re all invited! Here’s a preview teaser…. Every artist has a real life, an alter ego, and a personal side that we never get... Read more »

SSMG: Sound Scandal Bombing

SSMG: Sound Scandal Bombing
Independent labels come a dime a dozen, rap crews come even cheaper. SSMG however, is not the run-of-the-mill. In fact, they might be the benchmark. Hip Hop has a way of dividing itself into categories and sub-genres. Not quick to classify themselves, they find that they are either too hip hop for hardcore rap lovers... Read more »

Some Tough Love From A True Friend

Some Tough Love From A True Friend
Chicago, my place of birth. The city of hate that I love so much. Think about that phrase for a minute, CITY of HATE. We have come to embrace that title, we’re almost proud of it. Well, I say we’re overdue for an intervention. We have such a wealth of talent in Chicago it’s like it grows... Read more »
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This Is A Man's World But....

This Is A Man's World But....
Hip Hop/Rap has always been a man’s sport. While there have been significant female contributions to the art of emceeing, the roots of what is termed today as the “femcee”, go largely unacknowledged. As my cousin Tu Tu (an educated black woman) told me, women have been part of hip hop from the start. Probably the... Read more »

Shed Some Light: B.Starks

Shed Some Light: B.Starks
“Hip Hop raised me.” Says Chi-town emcee extraordinaire B.Starks, and I didn’t even ask him a question he just said it. The die-hard hip hop head recalls “I wrote my first rap at the age of ten.” “My mother’s boyfriend told me if I wrote 10 raps, he’d buy me a set of turntables.” Well... Read more »

Looking For Something To Do Tonight?

Looking For Something To Do Tonight?
Are you looking for something fun to do tonight in Chicago? Here’s a couple events going on tonight that might be of interest to you. Last week, I featured an up and coming Hip Hop artist Erik “Sycosis” Roberts. He has been honored with the opportunity to perform for an event hosted by Coast To Coast... Read more »
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Meet Erik "Sycosis" Roberts

Meet Erik "Sycosis" Roberts
Erik “Sycosis” Roberts I was fortunate enough to see Erik Roberts, who goes by the name of “Sycosis” perform at the Red Line Tap in October last year. I liked the music and I really liked the way he focused on the crowd and interacted with them. As his performance continued, I started to listen... Read more »