The major-label debut from the young Chicago rapper is a bleak, nihilistic celebration of street violence, gang culture, and disrespect for women. It arrives as the city nears the end of a year that’s seen an epidemic of violent killings in black neighborhoods every bit as tragic—and preventable—as those in Newtown, Conn.
With Pitchfork this weekend, a lot of the attention has been been on shock rappers Odd Future performing, but Das Racist is the fest's rap group that would be on my must-see list (they perform tonight at 6:30 p.m.) if I didn't have to spend the evening saying, "No, you can't have/do that" to my
For nearly two decades, music producers Kevin Johnson and Aaron Smith have been joined at the hip-hop intersection of beats and samples. They started out in Rubberoom- one of the best-known crews of the 1990s.
In the a.m., DJ AMPM-aka Alycia Ryan-works at Gramaphone Records as their hip-hop buyer. In the p.m., she spins everything from southern hip-hop to R&B and old-school soul music. Friday on "Eight Forty-Eight" she gave a sampling of her sound throughout the hour.