Recent Posts in hiphop

September 4, 2014


Common has announced AAHH! Fest, a collaboration between the rapper/actor/author's Common Ground Foundation and Kanye West and Che "Rhymefest" Smith's Donda's House, Inc. The one-day festival is slated to take place in Chicago's Union Park on Sunday, September 21. The fest will be split into two parts-- an all ages community showcase, hosted by Rhymefest, spotlighting local talent (lineup TBA) from 10AM-1PM and a festival main stage featuring Common himself, Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, Jay Electronica, MC Lyte, Lil Herb, and host Dave Chappelle, plus "a very special surprise guest." Tickets (full festival passes, main stage only, or community showcase only) are on sale now.

September 3, 2014

Run the Jewels -- RTJ2 LP cover art

Run the Jewels (aka the badass hip hop duo of Killer Mike and El-P) are slated to release their second album, which is simply titled RTJ2, on October 28 via Mass Appeal. That's its cover art above, and you can take a listen to the LP single "Blockbuster Night Part 1" at the bottom of this post. A complete tracklisting for RTJ2 can also be found below. The album is set to feature appearances by Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine), Travis Barker (blink-182), mysterious producer Boots (who did most of the new Beyonce LP), and Foxygen side project Diane Coffee. They'll also be releasing a RTJ2 remix LP in 2015 via Fool's Gold.

Mike and Jamie will be embarking on a fall North American tour in support of their forthcoming LP. It'll feature main support from Ratking and Despot, and you can look for the three acts to tag Chicago for a show at Metro on November 22. Tickets go on sale this Friday (9/5) at noon CST.

All RTJ dates, that song stream, and LP info. for RTJ2 lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Run the Jewels releasing 'RTJ2', playing Metro on fall tour w/ Ratking & Despot (dates, song stream)"

August 21, 2014

Ab-Soul @ Williamsburg Park in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Ab-Soul has announced that he'll be embarking on a fall North American tour in support of his recently released LP These Days. That tour begins in mid-September and includes a show at the Bottom Lounge on September 28. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.

All Ab-Soul dates and a stream of the These Days cut "Gods Reign" lie after the jump...

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August 20, 2014


The Smokers Club has announced their 5th annual US tour, which is dubbed World Wide Rollers this time around. "The world's largest hot-box" will be headlined by duo // Wu-Tang Clan members Method Man and Redman, with support from Cypress Hill's B-Real, Taylor Gang's Berner, and Chicago upstart Mick Jenkins. That tour stretches from mid-October to late-November, and includes a show at the Concord Music Hall on October 23. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now. VIP packages are available for each date on the tour.

All Smokers Club dates and some videos lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Smokers Club Tour 2014 (Method Man + Redman, B-Real, Berner & Mick Jenkins) coming to Concord Music Hall"

July 29, 2014

Shabazz Palaces @ Williamsburg Park in 2012 (more by David Andrako)

Today, experimental hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces welcome their new album Lese Majesty via Sub Pop Records. The 7-suite, 18-track LP serves as the follow-up to 2011's excellent Black Up, and you can take a listen to the album in its entirety at the bottom of this post.

Shabazz Palaces are currently on tour throughout the US and will be embarking on another stateside leg in September. That run includes a show at Lincoln Hall on September 13, and tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (8/1) at noon CST.

All Shabazz Palaces dates and a stream of Lese Majesty lie after the jump...

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July 10, 2014

Lauryn Hill at FPSF 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lauryn Hill

The legendary Lauryn Hill is heading back out on tour. It hits Chicago on July 16 at House of Blues. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Full tour schedule and more at BrooklynVegan. Watch her classic "Doo Wop (That Thing)" video below...

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Curren$y at SXSW 2012 (More by Ryan Muir)

Stoner rap hero Curren$y seems to be working on his next proper album, and is going on tour. The tour stops in Chicago on July 17 at Metro. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Full tour schedule and more at BrooklynVegan. Check out a stream of his new track "A Lil Sumthin" below...

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July 8, 2014

Earl Sweatshirt at GovBall 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Earl Sweatshirt

Earl Sweatshirt has cancelled the remainder of his tour. The young rapper cited exhaustion as his reasoning for the cancellation on his Twitter account this morning, saying:

I sincerely apologize to any of y'all who planned to see me at these next couple festival dates. Due to lack of self maintenance I had to press eject on the tour. I am physically and mentally at the end of my rope. I weigh a fraction of what I'm supposed to and without synergy between the body and mind there is nothing. No point in performing if it's not the best show I can give every time. Now that I am home I can get healthy and get this album out to y'all while it's still fresh.
UPDATE: Though it was initially reported that the affected dates included his appearance at Chicago's Pitchfork Festival, Pitchfork now confirms he will still be playing. Metro also confirmed on their twitter that he's also still playing there on 7/19 with Domo Genesis and Mick Jenkins.

Pitchfork Festival (July 18-20 in Union Park) has had cancellations from The Julie Ruin (due to illness), DJ Rashad (due to his tragic passing in late April), and Death Grips (due to them being Death Grips).

June 23, 2014

Run the Jewels @ Governors Ball (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Run the Jewels

The great teaming of rappers El-P and Killer Mike, aka Run the Jewels, was in Chicago in May for a free show. In August, they head out on the road for a tour that starts in Chicago where they'll play two more shows. On Saturday, 8/3, they play Lollpalooza. One night earlier, 8/2, they play an official aftershow at Double Door with Ratking. Tickets for the club show are on sale. All dates are listed below...

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May 6, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Run the Jewels at Lacuna Artist Loft Studios on 05.01.2014

Run the Jewels (aka El-P + Killer Mike) tagged Chicago to play the very first show of FADER and Goose Island's new "Analog Migration" series at Lacuna Artist Loft Studios' Reverie Gallery on Thursday night (5/1). The free event featured support from California outfit Tijuana Panthers and Chicago's own DJ Timbuck2, and pictures from Lacuna are in this post.

More pictures and video footage of RTJ performing "Run the Jewels" lie after the jump...

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