| May 23, 2013
| 9:53 AM
As Chicago continues to get strong looks from the national music industry, there is a noticeable dearth of material from the city's large and vibrant Latino community. Rafael Navarro aims to change that.
Rapping under the moniker Scheme, he maintains...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 11:10 AM
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One of the ironically timeless issues with the rap genre is how its artists deal with aging. Rockers can gracefully mature with time, or, in the case of the Rolling Stones, just never ever ever ever go away. But in hip-hop, whose topics...
| May 13, 2013
| 9:25 AM
Not even trying to mince words here: If you haven't accepted that the Y.N. Rich Kids are the best rap group doing it yet, you're doing yourself a terrible disservice, and I hope you stub your toe later today.
For those of you who missed the boat, the...
| May 2, 2013
| 7:14 AM
Now in its 4th year, the North Coast Music Festival announced what might be the strongest lineup to date. Highlights include the Wu-Tang Clan performing their seminal album "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" from front to back, rap legend Nas, Mac Miller,...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 4:36 PM
You can go here to read more on what happened Thursday afternoon with respect to forward Antwan Space. The now former Florida State freshman announced via Twitter that he was leaving the Seminoles at the end of this semester, and was transferring to Texas...
| Apr 30, 2012
| 4:32 PM
It's been 20 years since the L.A. Riots — nearly a week (April 29-May 4, 1992) of unrest, looting and rage that erupted in the wake of the acquittal of four LAPD officers (three white, one Hispanic) who were caught on videotape beating black...
| Mar 27, 2012
| 5:18 PM
In a hurry-up culture, Danny Brown says taking his time was the key to the depth and off-kilter resonance of his 2011 breakthrough album, “XXX” (Fool’s Gold).
By hip-hop standards, the 31-year-old Brown is practically an elder statesman...
| Apr 3, 2012
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No, Nicki Minaj still hasn’t made an album that consistently brandishes her best asset. (Not that one, dude.)
I’m fine with that.
Of course, it would be great if Minaj uncorked the jaw-dropping skills flashed in guest...
| Apr 10, 2012
| 12:26 PM
Fiona Apple played a short series of promotional shows earlier this year to support her upcoming album. Now, she's launching a full tour for "The Idler Wheel is Wiser" that includes stops in Baltimore and Washington D.C.
Apple's mini-tour, her first...
| Dec 12, 2011
| 11:12 AM
Let's face it: there's too much new music in a year for any one human being to digest. "2011 Gems" is a December feature on Midnight Sun where I highlight some of the tracks that might have flown under your radar. Next: Nas' throwback to excellence,...
| Dec 18, 2011
| 5:44 PM
If any of us wondered if celebrities would still visit Chicago after “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ended in May, we now have our answer.
Chicago is still a popular destination for film projects — which this year included “Man of...